Cat and Mouse…Ah…Bird Game

***** In A Second’s Notice
(It’s A Cat and Mouse…Ah…Bird Game!)

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Bird (Nuthatch): Peck-ca-boo? Ha!

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Bird (Nuthatch): I’m still peeeeek-ing. Where aaarrreee you?

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Very Hungry Cat: Peck-ca-boo, yourself! (Swipe!)

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Bird (Nuthatch): I’m outta here! Yipes!

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Very Hungry Cat: Nuts!! Missed! But he’ll be back!

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Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

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Tuckered Out…

All peanut butter tuckered out, and in her dreams…

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See the full story of Cee-Cee’s peanut butter adventure, by Barbara Anne Helberg, at the next post (BELOW):

Got Any More of This Stuff, Mom?

“Hmmm…Hmmm…Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Mom! So good!”

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“Mom that stuff’s great! What’s it called again?”

“That’s peanut butter, Dumplin'”

“Got any more?”

“Manners, please. What do good girls say?”

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“Please. Plleeaasseee?”

“What a good girl…

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but I’m afraid I’m not done with this one, yet.”

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“Are you sure, Mom?”

A FEW DAYS LATER:

“Hmmmmmmmmm…Hmmmm…Hmmm…

This one’s different, Mom, but just as good! Hmmm…You’re the best, Mom!”

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All peanut butter tuckered out, and in her dreams…”Hmmm…Hmmm. Wake me up when there’s more, Mom. Hmmmm…”

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Credits:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

National Mutt Day

In honor of US National Mutt Day, here is my adopted sweetie-pie, Cee-Cee, also known as BUCKEYE TUT-HUT-NUT-MUTT at http://www.chickensoupforbuckeyes.wordpress.com :

 

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Cee-Cee came to live forever with me in October of 2010. She was in a foster home after being removed from a shelter one day away from her meeting with the Needle Man.

God bless those willing to act as foster parents for the sake of getting more dogs permanently adopted. Bonnie and Dale saved Cee-Cee for me!

Cee-Cee says, “Thanks, everyone, for giving me a second chance! Love you, Mom!”

Goslings in the Spring

Since I wasn’t able to add positive proof of babies resulting from my fictional duck tale in “Oh, My Sher-ee” (posted December 24, 2014), I will share some positive proof of other baby water birds being born in May ’15 and raised in the Spring and Summer by giving you a look at the goslings I photographed and by relating the fascinating parental ritual of their growth.

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Pairing up in the sparkle of an early evening.

 

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The new little tykes are introduced to the water almost immediately.

This particular family seemed to have “an aunt” in attendance at the beginning, but as the goslings grew, she supposedly sought company elsewhere and wasn’t seen with the group again.

In the water, one parent takes the lead as the goslings trail in single file behind her, and the other parent follows at the rear of the procession. In the photo above, the goslings are having a little free swim time as the adults keep them closely guarded.

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Three of the downy-feathered goslings and their devoted parents.

On land, the growing goslings are shown how to peck the grass for insects and other delights. While Mother demonstrates insect extraction, Father keeps a close watch on the camera and the human behind it!

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An ever watchful parent with two of his goslings.

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After Summer flood waters reached half way up to houses on the Maumee River bank near the bridge, the entire seven-member family took a swim in someone’s back yard, passing the neighbor’s dog in the process. The goslings nearly have gained their full maturity. It won’t be long before they are on their own.

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Letting go…

In early Fall, I watched as the goslings’ parents took them for a swim under the bridge to the East side  and along the shoreline. Walking along the tree-lined river bank myself, I followed them to their destination, a near-shore area of ripe water plant growth not too much farther eastward. I knew the place and was able to get more photographs of the geese family from an undetected spot.

The parents patiently began nudging their offspring to leave them by circle-swimming. Three of the youngsters flew off, while the four in the picture above were a bit more reluctant to go. The parents, however, encouraged them by simply turning away and beginning to swim together back to the bridge. The goslings didn’t follow.

In the two photos above, amazingly, the parents returned to the bridge in the evening sunlight, passed under the structure to the West side, where the goslings had been birthed, and literally swam off together into the sunset, apparently to breed again another day.

It was a thrill to gain this personal perspective on the life of geese, and the poignant raising and releasing of a new family.

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Images Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

Mourning Doves Nest

A pair of Mourning Doves were busy nesting in the back yard this morning. The pair worked tirelessly and quickly to haul large branches and branches loaded with leaves to their perch in a tree at the side of our apartment building. One bird stayed in the nest to arrange and rearrange delivered material, while the other acted as the delivery man.

Here are some highlights from their endeavor, including a couple of fly-in and fly-outs.

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Checking out the material

 

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Patiently waiting for the next delivery

 

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Out to get more branches and (below) back to the nest and back out!

 

 

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Images Credit:
From the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Not Quite…

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“Hi, Mom! Want me to hold still for a picture?”

“Yes, Sweetie-pea.”

“That picture felt kind of sticky, Mom…

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but I know you really just want to make my eyes turn green with that flash!”

“Not quite. I really wanted to get a shot of that ‘Miss Dole’ sticker on your head, my little angel.”

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“Mom…”

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Credit: Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

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