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Partner's Mom passed away early this morning.

Sunday 26 May 2024... Sunday Stroll with Birds

Squirrel standing on a tree root on the ground

Violet Green Swallow standing on the edge of a building, blue sky behind

Wood Pewee, standing on a twig

♥ ...

Barn Swalling in the nest

Oh, wow. These Sweet Peas at the Garden are beautiful!

Purple and Pink Sweet Pea blooms

Altho I don't know why people would want them in their garden plot... Sweet Peas are poisonous!

Pink Sweet Pea blooms

I did a little bit of forking and hand weeding, to expand the future Tofu Patch.

Garden Plot

The other day I mentioned the new right side neighbor and called them Pot People. Seriously... Look at all their planter pots.

Garden Plot

It's crazy! There are dozens of pots, all with little plants growing in them. crazy! *laughs*

Okay, heading home! I am kinda wondering if the Barn Swallow parents each sit a different way...

Barn Swallow sitting in the nest

This parent with their tail sticking out this way, and the other parent sitting with just their head visable?

Scrub Jay standing on a railing next to the bike path


Saturday 25 May 2024... Garden

Partner is taking us to Saturday Market this morning, and I'm grateful for the help! I need to buy a lot of veggie starts from our favorite Farmer, and some extra arms to carry baby plants will be useful!

Our Farmer is happy to see Partner, There's two of you, today! :) and then she comments on my excessive Lemon Cucumber purchase, Didn't you buy cucumbers last time? ... Me nodding, enthusiastically. They didn't die, did they?

*laughs* I explain how Lemon Cucumbers are my favorite, and I try to have 10 plants every year!

Partner dropped me off at the garden. I sent most of the veggie starts home with him, because I wanted some extra time to murder some Horseradish.

The new neighbor (might not be evil, but we have yet to determine that) still has the landscaping fabric, covering most of the back of their plot. But of course, the Horseradish is growing around it.

I'm using the dandelion tool to get as deep as I can with the roots. As usual. But they'll be back, and so I pull up Horseradish several feet into the neighbor's plot.

And then I planted the two squashes I bought today! And all of a sudden the Squash Square is starting to live up to it's new name!

garden plot

Strawberries there on the left. The bottom squash is a Crookneck. The middle-ish squash is the Green Zuc that I planted the other day that's getting seriously munched by slugs. and right of top is a Spaghetti Squash... which makes the Square a mix of summer squash and winter squash!

And, as I mentioned yesterday, the first batch of Lemon Cucumbers aren't doing well. They are all in various stages of slug munched, and a couple def will not live.

Cucumber plant in the dirt

So the only thing that's giving me hope in the garden is the Sugar Snap Pea Patch...

Snap Pea Patch

When I transplanted the second batch of Snap Pea starts -- which is that droopy mess of mostly dead stems there, top middle -- I also planted a bunch of Snap Pea seeds which are coming up all over the place.

AND it seems like they are trying to out-grow the damage the slugs do! So I am def cheering these little guys on! Grow! Grow! Eye of the Tiger! Risin' up to the challenge of our rival!


Okay! Walking home, and looking at the Barn Swallow nest. There's homeless people sleeping under the bridge, here, so I only took a couple pics. I don't want to disturb anyone...

Barn Swallow sitting in the nest

But I have to check out our sitting Barn Swallow parent!

purple Salsify bloom

purple Salsify blooms


Friday 24 May 2024... Garden

Oh ugh. I am having one of those mornings when nothing goes right!

I've overslept a little bit and that always makes me feel discombobulated.

I'm trying to get a first cup of coffee and I notice the bag of compost in the fridge has sprung a leak. No big deal, but today it has to be a whole grumpy thing.

Well, I'll feel better when I get some exercise!

Different coloured Pansies in a big planter

Steller Jay standing on a chain link fence

Oh! Are we sitting at last? I think we are! Yay!

Barn Swallow sitting in her nest, just her head visible over the wall of the nest

But then I get to the garden and most everything here is disappointing... The poor stupid Leeks are still laid out on the ground. It doesn't look like they are going to recover from transplant shock, not to mention all the abuse I heaped onto them.

Fallen leeks on the dirt

And the Green Zucchini is getting severely munched by slugs.

Zucchini plant in the ground

There are lots of Sugar Snap Peas sprouting...

Snap Pea Patch

But they are getting munched as well.

Small Snap Pea plants growing in the dirt

The Eggplant gets ever more pathetic each day.

Eggplant leaves with holes in them

The Lemon Cucs are getting slug munched as well, but I can't bare to look at them.

I do my work for the day... Murdering the Big Comfrey plant some more:

Comfrey leaves coming up through the mulch

And then continuing to fork and weed the future Tofu Patch.

Garden Plot

And the work did make me feel better.

Green Strawberry fruit on the plant

And on the way home... Yep! Sitting on the nest!

Barn Swallow sitting in the nest

I wonder if this is the same parent, who just re-arranged herself, or if this is the other Barn Swallow parent.

Anyway. I've looked up incubation times... 12 to 17 days...

We'll say 14 days, from last night, which puts us at the babies being born on June7 at the earliest.

I am excited and happy... but also worried and scared!

You know: Don't count your bird babies before they hatch!

Because the Flickers had a nest failure that I witnessed, earlier. And I desperately don't want that to happen to my Barn Swallow friends, who I have watched over the years!


Thursday 23 May 2024... Neighborhood Walk with Flowers

Nootka Roses are blooming! Our native rose, used to stabilize the creek bank.

pink rose blooms

Honey Bee inside a partly open pink rose

Nobody at the nest again today. That's okay.

Nest on a pipe, under a bridge

Silhouette of a fallen tree with cloudy sky

There are some Starling youngsters up in the branches of the Fallen Leaning Tree!

Starlings standing on twigs

Spanish Lavender blooming next to the sidewalk

Spanish Lavender blooms

Columbine blooms

Pink Hibiscus blooms

Pale peach rose blooms

I've zig-zagged my way thru the neighborhood, looking at the flowers in everyone's yards! and now I've looped around, back to the Fallen Leaning Tree. Here's a view from the side, where you can see it's leaning on the ground.

Fallen Oak tree

It's leaves are growing, but so slowly. Is the trunk still attached to the roots?

Oak leaves on a mossy branch

I probably won't be able to walk out this way for a good long while, due to Garden work. So the question will have to remain a mystery!

Oak leaves on a mossy branch


Wednesday 22 May 2024... Flowers out to Stewart Pond

Taking a break from the garden today, and I'm walking out in the other direction.

My gosh, the climate change wind is crazy today, very blustery. The weather page said 11mph, but I didn't believe it! And later it said 18mph. idk. It's starting to feel like we live in Kansas or something!

Orange Poppy blooms

Unknown yellow flower surrounded by Forget Me Nots

Purple and white Iris blooms

Purple Alliums with other purple flowers in the background

The same damselfly as yesterday, I think? A female Vivid Dancer.

Damselfly standing on the sidewalk

Another unknown flower... I am getting so lazy about looking up new flowers! haha.

Pale blue flower

Purple Salsify with Daisy blooms in the background

Oh hey! It's Knotty! Long time, no see!

Great Blue Heron, walking in shallow water

Here I am at Stewart Pond Park, and the Wet Prairie ponds have converted to their summer prairie stage! ... that's not water out there, that's flowers!

Grass land with swathes of white flowers, trees in the background

The swathes of different colours of flowers are so lovely.

Grass land with trees in the distance

And all the variety of grasses makes good bugs for the swallows!

Swallows swooping over the prairie

Huh. The swathes of white are some kind of Forget Me Nots!

white Forget Me Not Blooms

Clouds over the silhouette of trees

Camas Lily blooms with yellow flowers in the background

Yellow flower in the grass

A Common Whitetail Skimmer, an immature male. I don't know how long it takes for their tail to get white.

Dragonfly in the grass

When I was double checking the species of that dragonfly, I came across this website...

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Columbia County, Oregon

Oh, this is brilliant. Amazing and clear photos, of both males and females. Just excellent and I'm adding it to my bookmarks!

I finally got to the little bit of forest... and I totally tripped on the stupid tree root that I've been marking all year! Bahaha!

looking down at the trail

You can't see it! It's there, just left of center. and you can see the last board I placed too, but it's now useless and sunken into the mud.

Dang it. But there's nothing I can do. I've run out of white boards, and there's nothing else laying around to mark the spot.

Watching me as I contemplate tripping hazards...

Squirrel peeking around a tree trunk



Tuesday 21 May 2024... I am a Terrible Gardener, but I see cool things!

This is a new cat who has been hanging around the last month or so. She's beautiful but suspicious of humans.

Longhair tortishell cat standing on the sidewalk behind some grass

Oh Yay! The first pic of a Damselfly this season! I've been seeing Dragonflies and Damselflies flying around for about a week now... pretty late, they usually start flying in April. But it's been chilly, except for a few short periods of record heat.

Tan and black Damselfly, standing on a metal pipe

I'm glad I finally found someone who was willing to sit for a photo! *laughs* I think she's a Vivid Dancer!

Damselflies hold their wings above their body, Dragonflies hold their wings out!

Oh Yay Some More!

Barn Swallow sitting in her nest

Both Mama and Papa are here!

Barn Swallow standing on a pipe

Thinking about laying some eggs?!

Barn Swallow sitting in her nest

I've brought a green Zucchini plant in the backpack today. It's planted and then I forked and weeded some more... I'm going to call this the Squash Square! (and that's the Pea Patch on the left.)

garden plot

Looking a bit pathetic.

Zucchini planted in the dirt

The Sugar Snap Peas I planted as seeds are pretty pathetic as well. Slug munched.

Pea seedlings coming up

And the poor Leeks I planted yesterday are really, really pathetic. Dang it. I'm not sure they will live!

Leek seedlings laying on the ground

Aww, and the fourth Lemon Cuc has gotten sunburned. I am a terrible gardener!

Sunburned leaves of a small cucumber plant

But, okay. Here's a success... The little Love Mist I tried to murder by accident is def perking up!

Cucumber plants

And the Strawberry plants never give me any trouble.

Strawberry plants with blooms

The Barn Swallow nest is empty on the way home. Birds lay their eggs in stages, so it'll take a few days, depending on how many eggs there are!

Empty nest on a pipe, under a bridge


Monday 20 May 2024... Leeks to the Garden

Still nobody at the re-built Barn Swallow nest. When?! When will we lay eggs??!

Barn Swallow nest on a pipe under a bridge

Oh sheesh. Is it going to be one of Those days?

Blurry Scrub Jay standing on a railing that retreats into the distance

Today I brought the fourth Lemon Cucumber and the Leeks in my backpack to plant today.

The poor Leeks! I bought them at the Farmer's Market on Apr28, and had already brought them to the garden in my backpack once. I couldn't figure out where to plant them tho, and I hauled them back home in the backpack.

They are feeling much abused, and they all got droopy when I put them in the dirt!

Leeks planted in the dirt

I feel bad for the Leeks and water them to heck. It doesn't help at all.

I've put them at the faucet end of the future Tofu Patch, and then put in a stake to keep the hose away from them!

Garden Plot

Starlings have brought at least one child to the garden today! They are fun to watch. This one was just taking in the day! Maybe she is not a parent yet?

Starling standing on the back of a garden chair

Starling standing on the back of a garden chair

I planted the baby Lemon Cuc with it's friends in the front Garden Square.

Garden plot

I thought about moving the trellis further inside the plot, to have more walking space at the border... But Why? Everyone else is a jerk about going right up to the boundary lines. Why do I have to be the one to provide all the stupid walking paths along the borders?

Plus, I had to move one of the new neighbor's pots... it was right on the border and I bumped into it a couple times as I was working.

Annoying. I still haven't met them, and I'm still assuming they aren't evil. Even tho their stupid pots are all over the stupid place. Pot People. *laughs*

Four little Lemon Cucs... The beginning of this year's Lemon Cucumber Empire!

Small Cucumber plants growing in the dirt

That little scraggly mess of green in the bottom left is a baby Love-in-the-Mist plant that I accidentally dug up as I was weeding. They are pretty, and I like them, so I carefully re-planted it and watered it thoroughly. I don't know if it will live, but I'm giving it the chance.

And the poor Eggplant. Not looking good.

Eggplant, leaves have been munched by slugs

I planted this Old German tomato the other day and I decided to put a heavy duty tomato cage around it...

Tomato plant

The internets tell me the fruits can be over 1pound, so that will need some support. But then I also found a couple people talking about how big the plant gets. 5 and even 7feet tall? Holy. I don't know how that will work out!

Back at home...

I am on the email list for The StoryGraph newsletter. So far I haven't done anything with my account there... but it's interesting looking at the progress made and the work put into it.

StoryGraph #172 | 20 May 2024 Morning Walk Thoughts

Nadia has been walking this year and was reminded about how important good ol' pure thinking time is!

I agree! Walking is the best!

It's good exercise. You get good nature time! You get hundreds of photos! *laughs*

And of course, you get thinking time. That's nice too!


Sunday 19 May 2024... Today With Flowers

The weather has been absolutely reasonable the last few days. Highs are still a bit above normal of 63° for this time of year, but nice. And today we have pretty, puffy clouds!

Puffy Clouds with blue sky

Puffy Clouds with blue sky

Heading to the garden for some more work!

California Poppy blooms

I started forking and weeding a new section... That was last years Tofu Patch, and now I'm envisioning having some squashes growing in that corner. And I'll need a place to put the new big trellis for the Wax Beans, too. I'll have to think about it!

Garden Plot

I am thrilled to see a bunch of Sugar Snap Peas coming up from seed! The first attempt at seeds was completely munched to death by slugs.

Pea seedlings coming up out of the dirt

I'm really hoping these will survive the slugs... it's kind of terrible having to buy Snap Pea starts, six at a time, with the 50-50 chance of growing up! It's a lot cheaper to have 50-50 odds with seeds, except I can put plants in the ground much earlier than seeds.

And then I go on a wander around the Comm Garden, looking at everyone's plots!

This Lacy Phacelia is still growing in one of the back plots.

Lacy Phacelia blooms and a California Poppy Bloom

Lacy Phacelia blooms and a California Poppy Bloom

Iris blooms in purple and yellow

And these black Irises. Amazing!

Black Iris blooms

There's a tiny bit of colour coming thru, like subtle and quiet fireworks!

Close up of colours on black iris petals

Black Iris blooms

The new mud is starting to dry on the Barn Swallows nest, but no sign of the parents yet.

Barn Swallow nest on a pipe under a bridge

Steller Jay standing on a chain link fence, looking down


Saturday 18 May 2024... A Beautiful Walk up Wild Iris Ridge

So. It's Saturday. And ordinarily I'd be going to Saturday Market to get the next batch of veggie starts from my favorite farmer.

But the car died last Saturday and it's still at the shop... I guess one of the important mechanics was out sick this week, and stuff isn't getting done at the normal pace. And they've not even looked at the car yet, to see what's wrong! Sighs.

So. I thought about taking the fast mass-transit bus to Saturday Market. But then I thought about all the people staring at me on the way home with a tray full of baby plants. Eeee. Nope, nevermind!

But I did think I deserved a break from the garden, tho... I've been working there every day for over a week! So I'm headed out to Wild Iris Ridge!

But first I gotta get there! It's 2.1miles to get to the trail, but at least the neighborhoods I walk thru are photogenic!

Lesser Goldfinch standing on a mossy branch

Pink flowers

Pink and white Peony bloom

Pink Rhododendrons

Oh, I didn't know that Salsify came in yellow!

Yellow Salsify bloom in the grass

Sal-suh-fee! and Sal like Sally!

Close up of Yellow Salsify bloom

Orange Opium Poppy with Garden Pinks in the background

Garden Pinks

Brown sheep standing in the grass

Black and white polka dot goat eating grass

Heading up the hiking trail!

The tree trunk in the middle of this photo is the Acorn Woodpeckers granary tree...


From this angle, it's probably 50feet from the path. The path curves around on the right, going up the hill, and it's a better view from that side.


Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of the granary tree trunk

The guard today is bouncing around too quickly and the pictures aren't great.

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of the granary tree trunk

And then he flies away! What? HEY! Get back here, you! I came all this way!

*laughs* I saw two of them, far away, probably checking on their other granary trees in the forest. But they didn't come back to this close one. foo.

I look around more carefully than I did last time, and I scope out two other snags being used as granaries.

Close up of a granary tree

This Acorn Woodpecker territory is nothing like the one at the top of Hidden Trail, where there are a bunch of dead fir trees, all together. Here in the forest, the dead trees are more random and far apart. More natural, but probably more work for the Woodpeckers trying to guard them!

I go on up the hill. As I'm taking pics of this pretty Mallow, a guy passes by on his way down the hill.

Pink Mallow blooms

Admiring the Poison Oak? he asks. I look up and notice a lot of Leaves Of Three, Let Them Be right in front of me!

Poison Oak leaves

I laugh and say, oh! Is that what this is? He chats about the Poison Oak in his yard, climbing up other trees so high and he doesn't want to mess with it. And I point out the happy Mallow plants that I was actually looking at. :)

Just a few Oregon Irises left blooming. Their time is almost up, already.

Purple Iris

I just love the cool old trees here.

Trees in the forest

But it's time to head back... as much as I would love to wander around in the forest all day, I do have other things to do!

white Rhododendron blooms

I make sure I walk at a leisurely pace on the way home... I do not want to overwork my poor back again like I did that one time when I speed walked home! heh.

Blue and purple flowers in the grass

Calendulas and Garden Pinks


Friday 17 May 2024... Today with a Mobbed Heron

It's cooler today, and Partner complained that I left the window in the kitchen open all night. It's Freezing, he says. Haha, I think it feels nice!

It does feel so nice after last weekend's 85° and record breaking 88° / 31°C.

Still with the new, climate change wind. Today we've got 12mph. And it still annoys me even tho I've been dealing with it most all spring.

Trees on the hill and clouds in the sky

My friend Roz's plot is so lovely... He says since he's a single guy, he doesn't need to plant so many veggies and so he fills his garden plot with flowers!

Roses and other flowers

House Finch...

Female House Finch standing on a wire trellis

And def not a Purple Finch! I wondered if I would remember how to tell them apart... The female Purple Finches have a lighter coloured eyebrow on their face.

Okay, at the plot to do some work... and oh foo, I forgot I need to grab a new pair of garden gloves...

hand holding a garden glove with a hole in it

That hole is letting mud in, plus there's a tiny stone that has settled in the tip of the pinky. Really, Really Annoying!

I love this type of garden glove... these are a little snug and the fingers aren't long enough. Tho that's normal, I have long fingers and no gloves fit me properly. But the rubber palms on these things are brilliant and -- so far -- I've not had any blisters when I wear them, and the grip on garden tools is perfect!

So, yeah, I asked, and my Mom got me a whole stack of these gloves!! ♥!

Forking and weeding in the future Tofu Patch again today. Slowly, slowly it gets bigger!

Garden plot

Purple Columbine bloom

And here's the plot from the front left corner. Lots of grass to take care of out there...

Garden Plot

I'm thinking about buying a stirrup hoe.

The Community Garden is SUPPOSED to provide all tools for gardening, but last winter the locks on the gates got stolen and then a bunch of stuff from the tool shed got stolen.

They did bring us some extra wheelbarrows a couple days ago, so that was nice. But we've still only got two heavy digging forks, one regular hoe, and one stirrup hoe which is broken and useless.

I don't really want to own a stirrup hoe. sighs. we'll see.

I'm heading home... and Oh My Gosh!! A Crow mobbing a Heron??!

Crow mobbing a Great Blue Heron who is standing at the top of a fir tree

Haha, I've never seen that before!

Great Blue Heron standing at the top of a fir tree

Hmm... is that Henrietta? Maybe. I think so. And the stupid wind is messing with his hairdo! *laughs*

Duck Henrietta!

