Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone, and I'm your diligent doggie reporter
Chester L. W. Spaniel. We have a lot to cover today, so hang onto your squeaky toys!
First of all, it's been one week since our big silver maple tree was cut down.
There's nothing left but a pile of dirt.
I'm happy to report the Evil Squirrel Cartel has hardly been around at all, even though the birdie feeders are filled up with all kinds of delicious seeds! There has been an army of sparrows coming around to get their fill, though.
Our next item is from my NC associate Angus B. Terrier.
He sent us a picture of this lovely hawk that came to visit his back porch. Amazing!
Last night, or this morning, or whatever you consider 4:30am, we were awakened by a very strange sound: Who-hoooo-who-who-whoooo! A great horned owl! We couldn't see the owl, but it was definitely in one of the evergreen trees near the north-east corner of the yard. We're wondering if we'll hear him again tonight. (My ghostwriter is kind of hoping he will schedule his next performance before midnight so she doesn't get woken up at 4:30am again!)
Meanwhile, my Florida associate, Miss Charlee's humans are getting ready for their favorite holiday: Halloween! Yipes!
|What the heck, mom?|
My Jason human sent me this picture of a beautiful monarch butterfly:
They're migrating south this time of year. Yesterday, we saw another interesting sight. Dozens of swallows were flying around overhead in our neighborhood. They were gone by today, so we think they're migrating as well.
And now it's time for our creepy crawlies report.
At the nursing home where ghostwriter works, somebody brought in a bunch of milkweed leaves with lots of monarch caterpillars. Everyone got to see them transform into butterflies, and then release them outdoors.
That big cicada fell out of the silver maple before the tree was cut down, and landed on the ground right behind me!
We've had some changeable weather lately. One day it's hot and muggy, the next day it's cool and windy. We've seen some beautiful blue skies, big puffy clouds, and amazing sunsets. Here are some pictures from the past week, in no particular order.
Hmmm. I should be able to see the moon tonight. It's a special Harvest Moon. I'd better go back inside the house …
… and take a good long nap …
… so I'll be wide awake tonight to make a call to my dearest Princess Leah on the moon phone.
SPIDER ALERT SPIDER ALERT SPIDER ALERT SPIDER ALERT SPIDER ALERT
As long-time readers will know, we are a family of science geeks. We think spiders are beautiful and fascinating. But we've been seeing less and less of them lately. In fact, while this is prime season for garden spiders to create their big orb webs, there's not a single one anywhere in our yard right now! We think people are using too many pesticides on their lawns!
However, a very regal spider has made the dining room window (outside) her home for the summer. Her name is Lady Octavia. We're actually pretty lucky to get this picture of her, since she spends most of the day hiding at the end of her funnel web.
OK. If anyone was scared of Lady Octavia, here's a video that will clear your mind:
Lucas the Spider
(How can you not love Lucas the Spider?)