May the fourth be with you …. ( and also with you…) ….. that’s how the day started. Me updating Facebook with a corny post , changing my profile pic and cover photo to Star Wars themed pictures.. yep I’m a geeky, nerdy, dweeb and proud to be unique! For those that don’t follow my blog , I’ve not been all that well… I have some heart issues and sleep apnea ….I’m not allowed to drive or do any firefighting until that gets fixed… that could be awhile… but I’m working on it… ( our healthcare system sucks….) …but things could be so much worse I know… I’ve been doing a LOT of walking/hiking with Dukie, thankfully there are many miles of nature trails and animal trails nearby my home that go for miles and miles…. but I miss driving , I miss Satellite radio… I miss my truck… don’t get me wrong, the down time has forced me to do a lot of things to fill the driving time… my garden is now “complete”, I’ve gotten new bird feeders and plants… rearranged the backyard, mowed a few times, weed-eated, cleaning the house often and making it “pretty” for when Christy gets home from work…. plus my boss and job is being really cool and letting me work remotely until we figure it all out…… I’m probably doing more then I should, physically, but I have to or go crazy…. I haven’t been able to go to Sarvey for close to a month now…. and I couldn’t go there today either…. I can’t drive!! ARRRRGGGHHH today (besides being Star wars day) is the annual wildlife baby shower for Sarvey! A fund raising event for the spring “rush” …and Sarvey needs it!! The outreach team is going to be there along with the Ed team…. I’m on the Ed team and officially the secondary handler of Ista our Educational Peregrine… ..I sooo want to go , the weather is supposed to be the nicest of the year so far ….I asked permission for the Director to meet them there and help and she agreed! Normally you have to go to Sarvey and help load up and prep, then go to the event, do the event, then back to Sarvey to help clean , feed, put the ed-ones away…. that’s part of the duties..and I don’t like asking for (or needing special treatment) and I didn’t want to “get out” of that stuff…. I love that part too….. but being that I can’t drive …and where the event was ( a little less than halfway between my house and Sarvey) I asked if I could meet them there if I could get a ride …. you never know unless you ask…. and she said yes!! actually she said “Certainly” which was awesome!! Now to find a ride…. I hate imposing on people, or asking for help, one of my flaws… but thankfully I have an awesome wife 🙂 she of course would take me, then go do girly things and come back after and pick me up…. sweeet…… we head up to Bellevue to Lewis Creek Park on the way we see a beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk hunting… sees it’s prey does it’s thing……stalls, dives, grabs…… . a life and death struggle and the circle of life occurring right next to us on I-405 …..
We make it to the park, and get warm greetings from old and new faces. Christy takes off in the eyelash mobile and I look at all our different set ups…. we have a game and education station, a merchandise station, a food station selling/offering cookies for a suggested donation of 1$, we also collected food for a food bank. And lastly we had a station with our Educational Ambassadors…Guess where I went…Yeah I wanna be where the birds aaare….. I wanna be where the birrrrrds are………( I did ask where they wanted/needed me first of course) …. There was already a crowd gathering around the ez-up that was over the tables holding the birds, so I became “crowd” control……we have to keep the public at least 6 feet from the animals always for the safety of all. It was a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l day, a nice breeze, and mid 70s…the birds are doing great…we take turns taking them out and talking with the crowd that’s gathered, mainly doing Q & A , we have a full presentation scheduled for 2PM so we’re saving the special stuff for then… I have my “speech” on the Peregrine Falcon all ready to go in my mind… I’d planned on taking Ista out of her Carrier and saying “And here is the Millennium Falcon” ….. and then explaining that ok it’s not really but today is Star Wars day (It was May the fourth remember….) …but that didn’t work out.. we had a new mother/daughter duo that I hadn’t met yet that are now also on the Ed team. They just moved here from Kansas and are very nice..
