Thanks Steve - you're doing a double work load this am. Sharon's picture is great - thanks for posting.I will go over and alert the others to come on over.
You are welcome Steve! Thanks Jo!
Hi Sharon - It is a beautiful day here in MD.. I may just hug a tree like Norma suggested!
Wednesday, September 24Giant pandas might be black and white, but when it comes to their pattern of coloration, there are interesting differences. Even the pandas at Zoo Atlanta have subtle color variations. Yang Yang has a white patch of fur on his otherwise black rear left foot. Though it’s hard to see, Lun Lun has small amounts of white fur on both of her heels. Mei Lan inherited this trait and has more noticeable white spots on her otherwise black heels. I think back to my time in China, when I had to identify certain pandas for data collection out of 35 at the Chengdu Research Base. To differentiate between twin female pandas, I looked for differences in the white stripes they both had on their back legs. To identify one particular male, I looked for the panda whose black “vest” across his shoulders did not connect because of a thin strip of white in the middle. I bring this topic up because of a difference that I've noticed in the newest addition here at the Zoo. Over the past week, as his black markings have become darker, some black coloration has appeared around his mouth. It almost looks as if he smeared some black paint on the lower half of his mouth. We will have to wait and see whether this trait becomes more or less noticeable as he continues to mature.This morning his weight was 794.9 grams.Kate RocaCarnivore Keeper IIWEDNESDAY UPDATE FROM ATLANTA
THANKS, SHARON AND STEVEN
Someone once commented that the black around the eyes of Mia & Tianis different.
Mei's black eyes look oval...Tian's black eyes look like kidney beans
I read back thru comments and see that Paula last night did dance herself right into slumberland! Her body caught up with her when she sat still to watch TV. The news of her mom coming out of ICU soon was very relaxing to her mind, I'm sure!
Mei's black vest on her back is full and Tian's pinches in the middle like a bow tie.
yes, Jo sure it is...:)
Mits - thanks! I laughed yesterday when Norma said that Tia white butt isn't white anymore - that was his trademark for a while. Where is Norma anyhow?Good to see Karla on this early am.
Norma has bible study on Wednesdays
yes it was great to see Karla this a.m.
One reason I was late was a web cam call from Germany. Christine 'thought' I would like to see Elizabeth almost 4 mos old.She is up to 14 lbs now and her legs keep pushing her up & down! Christine also said that Patrick got his b-day box which I didn't send until 6 days ago. That is fast! Also Patrick says he has gotten many cards - even though so far away I must thank all of you who sent cards because it is a touch of home! He thanks all of Mema's Eagle Friends!
I guess it is Wed already. When do you have zoo scheduled?
not til October 1st and the 15th...have done my days for September
ewwiiee back at BWO
demo time for sloth bears....cam 1a
WHoo HOoo! The beautiful clouded leopard was in view! He is prancing along the fence line.
yes, I have seen him too, Jo...there have been alot of the animals on the different cams this a.m.
including a new octopus
the sloth bears look like Bala the young one and Kali the newest female
I haven't seen an osprey at the nest on the Wild Watch cam....Have you?
think the last time was Monday night?
I still check in on the ferrets.They were being very active the other day..... sleeping now.
My bad, as the kids say...didn't forget you all last night...fell asleep on sofa watching news! TO Shepherdstown folks: A friend and former colleague's daughter, Kathy Maiden, did a soldier salute on CNN this am for her husband Navy Lt.Tom Maiden...she asked him to send a flag for Mason, her next door neighbor. Didn't know that she lived next to the Ellsworths! Pretty neat of her to ask for that!
Time to call the Momma in Missouri.BBIALW.
That was nice, Lynn
I think I am seeing ZZ on the cam eating bamboo at the SD zoo.
think you are correct, Jo
I am glad you saw that Lynn. I read about it in the Guest Book on Mason's site. I knew I would not be up that early to view the CNN programThanks for mentioning it.
