Monday, March 12, 2012

Favorite Things



It's that time of year, the time our attention is drawn to the renewal of spring. This time of year we're giddy about the retuning birds, planning and plotting our garden strategies, thumbing though plant catalogues or perhaps if you're the organized sort, you might be reviewing last years garden journal. Over the weekend, we dined with our friends in the mountains and over dinner they told us about the Jay that pays a visit each morning to eat peanuts given by hand. Face it we have birds on the brain.

* I mounted several felled agave blooms to the exterior walls of my garden which the birds use quite freely. They attract an amazing amount of guests to be viewed in plain sight. Sunday evening to my surprise, I was standing outside when a great horned owl silently landed on one just feet away and I enjoyed his shadow, silvered on one side by that great big moon.

Over the weekend I heard accounts from two of you who live along the central flyway to share with me the return of the geese and cranes. I love when you share your wildlife encounters and and keep me abreast at what's taking place where you live. Both of you said the same thing, "I opened my windows to listen"............you are my people! I would have done the same thing. A fantastic event, one to be embraced, one that most certainly would cause a heart swell. A swollen heart is a beautiful thing.



Late last spring while I was out hiking I found this! It is one of my most coveted treasures, a tail feather from the one known for the Red Tail. I gasped when I found it tangled in the undergrowth, a gift from the heavens.




I enjoyed some quality studio time and decided to band you this week by making a variety of feathers on silver bands. The bands are textured like the chaff in which the feathers lay, next to a silver pebble molted and discarded by fine feathered friends.


I spent some time perusing the pages of the like minded and decided I need more agastache in my life and if you can find a variety that wants to live where you live, I highly recommend you get some in your life too.

Bands will be landing here tomorrow, in the meantime have a most beautiful day my.......

avian addicts
birdsmiths
early birds
bird brains
love birds
snow, sun & rain birds
rare & strange birds
also you,
free birds and maybe even some jail birds

xoxo Ro

25 comments:

  1. OH GASP indeed! A red tail feather! woweee!
    Its beautiful!!
    I so relate, my window is right over my bed, so I open the window to hear the birds..to hear the rain..
    My fav is the Mourning Dove that lives in the bushes behind my house.
    sigh...
    whoooo, hoo, whoo, whoo!
    :-)
    hugs while we Soar Together all!
    xo

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    1. oops, in my excitement I forget to add red tail HAWK feather...hee hee

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    2. I'll show you my feather like a proud parent with baby pictures.

      Yes we do all soar together including your Mourning Doveley!

      xoxo

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  2. Beautiful! I'll try to get some photos of the glossy ibis at City Park tomorrow or Wednesday. I only *wish* I could have a camera ready when the bald eagle flies over Bayou St John...

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    1. Oh I hope to see some, how interesting. I'm glad your out there for the team :)

      I try and carry my camera just about everywhere but the batteries are MY downfall.

      I've never been to a bayou, now I want to go.

      xo

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  3. wondeful birds ; and beautiful feather,
    are those grosbeaks in your trees?
    OK. The cedar waxwings have gone now, but the sea birds are going by in flocks morning and evening,
    black cormorants, white and brown pelicans , all kinds of gulls and sandpipers and even curlews.
    xx
    julie

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    1. I think they're little red headed finches Julie.

      Our waxwings have waned too, to be enjoyed elsewhere.

      You live on a wonderful and interesting stretch of the Pacific, with those hills and waterways you have it all and none of it is wasted on you.

      xoxo

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  4. Oh, the beauteous treasures you find on your trails, Rochelle! Gifts from the heavens indeed.

    I am a winter girl, at heart, but boy, this early spring...it has lightened the creative load and I am embracing it wholeheartedly! So, so grateful!

    Ooh wee--glorious silvered feathers! I hope to be one of the ones banded! =)

    Debbie's comment about the mourning dove made me smile. I was just commenting on a friend's blog about the mourning dove that coos his lament from our trees every morning. As soon as things start warming up, he appears, his soulful wail waking me in the wee hours. (Probably not the same one...but I like to imagine it is!) He usually starts up around 6:00 in the morning...but as the days grow longer and the sun rises earlier, he gets up earlier, too…5:30, 5:00, 4:30, then 4:00! And, as I told my friend, by the time he's singing his elegy to the sun at 4:00 in the morning, I'm dreaming of chicken!

    Happy days!

    xx

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    1. I know I'm a lucky duckie to be there at just the right moment.

      I love the winter most too, nothing to do but roll with the seasons.

