Friday, December 29, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
We opened the meat bird run, so they could do some free-ranging. The old red biddies didn't take kindly to the interlopers. The old hens actually have some wicked spurs on their feet, and this hen put them to serious use on an uppity rooster.
Can you feel the love? Fergus wants to lick Stella's head soooo badly. She lets him, once in a while...
News Flash: Creatures were stirring!
You know the poem, The Night Before Christmas, where not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse? Well that's a cruel lie, perpetrated by people who don't have a kitty like Newt around. That little mouse was stirring all right, because Newt brought it in and helpfully loosed it under the bed for we humans to enjoy as a holiday treat. Luckily it didn't take long to catch, and got a reprieve by being tossed back outside. Let's hope Newt doesn't repeat the gift-giving episode...
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
It's cranky Crichton, and not very happy to have been noticed by all appearances. Looks like a human butt-kicking is in order... all these years and we are still not "trained" to Crichton's standards.
And here's the front yard after this mornings lightening, thunder, hail, sleet, buckets of rain extravaganza. Hail yes, that's all hail!!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
From http://www.nws.noaa.gov/alerts/wa.html#WAZ503.SEWNPWSEW.11:30:00 NOAA
High Wind Warning
Western Whatcom County (Washington)URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
330 AM PST THU DEC 14 2006
SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-
ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-
330 AM PST THU DEC 14 2006
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM
PST FRIDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND ITS FRONT WILL PRODUCING DAMAGING
WINDS AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY
SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE AHEAD OF THE SYSTEM TODAY...LOCALLY
RISING TO 40 MPH LATE THIS AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH. WINDS
WILL RISE FURTHER TONIGHT AS THE SYSTEM MOVES INLAND. WIDESPREAD
WINDS OF 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ARE EXPECTED. LOCALLY THE WIND
WILL REACH 50 TO 60 MPH TONIGHT WITH GUSTS OF 80 TO 90 MPH
LIKELY...MAINLY ALONG THE COAST...IN THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA
AREA...AND ACROSS WHIDBEY ISLAND. LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS WILL
CONTINUE EARLY FRIDAY THEN EASE DURING THE DAY.
THE HIGH WINDS WILL CAUSE FALLING TREES...BRING DOWN POWER LINES
AND PRODUCE POWER OUTAGES...AND DAMAGE SOME STRUCTURES. FLYING
DEBRIS WILL ALSO BE A HAZARD.
Issuing Weather Forecast Office Homepage
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
A good player always knows when to head for the bench... erm...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Spotted Owl with baby.
Casting aside the many disparaging remarks about this species by those in favor of logging old growth, old growth is where the Spotted Owl makes it's home. It is a sedentary bird, living in a narrow habitat field, and thus is very vulnerable to humans and the massive/rapid havoc we can wreak on the owls habitat. When there is so little old growth left that there is barely enough left to sustain animals such as these, let alone for humans to experience, then I think we need to take a long hard look at our misplaced values before it is too late to save either trees or owl. Or ourselves for that matter.
The Great Horned Owl is a powerful, nocturnal bird that we often catch glimpses of in our yard light or headlights as the birds travels from one tree to another around Seven Trees.
This owl does fine in greenbelts to canyons, generally speaking, so is less vulnerable to human encroachment. Great Horned Owls are impressive birds with up to a 4 foot wingspan and can stand 2 feet high. They have been known to predate on the spotted owl, so it's quite interesting that we can hear both in our trees at Seven Trees.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Now that we irritating humans came out to harass her, Stella decided to get up and say hello. She's starting to settle in here at Seven Trees and seems a lot more relaxed.
Here are the "trouble brothers" taking a nap together. Fergus actually had his chin resting on Stewart, but both dogs know the camera powering ON sound, so if they are doing something funny or cute they can cease and desist, before we can capture it on camera. Of course Fergus sat up and Stewart woke up, but they're still kind of cute miscreants.
And here's Mr. Sophistication himself, Stewart, displaying his hotdog toy, with classic teepee ears happening. Stewart's a serious clodhopper and gets bigger by the moment. I believe he tipped out the scales at 67 pounds last night. Soon I won't be able to pick him up to weigh him anymore!