Sunday, March 09, 2014
The Golden Finch have been very active in our backyard.
I walked out to our front yard, I wanted to check my potted plants. I noticed one of my neighbors yard is coming alive. Her Lavender is starting to bloom. A few Bees were flying about.
Their first Lilac and Rose are blooming as well.
What I liked the most were their Poppies. We won't have many wild Poppies this year. Not enough rain, so at least I won't have to look far to enjoy them.
I walked back to our backyard, DH had been clearing out the garden, and turning over the soil. (His Rototiller wouldn't start)..I looked down at the ground, and couldn't believe my eyes. Our Strawberry plants not only made it through the winter, but had flowers on them.
Sarge and I drove to the park and ride lot. It is right off of Palmdale Lake. I wanted to take a pic of the San Bernardo Mountains since the skies were so clear today.
As I was standing looking around I noticed people were fishing. Today was a beautiful day to be outdoors.
There was a field in front of me. A Raven few over and landed. He had a Lizard in his mouth.
On the south side of the parking lot is a pond of sorts. When ever we get rain water fills up in this spot. Sometimes Coots wade in here, but not today. I did like how the trees and shrubs reflected in the water.
When I got home my Hubby told me our Apple Tree was starting to get fruit.
As I walked back to the house I noticed our first White Rose is starting to bloom.
Back inside the house. Henley the Hero was laying on the couch. I had to laugh, he looked so bored.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
But first, I will show you this. The 28th, when we had our storm, the Finches and Sparrows were lined up watching the rain. Normally when we have heavy rain, and wind, they hide. But I think they were so happy to see some rain they wanted to watch. It was the same in our front yard, and our neighbors yards. DH and I got a kick out of watching the birds.
Yesterday I was watching Doves in our backyard. They would look at each other, then got side by side and started giving each other kisses. Very sweet.
We drove out to Leona Valley. We took the road where we see a lot of Hawks, Kestrels etc. Not many birds at all, but I did find the young Hawk that we saw about 3 months ago. I know it is the same one by it's markings. It is the cutest bird, and so much fun to watch. So I have a few photos, hope you don't mind. The Hawk just kept looking all over. Every now and then it would let out a call. He was a ways off, so had my zoom lens as far as it would go.
Behind me was a ranch that had Goats, Lambs, Geese etc. It must have been time for feeding because all of them were making a ruckus. Every now and then the Hawk would watch them. Probably wondering what all the fuss was.
I did spot a Falcon on a post in the same area, but the minute it spotted my camera, it took off. So we headed back to try and find the Hawks by the famous Hawk Tree. Again, they were not by that tree, so we drove over to where we have seen them earlier. This is the tree we last saw the female.
We didn't see a nest, so we started looking at other trees in the area. Way off in the distance, I noticed a Hawk. How I saw this bird I don't know. I took a couple of pics. I thought for sure it was the male Hawk, but after I downloaded the pictures, I realized it was the female. We couldn't see a nest at all in the tree, plus if there was a nest, she would be in it. Red Tail Hawks won't lay eggs until they are 2 yrs. I wonder if she is only a year old. This has been puzzling. You can see how far away this tree is. She was in the group of green trees in the middle. Maybe it is better they make a nest in this tree, as it is a long ways from the road.
We were ready to leave, and I hopped back into the car. DH spotted a California
Thrasher on the fence.
We were on our way home, and I spotted the Long Horns. This young one had such an interesting color. Sweet face too.
We drove further down the road, and spotted more Long Horns, but they were to far away for a good picture. While we were there a man pulled up in his truck, and started chatting with us. A real nice guy. Ends up he is the owner of the Long Horns. I told him I am always taking pictures of them. He just smiled.
He told us he had the older Long Horns in the east pasture, and the younger Long Horns where we normally see the cows. We hope to see him again, and have a chat. Before we pulled off we spotted a beautiful Finch.
Have a good Thursday!!
Monday, March 03, 2014
We shall start off with Huck and Meg's..They have so much fun playing ball.
I had to laugh at Sarge. He started to play with the dogs, but they run all over. Sarge didn't know which way to look.
First Dandelion to bloom.
We were headed for Leona Valley. Along the way we spotted Angus. He was out walking around. I just had to get pics of the handsome lad.
We were passing the Aqueduct, and spotted Mallards. They were in pairs. I hope to see some little Ducklings soon.
We were looking for the Red Tail Hawks because they should be nesting by now. We did see the male, but he wasn't by the famous Hawk tree. The female we haven't see for 3 weeks. My guess is she didn't want to use the nest that was in the tree, but make a nest in the area we have seen her in. We can't find a nest though. So not sure if she is gone, or we just can't see the nest. We won't give up though. Tomorrow we will look again, and use our binoculars.
The Apricot Tree has blossoms on it, and the blossoms stayed on during our storm. I was surprised because Friday we were pelted by rain, and had gusts of winds up to 50mph.
I looked over to our Elm Tree. A dove and a Golden Finch were watching me.
I walked back to the house, and there was the Hummingbird.
Monday should be partly sunny, so I will out and about again.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee,
Or the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
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