      Ha! dreaming of rooster at 4 a.m would be more like it but you are always a trailblazer :)

      We have a rufus sided towhee for the last couple of months that sits all day in our tallest sycamore t sounds like an electric buzzer all day starting at the fist hint of dawn.

      xoxo coo, coo ZZZZZZZZZZ!

      (I like their squeaky wings)

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    2. Oh! Bahaha! I didn't even think about our mourning (!) visitor as a cockadolittle stand in! Hehe. I was thinking/dreaming more along the lines of, 'This bird is driving me nuts! Hm, I wonder if it tastes like chicken???' =)

      The one thing that never crossed my mind moving countries was that I would no longer recognize most birds! Such a surreal thing when your surroundings no longer sound familiar!

      These are the sounds my heart remembers:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhS-4pLAQNg


      I don't think I've ever seen or heard your little towhee. Does it sounds like this guy?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqgf0xFzVJk

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    3. Awwww she's in a constant state of mourning, up there crying her eyes out, have a heart. Maybe you should sleep with ear plugs that's what I do when we "get a mocking bird" an event that lasts for months, those birds belt out the same string of song all night long looking for a mate. They always wait until the weather warms and the windows are open.

      I bet it would be very strange that way but interesting to learn about all the new and "strange birds..

      off to check links......

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    4. Yes Ash that is our towhee and it's buzzer. I don't mind it took a long time before one decided our garden was just right.

      Your Bell Birds have a beautiful voice, I would miss them.

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    5. Haha...hence the 'mocking' in mocking bird, maybe?? The mocking bird calls sound familiar, so I've probably heard them before, not realizing what they were. (A bit relentless, though, aren't they??!)

      (Don't worry, no meat eating in this household!) =)

      I think I miss the NZ fantail most, which is a very common wee bird back home. They're very personable, not afraid of people...and flit around like sparrows on speed! Funny to watch.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I0h3GB5VwI&feature=related

      Happy Tuesday. Off to write something non-sucky (or perhaps test the aerodynamics of my paper planes in 20+ mph winds *whoosh*)

      xx

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    6. Adorable, skitty, flitty and a Neil Diamond fan, I would miss her too.

      Hope you have a productive day.

      xo

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  5. O my...I saw cranes or geese this morning too, wondering where they were heading to! Lovely ring! xx

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    1. Oh those V's in the sky, so beautiful!!

      They may have been headed to the Arboretum?

      Have loverly day

      xoxo

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  6. Oh, I was hoping you would make some feather bands! You read my mind. :) It would be awesome if there were a size 5 available. *crossing fingers*. If not now, maybe in the future! I have been LOVING your rings lately!

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    1. Funny Kim, I had planned on making them when someone asked if I would and I already was :)

      Well if I don't have one I'll make you one of your very own for your tiny finger

      Thank you so much!

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  7. Wow, a great horned owl so close!! Sounds exciting! I guess the birds come to the agave blooms for the nectar? Not just hummingbirds?

    And the red tailed hawk feather is beautiful. As are your new bands!!! xoxoxo

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    1. It was exciting for sure and one reason, I stay close to my 5.5 lb doggie after dark.

      Any bare tall branch or structure will work. If I had a lot of land I would want a few phone poles for the raptors. Birds love to perch on bare branches in order to look around, to hunt or safely visit. They feed their young up there and look for nesting fibers. Just having the agaves there is like trolling for fish, only we troll for birds. The agaves are dead so the only ones that find anything nutritional in them are the woodpeckers. I drag them home when I find one down somewhere :)

      xoxoxox

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  9. Oh, for perching :) Thanks for clarifying. I didn't think owls were nectar lovers BUT Yikes, I hadn't thought about an owl's perspective as to a tiny doggie :( xoxox

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  10. Great post, Ro ---- you were SO creative with all of those bird names :o). I thought, oh! I'll add a couple to her fun list, but no! I think you thought of them all!!!

    Your feather is a beauty. I have an amazing collection of feathers ...most sent to me by a VERY cool dear friend!

    P.S. I just have to say I love the "Happiness is Humming" on the front of that guide :o).

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  11. I was wondering if I forgot some and counting on you Ruby, naturally YOU would know :)

    I still have my beautiful black and white woodpecker feather from NH and I treasure it.

    I love that nursery in NM, get some hyssop in your garden the hummingbirds love it and being in the mint family it all smells delicious. Some of the agastaches can be used for making teas by drying the leaves.

    xo

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  12. Lovely post--and you are most blessed by that red-tailed tailfeather. That rates higher than a red letter day!!!!


    (Love your little bobble-head goose above--we have geese scribbling all over the sky, celebrating spring very loudly._

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