Oh my gosh, I just can't get over the colours at the
The pink flowers are a little too far away to see clearly
from the road, and I had assumed it was invasive Sweet Pea...
but look! It's actually Checker Mallow!
I walk thru the little forest.
And arrive at the Robin's nest.
Um? It's empty. It's obviously empty. And I guess it
was empty yesterday, when they were mowing as well.
What the heck? The babies I saw on Monday, were not giving
me the impression that they were ready to fledge. Did the
mowing force them out early? Or were they actually ready
to go? WAI! I don't know!
When I got home, I hit the internets! Whoa! From the time
they hatch, baby Robins are only in the nest for 14 days
and then they are ready to start flying.
Dang that's fast! I should have been paying more attention!
Here's a good page about it:
American Robins: All you need to know (with pictures)
The pics there are super cute!
Well. That's a bummer that I wasn't able to spend more
time with baby Robins. But their parents were irritated
with my anyway, so maybe it's for the best.
When I was looking thru my pics of the empty nest...
What in the world?!!!
Like, Seriously! Is that a tiny creature??!
She's looking down at me! ha!
Some kind of beetle, maybe? But how weird and wonderful!
Well. Here's a Robin, finally! One of the parents,
still keeping their evil eye on me? :)
I go round the corner. Oh! Beautiful! Butterfly!
A Western Tiger Swallowtail. Interested in the Himalayan
Blackberry blooms, again.
On the way back home, there was some kind of event going on
in the park behind the apartments. A storage pod and a
port-a-potty had been set up and there were kids all over
There were a couple kids at the edge of the park, I was
watching them as I walked, trying to figure out what was
going on. The oldest boy noticed me and turned around
shhh. I tilted my head in question,
and he whispered
We're playing hide and seek!
I looked it up when I got home. Eugene Rec has organized
For All to provide activities for kids at some of our
parks thru the summer. It runs 10am to 4pm M-F. It's free
and a free lunch is provided!
This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to live in