The making of birds and airplanes and other made-up flying things was the beginning of Madeleine's day.
Daddy read to her from National Geographic Kids Almanac while the papers flew. (Reading about the White House and the dinosaur age, mostly.)
And then she read to her daddy.
The Princess Bride. Trev and I have passed the halfway point, and got to read today about The Man In Black falling down the mountain, and then lying there at the bottom half dead, only to whisper "...as.....you.....wish...."... :) Love that. Trev was thrilled.
Talks of evolution.
Trevy and Annabelle ventured out into the big wide world. All by themselves.
While everyone else got ready for a few hours of Out. (Twas family day!)
While bird migrations haven't started yet through our area, we do have a number of birds out in the wetlands that are near the Great Salt Lake.
Marsh hawks, sparrow hawks, seagulls (of course--they're everywhere), ducks, canada geese-- as well as a great many Bald Eagles out there - they spend their winters in our area.
Soon we'll be spotting herons and swans, but today, we were after the Bald Eagles.
It was a spectacular day in the winter wetlands!
We went up to one particular spot, and Eric shouted out, "Babe!! I swear I just saw a bobcat! By that tree."
Of course we had to go investigate, to see if we could find him.
We found scat by the tree, that was most definitely from a carnivore (we are convinced it belonged to our cat),
and then I started looking around, and saw fur.
"Is this from an owl?" I was wondering out loud. I thought they were owl pellets.
I started looking and touching, and Eric said "This is a fresh kill. The bobcat has just killed something, and was eating it..."
We looked further around, and I found this.
(Warning: Don't look at this next picture if you're not thrilled with finding remains... I couldn't have been happier to find such a thing! :) )
We found mice (which may have been voles, which is what the bobcat was eating, we're thinking).
We found carp, some being eaten by seagulls, and also that's what we think the bald eagles were eating out in the water.
Many, many beautiful, close-up, amazing swoopings of marsh hawks. (Impossible for me to properly photograph...)
Blackbirds - black, and redwings.
Ice and frozen marshes and fishing and life and quiet and wild and beauty.
Spectacular winter beauty.
An amazing day.