Good 45º clear sunny morning.
Another warm day yesterday as we hit 93º. Predictions for cooler days ahead.
Picture of the Day.... perfect timing....
Interesting about Smew Ducks......
The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck, and is the only living member of the genus Mergellus. Mergellus is a diminutive of Mergus andalbellus is from Latin albus "white".
The drake smew, with its 'cracked ice' and 'panda' appearance, is unmistakable, and looks very black-and-white in flight.
The females and immature males are grey birds with chestnut foreheads and crowns, and can be confused at a distance with the ruddy duck; they are often known as "redhead" smew. It has oval white wing-patches in flight. The smew's bill has a hooked tip and serrated edges, which help it catch fish when it dives for them. The smew is 15–17 in long.
This species breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia. It needs trees for breeding. The smew lives on fish-rich lakes and slow rivers. As a migrant, it leaves its breeding areas and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, northern Germany and the Low Countries, with a small number reaching Great Britain (for example, at Dungeness), mostly at regular sites. Vagrants have been recorded in North America. On lakes it prefers areas around the edges, often under small trees. The smew breeds in May and lays 6–9 cream-colored eggs. It nests in tree holes, such as old woodpecker nests. It is a shy bird and flushes easily when disturbed.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Sticks
A great snack for game day or movie night!
Special Birthday today... Val Smullen. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VAL!!
Historically this date.....
1896 – Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
1939 – Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Naziconcentration camps.
1974 – During Ten Cent Beer Night, inebriated Cleveland Indians fans start a riot, causing the game to be forfeited to the Texas Rangers.
2004 – Marvin Heemeyer's eventually suicidal protest rampage with an improvised bulletproofed bulldozer destroys 13 buildings in Granby, Colorado, including the town hall.
Quite a mixed bag of births today... some good and a lot of very odd people!
1907 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (d. 1976)
1924 – Dennis Weaver, American actor (d. 2006)
1936 – Bruce Dern, American actor (ewwwwww.)
1952 – Parker Stevenson, American actor and director
1975 – Angelina Jolie, American actress
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo