“Ew I don’t wanna hold your hand Grandpa they’re yucky”. Those words hurt but they were true, my hands are kinda yucky. We were in Redmond Town Center, going to see Santa Claus, it was the cold of winter and while my hands are never “pretty”, in winter time they are really kinda gnarly. Dry and split, stained with grease, dirt and nicotine. Constantly bleeding or scabbed from something somewhere, my hands always hurt somewhere. I don’t treat my hands very well. Never have and probably never will. Continue reading
I cannot sit idly by. This is not a political post, this is not a bleeding heart liberal post for I am not a liberal, I am not a conservative. I am a human being that has common sense, eyes, ears and a heart. You have to be missing one or more of those things to not see, hear or feel the division and the outright hate, bigotry and lack of empathy,compassion or even common sense coming from the alleged president-elect. Continue reading
I’d like an Eagle with a Raven chaser please…. Sounds like the start of a Thorogood song….One Eagle, One Raven and One Nerd… but there are actually 2 ravens in this story… so make it a double! Continue reading
A couple of my friends may be old enough to remember Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom….( only a couple though)… I have some very fond memories of watching it as a family growing up. Marlin Perkins’ voice will always be a nostalgic memory for me. Continue reading
The wild ravens have been visiting Suk daily for over a month now, Suk will now occasionally interact but his typical reaction is no reaction whatsoever, just goes about his business eating his food, playing with toys or just hanging out “perching”. Continue reading
I just celebrated a birthday, not any big milestone birthday , but closer to then end than the beginning for sure… as a “gift” to myself I booked several Dr’s appointments since I’ve been very bad about going to Dr’s for a bit now… I’ve had some bad experiences so I put it off and kept putting them off. So for my birthday , I booked an eye Dr, a heart Dr and a couple different Primary care Dr. appts. Continue reading
Suk had visitors yesterday (and they are back today – 3 today). A pair of Ravens. Magnificent voices, incredible aerobatics and elegant flight. Heartbreaking….
I have been sharing my truck with mice. We live in the country, We have bird feeders. Mice are part of the deal. We don’t use any poisons. Poison kills other wildlife besides the target species ( owls, hawks, raccoon, possum, any critter that eats the poisoned animal or the poison itself!) we don’t use glue traps because they are extremely inhumane, torturing any animal is wrong. Continue reading
I got word that Suk wasn’t working out for the free flight program at World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) in St. Louis. I didn’t get many details, just that it wasn’t working out and would we know any other prospective new home options for him. WBS I am certain did everything properly and correct they are an amazing organization, not every birdie is cut out for life in working with the public in free flight. Continue reading
Keep it positive… that’s what I keep telling myself.
That can be challenging when I feel strongly that an important issue is being ignored, or a wrong is being done.
I see the uproar and outrage against the people that killed a lion in Africa. I wonder what makes things “go viral” and what gets people motivated to take action on certain causes and there are times that it’s really uplifting, and times where it is sickening. Continue reading
“Hey, Hey Aurelia, do you see that creepy bird brain bugging Goldie?”
“Why yes I do Tristis, what a creep, do you think she needs help?”
“Hey, Leave me alone you meanie, I don’t want any trouble” Goldie said
The trill of the Swainson’s Thrush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpLnRUnoJNQ
The Song of the Goldfinch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bG0NslD3HM
Some of my favorites for sure, but the best for me, is best described as the squeak of a frightened mouse on a cartoon.. for the longest time I could not figure out what made the sounds, once I did I was astonished! The Anna’s hummingbird mating dive… and the sound isn’t from his mouth! Quite the Opposite! OK not truly the opposite, but close enough! It’s from the tail feathers as they flare out at the end of it’s high speed dive bomb run. Continue reading
Spring is definitely here. It has been for a few weeks now in Western, Washington. Typically I know by the return of the swallows, but they haven’t shown up yet this year. But Spring has Sprung!
