After a gray and rainy weekend the sun is shining in Sycamore Canyon today. The storm caused the birds to flock to my feeders, but with the return of the sun they have returned to the desert for the most part. I find my feeders full in the mornings and evenings but during the middle of the day the ripening desert is offering her bounty to the birds once again.
on Friday night her wooden base rotted through and she toppled over with a thud! The hummingbird feeders fell with her splashing sweet nectar all over the bricks. We hosed off the nectar and moved the ballerina under the covered patio to protect her from further harm. However, this left me with no dry place to hang my hummingbird feeders. I have discovered the hummingbirds love to get out of the sun or the rain to feed, so on Saturday Gus and I took a trip to the hardware store where we bought an inexpensive shepherd’s hook which I jammed into a large flower pot under the covered patio until repairs can be made to the ballerina.
As for Dawn and I, we are not done birding yet. I hope to join her in Patagonia for more bird watching later on this week (that is, if she can get unstuck!). Then, it’s off to Kentucky to visit my new granddaughter and her parents. We will be in a hurry driving on our way out, but we will take our time returning and bird our way back. Part of our trip will involve driving down to Alabama to see friends and possibly bird with a new birder I have met named Matt. I have never birded in either of these state or the ones we will travel through on our way. I am so excited about the birding adventures ahead for Gus and I, but I am especially excited about seeing my newest grandchild and my son.
While we are gone my oldest son has graciously offered to stay at our house and take care of our pets. Hopefully I can coax him into feeding the birds for me while I am gone!
Taking this trip will radically alter my eBird lists, so here are my current standings for the month of February 2010:
|Life list: 370 species||Year List: 127 species||Month: 92|
|AZ Life List: 236||AZ Year List: 127||Feb: 92|
|Pima Co. Species seen: 221||Year Species: 113||Feb: 78|
|Santa Cruz Co. 150 species||Year: 60 species||Feb: 51|
|Pinal Co. 88 species||Year: 4 species||Feb: 0 species|
|Checklists submitted Life: 1714||Year: 191 checklists||Feb: 107|