Saturday, November 15, 2014

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT POST IS FOR THE BIRDS!!

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HEY BACK OFF THIS IS A PRIVATE PARTY!!

My Friday night post was a classic example of an aging mind & demonstrates how easily the passage of time can blur one’s memory.  Not once did I give a thought to when Facebook started but as soon as I saw the comment in my Shout Box this morning I knew right away I should have given it a thought.  FACEBOOK was actually founded on February 4th 2004.  So that being said it makes my claim of being on Facebook for 15 years totally inaccurate by 5 years.  I stand corrected.  It sure seems like a lot longer that I started my first Facebook account but the facts is the facts.  Makes me think to myself, ‘Ok what else have I got screwed up in my memories of the past’.  Scary stuff:((

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Sunny day with a warming breeze meant it was a good time to do some laundry.  And that’s what we did.  Kelly also busied herself in the kitchen fixin up some food stuff to take with us next week.

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I’M THINKING THIS HANDSOME FELLOW IS A HOUSE FINCH >>>

I spent a good part of my day quietly tipped back in one of our lawn chairs camera in hand just watching the comings & goings of birds to our feeders.  At one point I was startled by a loud squawk right behind my head as something landed on the back of my chair.  I remained very still expecting a big ‘peck’ on the back of my head.   Instead whatever it was hopped onto my right shoulder for a few seconds before flitting into a prickly pear cactus right beside me.  Looking to the right I saw it was a Cactus Wren.

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CACTUS WREN

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THERE GOES BERT SHOWING OFF HIS HORIZONTAL SWAN DIVE AGAIN

Having moved my chair this morning to a different location behind our garden shed & closer to the feeders I became aware after awhile how the birds were coming much closer to me.  Even the skitterish Gamble’s Quail were being very unusually brave.  Of course I remained relaxingly still & any movements I made were all done in super slow motion. 

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EVER SEEN A QUAIL DOING THE GOOSE STEP

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I have only ever caught fleeting glimpses of an unidentified small furry critter scampering around the property & this afternoon I was able to get a good look at what it was as it stood rigidly still only about 5 feet away watching me.  Folks may call them Squirrels here but back home we call em Chipmunks. 

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WHO ME??

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AND HERE’S MY CUTIE PATOOTIE LOOK

Half an hour later that little Chippy fella was up the Mesquite tree & right onto one of our wooden bird feeders.  Aha so that’s why we’re going through so much bird seed eh.  I let him be & watched with amusement as various birds flew in landing on the feeder alongside Chippy.  It was only a single Curved Bill Thrasher that took offence at the Chipmunk being on the feeder.  Gave Chips quite a tongue lashing about it too.

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“GET OFF THE BIRDFEEDER YA FLEABAG”…”ALRIGHT ALRIGHT STOP YOUR HOLLERIN YA BIRD BRAIN”

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“LOOK, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YA TO GET OFF THE FEEDER & QUIT MAKING FACES AT ME THROUGH THE GLASS!!

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THIS DAM RODENT IS REALLY STARTING TO TICK ME OFF!!!!

We actually do have a couple small inverters we can use to charge up our laptops with next week.  Both plug into the cigarette lighter/power adaptor plug.  One is a 75 Watt & the other is a 300 Watt.  We just have to keep an eye on the engine battery drain for any prolonged periods of time.  Not as convenient as a regular coach inverter of course but we can make do just as we did on the way here back in October when our main 2,000 Watt coach inverter quit working about half way down.    

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<<< AND NEXT TIME HOW ABOUT INCLUDING MY BEAK EH!!

GROANER’S CORNER:(( Great Truths Of Life:

1. Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2. There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
3. One reason to smile is that every seven minutes of every day, someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.
4. Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly payment is due.
5. The best way to keep kids at home is to make a pleasant atmosphere - and let the air out of their tires.
6. Families are like fudge . . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
7. Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
8. Laughing helps. It's like jogging on the inside.
9. Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
10. My mind not only wanders; sometimes it leaves completely.

19 comments:

  1. Someday I'll have a big lens....gheez, I lv following for your awesome photos!!!! And I stealing the Groaner Corner today...too true!!

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  2. We call them ground squirrels unless they have stripes on the face then a chipmunk. Very cool interaction with the cactus wren. Just put feeder out in Yarnell.

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  3. I thought you were a little off on the FB thing but you know what, we understand and don't really give a rat's patootie. We like you anyway.

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  4. We both loved your bird pictures tonight. Thanks for setting still and taking the time to get those great shots.

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  5. If you end up getting a new inverter, make sure it is a pure sine wave inverter.... If you get a modified sine wave unit, your electronics and other kitchen devices may not like the power that they make... The pure sine inverter will cost more, but it will work for everything that you want to power....

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  6. Hey don't get too concerned anout stuff like the Facebook 10 yrs vs 15 yrs thing. I have always said if ys can look it up why bother to remember it! The problem for me (too) is remembering to LOOK IT UP!

    Those Chipmunks can be a hoot, we had a huge population providing entertainment and pestering the dogs up in Colorado this past summer.

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  7. We sure love those beautiful bird pictures!

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  8. Ha! Dust that memory off and keep on truckin.... love the birdie/chipmunk convo! ;D

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  9. fantastic bird pics...love the one in flight - I was surprised how tiny the chipmunk is...for some reason I thought they were bigger. We have possums - don't think we have chipmunks....will Google it LOL then I will learn something today...cheers (lesalp.blogspot.com.au)

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  10. Yep I'm not loosing it they are not in Australia - LOL but I had to check...Chipmunks are small, striped rodents of the family Sciuridae. All species of chipmunks are found in North America, with the exception of the Siberian chipmunk, which is found primarily in Asia. Wikipedia.,.cheers again

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  11. Excellent wildlife pictures.
    I know in our coach the cigarette lighter/ power adapter plug is hooked up to our house batteries.
    Plus you have an engine boost switch that will along you to give yourself a boost if need be.

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  12. We call those cute critters chipmunks, a squirrel is much bigger in these parts K~

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  13. I have a cigarette lighter power outlet that is on a house battery circuit. It was originally part of the TV circuit but I now use it with a 75W inverter for my laptop if I do not have 110v available and don't want to run my generator.

    With all the bells and whistles that the EEE has I'm surprised that there is not an outlet that is on the house battery.

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  14. Great wildlife photos. I'd have to put the hounds inside for me to take photos like that, since Sadie thinks she is a champion at chasing butterflies, birds and squirrels....she might be chasing them but never catches them. I assume you shot most of those with a 70-200mm ??

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  15. I love your bird pictures. My mother was a bird watcher and I inherited her bird book. Love watching them. We have lots of finches and I always admire those red colors.

    Definitely chipmunks. Sometimes someone will say "oh look at the squirrel" when we are camping and I just bite my tongue. :) They are just so cute and can be quite a pest when fed. But we do it anyway.

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  16. I am always amazed at your bird photos, not just because they are great, but because even when I try, I just can't snap a photo fast enough! Even bad ones.

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  17. I bought our 2000 Holiday Rambler without an inverter. I got a Samlex inverter 1500w pure sine wave, without charger. $500, and I just plug the main power cord into it. I do this while boon docked for a few days. For overnight parking I just use a Bestek 300w I plug into power point. I will run TV, Satellite receiver, recharge tablets and phones.
    I feel like a little kid reading your post's, first thing I do is look at all the pictures then go back and read the post.
    I enjoy it everyday, and after writing three posts on a blog, I can really appreciate how difficult it can get to write one everyday.
    Thanks!
    Copdontheroad.blogspot.com
    Dave Davis

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  18. I love the bird pictures. Hopefully, we'll find a place this winter with opportunities to take a bunch of my own.

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