Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve!

I've got some bubbly in the fridge chillin' with a yummy 6-pk of stout. Smoked salmon dip in the works & homemade pizzas on the dinner menu. Our next door neighbors are having a party, so we're all set. And what's more? A FULL MOON on the rise.
Happy New Years!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Pics from our holiday here in Wildwood. We're missing Beth this year - though we've been on skype with her several times - some pics below of Grandma talking with her & Dad reading her our traditional "The Cajun Night Before Christmas" - Baby Sam is celebrating his first Christmas & being loved on by everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Henslow's Sparrow

These inconspicuous little jewels are Henslow's sparrows. They are a grassland obligate species that have been declining in recent years....largely due to the simultaneous decline of native grasslands. They winter here in the southeastern coastal plain, predominantly in open pine stands and other moist, grassy areas.

There is a long powerline opening on a WMA near Brunswick that holds a pretty good wintering population of Henslow's. The understory on the powerline (and adjacent pines) is burned every few years, which keeps out encroaching woody plants. The understory is comprised of native grasses (broom sedge, plume grass, toothache grass, panic grass, etc.) that provide ideal habitat for the Henslows.

We captured and banded 14 of the little guys last week, exceeding the six that were banded last year. They look rather plain when flushed from a distance, but in your hand, the olive near the head and the pattern on the body is really cool......

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blue Crabs

Mom & Dad were in town for the weekend & we had a seafood feast. Joe & I are getting the "low-country boil" down to a fine art.

Saturday was our first experience cooking blue crabs at home - as in a sack full of live crabs that you have to wash & put in the pot yourself. Joe took on the job. First the crabs have to be put thru 3 changes of water to remove sand and other debris. A bit of a tricky task considering the crabs are scurrying around & have pretty good-sized pinchers. The second step is not for the faint of heart - the final dive into the pot...

Friday, December 4, 2009


I try to do a little crafting with Levi each day - lately we've been working on sewing. Here's some shots of him working on his current project. Some Thanksgiving shots coming soon!