Crow mobbing a Great Blue Heron who is standing at the top of a fir tree


Crow mobbing a Great Blue Heron who is standing at the top of a fir tree

Kinda Annoyed! Bahahaha!

Great Blue Heron with his neck stretched out, annoyed!

Oh my gosh, this is just cracking me up!

Crow mobbing a Great Blue Heron who is standing at the top of a fir tree

Crow mobbing a Great Blue Heron who is standing at the top of a fir tree

Poor Henrietta! That look is saying Why?! Why do I have to put up with this ridiculousness?

Great Blue Heron standing at the top of a fir tree

Okay, back at home. And look at all the tiny Pansies that are coming up!

Tiny sprouts coming up from potting soil in a terra cotta pot

I thought I was going to put this pot outside, once things got started. But dang, these seedlings are so tiny and delicate looking. I think I'm going to keep them here in the porch room for a while longer.


Thursday 16 May 2024... Gardening

Wow, look how much the Barn Swallows have built up their old nest!

Barn Swallow nest under a bridge

They aren't here today, and I'm wondering if they are going on one last adventure before laying eggs! :)

Rose and California Poppy

Rose bloom

I've forked and weeded a bit more of the future Tofu Patch.

Garden Plot

A pathetic little Sugar Snap Pea, coming up from seed, very munched by the slugs. sighs.

small Sugar Snap Pea growing in the dirt

As I'm packing up to leave, I hear Swallows talking and I look up and see the Barn Swallow parents swooping above the Community Garden! Yep, one last adventure!

Colourful Succulents

The Red Osier Dogwoods are blooming!

Red Osier Dogwood blooms and leaves and blue sky

Red Osier Dogwood blooms and leaves and blue sky

Yellow Day Lily blooms


Wednesday 15 May 2024... Barn Swallow Show!!

Squirrel standing on the steps, holding something in his hands

Lesser Goldfinch standing in a tree surrounded by leaves

The Barn Swallows are still hard at work rebuilding their nest!

Barn Swallow standing on the rim of their nest

This one studies me for a moment...

Barn Swallow looks down from the pipe under the bridge

They fly and do a few swoops, and then land at the edge of the creek... RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!

Barn Swallow gathering mud in their beak at the edge of the creek

Oh my gosh! They take a minute to scoop up some mud and get back up to the nest.

Barn Swallow in the nest with mud in their beak

They work the mud into place.

Barn Swallow in the nest

And now they're asking Did you get all that?

Barn Swallow looking down from inside the nest

Because, OH MY GOSH! They let me see what they are doing. They SHOWED me!

They didn't have to gather mud right in front of me. I'm absolutely positive there's better mud elsewhere! But they wanted to show me!!

So I'm thrilled! Thrilled to bits!

And I've said they this whole time, because at first I assumed this was the female. The male has always been more nervous around me. (Haha, I am totally assuming I could tell them apart in the past!)

But what if that was the male, singing at the Garden the other day? He let me get so close! Maybe this was him, letting me know we are friends now.

well. Either way: Thrilling!

And now I'm getting stuff done at the garden plot. I've forked and weeded a bit more in the future Tofu Patch.

Garden Plot

I fork a section, and then go thru the dirt with my hands, breaking up clods of dirt, and pulling out grass roots and putting them in the bucket.

They say that squatting is the most natural form of sitting for human. ha, but eventually I need to sit on my butt. I usually grab that row cover to sit on.

Blooming strawberry plant in the garden

A cute lil ant! Hello my dear!

Ant walking on a strawberry bloom

The slugs have found the Eggplant.

Eggplant with holes in the leaves

So far, the slugs have only munched this one leaf of the three Lemon Cucumber plants...

small cucmber plant in the ground with one munched leaf

But these plants are so little. Maybe I should have let them grow a bit in the Porch Room before I planted them?

heh, there's a Buckeye tree growing near the Sugar Snap Pea Patch.


I will have to chop that down soon... woody plants are not allowed in the Community Garden. Lots of people break that rule with Roses and Grapes... but I think a line would be drawn with an actual tree! *laughs*

Bud of a Love In The Mist flower

I'm heading out, and Oh, Hey! Hello Again!

Barn Swallow singing on a wire trellis

*laughs* He? He let's me come around to the front, but then I realize the sun behind him is going to ruin this photo! :)

Barn Swallow sitting on a wire trellis

I have to walk around the outside of the Community Garden, on the way home. And I finally spot this one...

Anna Hummingbird standing on a wire trellis

I kept thinking I was hearing a hummer when I was working in the plot, but couldn't find the singer. If he was singing over at this end of the garden the entire time, he must have a powerful voice! (Humans can hardly hear Hummingbirds!)

It's been ages since I've had a Hummingbird supervising my garden visits. I miss having the company while I work.

Purple and white Wallflowers


Tuesday 14 May 2024... Garden and Barn Swallows

Hello my cute lil neighbor!

Squirrel sitting on the sidewalk steps

And Hello, Mama, my cute lil Community Garden neighbor!

Squirrel standing at the edge of the path, near the grass

I am going to be expanding the front Garden Square today with some forking and weeding.

Garden plot

But let's talk about that marker on the left...

Flattened can on a stick in the garden

This is the marker for the rootball of Sunchoke that I buried last fall. (also called Jerusalem Artichoke.) There's nothing coming up. Maybe you're not supposed to plant in the fall? No, it should have been fine.

This was my 2nd attempt at getting Sunchoke. The first attempt, I didn't bury very well and the squirrels ate them! Haha! I found bits of Sunchoke roots with little teethmarks, all over the garden plot!

This rootball was pretty big, so I didn't think the squirrels would do much harm if they decided to chew on it. But I buried it deeper than the first set, anyway.

But nothing. Two failed attempts at growing Sunchoke... I guess the universe is trying to tell me something! *laughs*

It's a bummer, because it's a native and very pretty.

Purple Columbine blooms on a small plant in the garden

Aw, somebody munched a hole in one of the cute little baby Lemon Cucs. Damn them!

Small Cucumber plant in the ground

Heading home, and this time both the Barn Swallows are at the nest!

Barn Swallow standing on a pipe under a bridge

And the other parent is working on the nest.

Barn Swallow working on the inside of the nest

So Cute! Mud on their beak!

Barn Swallow standing on a pipe under a bridge

And stuff to say!

Barn Swallow singing from the pipe

And the nest re-build is coming right along!

Barn Swallow nest


Monday 13 May 2024... Nesting Birds

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed today... I'm just grumpy.

I would like to take a break from the garden... my back aches a little from the work I've been doing, and I had trouble getting to sleep last night because of it.

But! I've only just started! There's so much to do! And there's hardly anything growing yet because I've only planted a couple of veggies. And it's all nice and warm, finally, I can't be wasting this time!

Just a little bit of weeding today, okay? Please?
Sighs. Okay.

squirrel standing on the sidewalk

The work continues on the Barn Swallow nest... and on the other side of the bridge, I see the parents swooping over the garden with some Tree Swallows!

Barn Swallow nest with new addition

Okay, I think I am going to start with this mess. This is the Big Comfrey, trying to come back to life after I been hacking at it, a couple times over. Die, Comfrey, Die!

Comfrey leaves coming up in the garden

*laughs* It's not that I don't like you, Comfrey. I just don't want you in my plot anymore!

The leaves are coming up from small chunks of roots... nothing like the huge established roots I pulled out of here last time! ... But that's the problem. The roots break apart easily, and the bits left behind are eager to regrow.

holding a comfrey root with a small leaf coming out of it

And then I get distracted by this one!

Chickadee with fuzzy fibers in her beak, standing on a wood and twine trellis

She or he is so intent on getting more of this lovely nesting material!!

Chickadee working on some twine

Chickadee working on some twine

And then I hear a swallow singing, and I turn around! Ha, it's one of the nest builders!

Barn Swallow standing on a wire trellis

Just singing his heart out! Aw! I love him!

Barn Swallow singing from a wire trellis

He lets me get pretty close since he knows me, but then he's off!

Barn Swallow flying away from a wire trellis

And this one is still at it...

Chickadee standing on a wood trellis with twine in her beak

But that reminds me, I have my own work to do!

I'm going to dig up the small Comfrey as well. It's still really muddy here, under the leaves.

Comfrey leaves coming up

There were still some bigger roots to pull out with this one. The first time I dug it up, I was just using the hand spade, so I couldn't get very deep. I did a better job of it, this time with the heavy digging fork!

And then I start forking and weeding a new section... I'm going to plant Soybeans again this year, so this will be my Tofu Patch!

Here's the garden plot from the back corner...

garden plot

Strawberry plants with blooms

Bachlor Buttons

Immature apples growing on a tree


We are getting the poor dead car towed to the shop today. Partner seemed to be organizing that this morning, as I was heading out for my walk. And I asked him to try and start up the car, before he called for the tow truck...

Of course, there's all kinds of ... issues, if the car does start up. But I'm trying not to think about that!!

So, I head out for my walk and partner goes out to the car with the keys.

And the car starts right up.

And he's sitting there, thinking "Now what?"

And then the car dies.

In exactly the same manner that I described it. The engine just shuts down and all the warning lights on the dash come on.

And partner calls for the tow. And calls the mechanic shop. and everything is arranged.

And now we get to worry about what they say when they look at the poor old thing.


Sunday 12 May 2024... Sunday Stroll with Garden Work

Yesterday, it got a bit warmer than forecast and we tied a record high for the day, 88°F (31°C) set in 1931!

The forecast for the next week is all over the place, low 70s and upper 70s... but any kind of 70s is way better than 88! *laughs*

Flowers in front of a tea shop

Oh Wow! You can see the new work they've done!

Barn Swallow nest with new mud at the top of it

I'm at the Garden, and oh yeah! I've finished forking up those big weeds in the front Garden Square!

Garden square

The Eggplant looks happy.

Eggplant planted in the garden

Grow! Grow! Grow!

baby cucumber plant

small tomato plant in the garden

Oh! Are you eating a slug?! Can you come to my garden plot next, if you are still hungry??!

Scrub Jay standing on a wood fence

Heading home.

Barn Swallow standing in the nest she is working on

Bittersweet Nightshade.

Bittersweet Nightshade blooms

Close up of Bittersweet Nightshade blooms

You've got a meal as well?

Scrub Jay standing on the top of a fir branch

Close up of a Scrub Jay, with a bugs green legs in their beak

Nootka Roses, our native species.

Pink rose blooms

In yesterday's news, I was vaguely interested to read this...

Native wildflowers in bloom at Dorris Ranch following ecological prescribed burns

The prescribe fire killed off several invasive and non-native grasses, blackberry bushes, thistle and more and now the prairie has been reborn with native wildflowers like camas and western buttercups.

Wait. Western Buttercups???

I didn't know we had a native buttercup!!!!

Huh! oh my gosh! I had assumed that all the buttercup flowers around here were the invasive Creeping Buttercup! And... hmm... yeah, it turns out, they are hard to tell apart.

But this is brilliant! I am so glad to learn that we have a native!


Saturday 11 May 2024... Well, it started out fine...

The heat wave has arrived. Yesterday it was 85° (29°C) and the forecast is about the same for today. Can you believe that last Saturday the high was 53° (11°C)!!

I'm heading for Saturday Market to get more veggie starts and the morning is warming up fast... it's already 67° as I leave the house.

I buy a new-to-me variety, Old German, which is an heirloom that makes big, orange tomatoes! A green Zucchini, the first 4 Lemon Cucumbers.

And I'm looking for some beets, but don't see any, so I splurge on an Eggplant instead. Which is ridiculous... I plant an Eggplant every once in a while, but 100% they die. And if this one happens to live... I don't even like Eggplant! But, like my Dad said, They ARE pretty! *laughs* Aubergine! :)

I drive the haul to the garden...

Aw, the second set of Sugar Snap Peas has not recovered... Look at that poor droopy thing on the left.

Snap Peas at the garden

So that's a bummer. I get most everything planted...

The Lemon Cucumbers are so little and cute!

Small Cucumber plants in the garden

And that green thing is the new small trellis that got shared with the Community in January. They had cleared an abandoned plot, put some things up for grabs, and so I got a couple trellises for free!

Garden plot with labels

But it's starting to get very uncomfortably hot. So I get everything watered well and I'm taking the Zuc and one of the Lemon Cucs home with me.

I drive home without a problem... but as I turn into the apartment driveway, the engine just shuts off.

Huh. I look down at all the lights on the dash that have come on, and think, That's Weird! I stop the car, put it in park, crank the key... and the car turns over, but the engine doesn't catch.

I breathe for a few moments, then try again, but now the engine barely even wants to turn over.

Well. Crap.

I roll up the windows, grab the baby plants and walk home, which is just around the corner. I'm a little embarassed that I was taking a wide turn with the car as it died, and it's stopped rather in the middle of the driveway, def not in it's lane! There's just barely enough room for a car to get around it, and one does as I'm walking away.

I get Partner, and we push the car into a parking space... Cars are heavy! It looks so easy when some other guy is doing the pushing! But seriously, cars are heavy! Plus we have to roll it over a speed bump. We just barely got the back tires over. Around the corner is getting easier. But then the parking spaces are on a tiny incline. That took a couple of tries.

But the car is out of the way. And now we get to sit and worry, because our usual mechanic is closed for the weekend.


But I'm determined to get the car fixed, no matter the cost, even tho the old jalopy isn't even worth it... because it got me all the way home before it died!


Friday 10 May 2024... Oh My Gosh! Barn Swallows!!!

I'm heading to the Community Garden again today, this time carrying the 2nd batch of Sugar Snap Peas in my backpack.

Along the walk to the garden, the bike path goes under a car bridge. And look who I found today!!!

Barn Swallow standing on a pipe, next to a nest

OH MY GOSH! They are repairing this nest!!

Barn Swallow flying away from nest, while other Barn Swallow brings a beak full of mud!

Barn Swallow flying away from nest, while other Barn Swallow brings a beak full of mud!

This is so cool!

Barn Swallow looks down from the nest

I wonder if they remember me. I think I've been watching them nest here for the last two seasons, at least!

Barn Swallow looks down

Barn Swallow crouched down in the nest, making repairs

Barn Swallow looking down from inside the nest

Very exciting!

Not nearly so exciting, here I am at the garden.

Pea plants poking out of a green backpack

This is the SunGold I planted yesterday. Apparently not bothered by the cooler temperatures last night.

Tomato plant in the garden

Oh dear! I watered these well, but the Snap Peas got really wilted with the transplanting and the harsh sun. Ya know... It may have been a mistake to plant peas right before hot weather. foo.

Snap peas planted in the garden

Well, I buried some Sugar Snap Pea seeds all around, as well. The first set of seeds that I planted around the first batch of Snap Pea transplants, aren't doing great, getting munched by the slugs.

Snap Pea seedling growing out of the dirt

Bachlor Button bloom

Bachlor Button bloom

Ha, kinda artsy...

Silhouette of a Scrub Jay standing on a post in the sun

Try again...

Scrub Jay standing on a post, looking at the ground

Looks like they'll be putting in some lamps along the bike path.

Stake with writing, Light Pole, in the grass with pink spray paint circle

It's probably a good idea... I never walk at night, but it's probably really dark here. I do worry about light pollution, tho.


Thursday 9 May 2024... Garden Work

Okay! The sun shines and it's to be an uncomfortably warm 81° today. And I need to get going with the garden!

I'm in the porch room, getting the veggie starts organized into my backpack and I glance down... Oh my gosh! The Pansies are coming up! The directions said they wouldn't germinate until it was 75°!!!

Tiny seedlings in a clay pot of dirt

I've decided to take the Leeks and the SunGold to plant today. The nights in the forecast are still a bit chilly... That frost advisory last night got us down to 35°, brr! But SunGolds are pretty tough!

Tomatoe plant sticking up out of a backpack, leaning on a resin chair

The SunGold is too tall and I can't zip the backpack closed and go out with the tomato plant sticking up!

And I notice the people staring at me and the SunGold! One driver did such an obvious double take at me, it made me laugh out loud!

Shadow of a person

The sun is so stinkin' bright.

Scrub Jay standing on a wood nest box

I get into the garden and wow...

Black iris blooms

This black Iris is just stunning!

Close up of a black iris

Okay, here I am at my garden plot. I'm going to see how far I can get with clearing out the front Garden Square.

Garden plot

And the Big Comfrey is trying to come back... I'll have to give that another whack soon.

small comfrey leaves poking up out of the dirt

I plant the SunGold and then fork some of the Garden Square. I thought everything would just pull right up, but I had to fight with a big clump of grass. So this little section took longer than I thought it would.

Garden Plot

That's okay, we are just getting started here. But the day is getting on and I still don't have a clue where to plant the leeks. I put them back in the backpack to take home. I think they are small enough that they won't mind this terrible affront too much! :)

Strawberry bloom on a plant


Wednesday 8 May 2024... Garden Assessment

It looks like this will be the last nice day before things start heating up for the weekend heat wave. But I notice the gusty wind even before I leave the house today.

I usually record the temperatures and forecasts in my journal. This climate changed wind, here this year, seems to be a permanent and annoying addition. So maybe I should also record the wind speed as well.

18mph gusts today.

Nootka Rose bloom surrounded by rose leaves

I go into the Community Garden to assess my plot... the coming heat wave will start drying stuff out and I will need to work fast to get everything organized...

Garden plot

Most of that is grass and weeds, coming up thru the leaf mulch I put down last autumn.

This is the front right of the plot... An area I named the Garden Square last year. I don't know what those weeds are but they will be an easy first project!

Garden plot

That clump of upright green, left of middle, is volunteer Elephant Garlic!

And that tilled black dirt at the top right is the new right side neighbor. Hopefully not Evil, but that remains to be seen!

The Sugar Snap Peas are still alive!

small Snap Pea vines on a tomato cage

There's just one little clump of Columbine that survived the winter, and it's blooming!

Dark purple Columbine bloom

I should think about getting some more Columbines to plant... I love them, and they usually live a couple years. They also try to propigate themselves with seeds but that hasn't been very dependable in my plot.

Someone else's pretty pretty Chives.

Chive blooms

Chive blooms

Ha... awkward angle for this bit of bright bird! But look! American Goldfinch! Mostly I just see Lesser Goldfinches, so it's nice to see someone different!

American Goldfinch standing on a willow twig

American Goldfinch standing on a twig with the sky behind

Pink Hawthorn tree blooms

The willows are starting to let their seeds go.

Willow catkins going to seed

Willow catkins going to seed

Willow tree branch stump

Oh My Gosh! Some Older Ducklings!!!

Five older ducklings paddling on the water

They don't seem to have a Mama... but they have survived their babyhood!!

H5N1 Avian Flu was killing all the babies last year, and I assume the same has been happening this year as well. So this is pretty amazing!

Three ducklings paddling on the water


Tuesday 7 May 2024... Stewart Pond and Crazy for Clouds!

The sun is shining today, but the clouds are moving around so much, it's actually sprinkling for most of my walk out to the park! The wind is pushing it into my face again. Stupid climate change wind.

Ha. On top of that... we've got a frost advisory for tonight. Arg! It's May! Can we please get over the cold weather now??!

clouds and a blue sky

Purple Iris blooms

Some Spanish Lavender, out in the wild. This is a well established bush!

Spanish Lavender blooms

Spanish Lavender blooms

I'm just loving the clouds today!

Clouds over silhouette of trees and a blue sky


I see a pair of Barn Swallows swooping over the ponds. But when I get into the park itself, there's a whole flock of Tree Swallows swooping!

9 Tree Swallows flying in front of clouds

Too bad no one will sit for a portrait!

And then I get to the little patch of forest, and oh my gosh, the birds are singing like mad!! The sunshine is making them happy!

Puddle in the grass, under trees

I'm taking my time here, surrounded by song, but wondering if I'll actually see any birds!

