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May 30, 2018

Finches and Quail

Female and Male Quail

About a couple of weeks ago, I noticed Quail were coming to my patio.  They make the quirkiest bird call which makes me smile.



The parent birds continue to come by with their fledglings.   I think the fledgling above is a House Finch sitting between the two American Finches.  It's fun to see the birds mixing amongst each other.

My sweet peas and fuchsia look like they might have some flower buds.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

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May 22, 2018

Spring and new beginnings


Just outside my window where I like to sit and watch the birds is a rhododendron.  It's been in bloom since early May and still has some flowers on it.

male house finch and fledglings

A while back the birds were busy building their nests.  They would come by the feeders with twigs or straw in there beaks.  And now they are visiting with their offspring.   It's just amazing to see!

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Apr 29, 2018

hiking and bird watching


April started out with lots of rainy and cloudy days.  Luckily, there was always a couple of hours each day where the rain stopped and I could go hiking in the local trails.

golden crowned sparrow

The Sparrows (house, fox, golden-crowned, white-crowned) discovered the seed I was putting out for them within a few days of my moving into this new place.   Soon after,  the Chickadees, Juncos, Towhees, Finches and Flickrs discovered the feeders too.

male house finch

I started reading Gloria Steinem's "My Life on the Road" and love this quote from her book.  The beginning of this year was full of uncertainty for me.  And I can see how that gave me the chance to establish a new beginning, to begin the next chapter in my life.

Gloria Steinem, quote

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Jan 13, 2018

New Year Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Did you have a chance to view the perigee full moon on January 1, 2018?  There will be another full moon on January 31, 2018 which will also be a lunar eclipse!  More info at NASA:

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Dec 21, 2017

birdwatching and winter bird count

pine siskin

This year, for the first time, I joined the winter bird count at   The Project FeederWatch is a research and education project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology jointly with Bird Studies Canada.


I have a feeder that attaches to the window with suction cups and it works pretty well.  I can keep that one filled easily, so I wake up to birds every morning.  In the evening, I  bring in the feeders that hang from Shepherd's hooks outside in the yard to avoid feeding the night critters.  The hummingbird feeder stays out all the time.

dark-eyed Junco with pied leucism

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. ― Robert Lynd

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore.

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Nov 3, 2017

October bicycle trip

view from motel balcony while standing

At the end of October, we took an overnight bicycle trip.  Originally, we were going to camp but changed our minds in the morning and booked a motel room in Port Townsend.  The motel is old but has an ocean view.  The funny thing is that you can only see the view from the balcony if you stand.  If you sit in the provided chairs, the thick hand rail blocks your view completely.  No matter the oddities, we had a good trip, good food, good views and good fun!

Eagle high up in a tree, seen while riding

Both days had beautiful sunny, Autumn weather.  We took the 30 mile scenic route on our way to the motel.  On the way back, we stayed on the highway for the shorter 25 miles as we were worried we'd get caught in the dark.  Luckily, there wasn't much traffic.  I think everyone was home watching the Seattle Seahawks play.

Don't you just love Autumn!  I had to stop and catch a photo of me with all the maple trees and fallen leaves.  We were on a side road with little traffic.

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Oct 8, 2017

Aug 22, 2017

solar eclipse 2017

white chairs

It was a magical day! I wasn't sure where would be the best spot to view the solar eclipse, so I hopped on my bicycle and rode into town. I live in a small town and I am amazed each day by this community. When I arrived at the grassy area that overlooks Saratoga passage, I saw that the town council had set up a long line of chairs for viewers. I parked my bicycle on the lawn and sat down next to a mother and her baby. She remarked what a treat to find all these chairs. And I said, "I feel like I'm at a wedding with all these white chairs. Oh hey, the sun and the moon are getting married!"

solar eclipse inside the cereal box

me and my cereal box viewer, my bicycle too

Within 10 minutes, more and more people arrived. None of us knew each other, but we all became aquatinted quite quickly. I didn't have solar glasses but I had made a cereal box pinhole viewer per. instructions from NASA. It was a kick to see this work! The mother and her friend both had solar glasses and shared them with me and five other people.  So I got to view the solar eclipse that way too.

fog over Saratoga Passage and the marina

The passage was foggy but the sky cleared up at some point.

cascade avenue overlooking marina and Saratoga passage
Once the total solar eclipse occurred, I was starting to get cold.  I also wanted to get some shadow effects shots so I left on my bicycle to head out to the forest.

solar eclipse shadows outside the library

On the way out of town, passing the library, I saw these solar eclipse shadows.  When I arrived at the forest trails, there weren't any solar shadows to find.  I sat down on a log and wrote some notes.  The lighting was quite beautiful.

sitting on a log and writing notes

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