Friday, February 13, 2015
As I typed today’s date .. I thought back to the last time that I blogged .. it has been months since I’ve done that. And I just love blogging .. writing about things that happen in my yard, places I’ve visited around town and things like that.
And photos .. hundreds of photos of birds, nature, skies, ocean, beaches. And visits to various places.
I do feel quite happy, creative and energized when I make the time to post some photos and express my thoughts, just letting them flow from my fingertips as they tap along the keyboard. It is really a decadent pleasure, writing. Having loved writing since I was a kid, I mostly wrote in my mind until I learned about blogging!
Having the discipline to write daily has opened up the dusty doors of my imagination and how exciting it is to let loose the treasure trove of thoughts that I’d kept hidden away. My mind really feels like Aladdin’s Cave .. full of precious and sparkly thoughts. What a delight it is, to read my thoughts at a later date. I wonder sometimes, where the words come from. And I do have to laugh sometimes at what I’ve written.
Anyway, I’ve decided to polish off that discipline and delve back into that treasure trove. So today, I will show some photos of some lovely feathered friends that are in my yard. Nesting in the tall trees that we planted over 30 years ago
Here is one of the Red-Breasted Nuthatches visiting a suet block. They look like little bandits and they are often quite difficult to find because they are quick to fly away, preferring to stay hidden away. So I’m quite happy when I see them and I don’t even breathe, while I click-click away with my camera.
And there are quite a number of Chestnut-backed Chickadees. They are clever little birds and chirp away when the feeders are empty, as a reminder that they need to be replenished
There is a family of Downy Woodpeckers, this is the female, the male has a band of red at the back of his head. They always announce their presence with their cheerful little chirps “here I am”. The sound is similar to a Robin’s cheerful chirp, I think.
Sweet little Bush-tits, they are social little birds and always swirl their way into the yard. A few months ago, I was outside, digging away in the garden and overhead flew the largest flock of them I had ever seen. I was so enthralled by the sight that I didn’t even want to waste time getting my camera case open. It seemed as if there were hundreds of these little Bush-tits flying over my head … straight through the yard and aiming for a tall tree in the front yard.
Yesterday, there were only a few and after they ate some suet, they took some time to groom themselves.
I felt lucky to zoom in on some of them, they flit about so quickly it’s challenging to focus on them and take some photos!
A healthy looking Robin was tucked away in the branches of an apple tree, seemingly content to just stay hidden away for a while. He was there for quite a long time.
He kept an eye on me while he sat there, surveying the yard.
Just a few Bush-tits at a suet block. The others were either perched nearby or in the midst of the tree, grooming themselves. How very sweet they are.
And I was so focused on getting a photo of the little Anna (upper middle area) that I completely did not see the Bewick Wren staring right at me! What a surprise that was, when I looked at this photo! Can you see it, almost in the middle of the photo .. tail feathers spread out in a fan shape. There is a family nesting somewhere in our yard and I feel honoured to have them here.
Here is one of the Bewick’s .. lovely singer
I was extremely fortunate to take more photos .. I think this one might be the baby, nearly grown now. Their nest must be hidden away quite well .. these birds are very challenging to find.
Little Anna, sipping away. I must start making the nectar 4:1 soon, as the weather is quite balmy and they don’t need the 3:1 sugar right now. Must do that tomorrow and clean and refill their feeders.
A few weeks ago this hawk was settled into the wild and crazy tree. Eventually he flew off. Quite a beauty, isn’t he.
Darling little Black-Crowned Sparrow. Very distinctive. I’ve heard a few Gold-Crowned Sparrows, but not many, yet.
I don’t see this squirrel around much . .I think she is Squirrely’s daughter. Love the white markings on her chest.
Well… blogging is continuing. I’ll share my Mason Bees adventures when they are put outside to hatch. Right now they are snug in their container in the fridge’s crisper drawer. Their house is all cleaned up. And at the end of February or beginning of March (I am told) I can put the cocoons into the top drawer of their house and put them outside!