But then... Who is this??!

MacGillivray Warbler standing on a mossy stick


Wow! And this little bird is such a bright yellow! I can see them clearly with my eyes... but trying to find them in the camera viewfinder? Good lord little bird just blends right in. It's crazy, and I just have to point and click in their general direction!! *laughs*

tree leaves with a MacGillivray Warbler

Anyway! This is a MacGillivray Warbler.

Gah, what a terrible name. I have to study the word closely to figure out how to pronounce it! That's somebody's name, so this lovely bird will be getting a new name in the next few years! Good. Because MacGillivray just does not cut it!

MacGillivray Warbler standing on a mossy stick

This is a male. The females have a warm grey head, and lack that little bit of black on their face.

And most of Oregon is their nesting range. So they are here for the summer!

Scrub jay standing on a stick

Scrub jay standing on a stick

Wood Pewee standing on a barbed wire fence next to a blooming Hawthorn tree

Spotted Towhee standing on a mossy branch

Pink Rhododendron blooms


Monday 6 May 2024... Neighborhood and Stewart Pond

Still with the rain today! It's nice and I'm trying to enjoy it to the fullest, even with the stupid wind blowing it in my face... Because summer is coming... Those mid-80 temps are still in the forecast for this weekend, blah!

Orange Breadseed Poppies covered in rain drops

Flowering Dogwood blooms near the street

Pansy blooms

Daisy blooms in the grass

Lupine blooms and leaves

Lunpine blooms

I love how the rain gathers on the leaves!

Spheres of water drops on Lupine leaves

All the rain has brought back a puddle at the Wet Prairie!

Water in the grass with trees in the distance

It's been a while since I've walked this way. The last time I was here, there was a homeless camp and one of the people confronted me. It scared me a little bit and I didn't want to come back until I was sure they had moved on.

But I love this little piece of forest, and nothing will keep me away forever!

Robin standing on a branch on the ground

Still work to be done, from the January ice storm!

Pile of sticks and cut logs in the grass under the trees

Camas Lily blooms in the forest

*laughs* Every time I come here, I have to replace this marker... there's a tree root sticking up here in the path that I've tripped over. More than once!

Path thru the forest

But this is the last of the pile of sticks I found... so I don't know what I'm going to do next time!

Hawthorn tree blooms in pink and white

Ha! You'd think the Golden Crown Sparrows would be moving on by now... they nest up in Canada and Alaska. A long way to fly! But probably the cool weather here is keeping them. Who wants to fly north, when the weather here is crappy?

Sparrows standing on mossy sticks

But that's their breeding plumage. You've got to wonder that the long migration messes that up! Don't they want to be pretty when they show up?

And behind the stick is a White Crown Sparrow... They don't nest here either, but only have a little way to fly to their summer spots.

Walking back home, there's still some Killdeers running around this dry lot... I can't tell how many there are, or if that cute ball of fluff Baby is grown up and still here. I hear more Killdeers than I see. They are mostly hidden in the grass.

Killdeer in dry grass


Sunday 5 May 2024... Sunday Stroll

Still some sprinkles this morning... The rain kept up, off and on all yesterday afternoon and it was so chilly it thought about breaking a record for the lowest high temperature! The high was 53°F and the lowest high was 50°F, 10°C set in 1950.

And the crazy thing is, we've got a heat wave on the way. Forecast says mid-80s for next weekend. ugh.

trees on the hill

Mama Mallard paddling in the creek with seven ducklings behind her

Five ducklings paddling in the creek

Leaves budding out on the Fallen Leaning Tree.

Oak leaves budding from a mossy trunk

Camas Lily blooms with trees in the background

All the rain has filled up this Wet Prairie puddle as well!

Dozens of Camas Lilies blooming under the trees

Camas Lily blooms

Camas Lily blooms

Foo... dang it, that would have been so picturesque!

Scrub Jay bouncing off the edge of the photo



Saturday 4 May 2024... Rain!

It started raining at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. It rained the rest of the day and it rained all night and it's still raining!

Ha, it's rained so much, the wet prairie ponds are filling back up!

Water puddled in the grass under trees

And the bike path is flooded under the bridges!

Water flooding the bike path under a car bridge

It's unusual but not unheard of, for the rainy season to extend into May.

Camas Lily blooms in front of the muddy water of the creek

I pause, there are some Starlings making a racket... and when I realize they are circling around ME, I get a little offended. What did I ever do to them?!

But then I saw this one on the other side of the creek, directly across from me! haha, that's who the Starlings are upset about!

Cooper Hawk standing on a branch looking up

This Cooper Hawk is a juvenile, born last summer... her eyes will turn coppery red when she's an adult.

Cooper Hawk standing on a branch

Cooper Hawk standing on a branch in the rain

Cooper Hawk taking off from the branch she was standing on

Cooper Hawk standing on a branch, yelling

The Fallen Leaning Tree making some leaves.

Oak leaves budding out from a mossy branch

Red-violet Rhododendron blooms

drooping lilac blooms?

I've gone across the street to look at different things, and wander into Washington Park. I've only been here once before, and this time I notice the colourful tiles around the splash park...

Colourful tiles along a low sitting wall with green bushes behind

People who donated to make the splash park happen, I assume. There's lots of colourful designs and I love them!!

The World is mudluscious and puddle wonderful

Colourful tiles of a mouse, hummingbird and bumblebee

The sum of the whole is this, to walk and be happy, to walk and be healthy

A bright bush on a dreary day... I don't know what it is!

Yellow bloom bush

seed pod on a yellow bloom bush


Friday 3 May 2024... Neighborhood Walk with Columbines

But first a stop at the garden to check on the Snap Peas.
Aw, this is nice!

Small basket of flowers attached to the wire of a wood fence

bouquet of flowers

Great! Sugar Snap Peas are holding up! The bottom leaves and stems look pretty rough from the slugs, but the tops are good and the plants are grabbing onto the tomato cage.

Snap Peas growing in the garden

Strawberry bloom on a plant

Someone else has some Lacy Phacelia started as a cover crop in their plot.

Lacy Phacelia bloom

It is pretty interesting stuff... The nursery I shop at sells it, and makes it sound like an invasive, "aggressively out-competes weeds" and "readily re-seeds".

I did see quite a few plants escape to the wild, that first year after this was offered for sale, growing along the bike path... But, since then, there haven't been any solid mats of Lacy Phacelia created in the wild... just the odd plant living here and there!

So, it is def not a problem plant like I thought it would be. Maybe it's something I will try in my own plot next year.

Lacy Phacelia foliage

Okay! On with the walk!

Oh sheesh... I don't know why I even bother...

Chickadee behind sticks

Hmmm... That looks like poo sacks! You've got two children growing up in the nest already?! Nice!

Starling standing at the top of a fir tree, holding round things in her beak

Pink and white Columbine blooms

I love all the different colours of Columbines!

Red-violet and yellow Columbine blooms

Purple and white Columbine blooms

So glad they didn't cut down this beautiful willow!

Willow tree with a stump

Willow tree with a stump

Sighs... I've gotten so used to looking up at the Flicker hole...

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

I've been looking up for a few moments, kind of mourning for the baby Flickers. And then I glance over and see this squirrel looking up in the same direction I was!

Squirrel standing in the grass, looking up

Haha! Is she trying to figure out what I see??

I'm coming around the bike path curve... and a Crow tips me off...

Hawk behind a lot of leaves

I walk back to see if I can get a better angle. She's buried in the tree pretty good... but at least I can get an ID. Red Shoulder Hawk!

Hawk standing on a branch in a tree

The first native Nootka Rose bloom!

Pink wild rose bloom


Thursday 2 May 2024... Delta Ponds with Goslings

It seems like it's been ages since I've come out this way at the river... I've mostly been going to the Rose Garden and walking east from there.

White puffy clouds in a blue sky, trees at the bottom of the pic

Clouds over the river and hill

There's a trickle of river water coming over the spillover into the ponds... but you can see how the pond is already starting to dry up.


Haha! Her feet!

Turtle balancing on a rock, with her feet splayed in the air

I come across this cute family just as another pair of Canada Geese want to come meet the babies. But the parents are not ready for company yet...

Canada Geese parents with 9 goslings gathered in the grass

Everyone is getting pissy. Except the clueless babies!

Two pairs of Canada Geese snaking their necks at each other

Two Canada Geese fighting with mama and babies in the background

Two Canada Geese fighting with babies in the background

And don't come back!

Canada Goose family

LaDeDa! ♪ We have good parents who take care of us!

Goslings standing in the mud next to the pond.

I decide to go across the street to the official Delta Pond Park. And on the way, some older Canada Goose goslings!

Goslings walking thru grass

They are all over the place, and families are mingled.

Four goslings standing in the grass

Six goslings walking in the grass

Canada Goose gosling standing in the grass


Thursday 2 May 2024... Delta Ponds with Goslings Part 2

Pond with trees in the distance and blue sky

Path thru the forst

I walk to the end of the path, and it's still blocked off. It will be so nice when they finish the bridge and all so you can walk a loop around the ponds!

I love the turtles, even the invasive ones!

Two turtles sitting on a log in the water

Small turtle sitting on a log in the water

Turtle sitting on a log in the water

a pair of Wood Ducks paddling in the water

The poor stupid camera is having issues today with the light and the dark... I'm missing some good shots because it can't figure out where to focus. oh well.

Spotted Towhee singing up on a branch

a pair of Tree Swallows standing on twigs

Wow, that is one big turtle over there on the other side of the pond... she's almost as big as the ducks!

Turtle and ducks sitting on the bank of the pond

One more Canada Goose family as I come around the last turn at the ponds.

Canada Goose standing over goslings napping in the grass

Canada goslings napping on the grass

And then a family of Greylags!

Greylag Geese walking on the grass with lawn daisies

Greylag Goose with three goslings

Cute Overload!

Greylag Goslings walking on the grass with Lawn Daisies

Greylag Goslings walking on the grass with Lawn Daisies


Wednesday 1 May 2024... Wayside Park

It was supposed to be sunny today, but we've got some clouds instead!

Clouds over silhouette of trees

As I'm approaching the tree the Flickers had nested in... There's a squirrel in the tree! And for a moment I am hopeful that the Flicker parents will come out and chase the squirrel away.

But no. Instead...

Squirrel tail hanging out of a woodpecker hole in a tree branch

This nest is dead and abandoned.

A bit of Squirrel tail fur hanging out a woodpecker hole in a tree branch

This would not be allowed if the nest was active. So, that's my confirmation. Nest Failure.

And when I think about it, it all adds up. The weather had been so very warm. And the Flickers took a risk with laying eggs so early. And right around the day the babies were to hatch, was the day the weather got so cold.

The high temperatures of the days has been in the 50°s, and I think the parents just couldn't find enough bugs to feed.

So, Mama Flicker just sitting there on that branch the other day... She had alreaday given up.

But! It's early in the season. The Flickers will build a new nest somewhere else and lay some more eggs and raise some children!

I move on.

Mama Mallard watching over ducklings in the grass

I don't know what the babies are eating, but they are very serious about it!

Ducklings in the grass

Cake, maybe? It's just a feeding frenzy for the babies and bits are flying everywhere... I think Mama is probably already thinking about getting a bath for these messy kids! *laughs*

Ducklings and Mama Mallard standing in the grass

Wood Pewee standing at the top of a twig

Oh Good! They've removed the stupid temporary fence around the Fallen Leaning Tree!

Leaning Tree

These are very crappy photos, dang it. But it just cracks me up how much these American Goldfinches look like rubber duckies!!

American Goldfinches in shallow water


American Goldfinches in shallow water

House Sparrow in shallow water

Multi-Species Bath Time!

American Goldfinches in shallow water with a Golden Crown Sparrow

Okay, back to the Fallen Leaning Tree, and I jam the exposure setting way down to capture the clouds.

Fallen Leaning Tree with clouds in the background

Here I am at Wayside micro-park and the flowers are lovely!

Purple Iris blooming next to the path

Bleeding Heart blooms

Purple Iris blooms

I study the new tree they planted to replace the Mimosa Tree that came down in the January ice storm. I guess Black Gums aren't even vaguely related to Sweet Gums, a common tree here.

Black Gum tree leaves

So that's nice, I get to learn a new tree!

Dark Pink Tulips near a white picket fence

I'm heading back when I come across this flock!

Evening Grosbeaks behind bushes

Shoot! There's no way to get a good shot! I was just pointing the camera and hoping for some luck! *laughs*

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks behind twigs

Evening Grosbeaks!

Three Evening Grosbeaks behind twigs

Evening Grosbeak standing on a branch

Sheesh. That was a long walk, with many stories to tell!

Turkey Vulture mobbed by a Crow

Turkey Vulture soaring over trees


Tuesday 30 April 2024... An Awesome Hike Up Wild Iris Ridge!

Well, Good Morning Mx Opposum! Isn't it a bit bright and sunny for you right now?

Opposum walking in the grass

Dang you're cute!

Opposum standing in the grass

Oh, you're just up late, and now it's time to turn in?
Good Night, Sleep Tight!

Opposum walks thru a break in the fence under a porch

Purple Rhododendron blooms against the blue sky

Squirrel standing on a wood fence

Crow mobbing a Vulture, flying in a grey sky

Pink Rhododendron blooms

Four different coloured horses grazing on grass

Horses lying on the grass

Here I am at the head of the trail. I've been avoiding this hike because the last time I was here, I walked home way too fast and killed my back for a few days!

Kiosk at the head of a hiking trail

I just love the trees here! Mostly oaks, and these beautiful Pacific Madrones.

Pacific Madrone tree trunks and branches

I saw a flash of red and figured this was a sapsucker...

Blurry Acorn Woodpecker standing on a dead branch

Oh my gosh!!! An Acorn Woodpecker!!

Blurry Acorn Woodpecker standing on a dead branch

I look around... OH MY GOSH!!! There's a granary tree not 50feet away from the path!!!

Acorn Woodpecker granery tree trunk full of holes

This is SO exciting! I keep going up the trail to see how far I can get.

And then I wondered about this dogwood? Flowering Dogwoods only have 4 petals on a bloom...

Pacific Dogwood blooms

Hey Cool!! Pacific Dogwoods have 4 to 8 bracts per bloom. yeah, they are called bracts on dogwoods. So this is a native, and I'm trilled to learn about it today!

And the namesake of the trail!!! Wild Irises!

Purple Iris blooms on the forest floor

These are our native irises, Oregon Irises! What luck that I decided to come up here when they are blooming!

Purple Iris bloom

Spotted Towhee standing on a mossy branch

I was coming back down the hill, specifically looking for the granary tree I just found...

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of his granary tree

And then there was a ruckus! A Western Grey Squirrel had gotten too close to the precious granary tree, and needed to be chased off!! haha!

Unfortunately, I couldn't really see what was going on, because there were trees in the way... but the Acorn Woodpeckers were making, hm, I guess an alarm call and two were flying at the squirrel, driving her away. And yeah, the squirrel ran!

So that was WAY cool! I've never seen Acorn Woodpeckers actually have to defend their territory!

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of a mossy tree trunk

And to think! I wasted all that time, going up Hidden Trail to see the Acorn Woodpeckers up there... loads of granary trees, too far away, and I never got decent photos.

And these guys are RIGHT HERE! *laughs with delight*

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of a mossy tree trunk

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of the granary tree trunk, lots of holes

American Robin standing on a branch up in a tree

And then I made a concerted effort to walk home Slowly! so I wouldn't strain my back again. :)

Pink Rhododendrons in front of a blue sky


Monday 29 April 2024... Neighborhood Walk in the Rain

It's been sprinkling pretty good this morning, and it's so chilly -- 46°F, 8°C -- I get my heavy shirt to wear under the rain jacket!

Squirrel standing on the sidewalk

It's raining in earnest by the time I walk by the Community Garden! This is perfect weather for a walk!!

Trees and foggy hill in the distance

The Fallen Leaning Tree.

Fallen oak tree, a limb resting on the ground

I make a detour for these orange Rhodies... such a bright beacon on a dreary day!

Orange Rhododendron blooms

Orange Rhododendron blooms

Buckeye tree blooms

Close up of Buckeye tree blooms

Pink Rhododendrons with red Rhododendrons in the background

The clouds have been moving around and now the sun comes out! Just in time for ducklings.

Mallard ducklings paddling near the bank of the creek

Just the two, today?

Two ducklings standing in shallow water


Two duckliings standing in shallow water, one stretches her leg!

Ah, here comes Mama, and I can hear their siblings peeping as they paddle upstream with her!

Female and Male Mallards paddling by the duckings

Willow tree with a broken limb

Willow tree with a broken limb


Sunday 28 April 2024... Sunday Stroll

Ah, all the different shades of green!

Trees on the hill

Duckings with Mama, paddling on the water

I was going to go into the Community Garden to check on the Sugar Snap Peas, and there was an old Chinese woman at the gate. She asked about the Garden and I offered her a tour.

She was just curious and didn't know the first thing about gardening! *laughs* We go in and she looks down at what's growing in the first plot and asks, "What's this?"

I look and have to say, "That's weeds!" haha! I tell her how much it costs to be a member at the Community Garden, and what you get and some of the rules you have to follow. And she tells me she's 78 years old and her family... kids? or grandkids? runs some restaurant I'd not heard of. :)

That was a nice chat, and I let her out and we go our separate ways. Me, going under the too quiet Flicker nest. *shakes head*

Woodpecker hole up in a tree

The Hardhack is coming back to life. For some reason I'm surprised to see green leaves on last years stems... but this is a woody plant in the rose family.

Hardhack, last years spent bloom with new leaves

(and ha, the wind made it so stinkin' hard to get this photo! That bloom branch was waving all over the place!) (stupid climage change.)

Scrub Jay standing on a post

I take a different route home, and am happy to see some Rhodies!

Pink Rhododendron blooms

Purple Rhododendron blooms


Saturday 27 April 2024... Saturday Market and Goslings at the River

Visiting my favorite farmer to get more Veggie Starts!

I got my first SunGold, a 2nd batch of Sugar Snap Peas, Leeks and I was looking for Beets but didn't see any. So I splurged on some Giant Marigolds instead!

Walking back to the car, I see an Octopus!

Graffiti on a wall, including a red and blue octopus

I'm not planting today... the rain has made things muddy again. Its cloudy and cool enough that the baby plants will be fine in the car for a while, so I went over to the river for a stroll!

I start at the Rose Garden... and there are some roses today!

white rose blooms

Dogwoods blooms in white and pink

Dogwoods blooming over Spanish Bluebells and Calla Lilies

And some goslings!

10 goslings with several Graylag adults walking and sitting in the grass

They are so round and cute!

Greylag goslings walking and sitting in the grass

I go across the walking bridge... Swallows!

Looking across the river, Skinner Butte in the background

I see flashes of red, and think some of them are Barn Swallows. But then I see this!

Blurry Swallow over the water

That swipe of white across the forehead means this is a Cliff Swallow!!! That's exciting!

Blurry Swallow over the water

ha. If this isn't the most Eugene thing you've ever seen!

Ducklings following Mama across the street with a human family watching and a bus in the background

And yes, traffic stopped for the babies!

Ducklings following Mama Mallard on the street

Aw there's a Canada Goose family at the Delta Ponds!!

Two parent Canada Geese with four babies, paddling on the water

Canada Goose with gosling

They are so adorable!

Four Canada goslings paddling on the water

Canada Goose parents with four babies paddling on the water

Their little feet!

Four Canada goslings paddling on the water

It started sprinkling as I watched the family, and it's time to turn around and go back.

The Greylag family again...

Greylag Geese wtih goslings walking on the grass

You know what's interesting? The Canada Geese families are a bonded pair: Mom, Dad and babies.

But the Greylags raise their children as a community... Everyone is watching out for the kids and you can't tell who the biological parents are! :)

Greylag Geese with goslings

And back at the Rose Garden!

