Monday, March 01, 2021

Egret and Cows

 

The egret was hanging out with the cows, although the cows were not interested at all. The egret didn't mind. It stayed and hunted while the cows mooed and chewed their time away.

News on the vaccine here, Roger got his second shot on Saturday. We were so happy he was able to get that done. I, on the other hand, have not even gotten my first. Not sure when the county is going to start doing the 65+ population, but it should be soon. They are still in the 70+ tier, but 5000 doses are arriving this week, so maybe I'll be lucky to get jabbed in my arm and start to feel safe again. 

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy. 


31 comments:

  1. Here people are getting their second jab 12 weeks after the first which, they say, will be every bit as effective and has allowed many more folk to at least have their first shot, which is said to give reasonable protection on its own. I believe everyone over 65 has been invited to their first appointment, though some people have not accepted for reasons best known to themselves. Glad to see that you're at least able to get out among the egrets and cows.

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    1. John-- I like the way the virus and vaccine is being handled there. I just read that there is a movement to get more people vaccinated with their first shots before letting the first tier get their second. That sounds good to me.

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  2. We are similarly exhilarated - our second shots are due on March 19. A bit like celebrating a secular form of Christmas.

    My mind became terrible inventive. Do egrets belong to the same family of birds that ride on the backs of dangerous animals (water buffaloes I think) picking ticks out of their rough skin? Others occupy themselves even more terrifyingly, acting as toothpicks for crocodiles by removing fragments of decaying meat; the crocs obligingly open their jaws to facilitate this process. But do crocs - who surely rate pretty low on the animal IQ scale - occasionally forget and allow those jaws to close?

    I wondered whether your egret was checking out the cows for tick density. Looked more closely and lost all interest in ticks. Your egret appears to be vertically balancing a long pole on its head, as if auditioning for a circus. Probably gave up ticks years ago; now prefers fillet steak.

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    1. Roderick-- I think there may be a relationship between our egrets here and the ones who ride the backs of beasts in other countries. I like how carefully you looked at the egret. I wasn't nearly as focused.

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  3. I'm still not even on the horizon for vaccinations here in Kansas. Libby will get hers sooner since she's 65+, but we young folk just have to be patient.

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    1. Paul-- I'm in the 65+ population here, but our county is just finishing up with the 70+. I'm hoping that there will be a call soon for me to go and get my first shot.

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  4. Loved watching the cattle egrets in Florida. They are scarfing up the critters the cows stir up when they graze. I have often seen them riding on the backs of cows. They do have a symbiotic relationship as the birds will pick ticks off the cows.
    So glad roger got his second shot and I can't wait for you to get your first shot. Stay safe.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, they really do have a symbiotic relationship. It's lovely to see them hanging out together.

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  5. I get my first shot Saturday. I hope these vaccines turn out a they are supposed to .

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    1. Red-- I'm so glad you are going to be vaccinated soon. Hope it all goes well for you. Roger is FINE!!

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  6. In the small African paradise we lived in for a couple of years, egrets walk around the market stalls and are fondly referred to as 'madame' - a bit like the holy cows in India.
    Your vaccine day will come, just hold tight for a bit longer.

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    1. Sabine-- I love knowing that the egrets walked around market stalls in Africa. I would love to see a photo of that!
      I'm holding tight and waiting.

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  7. We are certainly learning patience while we wait, right, Robin Andrea?! I hope March will bring me the vaccine along with Spring!
    Stay safe!

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    1. Ellen-- Oh yes, we are definitely learning patience while we wait. Or at least we're giving it our best shot!

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  8. Just finished my second dose, but was in the 65+ group rather than the 75+ one...we in western NC had run out of vaccine then. Talked with one son in CO who works in schools and he's received his first dose. Another son's wife works as a school sub, so she'll be getting her dose in OH where they want the kids back in school in 2 weeks. I hope you keep safe until you get your vaccination.

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    1. Barbara-- I am so glad you got your second shot. Yay!! It's good that teachers are being vaccinated. I'll gladly wait until they are all done. Their work is vital. I'm a retired bum! LOL.

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  9. Cattle egret used to sit on the backs of wild horses we would see in Assateague National Wildlife Refuge, MD. It's nice that they apparently have friendly relations with many animals. Glad to hear Roger has completed the process and hope you will be notified soon as well, Robin.

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    1. Beatrice-- I love reading how egrets interact with so many other creatures. It's really so interesting. I'm waiting, sometimes patiently, for that call when it's my turn.

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  10. I love cows. They are so calm.

    Good news re Roger's second vaccine. Must be a load off your minds.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- They really are so calm. We moo-talk to them all the time! Yes, we're glad about Roger, and now we're waiting for mine to finally happen.

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  11. We are due for our second Moderna's Thursday. Had a call from a cousin in North Dakota today who said she had red arm reaction for a couple of days a couple of weeks after her second Pfizer vaccine. Just sayin'.

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    1. Catalyst-- Roger had the Moderna vaccine as well. He was fine, only a bit of arm pain on the first night. I can't wait to see which vaccine they're going to offer me when my turn comes.

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    2. Update: our facility is closing Thursdays and Fridays, apparently due to lack of vaccine, so our appointments have been moved to Sunday. But I received a phone call, a text and an email this afternoon informing me of the change so I think they're (Spectrum Health Care) doing a very efficient job.

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  12. Love seeing your cow friends and the egret and the brilliant green grass!

    Good to know that Roger has had both shots now. I had the first shot of the Moderna vaccine this past Friday. My arm was sore for a day or two. 5000 doses of the vaccine (not sure what vaccine that will be) are supposed to arrive here, too, in March. A mass vaccination event is planned.

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    1. am-- We're always so happy to see the egrets and cows.
      So glad you got your first shot. I'm really looking forward to getting mine. Good luck with your second too!

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  13. We have those same cattle egrets in Florida. I don't think they're native, but they're nice to look at. (Assuming that's a cattle egret -- I can't really tell!)

    Glad Roger got his second shot. My boss just got hers, and she's 59!

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    1. Steve-- I'm not sure these are cattle egrets. Interesting idea though. I'm going to have to google around to find out more about these egrets.
      California is changing its vaccine protocols, and for some ridiculous reason has Blue Shield managing it. Not happy about that at all.

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  14. We are scheduled for vaccinations this Friday. What a relief it will be to get that done.

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    1. Mark-- The county here is starting to vaccinate my age group. I was a little late to the sign in, so I'm going to have to wait, but I'll get there. Good luck to you and Leah!

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  15. the pastures here always have those small egrets mingling with the cattle. I'll see one or two in my yard on occasion.

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    1. ellen-- We love seeing these egrets in the cow pastures. Interestingly, we see herons as well.

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