Category Archives: On The Road

Traveling in our Coach

~As the song goes “On the Road Again”~

 

White Puffy Clouds
White Puffy Clouds

This morning we left Loveland, Colorado, destination Oregon! 

It is fun to be back on the road again, but oh so soon after just arriving back home! Oh well – life is calling!

We have been planning a westward trip for several summers and finally, this summer, we are heading west. It has been several years since we were on the Oregon Coast and we are looking forward to our visit.

After we leave the Coast we are heading to Glacier!

We have never been there, so this trip will be extra special!

Today we travelled scenic Colorado Highway 287 from Fort Collins, CO to I-80.

It was a gorgeous day. Breathtaking backdrops for our leisurely drive today, were the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Deep, blue skies with white puffy clouds provided striking contrasts.

With all the spring rain, the country side is filled with lush greenery as far as the eye can see.

Here and there, white and rusty colored bodies could be seen grazing on the bountiful grasses. Grouping of Antelope, some with new borns, provided a little entertainment.

Our only complaint was the wind.

Once we hit Wyoming and turned west, on I-80, we encountered strong wind with gust up to 40 miles per hour. Not fun!

After spending a lot of time getting things ready to leave, I am now back to blogging!  I intend to stop by some of my favorite blogs, visit new ones, contribute with photos on those I enjoy and plan to post a few about our travels west.

 

Hopefully, I will be making music with my friends and will have beautiful things to write about and take photos of.

On the road again
written and recorded by Willie Nelson

On the road again just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

On the road again like a band of gypsies we go down highway

We’re the best of friends insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way is on the road again just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

On the road again goin’ places that I’ve never been

Seein’ things that I may never see again

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

On the road again like a band of gypsies we go down highway

We’re the best of friends insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way is on the road again just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

~whimsical wednesday~

“I’am coming in for a landing!”

"I am going to make it?"
“I am going to make it?”

 

"Whoa, I think I made it!"
“Whoa, I think I made it!”

 

"Yep, looks like I landed on this limb, Whew!"
“Yep, looks like I landed on this limb, Whew!”

 

While looking back at some photos, I found these of this little Field Sparrow, which I took at South Llano State Park, back in April. They are not sharp photos, but they are amusing to me. The photos above are three in a row and the bird’s expression is one of surprise!

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"Wow, my own private water slide!"
“Wow, my own private water slide!”

 

 “After practicing my “tree-limb” landing, I decided I needed a bath!”

 

"Thislittle pool is nice."
“This lttle pool is nice.”

 

"Should I go for it?"
“Should I go for it?”

 

Splash, Splash  "This is fun!"
Splash, Splash
“This is fun!”

 

"You knew I was gonna!"
“You knew I was gonna!”

 

All but the first and last photo above are in sequence. This little Field Sparrow sure was having a fun day!

 

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Birds sure can be entertaining to watch!

I hope we gave you a chuckle on this Whimsical Wednesday!

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~Friday’s Feathered Friend – Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher~

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

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Added to my Birding Life List on December 20, 2011

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Hobe Sound, Florida

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Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

 

Such a tiny little bird, only 4.25 inches! It looks like a very small mockingbird.

`Male has bluish-gray upper parts and the female is more gray

`White eye ring

`Long black tail with white outer feathers

`Black bill

`Black legs

Lovely little bird (white eye ring)
The white eye ring gives this lovely little bird big facial expressions

 

The Blue-gray gnatcatcher feed entirely on insects, which it pursues actively through the foliage of tall trees. Catches insects in flight. May hover briefly above food before taking it in its bill.

Its nest is interesting, a small cup made up of plant fibers, down and decorated on the outside with bits of lichen. This lovely little bird can be spotted in woodlands, thickets and chaparral.

When breeding it is monogamous and is a solitary nester. Its eggs are incubated 13 days by both sexes, stays in nest for 10-12 days and fed by both sexes. They usually will have one brood per year maybe two in the far south.

**information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, National Geographic Society, Birds of North America**

Breeding male I believe, bacause of black line on sides of crown.
Breeding male I believe, bacause of black line on sides of crown.

 

Conservation: neotropical migrant. Common victim of cowbird parasitism

Population: common, increasing with range expanding northeasterly

 

Neotropical Migrant – (noun) A bird that spends the summer in its breeding range in North America but migrates to Central or South America for its nonbreeding range in winter. The winter range may also include the Caribbean, and the general dividing line between breeding and nonbreeding ranges is the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees north latitude, though the entire range does not need to be either north or south of that division for the bird to be considered a neotropical migrant.

More than 200 species of birds are considered neotropical migrants, including at least a few species in most bird families. Many warblers,hummingbirds and shorebirds are neotropical migratory birds, as are some hawks and many other songbirds.

The exact distance and route of migration between breeding and nonbreeding ranges varies for each species, and migration time between the separate ranges may take anywhere from just a few weeks to several months. It is essential to conserve habitat not only in the birds’ different ranges, but also along principle migratory flyways so birds will have sufficient feeding and resting areas to successfully complete their journeys. (taken from the web, written by Melissa Mayntz.

 

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher  (long black tail with white outer feathers)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (long black tail with white outer feathers)

 

I took these photos, on April 13, 2014, sitting in the coach with the window glass open and the screen pulled back; what a nice bird blind it made. This oak tree was not too far away and this little guy fluttered around catching insects for awhile. We were camped at South Llano River State Park in Junction, Texas.

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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~Friday’s Feathered Friend-Orchard Oriole~

This was my first sighting of the Orchard Oriole
This was my first sighting of the Orchard Oriole

 

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Added to my Birding Life List on April 13, 2014

South Llano State Park

Junction, Texas

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Since a lot of birders are talking about the Orioles and their migration, I thought I would post my Friday’s Feathered Friend on the Orchard Oriole. It was fun seeing this bird for the first time a few weeks ago.

I will say, as everyone is pointing out, its time to put your Oriole feeders out; it is easy to do. Cut a few oranges in half and place some grape jelly in a dish and you might have a beautiful Oriole in your yard. Here in Colorful Colorado we have the Bullock’s Oriole.

Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole:

Male:

`small Oriole  6-7.75 in length

`black-hood, back and wings

`burnt-orange underparts

`single-white wing bar

`white-edged flight feathers on wings

`chestnut underparts

`chestnut rump and shoulders

`black-tail with narrow white tips

Female:

`olive upperparts

`yellowish underparts

`dusky wings with two white wing bard

 

Their song sounds like this:

look here, what cheer, wee yo, what cheer, whip yo, what wheer

I happy bird I would say!

Population status: common to fairly common in open woodland, farmlands, scrub-mesquite, shade trees and orchards. Declining in parts of western range. They eat fruit and nectar.

Conservation: Neotropical migrant, Common host to cowbird parasitism (sad)

 

  • **information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, Birds of North America**

 

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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~Sunlight Lifts Dreams~

Sunlight Lifts Dreams off the Forest Floor
Sunlight Lifts Dreams off the Forest Floor

 

Sunlight lifts dreams off the forest floor,

floating into your heart and soul.

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 They become yours to do with what you please,

 keep them to yourself or share with ease.

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Just remember dreams are given, to those that won’t delay,

in putting them in motion, because they are fleeting and will decay.

 

I captured this photo, April 8, 2014, while on a hike with hubby, Skye and Kloud at Stephen F. Austin State Park.

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