Wintering

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It’s cold here in Phoenix right now…really. See?

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The birds in our yard are happy to have some food.

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I was just telling a birder friend last weekend that I had a sweet Orange-crowned Warbler who wintered with me last year and that I hoped it would come back this year. Monday I walked outside and guess who was here? And I’m pretty sure it’s the same one because it has a little black “muzzle” around its bill. I’m so flattered and amazed that it came back to my yard and hope we have many photo shoots in the future.

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That same friend and I went on a little birding outing last weekend. She had yet to see the (rare for AZ)  Red-breasted Sapsucker that I mentioned in my last blog post. And I had never seen a Red-naped Sapsucker, reported at the same Scottsdale park. It was a very cloudy day, not the best for photography, but we found her target bird:

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rbss-backRed-breasted Sapsucker

And we found my target bird, a lifer:

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rn-sapsucker-2Red-naped Sapsucker

It had been months since I last had a lifer. My friend and I then went back to Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden as she had never been there. No lifers and not much bird action at all on a cold, cloudy day.

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LIFE WITHOUT MARBLES

In sadder news, we had our almost 19 year old cat, Marbles, put to sleep last week. The vet came to our house and it was very peaceful. Marbles left purring.

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He loved laying in sunny spots. We didn’t get Marbles until he was 6 so we only spent 12 and a half years with him. He was always a very small cat but very alpha, especially the first few years. He mellowed later on and he and Google were great brothers.

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This is Google saying goodbye on his last day.

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Kitty dynamics always change when one dies. We still have 3 indoor cats, who don’t get along with each other very well. Maybe that will change now. And we also have our many outdoor cats. Soon I will update on them.

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6 responses to “Wintering

  1. Absolutely exquisite bird photos, Candace! But I’m so sorry to hear you lost Marbles. I know how hard it is to lose animal friends. Wishing you peace and comfort in good memories.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss of Marbles. Losing an animal friend is always very hard.

  3. Candace, the photos are lovely. I never see any of these birds hanging around my yard. I am sorry to here of the loss of your beloved cat.

  4. I was glad to hear about your returning bird. A fine series, except for the sad news of your cat’s end.

  5. Oh Candace, I am so sorry about Marbles. It is never easy, that is for sure. How fortunate you were to have had her for the time that you did though and she was very fortunate to have had you too.

    So 37 is cold?????? We have had some 16-degree mornings, and when it’s 37 degrees, runners are running in shorts, because that is actually quite mild for this time of year in NY.

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