I need to reheat my coffee & go get dressed! Son coming out for dinner.BBIALW
Jo, I tend to forget about the guestbook! Kathy's mom had sent out an email about the broadcast, but it didn't say anything about Mason, so I was really SURPRISED!!Prayers, please, for my sis...recurrent abdominal pain...going for CT scan today. She went through a terrible time last winter w/ adhesions, bad gall bladder and a severe gastritis syndrome w/ surgery...she's fearful that the adhesions are back.
will do, Lynn
2 eagles BWO
sundown in Finland
Getting ready to go get a new cell phone...my TracPhone died. Daughter is going to add me on to their acct....I can get the phone cheaper that way, and since I really don't use it much, minutes won't amount to anywhere near what Trac was charging me. Late lunch/early dinner, too! See you all later!
ewwiiee party BWO
good morning, everybody!it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day today in so cal...mid 80's.i went to bed late and got up late, BUT i've got the latest version of firefox now...you can too, check it out.[:~)]Jim
I was about ready to load up Foxfire Jim. My IE had been giving me fits for the last few days but today it's doing fine.
Luney is alone
Missed Luney. Guess I should stay awake.
Cute new photo of Lun Lun and Luney.Luney
he is adorable, Red, thanks for posting:)
Yep, Red, I stole the pic!
looks good Sharon.
ADORABLE PHOTO, Red. I haven't seen him since he got his black trim. SHARON, Sissy is going to be soooo jealous of you!
The photo came from the update page.
I know, Wanda, she is! I put it on my IM too and she went immediately and put it on hers!
dueling pictures...this ought to be fun:)
yOU might take a gander at the fish crow on BWO, and while there read the notes on Penelope.[:~)]Jim
Sisters have been know to share
yes...that is right Sharon, Jo wants you to share;)
No, I don't like to share. That is my Little Luney!
that is correct, he is your baby
clouded leopard on view at NZ
big eagle at BWO
Baby all alone at Atlanta Cam..
What a cute little Baby Butt!
how was work today, Margy?
Not too bad, MITS, thanks for asking...Our weather statements call for some higher winds for Thursday through early Friday morning..winds to 40 mph with gusts possible to 60 mph - "West of the Blue Ridge..." - time will tell, but batten down the hatches and get the bungies out !
Luney getting some Lazy Lovin'
well I'm just hoping my bungees hold down at the beach...they have been battling NE winds for a week now, and going to get stronger
Burrowing Owls out by the Bunches..Looks all dark, flat and empty at WW Osprey ...
Sure enjoyed the Eagle Pics from this morning, Folks...
Happy PM Everyone in Eagle/Panda Land!! Finally got a chance to get on work 'puter now that it's time to shut down!!!At least this one will open IE.Sharon, that is a great eagle pic. If they are coming by later in AM, I might see one!(I hate to get up early!)Baby Luney must be the cleanest cub in the country!!Every time I look, he's getting a bath.What a wonderful Mom.Gotta finish up work------Later.
WANDA: I thought of another reason to avoid stainless steel refrigerators! They won't hold a refrigerator magnet!
That eagle at BWO sure likes to clutch that platform edge...keep thinking it is going to take off...
I have been watching it for a long time, Margy, and it looks like it is going to take off then backs down and looks around
both clouded leopards on the NZ cam
well the male clouded just left
Mits - I must have been 2 mins too late... I'll keep staring for a while just in case they return.. I have seen the one earlier today.
Boy are they frisky! And Baby Luney all alone for the moment...
the female is still there, Jo, she is under the log
I think I was watching a replay of the Leopards, just kept hitting buttons until I found something...(the first cam I opened was all empty..)
Lisa has an update 09/24/08:Penelope -- a young osprey from Martha's Vineyard -- has made it to South America. She's the first to arrive among the birds that Rob Bierregaard is tracking this year.When you look at the map and realize the distance you just have to sit back and be amazed!
