Kicking Back with Jack! | GG’s TOT

Kicking Back with Jack | Bald Eagle Juvenile

GG’s been kicking back with Jack, the juvenile bald eagle, which means that I’ve been watching him from my deck using the scope for more time than I should. But hey, it is a historic thing and all–so I check on him daily–and sometimes several times a day.

On Monday, he looked like he was trying to balance on a branch near the nest. He’d stretch out a wing to balance and then shake his tail feathers.

Finally, he meandered back to nest central where the afternoon sun embraced him in light. He is SO very handsome and looking very grown up these days.

I’ve taken some nifty snaps through the scope my neighbor loaned me but it isn’t as strong as I need it.

Truth be told, I really want a digi-scope so I can get into birding big time. The good ones are thousands of dollars–but if you have one you are not using, feel free to gift it over.

Wink, wink.

If you haven’t tipped me lately a good gift would be the camera-digital scope and tripod in the top two spots in the widget below. It would let me take exciting, breaking news photos and put them up here.

Plus, my birthday is coming up soon (the 24th) so it would be a great thing to get.

In fact, you might want to get one yourself!

Meanwhile, I am sending Jack those “vibes” telling him that it would be a super cool birthday present if he took flight as a special present to me and then I can brag here on the Fawnskin Flyer.

Plus, it would be a great thing to include in the article I am working on.

Hey, a gal’s gotta dream–right?

Okay, okay–I’ll get to the news but first…

Last weekend’s storm found me inside mostly but I love a good snowstorm since I can see the eagles easily after one.

You know, I love how the white of their tails flash with the sun.

However, Jack is brown and will remain so until he matures.

The fact is, and eagle’s life in the nest can be a bit boring–which is why I think they leave as soon as they can!

Other than exercising his wings in preparation for his historic flight, Jack spends most of the day eating, pooping, roosting on the edge of the nest, and then sleeping.

He also gazes off to the west a whole lot and I just wonder what he is watching.

I get to see his back a whole lot more than his front lately.

But then he turns his head, the sun highlights his beak and image–and it is stunning.

Now come to think of it, I haven’t seen him vocalize but I do see him flapping more and more.

Jack has turned into a handsome young eagle and I hope, that once he leaves the nest, I can still find him easily.

He has branched out and sits outside the nest now–the first day was funny since he was having a time keeping his balance but by Wednesday Jack was a veteran at it!

Grout Creek Trout | Fawnskin Flyer

The trout got a bit of a respite since the storm raised the creek level–two Fawnskin locals were “seen” rescuing trout by tossing the stranded fish back into the stream.

They are nicer than I am, I try and let Mother Nature do her thing but I think they both get the good deed for the month award.

Okay, now for the TOT…

Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2012 and things will be happening at the Big Bear Discovery Center here in Fawnskin starting at 9:00am.

Participants will embark on a Pedal Path adventure to learn about “Leave No Trace” and help clean up to give back to Mother Earth. Wear sturdy shoes, layer clothing and bring water. Gloves and trash bags will be provided and a festival will follow at the Discovery Center from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Did you know? The San Bernardino Mountains is home to 71 species of endangered and threatened wildlife and more than 85 sensitive plant species.

Earth Day participants can also view and learn about sensitive and endangered species, different ecosystems, and wildflowers indigenous at Montane Meadow and only found in Big Bear, California. To participate, bring your own bikes and helmets.

The celebration will also include nature crafts and constructing crafts out of recyclables.

MS Walk Big Bear

The MS Walk is scheduled for May 5, 2012 this year. Signup online or site at North Shore Elementary School on the day of the event starting at 8:30am. There will be a Mexican dinner at Moose Lodge 2085 following the event (5ish). Hosted by Dave Emig & Crew, the cost is a mere $10 and all proceeds will go to MS.

Amgen Volunteers

Last year Fawnskin didn’t get any coverage during the Amgen Tour. Eric Lewis, the Volunteer Chairman for Big Bear Climb on May 18, 2012 sent out a call for help and is seeking Course Marshall volunteers to help with the race.

Volunteers are needed at The Discovery Center from 10:30am to 1:30pm through between 3:00pm and 4:00pm when the bicyclists ride through.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact him by email at [email protected] or phone (909) 800-4371. A volunteer orientation will be held a few days prior to the event.

Grout Creek April 16, 2012 | Fawnskin Flyer

And over on the south shore…

Well, US Bank opened on Monday, April 16, 2012. GG had her nose pressed to the glass door and the staff waved me in. I had a nice chat with Carol Mulvihill who is settled in nicely and she said they have a lot of great offers–so stop on by and check them out.

Big Bear Realtor, Will Rahill changed locations to 42149 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear Lake, CA and GG needs to get over there to take a look and see if the new office meets with my approval.

GG enjoyed visiting the new Big Bear Tea Exchange and recommends you try the Pirate’s Bounty…yum!

Okay, that is all for now and I’ll have a post for you on Tuesday–but since it is my birthday there is no telling what I will be up to!

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