Good 47º clear sunny morning.
Picture of the Day ... real firecrackers!
Interesting about Hornbills....
The Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) is a large species of forest hornbill (Bucerotidae). In captivity it can live for up to 35 years. It is found in lowland and montane, tropical and subtropical climates and in mountain rain forests up to 4000 feet in Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
The Rhinoceros Hornbill is the state bird of the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the country's National Bird. Some Dayak people, especially the Ibanic groups, believe it to be the chief of worldly birds or the supreme worldly bird, and its statue is used to welcome the god of the augural birds, Sengalang Burong, to the feasts and celebrations of humankind. Contrary to some misunderstandings, the Rhinoceros Hornbill does not represent their war god, who is represented in this world by the brahminy kite. It is featured on the reverse of the 5 Malaysian ringgit bill.The Rhinoceros Hornbill is a large Arboreal Hornbill, 31–35 inches long. The weight varies by sex, with males weighing around 87.0–104.4 oz and the females 72–82 oz. The plumage is predominately black, with white legs and vent and a white tail with a black band. The huge bill and casque are orange and red, the color coming from preen oil rubbed on from the preen gland above the tail. The eyes of the male are red with black rims, and white with red rims in the female.
The diet of the Rhinoceros Hornbill is dominated by fruit, but it will take any insect, small reptile, rodent, and smaller birds that it can catch.
The courtship and bonding of these birds are critical, as the female must trust the male to provide her with everything when she is incubating and raising chicks. These Hornbills make their nests inside tree trunks, and the female stays inside with the eggs and then with the chicks, while the male brings them food. After the eggs are laid, the mail collects mud, and the pair pack that mud, along with food and feces, to wall up the entrance to the tree cavity. They leave a very small hole just large enough for the male to feed the female, and later the chicks, and for the female to defecate through the hole. Once the chicks are fully feathered and old enough to leave the nest, the parents chip away the dry mud to let the chicks out.
From Mr. Food...
Our Taco Potato Salad is a new take on an old-summer classic. It's got a Tex-Mex twist, with all your favorite taco tastes, like black olives and tortilla chips! The editors at the Test Kitchen loved this, and we bet your family will too! So the next time you're grillin' up burgers or hot dogs, change it up with our scrumptious potato salad recipe!
- 3 pounds white potatoes
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions
- 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
- 2 cups coarsely crushed ranch-flavored tortilla chips
- Place potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until fork-tender. Drain and let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and taco seasoning; mix well.
- Cut potatoes into ½-inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture and remaining ingredients to potatoes and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Historically this date......
1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
1826 – Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.
2009 – The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks.
And births this date include....
1902 – George Murphy, American actor and politician (d. 1992)
How I will be spending my 4th of July....
Tonight at 5pm-8pm, west coast time, is the Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks Spectacular on TV. Check your channels.
Tonight at 8pm, west coast time, the NY Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Show is on the TV.
Comfy in my chair with a glass of wine and all the fireworks on TV!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy 4th. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo