Birding

Lemons to Lemonade – November 27, 2017

So today we decided to go hiking at Shades State Park. Our first stop was the post office. SAC had a huge Etsy mailing for her Redhead Paper shop that needed to go out today. Without going into a long explanation, it took forever and it cost more to mail than she had envisioned and her business card wouldn’t work there! Oh, well. Live and learn.

Second stop was grabbing a lunch to go. SAC forgot to order a large iced tea. No biggie. We had water.

Finally got to Shades. Closed due to deer reduction hunting. “But you can go to Turkey Run.”

No!

Turkey Run is beautiful and all that, but we don’t go there unless it is out of season. It’s way too crowded otherwise. We decided to go somewhere else, but Turkey Run was on the way, so we stopped in to use the facilities. It turned out the parking lot wasn’t very crowded at all, so SAC suggested we hike to Camel’s Back.

It was another beautiful day – almost 60 degrees and sunny. We walked out Trail 10 and back Trail 3. We always try to stop and take a deep breath to clear away all our troubles and concentrate on the beauty of Creation.

What a beautiful late fall day! Just enjoying the crunching leaves – no sneaking up on birds right now!!!

We saw the usual goldfinch and titmice, nuthatches and chickadees. We also saw both black vultures and a turkey vulture.

Woodpeckers were the birds of the day – Red-Bellied, Hairy, and lots of Red-Headed woodpeckers. We were stumped for a while on a noise coming from all around us. I had almost decided it was a blue jay or squirrel, but it was multiple Red-Headed Woodpeckers – more than I had seen and heard in a long time.2017-11-27 14.30.42

We peeled off our long-sleeved shirts and were walking in t-shirts until we got to the canyon part of the trail. Just an FYI – don’t hike Trail 3 backwards! It’s very awkward to go down the narrow steps carved out of the canyon walls!

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It’s amazing how much the temperature can vary in the ravines at Turkey Run and Shades. The carved handholds along the rock cliffs in Rocky Hollow made me wish I had gloves on and the water in the creek that I washed my muddy hands in was frigid! We could even see our breath!

As we drove back by a McDonald’s, we ordered an ice cream cone and a mocha frappe. We got the ice cream in a bowl with the cone on top and a chocolate chip something or other instead.

All in all, it was a gorgeous day where we were able to make lemonade out of all the lemons the day had tried to shove our way!

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#OptOutside or Hike Friday

Shades State Park- This is how I enjoyed the day after Thanksgiving!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today as we gather with family and friends today, let us remember the bountiful blessings God has given us. Let us share those blessings with others throughout the whole year.

I saw this flock on my way home from work a week or two ago. They brought traffic to a stop on the local state highway!

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Huge Fungus

My husband was mowing a couple weeks ago and found this huge fungus under the Spruce windbreak. You can see how big it was.

I don’t know many fungi names, but I enjoy seeing them. It has been a good year for them due to the amount of rain we’ve had!

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Second Brood Growing Fast

Our second brood of Eastern Phoebes is getting closer to fledging. The nest is over the small garage door. 

This is actually the third time she laid eggs this year, but the first clutch was raided.

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Raspberry Picking is Dangerous Business 

We have wild black raspberries over the property. Very yummy ones, too. As they’re just ripening, I picked about almost a quart amidst angry robin threats. The wrens, catbirds and cardinals joined in the protest. In the middle of the best and easiest to pick bramble, I found the reason for the protest!


Three perfect blue eggs. 

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So Cute!

While we were on week’s vacation, the Eastern Phoebe babies grew fast. Each day they get fuzzier! We shut the door very carefully and go through the big door as much as possible, but my freezer is out there, so I have to use it quite a bit.

I have enjoyed watching them grow, but I will be glad when they fledge. I am so afraid of jostling them out of the nest with out difficult door!

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And now we have babies…

SAC noticed a head peeping above the side of the Eastern Phoebe nest. Four babies have hatched.

Not clearest of pictures, but adorable nonetheless!

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Eastern Phoebe

The Phoebe has her nest above our garage door. During the day, she flies off the nest when we open the door to the house to come out.

At night and early morning when my husband goes to work, she sits tight.

SAC took pictures of the nest the other evening after work. Five eggs!! 

And all the same. Hope the raccoon doesn’t find it. The door has wood frame it could easily climb.

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Inconvenient Nest

The Eastern Phoebes have decided to build their nest over the door to our garage. It’s going to be fun going in and out to the cars and freezer for the next weeks.

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