Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rain and birds...

I haven't shared many flower photos, because it has been raining like crazy.  I think we have had about 7 inches of rain in the last nine days.  My husband took these photos for me to enjoy while I was in the hot desert sun.

 Ella loves sitting on the porch as much as I do.  She is very content with the door open, so she can keep track of what is going on inside and outside.  

The two yearling deer came in last night and ate these geraniums.  I can't say I'm overly happy with them.  They specifically went after my delphiniums and ate every leaf.  They also decapitated my sunflowers.  Let's just say they aren't on my favorite animal list right now.  I will remember them come hunting season.

 I'm adding a few more birds to my list.  The Wood Duck was photographed at the Spearfish Fish Hatchery.  The Black Billed Magpie was seen at Devil's Tower.
 These little buggers are called Gambel's Quail.  I am thrilled I was able to capture them as they sped down the road ditch in Nevada.  I am super excited with this addition to my birding list.

I am pretty positive the bird above is a Cassin's Finch. He was very elusive, but after lots of time spent at the Hoover Dam I finally managed to get a photo.   I am not certain if the bird below is a Chihuahuan Raven or Common Raven.  I think it is a Common Raven.

Charlotte thought I was nuts taking a photo of this pigeon.  When I explained about my blog and she saw the blog, she then started taking photos of birds for me.  It was a running joke between us for the rest of the trip. The fellow below is a Brewer's Blackbird.  They were all around the hotel pool.  I enjoyed watching them, but found them quite elusive when attempting to take photos.
This little fellow playing in the creek is a Song Sparrow.  There wasn't much going on here this week.  I held a Christmas Party for the people I work with at the cabin.  It was great.  The sun was even shining, despite the fact the weather forecast said more rain.  The clouds are back today, but it gave me a reason to putter around the cabin and get things put back together after a busy couple of weeks.  What have you had for excitement?


  1. You could send some of your rain our way as we are really in need of some. Wood Ducks are striking birds aren’t they?

  2. I remember the feeling when the deer ate the plants I was so happy to have in bloom. No more of that now that I'm up above the trees.

  3. Lovely shots, the 2nd magpie shot I have seen. Someone mentioned the wild columbine flower tips were a treat that taste like strawberries , but haven't tried them.Sopmetimes when real thirsty and out of water, these things can help. I often grab a grape tendril.

  4. I truly am happy you take all theses photos even of pigeons. Ella is so beautiful and very wise. Great shots of flowers birds and your life. Hug B

  5. Great photos. I love seeing the flowers you grow and I'm glad to see your are keeping up your bird photo counting up to date. It's fun that you are able to see some different birds from other places. Fun!

  6. Hubby did a great job of picture taking while you were gone! I would be quite upset with the deer too...just like I'm upset with our resident fox. Grrrr...and such pretty flowers they were! You're the second blog that I've read tonight that has had a ton of rain! Feast or famine this year. Is that typical for your area?


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