Spring is a great time of year in our area. Things are growing like crazy. The grass has to be mowed practically every other day, the trees are now covered with leaves, and flowers are blooming. A definite sign of summer is the coming of helicopters. Before you envision a scene from an action thriller movie with a noisy flying machine with scary propellers that can chop you to bits, the kind of helicopters I'm referring to are the seeds of our silver maple tree in our back yard. For the last two months it has been growing these things.
These seeds are designed to whirl around in the wind as they fall and they look like miniature helicopters. Our tree has a huge abundance of helicopters this year as you can see below, and they're all just about ready to drop. When that happens the air becomes filled with these whirling, spinning seeds.
I'm predicting a mass dropping by early next week. I'll be sure to report when it happens. It'll be like a blizzard!
My human got mad at me today because I wouldn't come back in the house when she called. I'm sorry, but I caught an interesting scent in the grass, and simply had to investigate.
|Sniff sniff …|
|Sniff sniff sniff …|
|There's a squirrel's nest way up in that tree! See that blob of dead leaves?|
Now I'd like to introduce a new friend! His name is Charlie and he lives in Australia! Wow! Here's the link to his blog. I'm hoping he'll let me know what a crikey is. Sounds like it could be a wonderful type of squeaky toy! You know how I love to learn new words. Anyway, he has lots of fun and posts some beautiful pictures.
I also found a great cocker spaniel video. The link is below. Dear Daddy: Please don't mow the lawn so that we can run and jump like this cute doggie! Hooray! And that's a memo.
Oh, and Charlie, to answer your question, these are grackles (link below.) Pretty annoying, huh? Fortunately once they're finished nesting they usually aren't as noisy.
|(This is what they do to your car if you park near their nest. )|