Yay May

May-Sunrise

Sunrise a couple weeks ago. We had more snow then on the mountains.

Our trees have been very active with these Grosbeaks lately. They are kind of hoggy with the bird seed though.
And none of the other birds like to be around them much.

It’s just about time to get the boats out of the church and take them for a paddle.
This weekend should be about perfect. I hope you are all enjoying your May days.

Grosbeak

Two little birds

Waxwing

Well, they are not that little; that is for sure. I am thinking of that Bob Marley song we play in the Ukulele group:
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Sapsucker

Waxwing on top and Sapsucker in my Mom’s feeder. A friend just told me about seeing six Sandhill Cranes out at her place as she was doing a run.
Getting a photo of one is my next goal….

Blue Jays

Blue-Jay

We don’t see too many of these birds in our valley. A pair of Jays have been hanging out with us this winter.
They always let me know when they are around too. I can hear them up in the trees. Their bright feathers cheer up a gray winter day.

They like to mosey around underneath the feeders. The other birds don’t especially appreciate them like I do.

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Waxwings

A huge flock of Bohemian Waxwings were feeding off the Juniper Berries a few moments ago. We’ve been watching them come and go all afternoon.

Regal-waxwing

Our cat is very excited as she watches from the window. Me too!  I am pretty sure these are the Bohemian.  They are very regal looking with their tufts.

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Notes from our summer front

The Mission Valley Ukulele Group had a party a couple weeks ago. It was a BBQ potluck mixed in with a lot of fun. We had seventeen people all gathered around playing and singing at our friends’ place at the end of town. What a wonderful evening. In the background are the Missions. Thanks, Caitlin for the photo!

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We took a kayak /canoe overnight camping trip to Lake Alva and the Clearwater River this last week to celebrate our Silver wedding anniversary. We ended up finding Shangri La on the river. As we silently paddled up river we sighted more birds than I could count and heard the bird calls of even more. The loons on the lake were the most vocal.  I took this photo with my Verizon phone.
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Soon we will be celebrating our son’s wedding this coming weekend. The lists are long but things are getting done.

Sometimes a girl just has to get away and take pictures of horses out in the field.Clearwater-horses

Guess what my fortune cookie said last night…

Oh Boy!  I hope your summer is all you want it to be! Mine sure is.

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Small things matter

Muscles

This is a lesson for me in building community. How many live critters are crammed together here in this colony? Mussels muscling in on any available space but watch out for the little ones!  They all seem to get along.

Finch-eating

Take time to give thanks for a quiet moment. This is a rare opportunity for a Finch – having the bird feeder all to oneself.

Bird seed! My favorite! Hey thanks…

sand-flower

And I’d say this little, coastal flower I found nestled in the sea grass pretty much says it all.  It is perfect just the way it is. Fragaria chiloensis or sand strawberry.