Trellised Rose plants, surrounded by trees

Rose Garden Heritage Cherry Tree

Dogwoods with Calla Lilies


Friday 26 April 2024... More Rain and Cool Birds

Purple Petunia blooms

Mama Squirrel says it's a bit chilly today!

Squirrel standing up on a branch in a tree

I go into the Community Garden to check on the Sugar Snap Peas. Still alive, tho I have to prop them back up on the cage again. Stupid wind.

And then I stop to admire this Red Hot Poker plant in the plot at the end of the row.

Red Hot Poker plant blooming amongst other garden plants

Purple Iris blooms, covered with rain drops

Purple Iris blooms, covered with rain drops

This patch of Camas Lilies is at it's blooming height!

Camas Lilies blooming on the forest floor

Camas Lilies blooming

The ferny looking thing in the right side of the above pic is Poison Hemlock. It's in the Carrot family and will kill you pretty quickly.

More ducklings. Sighs.

two ducklings and Mama Mallard paddling on the water in the rain

Just four in this batch... The last batch I saw was small too. I wonder if mama is laying fewer eggs or if the babies are dying before they get out. SIGHS.

Three ducklings dabling in the water


Blurry Chickadee standing on a branch in a tree

Haha, it's been so long since I've seen one of these birds, I tought this was a phoebe. But no! Western Wood Pewee!

Wood Pewee standing on a twig

They have migrated up from South America for their nesting season here!

Wood Pewee standing on a twig

I had to think a moment to figure out who this is, as well! Have to get re-introduced to all the summer birds, I guess. ha. Savannah Sparrow!

Savannah Sparrow standing up on a branch

Savannah Sparrows are migrating up from Mexico... I bet everybody is annoyed to arrive with this chilly and rainy weather!

Savannah Sparrow standing up on a branch

Hawthorn tree blooms

Hawthorn tree blooms

Just taking a moment to think about stuff in front of our den!

Nutria standing in water at the edge of the creek

I heard one of the Flickers, in that same group of trees that I saw Mama in yesterday. But quiet here... Too quiet. And I'm thinking I'm not going to see babies.

Woodpecker hole up in a tree

Western Bluebird standing on a wood fence

It sprinkled for most of my walk today, and kept sprinkling off and on thru the afternoon. I love the rain and am glad to get an extension on spring weather!


Thursday 25 April 2024... Rain

The rain started around 5:30 this morning... And Look who's still alive! Yay!

Snap Peas in the garden

The pathetic Sugar Snap Peas that I planted yesterday have perked right up with the rain!

Snap Peas in the garden

The bit of wind we've had has pushed the vines off the tomato cage, and I've propped them back up. Hopefully they'll get over their transplant shock soon and grab onto the cage so they can stay off the ground and away from the slugs.

And dang it, I am so annoyed at this new breeze we've had to deal with this year. Climate Change. Bah!

Moving on... I heard a Que! Flicker contact call, as I came up to the nest! But I wait here a moment and no one came flying in.

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

I wish I could see what was happening in there! Because yesterday was the earliest the babies could have been born. And if someone is saying Que! the parents must be out and about and getting food for the newborns.


Arg. The stupid breeze is making these pretty Lilacs a moving target! Stupid Climate Change!

Red Violet Lilic blooms


Single duckling paddling in rain splashed creek

Ah! I come around the corner and hear the "Peep Peeping" of siblings and see Mama!

Mama Mallard and a duckling paddling on rain splashed creek

No count of how many ducklings this time, the trees were blocking the view. That's okay, I'd rather not get attached to any batches of babies with H5N1 killing everyone. :(

Oh Wow! These Black Tulips!

Flowers in a yard with Black Tulips

And Columbines! Does it seem pretty early for Columbines to be blooming?

Deep red Columbine blooms

Back on the bike path, walking back, a Green Heron flew up from the creek and around some trees. Foo, I was bummed that I missed her... But Green Herons are masters of camouflage, I might not have seen her even if I was looking right at her! *laughs*

I come round the trees and look up see if she found a perch or something... and I see a silhouette and take a couple pics...

Ummmm?! That's the Flicker Mama??!

Flicker standing on the twig of a snag

huh. She's out of the nest... maybe she's taking a short break from the newborns? That seems... odd.


Oh my gosh! A Yellow Rump Warbler in the Apple Tree right outside the Community Garden!!

Yellow Rump Warbler standing at the top of a tree

This is a female, the males have black on their chest.

Yellow Rump Warbler standing in a tree

AND this is the western, Audubon race, with the yellow throat. The Myrtle race of Yellow Rumped Warblers has a white throat and is supposedly an eastern bird, but we have both races living here!

Yellow Rumped Warbler, walking along a branch

She is just so cute!

Yellow Rumped Warbler standing on a branch, looking away

Yellow Rumped Warbler standing in a tree


Wednesday 24 April 2024... Garden Again

The chance of rain tomorrow has hit 100% and it looks like we might actually get some real rain. And there's a good bit I want to do in the garden before it gets all muddy again!

So I got my partner to drive me to the Community Garden... I've brought the Sugar Snap Pea starts that I got weeks ago at Saturday Market. And with the extra time, I'm going to take out some horseradish!

Horseradish leaves coming up thru the mulch

That one Horseradish at the bottom of the photo is the only one that is actually in my plot, the others are in Probably Not Evil Neighbor's plot... Except, I think we will have a new neighbor this year, so I will have to find out about their Evil Status later!

Anyway. I used the dandelion tool to get as deep as I could...

Horseradish pulled up and in the bucket

The bucket is about ½ full this time, and much lighter than the Comfrey roots I got up yesterday. Most of these roots are pretty thin, because they have to regrow every time I dig them up.

Horseradishes in the bucket

But you can see what happens with that one bigger root at the top... It's broken off, and the rest of it, that's still underground will def come back to annoy me again in the future.

Leaves and white flower of a strawberry plant, coming up thru the mulch

Crow standing on a wood trellis, looking over her shoulder

Friend Crow flies over to a post...

Crow landing on a metal post in the garden

but can't quite get her balance right away...

Crow with wings spread, looking down at her perch

Ha, she's got some white feathers, hidden under her wings!

Crow has settled on the metal post

I think about doing some hoeing. It's probably too wet yet even with 10 days of dry, but I decide to give it a try.

Except I get to the tool shed... and this is the only stirup hoe we've got...

Broken Stirup Hoe

Dang it! I remember last fall when the locks on the gates disappered for a week or so... Our stirup hoes must have gotten stolen.

So that's not cool at all.

Well. Here are the Snap Peas I'm planting today... they've gotten tall and spindly living in the porch room at home for the last three weeks since I bought them at the fist Saturday Market of the year.

Pea plants in seedling pot

I put them in the ground. and, hmmm. They look kinda pathetic, don't they?

Planted snap pea plants

I give them some water and hope they live!

On the walk home, a pretty Hawthorn is blooming.

Hawthorn blooms

Hawthorn blooms and buds


Tuesday 23 April 2024... Garden

Okay! We've got rain on the way, slated for Thursday, and I've decided to get some weeding done at the garden before that happens.

The Wet Prairie pond has been drying up... We won't get enough rain to fill it back up, this time of year, and I'm kind of sad to see it go. Spring is moving right along.

A muddy puddle in grass under trees

Looking past the trees at the prairie beyond

Camas Lily blooms with Western Buttercups in the background

Most of the yellow flowers here on the prairie are Creeping Buttercup our native Western Buttercups. These other yellow flowers might be some Dill Weed...

Buttercups and Dill Weed blooms

... but it reminds me of an article I read the other day...

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America Spotted Water Hemlock... Those who eat it will die in two hours.

Heh. Just a reminder, if you ever go foraging!

If you are going to eat something from the wild...
#1 Be 100% sure about what it is.
#2 Know ALL the look-alikes!

Oh! Hello little friend!! What beautiful eyes you have! A happy Green Lacewing!

Green Lacewing bug standing on a purple Camas Lily petal

Female Downy Woodpecker standing on the side of a branch

Female Downy Woodpecker standing on the side of a branch

I walk past the garden to check on the Flicker nest. Still quiet.

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch, surrounded by leaves

Okay. Here I am at the garden plot... and here I am for Murder Attempt Part 2...

Comfrey leaves coming up thru the mulch

This Comfrey plant just got too big, and last fall I hacked away at the roots. I knew it would return and it'll take a while to kill it... maybe a long while. I don't know.

But I got a shovel and dug down as far as I could go, and pulled out as many roots as I could. I filled up the entire bucket with roots...

Dug up area in the garden with a full bucket of plant material and a shovel

The roots are very solid and bulky... That bucket is Heavy! A lot of biomass is leaving.

I was surprised to not find ANY worms in that mess. Usually worms like to hang out around roots like that! But the only worms I found were in a section where the Comfrey roots had died. So that's interesting...

Comfrey must have some kind of anti-worm stuff going on. So I'm glad I'm getting rid of it. I love worms and want them to thrive!

On the other side of the plot, I need to kill some Horseradish.

Horseradish growing thru the mulch

Maybe I can do that tomorrow.

Here's what's left of the Bok Choy. *laughs* Oh well.

A munched on stalk of Bok Choy

Some of the Strawberries have survived the harsh winter, at least.

Strawberry plants thru the mulch

Heading home, some Salsify...

A purple Salsify bloom

I always pronounce Salsify wrong. It's sal-suh-fee, and the sal is like Sally (not like salsa! heh).

Scrub Jay standing on a wood fence


Monday 22 April 2024... Flowers Up Hidden Trail, Wildlife Down Hidden Trail

Orange Tulip surrounded by Forget Me Nots and Spanish Bluebells in the background

Forget Me not blooms

Pink Spanish Bluebells

Somebody's houseplant has gone wild here in the Native Plant area.

Camas Lily blooms surrounded by big leaves

Camas Lily blooms

Fawn Lily blooming on the forest floor

A single Fawn Lily bloom

A budding Red Rhododendron

I get to the top of the trail, and walk to the Acorn Woodpeckers territory. ARG! There's a couple flying away right when I come around the corner. sheesh!

I wait a bit, walking out to the end of the sidewalk and back. humph. But at least I've found one woodpecker.

Male Northern Flicker standing on the stump of a dead branch

He keeps looking up, I'm not sure what he sees.

Northern Flicker standing on a branch with Dougles Fir branches and cones

Oh, action down in the Bioswale! Too bad it's so far away... I think there was a female Red Wing Blackbird down there as well. Do they have a nest?

Red Wing Blackbird standing on a stalk of grass, surrounded by grasses

I'm heading back for the trail, when I finally hear some "Wika, Wika, Wika"s behind me!

Acorn Woodpecker standing at the top of a snag

I walk back up the stupid hill to see if I can get a better angle... but this is as good as I get today.

Acorn Woodpecker standing at the top of a snag

It's like they don't even care about getting their portrait taken! *laughs*

Spotted Towhee standing in a mossy tree

Spotted Towhee standing in a mossy tree

Close up of a deer

Squirrel standing on a mossy tree trunk, holding a peanut in his mouth

And then, later today I'm reading the news...

Man who allegedly followed and threatened harm to multiple women arrested for menacing

Oh my gosh! This is really, really concerning!

I have had a few ... yeah menacing incidents this year, but I've never had to run away from some pos. And this happened just a few blocks away from where I usually walk.

Ugh. I'm glad they got the guy. But dang it, why so many violent tendancies against women lately???


Sunday 21 April 2024... A Sunny Sunday Walk

Hi Mama!

Squirrel sitting on a wood post

Close up of a Squirrels face

*laughs* I'm so close to her, and the reflection in her eye is so crisp...

You can see *ME* in her eye!

Extreme close up of the reflections in a Squirrels eye

The blue sky, the shrubbery over the creek. The straight, diagonal line is the bike path, and I'm the dark splotch standing there.

Bahahaha! Dang, I amuse myself. *giggles*

Still quiet at the Flicker nest.

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch, surrounded by new leaves

I decide to head over to Westmoreland Park, for something different.

The east side of the park is a 9 hole Frisbee Golf course. But the west side is a dedicated natural prairie with native plants.

Prairie with stripes of yellow and purple blooms

Beautiful right now with Camas Lilies and Creeping Buttercup.

(discovered after the fact...)

Oh my gosh! I had always assumed the Buttercups in our natural areas were the invasive Creeping Buttercup.

But it turns out we have a Western Buttercup, that is native!

Ha! Live and Learn! It's good to learn new things!!

I like to check my Post Office box on Sundays, and Look! They've got some new parcel lockers!

Inside of the Post Office

White Crown Sparrow standing in a chain link fence


Saturday 20 April 2024... Part 1

I'd been wearing a heavy shirt and no rain jacket these past few sunny days... But today I'm just wearing a light shirt, and I was still hot! It was 54°F (12°C) when I left the house but it was warming up fast.

Squirrel peeks out from behind a tree trunk

Pink Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

Okay! All is quiet at the Flicker nest again today and I have finally looked up some dates for possible Flicker babies...

Woodpecker hole in a tree, surrounded by new leaves

Incubation Period is 11 to 13 days. I heard soft tapping from inside the hole on Apr10, Mama making the interior perfect. So lets say she laid her eggs that night or the next morning. 11 days would be Apr22, so the earliest babies would be born would be Wed.

And then after that, we should be seeing some action as the parents start bringing food!

And then I get distracted by flowers... This patch of Camas Lilies is stunning!

Camas lily blooms, with a Honey Bee

Camas Lily bloom

Camas Lily blooms

Camas Lily blooms

And the Hawthorn Trees are blooming as well.

Hawthorn tree blooms

Hawthorn tree blooms

The little pink thingees don't even look real!

Close up of Hawthorn tree blooms


Saturday 20 April 2024... Part 2... The Green Line in Eugene

And then I'm wandering thru the neighborhood.

Purple Wallflowers

The unexplained Green Line...

Spray painted green line going down a neighborhood sidewalk with trees and flowers in a front yard

Baby Blue Eye blooms with Lawn Daisies

Baby Blue Eye blooms

Huh, that's interesting...

Spray painted green line going down a neighborhood sidewalk

I've never noticed that 420 thing before.

Maybe if I add that to my search terms... ?

AH HA!!! An old Reddit thread, which linked to an even older Reddit thread, which displayed an even older photo of a sign in Eugene!!!

How High Are You... sign about the green line in Eugene

(I totally stole this photo from the internets, which you should NEVER, EVER do! But here I am, breaking my own rules again.)

How High Are You?
If you are reading this sign, then you are 420 feet above sea level.

This green line through town is the 420 foot contour line, according to USGS topographical data.
It is also a very pleasant walk through some great parts of Eugene.

*laughs* How VERY Eugene! And of course the Green Line is painted in time for Apr20, Weed Day.

The sign is old enough that all the restaurants mentioned are no longer there. But other landmarks remain, like the library and Westmoreland Disc Golf!

So YAY! Mystery Solved! Happy 420!!!

I'm heading home, and suddenly there's newborn ducklings all over the place. 13, I think this photo got them all.

13 newborn ducklings and Mama Mallard

The first batch of the year... and it's depressing.

They are cute and all, but they'll be dying right away of H5N1, Avian Flu. Just like they did last year.

But I can't help myself, I'm taking their portraits.

Five ducklings on the water

Last year, there were a few batches of ducklings who survived at the very end of the season. I'm not sure what changed to let them live.

Mama Mallard and five ducklings on the water

Proud Mama. ... Or is it Worried Mama. Does she know that something is not right?

Mama Mallard with six ducklings behind her

Four Ducklings paddling on the water



Friday 19 April 2024... Another Sunny Day

Male Mallard sleeping on a tree limb over the water

The Fallen Leaning Tree... I am not sure if these little signs of life mean that the tree is still connected to its roots.

Oak tree leaf buds

The Green Line has been a mystery. Last year someone told me it shows up every year. And here it is again, I noticed it had been re-drawn yesterday, when I was out at the river.

Spray painted green line down a path

Right now I'm wondering if it's directions for a race... The Eugene Marathon is the last Sunday of April. But no, it passes nearby, but doesn't use this part of the bike path.

And then I get distracted by the wild Apple trees behind the Events Center.

Apple blossoms in front of a green field and blue sky

Apple Blossoms in front of a green field and blue sky

Dang it, I am such a sucker for the pretty flowers! *laughs*

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms with a Honey Bee

Apple blossoms against a blue sky

Apple blossoms against a blue sky

Okay! Somehow I force myself to move on! Here's a cute little Roly Poly!

Rolly Poly walking on the sidewalk

Still quiet at the Flicker nest.

Woodpecker hole in a tree, surrounded by new leaves budding out

I go into the Community Garden to check on the Bok Choy. Well. Still a couple leaves left. Ha. So that experiment went straight to the slugs!


And I noticed that the Community Garden has gotten a porta-potty. I guess we are moving up in the world!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a leafy twig


Thursday 18 April 2024... Rose Garden and a Walk at the River

Spanish Bluebells in white and purple

Getting artsy with the 275 year old Cherry Tree.

Sun shining thru a huge Cherry Tree

OH! I saw somebody at the Osprey platform nest across the river from the Rose Garden! And Look! It turned out to be two somebodies! and all that grass growing up there. And, uh...

Two Hawks at the Osprey platform nest

Those are NOT Ospreys!!! Bahaha!

Blurry Red Tail Hawk standing at the edge of an Osprey platform nest

Squirrel standing on the grass with a nut in her mouth

I happened to catch sight of... um, Pardon Me? Are you sitting on a nest??!

Canada Goose sitting in the hollow of a dead tree

But it's so far off the ground! Oh jeez! You're babies will have to JUMP like they are Wood Ducks?

Trees in front of the river

pale pink rhododendron blooms

Art pavilion in front of the river

Song Sparrow standing on a twig, singing

The side trail is dry enough to walk on today and oh my gosh, the colours in the river!

Looking past some trees at the bank to the river

And then I go up to the bridge and pause for a while.

Looking down a the river going over rocks

Larkspur blooms

I walk out to the canal pond...

Looking over a pond, trees in the distance

And everything is peaceful...

Looking down at the edge of the pond, at the rocks under the water

And then I realized the bugs were swarming!

I walked into a cloud of flying bugs and it didn't stop, millions of bugs! And by the time I decided I needed to get away from the edge of the pond, about 3 steps, I couldn't breath because I didn't want to suck any bugs down, and I couldn't see because bugs had gotten behind my eye glasses! GAH, GAH GAH!

Laughs! Were they were mosquitos? I don't know.

As I walked away, a couple hundred came with me. Gah.

*giggles* Yay Bugs! Now... where are the swallows to eat them up?

Walking back, I see the crazy Canada Goose again. She's turned around on her nest...

Canada Goose sitting on a nest in a hollow dead tree

And her companion is nearby.

Canada Goose sitting on the grass

Oh look! The green line has returned! Same place as last year.

Green line spray painted on the bike path, trees in the distance

And the Red Tail Hawks are gone from the Osprey platform nest. Smart!

Platform nest


Wednesday 17 April 2024... Up Hidden Trail Again

Since I was not successful with the Acorn Woodpeckers at the top of Hidden Trail yesterday... I decided to try again today.

I have a rule for when I walk the same place, two days in a row. I can't take pictures of the same things! I have to look at new things. :)

Well, this had the potential to be a cool photo... with the Forget Me Nots in the foreground. But my friend the Scrub Jay wasn't interested.

Scrub Jay, turned away, standing in a bare flower bed

I don't know what these cute plants are.

Rings of yellow flowers in front of green foliage

Ring of yellow flowers in front of green foliage

Haha, I caught this Bushtit in mid-preen, feathers all akimbo!

Bushtit standng in a tree with feathers akimbo

And now I have to go look up for the millionth time about their eyes... Okay. Female Bushtits have pale eyes (and males have dark eyes). I can never remember that!

