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  • Photos of the Week

    April
    26
    2008

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    Ice Stick Tulip
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    Peach Gerbera Daisy

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    Curious Mourning Dove

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    First Red Tulip Bloom

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    (Shown for effect only. Photo quality sucks. So does the bug.)

     

    Migration ROCKS.

    April
    19
    2008

    I love migration. It’s nature’s way of confirming spring has arrived when you see flashes of color out of the corner of your eye and have this dude reeeeaching his little head waaaay over so he can have a peek at the lady with the camera:

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    American Goldfinch, Male

    And this guy, who I see flitting around in his typical skittish way, never too sure of what to land on until he hits a finch sock – then you couldn’t pry him off if you wanted to:

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    House Finch, Male

    All of the other interesting birds will arrive soon and only be here for a week or so. Eastern Towhees, Grosbeaks, Creepers and Wrens will stop by, then my tried and true birds will stay here for the summer. This fella caught my ear while I was outside the other day:

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    Chipping Sparrow, Male

    He was just singing away up in a tree, I did an overlay so you can see what he looks like singing, too.

    I thought you’d like this one, since I was talking about how to identify males and females and mentioned the female Red Bellied Woodpecker had been by – but I hadn’t snapped a photo of her yet. I managed to do that the other day. Of course her hubby is here quite a bit, so here’s a new pic of him with her in the corner so you can see how they differ in appearances side by side:

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    And last, but not least, a squirrel with no tail. I have no idea what happened to him, and honestly it makes me sad to think about it.

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    It appears to be growing back, though, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for this guy (and yes, he’s a guy, he turned around and stood up and my eyes about popped out of my head), hopefully we’ll see some growth over the summer. I wonder how he communicates without his tail? Anyone know anything about squirrel behavior or communication to know how he might adapt to this injury?

    Poof!

    April
    9
    2008

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    Sometimes, I wanna do exactly what this little house sparrow is doing.

    Hunker down in a quiet place away from the wind and just go “poof”.

    You know what I’m sayin’?

    SO Good To See You!

    April
    5
    2008

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    Knockout Rose Bush Baby Leaves

    I’m a happy gardener today, headed out with a brand new pair of Fiskars Pruners, a wheelbarrow full of grass seed and some fresh dirt. Gonna go get some dirt underneath my fingernails!

    What are you up to this weekend?

    Help the Honey Bees!

    April
    4
    2008

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    I’ve joined the cause to help save the honey bees whose lives are in danger worldwide. Will you join, too? Visit helpthehoneybees.com

    Here are a few bee facts to get you started:

    1. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of all the foods we eat, including many of our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables.

    2. Alarmingly, more than 25 percent of the Western honey bee population has disappeared over the last several winters, threatening our food supply and our way of life.

    3. Many of the honey bee deaths are being attributed to a mysterious threat called Colony Collapse Disorder, which causes bees to suddenly leave their hive and die. Unfortunately, not much is known about this new threat.

    4. Researchers are working to find a solution to Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are ways that we can all help the honey bees today. Learn more about bees and what you can do to help at helpthehoneybees.com.

    Go on and create your own cute little bee to share with friends! The website alone is beeeee-autiful!

    Go, Blow.

    March
    21
    2008

    The perfect backdrop, Chickeymonkey’s Thumper jacket.
    What’s not to love about blowin’ bubbles?
    They’ll make you feel like a kid again.

    Next time you’re at the store, pick up some bubbles,
    and go blow.

    Gorgeous Northern Flicker

    March
    20
    2008

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    I can’t even tell you how exciting it is to see a Flicker on my tree.

    SO. Exciting.

    A Week In Photos

    March
    19
    2008

    It’s been a couple of months since I carried my camera around with any kind of passion to take a photograph. Winter had me tightly in its grips – until last week. I wore open toed shoes to church (my piggies are aubergine, go figure!). I cleared away the dead and dried out iris from last fall to reveal tulips and new iris making their way up out of the earth. I felt excited again! So much so that I even took the cover off the grill and fired it up, we had grilled chicken for dinner that night.

    Aaah spring is coming.

    My camera is at the ready once again, I removed the screen from the front window yesterday for clear photos once I saw the “official” confirmation of Spring in my front yard:

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    I’ve seen them around, yes, but I needed to see him in my front yard. He needed to be right there.

    More random and springy snaps in between dog naps below!


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    Our resident red bellied woodpecker has begun making regular appearances
    on the suet block out back,
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    While Copper collected all of his toys,
    and one of my furry flip flops,
    in and around his cozy little shoebox.

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    I’m debating what to do with my bathroom, tile, paint, wallpaper?
    We’re still piecing it together…

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    While Copper takes a nap.

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    I admired the architecture of the buildings around Palmer College
    on the way home last weekend,

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    Quintin joined in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities,
    donning a clover scrunchie,

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    And our sweet little Chickeymonkey
    smiled adorably at her piano recital…

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    While Copper took a nap.

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    The red bellied woodpecker made yet another loud entrance
    (you can’t miss ’em when you hear ’em)…

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    And we figured out how to fix this mess and reinstall the toilet,

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    While Copper took a nap.

    As you can see, Copper sleeps through most everything, and I have entirely too much stuff to do. Any suggestions on the bathroom remodel are MORE than welcome. My dear sweet hubby can tell you how many times I’ve changed my mind about what to do, since I’ve lost count. I was going to install ceramic tile last weekend until the floor decided to be WAY too unlevel (we live on a slab) to even out without a professional and a load of concrete – and I ended up at Lowe’s 5 minutes before closing time for peel & stick flooring.

    I cannot tell you how I yearn for a custom built home. Maybe next year, eh?

    Or the year after that… or the year after that…

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