Good 52º clear blue sky morning. Yay!
Yesterday started off clear and blue sky....... with just a hint of haze up on my mountain... it stayed clear and sunny all day. We topped at 97º.
Picture of the Day....
Interesting about Shoebill birds..........
The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) also known as whalehead, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its enormous shoe-shaped bill.
It has a somewhat stork-like overall form and has previously been classified with the storks in the order Ciconiiformes based on this morphology. However, genetic evidence places it with the Pelecaniformes. The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.
The Shoebill is distributed in freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa, from southern Sudan through parts of eastern Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, western Tanzania and northern Zambia. The species is most numerous in the West Nile sub-region and adjacent areas of the south Sudan; it is also significant in wetlands of Uganda and western Tanzania.
The Shoebill is noted for its slow movements and tendency to stay still for long periods, resulting in descriptions of the species as "statue-like". They are quite sensitive to human disturbance and may abandon their nests if flushed by humans. However, while foraging, if dense vegetation stands between it and humans, this wader can be fairly tame. The Shoebill is attracted to poorly oxygenated waters where fish frequently surface to breathe. Exceptionally for a bird this large, the Shoebill often stands and perches on floating vegetation, making them appear somewhat like a giant jacana.
- 3 medium-sized zucchini (about 1 pound total)
- 1 1/2 cups crushed nacho-flavored chips
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs
- Cooking spray
Serve Fiery Zucchini Fries with your favorite dipping sauce. And... if you don't like the "hot" cayenne part, just use the garlic powder.
Three special birthdays today..... the first one... today I celebrate Bruiser's birthday. For almost 5 years I saw him in my pasture from being very small. On bad weather days I'd see him go in the dog door at the barn into a stall that a former dog of ours lived in. Bruiser is (my best guess) 12 years old.
Also today is Spencer Norman's birthday. Spencer is the hubby of my pal Erika. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPENCER!!!
And friend and former Temple City neighbor Marie Vincent is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE!
Historically this date.....
1923 – As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
1964 – Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.
..........and my Brian joins the Marines!
And births this date include...
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo