This weekend was just what we needed!!! A little more of a relaxed pace. .a time to finish up some drug-out projects. .and a time to just hang out!! Things are beginning to look and feel more like summer. I got the chance each day to do a little resting on the decks and enjoyed some bird watching too! We saw lots of interesting ones around. .and the binoculars were kept on the front table all weekend.
While swinging Cami on Thursday afternoon, the little hummingbird that I had seen showed up to graze. We watched it for a little while before I dashed in and got my camera. The pictures aren't great by anyone's standards. .but that little girl moved SOOOO fast!! I did some research and think that we were watching a female ruby throated hummer. .I believe that because her back was definitely green irridescent. .and as you can see above, there was white at the tip of the tail. I never really saw her from the front. .
But I don't believe there was any sign of red to the chest. I was more than tickled for the opportunity to view its habits in my own yard!! I have hung my feeder next to the honeysuckle, but I haven't really seen it eat from that yet. The first flush of blooms will be gone soon, maybe then.
I was also excited to watch a pair of Western King birds. We typically have a few pairs of these around in the summers, but I haven't seen them yet this year. .nor have I had the opportunity to just sit and watch them. The 3 crabapple trees to the west, seemed to host a lot of activity this weekend. .the tree this one is in didn't come back this year. .it was de-barked by a deer a couple years ago. .and apparently made a slow death. Many birds sat in it's naked branches looking for lunch.
The kings aren't as brightly colored as these little guys. .
I was also able to identify a lark sparrow this weekend. My picture is just of a plain house sparrow. .I couldn't get a picture of the lark sparrow. .they seem to be very elusive. They sing a BEAUTIFUL song. .and that is what caught my attention. It sounds much like a wren in clarity of tune. .but a longer song. .more like a mockingbird would sound. I was quite perplexed by it, as I saw the lark sparrow a couple weeks ago, but could never see it long enough to identify!! It also sat in the crabapple tree long enough that I could look it up and confirm it in my book. Grant noticed a bobwhite quail bathing in the back sprinkler near the tree row yesterday morning. And I caught site of a bluebird yesterday afternoon as Devin and I were picking up a few big rocks with the tractor. I can hear the wrens and mourning doves in the tree row. .and they are sounds that are dear to my heart!!
So, we added the two longer rocks. .one to act as the new spillway, and one to camoflauge the open side of the reservoir. The smaller rocks got added to the sides as well. .and waterfall foam was placed around them to direct the water where we wanted it to go. .which was up, over, and between the new rocks. I am VERY happy with the final results!! The plants are taking off now. .and the fish and tadpoles are thriving as well. I have enjoyed having the windows open and hearing the falls.
It looks to be another busy week around here. .school will be ending Wednesday, baseball is starting, the bathroom will be complete this week, and our work and social schedules are full!!
It feels good to have done a little lounging to get a refreshed perspective on life!! Wishing everyone a blessed week. .thanks for stopping by!