Margy, click on sloth bear pic at bottom..it is the 2nd one..go to middle of page and click on clouded leopard
OK! I see the tip of something that is under the log.. Her tail or her ear! I'll keep staring......
Okay - MITS - Saw that, can't see the little rascal under the log though...but I'll keep watching, after a short Panda Nap..Looks like rainfall at WW OspreyGood Wednesday Evening Everyone !xo
My NCTC cam is down
going to re-boot and see if that helps
Nest Update09/24/08:Penelope -- a young osprey from Martha's Vineyard -- has made it to South America. She's the first to arrive among the birds that Rob Bierregaard is tracking this year.
Lots of zoom action at Panda Atlanta....baby getting its Momma bath..
...And WHO? turned the lights out on OUR Nest ?TTFN....
Just saw the clouded leopard moveShe really blends right in with the leaves on the ground. She is right below the forked limb
My Eaglecam is ok. Nest very visibleI am headed in to catch the early evening news.... Pres Bush is to be on at 9:00 this evening. Going to tell you where your money is......BBL
ok, re-booting helped, it is back on now.
Yes, Wanda, Margy is right...I forgot about the magnets! Luckily, one side of my fridge is exposed (Black) so that's where I had to put my magnets!Got my new cell...fancy...camera AND a froggy ribbit ring tone!! Frogs/toads have always been my thing. Have had many, but one toad, Freddy, was with me from the time I was twelve until I was 21. My dad would tell every boyfriend "the toad goes with her when she gets married." LOL! Unfortunately he died a year before that happened, but I've had many since.
Candy, wherefore art thou, Candy? Batten down your hatches...sounds like you are in for some rough sailing. Heard 20 foot seas at Hatteras!
Mother and Fawn at Salt Lick...
And now a third deer....
Gotta go next door..neighbor check....TTFN xo
EAGLE ALERT, BOTH!!
Oh, look a visitor!
I HOPE YOU ARE WATCHING!! WE HAVE TWO EAGLES IN OUR NEST!
I see them Deb
A visit from Lib and Belle and GLO!
I am glad I am not alone in seeing our beautiful pair!
Wanda are you still watching too I hope. How Beautiful
Thought I'd stop in and have a look, before my bath...I got lucky.
All gone, darn, I wish they would have stayed longer. :(
All gone. I sure love the pop up. Ya just never know when you are in for a wonderful surprise.
SHORT AND SWEET.
Back to the tub. BBL
Thanks for the heads up, Margy. That is the first time for me, seeing a fawn at that site. Looks like Bambi.
Water's cold now. Get off of here, Wanda!
deer at PA
now at salt lick
back to regular cam..
we have a nice picture of the wall at Atlanta
they have it back on Lun now
here come the racoons at PA
Oh, I tTHOUGHT someone/s would see OUR EAGLES and I KNEW someone would post a Pic...Nice three pictures in the Summer/Autumn NCTC Eagles Album by DEB. Almost EXACTLY the same time as last night....xoxo
Good evening everyone!
Deb, thanks for the eagle pics and especially the pics of "my baby"!! :):)
Hi everyone, Brandon and I want to say Hi.
Hi Annemarie and Brandon:)
Hi Mits all is well here , we were looking at Sharons panda
Hello Anne Marie and Brandon!
glad to hear that....sure is a cute giant Panda cub;)
Brandon and I were on the computer planning a trip to the aquarium in Monterey
Hi Double E-S and Anne-Marie and Brandon and everyone else!Lun Lun was just doing somersaults it the den...trying to get comfy I guess...Wish I was that agile !
that is a wonderful place....been there a couple of times.
Mits Brandon thinks your job at the zoo is "neat"
The racoons are great, thanks for the tip, MITS - Love those striped tails!
yes, Brandon, it is a really neat job
BTW - Mema - thanks for the magic you worked on OUR NEST - just after you said you were going to reset, I had the Nest in view again!
magpie what are you looking at?