Waterfall with mossy rocks and fallen tree limbs

Waterfall with mossy tree limbs and rocks

Forget Me Not blooms in front of a blurry Trillium bloom

I get to the top of the path and go up to the Acorn Woodpeckers territory. They are flying around and Wika, Wika, Wika contact calls from the trees on the north side...

But they are completely uncooperative with me. Again.

Blurry Acorn Woodpecker, standing up on a dead tree limb

*laughs* Well. What'cha gonna do? At least I'm getting good exercise, hauling myself up here!

I head back down. Oh, hey... This is a cool thing I can tell you about...

A pruned oak twig laying on the path

In the spring time, the trees are budding out all over the place. The trees even have new little twigs like this coming out of major, old limbs...

Major, old limbs that the squirrels like to use as a highway!

So the squirrels walk along their limb highway, and chew off the twigs that are growing in their way. It's a free pruning service that they provide!

*laughs* I have watched squirrels from my bedroom window do this for the tree right outside... Just walking along this big limb, chewing off new twigs, one at a time as they go, and dropping them to the ground! So any time I see the pruned twigs, I look up and know there's a squirrel highway that has been cleared for running in the tree above! :)

Oops... I took pictures of the Fawn Lilies yesterday. See? I can't even follow my own rules!

Fawn Lily blooms against a dark background

And some more Red Flowering Currant!

Red flowering currant blooms

Camas Lily blooms

Oh dang... this spring green colour!

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms


Tuesday 16 April 2024... Flowers up Hidden Trail


Orange tulip with forget me nots and spanish bluebells

Yellow Tulips with Spanish Bluebells and purple Irises

Purple Iris with Forget Me Nots

Yellow and Red Tulips with Spanish Bluebells

Clouds over the hill

Pink and budding Tulips in a row in front of yellow foliage

female Northern Flicker standing on the ground

Oregon Irises

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Fawn Lilies!

Fawn Lilies blooming on the forest floor

Fawn Lily bloom with a blooming Trillium

Fringe Cup plant growing next to a small pool

I get to the top of the trail, and then hike up to the Acorn Woodpeckers territory...

Bird flying away

*laughs* You all are busy. I can see that. But... Hello?

Acorn Woodpecker pecking at a mossy branch

Nope. Oh well. Back down the hill I go.

Fallen Cherry Blossom on a fern

Fawn Lily blooms in front of ferns

Close up of a squirrel hanging from a tree trunk, with a peanut shell in her mouth

One last photo of flowers, because I am crazy!

Orange Tulip with Forget Me Nots and Spanish Bluebells


Saturday 13 April 2024... Friends of the Library Book Sale!!

Oh, hey! Another Purple Finch!

Purple Finch female, standing up on a twig

Pale eyebrow and a forked tail. I wonder how many House Finches I've looked at that are actually Purple Finches! *laughs* I assume I'd notice with the males, but both species of females are just nice brown.

Golden Crown Sparrow and a White Crown Sparrow standing on twigs in a shrub

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig in a shrub

Spotted Towhee standing on a twig

ha, what a great day for bird photos! But here I am at the Events Center...

Fallen Leaning Tree, with cars in the parkinglot behind it

And the Friends of the Library are having their annual used book sale!

Books are 2$ each! To limit myself, I've brought my small backpack. And I've decided to just get five books.

I get a map on my way in... that how big it is! And crowded! But I've prepared myself for that, so I ignore the other humans as best I can. I get in line to look at the science fiction section.

I find a Doris Lessing book pretty quickly... I know one of her first books was a scifi novel, but the title of this one isn't ringing any bells. I pick it up anyway, and later discover that this is the third book in the series! Ack! Didn't realize it was a series that she wrote! Ha!

I also get The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2017. And Otherness, a short story collection by David Brin.

I've got three books, and I wander around the other sections a little, but I'm kinda done with the crowd. The checkout line is long, so I find the end of it...

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour

But of course, the checkout line goes past more books! *laughs*

I pick up this one, thinking it looked amazing. And maybe I could get some ideas for photographing garden type areas.

And I went to page thru it... and it landed on Hendricks Park! One of my favorite places to hike, here in town!!

Ha! It's fate! And I add it to my pile. I didn't realize this was not a two dollar book, you have to pay four whole dollars for the nice, photography books. :)

When I come out, it's sprinkling. Of course. And I'm 2miles miles from home... 40minutes of walking. I've never had an issue with stuff in the backpack getting wet, but I've never really tested it either.

I figure if the sprinkles turn to rain, I'll drape the rain jacket over the backpack and hope for the best! But it doesn't rain any harder, and my new books are fine!

The Apple Tree outside the Community Garden.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a stick

The song of the Golden Crown Sparrow is easy to remember... "No Gold Here" in a downward, melancholy phrase.

Golden Crown Sparrow singing from a branch

Oh, this is a cute little flower! With a bug egg on it's leaf, ha!

Baby Blue Eye bloom

It's a Baby Blue Eye... a wildflower native from Baja California, up thru California and into Oregon!


Sunday 14 April 2024... Today

Hello Happy Squirrel! Let's have a great day!

Squirrel standing on the side a tree trunk

White Crown Sparrow standing on a twig in front of a wire trellis

White Crown Sparrow standing on a metal post

I'm at the garden today, to check on the Bok Choy... Yeah, it's not looking good. SIGHS.

planted Bok Choy with missing and munched leaves

Dude! You CANNOT munch on the Bok Choy Right In Front of Me!

slug eating bok choy

*laughs* She-He got relocated! (Slugs are hermaphrodites, thus the she-he pronoun!)

And in other annoying news, the patch of invasive Horseradish is coming up again.

Small Horseradish plants coming up thru the mulch

Technically, that one big one in the front is the only one that is in my plot. But I will need to pull out as much as I can to continue keeping it out of my plot!

Oh, but here's something nice!

Strawberry leaves with a small flower

Okay. Moving on. Quiet at the Flicker nest, still.

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

Hello Happy Chickadee!

Chickadee standing behind a leaf on a blooming twig

Chickadees are the worse of the little bouncy birds... because they are so adorably cute, I really really want to get their portrait. But inevitably they bounce around too quickly for me and the camera!

But this little one is remarkably cooperative!!

Chickadee on a twig with apple blossoms

Until she's not! *laughs*

Blurry Chickadee behind sticks and leaves in a blooming apple tree


Monday 15 April 2024... Today with Wildlife and Flowers

Eastern Fox Squirrel sitting on a branch

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

As I was zooming in on this photo, my brain said, That's a funny looking Song Sparrow. hahaha! She's actually a Fox Sparrow!

Fox Sparrow standing on a stick with leaves all around

That's cool, I hardly ever get to see these little birds. I like the chevrons decorating their front.

Fox Sparrow standing on a stick

Oh Mama Squirrel! So cute!

Eastern Fox Squirrel standing on a wood post

This is the spot where the Flicker nest is... Their tree is the big one on the left, and the dead branch they have carved their hole into is straight up from the bike path.

Bike path with trees and a bench and trash

People sit at the bench pretty often, so that's a bummer. Since it's so close, I don't want to take photos and risk someone asking me what I see... I love to spread the joy of nature, but it's important that nests be kept a secret.

All is quiet, again today. I need to look up how long it takes from laying the eggs to the babies being born. Once that happens, there will be some action here, with the parents bringing food!

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

The Trimmed Willow Tree continues springing to life.

Willow tree with a broken and trimmed branch

Pretty, pretty colours!

Pink Saucer Magnolia blooms in front of red tulips and blue Spanish Bluebells

Yellow Tulips with purple Spanish Bluebells

Pink Flowering Dogwood blooms in front of Spanish Bluebells

Pink Flowering Dogwood blooms in front of Spannish Bluebells

Oh! Wisteria is starting to bloom as well!

Wisteria bloom

Close up of Wisteria blooms

And the Apple Tree right outside the Community Garden!

Apple Blossoms against a bright blue sky

Apple Blossoms against a blue sky

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

*Laughs* I'm such a sucker for the flowers!


Friday 12 April 2024... Let's Garden!

It's barely rained for the last week or so, the ground is drying up a little and I'd really like to get the baby Bok Choy plants into the ground. I got them last weekend at Saturday Market and they were decent sized already!

So I load up my backpack with plants and the tools I'll need and head out!

Oh wow, all the different shades of green and red!

Trees budding out, a hill in the distance

The Flicker nest is just past the Community Garden and I go to check on that. I don't see either parent and all is quiet... I hope that means we are sitting on eggs?!!

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch, surrounded by budding branches

I think I want to plant the Bok Choy at the front of the plot, but I have a look around first...

The Big Comfrey... I decided to kill it last autumn, it was just getting too big. It was taking up about 6feet by 8feet last summer and I was constantly having to chop at the leaves. So I had hacked at the roots a good bit at the end of the season... but of course, it's coming back...

Comfrey leaves coming up thru the mulch

It'll take a while to get all the roots out, just because it had gotten so ridiculously big! But that's for another day. Today I'm planting Bok Choy!

But I start scraping aside mulch and digging holes for the baby plants... oh no! The Small Comfrey is here, and it's getting very well established... it's starting to turn into another Big Comfrey!

Ack! Okay. So I guess it's Comfrey Killing Day, after all!

Comfrey roots dug up

I dig up as many roots as I can, but it will take a couple rounds to kill this one as well. So I decide to put the Bok Choy some place else...


Last year, this is where the Tomatillos lived... and this is a better place for the Bok Choy, anyway, because the Bok Choy will be quite done by the time the tomatillos come back!

Assuming the Bok Choy lives. Which, actually, I probably shouldn't get my hopes up.

But it certainly looks happy in the ground!

Planted Bok Choy

I gather my things and head out. I decide to check on the Flicker hole again before I go home. Still quiet there.

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

Knock, knock... Anybody in there?

Woodpecker hole in a tree branch

I won't know what's going on, up there, unless I happen to walk by when there's a changing of the guard... Both parents sit on the eggs and take care of the nest. But things need to stay quiet, in the meantime. So I just need to be patient, and look up there when I can!

Golden Crown Sparrows... Don't you all need to be in Alaska, for your nesting season?

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a stick

It's too chilly? Oh. Okay.

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a stick

You are certainly looking spiffy, with your new plummage!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

There's some White Crown Sparrows hanging out here too...

White Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

I wonder if the White Crowns and Golden Crowns nest in the same area up in Canada and Alaska. That would be nice... a little community, flying up and down the western side of North America.

They will be all, Hi Neighbor, how was your migration? and It's good to see you again. :)


Thursday 11 April 2024... Stewart Ponds and an annoying incident. But then Killdeers!

This little corner, with Spanish Bluebells and some purple Wallflowers, just delights me so much!

White Spanish Bluebells with purple ones in the background

purple Wallflower blooms with more in the background

Looking down at a blooming Spanish Bluebell plant

And then this thing! These ornamental Cherry Blossoms are on the same tree...

White and Pink Ornamental Cherry Blssoms

Haha! Someone grafted a limb of a white ornamental cherry blossom to this pink ornamental cherry blossom tree in the park!

Cherry tree with white cherry blossoms and pink cherry blossoms

Okay! Let's quit fiddling with beautiful flowers and get to the bike path!

House Finch standing on a twig, with leaves budding out around him

Oh look! His friend is a pretty shade of orange!

Two House Finches in a budding out tree

The colour of their feathers is determined by what they eat. But I haven't been able to figure out what the differences in their diets actually are.

Typical Chickadee, bouncing around too quickly for the camera to focus correctly!

Blurry Chickadee standing on a twig

I heard the ribbets of Pacific Chorus Frogs here!

little pond

I thought their normal breeding season was December thru February... that's when you'd hear them singing their ribbeting song, around here. So it seemed unusual to hear them now in April...

But I've just looked it up, and the internets tell me the breeding season can go all the way out to July. Scientists aren't sure why, but it probably depends on local conditions. So that's cool to learn!

And I'm not worried about the little frogs, here! This pond isn't seasonal but keeps water in it all year. So little frog eggs can hatch into glorious tadpoles any time!

Unlike the Stewart Ponds, which are Wet Prairie ponds... they are busy drying up right now and will be dry prairie during the summer.

Grassy Puddle with trees and hills in the background

Two Canada Geese on a shallow pond

When I went into the park, I found a pretty big homeless camp, which is unusual. Every once in a while, there's a single tent here, usually tucked out of the way. But today there's 8 tents that I can see, and probably more behind the brambles.

As I'm looking at them, trying to decide if I want to walk past them or go back the way I came... A person on a bike accosts me. Demanding to know what I'm doing with the camera and cussing, and trying to tell me how homeless people live.


I did not feel safe at all, and I ducked into one of the side trails where the hill and the shrubs hid me, while the person continued to rant away. I booked it out of the park, not quite jogging but power walking. And checking behind me, as I went.

And once I got out of the park and on the sidewalk of the road... I considered: Maybe I should get some pepper spray or something. Because that's the 4th incident this year. And there's no way I can outrun a person on a bike.


But then I notice this little family! OH MY GOSH!

Mom and Dad and a single Baby Killdeer!

♫ Oh Baby Killdeer? ♪

Baby Killdeer walking away, in a sea of grass

Uh. Baby?

Baby Killdeer walking away, toward a parent in the background

Baby! Seriously! I know your butt is cute, all fuzzy and all. But Seriously!

Baby Killdeer walking away towards a parent Killdeer

Well, good grief!

Baby Killdeer sat in the grass where you cannot see them, Parent standing over

Yeah, just walk away. Fine! I don't need you! Just go!

Parent and Baby Killdeer walking away thru the grass

:Pbbbt Blurry Baby.

Blurry Baby Killdeer walking in grass



Wednesday 10 April 2024... Blurry Birds

Pond in the grass surrounded by trees

Ruby Crown Kinglet standing in a willow tree

Dark Eye Junco standing on a branch surrounded by green leaves and blue sky

Oh! Who's this, in the middle of their bath?

Yellow bird standing in shallow water

Such a cute lil bird. Yellow Warbler.

Yellow bird standing in shallow water

Splish Splash! Takin' a bath!

Yellow bird splashing in the water

And here's a Lesser Goldfinch, with their favorite meal of Dandelion seeds!

Lesser Goldfinch behind a Dandelion seedhead

Lesser Goldfinch eating Dandelion seeds

Streamer hanging from a bare oak tree, blue sky in the background

Dude! Personal Space! Sheesh.

male Mallard paddling behind a female Hooded Merganser

Everything was quiet when I passed the new Flicker nest on the way out, and I wondered if they were still there. But on the way back, I could hear soft tapping...

Hole in a tree trunk, surrounded by budding twigs

I was looking all around, trying to see the Flicker making the tapping sound. But I didn't see anyone up there.

But then! When I moved to the other side of the tree, Oh My Gosh! I could triangulate the sound...

And it was definitely coming from INSIDE the hole!

YAY! I imagine it's Mama up there, making the insides of the nest perfect! WoooHooo! Laying some eggs will be next!

Um. Golden Crown Sparrow? what the heck? Aren't you supposed to be up in Canada for your nesting season??!

Golden Crown Sparrow sitting up on a twig

And look how beautiful you are... that's your breeding plummage? But, shouldn't you be up in Canada for that? Aren't your feathers going to get messed up on the migration? You've got hundreds and hundred of miles to go!

Golden Crown Sparrow

Wut? No! Don't Sing! You have to go to Canada!!

*laughs* I have no idea what is going on!


Tuesday 9 April 2024... Flowers and more flowers

The sun is shining in earnest today, and I've decided to leave the rain jacket at home for once!

Pond in the grass under trees

And it's another day with amazing clouds!


It's quiet today at the Flicker nest hole that I discovered yesterday. But there's a few homeless people hanging out at the nearby bench... I hope the Flickers are still around!

Hole in a tree

The remaining trunk of the Fallen Leaning Tree is starting to come alive... Not just moss, and lichen... but leaf buds, too!

Oak tree with moss and lichen and budding leaves

Hmmm... perhaps I need to look into this...

Sign which says Used Book Sale

Ah, Lilacs! Too bad there's a bit of a breeze and the Lilacs are blowing all over the stupid place.

Lilac blooms in the tree

I don't know what's up with the wind here lately... normally we don't have any and it's nice because I can find the birds bouncing around in the trees because there's one twig moving where they are.

But when the breeze is moving the entire tree? Dang it! The wildlife photography is hard with these conditions. Not to mention, turning flowers into moving targets!

I guess the new wind is climate change and I should probably just get used to it. But first I have to complain about it. Stupid wind!

Close up of Lilac blooms

Orange Tulip with a purple tulip in the background

Pink Tulips with other colours of tulips in the background

Orange tulip with yellow tulips in the background

The unknown fruit tree again...

Pink tree blossoms

Blue Iris bloom with blue sky in the background

Red tulip with dandelions and Dead Nettle

Apple Blossoms

And the first mow of the season!

Tractor on the bike path


Monday 8 April 2024... Not an Eclipse! And a Flicker Story!

Our part of the world was supposed to see 24% of the sun being covered by the moon. I figured you wouldn't even be able to tell anything was happening with that small amount.

And I thought I knew exactly where my eclipse glasses were, from the eclipse we had in 2017... but foo, they weren't there, and I dug around a bit but I couldn't find them. So I'm not going to be able to see anything unless the clouds are just perfect, like they were for last year's eclipse.

Different coloured trees with fir covered hills in the background

Scrub Jay standing on a twig with new tree leaves budding around

Western Bluebird standing on a nesting box

The Fallen Leaning Tree. That pink under the left branch is the unknown fruit tree I was taking pics of yesterday!

Fallen Leaning Tree

I've walked out to the downtown neighborhood, and oh my... Wayside micro-park is blooming with loveliness!

Pink tulips and white Spannish bluebells

It looks so different since they've chopped down the fallen Mimosa trees... Exposed to the sky.

Pink tulip in front of a park bench

But, YAY, they have already replanted!

Wayside Park Tree Planting sign

There's a baby Big Leaf Maple on the west end of the park, and the baby Black Gum is at the eastern end!

This gives me happiness... the January ice storm toppled so many trees, and the chainsaws have been running ever since. But there's not been any replanting. sighs.

Tulips and Spanish Bluebells in the micropark

Tulips and Spanish Bluebells and the park bench

Looking down into a striped orange tulip

Okay. Moving on with my walk...

And Oh my Gosh! Is that a hole?!! ... a NEST hole???

Flicker at a nest hole


Flicker poking out of his nest hole

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. *laughs*

Blurry Flicker poking out of his nest hole

Flicker taking flight from his nest hole

Flicker sits on a twig outside the nest hole

Flicker with his head in the nesting hole

This is so cool! How close to done are they? Will they lay eggs in there? Will I get to see babies??! Oh my gosh!

Flicker at his nest hole

I don't spend too much time there. I don't want to disturb him from his work by staring at him. I make note of which tree it is as I walk away, thinking about how awesome it will be to see baby Flickers up there!

And I get to see Knotty?! Hi Knotty!

Great Blue Heron walking in the creek

Ha, what a brilliant day!

When I get home, the eclipse was at it's 24% coverage... but, as I suspected, you can't tell anything is different with the sunlight.

That's okay, it's been a memorable day anyway!


Sunday 7 April 2024... Sky and Flowers

Squirrel eating a peanut in the shell, sitting in the crook of a tree

Oh my gosh the clouds today!


With our Mediterranean climate, it seems like the sky is either all grey or all blue...

We've got hot, dry summers which give us an all blue sky. And we've got our rainy season from the fall, thru the winter and into the spring. All grey skies.

So any time we've got clouds like these? Oh yeah, I pay attention!

Clouds over the hill


Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

Winter bare branches against a blue and white sky

Pink tree blossoms, with the tree trunk in the background

There's an apple tree here... but apple trees have white and pale pink blossoms. And then I remembered last year there were some intertwined branches that had some other kind of fruit on them! I never got around to investingating what the fruit was, but these blossoms must be that.

bright pink tree blossoms

bright pink tree blossoms

Yellow Rump Warbler standing on a stick with leaves budding out

It probably won't be long before our Cackling Geese head back to Canada for their nesting season!

a hundred flying geese

Oh my gosh, these Irises are an amazing colour!

purplish blue irises with a yellow tulip in the background

And the new fence is so picturesque, too! *laughs*

purplish blue irises with a yellow tulip in the background


Saturday 6 April 2024... Saturday Market

First Saturday of April

Haha! It amused me to see this art installation in the parking garage... It's a science fiction story about the first Saturday Market of the year, way off in the future!

And today is the First Saturday of April, and I'm heading to the first Saturday Market of the year!

And the "sign of good luck, a rainy opening day" did happen. :)

I got caught up with some protesters, who were also walking into the Saturday Market... and I hoped no one would think that I was with them, ha! They were jesus freaks, white men carrying signs telling us how sinful we were. *rolls eyes*

I wandered thru Saturday Market. Everyone was happy and grinning their joy! Was offered a free sample at a CBD booth. *laughs*

And I wandered thru the Farmers Market. I'm getting a couple of veggie starts to plant at the Community Garden plot. My farmer is in the back corner, and I picked out some Sugar Snap Pea starts and noticed some Bok Choy that looked beautiful. I chatted with the owner for a moment, and she told me Oh, Bok Choy is so easy! You'll wish you had started growing it years ago!

Ha! I'm pretty sure the slugs will love it.

With the clouds and cool weather, the plants will be fine for a while in the car. I head for the river and park at the Rose Garden.

The Heritage Cherry Tree is still blooming.

blooming Cherry Tree surrounded by rose garden beds

Oh my gosh! Look how many swallows there are!!!

Swallows skimming above the river, a bridge in the background

I can't tell who they are... Tree Swallows and Violet Green Swallows look about the same when they are flying. I don't see any flashes of red, so they are not Barn Swallows.

I'm going to head for the walking bridge to see if I can get some closer pics there...

Swallows flying above the river

Hmm. I still can't tell!

But isn't it a gorgeous day!

Looking upriver at a tree covered hill

Ah! Here we go! Very obviously a Violet Green Swallow!

Blurry Violet Green Swallow flying over the river

I head back... there are two Community Gardens along the Riverbank path here. This is the bigger one, and dang I never noticed how many grape vines they have growing here!

Community Garden with a big grape vine

There's a whole row of grape vines in the back. But other than that, it basically looks like the Community Garden that I belong to... tho maybe they have more random things growing here.

This beautiful mural.

Humming bird mural with roses, flowers and human runners

I pause to admire the Cherry Tree again.

Massive truck of the Heritage Cherry Tree

And try to get artsy!

Looking up a tree trunk full of ferns

As I'm heading for the car, a train whistles. oh foo! I have to cross the train tracks to get home! And those trains can be long and slow, you can sit at the tracks for 10minutes waiting for them to go by!

*laughs* I decide to kill some time with the Forget Me Nots, instead of sitting at the tracks!

Forget Me Not blooms

Close up of Forget Me Not blooms


Friday 5 April 2024... Loveliness at Hendricks Park

Pink Rhododendrons

The sun is out, but it's chillier that I thought it would be, and I'm glad for my rain jacket.

White Rhododendrons on the bush

Towhee in a blooming Camellia bush

Towhee standing in a Camellia bush with red blooms

Red Camellia bloom

And then the clouds are moving around, and I wonder if I'll get some sprinkles or rain.

Pink Rhododendrons

There you are! Weren't you supposed to meet me at the entrance?!

Song Sparrow standing on a branch

Ferns unfurling

Purple and white Saucer Magnolia blooms

And then I'm out in the forest for a hike!

Fallen trees next to the hiking path

The Trillium is blooming.

Trillium blooms on the forest floor

Ha, it's surprising how tall the Trillium can get!

Trillium blooms on the forest floor


Friday 5 april 2024... Loveliness at Hendricks Park, Part 2


Elderberry leaves with the forest behind them

Elderberry blossoms

I like how the flowers look like molecules!!!

Close up of Elderberry blooms on the tree

Silhouette of a robin standing on a tree branch

Hm. I like the above pic... maybe that should be a postcard? I've never made a postcard of a silhouette before!

female Downy Woodpecker standing on the side of a tree trunk looking at moss

Huh. I also really like that pic, too, with the ferns behind our Downy Woodpecker friend! Ha! Lots of good pics to turn into postcards today!

The Trillium comes in pink as well.

Pink Trillium bloom

Yellow wild Violet blooms growing on the forest floor

I've been walking Floral Hill Trail, which I haven't been on in ages. I come to the end and walk a bit in the neighborhood.

View across the valley to houses and construction

The clouds continue to move around.


Wild Turkey

Spotted Towhee in a blooming cherry tree


Thursday 4 April 2024... Rainy Day with Spanish Bluebells

Hi Henrietta!

Great Blue Heron standing in the water near the bank

The Red Osier Dogwood along the creek, is starting to bud out!

Tree leaves budding out!

The Fallen Leaning Tree.

Fallen Leaning Tree

And I'm such a sucker for the Spanish Bluebells!

Purple and White Spanish Bluebells

Purple Spanish Bluebells

White Spanish Bluebells

Pink Spanish Bluebells with other flowers

Pin Spanish Bluebells

Dogwood blooms with Spanish Bluebells in the background

Pink ornamental Cherry Blossoms


Wednesday 3 April 2024... Crazy for Flowers and a New Bird!

A wild Apple tree.

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

grassy pond with trees

Good Morning! uh. Your feathers are all messed up on this side... could you just fix that really quick?

Song Sparrow standing on a leaning shrub stalk

I love the different colours of Spanish Bluebells!

Pink Spanish Bluebells with purple ones in the background

White Spanish Bluebells with purple ones in the background

Purple Spanish Bluebells with pink ones in the background

Oh! Who's this?!

Little brown bird standing on a twig

I started out thinking this was a sparrow, just because she's brown. But then I realized that big beak was like a finch.

a blurry little brown bird standing on a leafy twig

It still took a little while to figure out, because the All About Birds website that I depend on for these things, was showing the eastern version of our friend here, and the western version looks just a bit different!

She's a Purple Finch!

Female Purple Finch singing from a twig

Ah Spring! Fun to find new birds!

Spanish Bluebells with the red leaves of a bush

Tulips and white flowers

Dark pink tree blossoms

The fallen Leaning Tree, with the Events Center in the background.

Fallen Leaning Tree, surrounded by a temporary fence

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms next to the bike path

What do you see, friend?

Steller Jay standing at the top of a chain link fence


Steller Jay standing on the path, looking at the bottom of the chain link fence

Ha, I didn't see anything there when I went by.


Tuesday 2 April 2024... Flowers on the way to Stewart Pond Park

Purple Wallflowers and Spanish Bluebells in the background

White tulips in front of orange tulips

Purple and white Columbine blooms

*laughs* I can't decide which photo orientation I like better...

Purple and white Columbine blooms

Pink Tulips

Okay, now I'm at the ponds. And there's just a pair of Canada Geese on the other side, no ducks today.

grassy pond with trees in the distance

Oh, the Trillium is blooming in the little forest!

Trillium blooms

Golden Crown Sparrow in a blooming Cherry Tree

Another Golden Crown Sparrow! ha, I thought they had all left for nesting in Canada, but I keep seeing individuals here and there.

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a Cherry Blossom twig

Big Leaf Maple leaves and catkins

Oh, good! They are finally starting the work of cleanup here, from the mid-January ice storm.

Pickup Truck and people in the grass of the forest

They mow the grass here in the little forest, for the Frisbee Golf course and to keep the invasives in check. So they'll have to gather up all the fallen limbs and trim the unsafe trees.

Oh foo!

Blurry photo of a red bird behind many sticks

That was a beautiful Sapsucker, who did not stick around for photography! *laughs*

We don't have any red birds, like the Cardinals on the eastern side of the continent... so it feels special to see one of our Red Breast Sapsuckers!


Monday 1 April 2024... Flowers and Trees

Japanese Anemones in red violet and purple

The fallen Leaning Tree is still here... and I really don't know what to think! It was Mar15 when they chopped up the north and south trunks of the tree. I keep thinking they'll be back, any day, to finish the job...

But the west trunk, leaning on the ground, is still here. They've left it, along with part of the fencing they put around it.

Leaning Tree with streamers hanging from the branches

Yellow Tulips with Dead Nettle and blue sky

Tree leaves in front of a blue sky

Song Sparrow standing on a twig, surrounded by tree buds


Sunday 31 March 2024... Today with Birds!

pond in grass with trees, the bike path in the distance

Scrub Jay standing on a white branch

Dove standing at the edge of the bike path with grass behind her

Oh! Some American Goldfinches again!

American Goldfinches in a willow tree

You've got some Willow catkin bits on your face, my dear! Ha! They both do... are they eating seeds out of the catkins or does the pollen taste good?

The Eugene Christmas Bird Count says we have quite a few more Lesser Goldfinches than American Goldfinches...

Lesser Goldfinch = 325 (Record High, 281 in 2020)
American Goldfinch = 213
PDF, Christmas Count Tally 2023

Oh Hey! Knotty! Lookin' Good, Girl!

Great Blue Heron Walking in water

And the first of the bright pink ornamental Cherry Blossoms! Way up in the top of the tree!

pink Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Tree leaves


Saturday 30 March 2024... Rose Garden and East at the River

Close up of Forget Me Not blooms

The heritage Cherry Tree at the Rose Garden is around 275 years old... and looking absolutely stunning!

Cherry Tree in bloom with blue sky


Squirrel standing in front of a tree trunk

It is just so beautiful out here.

purple Wallflower blooming with trees and the river in the background

Ornamental Tree Blossoms

I turned one of my photos of the ornamental Cherry Blossoms today into a postcard. Postcrossing, US-10294669

Ornamental Tree Blossoms

Art Pavilion with chrome sculpture of a heron, the river in the background

Train tracks go past this part of the RiverBank Path, and it's always fun to see a train go by!

Path and trees with a train coming up

ha, and a Killdeer walking the tracks!

Killdeer walking among rocks of the train tracks

Before heading over the bridge for my turn around point, I decide to go the other way. The path goes under the train tracks and leads to some of the University of Oregon campus.

Mural of fruits and flowers on the side of a building

The biggest building has a raised walkway around the back of it, between the building and a canal. And there's this wonderful bioswale...

Waterfall coming off a bioswale, next to glass doors going into the building

Heading back to the river...

Bike path under a train bridge with trees in the distance

different coloured pansies

*laughs* That's my shadow next to a lamp! :)

Looking down at the river water swirling, shadow of a human and railing

River going over rocks, the bank in the background

River water going over a rock

Towhee standing on a branch

Larkspur bloom

The sun at Alton Baker Park, part of the science installation of the to scale solar system!

Yellow ball, past lawn and trees

And back at the Rose Garden. I looked over this guy's shoulder, and he's making a tiny painting of the Cherry Tree!

Man with a bike, in front of a large, blooming cherry tree

Massive trunk of the old cherry tree


Friday 29 March 2024... Flowers up to Hidden Trail

Purple Tulip surrounded by green leaves

Daffodil with a pink tulip and purple iris in the background

Red violet Lungwort blooms

sheesh. I am such a sucker for colourful things! :)

Cherry Blossoms

Daffodil with pink tulips

Flowering Quince

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Red Flowering Currents near the path

Fawn Lily blooming with moss in the background

Red Flowering Currant blooms


Fawn Lilies blooming

Okay, I am at the top of Hidden Trail, at the Acorn Woodpeckers territory. There's construction going on up here, and I'm wondering if everyone isn't off-put by the noise.

Looking past a road and trees, a new house is being built

I just hope they don't cut down and clear out this tiny bit of forest... many of the dead trees there are holding the hoard of acorns!

Tree trunk with holes made by Acorn Woodpeckers

I only get a bare glimpse of one of the Acorn Woodpeckers...

The back of an Acorn Woodpecker

and then this one comes along!

Red Tail Hawk standing in a snag

The hawk will scare the little birds into hiding, so I head back down the hill.

American Robin standing on a stick

Close up of an American Robin

Oh, hey! Are we making a nest?!

Northern Flicker standing on the side of a tree trunk, over a hole

Both Flicker parents make the nest and take care of the babies!

Yep! How are things looking, up there? :)

Northern Flicker looking into a hole in a tree trunk

Back down in the neighborhood, I come across a few turkeys wandering thru yards! A bachelor group.

Two male Wild Turkeys walking thru a yard


Close up of two turkeys, the snood of one is flying around

Blinded by your own snood!

Close up of two turkeys, the snood of one is over his eye

*Laughs* Be careful with that thing!!

Two Wild Turkeys walking across a grass yard

I like how the other turkey is just calmly looking on, Dude. Keep your head steady and you won't have this problem! heh.


Thursday 28 March 2024... Today with Happy Postcards!

Good Morning!

Squirrel sitting on the sidewalk

Squirrel sitting on the sidewalk

Still with the gusty wind today, but at least it's not blowing rain into my face. Mostly.

trees and a foggy hill in the distance

Hello, my dear! Trying to find some ants?

Northern Flicker standing on the sidewalk

Willow tree with a limb stump

Spanish Bluebells in the grass

Spanish Bluebells with pink tulips in the background

Except for the Flicker, the birds have been flying away from me today... I have pics of empty branches! *laughs* So I'm grateful that this Lesser Goldfinch hangs out with me for a few seconds!

Lesser Goldfinch on a mossy twig

Close up of a Lesser Goldfinch on a mossy twig

Different shades of purple! Grape Hyacinth and some Red Dead Nettle!

Grape Hyacinth and Red Dead Nettle in the grass

Oh, hey! I thought all the Golden Crown Sparrows had left for their nesting season in Canada. But there's still one left!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig, surrounded by willow catkins

I stay and look at this sparrow for a little bit too long... and she stomps her foot at me!!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig, stomping her foot

*Laughs* Feisty! But I get the clue and move on!

Back at home, I've read a newspaper article that makes me happy!

OHA launches statewide abortion access and information website
OHA remains staunchly committed to protecting access to the full range of reproductive health care -- including and especially abortion, fertility services, and contraception -- for all those who live in and visit our state.

Yay! And here's the website at the Oregon Health Authority:

Abortion Access in Oregon

This just warms my heart so much!

And it's so important... Women and people who can get pregnant in Washington state, California and Nevada do have access to healthcare. But our eastern neighbor, Idaho has some of the worst healthcare bans in the nation.

I am so thrilled, I decide to send some happy postcards, thanking our governor and the director of the Oregon Health Authority...

Translation: Dear Dr. Hathi, I was so pleased to read in the newspaper today that the OHA launched an abortion access website! Than you for supporting abortion care! I am proud to live in a state where women and everyone can get the health care they need! Happy Day, rift :)

Yay Abortion Access! And I am so totally proud of my state for doing this!!


Wednesday 27 March 2024... Dreary Day and Bread

Good Morning my dear.

Close up of a squirrel

Oh my gosh, I get really hung up in this cherry tree!

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

The rainy day greys and the blossom pinks! Dang, it's just beautiful!

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

Ornamental Cherry Blossoms

I'm heading out to Stewart Pond Park, but it starts pouring down rain! And unfortunately the wind is blowing too.

A grassy pond with trees in the background, grey with rain

It's so annoying when the wind blows rain up into my face and gets my eyeglasses wet. But the rain is coming down so hard, my clothes are getting soaking wet too. I'm walking fast enough that it's not too cold, but it's hard to take photos in this state!

Stream meandering past trees in a grassy landscape with trees in the background, grey with rain

The rain jacket protected the camera, but the rest of me is soaked to the bone! Socks squishing in my shoes, shirt sleeves wet up to the shoulder and my hands couldn't warm up and my fingers were stiff from the cold. And the jeans are wet all the way up to my underwear... yeah, let me tell you: that is uncomfortable!! *Laughs*

So I wanted to do something comforting when I got home. I got out of my soaking wet clothes and warmed up... and got the bread machine going!

When I first went vegan, about a million years ago, vegan bread was hard to find. It annoyed me. And so I decided to make my own stupid bread!

I got a bread machine and experimented with a lot of different recipes. And I developed my own recipe that is super simple and makes a very sweet sandwich bread that goes well with everything.

It takes ten minutes to set it up, including clean up time and making sure I've got a good dough ball going. A quick set up time is important to me because I hate kitchen work. I just do not enjoy cooking or baking or doing anything in the kitchen. But 10 minutes? I can survive that!

2 cups whole wheat flour, put into bread pan
1¼ cups warmish water, added to bread pan

¾ cup white flour
¼ cup wheat gluten
¼ teaspoon salt
3 heaping tablespoons sugar
3 heaping tablespoons oil
1½ teaspoons yeast

Dump the above ingredients into the bread pan, with the soaking wheat flour. Set the bread machine controls for a 1.5pound loaf, white bread, and your choice of crust colour. (I always pick the lightest one.)

As the bread machine is doing it's first slow stir, hand wash all the measuring utensils you used.

The bread machine will be at it's first normal stir, now. Use a silicon spatula to scrape down the flour from the sides and make sure a perfect dough ball forms by adding drops of water or spoonfuls of flour, whichever it needs.

Close the lid and let it do it's thing!


Tuesday 26 March 2024... Clouds

Okay! The back is not quite as miserable as yesterday. *sheesh* You'd think with all the walking I do, a little extra exercise wouldn't bother me at all! Ha!

Western Scrub Jay standing on a stick

It was sprinkling when I left the house, but now the clouds are moving around!


Willow tree with a limb stump

Limb stump on the Willow Tree

Oh Hello tiny fellow! Nutria youngster!

Young Nutria standing on the ground

You certainly are very cute!

He's so little I could probably scoop him up in my hand!

Young Nutria standing on the ground

And then he RAN for a tunnel thru the brambles down to the creek! *laughs*

Blue sky with a few puffy white clouds


Monday 25 March 2024... *groans*

ugh! My poor back is killing me today, from Saturday's fast walk home. It is a major distraction from my nature time, and I only take a few photos.

Foggy trees on the hills in the distance

Oh pretty! Too bad for the dreary day... there's not enough light for the camera to take a decent pic. oh well.

Bird in a blossoming cherry tree

Yellow Rump Warbler in a Cherry Tree.

Yellow Rump Warbler standing on the end of a twig full of Cherry Blossoms


Sunday 24 March 2024... Trees and Birding Thoughts

Wet Prairie puddle in the grass with trees overhead

So, the first ½ mile of today's walk was fine... but then I started feeling my poor aching back. I walked way too fast, up and down the hills coming home yesterday! Ugh.

Willow tree with limb stump

But I'm stubborn, and I went past the old Stumpy Willow Tree and got out to the Leaning Tree.

I was wondering if I could count the rings to find out how old it is... but the cut lines from the chainsaw are going to make a count difficult.

Looking at the rings on a cut section of the Leaning Tree

I think there's easily a couple hundred rings, in there. The stained parts are easier to count, but the outside rings look near impossible to see.

Red Flowering Currant

Red Flowering Currant

Surfing the interwebs this afternoon, I came across this news article at The Guardian...

How birdwatching's biggest record threw its online community into chaos
In late 2023, Peter Kaestner was about to log his 10,000th bird species seen in the wild. Then Jason Mann showed up.

This is a really cool and crazy thing and I was fascinated to read about the intrigue of this cheater guy who just kind of stole fanfare from Peter K.'s accomplishment.

But as I'm thinking about the article, I'm looking at the fun photo at the top...

And I realize! Um! That's my camera!

Haha! Peter K is using the same camera that I do!

