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Poetry: ~Sun Kissed Wings~

sun kissed wings, glistening bright

glimpses of movement within sight

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honey bees flitting here, there

tiny beauties carrying pollen with skilled flair

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bush to bush, flower to flower

working hard, hour by hour

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busy they must be

pollination, a major key

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purpose, transferring this golden essence

no life without the bees presence

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pure honey, another miracle achieved

many gifts we receive

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where do bees go, when day turns to twilight

a secret, a mystery of the night

                                                                                     By Sheila: August 29 2013

In Flight
honey bees flitting here, there
Honey Bees love Speedwell Flowers
bush to bush, flower to flower
(photo taken June 6, 2013)
Pollination, a major key
pollination, a major key

OTW:~Autumn Joy & Honey Bees~

Sheila‘s On the Wing Shots: ~ Honey Bees enjoying Autumn Joy

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Honey Bee and Autumn Joy
Honey Bee and Autumn Joy

I planted several Stonecrop plants along our driveway, because they are attractive, drought resistant and the bees love them. They are in full bloom and the Honey Bees are having a feast.

 

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Autumn Joy Stonecrop

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Sun Kissed Wings
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Amazing Eyes
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In Full Bloom

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Photos taken this morning August 28, 2013.

Love My Western Scrub-Jays…..

Western Scrub-Jay
Western Scrub-Jay

The Western Scrub-Jays are beautiful, bright and entertaining…..

They spend their spring and summers in my yard and for that I am grateful.

Every morning, when I go outside to put fresh water in the bird baths, they come gliding in, demostrating  just how graceful they are.

They also come with hopes of getting a peanut or two.

Baby - Western Scrub-Jay Not the best place to land, but he/she is still just a baby.
Baby – Western Scrub-Jay
Not the best place to land, but he/she is still just a baby. It has been fun watching this baby learn what and what not to eat!

Cool Temperatures and Nesting Birds…..

~ A Slice of my Hill ~
A small view of my backyard hillside.

When we returned home from our six-month (half-time) RV travels back in May, we were greeted with several days of snow and cold temperatures. After several days of warm weather, I thought we would go from winter to summer. However, for several days now it has been “cool” here in northern Colorado, currently it is 55 degrees!  Lovely!! These lower temperatures are welcome!

The hubby and I were sitting on the deck one evening last week enjoying a glass of red wine when all of a sudden we heard loud quacking. I turned toward the noise and saw a huge crow trying to gain altitude with a baby bird in its claws. The baby bird was heavy enough and the attack by the parents powerful enough to caused the crow to land in the middle of the street. I tried to run out to assist, but as I was making my way down the driveway the crow flew off ~ with the baby.

This crow raided the nearby nest of a pair of Western Scrub-Jays. These Jays were so upset flying in circles and “crying” for the longest time. My heart broke listening to their cries and I just hope the baby Jay died quickly. Mother Nature can be so cruel.

Since the snow melted, I am not seeing the Dark-eyed Juncos at my feeders, haven’t for two weeks now They are probably enjoying higher elevations (perhaps up in Rocky Mountain National Park) and much cooler temperatures. I guess five-thousand feet wasn’t high enough for them!

A few Western Scrub-Jays, over the years, have adopted my yard to spend their spring and summers. I often see them chasing away the Blue Jays – this is their home after all. This morning I did observe a Blue Jay grabbing a peanut!  Where were you Scrub?? I delight in the Scrubs presence with their comical antics and look forward to seeing them upon our return home. In the mornings they will hear my garage door opening and will fly to greet me chattering away, because they know I am putting out bird seed and their favorite – peanuts.

Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay
Black Bird - Crow or Raven
Black Bird – Crow or Raven?

I have several species of birds nesting either in my yard or near by. Among these are: House Finches, Spotted Towhees, Black-capped Chickadees, Morning Doves and Ringed Turtle-doves. There might be more, but I have not witnessed the nesting activity of others.

~ Spotted Towhee ~ a nesting pair in my yard
~ Spotted Towhee ~ a nesting pair in my yard
House Finch
A handsome male House Finch
Lichen Covered Boulders, Resting Dragon Flies, Sleeping Cats and a very old Grape Vine
Lichen Covered Boulders, Resting Dragon Flies, Sleeping Cats and a very old Grape Vine. Another view of part of my back yard.

And , of course these bird-seed eating machines What can one do, but to enjoy their antics as well!

~ You talking to Me ~
~ You talking to Me ~

Yeah, spring is here and I hope it lasts for a few more weeks!!!!

Let It Snow!…..

Looking for Berries
Looking for Berries
Baby
Baby

Here is Loveland, Colorado we are experiencing our second snow storm within a week. Last week it snowed for three days straight leaving us with an accumulation of two feet. This storm, which started mid-morning, will have accumulations of 4 to 6 inches continuing over night.

During the storm last week I found two frozen Mountain Blue Birds. I think they were migrating through Loveland to higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park and sorry to say got caught in this usual spring weather. It left me feeling very sad.

We have several juniper trees that produce berries and the Robins and Townsend’s Solitaire are enjoying them during these snow storms!

We have always made a conscience effort to plant trees, scrubs and flowers in our yard that produce food for wildlife and it has always paid us back with many colorful creature visits!

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Found a few Red Berries!