Do you remember last week's boxes?
Gone. All gone. The furniture, too. And the rugs. Packed into a storage locker on the south side of the city.
We're on hiatus for the next month, and four weeks from today we move into our new home.
Meanwhile, we're staying with friends - a week here, a couple weeks there.
This week our spot is in Mel and Mike's beautiful home in the Hills.
Yes, the house is up there. It was built to blend into the forest.
We were pretty wiped out when we arrived here on Friday afternoon after days...weeks...months of preparing for this move. The deck has become our favorite place to chill out in the mornings and evenings...and a perfect place for bird watching.
Even Maggie-Cat has made herself at home!
Here are some of our bird sightings:
The wild turkeys roost in the trees behind the house at night, then stop for breakfast under the bird feeders before heading into the woods to forage for the day.
A pair of western bluebirds have a brood of young ones in the bird house. The father flies back and forth endlessly to feed the hungry babies. Once in a while the mother comes out, but not for long. She flies to a nearby tree to grab something for herself, then it's back to the nest.
I caught this trick with my camera on Saturday morning:
The father bird perches just outside the opening of the house, poking the moth or worm that he brought into an open mouth, then flips and plummets toward the ground. Before he reaches the grass, he swoops up and lands on a nearby branch before heading off to find more food.
Other frequent visitors to the feeders are red crossbills. I was able to get this picture of a female. In this picture you can get a good view of the crossed beak.
They use that specialized beak to pry open pine cones to get to the seeds.
The nuthatches are frequent visitors, too, both white-breasted and red-breasted. They love the seeds in the bird feeders and the insects under the bark of the Ponderosa pine trees.
This one is a red-breasted nuthatch - even though this particular one has a white front. You can tell which one it is from the black line across its eye.
Here's another one, hunting for his breakfast.
To get extra oomph, they do this fun move:
We've also seen chipping sparrows...
My camera has certainly been getting a workout!
We've also had fun watching these two on Saturday morning:
This mule deer doe was waiting for us to go inside the house so she could hide her fawn for the day. We all know where she hides it, but we let her think it's her secret. :-)
On Saturday evening, mama deer came back and the fawn ran to meet her.
There's nothing more relaxing than watching nature, is there? What's your favorite way to enjoy watching the world around you?