The daylight may be later in the evening hours now that DST has begun, but the day TIME seems to zip by so quickly these days. With the wonderful, mild, Spring-like temperatures by mid-day, Bud and I are outdoors. Actually, some days this week, we've been out and about way before sunrise. Just to get to some nearby parks and bays to see the birds in all their glory. They tend to be much more active in the wee hours of the day....by noon, they're pretty much taking siestas or have disappeared and/or become quite sluggish in motion; lethargic!! As with this image above, the sunrise is always a 'get cracking' sign for us to be out and driving somewhere before the onslaught of the high traffic volume this time of year. Once we get to our destination, the traffic is of my least concern. The sound of the seagulls once we're parked and ready to walk our distance, is attracting me and Bud to get nearer to the chattering birds and see if we can spot something unusual. One particular area we often stop at on our day's outing, there is a young, immature black crowned night heron that we've been watching grow up to adulthood since late last Autumn. From fledgling to where its at now in his/her lifespan...a large immature heron, and its now beginning to get tell-tale signs of the adult black crown and gray and white feathers of the adult stage. I am hoping against all odds that it remains here for the entire year and allows us to record its growth in photos. So far, it's working out for us. I noticed just this week, that it is losing it's brownish, speckled, youth plumage and getting a bit of white around the wings. Keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, we have been doing a lot of yard work AND birding. Just yesterday when out with the camera, I took 87 pictures!!! And with those, I have to crop them, frame them, and title them ...that takes up hours of my allotted computer time these days. Hence, not much blog posting. An hour or two at one spot, birding, and the sun becomes a light golden globe shining brightly down on everything, which makes for such a pleasant day. Continuing around town in some of the more active birding spots, I have noticed a lot of courting rituals, and more aggression with the adult male birds. Even so, the same for our backyard birds. It's that time of year. At one park, I stopped my walking for a short time to watch the Muscovy ducks and the male trying to impress a couple of female ducks. Perhaps in a month or two, there may be some chicks roaming the pond's banks!! Then, after I began my trek around the water's edge, I happened to notice some activity really close to a nearby house, by the park....a mother goose. She was, at the time, rolling her clutch of eggs around in the nest. Then, she continued on with her long ritual of sitting on them to keep them warm. What a tender, loving moment I witnessed!! And, she picked a secluded, nearly hidden place for her nest------between the house's electric meter and outlet. Pretty well camouflaged, unless she moves. And her color blends in so well with the brick. Being out around the city for about three to four hours, it's time to head back home and get to the yard work. The hibiscus are blooming profusely right about now. The bougainvillea are growing leaps and bounds and we continually try to keep them under control [one on the side of the house tends to like the idea of growing toward the garage and the eave and roof]....gotta keep those trimmed off to save the paint and the roofing...otherwise, if a strong wind comes up, the wear and tear of the thorned branches can eventually, and easily cut through the shingles. I noticed, while out pulling weeds, that my Oriental Iris have buds forming on the thin spiny leaves. The Lantana is attracting butterflies. I put out one of the hummingbird feeders 'cause the hummers will soon return....it's that time!! Busy, busy time. And life is good.
Ahhhhhhh, the good life!!!
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