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Boneless chicken

Chickens blissing out in the sun dissolve into formless heaps of feathers.

When we see a cat folded in half backwards off a sofa with his paws in the air and his mouth open, we’re like d’awwwww, he’s drooling. But a chicken relaxing in the grass looks like a stern object lesson about pesticides in the garden.

Relaxed chickens are impossible to paint.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 22, 2022, 8:56 pm

We had a mother wild turnkey come out of the bush with 4 little babies in tow…they had a snack in our seed patch. D’awwwww 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 22, 2022, 9:36 pm

I am upset I cannot uprate this post.

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 22, 2022, 11:48 pm

something’s munching on my french marigolds.

war is declared.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 23, 2022, 12:08 am

I wanted to get a picture but I got sidetracked and they were gone by the time I got back with my phone. Will probably see them again at some point.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 23, 2022, 1:31 am

We have about a dozen Mississippi Kites roosting in the trees and whirling around the sky in the creek behind the house.

Tried to get a video of them…yeah, good luck with that.
“Look! Little dark specks flying all around! Awesome!”

However, I do have some very nice video of a long tail Bob Cat slinking around at 15:00 on a sunny afternoon between the neighbor’s houses.
She made me a bit nervous when she spun around and gave me a long long long stare as I stood stock still filming her from about 40 yards away. Then she lost interest and ducked behind a fence. Based on the size I’m going to say somewhere in the 20-25lb range. Big kitty.

Her advance would have been majestic and glorious, and my hasty retreat ignoble and, uh, hasty.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 23, 2022, 4:12 pm

1.Relaxed chickens are deflated chickens 🙂

2. OOH! Mississippi Kites! My second favorite wild bird. I love to watch them. (1st favorite is scissor-tail flycatcher.)

3. My sister-in-law had a long glassed-in patio on the north side of her house, glass all the way to the ground, and a view of wild panhandle prairie for 12 miles. It was her favorite place to sit and read, do hand sewing, work on computer, drink a bottle of wine (my favorite). Perfection. She was sitting there late on a winter afternoon when a big Bobcat came right up to the glass and looked in—for a long time. She didn’t move, and the cat didn’t seem to see her, but she was very careful after that to be more observant when she and the dog went out for a walk and potty business.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 23, 2022, 5:10 pm

I’m never sure if animals or birds can see through glass. Those nifty bird feeders you can suction cup to the window would imply no, but my pigeons do seem to react to me moving near.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 23, 2022, 11:15 pm

@Deborah HH – I first saw a pair of them 2 years ago. Now there must be 10 or more. They sit in the trash trees out back of our house. I accidentally sent them sailing this afternoon when I was watering out back.

I was amazed to find out they flock, is that the right word?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 24, 2022, 10:29 pm

10! Durnedyankee that’s amazing. You must have a perfect habitat. I haven’t seen any in 25 years, when we moved away from the eastern panhandle. In fact, I’m quite disappointed that my bird population seems so small where I live.

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