The front walkway is bathed in the scent of Hyacinth with it’s pink and purple flowers. Buds are opening on all the trees with many in full bloom. If that alone doesn’t convince you, we’ve have temperatures in the mid-sixties for over a week! The weather has been extremely mild this winter and I fear we are in for a hot and smoky summer. But for now it is Spring with all the refresh that it provides the soul. Continue reading
As most of my loyal readers know or have figured out, I have PTSD. I’ve had it and dealt with it for many years. I’ve tried many less than effective “treatments” over the years. Some not so smart, but that was before I really knew what it was that was “wrong with me…. After my actual diagnosis, I tired medication but didn’t care for how it made me feel… then I just tried to deal with it on my own, that didn’t work so well. I lived with it and helped other people and animals as much I could. Now that I can’t even do that, except through online activities ( I do hope to get back to being able to physically do some more work with wildlife and people again in the future) I am really feeling the depression side of the “disorder”. But unlike a lot of people, and unlike a younger dumber me, I am getting real help now… talking with a counselor, getting EMDR therapy, and looking into natural as well as maybe chemical assistance ( not alcohol or drugs sheesh… medication if necessary – going to work with a naturopath first). OK so enough of THAT nightmare stuff… let’s get to something a little more uplifting – Hopes and Dreams….
I took a road trip in August for a day, the purpose of the trip was to see my current favorite band: The Paul Thorn Band. I went and met some dear friends there, and had a more than fantastic time! I’ll post some pictures, video and thoughts on that later. The following day, I was heading home when I saw a sign for a National Wildlife refuge, I had nothing but time so I decided to take a detour, the scenic route, the road less traveled. The temperature the day before was 106 degrees, and shooting for 100 again on this day, it was already in the 80s so I didn’t have too long to go in the “cooler” morning air so I pulled off and parked. I grabbed the camera, a bottle of water and started walking through the sage and sand of the high desert. It is located along a beautiful waterway , the Walla Walla River, a feeder into the Columbia in the spot where 3 rivers meet , the Snake and the Walla Walla draining into the mighty Columbia. It’s an amazing place, and I hope to someday make a longer trip to explore the beauty. For now I will just share some thoughts and photos of the couple hours I spent in the Madame Dorian use area of the Wallula unit in th McNary National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/refuge/McNary/ Continue reading
Never Give up, Never surrender.. .. That’s my phrase of the month… There are many reasons for that.. from my health, to my job… to so many juvenile eagles that I “know”… I’m not going to dwell or really elaborate on the former, but on the latter, The Eagles well duh, of course I’ll elaborate thanks for asking 😉 ….
Talking ‘bout the birds and the bees….and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called….. LOVE….. Yep folks, today we’re talking about the taboo subject: The Birds and the Bees!!!!! Continue reading
First post of 2014.. what should it be…..hmmm…hmmmm…oooh I know, Hummers!!! Who doesn’t love a hummer? If you don’t love Hummers there’s something wrong with you in my opinion… everyone loves them… even people who say they don’t like them secretly do…and there are some people that really shouldn’t like them but yep they do too…. How can you not??? Hummers are fun, usually they are fast, sometimes they linger… you each know your favorite hummer… sometimes they get in your face… even in your hair if it’s long… sometimes you love to watch them, sometimes just knowing they are there getting the nectar puts a smile on your face. Sadly though there aren’t enough people in the upper US that get them all the time… year round… sometimes they hardly get them at all…… I feel sad for those people because I can tell you I get them year round… Different types depending on the type of year but my favorite kind I get alllllllll year round… Continue reading
I’m an admitted Orinthophile…. I’m active in my obsession.. constantly looking up , finding new species that I’ve never seen before, or have seen but didn’t realize what it was…. Continue reading
Yep you read it right…. I’ve got worms and now I have beetles too!! Which can only mean 1 thing! Soon I’ll have more worms yippeee…… You all remember the old song no body loves me everybody hates me guess I’ll go eat worms? I remember my Mom singing that in a joking way when giving us pity parties as children… ( if you don’t know what a pity party is well you didn’t grow up right LOL) ….. Continue reading