So HEDGIE is a Frog and Toad person, huh, let's see, one card...what am I going to do?I do have a nice pic of American Toad Eggs taken in Hardy County years ago...maybe I can turn that into a card !
DEER AND RACOON CAM AT PA
I fly out of here in 10 days how is the weather . What should I bring?
looks like a racoon party is beginning
It's kinda old news, Anne-Marie - earlier, before dark, my Eagle Cam view was a black square with a little red x...Mema had the same, said she was going to reset, and she worked her MEMA MAGIC -then I could see the nest again.But all I see now is Spidey Threads!xoxo
ANNE-MARIE:We're ordering up some nice Fall Colors for your visit !
Now, those are some healthy-looking raccoons!
The air line said I could bring only one suitcase and one cary on. It wasnt like that last year.
Sharon, I didn't know racoons could be that fat:)
Looks like the raccoons are having a party and we wernt invited.
Anne Marie, I would bring clothes that you can layer. You just never know in the fall in WV what the weather might be!
Brandon has been picked up by my son in law and I am going out to dinner with grand daughter Diana. My love life stinks but I have a busy social life.
Love life? What's a love life?
Nice Little Video of Bob Bierregaard's work at Martha's Vineyard with Osrpey:I'm going to try Blue Link it: Bob Bierregaard Martha's Vineyard Video
I apologize, it is ROB BIERREGAARD not BOB
Maggie Diana and I just watched the vedio and it was great. thanks
I hope CEIL gets to have a look...CEIL - did you see any of this action on your trip ??I'll send this to Suzanne too....xo (whew! sure glad MITS helped me learn the blue thingy...)xo
got to go,, bbl
Good, Anne-Marie, I grabbed it off a site Paula passed along to us, entitled Puleston - it is FULL OF ALL KINDS OF STUFF.I'll email you some info on that here in a little bit...xoxo Enjoy Your Dinner ! Californy Style ! xoxo
I have been waiting months on the season premiere of Criminal Minds and what do I get on the TV? President Bush!!! He is the last person I wanted to see when I sat down in front of the TV.
SPEAKING OF WHOM : HELLO PAULA OUT THERE IN NEVER NEVER LAND
Well, SISSY - There IS a good show on at the PIX PA CAM - - xoxo
And, by the way, I love Luney more than Sharon!!!
Or, you could watch a slide show of the Summer/Autumn NCTC Eagles on the Momsters Album Page - now THAT is BLISS ! Go the last page of the album collection, sit back and ENJOY !
I saw that Magpie, much better than what is on TV, for sure. Too much hot air, had to cut up the air conditioner.
Hey SISSY - Yours and my last posts went on at 9:11... God Bless Us, EVERY ONE
Margy when we were in Boston the hotel at the top had falcons nesting but they were not there. We saw osprey at Martha's vineyard.
The coons are certainly partying. I hear Criminal Minds coming on. BBL!
Oh YAY - CEIL - I was hoping you would report that...Rob B. sure seems to enjoy his work! When I grow up, I want to be an ORNITHOLOGIST
I am going to call it a night. Have a good evening everyone. Prayers for our military.
Racoons went to watch Criminal Minds with SISSY -
Good Night Ceil:I SECOND that emotion:Prayers for the Military...and Happy Birthday to Sgt. Patrick Thompson - It is surely Sept 25 overseas now!xoxo
It is also 3 months until Christmas.Devil made me do it.
Yes - think how BUSY we will be in exactly three months....And how COLD it will be then...
Hopefully I will be in Oregon for Christmas.
Sissy, I'm sure you meant to say that you love Luney more than Sharon DOES!!!!!!! We all know you love your sis best of all!
Oh, Ceil, you had to say that!!! It's my favorite time of year, but so much work!!!Oregon, huh? Do you all have family out there??
