Here are Whitey and the guineas giving me a look as I feed the flock. Whitey takes her chick out to the yard for water and feed. But it got too cold for the chick and both were put inside the coop until the chick feathers out. Yesterday a hawk got one of our guineas in the open yard. The birds are getting wise to the skies and are keeping out of sight.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.