Category Archives: NC

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker checkin in…

Howdee all,

Homey has arrived safely in NC and it parked snugly between two familiar hickory trees.

Arrival was not without complications. Just two miles away from Carthage, Jeff stopped for diesel~after fueling Homey would not start..

No sound when the key was turned. This has happened several times in the past ten years. This time it took a few more taps with a hammer on the solenoid and it started.

Yellow bellied sap_017Before Homey arrived I noticed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker mewing and going to the suet.

Not soon after Homeys arrival, the sapsucker checked out its reflection.

Yellow bellied sap_005Our windows are reflective and we always have birds coming to the window to see who is in their territory.

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For the past two mornings Mr. Sapsucker starts tapping on our bedroom window at 6:30 and then moves on to the bathroom window for a bit.

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Here is a video of him tapping at our bathroom window.


Colin and Jack

Howdee all,

I have been in NC for over a week now~Still waiting for Jeff to arrive with Homey. One day routine service appointments always seem to turn into two or three days. We are kind used to that.

I am getting antsy though,

I would Love to have my Homey, Hubby and all here in NC. They are due to arrive very shortly~Hopefully..

Jeff just called and said that he was at a Gas station and after fueling up the Homey wouldn’t start. Hopefully he will just bang some solenoid part with a hammer and it will start…Hee works. He has done that on numerous occasions.

I hope it works this time..


Colin is recuperating well.

Jack helps.

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When Sicksta Dell and Craig get up..he leaves their Bed~

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And snuggles with Colin.

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Fire in late Autumn..

Howdee all,

Its nice to finally be here in NC at Sicksta Dell and Craigys.

When we arrived the Oak and Hickory trees had let most of their leaves go and it was a big leafy mess in Sickstas garden.

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NC_004I took this particular day off..


The following day I raked leaves, put them on a tarp and dragged them to the back yard . I cleared the area in preparation for Jeff and Homeys arrival next week.

I set up the bird feeders.

I am wondering where the Robins and Cedar Waxwings are..they seem a bit late this year.

NC_010Jack and Kali in their new orange scarves. 

Its hunting season here…and one cant be too careful.



Where did the time go?

Howdee all,

Seems like we just arrived at Sickstas and Craigys and now we are gone..and in West Virginia..

When we arrived five weeks ago..there were no leaves on the trees…

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When we left they were all leafed out..

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Unless they came out in the open like this Summer Tanager..

Sickstas g_009When we arrived the Bluebirds were just checking out the nest box…

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Before we left…Craigy and I peeked in the box and saw three eggs..

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When we arrived the Chickadees were in and out of the moon…building their nest..

Ten minutes before we left, I saw the Chickies fledge…What a treat! I didn’t have my camera, nor did I want to take the time to grab it…I savored every moment…as the awkward little fledglings left the Moon for their first flight.

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I saw ferns unfolding..

I will see more here up north…seems like it’s a few weeks behind here…

Weymouth Woods walk_015Ballie enjoyed his daily walks…

When we are at New River he will be lucky if he gets a walk all week, we will be gone all day birding.

Around sickstas_041Seems like we just arrived and Craigy was starting to put in the new kitchen..All of the cabinets are in now…and the countertop is next…

Craigy likes to sit by his pond watch the fish…six Goldfish..Sicksta put some flowers in the pond.


And Craigy plays in his pool too…

Jeff is always busy killing Vampires…don’t even ask.

Around sickstas_020I found this dead, but colorful bug..

anyone know what it is? > I bet Sicksta Lori does.

Around sickstas_029 (1)Found a beautiful living bug also..

lots of bugs in Sickstas yard.

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When we arrived the Iris were just budding~

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Before we left we were able to see many different Iris blooming..

P1060554Love the colors of these…P1060551I had a love affair with Water droplets

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Water droplets and flowers_066I enjoyed Sickstas Garden and hanging out with her…

Water droplets and flowers_158After weeks of searching…I found some Morel Mushrooms!

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We saw what devastating damage a Tornado can cause..

We did all that, yet it seems like it was no time at all…

Where did the time go?

The Warblers have just started to arrive in numbers…and we will miss that..

We will miss Craigy yelling at the Kitchen as he puts it together..

We will miss the Bluebirds fledge…

We will miss the flowers that were just about to show off…

We will miss Sicksta, Craigy and the pups..

Such is the life of wanderers….


Goodbye Sicksta and Craigy and pups…

See you in November..

I hope the time goes by slower then…

Tulip Poplar flower

Howdee all,

When I go looking for Morel Mushrooms, one of the trees I look under are the Tulip Poplar trees..

Water droplets and flowers_104The trees have these beautiful flowers

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Sometimes wind will take a few down to the ground

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Morel near a Tulip Poplar

Sickstas g_033Today is our Bittersweet departure from dear Sicksta and Craigys..

We are on our way to West Virginia

New River Birding and Nature Festival

May not have internet,or much time to blog..

…So if not…See you after the festival!

Water droplets on yellow

Howdee all,

Guess what?

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Water droplets…

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This below is a Cytisus flower

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Drippidy~ Droppidy

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Liquid jewels

I think of earrings when I look at these droplets  below..

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A fuzzy orange tongue

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Lapping up the droplets…

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Terrible tornadoes again….Luckily none in our area.. 

I was up most of the night as the weather radio went off about every hour with an alert.

My heart goes out to those who lost their homes, businesses, family and friends…:(


Jeff and I leave North Carolina on Saturday….

always Bittersweet…

We are heading to West Virginia for a week to attend the New River Bird and Nature Festival…then onto Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding.

Warbler Heaven:)

Cassin’s Sparrow, Scotland County, NC

Howdee all,
When I read online on Facebooks new ABA Area Rare Birds group created by Chris West that a first record for NC Cassin’s sparrow was seen just a half hour drive from where we were~~I wanted to see the bird.
Jeff and I have seen Cassin’s sparrows in Texas, but this bird was way outside its range.
When I mentioned seeing the bird to Jeff, he wasn’t so thrilled. The Cassin’s Sparrow is a rather plain looking bird.
There was a Fork-tailed flycatcher seen the same morning the Cassin’s was discovered, but hadn’t been seen since… I thought idea of seeing a Fork-tail flycatcher might be more appealing to Jeff as it is a Gorgeous bird and would be a life bird for the both of us…
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I knew the chances were pretty slim on seeing the Forkie… got us out there to the Cassin’s. 🙂
Clouds near Cassins Sp_001 We followed the directions from The Carolinas Birding List and put in the GPS coordinates..
They were spot on..
Clouds near Cassins Sp_003The second we drove to the spot we heard the Cassin’s..
Clouds near Cassins Sp_004There was one other car there…a father and son.
They told us that two Cassin’s were singing earlier…
Very interesting. The talk on the listserve is that the droughts in Texas etc..could have them deciding NC is a good home.

Subject: Cassin’s Sparrow range
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:03:49 -0400

Cassin's Sparrows have long been one of my favorite sparrows.  I have 
fond memories of waking up to their songs while camping in western
Oklahoma. Thanks again to Gil for finding and bringing everyone's
attention to them.

It is always risky to speculate why a rarity has shown up, but with two
Cassin's Sparrows in the state, one has to wonder. Cassin's is native
to short and mixed grass prairies with some larger plants - shrubs and
yucca - from which to sing. This area is mainly in western Texas,
Oklahoma, and Kansas and eastern Colorado and New Mexico. Populations
tend to fluctuate greatly, often in response to drought. The drier the
year, the further east they nest. Interestingly, most of their normal
range is in one of the strongest drought in years. Of course, "further
east" is usually central Oklahoma and eastern Texas. Who would have
thought North Carolina!!

John Dole
Raleigh, NC
Cassins Sparrow in NC_007Here is what Daniel, posted on the listserve later in the day..and a link for photos..
Subject: Cassin’s Sparrows, Scotland County
 Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:35:45 -0400

After finding the longspur at Fort Fisher, Dad and I drove up to Slate Circle to try for the Cassin’s Sparrows. It took us a little while to find the right field, but once we did both Cassin’s Sparrows were singing as soon as we got out of the car. We got great looks and bad photos of one of them, and heard the other one. Link to photos:

Daniels dads photos are much better than mine…As the distance was great and I just have a point and shoot with 20x …
See the Sparrow?
Cassins Sparrow in NC_004Here..let me crop the photo…ha..oh there it is! Cassins Sparrow in NC_004
We actually had great views in the scope….theirs, we didn’t bring ours~ mistake…I could have had a nice digiscoped photo of this bird, as it sat quite a long time singing in the same spot.

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This Savannah sparrow was much closer …
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I did take a video of the Cassin’s ~which is much nicer..because the best part of the whole scene was hearing the bird….a beautiful song…and also the displaying.

So here you go…listen to the video…
I had no tripod..only a monopod..and keeping it still was bear with me here…
Note~at the end of the video the~ Skylarking
There were some storm clouds coming in from the west ..
Clouds near Cassins Sp_007It started to rain..
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It was time to go…
Oh..and no Fork-tailed flycatcher

Water droplets on red

Howdee all,

Here is a continuation of my fun morning with water droplets.

Water droplets on red Dianthus flowers.

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How many water droplets can one small flower hold?

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I was surprised to see so many..

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The flowers still strong under the droplets weight.

The way that some of the droplets looked reminded me of a strawberry..

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A jeweled flower..

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Holding on to its jewels..

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Until the sun dries them…

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Or a breeze takes them to the ground…

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After the rain~ water droplets on green

Howdee all,

It rained on Friday…
Saturday morning I had fun with water droplets.

Water droplets and flowers_002These are all taken with my point and shoot using the macro mode.

Tiny seashell water droplets..

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I took lots of photos…

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This post are my droplets on green

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I have four more posts of droplets~yeah..I got carried away..the droplets were so beautiful…I couldn’t stop taking photos..

Water droplets and flowers_054The next four posts will be droplets on flowers

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I enjoyed looking at how the droplets settled on different types of leaves..

Water droplets and flowers_069On a windy day these would have blown to the ground….

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This particular morning was very still and the droplets stuck to the leaves like little jewels..

Water droplets and flowers_075A green hill of droplets..

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Water droplets and flowers_083Lined up in rows…

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The next two are similar…I just couldn’t delete either

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Do you see the heart droplet in the center of this leaf?

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Two droplets

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Another angle..

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I love all the sizes of droplets on this small leaf…

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I hope you enjoyed my water droplets…

I really enjoyed taking them…

Come back again to see more….

I wish you all a very


Tornado Damage Sanford, NC

Howdee all,

We drove thru parts of Sanford, NC yesterday looking at the tornado damage, from the storm on Saturday the 16th.  Sanford is the next town over from where we are in Carthage..

Many roads were closed.

All photos were taken as we drove by the areas.

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A few streets west and a bit south of Lowes…Tornado Damage Sanford NC_019

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See the Jacuzzi tub below in the front yard..Tornado Damage Sanford NC_033

That’s a tractor trailer truck overturned in the backyard…

When I see that I think of our Homey…

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