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A day most fowl… as well as foul.

 

It started out well enough, with a sighting of a beloved yet rarely seen visitor.

 

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This time he was across the street, walking along the edge of our neighbor’s farm.

 

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He’s a beautiful ring necked pheasant we named Phineas.

 

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They’re not native to Maine and can’t survive the winters, but a man up the road raises them and occasionally one or two will break free. Last year, Phineas brought his woman to our backyard. She was looking for a nesting site… but we never did see any chicks.

Later on in the day….

Saturday, May frickin‘ 9th?

 

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We had ducks.

And snow.

 

 

This is the first time we’ve ever had mallards.

 

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Sadly….it isn’t the first time we’ve had snow in May.

 

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The ducks stayed quite a while, raiding the droppings from the bird feeders and the leftover deer grain.

 

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And then a friend joined them.

 

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A fowl day for sure.

 

 

Well, you can’t blame him.

 

Our resident chucker was a bit ticked off the other day.

 

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He was out back in the sun, enjoying a few apples…

 

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Happily posing for pictures….

And an hour later?

Bam!

 

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One cold woodchuck.

 

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We had a squall move in from out of nowhere.

 

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And I’m sure he was rethinking the decision to come out of hibernation.

 

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No, he wasn’t happy.

 

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With the snow…. or me.

I bet you didn’t know…..

 

There’s a political party of beer lovers in Poland.

The PPPP…  Polska Partia Przyjaciol Piwa. They won 16 parliament seats before breaking up into smaller factions. The Big Beer Party and the Little Beer Party.

 

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You didn’t know that.

But I did, because….

 

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I bet you didn’t know….

The unofficial mascot of Delta State University if the Fighting Okra.

 

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But it’s true.

I once went 4 rounds with some fried okra… but I’m sure no one wants to hear about that.

 

I bet you didn’t know…

Snow angels originated from medieval Jewish mystics who practiced rolling in the snow to rid themselves of evil urges.

Maybe I need to try that the next time I want pie and ice cream.

 

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I bet you didn’t know…

Horseshoe crabs are bled for medical science.

 

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Horseshoe crabs use hemocyanin to carry oxygen through their blood. Because of the copper present in hemocyanin, their blood is blue. … Amebocytes from the blood of L. polyphemus are used to make Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), which is used for the detection of bacterial endotoxins in medical applications.

 

Run crab….

Run!

 

I bet you didn’t know…

In Athens, Greece a driver’s license can be taken away if the driver is deemed “unbathed” or “poorly dressed”.

 

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Good thing this trend never caught on.

 

I bet you didn’t know…

F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel This Side of Paradise was the first time the word ‘daiquiri’ ever appeared.

Rum… Paradise…

Makes sense to me.

 

 

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It’s snow good.

 

Ah, spring!

In Maine? We tend to do it differently.

 

 

Like last Thursday, when one of our woodchucks came out of hibernation and said wtf?

 

 

The deer weren’t too happy either.

And before we knew it, what was supposed to be a light flurry…..

 

 

Turned into a full blown storm.

 

 

Complete with heavy wet snow weighing down the trees..

 

 

And turning everything into a winter wonderland.

 

 

Spring.

 

 

It isn’t always green.

Winter blues….

 

No, not the depression.

 

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Sorry, not the brothers either.

I’m talking about the colors.

Living in Maine, most of our winters are white. But there’s also a lot of beautiful blue…

 

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And when a storm is moving in?

 

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It’s really quite lovely.

 

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These were all taken through my dirty winter windows last month, so be kind.

 

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But spots and all..

 

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You have to admit winter blues are pretty.

 

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Even the ones that turn out kind of weird.

 

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What do you do when it snows a foot during a pandemic quarantine?

Well, if you live in Maine….

You have a snow sculpture contest!

That strange looking blob turned into this:

A goldfinch on a nest.

It gets my vote….

But here are some other entries.

Small snowman.

Snow frog.

Large snowman.

Musical snowman.

Upside down snowman.

Snow horse.

Snow bunny.

Snow pig?

Snow mermaid.

And a snow public health advisement…

Someone posted this as well …..

I love it, but have a feeling it was pulled off the net and not a local entry.

A+ for originality though.

Cheers!

Ah… spring.

Spring in Maine looks a little different than most places….

Because we woke up to this today.

We didn’t have nearly enough snow this winter, but now? Almost a flippin’ foot fell overnight.

Daffodils and tulips?

Not quite yet.

And because all that heavy wet snow knocked out our satellite feed and someone can’t stand to be without the news for 5 minutes?

Yeah.

This.

At 6:30 am.

Looks like fun, no?

Ah…

Spring!