Saturday, July 27, 2013

Red Velvet Ant

This red furry guy was in our yard this week.   I did some research and found out he is a Red Velvet Ant.  No, not sweet like Red Velvet Cake, but mean like a wasp!  That's right, this is type of wasp, and he is sometimes called a Cow Killer because of his bad sting.  

Mom, thanks for the Big World Report, but I don't want to be friends with this guy.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

That's a BIG Frog, and That's no Bull!

 We have seen toads in our pool, like this little guy who is maybe 2.5 inches long.  

 A toad is a toad, and this little guy does not bother mom much.

But last night, this is what was swimming in our pool!  A toad is a toad, but this toad is a Frog!  He was so big, maybe 8 inches long, not stretched out.  I did some research, and found this is a BULLFROG, the largest of all frogs!  It has some brighter green near his face, and his back legs are disproportionately long, and no webbing on his front feet.  Wow, now that's a big frog, and that's no bull!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Whoo Are You, Whoo Whoo, Whoo Whoo!

This is another (late) installment of mom's visit to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge up north of us near Sherman TX.  The Raptor Project was there doing an educational show about raptor birds.  We don't like seeing birds in captivity like this but as noted in my last post, most have been injured in some way so the Raptor Project took them in to care for them as they would not make it in the wild.

Mom met a lot of new owl friends for me!

From the cutest, like this Gray Morph Screech Owl, who lives in the Americas...

To the largest owl of all, the Eagle Owl, common in the UK!

Yikes, look at those talons!  He could carry a little JellyBean like me away!  I think this might be a Barred Owl.

This Snowy White Owl, is well, very snowy and showy!

And here is the very smallest of owls, the Burrowing Owl! 

That is a great Big World Report, mom!  Thanks for finding me all these new Owl friends! 

 Whoo Whoo!!!