Friday, April 30, 2021

May Day!

I'm happy  to get this week out of the way.  The SHOT I will let  you know later in this post how it went.  

my Earth Day pick up was an entire bag of cans dumped on the road in one spot!  ALL picked up and recycled now! I pick up trash every single time I go out in nature not just Earth Day.  Im tired of  some lazy ass who thinks Nature is a place to trash?? GROW UP!

I had a quiet weekend at home I worked on my bike rack put new straps on it, because a squirrel did a job on it when I had it stored in the old shed....for a cost of $7 I bought strapping replaced it, and it works fine, but I have anxiety with it even tho... I don't want to worry that the strap comes loose and it falls off so after my shot tomorrow I will  see if they have one at Harbor Freight, the website says they do but I will see.  

The Pink Moon from my deck

I did replace the bike front Gear shifter did not make a video because I just didn't want to mess with the camera and I didn't feel like speaking.  Some days I do not speak to another human in fact most days I do not speak to another human, I do talk to the dogs, the birds, the squirrels. 

And even dragonflies, and Im perfectly fine with that...

It took a lot of fine tuning to get the bike to change gears properly...tweaking the high and low screws and making sure the cable was the right length.  What a dinosaur piece of BUT it works.  So I took it out today.  Put it on the rack and hauled it out to Sandhills.  

Perfect day the sun was warm but the humidity is low.  

I had planned to ride thru 2 areas, so I parked and off loaded my bike.  I am having problems with putting my binoculars and camera around my chest like in a sling manner.  They press on my neck I think of poor George Floyd as the pain becomes unbearable...I think I want to find a Velcro attached  tote of some kind, so I can whip it on and off of the front handlebars.  I want something soft but with a foundation I may end up making one myself.,,so a bump can't send my stuff flying,  I want to be able to whip it out fast. 

While getting things ready I heard this....My ears perked up!

And I was so very excited, the Bachman's Sparrow! Not just one but many calling to each other.   I found one close enough to get a photo.  

Bachman's Sparrow

It was nice to hear so many and to know they are flourishing, I hope they have a successful nest season. 
And then off down the trail...Almost immediately there is a tree across the path..

  had to bush whack around that and then eventually I arrived at the back of Pool D. 

SO many birds were singing  A Great Blue Heron took off, along with a Wood Duck, Orchard Orioles were already protecting territory and Eastern Kingbird was really belting out a song!!

"OH I just love Spring Breeding," I think that is what he is singing.   

I parked the bike and went tromping around I scared an Eastern Towhee off her nest...they nest on the ground or in/under a short shrub, I had no clue I was so close to a nest...but once she flushed I moved away. 

 Common Yellow Throat scolded me and stayed mostly hidden...there was a pair. 

Back at the van I moved to a shady spot for lunch this is one of my favorite spots to sit and listen to the pond,,,

I enjoyed listening to Great Crested Flycatcher whistling up high in the pines, and the Frogs calling,.,

A blue Grosbeak showed up to take a quick dip in the pond,.,

I moved the van to the photo blind parking area and rode the bike down to the blind,,,

I didn't expect to see much but I was wrong, the Dutch Iris was in bloom...

I stirred up a couple of Grey Catbirds, they seemed to be defending a nest site as well

And an Osprey sailed in to see what he could find from his perch,  

On the way back I had wanted to pedal the road by the lake but there is no way to get from the Blind to the road with the bike, it's been plowed and where it's not plowed it's briars.   By then it was hot so I made my way back to the van and packed it up for the day.  

The  butterflies love the Spring Thistle

I am enjoying incorporating the exercise of the bike into my nature and bird  outings.  

So I had the shot, it was crowded but they had their process down pat so once my name was called I had the shot then 15 min wait n see they made an appointment for my second dose that will be 3rd week of May. I have my white card with one check mark, and after that I stopped and got the bike rack will have to show it to you when I get it assembled. 

Since I was on that side of the river I went up to the Lake and Dam...

an Imm Bald Eagle soared over the river 

Singing up in the leafy tops was the White Eyed Vireo..

The Cliff Swallows found a couple of mud puddles to help shore up their Adobe Condo's lined up under the edge of the generating station...

Some birds had more luck on solid the Brown Thrasher...

AND with all the skeeters and gnats we need every Blue Grey Gnatcatcher we can get

A splash of Red is always welcome...
Northern Cardinal...

Wilma sent me on this short cut from the river to the lake, turned out to be a good short cut 

I heard Bob Whites singing, as well as Field Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager and the Prairie Warbler..

and a good thing for me got my FOY Indigo Bunting and the Yellow Breasted Chat...

And he was singing his heart out...I just listened to Joe Biden's address to Congress...a real President laid out a wonderful plan for our future; I only hope the GOP will realize we are  in ALL OF THIS TOGETHER not just the pandemic, but all of it, what holds one down holds us ALL DOWN. The economy will only flourish when we feed it, by giving a decent wage to those who don't get it...that means more spending and more spending means more bottom line GDP.