Ceil - we'll be putting on our Midnight Mass Duds...but you'll get three extra hours to get ready for Santa if you are in Oregon!Hi HEDGIE !xoxo Hopping off here for a little bit..Back Later...
Lynn my son and his girl friend lives there. He has been there only since February. Love Christmas but instead of making it simple it gets out of control.
Last year my sister was so ill, and died on December 15. Changed the whole season, and it turned out to be one of the most magical Christmases for me ever. I was given the opportunity to do one of the readings for Midnight Mass, and then headed out to the grandson's to be there when he awakened Christmas morning. Spent time later in the day with close family friends...and never worried about gifts, didn't have time to.
...and my house was a disaster for weeks thereafer....but somehow, it didn't matter. I played Handel's Messiah until February !
Right, I love Luney more than Sharon does. I love Sharon like crazy!! She is almost like the other half of me.
Magpie, I understand exactly what you mean. We lost our sister Donna, brother Duck, and Mommy last year. Very bittersweet Christmas!! Really does make us remember the reason for the season, don't it.
Ya know, we lost our boys the week before Thanksgiving when we had been married 3 years. That changed the holidays for us forever but we did find joy again. It didn't come quickly or easily but we found it again.
well it is a joy for us that you are on the blog:)
Oh, SISSY - that is unimaginable...You must be carrying the light of their love with you each day, and we are Blessed that you share yourself with us...
Thanks Mits!! Ya'll have really come to mean so much to me. Can't imagine not having ya'll in my life now. Ain't that funny? Some of us are just blessed and find friends we really click with in the strangest places.
Magpie, you are too sweet!
Sure sounds like you found the true meaning of Christmas last year. I had been out shopping with my son for Germany gal's Girl Scout items. (Brownie) Then of course we had to look for an outfit or 2 for the littlest Germany gal! It was fun! It is really chilly out there - I almost put the heat on in the car!
And SISSY - now that you are finished watching the show, the racoons have emerged again...I swear they were gone since you left to watch your show!Yup - We have a Prize with you and your FAMILY every single day!xo
SISSY, what a sweet thing to say about your sister....makes me wish I had a sister to love.
Not to forget to tell you Hedgie - I'll be remembering your sister in my prayers.
Well, I hate to leave such wonderful company but 6 a.m. comes earlier than it used to. I stayed with Mrs. Riffe today and I am tired. She is doing so good, back to her normal self. She still has to use a walker but her mind is just as sharp as ever. God is so good to us. She is a sassy little woman. Raised 11 kids!! Reckon you'd have to be sassy after that, huh? Good night my wonderful friends. See you in the morning lite!
You can share my two, Wanda:)
Good night, Sissy
But, on the other hand, you girls are like sisters...and I love all of you!
Good Night, Sissy...sweet dreams.
Had to do one last check on all the pandas and eagles and such. Looks like the only ones stirring are the coons! Now I am not stirring any more. Good night (really this time). Wait, wait, baby panda all alone. Can't leave now.
Good Night to all those disappearing...HEDGIE: Any updates on your sister? I'm taking two handfuls of prayers to bed with me and she gets ONE WHOLE HAND!G'night SASSY SISSY - good work with your Mother-in-Law today!
and we LOVE you, Wanda;)
Isn't he just the most beautiful little creature!!?
Yes Wanda I know the feeling. I think an only child misses out on so much family bonding... I am glad I had 5 kids! Sissy, I am so thankful that all of us had the chance to be there for you and Sharon and Thelma when you needed us the most! And I should add Mattie and Justin! ((hugs))
a little mini panda
Good Panda Alert SISSY - will make for some Sweeeeeeeet Dreams !
Little Luney is still all alone
Ok, I really have to go to bed. Wish Lun would come back. I can't leave him here by himself. He needs me.
I would love to be able to hear him. I bet he is cutting a shine!!
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