Date: 6 March 2017. Meet the Culprit
This is Buddy
culprit in today's tale of ut oh!
It all started out innocently enough. A few months ago the mangrove
resident Black-Crowned Night Herons built a nest. Two eggs hatched and one
chick survived to
adulthood. Buddy is a teenager, nearly fully grown though not as
robust as his dad, Bud.
also a Beggar. He likes those pretend chicken hotdogs sold at
discount grocery stores for less than a dollar a package. I slice
them into 1/8" thick slices. He would prefer thicker no doubt,
but there you have it. I am thrifty.
The males have light grey
wings, a white tummy and face, with black feathers on their
back and head. The girls are a mottled brown to better blend
in with their surroundings. They have a formidable beak and
stab their food before eating it.
From my bird book,
Birds of North America
If you are like me and fascinated by the birds
around you, I recommend buying
Birds of North America.
It is a great reference item. I probably look something up once a week
in the book. There is a lot to learn.
Buddy stabs his food. That is
where I got into trouble the other day. I was feeding Buddy when I
did not remove my hand quickly enough.
Buddy is a teenager. He is far braver than his dad who I named Bud.
Bud never gets within reach of me. Given an opportunity I believe
Buddy would hop inside Seaweed. He does like his hotdogs.
I was in the cockpit putting hotdog slices on the side deck when
the accident occurred. Buddy scratched my finger in his enthusiasm
for the treat. I immediately came inside and rinsed it with fresh
water. The bleeding would not stop!
I'm not a doctor. I looked at the results of my experiment and
thought it might be useful in similar situations.
The brown is the discolored powder. That washed right
The cuts healed with no infection.
I cannot tell you what to do on
your boat. I will say I have recommended friends have styptic powder
in their arsenal of medical gear. Pet owners must have this item
aboard. When I was telling my friend Tom in Apalachicola about it he
said he had used it himself years ago.
Tom reminded me that
gentlemen of a certain age shaved with straight razors in the old days. Nicks and cuts were common. The
solution was a Styptic Stick.
Amazon I found a styptic pencil for $4.
Side Note regarding my experiment: The powder did not burn.
For you and yours, have fun
and be careful. If Buddy comes by your boat you might consider
throwing a hotdog to the beggar. Hand feeding is definitely not
Thanks for reading. Have a
As for me,
I'm waiting for the winds to abate. I've got plans for a nice little
cruise this week. That of course depends upon the weather. See you
on the water!
Have you tamed any wild birds or critters? What kind?
We had a Great White Egret in the islands that came by our boat for fish
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