Friday, June 15, 2012
Rambling, Nesting and Molting
The Eastern Kingbirds would be out as well and vocal as always. I'd see one land in a tree nearby that was already occupied by a Field Sparrow and Gray Catbird I'd wait for the Kingbird to harass the others as they're known for being instigators but he'd be as gentle as a lamb.
Another bird I never tire of seeing, the Cedar Waxwing checking me out as I did the same in return.
I'd make my way toward the area the Barn Swallows are at but they'd be nowhere in site so poked around for a bit and would see an old nest in a sorry looking tree and would see something moving around in it so got my binoculars out for a better look. Sure enough something was in it and that something would turn out to be.
I'd witness more bizarre nest building again Wednesday morning on my way up the walkway to work. I'd see a House Sparrow on the ground and it appeared to be eating something and would realize it was a Rock Pigeon. I'd grab my camera from my bag for a record shot and by the time I got close enough for a picture, off the male HOSP would go with a bill full of fine feathers from the pigeon.
I'd also do a little birding Thursday morning before work and head to Institute Park after Rick's sighting of the Black-crowned Night Heron Wednesday afternoon.
I'd strike out on that, but did see the resident Great-blue Heron, a lone Double-crested Cormorant, the Mute Swan family unit, two Spotted Sandpipers and of course the Mallards.
My highlight would be a Red-tailed Hawk perched on a flag pole that I thought would make for a very cool picture.
I'd get home Thursday after work and weed my lettuce bed and look up to see a small kettle of Turkey Vultures directly above.
And last but not least my other hobby-FOOD. I don't eat a lot of bread so that loaf I baked this past weekend was starting to go stale and instead of wasting it I decided to make croutons instead. Really easy and all I did was pour melted butter, sea salt, pepper, romano cheese, garlic powder and herbs de provence on them and give them a toss and bake them at 250 for two hours.
And this would be the end result. As you can see the lettuce in my garden is doing very well this year and I'm eating like a rabbit as it grows overnight seriously!
And since I'm looking for clever ways to dress up my salad, I decided to use up some peccorino/romano cheese that's near its expired date so instead of tossing it, I decided to get clever.
And bake them for more added crunch to my numerous salads. This is super easy too and all you need to do is use a veggie peeler to slice the cheese in fine, thin wedges, I then sprinkled some fresh rosemary and thyme on them compliments of my herb garden, popped them in the oven for 4 minutes and instant yum! Not only good on salad but tomato soup as well as all by themselves if your'e in the mood for low carb snacking.
Take care all.