Monday, December 31, 2007
Kathleen sent me a few pics of their venture into the Bryce Canyon. The trek to the bottom of the canyon is one mile. The terrain is very steep, icy and they fell a few times, but they are OK. The weather was cold in the 30s, but a beautiful descent and climb of the canyon. I hear the beer is pretty lousy, 3.2.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As nightfall concluded Gary & Kathleen's day of departure, the Christmas lights from across the lake illuminated the pristine snowy landscape. Gary & Kathleen were able to get out of Dodge before the roads became treacherous for RV driving.
We bid a fond farewell to our dear friends Gary & Kathleen, as they depart on their tour of America and Mexico. Best Friends in Utah, will be the recipients of their kind hearts and skill with rehabilitating animals. We will miss their friendship, but they are needed out West, and we wish them our very best on their journey.
We will leave the light on for them at the campground, and the free 20 amp hook-up is ready and waiting. Like we said, camping available with magnificent view of Cooley Lake, space for one very large RV, and free electricity and water. One bonus, there is always food, beer and wine in the camp store free for the asking.
See You In The Spring!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I have been reading about sightings of Pine Siskins in southeast Michigan. I have never seen them in my backyard.
They were joined by one of my resident male American Goldfinches in his winter plumage.
I have never seen a Pine Siskin before, so this is a very special event for this thrilled birder. This is a bird I can add to my life list. A "life list" is a recorded list of birds a birdwatcher has seen in the wild.
To mark this event, I stepped out onto the backyard deck to take this photo, and was allowed to get within 20 ft. of the feeder. After their feed, the Pine Siskins flew deep into the pine tree. I listened to their unique call and will remember it for future reference when I am out in the pines in search of the elusive Pine Siskin. What a thrill for this birder!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This stunningly beautiful male Rose Breasted Grosbeak stopped by the feeder in May of '06 for a quick refueling on his migratory route. His mate was a little more shy about coming to the feeder. This bird stayed around for a few days and then disappeared. I was lucky to get these photos since they are here for such a short time.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I dedicate this blog to the birds that are flying free in my backyard and who bring joy with their very presence. They are beautiful creatures to be observed and enjoyed.
I am the proud owner of a 9 year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Chip. He is a great retriever and loyal companion. He is always there with a doggie smile and a wag of his tail for me when I walk through the door. Nothing beats that tail!
My deepest affection is for my husband and our daughter. To them, I am most grateful. I dedicate this blog to them because they are my source of love, support and inspiration. They are my nest of comfort. I could not do this without them by my side giving me confidence and inspiration.