Archive for April, 2010

on the other side

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


My best friend died on April 12. I have a big hole in me right now, as my cat has been with me for 15 years, that’s 5475 days that she has brought joy, meaning and reason to my life. I will always think of her. Thanks for being my kitty. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

A bumblebee visits current blossoms in the yard

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

a bumblebee visits current blossoms in our yard

The wild currents are in full bloom. I noticed last year how many bumblebees were attracted to the blooms, as was the rufous hummingbird. I am looking forward to seeing the joyous golden rufous again, which I researched to learn has probably been wintering in Mexico and just flew over 1800 miles to be here. Although it’s still cold, and has been rainy, I have already seen a few bumblebees out bumbling about over the last week or so. I adore watching them and having them in the yard. But I haven’t gone out much, the weather has been too wet. But this morning the sun came out, and the sunlight on the bushes was magical. I spontaneously picked up my camera and went out to take some quick random shots, capture some color to put up on my blog today. I was kneeling at the base of a large current bush shooting blossom close-ups, and a bumblebee flew into my range. I zoomed in as much as I could to get the shots and held my breath. I love the moment because I didn’t think to have it.

Yesterday, something of a different nature happened. The bird watching around this old house has been fantastic, and I am always on the look-out. I was going through one of my bird books and thought to myself, I haven’t seen the Yellow Rumped Warbler for quite some time, since last summer or fall at least. Later I looked out the kitchen side door to see a Yellow Rumped Warbler at the birdbath on the patio.

I also saw many cedar waxwings! OMG so cute!

Yesterday morning a great blue heron flew into Half Moon Bay and sat up in a Douglas Fir tree in our neighbor’s yard to prune it’s long feathers in the sunshine. We saw this from our big west-looking kitchen window. There’s so much good bird watching I don’t have enough time to see it all, but in the past couple of days, additionally, I’ve seen our usual dozens of lesser goldfinches and pine siskins, house finches, chestnut-backed chickadees, black-capped chickadees, bushtits, spotted towhees, house sparrows, song sparrows, fox sparrows, hummingbirds, ravens, red breasted nuthatches, a white breasted nuthatch, flickers, a varied thrush, robins, european starlings, mallards, canadian geese, mergansers, bufflehead ducks, coots, osprey, violet-green swallows, and a band-tailed pigeon.