Tuesday, June 21, 2022

It's Summer!

 Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

I'm reporting from inside the house because it's really hot outside today. With the wind blowing the 90º heat around, it feels like I'm standing in front of a hair dryer! No thank you! 

First I want to say, yes we're still here! My ghostwriter has been very busy with her job, and with the gardening and so hasn't had a lot of time on her computer. But there are a lot of things we have to show you from the past week or so. I'll start with the critters. 

Here's the big, brave bunny who has been visiting the yard in broad daylight to eat seeds that the birdies drop from the feeders. I wonder if he's also been after the good stuff in the compost pile, and the pears growing on the pear tree. 


Then there are squirrels and a little striped chipmunk too!


I especially hate chipmunks because they always get me in trouble. Instead of running straight up the nearest tree, like the squirrels do, chipmunks go sneaking through the plants and bushes in the garden. I try to follow their stinky footprints and end up stomping on ghostwriter's flowers. Yesterday, I chased one up the drainpipe! I barked and barked at it, but it wouldn't come out! It just stayed in there chirping and scuttling in the pipe with his scratchy little feet! I had to be dragged away from it or else I would have barked all day long and flattened all of the flowers around it! Harumph! At the end of this post, there are a couple links to some of my chipmunk problems stories

Besides the furry visitors, there have been all kinds of birdies, including this colorful blue jay.

The irises are all finished blooming. Here are the very last ones:



Now it's time for daisies, milkweed, roses, clemetis, and even foxglove.







On the 15th, we watched a big storm come rolling through WNY. Although we didn't get any rain, some areas to the south and west of us got blasted with high winds, heavy rain, and even a tornado watch. We did, however, get an amazing sunset as we watched the storm clouds pass us. 





After dark, we saw some lightning flash purple through the clouds to the south.




Nope. I'm not scared of thunder and lightning, and storms in general. Are you? 

We hope you have a great first day of summer! 

Oh, and my ghostwriter has been saying something about retiring this summer. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with putting new tires on the cars. Do any of you know? 




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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Ups and Downs

 Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 


We have a bumper crop of irises this spring in every color imaginable! 












My ghostwriter says it's because I did a good job of not stomping on them.


Say, what?

I'll have you know, I also did a good job of watering them. Speaking of water, we had a couple rainy days, and now there are hundreds of tiny mushrooms all over the back part of the yard. 

This evening it started to snow! 


I kid you not!


Well, it's not really snow. It's millions of fluffy seeds from the local cottonwood trees.

Now, unfortunately, I have some sad news to report.

A couple days ago, the remaining robin's nest had eggs starting to hatch. 


But two days later, when we checked on their progress, this is what we found: 


They were all gone without a trace! We think some kind of predator might have found the nest.


Personally, I think it was that crummy, rotten squirrel that's been hanging around the bushes in the front yard. Grrrrrrr!







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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Birdie Drama

 Greetings friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone, and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 


This is the season for lots of birdie drama, as nests are built, eggs are laid, and hatched, and babies grow up. We were very lucky to have found two robin nests in our front yard. We've been watching as the robin families grow. 

Nest #1 on May 14

Nest #2 on May 14


Nest #1 on May 15


Nest #1 on May 17


Nest # 1 on May 20

On the night of May 20, there was a big storm with high winds and heavy rain. Nest #1 got knocked over, and the babies are gone. Well, sometimes Mother Nature is not so kind. 


But fortunately nest #2 is in a more sheltered spot. This morning the eggs started hatching.


We'll keep you posted on the progress of this robin family, and hope they have better luck. 

But we have another birdie drama event. A couple days ago, we heard a loud thump on the dining room window. When we looked out, a dazed goldfinch was sitting on the window box feeder. We opened the window to see if it was all right, but the birdie didn't move. Ghostwriter was able to pick it up in her hand. 


She held it until it seemed to become more alert, and then put it into the feeder box.


After a few more minutes, it flew away. 

Good luck birdie!


Friday, May 13, 2022

Nice Days

 Hello everybody! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Anyone who lives in WNY knows there is not much in the way of a Spring season. Usually things go right from winter directly to summer. You can have snow on Mother's Day, and then 80º the next. Well, today is one of those suddenly summer days! 

My ghostwriter was amazed to find not one, but two robins' nests in front of the house. We suspected at least one robin was building somewhere deep in the yew bushes in front of the living room windows. A thorough search finally discovered the secret nest with one blue egg inside:


But then we spotted the super special hiding place of a second nest perched between the birch and the arborvitae bush. 

Do you see it?

If we move the arborvitae branch a little, then here it is in all it's glory with four eggs!


The robins weren't very glad to see us taking pictures. So we'll leave them alone and try to just take one picture a day. In the meantime, there are lots of flowers to look at.






Here are some mutant dandelions we found in the yard. Several stems are fused together with a bunch of flower heads on top. 


I wonder what's up with that?

Getting back to birdie drama now, while the robins are just laying their eggs, the Great Grackle Flying PTA (Poop Tossers Association) has been hard at work, raising their baby gargoyles in the local arborvitae trees. We hear them squawking whenever their parent birdie arrives at their nest with supper. To keep their nests clean, the parent birds take their babies' poops and drop them onto anything they can find … like our cars! 

Ghostwriter's car


Dad's car


Yuck!


Anyway, it's a nice evening. The sun is starting to go down in the west:


And the moon is coming up in the east:




If you want to read more about our problems with those crummy grackles, please check out some of our older posts:

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Nap time!