Friday, May 13, 2016

Chair bound

I'm at the point of treatment where it is an effort to even get out of my chair.  I am still able to do chores, although very slowly, some errands and take Monty for walks up at our land.  I am spending most of my time in my very comfortable lazyboy chair by the front living room window.  The greatest gift I gave myself during my illness,  was to have hubby move all my feeders upfront so I can watch the birds from sun-up to sundown.  They keep me engaged and in the moment. There is always something going on outside.  I put seed on the brick right up against the window, so the birds come nice and close.  Now that all our Summer birds have returned, it's been even more magical. Two days ago I had an Indigo Bunting visit upfront. Everyday, all day long,  I have 3 male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and one female.  Two look to be last years young, as they are immature, they still have some brown feathers and more black speckling.   Both the adult male and female tolerate them, they all eat together, and there is no chasing.  Orioles and Wood Thrush as both singing constantly.  Such sweet music to my ears.  I have about a half dozen Ruby-throated Hummingbirds between the front and back nectar feeders. Such a joy to watch those beautiful tiny creatures.

Out and about magic continues. So many birds and so little energy. Everyday I go to the land and walk Monty and soak up all the songs and beauty.  Each day I am gifted with Warblers, Thrushes, Flickers, Swallows, Blue-birds, Sparrows, Orioles, our usual forest birds, ducks, Great-blue Herons and our nesting pair of Red-tailed hawks. There was a Vulture hanging around today, I'd be willing to bet there is a nest up on the side of the mountain.  Bonus's have been turtles(9) and snakes(2).  They are the icing on the cake. I'm grateful to have Turtle Point Road to walk while I'm so fatigued.  I miss the other parks for sure, but I will get up there after treatment is over and I have my energy level back.

Today  I went on my birding drive, notables were a Raccoon out and about, she looked pretty good so I'd assume it's a female out eating so she can nurse her babies. On State School Road there were two Killdeer running on the road, they must have young already hatched.  Such pretty birds. On the way home I was driving along Wisner Road and noticed a large dark shape up in a tree.  Upon closer inspection....it was a HUGE Tom Turkey!  Then I noticed a second one!  They both looked so silly roosting up at the top of small trees.  They had to weigh in at 25#s each.  I've seen those boys before and they are both very large.

The one thing I love best about nature and seasons, is how predictable they are.  Each year the very same birds and animals show up around the same time.  It really gives me something to look forward to.




1 comment:

Screamin Mama said...

I love your posts. Hang in there... you're almost at the end of treatments... summer is coming at the perfect time xox