We all took turns rotating between the stations in teams. We had a game station that I rotated to after I “worked with crowd” with Ista and did crowd control to keep folks ( kids) back , although once the birds defecate the kids usually stay back , especially the Eagles! we were supposed to be in teams of 2 but I was solo…and it got a bit hectic! lots of kids playing our Raptor and owl Identification games, kids and adults asking questions etc…. it’s 1:50 now and I’m ready for the presentation and excited to get back out with the edones… there are few things better than having a live raptor on your arm…. Our Director approaches me and asks if I want to handle Ista for the program or if we can let the Mother/Daughter team handle her… it was kind of her to ask me …. of course I wanted to do it ( I had my speech all ready to go and everything) but of course I said let the daughter do it… there were quite a few back and forth – are you sure? It’s your call… etc…. but yes I was sure if a “kid” , someone new to our team is capable of doing it then I’ll give that up any day to see future educators get quality time with an educational ambassador……my friend Dave who’s the handler of Askate ( Bald Eagle) and 2nd in command of the Ed team ( and lead of the rescue team) heard the news and came up to talk to me about it as well… he’s a good and thoughtful guy, but I assured him it was fine….two o’clock rolls around and I can see the presentation out the window and who should appear but my beautiful wife…coming to watch me and the presentation… she wanted to surprise me …. well $%^! ……I give her a kiss and thank you hug and explain what happened and had I known I would have made a different choice… I urge her to go see the presentation anyway and she does. Here are some photo’s that she took:
Ista – the Perfect Peregrine 🙂
Hu’Iyake the Gorgeous Golden Eagle
David and Askate
Chetan – The Regal Red-Tailed Hawk
Askate enjoying the wind and Tadita the Barred owl.
And here’s a photo of her getting ready to take a picture of me taking a picture of her…. I shall call this photo: “Beauty on the Grass” ..it’s blurry as it was taken from my cell phone and through a window….but she’s still smokin’ hot !!! I’m surprised the grass ain’t on fire!
We even made the news!! AND they used the footage they took earlier in the day when I was holding Ista for the story …woo hoo….the redneck in me says “hey yall I was on that there teevee thang..loookit me….”
After the presentation it was time for the event to end… we packed up , loaded the Sarvey Van’s and people’s vehicles with all the animals and “stuff” and Christy and I left, with me feeling badly that I couldn’t go help clean and put the edones away but glad I got to go at all… I had an errand I needed to run at a brewery in Redmond and since we were in that general area we decided to swing by there… turns out they were having a giant party…. bad day to pick to go there but we went anyway to get what I needed… We then decided to go pick up the BEST grinders on the planet… at Acropolis we’ve been going there for over 15 years and in all that time the ONLY thing I’ve ever had is the pepperoni grinder…it’s soooooo darn good I just can’t get anythign else…in fact I always get 2 ( and they are huge a good 18 inches) it’s just pepperoni, lettuce and mayo but there’s just something about it that mmmm mmmm mmm is incredible… maybe 3 times a year I get them and just love them!!! Christy got the Ham and Pineapple grinder… blech….warm pineapple is just wrong… unless there’s upside down rum cake involved… but to each their own… and I ended up finishing half of her first half anyway even if it was yucky…but I saved one last bit of mine to top off the meal…. oh but we didn’t eat there! We got them to go… as I mentioned it was a stunningly gorgeous day.. so we took them down to a small beach park on Lake Washington got a blanket out, enjoyed out sammiches and the amazing sun, breeze and water….. Here’s a couple photos for you:
Our deliciousnessful grinders!!!!
A sailboat on the lake with the Olympics in the background….
Have you ever heard of the Accipiter cloud ? Me either ( I just made it up 🙂 ) but it was hanging out in the sky watching over us!! could be a Corvid Cloud but based on the head shape I’m going with Accipiter……if you don’t see it, well you need to continue with your berdnerd enlightenment training grasshopper……
Beauty and the Beast 🙂
We even sawa crow FISHING..yes you heard me right… a Crow diving into the ewater and coming out with a fish, flying off to a tree and eating it….. Corvids are AMAZING!!!!
We wrapped up and headed home…. but we had one more stop to make…..Remember that nest I found over the winter?? oh you don’t? Well doesn’t matter… I found 2 very large nests this winter and one of them was on our way home and I got Christy to agree to stop so we could check it out…we parked in a couple spots and took some photos… I could see an Eagle Butt in the nest !! SWEEEEEEET …we stayed for awhile hoping for some action but nothing and we’d already had a long day , and another one ahead of us tomorrow… so home we went…. but here’s a shot of the nest and you can see there’s an Eagle in it!! Must be very deep!!!!!!!!!
