Apr 15 2014

Early this year

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Calliope Hummingbird 4-15-14 (3)

It has become a tradition for me to put up the hummingbird feeders in the second week of April each year. Usually the birds arrive about the 19th of April. Last year the first hummers arrived on the 25th. I hung the feeder up yesterday thinking the hummers would arrive in four or five days. Imagine my surprize when a female Calliope showed up for breakfast this morning, on the 15th.
Calliope Hummingbird 4-15-14 (2)

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Apr 08 2014

Spotted Towhee

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I’ve had a couple of these Spotted Towhees coming to the feeding area for several weeks. They prefer to forage on the ground. Unlike some of the other species that come to my yard they do a quick scratch (double-scratch)  on the ground as they search for food. They can be heard especially when they scratch in dry leaves. Imagine my surprise when I looked out of my kitchen window and saw four of these handsome critters on the lawn. This was short-lived, however. The local pair soon drove off the new comers.

 

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Mar 30 2014

Red-breasted Nuthatch

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Red-breasted Nuthatch is another species that frequent the suet feeder.

 

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Mar 25 2014

Suet Feeder

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Steller's Jay

The Steller’s Jays that frequent my yard have finally found the suet feeder. Six to ten of them come in every day and they take turns wolfing down the suet. I must keep a reserve supply of suet on hand so as not to disappoint the chickadees and nuthatches. I will put up a second feeder.

 

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Feb 27 2014

Is Spring Here Yet?

Red-naped Sapsucker

Outside the window I see patches of snow on the brown frozen turf. Buds may be starting to swell on the deciduous shrubs and trees but it is too chilly to venture out to do yard work. It is getting close to spring and cabin fever is almost unbearable. I browsed through my albums and happened upon this picture. This summer photo of a Red-naped Sapsucker helped shake the winter blaaas.

 

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Feb 23 2014

Newly Wed’s?

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Al and Hilda

Here we are after nearly forty years of marriage posing for a wedding picture.

 

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Jan 25 2014

Leslie Gulch

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Leslie Gulch

Here’s a scanned slide that was taken 40 years ago. The drive down Leslie Gulch is one you’ll never forget. Every turn opens up a breathtaking view of eroded volcanic outcrops. The views are just as spectacular as those in National Parks and Monuments. On this trip I was privileged to view a Desert bighorn sheep (not in this photo).

 

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Dec 29 2013

Corn on the Cob

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Squirrel and Corn

This determined fox squirrel is hanging precariously on to an ear of corn. The corn is suspended from above by a spring. Many attempts were made before the squirrel learned how to get at the corn. It would drop a kernel or two of corn to the ground and then go down and eat them. This little guy provided us with many hours of enjoyment as we watched it’s aerial maneuvers.

 

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Nov 25 2013

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

While going through my old slides I came across this photo of a golden-mantled ground squirrel. I like these little guys and want to share this photo with you. This picture was taken 41 years ago.

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Nov 03 2013

Let’s hold Hands

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Hands - Al and Finley's

Here’s a photo of me holding great grandaughter Finley’s hand. What a contrast this is in size!

 

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