Monthly Archives: June 2009

Big Baby .. Grackle

Howdee all,

Check out this big baby…Its large ..almost the size of the adult..

Look at the way it carries on. Cracks me up! I am having fun watching all the parents with fledglings this time of year.

I took this through the window of my motorhome..some glare

What fledglings are you seeing?

For more birds ..click on the picture below.bird photog weekly

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Garden Flowers, Mom and Dads garden

Howdee all,

I was finally able to get a decent photo of a Bee…Yippee for me! I see all you other nature bloggers capture bees and bugs so well…I have been trying to emulate you..and finally I was successful.

Meet Mr. Bumble. I watched this fellow for a while..

CENTAUREA Macrocephala : YELLOW HARD HEADGetting gravel_20090627_016 He had to work pretty hard to get down to the pollen.

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I took this video of him working his way around the flower.

Mom and Dad have allot of interesting plants in their garden

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Getting gravel_20090627_022 My Dad grows Bonsais ..must have at least 100 of them. Good thing we got rid of one garden…one less thing to take care of.

Getting gravel_20090627_041Dad likes plants that are exotic looking..this one smells heavenly.

brugmansiaGetting gravel_20090627_011 The veggie garden, is doing well..but would be much happier with a little more sun.

The weather has been overcast and rainy for over a month. Yesterday was an exception..warm and sunny.Getting gravel_20090627_037 Here’s wishing for more sunshine!

Until next time…check out some more notes

on nature by clicking on the flower below.

Cheers!

Making it easier for Mom and Dad

Howdee all,

Had a very busy day yesterday. See where that plastic is on the right hand side of the drive. Getting gravel_20090627_001 Here is the plastic. A few days ago we took out a garden that was here, to make it easier for my parents…one less garden to weed. We also wanted to enlarge the drive to make room for our cars in the drive.Getting gravel_20090627_003

Jeff and I call ourselves the Migrant workers..when we stop at friends or relatives..we like to give a helping hand.

Oh..look who’s watchingGetting gravel_20090627_006

Star likes to sit in the car and observeGetting gravel_20090627_007

I grew up in this house..I was three when we moved here..50 years ago.Getting gravel_20090627_009

Yikes..here comes the gravel truck..I’m thinking..where is all that gravel going to go and who is going to spread it ??Getting gravel_20090627_025

Don’t hit my House!Getting gravel_20090627_027

Dad watching the gravel being dumpedGetting gravel_20090627_029

It was a scorcher today…Wow look at the clouds!Getting gravel_20090627_032The

finished product..after some raking, shoveling and plowing with Dads plow..Getting gravel_20090627_034

I think I lost ten pounds in water weight..and I didn’t stop there…mowed the lawn too!

Tomorrow I rest. ..oh maybe a little weed whacking..

Starbucks Grape Jelly Palooza

Howdee all,

The Orioles have been eating the Grape jelly like crazy.  Mom filled up the 2 Starbucks cups three times today!  The adults feed the fledglings and now some of the fledglings are eating on their own.  Mom says that last year, when the fledglings were old enough to take care of themselves..they all stopped eating the jelly and left.

Five at the at the feeder.

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Jelly Billy…

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  its is a Grape jelly Palooza!birds at feeder_20090624_029

Jelly filled bills

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Oh Catbirds love grape Jelly too.birds at feeder_20090624_041Looks yummy…birds at feeder_20090624_049But its getting kinda low….have to put my face way into the cup.birds at feeder_20090624_050They all want the  

orioles_20090625_029Jellyorioles_20090625_016   gobs of it!

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Crater Lake, SWF

Howdee all,

Thought some of you might need to cool off from the heat wave in parts of the USA.

My sister in NC has had some very hot weather…This ones for you Sicksta! I know you don’t like the cold…but here is an ice cube for your hot! Crater Lake 1.5

October 2, 2002Crater Lake 1.6

October 3 2002Crater Lake 2.61

Crater Lake, OregonCrater Lake 3.8

I Hope this coolness soothed your soul …

Goodbye Micheal and Farrah…Rest in Peace

For more Skies around the world

Click the picture belowskywatch

Feeding time

Howdee all,

We are here in Ct. parked in Mom and Dads driveway for a bit over a month.

