The firebird appears to be a Carolina wren.Continue reading
Some weeks back we saw a pair of Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) flitting about inside our screened porch. We thought they had wandered in and were trying to get out. But soon it became obvious they knew not one but two ways in and out.
Then we noticed they had built a nest in the pot of a hanging plant. That seemed silly, and they seemed to have abandoned that quest.
But today I saw the mama wren going in that nest. And here’s what’s inside the nest:Continue reading
Gretchen was working at the potting table under the end shelter when she noticed something odd right by the table. It was Francine, our friend the softshell tortoise, in from the woods, laying eggs in the same under the shelter.
So we fenced the dogs out until she politely asked to be let out. Then I put Continue reading
The last of a century-old tradition: local ham and eggs, right here in Lowndes County.
10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Lowndes County Extension Office
2102 E. Hill Ave., Valdosta, GA
Daniel DeMersseman, VDT, 2017-02-10, Ham and Egg Show tradition returns,
Lowndes County’s annual Ham and Egg Show returns for its 67th year Feb. 14, 15.
The show once spread across every county in Georgia, said Velma Miles, chairman of the Lowndes Improvement Association. “We’re the only one left.”
Miles said the Continue reading
Well, that field turtle did lay eggs. Unfortunately something ate them:
Turtle eggs, Okra Paradise Farms: Unfortunately something ate them
John S. Quarterman, Gretchen Quarterman, Brown Dog, Yellow Dog,
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 21 June 2012
Walking along a drainage ditch with the dogs, Gretchen saw this interesting turtle:
John S. Quarterman, Gretchen Quarterman,
Brown Dog, Yellow Dog,
Lowndes County, Georgia, 19 June 2012.
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms.
We think it’s probably a slider turtle, Trachemys scripta, but it’s hard to be sure. We didn’t pick it up, because it appeared to be laying eggs.