Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekend in Virginia

We just spent a lovely weekend with my son, Rob, and his family in Virginia. This is their lovely mountain "cottage". We just went up to see it this time, we didn't stay overnight. And lucky me, I got car sick on the way down the curving mountain roads. Thought I had grown out of that eons ago! But we had a good time, and got to see and hear my grandson play with his marching band during a highschool band competition. That's him on the deck, with my husband Roy and Rob chatting in the driveway.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bluebird visitors

No new photo this time, but an update on our bluebird population. For three days straight, we have had bluebirds checking the house in the yard. We’ve had a pair visiting on occasion since the summer, but this time there were three male birds here to look it over, one of which looked to have some white feathers on the back of his neck….an older male perhaps? At any rate, they were here Sunday morning for 15 or 20 minutes. Then on Monday, three more came, the same three perhaps, I don’t know. Then a female joined them, and she eventually went inside the house. Later a male also went inside. This group stayed around for 20 minutes or more before flying away.
This morning, a male and a female were visiting. The male went inside for a few minutes but the female just peeked in at the door. They stayed around for 15 minutes or so, then they both came and looked over the birdhouse on the deck railing before flying away again. It would be interesting to know if these birds are all wintering over here, or if maybe the group of males that came were just migrating through the area.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Photo of the Week

Toadstools are in abundance in our yard and the neighboring yard as well this year. These are some of the more interesting ones I found that hadn't been nibbled on by the squirrels or whomever.