Sandhill Cranes Spotted Migrating North on 2-15-2013 in Woodstock, GA

Here are some other dates that I've seen sandhill cranes over our home in Woodstock, GA:

Sandhill Cranes Migrating South on 11-25-2012

Sandhill Cranes Migrating South, 1/1/2012

Sandhill Cranes Migrating North on 2-18-2011

Sandhill Cranes Migrating North Mar 4, 2008

Sandhill Cranes Migrating South Nov 30, 2008

Sandhill Cranes Migrating North Mar 3, 2007

Sandhill Cranes Migrating North Feb 21, 2006

Sandhill Cranes Migrating South Dec 13, 2005

Sandhill Cranes Migrating North Feb 22, 2005

Sandhill Cranes Migrating South Nov 27, 2004

Can they predict the beginning and end of Winter?


Our Cat Missy Is A Rascal


Yesterday was a beautiful day here – 65 degrees
and sunny here.

I was out by the garden making a video for my
storm-proof vegetable garden trellis book when our Missy cat walked up with a
small brown snake on her mouth. She was very proud of her catch.

It seemed very strange to me that a snake was out in
February; it must have been in a sunny spot when Missy caught it.

When I walked up, Missy dropped the snake near the
little pond on the west side of the garden. It appeared unhurt. I picked Missy
up and took her to the driveway to give the snake some time to get away.

When I put Missy down, she headed straight back to
where the snake had been dropped.

A few minutes later she came into the garage soaking
wet. She must have chased the snake into the pond with a little too much

Ironically, about 3 hours earlier I put an electronic
tracking device on her collar. (Sometimes she doesn’t come in at dark, when the
danger from coyotes becomes significant.)

This electronic tracker is not recommended for dogs
because it can be damaged by submersion in water. I told Ann that “we don’t have to
worry about Missy shorting out the tracking device because she never gets very