Friday, September 4, 2020

Sept Still HOT

MY orchard is in the ground...wish me luck.  I will need it, the very first night some leaves were munched off the Apple trees and I saw deer track in the freshly dug soil!  I put yellow caution tape all over them it looks like a murder scene! Fortunately that won't hurt the trees as the leaves will fall anyways I just want to protect the branches.  One of the Apples had a baby coming up in the bucket,  it has a good root system so I  planted it to...so 3 Apple Trees!
We had rain yesterday filled my 30 gallon rain barrel in like 15 minutes! 
 The white thing floats so critters can escape...now it's full I put the lid on to keep skeeters from breeding. 

and in dog gone good news my sister M, is a dog foster parent and she has decided to adopt the current foster she has..meet Nala a super beautiful girl!!



Im so happy! She sounds like an energetic dog who is fun to play with and a great walking pal.  And there is another doggie friend in our world and I think she has made a place in E's heart so now Jimmy (who is improving and getting the best care ever) has a yard mate, her name is Patches, and  I hear she is super sweet, she was homeless and my sis opened the gate and said come on it...



Nala is Doberman and Patches is a Cattle Dog I think,,Both very lucky girls!!
Mom just got 2 new grand dogs! ;o)


This is an immature Male Yellow Billed Cuckoo...I was happy to see 2 of them in the yard.  The adult I could not get a clear shot of...but this young one was visible.



He was sitting at an odd angle with his back to me, so  you can't really see just how long he is! They are actually bigger than a Blue Jay...



And almost at the same time along came an immature Great Crested Flycatcher! Another of the bigger sized yard birds, both of these species are Migratory birds and they will soon be gone! 



You can't see it here but this bird has a lemony colored belly and is a very attractive bird when in full color with those hues of rusty brown and tan, and yellow.

Im suffering for photos so this is just a photo of some of the many cards I have saved over the years...this is all full so now I have a box I'm filling.  I started saving my cards in 2005 but I have some in here much older than that..

I made a quick stop at the Riverside Park, which has been renamed Veteran's Park...they did all sort of improvements that did nothing to make it better for birding...in fact probably made it less attractive to birds.

They made a kayak launch and it says no fishing off the dock but people were...I don't think the County Council that oversaw this project got any community input on how this land could be used...There was picnic tables, now there is only one...there was shady riverside trails now there are none, there was interesting plants and edges, all mowed down.. They improved the entrance, put in all sorts of nursery plants, and yet I think some native plants would have been better and cost less to maintain.
...one especially nice tree that used to be along the forest trail they bull dozed down really made me sad.  It was an old tree that made an arch over the trail. 


Sis and Jimmy Dec 2019 under the arch tree

In the clear cut on my 5 miles has 2  vernal pools and today I saw 2 Little Blue Herons  there  when I drove to do errands, I did not have my camera, but it's a new bird for the clear cut area. 72 species so far. 

PEACE
Every day is a new Adventure.

15 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Love the two dogs, I am glad they have a loving forever home. Great shots of the Cuckoo and the Flycatcher. The park does not improved at all, not even people friendly. Why remove the picnic tables and trails, sounds weird. Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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    1. HI Eileen, I too was surprised by the upgrades? to the park...it has a long way to go to get back to being what I enjoyed I hope in time it can recover from the Man Made Make Over

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  2. Two lovely dogs there Sondra. I was intrigued by the Yellow Billed Cuckoo {Rain Crow} and had to Google it to see if its habits are similar the the Eurasian Cuckoo that visits the UK from April to July and the returns to Africa. It sometimes lays its eggs in other birds nests.
    September here is cool with temps about 17 - 18 C, its usually a good month with low rainfall, lets hope it turns out that way. All the best.

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    1. Hi Dave, I didn't know about the "rain crow" sounds more exotic than Cuckoo..lol Also in the US we get the Black Billed but I have yet to see one, asa I know it's nearly the same only the bill is all black. I hope it's going to cool down a little bit in the next couple weeks here. Have a great weekend.

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  3. So nice to see the two dogs, and your other photographs.

    Here in the UK it is cooling down and Autumn is creeping nearer I think.

    Take care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, we had a little cooling today it sure was nice...It's always good to know another animal is going to be taken care of and not mistreated...it makes me good inside. Happy Weekend!

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  4. Happy Dogs For Sure - How Wonderful - What A Pleasant Post - Thank You

    Cheers

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    1. HI Travis, All 3 of us my sisters and I had sworn that the dogs we have were going to be our last let the younger generation pick up the torch...but it seems we are unable to stop seeing the need and doing something about it's in our DNA! Have a great weekend.

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  5. Both those dogs look like great additions to the family. I guess you are their puppy auntie! And I’m glad Jack is doing well. Our Colorado kids have a new puppy so we too are getting lots of texts ... wish I could meet him in person as I’m sure you do yours. Maybe someday again! ... wonderful birds, sad about the park that arch tree was wonderful... why would they cut down native plants and replace them with nursery ones.

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    1. Hi Sallie, yep I'm auntie FINALLY lol, we're all 3 pretty much cell phone illiterates so we don't rarely do texts and when we do they are so jumbled it's hard to figure out what's it says..I do the Speak Text and I swear that phone...I was trying to tell my son I had stuck his mail that came to my box in his front door, the text said "I stuck your male in the door"
      LOL..
      And the reason for the park madness is CITY SLICKERS are clueless!!

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    2. Lol on your text to your son, bet it made him smile tho and who can’t use one of those these days ))

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  6. Fingers crossed for the apple trees! The dogs are gorgeous, how lovely! Great to see the young birds, it's always good to know there is successful breeding. I hope you are feeling better and improving all the time.

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    1. Thank you Pam, I think just by looking at the surface of the young birds I've seen I think the migrants had a successful breeding season...Also the birds that live here year round had a couple broods, there was a lot of insect this year thanks to all the rain!

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  7. You are seeing such beautiful nature sightings right around your house. I think during this time, you are doing fantastic! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the long-tailed skipper, the plants, the persimmons and your spirit.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, I think of you every time I see a persimmon now hoping yours will gift you with some fruit.

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