It seems spring is in the air already here in the desert.
We've had 2 weeks of temperatures in the mid-to high 80's (around 26-28C) and yesterday it made it to 91(30C) at 5pm!
Birds are singing everywhere and I'm trying to get pictures and identify them but the little buggers just don't want to sit still, do they?
There's a fine line how close you can get to each one and I'm still learning to 'read' them. They'll be singing their little hearts out and let me approach for a little while but than, just when I finally locate them and point the camera, they'll stop and fly away!
But I've got a few for you. Here we go ..
First up, same as above, a rock wren. I just love the red cactus thorns! Well, not really, but you know what I mean.
|Perfect camouflage if you're a Rock Wren!|
|Talking about camouflage ....|
....... and a couple of Meadowlarks, I think they're the 'Eastern' variety, because they're quite dark, but it's so hard to tell (and they're back-lit)!
A whole bunch of White-crowned Sparrows
And 'something' rustling in the reeds .... where? ... there! ... huh? ... quick ... shoot!... there he goes!!
Someones prime real estate ...
These were all taken at the golf course. James went shooting balls and I'm shooting birds these days.
I've hurt my rotator cuff, I'm afraid it's torn, and can not make a swing anymore. I haven't hit a ball for 2 months now and besides keeping my shoulder 'mobile' by doing some light exercises, I've been babying it.
It's not as painful as it was but I think (and read) that I still have a long ways to go!
In the dead tree next to the rig I spotted these two White-winged Doves, wanting to know, as always,
And than there's this dog that always looks away as soon as you point the camera? Talking about camera shy indeed.
|Ha! Got ye!|
Sadie and Merlin eating and drinking side by side. They're so cute when they're good ...
Merlin waiting for James to come home for lunch. As soon as I set out the plates he's on them. Sort of a 'natural' plate warmer.
(His is the small one in front!)
Sorry, but I did some baking again ;-)
|Upside down Pineapple Cake (for the non-Americans here)|
|See the moon rising on the left there? And James' head/hat on top of the BBQ :-)?|
It barely cools down in the evening so we're eating outside most of the time. Hard to believe that a few weeks ago we'd wake up to 26F (-3C) and the daytime high was barely 40(5C)!
Having said that (and let me mention also that I changed our sheets from flannel to 'normal') it's probably going to freeze again soon!