This morning, while Luke was at his zoo class (another post coming on the class on another day), Kate & I went on a nice 4-mile walk around Sedgwick County Park. When we were right near the Sedgwick County Extension office, I suddenly noticed this small animal in a "desert" type plant display....
It was the size of the palm of my hand. It was not a rat. It was too big to be a mouse. Kate & I watched it eat for a bit. Then, I noticed "burrowing" holes in the "desert" display. So, I figured out that possibly this animal was in the prairie dog family, possibly?????
Kate & I then watched this animal go in & out of this hole.
When we went & picked up Luke from his class, I told him we had a surprise for him, knowing he would want to see this animal, if possible.
We arrived back at the extension office. Luke, Kate, and I walked over to the little display.
Unfortunately, we could not find the animal again. I told a somewhat disappointed Luke that we'd stop by there again to look. I looked the animal up on my phone. From what I can kind of tell, I *think* the animal might be a "cony" or a "pika". It's a desert-burrowing animal.
Anybody else have any ideas???? I'd appreciate the help.
My parents (aka Papa & Grandma Andover) are avid bird watchers in their yard. They *patiently* let the grandkids help feed the birds. Luke has taken quite the interest in the birds that visit the feeders.
Luke asked us very politely if we could get a bird feeder. Since we're definitely novices in bird-watching, we bought a cheap one to get us started. This evening, after Luke & Marc finished mowing the lawn (henceforth any sweat shown on said people in the pics), Luke & Marc put up the feeder.
This was all this evening. Since that time, Luke has seen a whopping one bird so far on the feeder. He's really hoping to see a meadowlark -- our state's bird. But, a friend just left us a comment on "Facebook" that meadowlarks are more "field birds". Another friend mentioned she's seen them on her feeder in the winter -- when snow is covering the ground. SO -- I will give Luke those facts tomorrow since he's currently sleeping peacefully as I type this post!