I have a rectangular basket that holds all my critter, plants, clouds, and other really important info. That guide is front & center, has been written in, page corners turn down, post it notes galore & samples of plants etc.. SO THANK YOU THANK YOU, I don't know what I'd do without.
Ok Back to First - Birds... Hawks - I know there are two different Hawks living here. The Red Tailed hawk is the one that chases the Sparrows and dive bombs into my Red Tip bushes and goes from one bush to another. If I am out front I chase it off.
There is another Hawk. Which I think was a Red-shouldered Hawk. It's been seen around but not completely close enough to name for sure.
One of them likes my yard for obvious reasons. Yesterday when Charlie and I first walked I was in the very back NE corner near some bare trees. As I walked under the largest one I heard a rustling and then Hawk cries. It was right above me ans startled me out of my wits. LOL These are not small birds but have huge wingspans. What a treat once I realized what it was. Usually it sits on the power line that crosses over the yard by the road. I don't think it was the same hawk as the wire sitter... that one was much smaller.
But YEAH! Maybe not a sighting but a sounding. LOL
The Vultures have been here off and on every few days.
Ok Bird poop droppings. I have what I thought were blood spots on my back steps and porch area. Also some on the picnic table.
Yesterday I finally realized what they where. I had inspected them an found tiny little specks balls of berry seeds. This morning as we walked out in the predawn really foggy morning I walked past my bushes that have grown to 4 feet or more and I have three of them along my path in the same general area as the Hawk sounding.
These bushes have red and green leaves. Red new growth. But they also have larges clumps of tiny red berries on the two tallest bushes. They are very pretty and I can't find the name of the bushes. And still looking on line etc. My neighbor down hill wants to grow some but she - who usually can name anything is stumped. They are not in any of my guides of other books.
Back to the bird droppings... I realized the berries where gone for they are so bring red that even in the fog they are very visible.
So when I find the name I will let you know. I have some plants and trees that are non native. These bushes maybe one of them.
Good locations for the tap on lights. I love mine. I plan on buying a few more since the recent disaster. Another advantage.... I rarely have to replace the batteries. Yeah!
It was in the low 50 when I went to bed... but I woke at 3ish and was suffocating. It was 60+ outside and the heater hadn't shut off. Holy Moly.
I quick like a bunny opened my two windows and turned on the air vents on both ACs. It took an hour for things to cool off. I went and fed Charlie his dry food and gave the cats there treats. I made some Pure Camomile Tea but fell back to sleep.
Woke at 6am and Charlie and I walked. I love fog we did one lap, I went in to take off my jacket as the humidity was HIGH and it was warm outside as if in the 80s. By the time I stepped outside the day had broken - not as foggy but very gray.
Most of the rest of the week but for one day (50) will be upper 60's 70s. Nights are all in 40's after that except last night 64 and some mild rain into Monday Mar 1st.
I have a big soup kettle on the front porch to catch rain so I can fill the apple juice jars and other of similar size.
No frogs here.. what a good idea.
Oh I have two large Yucca plants one by the gate and one up the road a bit inside the walled area but next to the fence. Last year NO FLOWERS. Since I moved in they alternate blooming. Last year was serious drought. But as I was up there filling the Squirrel nut bowl I passed by and OH MY GOSH! The Yucca up the hill has a huge stalk of almost 3 feet growing from the center. The plant was not half what it is now. Just checked the guide and the only blooming yucca photo in it is a Buckley Yucca.. that is not what it is for my Yucca has tall 5 foot plus stalks also but the flowers run almost the entire length up and down.
I am so excited. Oh the succulents that we all have in our yards are such bad shape. Everyone of them has a center spear but now there are what look like black needed shaped things coming from the top. The leaves? are all melted over the sides of the pots or on the ground. Ugly yes but I hope they regrow.
Oh I meant to tell you up above that I used those Command strips. I had some not work but it may have been my technique.
I'm glad your veggies technique works so well for you. That sounds good.
The vultures around here haven't been around everyday. I think there were alot of animals that may not have survived the ice storm - Temps like we had we were surprised that the stray cats we know of survived.
I live just below the crest of the hill we live on. Vultures and on my power pole and so do a Bald Eagle occasionally. As for flying low the vultures here fly at treetop level to my Oaks and such. I try for photos also but they don't hang around though I got creat shots of the bald eagle and one of the vultures on the power pole.
Ok lunch time for Charlie. And another walk.
Plus I have a post I want to do that recommends some fun things to check out online. But this I will do as a document first. Then copy to a post.
Off I go to grab some Applesauce... forgot to eat again. Oh well. Lunch is only an hour away.
Have a great day.
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