Giving It a Whirl

Winter Wonderland

In my last post for November, I lamented that I was running out of media space on my blog after 14 years of photo-heavy posts and wondered if I would have to end my blog, start a new one, or pay to continue. My long-time blogging buddy, Montucky, told me how you can link Flickr images to your blog and not use any media space. And, coincidentally, WordPress just made that even easier. I have had a Flickr account for a long time so I guess I can keep my little blog going for awhile. Thank you, Montucky. This is his blog.

So here are a few Christmas shots of the cats: Ferguson, Bouche, and Torti…

"I'm not fat, the stupid Christmas shirt is crooked!"
Pre-Christmas Torture
2 Heads are Better

Easy peasy, I think. This is our outdoor Christmas tree. It’s plywood and, last year, my neighbor had it outside his house with a “FREE” sign on it. I grabbed it to use as a photo prop but that has never really happened. We decided to paint it and put some lights (and a couple cardinals and a hummingbird) on it for the season. We love it now and have gotten several comments on it. The neighbor’s wife also told me that he originally pulled it out of the Bed, Bath, and Beyond dumpster, haha. You can see that the outdoor cats like it, too. That is Tabby and Callie.

The Plywood Christmas Tree
Plywood Christmas Tree Lit

And now, for a few December yard birds…Rosy-faced Lovebirds enjoying a seed bell, a juvenile one finishing the bell off, a Verdin dining on an orange, Inca Doves on my neighbor’s garage waiting for me to put sunflower seed out, and a posing Anna’s Hummingbird, male. The bird in my leading photo is a Curve-billed Thrasher in a Winter Wonderland.

Rosy-faced Lovebirds
Rosy-faced Lovebird Juvenile
Verdin Dining
Inca Doves on Garage
Anna's Hummingbird

So it seems to work this way. You don’t even need a Flickr account…if you have photos posted on any other sites, you can just embed them by using the url…at least I think so. The only thing I can’t do now is make galleries or stacked photos…unless there is a way that I haven’t figured out yet. I also can’t control the placement of vertical photos but that’s no biggie. At any rate, it’s a great solution!!!!! I can keep blogging. It was really easy to do, too, so if you have this WordPress issue of limited space remaining, there is an easy workaround.

I hope we all have a Happy 2023!!!!!

A Better Year

It was such a bad year that a fork wasn’t enough, I stuck a knife in it. I hope 2022 is better for all of us.

Here in Phoenix, 2022 started out cloudy, rainy, and cold. A few of the outdoor kitties were smart and stayed where it was nice and dry in the catport, formerly the carport.

Tabby, Callie, Kit, and Misty

Meanwhile the indoor cats were very cozy: Ferguson, Torti, and Bouche:

Bouche is hard to keep inside, unfortunately, he still hears the call of the wild…

Ferguson presented me with a rose…

The Curve-billed Thrasher agreed that cats rule.

Finally, the Arizona sun began to shine again…and the hummingbirds started to chase each other.

And the bees began to buzz and pollinate…I think lavender honey would be delicious.

Happy 2022!

Random Stuff

Three hosers: Abert’s Towhee, Northern Mockingbird, White-crowned Sparrow.

Wintering Orange-crowned Warbler, “Tink”
Rosy-faced Lovebird
Lesser Goldfinch, female
Gambel’s Quail, male and female

I was surprised to see 8 quail in our yard the other day! That is only the second time I’ve seen them in our yard, which is not the typical place to find them. They hung around off and on that day, nibbling on various things, and I haven’t seen them since.

Here are a few more from my pandemic-driven “Anthropomorphizing Birds” series. They feature one of the 2 Curve-billed Thrashers, one of the 2 Abert’s Towhees, or one of the 2 Northern Mockingbirds that hang out in our yard and will work for peanuts. The whole album, to date, can be seen here on Flickr.

And here’s a little Inca Dove. The’ve been very plentiful lately, which is good, as they had been scarce in the Phoenix area for awhile but they’re back!

I was listening to NPR today and they were talking about a book called Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You). Remember when almost everybody had a blog? I guess that’s sort of “out,” now but, since I don’t want to have a podcast, I guess I’ll stick with blogging now and then. How about you?

Herding Birds

The Photographer

It’s finally cooling off in Phoenix after a long, hot, dry summer so I’ve spent some more time outside in my yard. I’ve been trying to get the birds to pose doing various things by using food incentives, mostly peanuts, in addition to all the other things they get to eat here. The Curve-billed Thrashers (above) are always the most curious and willing to inspect new things. So who was taking whose picture here?

Here are a few more of the Thrashers cooperating with my plan: the Interloper, the Peanut House, the Goose-Step…

They’re such fun birds to have around.

Also semi-cooperative are the Abert’s Towhees:

And:

Eurasian Collared-Dove
House Sparrow, female

And a birdbath often gets some nice results:

Lesser Goldfinch, females
House Sparrow and House Finch, males
House Finches

And back to the most cooperative of all, a Thrasher:

Still Staying Home

Gila Woodpeckers, male and Female

Abert’s Towhee
Lesser Goldfinch, male
Curve-billed Thrasher
House Finch, female

Yes, we’re still staying home and staying safe. Being retired, we can do that now. Not the funnest thing in the world but what are you gonna do? It’s also been really hot here but we have a day or 2 of reprieve right now so I was able to hang out with my backyard birds more than I usually do (and take a couple of neighborhood walks).

Okay, so now on to my 2 most cooperative Anna’s Hummingbirds, Comet, and Ole, an immature one. He is named “Ole” because he hangs out in the oleanders, far from Comet, who guards the backyard feeders. Ole uses the feeder in the front yard usually.

This is Comet:

This is Ole:

There are girls and a couple other males around but they are all skittish and not posers like Comet and Ole. Here’s a girl: