All posts by Sheila

I have a passion for the outdoors and I am most happy enjoying what nature has to offer. Hobbies include photography, birding, Pickleball, astronomy, biking, and hiking. I have been happily married, for 44 years, to an amazing person.

~White-winged Dove

A Symbol of Peace …..

Back in April while camping at South Llano River State Park, I photographed these White-winged Doves.

The white-winged dove is a dove whose native range extends from the Southwestern United States through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They are large for doves, and can be distinguished from similar doves by the distinctive white edge on their wings. They have a blue eyering, and red eyes.

On this day, as we remember our fallen heroes, and as we show pride for our free and beautiful country, I hope you have peace in your hearts.

 

~Riley Ann

Riley Ann will soon be two.

I can’t believe almost two years has passed since she came home to live with us. She is a beautiful, sweet, playful ball of  joy in my life!

On a walk at River’s Edge.
She loves to play on the stairs with her toys.
She likes to jump in my chair.

Last Friday we had a dusting of snow and she had fun playing in it.

~Friday’s Feathered Friends

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

I went birding yesterday with a friend and we stopped at Jim Hamm Nature Area in Longmont, CO. These beautiful Yellow-headed Blackbirds entertained us with their singing and acrobatic  abilities. And, they also brought back fond memories of when I saw them for the very first time. They were in the ponds across the road from Jackson Lake Lodge.

That was in July of 1985. We were living in Louisiana and took another vacation to the Tetons in Wyoming. 

After many years of vacationing out west we decided to move from Louisiana to Colorado. So in January of 1986 we make the move. The magic and wonder of the west along with its wildlife captured our hearts. 

Thanks for the memories guys!

A little information on Jim Hamm Nature Area:
Originally developed in 1976, the Jim Hamm Nature Area comprises 24 acres, including a 14-acre pond. This land was donated in 1974 by the Hamm family in memory of USAF Captain Jim Hamm who was shot down over Vietnam in 1968 and to honor all St. Vrain Valley Veterans who fought in that war. Jim spent his youth exploring and appreciating the wild environment that once was part of his grandfather’s farm (Elmer Montgomery). The pond at the site is a designated bird sanctuary that welcomes a variety of waterfowl throughout the year.

~A feathered ember in a desert landscape…

~South Llano River State Park – April 2022

A feathered ember in a desert landscape, the male Vermilion Flycatcher is exactly what its name says: a brilliant red bird that hawks flying insects from conspicuous perches on shrub tops and fences.

This perfectly describes these birds. (taken from All About Birds).

I “chased” these birds around the park for four days. I was able to capture the female pretty well; however, the male was more difficult. He didn’t sit still very long. They are fun to watch. They land on a tree branch and fly up into the air to catch bugs.

Male

Females are delightful in their own way, subtle gray-brown birds with a warm salmon-red blush to the underparts. Though they barely reach the southwestern U.S., this species is common all the way through Central America and much of South America.

Female

I did see a male Vermillion Flycatcher at Torrey Island Campground near Belle Glade, FL. It is listed as rare for this area.

~~ Happy Birding~~