Sunday, April 12, 2020

First Blossom

The Chestnut Crab is the first apple tree to open blossoms this spring.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Some Pictures of my Wanderings this Week

With Bliss injured Thicket got to wander with me this week.  We found a few woodcock in the Muth Covert.

This little fellow posed for the camera.

This bed of daffodils seem to thrive at the head of a spring seep. 

An old spring that provided water for a homestead many years ago.

And of course the old apple trees that always draw me to them. Old survivors that out live the people who took the time to plant them.  Each one a witness to years of sever weather and neglect, yet they live on.

Friday, March 27, 2020


Bliss came up lame after our last woodcock run.  I couldn't find any thorns in her pad and thought perhaps she had pulled or strained a muscle. The next day she was worst so a trip to the vet was in order. He found a thorn in her hock from an earlier run had formed an abscess.

It's been two days and I've taken the bandage off and am soaking her leg in Epsom Salts.  She's on antibiotics, is starting to put a little weight on her leg and seems to be on the mend.  When you consider the terrain our dogs run through it's a miracle they aren't injured more often.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Finding Some Birds

The woodcock have finally started to move through some of my coverts and Bliss and I have had several enjoyable days afield.  First is the Fish Hatchery Covert.

The Buffalo Covert also held a few birds.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Another Piney Creek Walk

A head and chest cold has kept me from my woodcock coverts for the past two weeks.  Yesterday I finally made it out, taking Bliss for a walk along Piney Creek.

One fall day several years ago I ate a small but tasty red apple from this old tree.  Yesterday I was able to prune a little scion wood from it.  Hopefully I can get a successful graft and keep this old unknown variety alive.

Bliss hunted hard but after 2 hours she had found no woodcock and I was afraid we were going to get "skunked".  I could see the truck in the distance when suddenly she froze into a point.

She held perfectly until I flushed the bird, and suddenly the long walk was well worth it.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Vernal Ponds

The vernal pond in the Back40 has come to life.

The Wood Frogs who have lived hidden in the surrounding brush and leaf litter have returned to the pond seeking mates.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

A walk Along Piney Creek

Took Bliss for a walk along Piney Creek looking for woodcock.  Bliss hunted hard but none were found.

3 old apple trees growing by an old foundation. I took scion from the tree on the right and have a nice grafted tree growing in the Back 40 orchard.