Category Archives: At Home

When not traveling in our coach we are at home in Loveland

~Safe Travels Little Ones

~Loveland, CO, October 6, 2017

Wednesday was the last time we saw the two Hummingbirds that have been with us for a long time. Drinking coffee yesterday morning we commented that “they must be gone”. During the day we kept watching for them, and when we didn’t see them again this morning we knew they must have begun their long journey south. I am glad, but sad.

I truly miss seeing them! They provided us with lots of entertainment this season.

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Black-chinned (male)

This photo was taken back in April at South Llano River State Park.

“Travel safe, and I truly hope you make it to your destination.”

 

~Its Coming!

~Loveland, Colorado, October, 4, 2017

Yesterday, a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows landed in the yard to partake of the “buffet” I have setup. Also, a Mountain Chickadee was spotted at the Sunflower Station. A flock of Eurasian doves arrived Monday and ate everything in sight, it was a feeding frenzy. They decided to leave, with just a few long-term residents staying behind. (Flocking up to head south.)

This morning other visitors arrived, Juncos! They are leaving higher elevations, because of the weather.

Two Hummingbirds are still hanging out at their Hanging Station. I tell them everyday to head south. It has been getting down into the 30’s here, so they need to go! This morning, one was sitting in a big Blue Spruce preening! Just go!

A hawk flew by a window. I think he wanted to partake in a buffet of his choice (a live one). He was too fast and didn’t stay for identification.

Other birds in the yard this week: Scrub Jays, Blue Jays, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadees, Black-capped chickadees, Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-shafted Flickers, White-breasted Nuthatches, House Finches, House Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Robins (flocking up), and Western Tanager.

We don’t usually see the Mountain Chickadees and the Stellar’s Jay, which means they are coming down to lower elevations. We are at 5,000 feet.

Howard and I know what these sightings indicate.

oOo – Winter is Coming!

~Happy Birding!

Remember to assist them during the winter, and with their migration south!

 

~My View

 

~A cloudy, fall day at home…..

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The trees we planted years ago are looking a little ragged. Age has a way of doing this to all living things. As ragged as this old tree looks, it still gives me pleasure looking out the window and seeing it, when sitting at my desk.

This tree attracts numerous species of birds each year, flocks of Waxwings and Robins, Jays, Doves, Woodpeckers, Bushtits, Sparrows, Towhees, Chickadees, Finches and Townsend Solitaries, to mention a few. It is a good tree.

I was sitting here at my desk, in what is called a basement, the other day looking out the window. Glowing up in the south, we didn’t have basements, this one sits in the ground, so the window is right at ground level. Strange at first, but normal after all these years. In fact, during the summer, this is the best place to be in our tri-level home, because it is the coolest room.

It was a cold, rainy day here in northern Colorado, in fact we have experienced several weeks of cold, rainy weather, so it was a good reason to be sitting inside. My window faces east and the view, from our hill, overlooks the town of Loveland. At times hubby and I think, “should we sell this house”, but quickly say “no”, because we still love The View. 

It occurred to me that I could take a photo from my chair looking out. I have seen photos showing a window frame with a view beyond and thought them to be interesting. Why I haven’t thought to do so prior to now, I don’t know.

After taking the photo and thinking about it, I realized it captures my personality perfectly. Perhaps most, but not all of the things I love are portrayed in this single shot. I guess each of us can take a look around our surroundings and it will highlight what we love.

What I love the most; however, isn’t in the photo – my sweet hubby sitting at his desk next to me and my best four-legged friend lying on the floor next to my chair.  I am positive them being near, adds to the comfortable feelings I have sitting here and looking out.

Looking at the photo, I can see things I like doing that fills my life with pleasure. Of course if you have followed this blog, you know I have a love for photography and birding. Some of my bird books are within reach for easy access to research.

Other times a calm, peaceful mind is needed and reaching for an adult coloring book, and spending an hour or two coloring takes me to a blissful state of mind (no thinking, no world tragedies to read or hear about). Or perhaps I want to do something a little more creative, beading fills that beautifully. My astronomy books are nearby and I do enjoy observing dark, clear skies, and reading about current astronomy events. Having spent a career in computers, I still enjoy time spend on my computer devices. What’s not to enjoy about, blogging and Words with Friends. BaHaHa!

In my view you can see an Orchid, a very special one, and one of eight. This one was an Anniversary gift from hubby this past August. It is still gorgeous after nearly two months. Of course, there are other things I enjoy, which aren’t reflected in my photo and these would be mostly outside activities. Traveling is another activity hubby and I enjoy a lot, and one that after awhile has be missing my view.

