Friday, January 11, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, January 11, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. A Sunny Day! (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
We have had a long string of rainy days, so when Sunday dawned bright and clear we had to get out and go somewhere! We drove up to Pickwick Dam on the Tennessee River to check the water levels and look for birds. Only a few of the spillways were closed; most of them were open to relieve the high water upriver.

There were a few Great Blue Herons fishing in the turbulent water, and we saw a flock of Coots on the other side of the dam.

2. Favorite Photo of the Week (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
Great Blue Heron: living life on the edge!
If you look closely, you can see that one of the heron's toes is exactly even with the end of the tree limb.

3. Growing Lettuce in the Winter!
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 8, 2019
I sowed lettuce seeds in large tubs in September. I did it as an experiment to see how long I could keep them alive during the Winter. I cover them at night when our temperatures are below freezing.

We have had days of milder temperatures with plenty of rain. It encouraged the lettuce to produce enough new leaves for us to have salads earlier this week.

4. Possum in a Pear Tree! (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 8, 2019
When we went outside early Tuesday morning to see why our dog was barking, we found an opossum in a tree just outside our back door!

Our dog settled down after she got our attention, but she was still keeping a close eye on it. We told her what a good girl she was, and petted her, and praised her. We let her keep it treed for about an hour, then we tied her in the front yard so that the opossum could escape back to the woods.

5. Birdwatching is Fun!
female Belted Kingfisher, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, January 3, 2019
I see a bird...

… and the bird sees me!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. ...what a massive TVA project!
    ...I rarely see heron in trees here.
    ...this time of year, lettuce comes from a store here.
    ...I'm never seen a possum other than laying in the road.
    ...Kingfishers alway look like they are having a bad hair day.
    Thanks Lea for stopping by, I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.

  2. Love the arrangement of the possum looking down and the dot looking up.

  3. Wow! awesome nature shots ~ favorite, of course, is the sweet doggie ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. We finally have some fun too but it is cold! The kingfisher looks like it is being blown around a bit!

  5. Good dog good dog! I have never seen a Possum in a Pear tree. haha
    Nice images

  6. Possum in a pear tree made me smile, as did the photo of your dog keeping watch!! Have a great weekend.

  7. The possum certainly wouldn't be pleased by the presence of a dog.

  8. A possum in a pear tree, lol. The dam picture was pretty impressive, too. Oh, to think of fresh lettuce in January.

  9. I love your big dam. I think the day of being big dams is over for good or bad. I love your winter lettuce. And I don't think I have ever seen Blue Herons or possums in trees, either one. I should be looking for them I think.

  10. Great power plant photo. I was raised in Imatra, there is also a beautiful rapid of the river Vuoksi & water power plant...

  11. Hello. Great photos! The kingfisher looks so awesome! Have a great weekend!

  12. Yes, bird watching is fun! Also enjoyed seeing the possum in the pear tree. Could be a song or a poem. :) Good pup for treeing it. Happy Saturday!

  13. Good pics Lea. Your post makes me want to drive out to the lake and do some bird watching. We are about 20 minutes from Kentucky Lake and always enjoy birding there.

  14. That heron sure found a good perch! Sometimes it doesn't look like the branches will hold them. LOVE the kingfisher too! You've had a good week! Hugs!

  15. Lovely photos! Herons are my favourites!!!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  16. Excellent photos! Perhaps I should give growing lettuce another try.

  17. LOVE watching kingfishers. And listening to their chatter. Also, to see herons by the dam in turbulent water, fishing, would be a scene worth catching on video.

    And, my thanks goes out to you for sharing this all with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin this weekend.

  18. Fun photos...I enjoyed them all...need to look up how to tell female from male kingfisher. I can never get close enough to get a good photo of one.

  19. Hello, I always enjoy seeing the herons and kingfishers. Your dog is a great guard dog, keeping the opossum treed. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. I've been away and now catching up with my comments and blog visits. I appreciate your comment and visit to my blog. Have a happy day and week ahead.


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