Critter day

Fish sex lake edge

We stayed around the place, but today was a critter day even so.

I heard Sandhills while sipping coffee.

Went out to work around the yard a bit and discovered a hop-toad in the water barrel (catches rain from the north side of the roof and porch). The Guru got a yoghurt container and rescued him/her. Major karma there….

My cousin and her husband came up and told us about the fish gathered at the foot of the bluff. They’re pretty good sized, with some stripes down the side. I’m told they’re suckers. Quite a sight, watching them roil around in the shallows. The waves were a bit kicked up, so the water’s not so clear….

And…the Guru found Tick#1 of the year. Sigh. One of the big ones with the white dot. Still walking, thankfully.


  1. James says:

    Isn’t “Toad in the barrel!” something you shout right before detonating an explosive?

  2. Sammy says:

    In the South or in the UP? 😉

  3. kayak woman says:

    Hiked our nature trail this AM (old family property, now Little Traverse Conservancy). I’m not totally sure but I think our tick count was something like five.

  4. Sammy says:

    Ick. Tick(s). It’ll be a long time until the frost kicks their insect butts….