So I think it’s official I’m a nut job….it’s been suspected for many years… My momma even had me tested… ( and they said I was then too ) I’ve been tested by other Doctors too and they all agree on my nutjobbiness… so I guess I’m ok with it… I mean who else gets super mega excited to see an Eagle’s Tail feathers????….Eggs here in WA hatch in late April so they probably hatched and this is most likely Momma brooding her young who can’t yet regulate their temperature…. that’s my hope anyway..otherwise she’s just sitting on eggs that weren’t viable…. or just chillaxin… I realllllllllly hope there’s babies!!!!!! not to worry I’ll keep you posted… but I won’t tell you where the nest is…sorry…. (any of my WA EA friends that want to know, the only way you’ll get it out of me is if I go with you and you swear not to share and promise to use proper nest etiquette!!)
SLEEP BREAK ( For Christy… remember I’m scared to sleep and trying to sleep sitting up to stay alive… so she drifts off to dreamland and I stay sitting up watching races I had on the DVR and wake up around 1AM to turn off the TV and try to get some more sleep) ..but enough on that… its’ now Cinco de Mayo!! OLE!!!
A minor Mexican Holiday about some battle that they beat the French ( Like that’s hard…..I think the French have already surrendered to North Korea….) but here in the U.S. of A any reason to sell booze and trinkets for profit is a holiday…. but no tequila and tacos for us, we have a Birthday Party to go to today!!! It’s Little KD Bugs 5th Birthday! She’s Christy’s Besties/BFF’s daughter… so we are Auntie Christy and Uncle Mike by proxy. It was a perfect day and they had the party at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville, WA we took Dukie with us and had a ball…no really we had a tennis ball with us ..we also had a fabulous time celebrating her birthday with her folks and friends. I know how much you all like pictures more than reading so let me share via pictures and save you a few thousand words:
Daddy I know my ball is in your pocket…
I got it!!
Daddy, This is MY Ball ok? Capisce?
Whatever you say Dukie……
Now throw it for ME !!!!
I got the ballll woo hoooo now let’s play keep away!!!
Time to relax with Mommy
Posing with Daddy and the sweet Birthday Girl 🙂
After the party can anyone guess where we went next???
come on you know, you know…. I know that you know…. and I know that you know that I know you know… ya know….. ( sorry Rumsfeld moment there……you ‘member.. that we don’t know what we know we don’t know press conference…) no? well here’s the exact quote…I remember watching it live and even I was like huh???
“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”
anyway not the point at all….just a diversion to keep you on the edge of your mouse wondering if I’m going to tell you …. and I AM…. ….we went to the Eagle’s nest again on our way home and IT PAID OFF IN SPADES!!!!! we drive to a few angles and get some photos….we spot two eagles and a crow doing acrobatics in the sky… they put on an amazing show for us!! We watched until they went out of sight and we walked back to the car and go park in a safer location ( we were in the middle of a street LOL) ..while we were parking they must have gone back to the nest…. as we get out of the car and look up an Adult Bald Eagle launches from the nest…. I fumble with the camera as it flaps it’s giant wings and banks to the left, up and around the tree… about the time I get the camera turned on a 2nd Eagle launches from the nest heading out and down towards the river….. the 1st Eagle is being harassed by a crow ( or playing games with it) and we watch in awe and try to take photos… but I don’t want to “lose the moment in the lens” …. same reason I didn’t video tape my children’s entire childhood..I want to be there in the moment.. yes grab some photos but it’s too easy to get lost behind the lens and really you miss that connection with your kid or with nature… ..as we are watching the eagle that had went towards the river comes back around the two circle each other and I can see that in it’s talons is a fish…most likely a rainbow or cutthroat trout based on it’s size…. the eagle gracefully takes it’s catch to the nest where it is joined by it’s mate and I’m hoping that behavior indicates they are feeding youngun’s ..only time will tell… we stuck around for a bit…here are some photo’s we grabbed:
Crow’s Landing gear are extended, Eagle banks to avoid the collision…..
all together now… flap two three, flap two three…. no slackin’!!!
If you look close you’ll see her 🙂 Deep nest huh??
Yep…. too excited to get great photo’s but hey LOOK…you’d be stoked too!!
With our day absolutely complete and all of us, including Duke exhausted ….
(that’s one wiped out pooch!!)
we head home…..since I can’t drive or do anything remotely resembling responsible I go ahead and celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a shot of Pendleton and a Blue Moon… for tomorrow is Monday….. the Revenge of the Sixth!!
As always my friends, family and just plain bored and surfing readers…..