How crazy is that?! And then I thought... Dang, his camera is a lot cleaner than mine! *laughs* I don't usually open up the viewing screen like that, and it was a bit dirty underneath!

Anyway. It's a decent camera... you can't buy it for new anymore tho.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

And, back to the news article... I'm wondering if I should start keeping a Birding Life List?

It would be pretty easy to back track on a list, since I like to blog about new birds I see, like the Lincoln Sparrow I saw for the first time yesterday! But the blog is not complete, I've skipped weeks and months in the past.

There are all kinds of journals and apps for keeping bird lists... and it would be interesting and it's scientifically important to know the kind of data that these lists provide.

But I think it's not for me.



Saturday 23 March 2024... Wild Iris Ridge and a New Bird!

Squirrel sitting on the sidewalk

Usually on Saturdays, I like to drive out to the river. But today the car has no gas in it, so I'm not going to bother with that. And when I walk out the door, it starts to sprinkle. So I suddenly decide to walk up to Wild Iris Ridge again to see what it's like on a rainy weekend morning... So far, the small parking lot has been crowded and full every time I go!

Daffodil, tulip and red violet flowers in the background

Hang on. Those red-violet flowers in the background...

Lungwort blooms

Those spotted leaves. Hmm.

Oh! The blue flowers at Hendricks Park! Lungworts! I like them! These are quite a bit taller than the blue ones... I like that better because it's easier to take pics when they are not right on the ground! ha.

Lungwort blooms

And then I get hung up in this beautiful tree. Might be some ornamental cherry blossoms, I'm not sure. But, Lovely!

White tree blossoms

White tree blossoms

White tree blossoms

White tree blossoms

Okay, I tear myself away from the tree and move on! There are some fields along the road I walk, and today there are horses!

Dark Bay Horse eating grass

Probably a dozen or so!

Five different coloured horses, eating grass

And I get to the park, and the parking lot has one open space. For a very small car.

Yeah. If I ever decide to drive up here to actually explore the trails... I'm gonna have to figure something else out. I need to look at the map, because I think one of the trails opens up into a neighborhood. Maybe I could park on the street up there?

Anyway. Today I'll see how far up the left side path, into the forest I can get.

The trees here are mostly oaks, I think. But, oh! The Madrone Trees!

winter bare forest trees

You see that warm orange colour on the darker trunks? Pacific Madrones! Native and so beautiful and interesting!

Pacific Madrone Tree in the forest

Okay. This looks like a good turn around spot! I note the time so I can figure out how many miles I've gone.

Bench next to the path

I hear water and walk down to investigate this little rill running thru the forest.


And then, heading towards the trail head, there's kind of a marshy area along the path that gets you up to the forest. And there's some birds...

Lincoln Sparrow standing on a twig

Their behavior piques my interest... the way they are flying, down low into the grasses and brambles. That's not something I've seen before and I know this is a new-to-me bird!

And being all scruffy looking from the rain, didn't make identification any easier! *laughs* But I finally decided they are Lincoln Sparrows.

Lincoln Sparrow

They migrate, and we are right on the border between their wintering area and their nesting area! So I'll need to come back to see if they stay for the summer!

Walking back, the wind has picked up a little... and Cherry Blossom petals are coming down like snow!

White flower petals flying in the wind, in front of trees on the hill

It takes me almost an hour to get home from the bench at Wild Iris. I did get distracted by the Sparrows, but otherwise I walked very fast... so that's almost three miles.

And the fast walk, up and down hills, killed my poor back! *laughs* It started aching just a couple hours later, and took days to get over it!

Good Exercise! I should do that more often!


Friday 22 March 2024... A bit at the Garden and the Leaning Tree still Continues!

Fog on the tree covered hill in the distance

It's sprinkling off and on today, and I decide to check out the Community Garden again.

Oh, wow, look at the colours this Starling has got going, even without any sunshine!

European Starling standing on a twig

Our Garden plot neighbor had emailed us last week saying he was going to replace the boards on the raised bed in the back of his plot. He's worked on that project, and has moved the edge of the bed in a bit, where before it was right on the border between our plots.

Raised Garden Bed

So that was nice of him. I do have a walkway along that border, and I didn't mind that he has to use it as well... I mean he's the most wonderful of all our bordering neighbors and I want to keep him happy. Not that this was a tough competition, since the east side neighbor has the word evil in his name, and west side neighbor shows up about twice a year! *laughs*

I just love the peach coloured daffodils!

Daffodil bloom in front of a pink tulip and pink hyacinth and more daffodils

Double petal Daffodil bloom with a pink tulip

Moving on! I'm still so glad that they let this old Willow Tree stand...

Willow tree with a stump

It was already so beautiful, and now we've got added interest with the stump of it's big limb.

Willow tree with a limb stump

Silhouette of a Steller Jay in a winter bare shrub

Hmm. The west trunk of the fallen Leaning Tree is still here.

Silhouette of the fallen Leaning Tree

They had chopped up the north and south trunks of the tree last friday. And I thought for sure they would be back this week to finish the job.

And they have returned to pick up most of the chopped up trunks they had left, lying on the ground. But haven't done any other work.

Stump and the fallen west trunk of the Leaning Tree

Is there ANY chance they will just leave this iconic tree, fallen, as it is?

Leaning Tree, one limb on the ground, another reaching up

Cherry Blossoms with leaves

Squirrel standing on a branch

Oh, hey! Canada Geese in the creek?! That's not normal!

A pair of Canada Geese paddling away from the bank of the creek

They must be looking for a place to nest. And I'm glad I disabused them of that particular spot!

I'm sorry, my dear! It's just that the bike path is Right HERE! It would have been a great place to nest, but SO Many Humans!

Canada Goose paddling away

Off you go! Nice to see you, but there are better places, trust me!

Speaking of better places to go...

Abandoned chickens rescued from Eugene parking garage

Aw, poor Chickens! This story has a happy ending... the Chickens were gathered up and taken to the humane society where they recieved cute car names like Fiat, Ford and Lamborghini! :)

But Please don't abandon your pet chickens. Some Chickens do like to hang out in the wild, but most of them prefer to sleep in a coop with their friends.


Thursday 21 March 2024... Song Sparrows and Flowers and More at Hendricks Park

Yep, here's the Song Sparrow to greet me as I come into the Rhododendron Garden!

Song Sparrow standing in the grass

These are pretty! Lungwort.

Lungwort blooms

Oh, and these are pretty too! Snowflakes.

Snowflake flower blooms

Dark pink Rhododendron blooms

White Camellia blooms with red one in the background

These are interesting! Don't know what they are!

Yellow, hanging tree blooms

Star Magnolia blooms

Forget Me Not blooms

Song Sparrow looking up from green leaves on the forest floor

Huh... They will be installing a fence here to close the road. They've just got the posts up, right now.

Park road in the forest

There's a sign that says they will close the road for critical safety issues like wildfires or tree or slope failures.

Song Sparrow standing on dead leaves which are on a fallen tree trunk

Wow, there's a lot of Song Sparrows today!

Song Sparrow standing on moss

Okay! Here's someone else! And she pulled up a worm, right there at the edge of the path!

American Robin standing at the edge of the path

Oh! but foo, she's too far away!

Varied Thrush standing of a branch

And here's the other end for the new gates to close the road.

Forest roaad

Thimble Berry leaves

Trillium bloom

Yellow Wild Violet bloom

Hmmmmm? Who's this?

Pacific Wren under some ferns

Oh my gosh! Pacific Wren! How cool is that?

Blurry Pacific Wren standing on the path

But dang it! She is bouncing around way too fast for me and the camera. *laughs*

Pacific Wren hanging sideways from the truck of a tree

Fringe Cups... and the white bits are Cherry Blossom petals!

Fringe Cup leaves on the forest floor

I go up Oak Knoll, and Wow! It seems crazy early to see the Camas Lilies blooming.

Camas Lily bloom

Trillium blooms and leaves

Trillium blooms

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Close up of Red Flowering Currant blooms

Um. What are these, again?! Oh yeah, Coast Toothwort!

Coast Toothwort blooms

Leaves of a False Solomon Seal

Oh! Someone has created some forest art in a hollow stump!

forest art

Okay. That's a lot of photos for one day. And yes, I'm feeling crazy about that again! *laughs*

But what can I do? I see something beautiful or interesting and I take a photo... I can't just let the pics languish in the computer! I must share with the world!


Wednesday 20 March 2024... Stewart Pond

Daffodil in front of unopened Tulips

Daffodils and a purple iris in front of tree trunks

Cherry blossoms

Squirrel sitting under Daffodil blooms

Female House Sparrow standing on a barbed wire

Female Hooded Merganser, Male and Female Green Wing Teals, paddling on the water

Today, it's mostly Teals at the ponds and there's a pair of Canada Geese at the other end. And I hear several Killdeers, but don't see any.

grassy pond with trees and foggy hills in the distance

This one flew by, and her long tail gave her away... Cooper Hawk!

Silhouette of a Hawk standing in a tree, surrounded by winter bare branches

Cooper Hawk standing on a tree branch

Water flowing in a grassy area

Looking down the hill

They usually leave the trees that have fallen at this park, and the Turkeytail mushrooms are pretty!

Turkeytail mushrooms

There's a variety of birds hanging out in the little forest, despite the hawk who flew by a little while ago... White Crown Sparrows, Ruby Crown Kinglets, Lesser Goldfinches, a Bewick Wren... But the photography is just not happening today. Oh well!

Blurry Bird standing on the branch of a fallen tree

White Daffodils


Tuesday 19 March 2024... Another Blue Sky Day

Pete and Repeat sat on a log,
Pete jumped off, who was left?
Pete and Repeat sat on a log...


You know, I always thought Pete and Repeat were frogs on a log. But looking up the joke, there aren't any logs, but there are a lot of sitting on a fence and were in/on a boat. And Pete falls off or out of the thing. Just clumsy, I guess?

I like my jumping frog version better!

Anyway, what I meant to say is this is a repeat of yesterday's post with just slightly different photos!

Hm. And I think I like yesterday's view of this scene better than today's!

shallow Wet Prairie pond in the grass with trees

Foggy trees on the hill in the distance, with some blue sky showing

Oop! I thought all the Golden Crowns had left, for their migration up to Canada. Don't you need to be moving along, my dear?

Golden Crown Sparrow surrounded by Willow Catkins

I just love all the colours of these Japanese Anemones.

Japanese Anemone blooms in purple, lavendar and red violet

Yay! They trimmed the Willow Tree instead of chopping it down! It looks a bit pathetic right now, but it will fill out soon, and maybe that big stump will do something later.

Willow tree coming to life with a big stump on the trunk

This is a crappy pic... but Look! It's been age and ages since I've taken a photo of an American Goldfinch. It's mostly just the Lesser Goldfinches around here.

American Goldfinch with blue sky

The fallen Leaning Tree again.

streamer hanging from a limb of the fallen Leaning Tree

Purple Tulips with houses and other flowers in the background

Daffodils with a neighborhood street and houses in the background

Here's another view of the Willow Tree, on my way back. It's a lovely old tree and I'm so glad they let it stand!

Willow tree with a large stump on the trunk


Monday 18 March 2024... A Blue Sky Day

White Tree Blossoms in front of a blue sky

Oh, hey! It's Knotty! I've not seen her in a while!

Great Blue Heron walking in the water

Wet Prairie pond in the grass, under some trees

Male and female Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Willow catkins in the light

Huh. So I thought for sure they would continue working on the fallen Leaning Tree after the weekend. But no one is here yet.

Leaning tree

Orange streamer tied to a branch

Yellow streamer with bird design hanging from a branch

Double petal daffodil

On my way back, there are some city workers here who are fixing to work on the trees here. Will they chop down this beautiful Weeping Willow on the corner, with a big limb down... or just trim it?

A fallen weeping willow which is starting to bud out

Dandelion seed head

Lesser Goldfinch standing on a wood fence

Coming back home, I came across a couple of homeless people talking. The one guy, on a bike is someone I always try to avoid... he has always ignored me, but he just sets off my Spidey Sense.

So he's on a bike, wielding a knife.

And I do mean wielding. Holding it out in a threatening manner. While petaling his bike in a circle on the street.

The other homeless guy is speaking calmly and trying to get crazy guy off the street. Crazy guy is more likely to hurt his own self at this point, but still acts aggro.

I give wide berth, and walk a different direction, keeping the situation in my peripheral vision.

The homeless people here -- and men, in general -- are harmless for the most part.

But this is the third, um, shall we say aggressive incident this year on the bike path... Which is WAY more often, than has happened in the past.

Concerning, but not going to stop me.

Anna Hummingbird up at the top of a twig, surrounded by blue sky and other twigs


Sunday 17 March 2024... Leaning Tree Continues!

Spring is moving right along, but these Lenten Roses started blooming months ago... and are still at it!

pink Lenten Roses with yellow blooms int he background

White Lenten Roses

And the trees are bringing some spring time colour as well!

Trees budding out in different colours

And the place where the Golden Crown Sparrows usually hang out, is all quiet. They must have started their migration up to Canada and Alaska, where they'll be nesting and raising a family!

The Yellow Rumped Warblers, on the other hand, are here to do their family raising!

Yellow Rump Warbler standing on a broken willow branch

Yellow Rump Warbler standing on a broken willow branch

And... what the heck! The Leaning Tree is still here?!

Leaning Tree

They were chopping it up on Friday! I thought that was it!

Leaning Tree with one trunk chopped up, another still standing

They must have run out of time on Friday, or maybe they decided to go home early.

Leaning Tree from a different angle, trunks chopped up on the ground, another still standing

I suppose they'll be back on Monday to finish up. sighs.

A banner hanging from a branch

Daffodil blooms

Daffodil bloom

Daffodil blooms


Saturday 16 March 2024... River

They are still doing cleanup here at the parks along the river as well...

Fallen tree chopped up, piles of branches gathered

Female Mallard walking on the grass behind a tree stump

It's a lovely day, the sun is shining and the temperature is perfect. There's a lot of people! But I was prepared for it so they are not damping my nature experience!

Spillover from the river to the ponds


Birds are singing like mad all over the place! But can I get a decent photo? No.

Song Sparrow standing on a twig

Well, this one isn't singing! *laughs* Looks like a 4 year old Bald Eagle.

Blurry Bald Eagle standing in a winter bare tree

Two invasive Red Ear Sliders, and one native Western Pond Turtle.

Three turtles on a log in the water

But also:

Green and Yellow reflections in the water

It is just so beautiful out here!

Looking across the river

Steller Jay up in a winter bare tree

Cackling Geese walking on the grass

Double Crested Cormorants standing on drift wood in the river

Song Sparrow standing on a twig

Big Leaf Maple bud, in front of the river

Female Mallard with white feathers

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Spotted Towhee standing up on a twig

As I've walked thru the ponds, there are swallows swooping, going after bugs. And on my way back...

Tree Swallow standing at the tip of a snag

Oh my gosh! Checking out a nesting site?!

Tree Swallow looking into a hole in a dead tree trunk


Friday 15 March 2024... Garden and Leaning Tree

I decide to wander into the garden today.

Oh look! Someone has built a cloche for their lettuce!

Wood cloche with small lettuce plants growing in it

I get to our plot... *laughs* yep, that's my silhouette with the camera! The bit of green next to me is volunteer Elephant Garlics.

Garden plot mulched with leaves

Aw, dang it. The slugs have munched to death ALL the Fava that was trying to be a winter cover crop. Even the babies that sprang up after the ice storm.

That many hungry slugs doesn't bode well for the Sugar Snap Peas I will want to plant in a few weeks!

Excuse me, Mx Robin... could you eat some slugs instead of worms? Please?

American Robin standing on the plank of a raised garden bed

Weird. Why is House Finch head yellow?

American Robin and a House Finch standing in clover

huh. I guess their colour depends on what they are eating!

House Finch with a bit of orange on his head

Pink Hyacinth blooms

Daffodil blooms and a blue sky

I walk on. And, oh. The Leaning Tree.

Chipping machine behind the fallen Leaning Tree

They've chopped up the north and south trunks, but haven't started on the west trunk.

Three men looking at the chopped up Leaning Tree

Angle's friend. I've still not seen Angle since before the ice storm. And this one will be moving on before too long as well.

Male Common Merganser, paddling on the water

Time marches on, things change.


Thursday 14 March 2024... Stewart Pond

I walk out the door, and oh my gosh! It's the Varied Thrush who has been singing outside the apartment since January!!

Blurry Varied Thrush, up in a winter bare tree

He doesn't let me get any good photos, but that's okay. I am just glad I got to see him once, before he flies away to the forest to do some nesting!

Blurry Varied Thrush, standing on a stick in a bush

I decide to walk on a different street, going out, to see different things!

Double Petal Daffodil bloom

This is the same artist who painted the non-native hummingbird on that other fence. At least this is a species found here, and all across North America. A Painted Lady Butterfly!

Art on a wood fence

Well, that's just great.

Blurry bird with lots of sticks

At least Henrietta waits patiently for the camera to work properly!

Great Blue Heron, standing in the grass

Oh good, we have some ducks at the ponds today! Probably a couple dozen Green Wing Teals. Tho they broke up and paddled away when they saw the stupid human.

Male Green Wing Teal paddling away on the water

Shallow pond, with foggy hills in the distance

And there's some Shovelers in a pond further along.

Northern Shovelers, paddling in a grassy pond

There aren't any birds in the little forest... there were just a couple of people walking their exuberant and off-leash dogs thru the park.

Daffodil blooms

Daffodil blooms


Wednesday 13 March 2024... Flicker Couple!

Oh, they finally got around to working on this tree limb that was leaning against the roof top of a little house back there.

Chopped up tree next to a driveway

It's been two months since the ice storm, and cleanup continues.

Chickadee standing on a willow twig, surrounded by willow catkins

Oh my gosh! When I first walked up, it looked like the male was checking out this nesting box!!

Two Northern Flickers at a fence, the male is mostly hidden behind a fence post

But these are Bluebird nesting boxes... the hole to get into them is WAY too small for Flickers! haha!

Two Northern Flickers standing on a wood fence

Such a cute couple!

Two Northern Flickers standing on a wood fence

Female Northern Flicker standing on a wood fence

Two Northern Flickers standing on a wood fence

Female Northern Flicker standing on a wood fence

well. They fly away, and I'm moving on...

Hardhack with green buds along the stem

Cherry blossoms

Silhouette of a crow up in a winter bare tree

Purple Hyacinth

Pink Camellia blooms

Squirrel standing near the edge of the path, holding a peanut in her hands

Red Flowering Currant blooms in pink and white


Tuesday 12 March 2024... Up Hidden Trail


Traffic is backed up on the street I have to cross... What is going on? I walk a bit down the hill. Oh! Haha! A big group of turkeys is crossing the road!

Traffic backed up on a road, with turkeys crossing in the distance

They are walking towards me, so when it's safe, I cross the street to get out of their way!

28 Wild Turkeys walking along the street and sidewalk

There are 30 turkeys altogether, just two males and the rest are females!

8 Turkeys walking along the road and sidewalk

So precious! I especially love the lucastic ones! Those partially white feathers means that one of their anecestors has escaped from evil humans! YAY! Go Vegan!

Pink Saxifrage blooms

*Laughs* This Northern Flicker is drumming on the metal chimney cover! It's actually a surprisingly pleasant sound!

Silhouette of a Flicker near a chimney cover

Oh! And here's another one! ha!

Silhouette of a Flicker standing on a chimney cover

And that's rain that's being lit up by the sun! :)

Into the forest! The Fawn Lilies are starting to come up.

Plants on the forest floor

Waterfall with mossy rocks

At the top of the hill, they are doing construction right across from the Acorn Woodpeckers territory.


But they are here, watching over their hoard of acorns!

Silhouette of two Acorn Woodpeckers standing at the top of a snag

Yet again, I don't get any good pics. Oh well.

