Thursday, September 10, 2015

LaBarque Creek Conservation Area

Wild Onion

not sure...

Tall Thistle

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

We went to Marais Temps Clair conservation area in hopes of seeing a lot of reptiles on the levees in the early morning.  We didn't get there early and it was blazing hot and humid that day, so didn't see much.
We did find a Fowler's Toad, which Tullaia identified without a guide.
Isn't he a sweetie?

Fowler's Toad

The marsh is an old oxbow of the Missouri River and the streams were filled with large groups of long nosed fish.  We all thought muskie, but after reading more I don't think they live there.

Chicken Drama

This was the egg cache discovered under the porch in a nest-like structure.  
Even though they have a spacious coop, the chickens have high expectations and wait excitedly to be let out into the yard to roam.  
But we are done with that, since all of these had to be tossed.  We aren't feeding them for free!

The chicks and chickens never realized their group potential.  But thankfully, we have a neighbor who intended to get chickens and took the bossiest ones.  I surely miss them, especially Bessie.  She was so social and sweet.  But i don't miss all of the 'pecking to the skull' bit.  

Pidgie survived and all of her feathers have grown back. It amazes me what a body can recover from.