Truly, my intend was to simply capture the view from my desk, but it turned into something beyond a photo.

Why taking this photo and reflecting on what it shows, has put me in a “mood”. I use the word mood, because I can’t think of a better word or words to use. I admire those of you who can express your state of mind in beautifully written words.

I guess, in summary, my feelings might after all be easy to express…

~”A simple life and simple things, with a view to enjoy!”

 

Header photo: Taken, just as I was going to publish, through my window using my iPhone. I have several visitors who like to come see what I am doing and sometimes they will even peek in the window. One time I looked out and a deer was staring back at me. Mrs. Rabbit came to clean-up my messy yard and enjoy a few nibbles. I am hoping she will do a good job, so don’t pay any attention to my mess!

~Birds-meet Scratch

~Loveland, CO, September, 2017

 

Scrub Jay (Scratch)
Western Scrub Jay

We named her Scratch. She visits Howard and I several times a day when we sit outside. In the morning we have coffee and in the evening we enjoy a glass of wine out on our deck. Sometimes, during the day, I will sit outside and read, she has been keeping me company. I have never experienced a Western Scrub Jay being so friendly.

Scratch likes when we are out on the deck. She comes flying down and perches on the deck railing not more than two feet away. Sometimes, she will sit there and sing. Her song is a very soft, pretty twitter. Of course we sing along, chirping the best we can!

We were surprised the first time she begin singing, because her voice was so soft. If you have ever heard a Scrub Jay you know they have a powerful, loud voice.

A few weeks ago she looked horrible, we thought something was wrong with her. We started calling her Scratch, because she was always grooming and preening her feathers. The feathers around her neck and upper chest were sparse. We now believe she was just molting; her feathers are looking very nice now.

What a cutie she is!

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who follow my blog. To all new followers – Hello!

I hope you are enjoying seeing the birds I love to capture with my camera. Hopefully, once we begin traveling again, I will have more nature photos to share.

To those who comment, thank you very much. I don’t always answer as quickly as I should, but know each and every comment is enjoyed! I love learning bits and pieces of who you are and what you enjoy doing. Take care and happy blogging!

 

~Birds-Bushtit

~Loveland, Colorado, August, 2017

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Eyes of grey,

the color of clouds,

on a rainy day.

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Cheeks highlighted in rusty hues,

the color of old,

weathered horseshoes.

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Gathering in forests,

agile and quick,

eating insects until rest.

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Songbirds we are,

our symphony of song,

sung from the heart.

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When you see us around,

smile to yourself,

loves abound.

💞💜💞

 

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Bushtit

 

These tiny birds travel in flocks. This summer we have enjoyed seeing them in our yard, but I haven’t seen them for the last several days. They swoop down into the trees, moving rapidly, hunting aphids and other tiny insects; constantly chattering to each other.

They are attracted to the suet feeders I have around the yard, but not the other feeders.

 

Happy Birding!

 

Note: If you would like to learn more about these pretty, tiny birds click here: Bushtits

 

~Birds: A pretty little American Goldfinch

~Loveland, Colorado, August, 2017

While sitting outside with my camera, this little girl flew into the yard. She perched at the top of a dead branch in the apple tree, then dropped down to a lower branch. Sad to say, but she found a worm nest in the tree.

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American Goldfinch (female)

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“What have I found here?”

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“Anything in there I can eat?”

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“Yes”

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“Yummy”

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“Okay, take my photo so I can be on my way.”

 

Well that was fun, having my camera ready when an unexpected visitor arrived. Now we need to get rid of the worm nest.

Happy Birding!

 

 

~More Beautiful Hummingbirds in my yard

~Loveland, Colorado, August, 2017

oOo-Broad-tailed Hummingbird

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Drinking nectar from a potted plant.

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oOo-Black-chinned Hummingbird

I  have been trying to capture this male, Black-chinned Hummingbird for awhile. He is very shy, and smart about staying hidden in the trees. These photos aren’t the best, but show his black chin and purple band around the neck.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird

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Purple band appears black without the right light.

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oOo-Broad-tailed Hummingbird

It is late evening and a time for rest.

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In the photo below a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird is sitting on a pine branch looking east. Perhaps she is reflecting on her day or contemplating her upcoming, long journey south.

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Last light before night

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evening’s last light

before darkness descends

stay safe and warm

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Black-chinned

It makes us feel good to provide these tiny birds with energy, in the form of syrup, to assist them along on their long, difficult journey.

 

Happy Dreams, Good Night