Archive for June, 2015


Since Kyoko likes to roll around in the dirt so much he needs a bath once in a while. He was a particularly stinky boy so he got his bath the other day.

Perhaps I will put together a compilation video of his previous baths sometime?
I also just wanted to note that I don’t just give him baths because its fun for me, every time he gets a bath he really does need it. His cuteness is just a bonus.

 

On a visit to the wetlands we saw a Great Blue Heron, which coincidentally landed just as we got there. I’ve never been so close to a heron before, it was really magnificent. Here is the video, which is followed by some still shots.


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The above picture is the only shot of it that I got with my better quality camera before the battery died.

It was such a slow moving bird, when it moved it was so subtle that you wouldn’t have noticed it from afar.

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The Redwing Blackbird had good reason to be defensive, especially if it has a nest because the Great Blue Heron is a predatory bird and eats eggs and hatchlings.

Heres some action shots:

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heron-hit-and-run

 

I had no idea what a huge lump of honey bees was doing on a bare branch with no hive. So I did a little research…

Once a hive has so many bees it has to divide because the workers can no longer receive the queen’s pheromone because of how large the hive has become.

The queen bee ends up abandoning the hive to search for her own new home. Then the drones and workers sort out their issue of finding a new home and a new queen is created from a larvae.

A queen is created from a larvae that is just like the worker bee larvae, except it it chosen by the bees somehow to be fed “Royal Jelly” and she grows much larger than the other females.


I ended up calling the phone number of the hiking trail that I was on to alert them that there was such a mass of bees directly on the path, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt if they accidentally disturbed them by some means. When I checked back later a red tape line had been implemented to block them off and alert the public.

The next day there were only about 15 bees left, which means that they must have gone off to a new home. Safely away from jogging and biking people.

 

Its a beautiful sunshiny day, a perfect chance to catch up on some beauty sleep.

Or so Nice Guy thought… until many annoyances came his way.

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Luckily, Nice Guy is a good sport and finally did end up getting his much deserved nap.

 

While visiting our local wetlands the other day, my daughter and me got to see a Belted Kingfisher!

We were both surprised and amazed to see more than just ducks and tadpoles. There were actually three of these little blue “mohawk” birds chasing each other around a fixed track, almost like they were racing. They kept repeating the chase over and over, I do wish my camera battery had lasted long enough to get footage of this.

So here is the brief clip I got of one of the birds resting on a branch between laps.

Here is the swamp, I have more videos to post later… ducks and other more “common” Oregon wildlife.

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I wanted to have Kyoko’s kitten videos on my new channel so i did a remix and put new music over it.
I like revisiting old memories like how Nice Guy reacted when he was first harassed by kyoko, or how Kyoko played with literally EVERYTHING in sight. Including my pant leg, a bouncy ball and his old wooden brush.

He gets so wild about playing that he even bonks straight into a wall… oops. I believe all of this footage was from the first day we adopted Kyoko.


 

How we got Kyoko:

In June 2011 Kyoko was adopted from a local ad found on the internet for $20, we guessed that he was only about a month old.

Out of all the kitten ads we saw, he was the cutest little guy we could find.
We didn’t want to get a girl kitty, we needed another male kitty to keep our Mr. Nice Guy some company.


 

Why he is named Kyoko

Kyoko was named after a city in Japan called Kyoto.  It was also my name in Japanese class in highschool, it meant “today’s child”. Later we found out that Kyoko is really a girl’s name. He has a high pitched meow, so I guess that is okay!

 


How he related to his humans

He was always curious and watching what us people are doing, as though he will one day do what he sees us do.

 

He gave us long adoring looks, making direct eye contact… with such love!


Nice Guy’s reaction to little Kyoko

He didn’t really like the idea of Kyoko coming to live in HIS home…

 

But he learned to tolerate him, as he tolerates most other things.

 


 

From kitten to adult

 

 

 

 

We were out by the creek chasing water skippers when all of a sudden Lisa burst into tree climbing mode!

She was up in the blink of an eye, bright eyed and bushy tailed she reached the highest part of the tree before my camera powered on.

You can hear how much the local birds didn’t like this feat of strength.

Here are the water skippers, which we did not catch. They are like turbo rockets on the surface of the water.

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It has been very hot where I live, which means that I water my garden at night to avoid scorching.

It turns out that I was watering more than just my flowers this night.

I was worried that I over soaked the little guy so I gave him a tiny nudge, thankfully the moth was OK and flew away later on.

(The plant is called “Royal Carpet” if anyone was wondering. It is actually starting to flower nicely!)

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I’ve been thinking about moving my cat’s videos to a new channel for a long, long time now. There will be much less hassle for me now that I have all of my channels on the same account. Memorizing so many log in passwords is a NIGHTMARE!

Anyhow, I hope to see both new and old viewers alike on the brand new “Kyoko Mr Nice Guy & Lisa” YouTube Channel

To get this channel up and running I’ve added a brand new video! Yaaaaaay!

 

I really like clouds. They bring us water, inspire our imaginations with fluffy shapes and they even shelter us from the hot sun sometimes!

Here are a couple videos I sped up, it really is amazing how they move and form.

 

This one is shorter, but the brilliance of the sun in this one really highlights the detail on the clouds.

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