Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sunny Sunday...

Im having more and more trouble making it around the net on my old Windows XP! Google has somehow made it impossible for me and many other unhappy Chrome users to work with our photos in Flickr.  That is my main photo storage.  So now I have to create my blog using Firefox and that's fine it's just I have all my bookmarks and favorites all set up on Chrome.  It's such a PIA.  Living in this capitalism is so suffocating!

Okay lets just get out in the woods and forget all that crapiola.  Sunday started out being the perfect spring day so I left the dogs sunning in the yard and I made my way over to my 3rd visit at my new patch.  



The wild plums are blooming and it's really nice to see flowers and honey bees!  


He has those pollen sacs on his legs full!  It was so nice to hear them buzzing around..The birds were out but harder to find in the scrubs and thickets...



Got one White-throated Sparrow to tee up nicely...

It looks as if they recently mowed one of the trails it's a nice walk to the trees in the back...I still haven't followed the trail all the way into the woods only the verge of it maybe next time. 



I usually walk up to the woods and the trail splits into 2 up there...one to the left and one to the right...today I went to the right.  

Still plenty of song sparrows, Its hard to get exact counts cause they flush so quickly and only one or two will perch up enough for me to see them.  So my numbers are guesses based on what I felt I saw in a flash...

 

I didn't see any Northern Bobwhite today BUT then I realized I saw them on the left side.  I did see a lot more Field Sparrows this time...hard to get a photo of one...but this one was visible enough for a try.



 Up high I heard the repeating song of the Brown Thrasher, they are similar to Mockingbirds in that they mock other species, yet with the Thrasher they normally repeat a tune only twice. Just about the time I thought to "make a video" he saw me and ducked down and got silent. 

 

They are big birds, I normally see them scratching around under the edge of shrubs looking for grub...but now it's Spring time to get up there and sing your hear out!  And speaking of the devil, here's one of my favs, the Northern Mockingbird...



The are so successful, you can see them everywhere. Even in a field of Broom Sedge...

 

I had 19 species on my new patch and it was given Hot Spot billing after I requested it, I hope other birders will now go there!  I had another stop planned for the day so after an hour and forty-five minutes of walking I was ready to sit in the van and drive to my next stop...Along the way I passed through the McLeod's Peach Farm...and the peach trees are blooming for as far as the eye can see! 



And the same scene was behind me too!  No wonder this area has so many bees!  The peaches are good but they are small compared to ones from Palisades in Colorado!! 

 This post is getting long but I want to keep going so  I'll split it, part 2 will follow in 24 hrs!
Remember when we went to the movies back in the days, and they had an Intermission???  Now they make you sit there for hours no intermission....

 They didn't run ads they just had a huge screen with the word INTERMISSION on it! You'd run out and get another coke or more popcorn and use the little girl's room...and we would always play in the wooden telephone booth!





        I'm going to keep typing and part two will post 24 hrs after this one...
 
Time for an intermission.




PEACE
Every day is a new Adventure.

12 comments:

  1. Sondra, if you swap browsers you can migrate all your bookmarks to your new one. Goto settings and find import bookmarks. If you have problems just Google it.
    We are deep into Storm Emma which is bringing snow and high winds, hopefully things will be back to normal by Sunday. Everything just comes to a standstill.
    I'm afraid XP is well past its sell by date and is very vulnerable to hackers. Many things wont work from it as you have found out, and yes MS want you to update and buy newer stuff, they just freeze you out.
    I like the pic of the peach trees, when I first saw it I thought they were lavender fields.

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    1. Thankfully so many people complained to flicker they fixed the problem! So I'm happy again. Hope that Emma doesn't beat y,all up too bad...we have high winds and thunderstorms here at the moment. Spring is coming in like a lion for sure!

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  2. So happy you went out again and found more pretty things to photograph. Oh the peach tree orchard picture is just to beautiful and yes it looks like lavender fields.
    We had a sunny day but more wind. I keep checking to see when will be good enough weather to go camping for a few days and there just isn't anything. And tonight they said another cool front is coming not a cold front but a cool front, with maybe more rain and high winds. UHG Yes spring is coming in like a lion all right.

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    1. Jo Im in the same barrel, I'm supposed to head to Colorado asa the snow stops and it seems it just got started good! So I thought I could come in thru the back door, and dang if Utah is now under a winter storm warning, My van skids on wet grass so SNOW oh HELL NO! LoL..

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  3. Ooh I like your new patch! I made my new patch a hotspot back in the late fall and now quite a few people have birded it as well. Kind of a cool feeling. Your post is making me really wish for spring- those peach trees are lovely!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I do hope to start seeing more birders taking note of this spot...it has great potential especially for sparrows, and woodland birds too of course.

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  4. There's some great birds on your new patch :) and what a beautiful view of the peach farm!

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    1. Hi Pam...If only I could find a Bachman's or a LeConte's Sparrow it would def put this spot on the map! This peach orchard is thousands of acres and it is amazing this time of yr and in fall too!

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  5. Hi Sondra:I read part two first, but it all fits together anyway. It is quite wonderful to see pollinators at work given the precarious state they are in. Any time a bee has full pollen sacs it’s time for a celebration.

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    1. The sound of the bees was such a delight!! I spent last summer in the rocky mountains so it seems like years since I've heard the buzzing of bees. Spring here is continuing even tho we are having light frosts now.

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  6. I'm reading backwards as usual and I didn't think the first part would come up to the excitement of your later post, but it is just as lovely -- wow, those peach blossoms.... and it really looks like early Spring there. Beautiful day.

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    1. It was short lived as our Winter is now back this has been without a doubt the longest winter, I've had to heat the house for 6 months now! Unheard of...but we have had cold weather since last Oct!

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