Monday, April 19, 2010

Getting To Know The Neighbors

We are settling in, learning the lay of the land, meeting our few neighbors. It takes time, energy, effort. We've hardly been visiting our favorite blogs and not posting on Facebook at all. I haven't been returning emails or phone calls. We're losing track of where everyone is these days, but we trust that spring is springing up everywhere, and all is well in your world. Sometimes I wonder if I'll wake up one day and discover that we've simply stopped blogging and facebooking. But then I look out the window and something so good is happening out there, that I have to grab the camera and take a wander. Here is a little of what we've been seeing:
We have had some beautiful spring weather these past few days. Temps even hit the 70s on Sunday. That brought out the local Western Fence Lizard. I had no idea when I was photographing it that its belly was blue, but when I downloaded the photos the first thing Roger said was "Hey, check out that blue belly." Made us laugh and think of Pablo and his blue-tailed skink (except our little guy is a real lizard!) These lizards were out and about and scurrying everywhere.
When we first moved in (was it just ten days ago?), one of the real estate agents told us about the robin's nest in the tree closest to the driveway. He wanted us to know so we could warn the big moving van driver to avoid knocking or coming close to this low branch. The movers were very good about it and worked diligently not to knock the branch off the tree. For a few days, though, that nest appeared abandoned. We just assumed all that effort had been too late, but look who showed up the other day. Isn't she a beauty? We're hoping for a nest full of little baby robins. Although the daily calls of the local raptor keeps everyone on edge and alert.

We haven't had time to put up our good birdfeeder yet. We just found it on Saturday after looking through several large boxes. The platform feeders are still providing the food for the house finches, lesser goldfinches, stellar's jays, and quite surprisingly our first black-headed grosbeak, which showed up on Sunday. The mourning doves, dark-eyed juncoes, California towhees and spotted towhees all prowl the ground under the feeder for fallen seed. It's quite a menagerie out our window, and we're hoping to attract more with a variety of foods.
I'm mixing up batches of hummingbird sugar water in amounts I never had to do in Port Townsend. Our little rufus hummers up there were not quite as voracious eaters as the batch of hummingbirds we have here. We have two feeders up, and they are going through them in about two days. I think about their little bodies, their hearts beating a thousand or more beats a minute and I think, "No wonder, they live on sugar!" They are incredibly fierce little creatures. Had I been quicker with the camera, I would have gotten a shot of one buzzing our nodding-in-the-sun kitty cat, staring at him from about three feet away. Ah, now that's fierce.

This is our world these days. More to come as we do more exploring.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your world Robin. It's cool when you're at someplace new and all the new discoveries. :)

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  2. Yes, indeed, my dear Robin, thank you for sharing the excitement, the beauty of discovering all the wonders of your new world! I'm so very happy for your both. Enjoy every minute!

    Sylvia

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  3. So glad you took time from the mind boggling job of settling in to post. Loved the pic, and that the movers were actually careful of the nest. Keep enjoying your new home and sharing with us.

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  4. Spring is an excellent time to be pulled away from the internet and all it's lures. Thanks for sharing the photos, though! Really appreciate it!

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  5. great photos -- looking forward to more!

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  6. I though of you both yesterday while out in the 73 degree sunshine! life is good again!

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  7. Robin, its as if the animals you photograph POSE for you; you're so adpet at capturing their fleeting moments.
    What do you mean, that yours is a "real" lizard? Are skinks in a different family than lizards? They do look a bit like salamanders.
    Do carry on with this wonderful narration!

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  8. Isabelita-- I should have explained, the link to Pablo's site is to a photo of a fake skink with a blue tail. It's plastic! That's what made our lizard real, it's actual flesh and blood.

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  9. It's such a good feeling knowing you have found home at last! peace, MandT

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  10. Sounds like you've found somewhere as delightful as the two of you are!

    When my sons were small I used to put out raisins to feed the robins nested in the "tulip tree" in my front yard. Each morning the first person out the door got "talked to" as though Mama was afraid she'd been forgotten.

    alan

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  11. Neat how that western fence resembles our eastern version.
    Your place is just critter loaded!!

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  12. I'm just gonna shoot myself! You've not only got all those neat birds we don't have out here, but you've got lizards as well!

    Thank you for the photos. Your movers clearly defied the stereotype of movers. Good for them for respecting your request and the birds.

    I do hope you have a family of robins as a remembrance of the stick robin.

    As for Facebooking and blogging, you have your priorities straight to leave them aside while you explore and experience your new home. You know we'll be here when you find something you want to share.

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  13. I love that you share your world! I never saw a blue-bellied lizard before.

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  14. Love the blue-bellied lizard. They are dear to me, from the California of my childhood. Good to know that they are still sunning themselves and skittering around.

    I feel happy seeing photos from your new habitat. Good to hear that your days are full in a good way.

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  15. oh, that robin is a beauty! Funny, my friend Lynn in Downieville has recently posted photos of an amazing lizard -- don't know if it's the blue bellied kind though.

    Have been imagining all your unpacking and discoveries. You're meeting the neighbors, maybe not the human kind.

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  16. ps...you better get back on facebook or we're going to have a problem.....

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  17. Please keep grabbing the camera and writing. And I promise to stop by a little more often. Good to read you are settling in.

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