Monday, May 30, 2011

spring is in the air!

It is about time to cut the grass!  This is exciting news around town.  We have had plenty of rain and snow this spring.

Valley residents have been following the news about the slide in the Snake River Canyon.  I like the photo on Bradley Boner's website:  The road is open to traffic, thanks to the hard work of the Wyoming Department of Transportation

white-crowned sparrow

The white crowned sparrow is one of my favorite feeder birds.  They are small, fast and delicate.  I love the distinct cap on the top of his head.  All About Birds is a great website for detailed information about any of the birds on this page.

evening grosbeak
We have had some great birds visit the feeder the past few weeks: grosbeaks have been very busy and seem to control the feeder.
clark's nutcracker

The clark's nutcracker loved the suet and finished it up in about 2 days. Visit the All About Birds website to learn more about this bird.
The finch and the siskin seem to share the feeder with relatively few altercations.  When they hang together in the box elder, I feel like I'm looking at a decorated Christmas tree!
These birds have been regular visitors to our feeder for the last month.  Sadly (for the bird), happily (for the raptor), three of these birds were chased into the window and stunned before the "sharpy" could have his breakfast.
sharp-shinned hawk
When my son Grant was 4 or 5 we were talking about the "great circle of life" and he wisely said "no mom, it is the great triangle of death".  I was so excited to see this amazing raptor.  I know that the pine siskins (yes 3) were not...

We are finishing up some projects around the property.  We will be adding flowers and trees to the yard as well as some additional finish work on the decks.  We are also busy deciding on a color to paint the exterior of the apartment....