WiN WiN 

 IF that is not the truth then why did the Republicans  support the TRUMP stimulus? ?????? And tax break to the rich?? ANY break for individuals mean more spending in shops, eateries, and saving for a rainy day so how can giving people more money to spend put a business out of business?? ITS trickle UP people,,,we all know that is how it works, You give me more I spend more then I need more services keeping my new Home up etc...

AND the DEMS supported it also because spending is how our economy works.  THE GOP is the obstruction party they are in a word USELESS to the f this country. Their platform is to keep people down why do you think they don't support the child care portion of the bill?? They think Women should stay home with their kids not go off to work and be independent WHY else would they NOT want to help people with decent child care???? What is the problem with that?? And it's an attempt to keep minorities from having a family and realizing the American Dream. 

Until voters (US) are able to squash this rise of the bigotry and the double talk of the Right, we will get no satisfaction as a Nation. The Right Wing of this nation is the Taliban of the USA!

Hope your week was as interesting as mine was. 

Every day is a new Adventure.


  1. Pleased you're enjoying the bike, adjusting the derailleurs is fiddly and frustrating. Do you have a rack on the van to transport the bike, its handy as it saves getting the insides dirty.
    Your brown thrasher is the same family as our thrush and strangely I saw one yesterday. They are not as common here now as they used to be, I suspect it's a consequence of insecticide usage.
    Have a good weekend it's a holiday here.

    1. Hope you enjoy your holiday....yes I got the bike rack it's all assembled and ready to roll. I just didnt trust the old one. I realize the main trouble I was having with the adjustment was NO patience, lol so once I calmed down started to turn the screw a quarter turn then try the bike, and keep doing that I finally got it right. As always thanks for visiting.

  2. Hello,
    What a great outing and you saw so many wonderful birds! Great shots of the Chat! I am not sure if I would know the Bachman's Sparrow sound. The frogs have been really loud here. Beautiful photos of the scenery, birds, flowers and butterflies. Have a great day, happy weekend!

    1. Hi Eileen and thank you...Last yr I played that bird song till I learned it because I wanted to know when they were around they live in the region year round! Very similar to Pine Warbler and Chipping sparrow. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. You had another great week at your favorite spots and saw some wonderful birds again. Getting in more bike riding and fixing what needed fixing. Happy to hear you finally got your first shot. I feel liberated since I am now cleared of course I still wear a mask. I have been hearing a bird that sounds like a killdear but have not been able to locate it or what ever else it may be. I the wind would quit and I can get my porch cleaned I will sit out there with my spyglass and camera and try to catch site of it. Hope you have another great week coming up.

    1. Hi Jo, thank you...It's possible the killdeer is in the air above you they love to call out when flying. Yes I got one down and one to go on the shots...Be so happy to get it behind me. I will be very happy to get out once a week with the bike more is possible before the really hot weather arrives.
      You also have a good week!

  4. Litter is a nightmare everywhere, not to mention the fly tipping! I love the photos, so many gorgeous birds and what a spot for lunch! I'm glad you're enjoying the bike and that you've got your first jab, they have it very well organised here too, it's nice to have the glimmer of hope!

    1. Hi Pam, It took me a while to figure out the fly tipping, but I understand meaning to just go dump your trash anywhere it's disgusting...and have to wonder what would I have in common with people who do that? Polar opposites...

  5. Love to see you're birding on your bike now, that looks like a great spot for it. Mine has been gathering dust for a few years and I really should get it fixed up. Congrats on your first shot!

    1. Hi Jen, I can cover more ground this way as the years of hard work are catching up with my body...I hope you get yours out soon...Im also thinking of kayak...To get away from the hordes that came from outta no where.

  6. What A Post - Bike Rides - Videos - Picking Up Trash - And All Those Happy Birds - Way Cool


    1. Hi Travis glad to get your comment, everything but disc golf, I did however see a "hole" is that what its called? and I knew what it was thanks to reading your blog! Hope your week is good.

  7. See if this works Sondra. What a happy post... beautiful bike ride, wonderful birds. And you got your shot! You’re preaching to the choir on the politics here of course. It wouldn’t be *quite* as bad if the other party was the old GOP and not the party of Trump.

    1. Thanks Sallie, I have one Jab in and one to go then its all
      Boy I am so pisst with the GOP trying to Steal the vote, then trying to change the law so they can oppress voters, they are so oppressive, I have to wonder wth? I watched Cindy McCain on PBS last night she is a decent human I will never agree with their message, but at least she has dignity and a brain of her own with sound reasoning. That is the kind of person with opposing views one can reach common ground, ted Cruz, Matt Gate, Green, and McCarthy NO WAY they are on the road of no return.

  8. Yes, Ms McCain is a good example of what I was trying to say. It used to be possible to disagree with someone’s politics while still respecting them as human beings. That is almost impossible now, she is the rare exception .


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