The amazing Beaufort mountain range just outside of Port Alberni …We were up there recently and I took a lot of photos and decided this one was the fluffiest for posting! So beautiful!
Back at home, wandering around the yard with some sunflower seeds and suet for the birdfeeders (I only put out a little at each feeder) .. I noticed that there appeared to be a little nest being constructed in the old hang glider bag. Some Bewick Wrens had built a nest there a few years ago, but abandoned it in favour of another location. So here they go again. I don’t know if these are the same pair or whether the young ones have found mates and are starting a little family.
I’d noticed two of them perching in the dwarf weeping willow a few days ago here is one and the other wasn’t far away.
They are so very tiny and they were intently looking at something. I found out today what had caught their attention!
Our cat, JaneE, insisted on going outside ..when all I wanted to do was practice my fiddle for today’s lesson! Guess who won out .. cause ya can’t argue with a cat. In particular, a deaf, 22 year old princess who rules our household. I noticed what looked like a straw bowl, resting bottom up on the lawn … curious .. I turned it over and see what I found! A Bewick Wren nest .. and notice the yellow flowers from the dwarf weeping willow!!!
All that very fine weaving in the construction of the nest! I noticed a small piece of plastic film at the bottom of the nest … funny .. there was also a thin piece of plastic in the nest that I found a few years ago. I wonder how long it took them to build this nest? I carefully replaced it into the hangglider bag, tucking it in firmly, unsure as to whether they will return to this next or perhaps build another one? This is so very precious, I feel honoured to hold something so fine, true nature.
And this is from a few days ago, perhaps the little Bewick was continuing to search for fine items to build the nest!
In another corner of the yard, the Downy Woodpecker is looking for food in the bark of the old apple tree. Hard to believe that the tree can be termed old, when it just seems a few years ago that I planted it .. but it was over 30 years ago.
Here is our little princess .. the ruler of our household! Little JaneE Kat!! 🙂
And little Squirrely came by.. searching for peanuts .. I threw a handfull of them around the yard. And I chased them out of 2 of the bird feeders!! The yin and the yang of it all. Glad to see that this one is eating the peanut and not hiding them!
A few days ago I went for a walk that lasted for at least two hours, it included a visit to Lifestyles Market where I filled two bags with healthy groceries .. they seemed to get a bit heavier as I walked along! Anyway, I’d never paid attention to this street sign before and it would have been perfect for March 17!!
It is now officially Spring! And typical weather in Victoria is: Sun, followed by rain, followed by sun … etc., Personally I adore the rainy days and find them to be comfy and relaxing.
There is a tremendous amount of tidying up to be done in the yard … I had the flue a few times and lost months of being able to do anything .. so now is the time to start at point A and work my way around the yard. Accompanied with JaneE Kat, a few mugs of strong Yorkshire Tea and my music! I love world music especially when in the yard .. and have lots of Nae Plans, with Hamish Napier and Adam Sutherland to listen to .. over and over and over .. and also some new (to me) music by Kiran Ahluwalia …..
I look forward to spending a lot of time outside and have decided that I need to get up early so I can practice my fiddle for an hour at a time and then outside and then inside and then outside! Whew, am getting tired already.
Well .. it’s Friday night and time to relax a little bit so that is what I will do!