|Our tick count|
You can see the engorged adults, from Dorah and Annie,
the group of 10 nymphs was from Daisy.
I pluck them off with tweezers.
Twice daily we check the cats for ticks. Daisy is the winner, at 34 of the 38 ticks we've harvested. She favours the fields where the mice hang out, of course. Thankfully, it's easy to spot them on her. They crawl for a couple of hours, up to their heads. We've put Bravecta on them, a new product for cats. It kills them after they latch on, not before.
Daisy is my companion! She loves climbing trees. Her favourite are the cedars, with numerous branches that act as a ladder. She's not afraid of going down backwards, like a firefighter. I videotaped her doing this, that's in my previous post.
She launched herself up several, the mallard ducks weren't impressed. They flew off.
The ladyslippers are growing nicely. They might blossom in a month.
Owl is still trying to encourage the babies to come on out of the nest and branch. It's been coolish, so I don't blame them for staying in the cavity!