Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Red-Tailed Hawk by Jack


I like the red-tailed hawk because it is swift, silent, and beautiful. The red-tailed hawk’s range is from Alaska and Nova Scotia south to Panama. It winters in British Columbia and the Maritime Provinces. A red-tailed hawk’s scientific name is buteo jamaicesis.
The red-tailed hawk makes a high pitched descending scream like this: keer-r-r-r-r. Red-tailed hawk’s tail feathers are pink underneath. They are a stocky bird with broad, rounded wings and they can have up to a 5-foot wing span. Red-tailed hawks have a white breast with a dark belly band and a rust-colored tail. The young birds are duller and more streaked and lack the rust-colored tail of adults.
A red-tailed hawk makes its nest out of sticks in the woodlands. A red-tailed hawk makes its nest bigger each year. A red-tailed hawk lays 1-5 eggs a year. The mama has to sit on the eggs 20-32 days. The daddy bird helps some.
The red-tailed hawk eats rabbits, mice, and raccoons. The babies eat the same thing as the adults. The young hawks leave the nest when they are 48 days old.
The enemies of a red-tailed hawk are red fox, great horned owl, and raccoon.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Secret Doorbell that Could Get You in the White House















My friends and contributors, here at our place the Lynchburg Virginia Blog, knew of my trip to D.C. What they didn't know is what I would be up to. Above is a picture of how the West Wing of The White House appears. I was lucky enough to be able to get a shot of it, after I managed to bring my camera past the security desk.

Just past that curtain and to the right is the entrance to the Oval Office. I am not at liberty to tell you if I got invited through that door.



Few people know of the back gate entrance to the White House, that is were I met the Secret Service Officer that watched as I rang the private door bell.

If you click the picture and enlarge it, you will be able to read the invitation "Welcome to the White House." Once pressed you will have an escort, that may, or may not bring you to the inner sanctum and you too may become a White House insider.

I am sorry that I cannot tell you more about my visit to the White House, there are just some things that I cannot reveal.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

All the Children Love the Zoo


We love singing in the car. We created this adaptation of Old McDonald has a farm for some variety. Enjoy:)

All the Children Love the Zoo


All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!
And in the zoo the monkeys play,
E-I-E-I-O!
With an “oo-oo” here, and an “ee-ee” there,
Here an “oo,” there an “ee,”
Everywhere an “oo-ee.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo the lions roar,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “roar, roar” here, and a “roar, roar” there,
Here a “roar,” there a “roar,”
Everywhere a “roar, roar.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo snakes slither by,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “hiss, hiss” here, and a “hiss, hiss” there,
Here a “hiss,” there a “hiss,”
Everywhere a “hiss, hiss.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo the zebras graze,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “neigh, neigh” here, and a “neigh, neigh” there,
Here a “neigh,” there a “neigh,”
Everywhere a “neigh, neigh.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo the penguins swim,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “splish, splash” here, and a “splish, splash” there,
Here a “splish,” there a “splash,”
Everywhere a “splish, splash.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo wolves run and howl.
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “howl, howl” here and a “howl, howl” there,
Here a “howl” there a “howl,”
Everywhere a “howl, howl.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!

And in the zoo bats flap their wings.
E-I-E-I-O!
With an “eek, eek” here, and an “eek, eek” there,
Here an “eek,” there an “eek,”
Everywhere an “eek, eek,”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo shy warthogs dig,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “grunt, grunt” here, and a “grunt, grunt” there,
Here a “grunt,” there a “grunt,”
Everywhere a “grunt, grunt.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!


And in the zoo bright parrots squawk,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “squawk, squawk” here, and a “squawk, squawk” there,
Here a “squawk,” there a “squawk,”
Everywhere a “squawk, squawk.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!

And in the zoo hyenas laugh,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “ha-ha” here and a “hee-hee” there,
Here a “ha,” there a “hee,”
Everywhere a “ha-hee.”
All the children love the zoo
E-I-E-I-O!

And in the zoo the tigers prowl,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “growl, growl” here, and a “growl, growl” there,
Here a “growl,” there a “growl,”
Everywhere a “growl, growl.”
All the children love the zoo.
E-I-E-I-O!

And in the zoo owls’ eyes glow bright.
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “hoot, hoot” here, and a “hoot, hoot” there,
Here a “hoot,” there a “hoot,”
Everywhere a “hoot, hoot.”
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!

And in the zoo bears hibernate,
E-I-E-I-O!
With a “snore, snore” here, and a “snore, snore” there,
Here a “snore,” there a “snore.”
Everywhere a “snore, snore.
All the children love the zoo,
E-I-E-I-O!