Long time since last post....

By: osdianna , 4:52 PM GMT on March 17, 2014

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My first post of 2014, and about time! I suppose I have sort of let this blog go due to lack of photos to display; my cameras refuse to take a full charge...might be an electrical problem as I have tried batteries/battery chargers in various combinations, to no avail. My next attempt to charge is via a USB port on the computer.

As to what I have been doing since the last post, I ran the Grays Harbor Christmas Bird Count on Jan 4th, gave a few talks on Gardening for the Birds and have a few more to do, will be doing a few more talks on the shorebirds and the upcoming Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, try to get my own garden started...nothing like BriarCraft has though...and see if I can get some 2nd story platforms built just under the windows to support planters; I figure that's a great place to grow sweet peas and nasturtiums out of the reach of the deer. Then in the winter I can use it for bird feeding out of the reach of the raccoons. I can even grown my sugar peas there if I add a trellis...it will also shade the west-facing window.

By far the biggest news for me is my "new" car, a 2008 Scion xB (the boxy one), purchased last Wednesday. The last time I bought a car was in 1995, my 1995 Toyota Corolla, which now has nearly 247,000 miles on it, and still runs well, despite needing work. I didn't realize Toyota makes Scions until I looked under the hood and found a big Toyota logo on the engine block...that sort of sealed the deal. It has 82,000 miles on it but that is just getting warmed up with a Toyota!

Things that I now have that were not on my Corolla: intermittent wipers (I know, how can you get excited about that? But I really enjoy them!), a CD/MP3 player, rear wipers on the hatchback, a hatchback, rear seats that fold down for even more storage...and I'll bet I could even sleep back there. Those are just a few things....I am a bit nervous about driving it on the beach though. On Sunday the 9th I was out there driving my Corolla on the beach right after high tide, when the beach was covered with kelp, logs, and root-wads (stumps), and lots of run-off from the big rain we had the day before. I won't do that with the Scion.

Meanwhile, the spring birdsongs are music to my ears, and the new growth is showing on nearly everything; my red currant is blooming, and all the lilacs are leafing out...time to feed them. They are in big containers, so need a bit more help.

And the rufous hummers are here! The FOY was a male, arrived on the afternoon of Feb 27th; that's early.

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8:46 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
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3. BriarCraft
10:49 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
The good news in my garden is that I managed to get it rototilled last Sunday, before the rains returned. There were so many weeds getting ready to go to seed that I was pleased to turn all that green into organic garden matter. In the last couple of days, about 1.5 inches have fallen and there are some little puddles here and there in the garden. I was hoping to get some early lettuce and cabbage started, but that's not going to happen for awhile, it seems.

I'm glad you've got rufous. So do I. Currently, I'm feeding them about 2 cups of sugar-water per day. I was worried last year, because there were so few. Thankfully, it seems they just went elsewhere last year and were not devastated by some disease.
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2. BriarCraft
9:13 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
Sorry it's taken me so long to discover your new blog. It's been awhile since you posted anything new.

About the camera battery problem:
Could it be age? I recently had to replace the rechargeable batteries for my cordless drill. Also, my previous camera's batteries refused to hold a charge after they got to be about 8 years old. I don't know the age of your camera, but the problem might be with the battery, not the camera.

Rufous hummers arrived at my place exactly on time: March 15. The last couple years, there were a few days late, but March 15 is the date I have spotted the first arrival 6 out of the last 10 years. The first arrival seemed to remember where I put the feeders last year and kept returning to that spot until I filled a feeder and hung it up for him. I was concerned, because last year there were so few of them here. This year, the number of early males is similar to what I have seen in previous years.
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1. Skyepony (Mod)
9:03 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Opening up the window for a sweet pea snack looks like a great gardening plan.

Congrats on your car!
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Musings on daily events in my unremarkable life as a retired person who has found way too many things to do.