Jun 24 2014
May 26 2014
It has been nearly 70 years since I received my discharge papers from the United States Marine Corps. I still get choked up inside when I raise and salute our flag. I am proud to be an American.
May 12 2014
In my lifetime I remember when Osprey were considered quite rare in southwestern Idaho. Now it seems like one can find a nest of these magnificent creatures almost anywhere near a creek, river or body of water. If you see one of these large birds passing by overhead look closely and you might see a fish clutched in its talons. It’s probably headed to its nest to feed its nestlings. These birds have learned to carry their prey head foreward to decrease air resistance in flight. Its just another example showing that intelligence is not a gift given only to humans.
May 05 2014
Apr 15 2014
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.
Apr 08 2014
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.
Mar 30 2014
Mar 25 2014
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.
Feb 27 2014
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.
Feb 23 2014