Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow A puffy white face caught my attention early Monday morning. I couldn’t get a good look at the bird through the branches of the hydrangea tree in the few seconds before it disappeared. It took until from Monday to Thursday to get a good look and determine that the bird is a leucistic white-throated sparrow. This morning, now that he’s comfortable being here, I was able to stand on the sun porch and take a few photos…

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Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook I took a walk to Peter O’Neil Brook today. The water is rushing but we didn’t get the four to five inches of rain predicted. The brook isn’t full. Two inches of rain wasn’t a problem. The sun is in and out today, a nice surprise. Any time the sun is out between now and May 18, according to the current forecast, will be a surprise. Life on the homestead is still quiet because of the weatherso…

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Coleslaw Recipe – How to Change Up the Basic Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe – How to Change Up the Basic Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe What’s a picnic without coleslaw! I think of this coleslaw recipe in the spring and summer, and then again in the fall and winter. This really is an all-season side dish that suits a lot of meals. This spring we’re packing this in the cooler to take with us when we’re picnicking on the bank of a stream we’ve been fly fishing, and while we’re scouting for turkeys as the season is about to open. It’s always a…

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of the  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad Cooking a huge Rosemary Mustard Crusted ham for two people on Easter weekend gave us a lot of leftovers. I chose a large ham so we could have ham for breakfast and summer as well as to make ham salad. I start the salad with this basic recipe and then add to it to give it a lot of variety. Traditionally, ham is ground before mayo is added. I’m not a fan of that texture, and I think…

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Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

heard the familiar noise as soon as I stepped out of the truck. “Jeeeeb. Jeeeb. Jeeep.” I wasn’t thinking about anything other than getting the mail and letting the dogs out when I heard the sound. It kind of caught me by surprise. “Jeeeb jeeeeb.” I know I know that sound….  I looked for the noise and aha, there it was, in the old ash tree across the road. Have you ever seen a duck in a tree? Wood ducks…

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Chili Lime Salmon – On the Grill or In The Oven

Chili Lime Salmon – On the Grill or In The Oven

Chili Lime Salmon Salmon! We catch more salmon in spring than other times of the year, and we eat them about as fast as we bring them home. It isn’t very often that we have more than one or two in the freezer. The weather isn’t cooperating for fly fishing yet but it shouldn’t be long. Until then, we’re using Atlantic salmon to make Chili Lime Salmon. Dill is the typical go-to seasoning but we like something different now and…

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Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring Oh spring! It’s about time! We’ve been waiting! And now we’re making the best of it. It snowed a bit overnight, enough to cover the ground, and it was cold enough for the open water on the pond to freeze, but the sun is out and the new snow is gone. The old granular snow is almost gone. Springs are bubbling out back, the last of the spring birds have arrived, and Johnny Jump Ups are blooming. They…

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Rosemary Mustard Crusted Ham – Low Carb

Rosemary Mustard Crusted Ham – Low Carb

Rosemary Mustard Crusted Ham We love ham. Smoked, baked, glazed, scored, boiled dinner – we love ham. Rosemary Mustard Crusted ham is a new favorite recipe. I didn’t come up with this on my own. I mixed three ideas from recipes I found online all together and did a lot of adjusting to get it just right. A spicy stone ground mustard works well for us because we like the flavor and texture. You should use any prepared mustard you…

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Merlin (Merlin columbarius) on the Homestead

Merlin (Merlin columbarius) on the Homestead

Merlin (Merlin columbarius) “Klee-klee.” I heard the high-pitched call but was too far out the door to stop mid-step.line, The predator, afraid of me, flew away. The garden was littered with the jay’s feathers. It flew, barely, and I lost track of it while I looked for the other bird. I expected to find a Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned hawk; a merlin hadn’t crossed my mind. At the top of a tamarack sat an unusually fat blue jay. I scanned the…

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