My parents love to watch birds in their backyard, and have many feeders out.

I will take more photos later this week of Birdie activity.

This particular feeder is very active…Grape Jelly!

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A few people were interested in the feeder…My mother sent the link

The feeder is on sale now! 20 dollars off.

See ya later..more backyard birdies to come..

in the meantime check other bird posts by clicking the picture below.

bird photog weekly

Can you walk like this? The crazy family can!

Howdee all,

Yeah that’s us. The Crazy family..and we like it that way!

 

Beach Treasures

Weed covered rocks wet with salty oceanGood Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_075Sparkle their hues of green , smells of saltGood Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_072 And decay

Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_074little  diamonds sparkle on water..

Weed and shell meet.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_078  Creatures of the oceans sand.

Move…in slow motion..Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_081 Attach themselves to rocks and weed, feasting, living, breathing,

Ocean…

Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_082Hearts of  GreenGood Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_084Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_083 Blues that glowGood Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_093  Treasure pieces and pirates bounty

 

For more notes on nature click on the photo below..

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Good Harbor Beach,Gloucester, Ma.

Howdee all

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One very nice day last week we took a day trip to Good harbor Beach in Gloucester.

We packed our chairs, brought the binos,scope and here we go.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_005

A small inlet on the south side of the beach, shallow water where Parents bring small children to play.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_006A beach locked in by rugged rocks on the north and south side of the beach.

This is the the rocky area facing south..with amazing home built on it.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_012 This is the beach…facing north..see the rugged rock beyond the beach with the houses built above it?

Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_014 This is the part of the beach facing east and the ocean…notice its not the dry sand if photo above. This is the area where high tide fills in..so most beach goers put their chairs above this area.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_143 Walking further north..note the rocky edges…more amazing homes.Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_144 There is a small island off the beachGood Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_145You can walk the little strip at low tide. Watch the tide..unless you don’t mind a swim.  Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_149This photo taken from the island looking north west.  Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_153     Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_164  A nice place to relax…look at a few birds ( gulls for us that day)Good Harbor beach, Passport rest._20090617_167

And explore the beach for treasures

Stay tuned for Beach Treasures!

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Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp outings

Howdee all,

A Ct. outing in the works for Saturday July 11th.
Looks like starting point is Milford, Ct.

Luke from Under Clear Skies has volunteered to be our guide for the day.
This is what he suggests for the day.

I would suggest (depending on how long people want to go for) to start at the Connecticut Audubon Center in Milford and work our way from there. I’ll do some work on the tide times for the day which will help work out when is best to hit that spot and others. Milford is great for migrant peeps (what a joy I hear you thinking). Also good for other shorebirds, terns etc though and local spots should produce a nice array of birds such as YC Night-heron, Boat-tailed Grackles etc etc.

The list of attending Bloggers so far

Bev from Behind the Bins and Murmuring Trees
Christopher from Picus blog
Dan from Nature Observances by Forestal
Larry from The Brownstone Birding Blog
Steve from lightshedder.com and
Ingraham’s Pic of the Day
Jeff and myself

may be attending
Nick from Shorebirder the birding journal

Birding Dude from Birding Dude

Please spread the word.
Spouses and significant others welcome.
Children..up to you.

Dont know if people will want to bird on Sunday as well…Jeff and I wont be able to…but feel free to make plans for Sunday…I will post them when I know if there is interest.

In the works..is a Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp meets Birds and Beers.

Birds and Beers is Birdchicks get together In MN. So if you will be in the Minneapolis,St. Paul area the weekend of August 14th we will do some birding and some beering!

Lynne from Hasty Brook

Ruthie J from Nature Knitter

attending and the list will grow..

If you would like to attend either event..add a comment and I will add you to the list.

stay tuned to my blog for further details.