Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Share with your children



About a year ago I stumbled across this wonderful site


THIS INFORMATION IS
FROM PHOEBE'S WEB PAGE


Who is Phoebe?
Phoebe is a non-migratory Channel Islands Allen's Hummingbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen's_Hummingbird). She builds her nests in a rose bush, and the nest is about the size of a golf ball, with eggs being about the size of a tic-tac candy (Egg Pics). The season for nesting is October through May/early June, and Phoebe will lay four to five clutches per season. One or two eggs are laid per clutch, they hatch after 17 days, and the chicks typically fly three to four weeks later.

 How the Live Webcam Got Started


Living in Southern California, we are blessed to be joined by numerous species of birds and several years ago we noticed a hummingbird setting up her nest in our yard. What amazed us is we thought it would be a one-time event, but she kept coming back year after year. After several years, we thought it would be fun to get a closer look and set up our first webcam in 2007. As the number of viewers grew, in March 2009 we moved the broadcast to Ustream.tv, and then the number of viewers exploded. In less than a year, we had over 2 million views, and had climbed to the most popular birding site on the web (Fat Birder's Top 1000 Birding Website). Phoebe has a dedicated community of followers from all around the world, and we love hearing that school children are learning about hummingbirds with the help of our webcam and that Phoebe has inspired visual artists, musicians, poets, and more.

Please pass it on to your children and maybe their schools---what a wonderful up close view of such a tiny busy little bird.  Phoebe has started a new nest with the first egg layed on President's Day.  It has been a little unusual around the nest as the last hatch of Jay and Bea still come to visit Phoebe. 


LOOKING FOR MAMA!


Normally she will show them around for about a week and then shoo them off....these 2 sat in the nest and watched her start the new nest so our chat followers thought they would just move into the new nest with Mom!  We have been treated to many views of the fledged babies a very rare treat!



Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Regal Visitor



The Eagles have become frequent visitors to our trees these last few years. It is good to know they are recovering from the low numbers of the 70's.

As for Bea and Jay they don't want to leave the nest.....mama is a good cook!!!



Phoebe is already at work on her new nest for the next hatch and feeding these 2...she is a worker! best of luck flying away little ones...



TEST FLIGHT...Bea gets some help from brother Jay...


WE HAVE LIFT OFF....... Jay leaving after Bea took flight first 2/14/2011
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY PHOEBE!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Really I have been sort of working........




I have been working.....just a wee bit....and watching the furry babies play.... surfing the net for next fall's ideas.... watching my hummingbird babies...they are about ready to fledge...


chatting with friends...looking at my messy workroom...running away really fast....

If you want to see some amazing ideas for organizing...I just ran across this blog
http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/



Can you imagine these used to load up cake...

textured fork tines and beads


I went tiny on these washers.....


Still playing with more sets of these--do you know how hard it is to get two sort of matching sets???!!!

playing with the washers...these have the metallic gold added to them...it is really fun to work with it.....not very good photo's but I am not going outside to get pics!!!-8 here today!! Fall craft season will be here before I know it so trying to make good on my promise to myself to get some stock done early.....





My month of January rest is over so I really must get the workroom cleaned getting itchy to create some new treasures!! Take care and keep warm!!


I am linking to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts



It's a Keeper


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowangels



The view out my window late Tuesday afternoon.....we have missed all the major storms around here this year and I had just left that comment on another blog.


DIRECT HIT this go round!!!




I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get through these drifts...almost got stuck and started laughing way too hard...

Thanks to good neighbors....first comes the blade.....


Then comes Uncle Deon and the BIG snow blower.....


Oreo and Nosey ran to the window to see what all the noise was about....


There is beauty to be found in all this...











We had the 2 way radio on last nite and could hear the calls....Bob and Foo couldn't understand where the voices were coming from and they kept taking off with the radio..


Big drift that started behind the house and wrapped around to the front of the vehicles...not gonna drive through this one...



The first step off the porch could be a little fun....

I made sure my little friends had food....gives us all something to do...watch the birds





Nosey thought he would do some up close and personal bird watching....I had to make him come in. Bad Cat!!




Late this afternoon Oreo and I taking pictures through the windows of our visiting friends...






Keep safe and warm everyone!