“B”- This morning, as usual, I took Emma on her first outs, and then settled in to read blogs as I had my breakfast. Most days when I go to my ‘dashboard’ on Blogger, I have a little trouble. For some reason, the list of the blogs I follow doesn’t appear, and I get a message that I don’t follow any blogs. Instead I get some blogger update. Today it was about monetizing my blog. Usually if I refresh the screen, the blogs show up, but today I refreshed it 15 times to no avail. What a pain. I don’t understand this glitch or know what to do about it. Anyone else have this problem?
“C”- Yesterday, I participated in the Christmas Bird Count on the refuge. The predicted fog didn’t happen, but the skies were overcast with a few sprinkles along the way. For the sections I had to count the birds on, it was a busy time. I had a helper with me that did the recording, and we ended up seeing around 10,000 birds. For many years, thousands of volunteers across the Americas have gone out on a scheduled day around Christmas to count all birds found in designated circles that are 15 miles in diameter. Some folks get really competitive about this count, but I just enjoy being out and about and don’t spend much time trying to find rarities. I think the numbers of expected species are more important for this ongoing study. It seems to me that if there were a drastic cut in a species that has been normal, it would be a better indicator of a problem than having some rare species show up. That’s just my opinion of course.
“S”- is for shoulder. I’ve been having some trouble with my right shoulder for about six months now. Last Monday, I called for an appointment with a recommended orthopedic doctor in Baytown, TX. That appointment will happen in a few days. I’m hoping just a cortisone shot and some physical therapy will do the trick, and I’ll soon be pain free and have full use of my right arm. In the back of my mind lingers my problems with my hip that resulted in surgery last year. It seems the right side of my body is rejecting me for some reason. I just hope I don’t have to put out an emergency call to Nurse Ratchet once again.
Three gator babies sunning with their mom.
“H”- Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll be working the hunter check station with Kay. Donna Cave had a suggestion to put Vick’s Vapor Rub under my nose to combat the rank odor that occurs when the gizzard is removed from the mottled ducks. That sounds good to me. I don’t have any Vick’s, but I do have ‘Mentholatum’ and that should work about as well I’m thinking. I do want to remind you that I have declined actually doing the gizzard removal, but I’m right there handling the paper work that goes with each bird. Kay has no problem taking out the gizzard as she was raised on a farm and is used to slaughtering many chickens. Growing up in Chicago, I got my chickens at the IGA!
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy