Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

June 4, 2015

Briefly, we enjoyed visitors to our pond today




The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. In places like Texas and Louisiana, watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds, or loafing on golf course ponds. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward.


wild-ducks-060415c Resting on one leg.


Black-bellies breed during their first year of life, establishing lifelong pair bonds during their first winter. Nest initiation occurs from April through August, a period approximately one month longer than prairie nesting ducks. Black-bellies nest in tree cavities and, similar to wood ducks, also have adapted to nesting in boxes. Where tree cavities are lacking, black-bellies will nest on the ground, often in grasses at the base of small trees or shrubs. Females lay an average of 13 eggs and both sexes incubate the eggs. Experiments have revealed that removal of either the female or the male during incubation results in abandonment of the nest. Apparently, participation of both the male and female is necessary for the nesting attempt to be successful. Black-bellies enjoy relatively high nest success rates (an average of 45 percent) compared to prairie nesting ducks. Most nest failures are caused by raccoons, rat snakes and golden-fronted woodpeckers.

wild-ducks-060415fMaybe, just maybe they will return for another visit.

Maybe, just maybe they will nest in one of our wood duck nest.

October 22, 2014

grand daughter KJ came to visit her papaw


September 13, 2011

World’s Greatest Chocolate Pie Recipe

This is an old family chocolate pie recipe.

 The recipe has been passed down for several generations.

1 stick marg
1 c sugar
2/3 c flour mixed w 1/3 c cocoa
1 can evaporated milk
2 c reg milk
4 egg yellows (mix up before adding)
Mix in one ingredient at a time. Cook slow or it’ll burn.
When thick add 2 tsp vanilla

Precook pie crusts

Add one more egg white then beat for meringue. When stiff add a little sugar. Beat a little more.

Brown meringue

Makes 2 pies


Bethany just made this last Saturday. She wanted to make a pie so I had her call Cindy. Cindy walked her through the steps using our family recipe and it tasted wonderful.

Comment by Kris — September 13, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

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