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of a snag

See ya later!

Acorn Woodpecker flying away

Red Flowering Currant


Monday 11 March 2024... Stewart Pond

This art on someones fence is lovely. But why didn't they paint our native Anna Hummingbird??

Hummingbird and lily painted on a wood fence

Pied Bill Grebe on the water

As I come to the ponds... there are Swallows! They are skimming over the ponds and the grass, going after bugs.

I try to take pictures to figure out if they are Tree Swallows or Violet Green Swallows, who look about the same when they are flying, but nope.

oh well. Welcome Back, Swallows!

And here's a Black Phoebe, going after bugs as well!

Black Phoebe sitting on a post in a grassy field

Oh look! We found some lunch!

Black Phoebe standing on a stick in a tree, with a green grub in their beak

Black Phoebe standing on a stick in a tree with a couple of cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

American Robin standing on a fallen and mossy tree trunk

The tripping hazard on the path thru the forest needed a new stick to mark it!

Path thru the forest

Oh, aren't you cute!

Lesser Goldfinch standing on a spent Teasel bloom

Are the seeds on that thing any good?

Lesser Goldfinch with a Teasel Seed in his beak

Lesser Goldfinch

These are really pretty! Just a couple of varieties of Daffodils, I think, growing wild.

White Daffodils


Monday 11 March 2024... Stewart Pond Continued...

oh my gosh!!

Female Wood Duck up in a tree

And here's the male!

Male Wood Duck up in a tree

Wood ducks are the ones who nest up in the tree... once the babies hatch, they have to JUMP! down to the forest floor and walk to the pond.

Sounds like a terrifying Day One of Life, but that's what they do!

Female Wood Duck standing up on a mossy branch

She's got my number!

Female Wood Duck standing up on a mossy branch

She is just so cute up there.

Female Wood Duck walking along a mossy branch up in a tree

Still keeping eyes on me!

Male and Female Wood Ducks standing up on a mossy branch

He's not sure about me either.

Male and Female Wood Ducks standing up on a mossy branch

Looking all around.

Male and Female Wood Ducks standing up on a mossy branch

Male Wood Duck standing up on a mossy branch

Male Wood Duck up on a mossy branch in a tree

Dang, that is cool! Tho I have to say, I hope they don't find a hole to nest in, here... There won't be a pond here, once the rain stops, and that's important protection for the babies.

Not to mention all the humans traipsing thru, since this is a popular frisbee golf course!

Well. I trust them to make the right decision!

Green Wing Teals


Sunday 10 March 2024... Happy Abortion Providers Appreciation Day!

Oh YEAH! Let's get some Appreciation going!

Rewire: Abortion Providers Are Vital, Let's Celebrate and Protect Them Join us in thanking independent abortion providers and working toward a world where everyone can seek the care they deserve.

And I've decided to pick up my Abortion Provider Appreciation postcard project again!

I've done this in the past, I send a happy and loving postcard to every independent abortion clinic I can find in the US...

Postcard: We Heart Abortion Providers
Translation: Dear Beautiful People,
Thank you for providing abortion care, you make the world a better place every single day! The work you do is so important and I know sometimes it is so hard. Please know you are appreciated, you ara loved and you are AWESOME!
Happy Day, rift

Of course, these days we've got whole states where there aren't any clinics, due to abortion bans. So I've decided to expand my postcard sending to the Planned Parenthoods who provide abortion care as well!

We shall see how that goes! I will report on my progess!


Sunday 10 March 2024... Just a rainy day

A Northern Flicker on the Community Garden fence!

Northern Flicker standing on a wood fence

I love Flickers, they are one of my favorite birds... all those decorations!

But today I'm wondering about their name! Northern Flicker. Does that mean there's a Southern Flicker?

Ha. Kinda...

eBird: Andean Flicker (Southern)


Northern Flicker standing on a wood fence

Song Sparrow standing on a diagonal stick

oh foo.

Blurry grey bird standing on a stick, surrounded by willow catkins

Squirrel standing on a branch, surrounded by yellow sticks


Saturday 9 March 2024... River, starting at the Rose Garden

The Saucer Magnolia is blooming, but the ancient Cherry Tree isn't yet.

Saucer Magnolia with pink blooms

Saucer Magnolia blooms in red violet and white

Pink Saucer Magnolia blooms

There's a group of turkeys and I make a detour off the bike path to visit them! One male and a group of females.

Male Wild Turkey walking on the grass

Female Wild Turkey walking on the ground

Displaying male Turkey with two female turkeys

He is displaying to the females, but also trying to keep an eye on me... but he's so round when he's puffed up he can't see behind himself. So he has to turn to the side, and that is messing up the view for the people he actually wants to impress!

Displaying male Turkey with two female turkeys

But isn't he pretty with all his different feathers!

Male Wild Turkey

And then I turned around to resume my walk and realize there was a couple with a dog, waiting for me -- it was nice that they didn't want to disturb the turkeys while I was taking photos, but actually I was just standing in the middle of the sidewalk, taking up the entire way!

But also: how long had they been standing there?! Because I had been talking to the turkeys the entire time!! Who's a pretty boy?...

Oh jeez! I glance at them as I go by and yep, their faces looked amused and like they are trying not to laugh!! Lordy, lordy! :)

Pink Magnolia blooms

The Art Pavilion at the Downtown Riverfront Park. It's been sprinkling this morning... but more annoying is the stupid gusty wind, blowing rain in my face.

Art Pavilion with chrome Heron statue, the river in the background

Graffeti, a jellyfish and a monster drawn on an old pipe

Red Tail Hawk standing in a winter bare tree

I go across the river on Autzen Walking Bridge... to the east is Interstate 5.

Looking up river at a car bridge

The Eugene Christmas Bird Count says there are a few Turkey Vultures who winter here! In general tho, they migrate to the south for warmer weather.

Turkey Vulture flying

I always pause at the bridge to listen to the river.

Looking down at the river and rocks from a bridge

And the sun comes out, just for a few minutes on my walk back!

Red Flowering Currant blooms

But the clouds roll in again, and just as I reach the car to go home, it starts pouring! Timed almost perfectly!


Friday 8 March 2024... Stewart Pond Again

*laughs* Yesterday, I did not have good luck with the photography... I saw some cool birds, but wasn't getting decent photos. And I decided to try again today!

Pink Hyacinth

Daffodil blooms in a neighborhood

It's not hard to take photos of flowers, at least!

White Hyacinth bloom with blue sky in the background

Oh, great.

Blurry photo of a chickadee

Hi Henrietta! Good to see you! As handsome as ever!

Great Blue Heron standing near the bank of the creek

At the ponds, there are exactly two ducks. And they get one look at me and fly away.

Female and male Green Wing Teals paddling on the water

And the pair of Canada Geese are still hanging out on the other side of the road. One of them stomps their foot to let me know they are quite done with me! *laughs* Okay, okay, I'll go away now!

Canada Goose, standing in the grass

Oh! Another Chickadee is going to give me a chance?

Mossy tree branches and blue sky and a tiny Chickadee

Aw, you're so nice!

Chickadee standing on a mossy branch

And we've caught a tiny little grub! Poor little grub.

Chickadee standing on a branch with a grub in their beak

Thank you!

Chickadee flies away

Cherry Blossoms with blue sky and green grass

Cherry Blossoms

Oh sheesh. Today's hawk is in a tree even further away than the pair yesterday. Come on, people! Work with me!

Red Tail Hawk standing in a winter bare tree

Nope! *laughs*

Hawk flies away, behind the tree

The city hasn't started the cleanup here yet, from the ice storm. They will get to it eventually, tho, because when this all dries out in the summer, they like to mow here to keep the invasives down.

Trees and branches down in the forest


Scrub Jay, standing on a stick with a twig across her face

You insist on having a stick in your face. Well, fine then.

Scrub Jay, standing on a branch with a stick across her face


Thursday 7 March 2024... Stewart Pond with Hawks

Siamese Cat perched on a low, brick porch wall

House Finch standing on a thorny vine, surrounded by twigs

European Starling standing in a willow tree against the blue sky

Oh, hey! When I was looking down at this one, I assumed she was a Eurasian Collared Dove... But this is actually a Mourning Dove!

Mourning Dove walking on bare ground

The Eugene Christmas Bird Count mentioned that the Eurasian doves are on a steady decline here. Which is pretty interesting.

oh my.

Trucks on the bike path, looking from under a dark bridge

There has been a small homeless camp here for a good long while, a couple of tents. But when I walk thru I see that it's gotten a lot bigger since the last time I was here. More tents, loads of people milling around, several dogs too.

The cops and the city are clearing them out. But they've got no place to go, and they'll be cleared out from the next place they set up as well. It's a stupid and pointless cycle.

White Crown Sparrow standing on a stick

Here I am at the ponds, but there aren't any birds here today. Still some snow on the hills, tho.

Shallow pond in the grass, hills in the distance

There's a couple ducks and geese over on the other side of the road, tho!

a pair of Canada Geese paddling away thru a grassy puddle

Oh, maybe everyone on this side is hiding from these two!

Red Tail Hawks standing in a winter bare tree

As I'm walking to get closer, one of the hawks dives down to the ground. Pounce!

I couldn't see if he got someone... He was down on the ground for just a few minutes, so if he did kill someone, they must have been small, and swallowed quickly.

Red Tail Hawk standing in a tree

Red Tail Hawk flying

Aw, they are flying together! Such a cute couple, I hope they have a successful nesting season!

Small blurry hawks flying

The birds in the forest re-appear right away! But I don't get any good pics. humph.

Robin standing on a branch

Downy Woodpecker standing on the side of a mossy tree trunk

And then on the way home... *laughs* You are so cute, my litttle ankle biter! And your companion has very pretty nails! It's good that you are so well cared for!

Small dog looking under a wood gate, and the feet of another small dog


Wednesday 6 March 2024... Today with Flowers

It's chilly again today, but the clouds are breaking up and the sun will shine.

Big puddle in the grass surrounded by trees

Oh Kitty. Where is your hooman? Can you tell them you need to be an indoor only kitty? Please?

Grey Cat sitting in leaves and mud

Dang it, Little Bird... you could have been so beautiful up there in the Willow catkins!

Sparrow standing on a twig, her face behind a stick

I decide to stop in at the Community Garden.


Daffodils over a Dead Nettle

Pre-bloom Hyacinth

And here I am at my own sad plot... The Fava cover crop was mostly killed by the ice storm in mid-January. And now the slugs are desperately munching what's left! Will these last few plants live?

slug munched Fava seedlings, surrounded by dead leaves

Foo. I am just not having the luck with the birds today! *laughs* It happens that way some times.

Blurry Varied Thrush in a tree

The fallen Leaning Tree. How many more chances will I get to see it, before they chop it up?

Fallen leaning tree

Wild Violets! These are tiny!

Wild Violets, purple blooms surrounded by green leaves

Daffodil blooms

Daffodil blooms


Tuesday 5 March 2024... Up Hidden Trail

When I dragged myself out of bed this morning, Partner tells me the internet is down. Ugh. I re-boot the router, but it seems like it's an outside issue. The internet slowly comes back up, on it's own, over the next hour or so.

It's funny how useless you feel when you don't have internet!

Squirrel eating a peanut in the shell

Fog in the trees on the hill

Grape Hyacinths and some daffodils in the background


Oregon Grape blooms

Still a mess here at the beginning of the trail in the native plants area.

Trees and branches down, next to the path

Red Flowering Currant blooms



As I come to the top of the hill, there's a family of Scrub Jays flying around and yelling and being excited! *laughs* Jays being jays!

blurry Scrub Jay in front of misty trees

I walk all the way around the Acorn Woodpecker's territory, but don't see anyone on guard duty. But I do hear their Wika-wika-wika in the trees on the north side.

Acorn Woodpecker standing at the top of a snag

ha. Oh well. I didn't have high expectations today anyway, with the clouds.

They've made a pretty nice bio-swale up here... looks like it's decidedly needed, see how dirty the water is, coming in at the left? yuck!


It'll be interesting to see what happens here in the summer... The waterfall is fed by springs, and they keep running all thru the dry summer. But I wonder how much water will remain in the swale as everything dries out.

Osoberry blooms near the path

Red Flowering Currants


Monday 4 March 2024... The Birds of Today

Female Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Male Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Bewick Wren standing on a stick

Are we goofing off with that tiny bit of twig?

Looking down at a Lesser Goldfinch who has a tiny stick in her beak

Hey, play is serious business!

Lesser Goldfinch standing on a twig

*Laughs* Seriously?

Lesser Goldfinch standing upside down on a twig, trying to get a dried up berry below

I was walking along the creek, back behind the Events Center, when I walked past this little tree.

I glanced at it and my brain said, oh that's just a chunk of bark that's caught up in the center of that tree... but my feet slowed down so I could look at it properly...

looking into a small, winter bare tree, full of twigs

Oh my gosh! It's a Bushtit nest, left from last summer!

Bushtit sock nesst behind many twigs

It's well below eye level, but also well buried in this little tree! Hawthorn Tree, with thorns over an inch long! How many times did I walk past it last year as the Bushtit family was raising their babies? *laughs* And how many times have I gone past this tree, all this winter when the nest is more exposed?!

This just delights me! That I didn't even notice the nest, for all this time!

Note on the fallen Leaning Tree

Male Anna Hummingbird standing at the end of a twig

Starling in a puddle

Close up of a Golden Crown Sparrow

Are you all thinking about going back up to Canada, for some nesting, yet? No? Still too chilly? Okay!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch


Sunday 3 March 2024... Today with Crows

Flowers in a barrel

I finally asked google about the purple flowers... lots of people have them in their yards and I keep taking photos of them.

Ha. Primroses! I'm not sure why I didn't know that!

I took a detour to look at some Cherry Trees.

Cherry Blossoms

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a breeze that made it frustrating to take pictures. Moving target, and all.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Oregon Junco up on a twig

Okay. This is kind of funny...

Blurry photo

The bird I was aiming for is sitting in the branches that the camera chose not to focus on. bah. But if you look very closely in the bottom left quadrant... there are a couple Robins standing on the ground back there! *laughs*

Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Two crows standing on a rough cut wood fence, other crows in the background

Close up of a crow, cawing


Saturday 2 March 2024... Today's Crow Story

It was snowing this morning when I got up! Big fluffy things coming out of the sky! It didn't last very long but it was lovely as it came down and it didn't stick at all!

Snow on the trees on the hill

I take postcards out to the mailbox first thing in the morning, and there's neighbors out chatting, even tho it's really chilly. I'm called over and learn that Neighbor J's car was stolen last night!

Oh no! Terrible! She's already made a police report, and Neighbor B has offered to drive her around. But what else can we do?

I go out for my walk, and the sun comes out a little bit. And I think about the poor thief who would steal our car. They wouldn't get very far, since it breaks down right after you hit 38 miles per hour! *laughs*

Does insurance give you any money when your car gets stolen?

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch, surrounded by sticks

Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Purple Hyacinth blooms surrounded by English Ivy

Cherry Blossom with the trunk of the tree in the background

And this Camellia bush again. I know, I know! I just can't get enough of the pretty pink blossoms!

Pink Camellia blossoms

Pink Camellia blossoms

Oh, someone has spilled some food near the Little Free Pantry and a family of crows is cheerfully cleaning it up!

Six Crows walking and pecking on the street

One brings a treat over to a puddle to break it up in the water.

Crow with a treat at a puddle

But another crow comes by and nabs the bits!

Second Crow stealing food

She starts to get huffy. but oops, me and the camera have been noticed!

Crows at a puddle

Crows at a puddle

Hey! Are you gonna just let them walk away with your food??!

Crow walks away with food in their beak

You let them get away! sheesh.

What? Oh, you're saying this is my fault?

Um. Yeah. Sorry I distracted you.

Crow standing in a puddle in the road



Friday 1 March 2024... Rant: Measure 110

Every once in a while, I will read the newspaper and some article pisses me off so much, I feel the need to write to my government representatives to express myself.

Granted, I have gotten a bit jaded about this. I rarely sign Internet petitions any more, because seriously, what _ever_ happens?! Nothing.

I used to think an actual physical letter or postcard carried more weight...

But then, I've lost track of how many times I've written to try to get rid of Postmaster Louis DeJoy... I hate that smug faced bastard who has ruined our formerly trusted Postal Service. And all President Biden has to do is appoint a couple of members to the Board of Governors who will get rid of him.

So. That's not happened and now I'm pretty bitter about writing postcards to anyone in government.

But here I am again.

Backstory: Voters in Oregon passed Measure 110 in 2020, to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs.

This is some awesome legislation, first in the nation! And it started working right away... with a significant reduction in drug arrests, which is exactly what we want. Jail is not going to help people who are addicted to drugs. It's just not.

And today's rant and postcard writing is brought to you by House Bill 4002...

Oregon takes massive step toward recriminalizing drug possession

Yeah. This is just massively frustating. This bill goes against everything that was good AND voted for by the people in Measure 110.

And yesterday the Oregon House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed this bullshit, 51-7.

yeah, I'm thrilled to pieces that every once in a while those people can be bipartisan!

BUT WHY??! This bill is exactly the opposite of what we all voted for! Why, Why, WHY are they doing this??!

Oh I am so annoyed!

So yep, I print up two of my rainbow postcards. One is to express my extreme disappointment in my reprentative in the House, who voted Aye on HB 4002.

And the other is for my senator who will be voting on this bill soon...

Translation: Please vote against HB 4002! The people of Oregon voted for Measure 110 because we want to decriminalize small amounts of drugs. HB 4002 goes against the will of the people. Jail time for people who use drugs does not help. M.110 gives us the chance to try something different! I want Oregon to be different! Sincerely, rift :)

Unfortunately, I didn't realize the vote would come so quickly. They pushed everything else out of the way and did it today! ARG!

And HB 4002, evil and stupid that it is, passed the senate as well. ARG!

Altho I am happy to see that my senator actually voted against it. I don't know why, and it didn't make a difference, but I'm glad he voted against it.

But this is entirely discouraging.


Friday 1 March 2024... Wild Iris Ridge again

Chilly and raining still today, and I've decided to walk up to Wild Iris Ridge for the second time. Partly to look at the parking lot again, and partly to see how far up the trail I can get.

Oh, nice! I didn't notice this the first time. A Little Free Library, well stocked!

Little Free Library at the edge of the sidewalk, surrounded by streets and trees

And yep, that's a little dusting of snow up on the hill... The snow level is down to 1,100 feet this morning! (Home is at 475feet, and the trail head is at 900feet.)

Trees on the hill

And like I said, the street I walk out on is actually pretty nice. It's still a street tho, when I'd rather be walking in a forest!

Trees on the hill, a street in the foreground with a single car

a black sheep standing in the grass

Purple Hyacinths with Daffodils in the background

I finally arrive at the park... and the tiny parking lot is full again. foo. There's room for 10 cars, and there's 9. Even in this cold rain! And no possible way for any overflow parking on the street. I wonder what happens with good weather!

And strangely, there's not a bike rack here. There isn't any convenient place to lock up a bike. humph.

There's a crew here today. Not sure what they are doing.

Looking up a straigh path, with some signs to the side

I decide to go up the right side trail today... the one that follows the power lines. It's can't be too terrible, right?

Right! You get to look into the forest!


And there's water running off the hill, every which way!

Forest rill

I don't get very far up the hill, unfortunately. The walk out here is 2.1miles, and after a decent hike up on the trail, I need to consider the walk home.

Here's looking back at the trail I started going up...

Power lines

And coming back thru the neighborhoods on the way home, I meet up with a group of female Wild Turkeys!

Five Wild Turkeys standing on the lawn

So Cute!

Two Turkeys

They are headed the same direction I am, and I follow at a respectful distance.

Five Wild Turkeys standing in the street

Two Turkeys in a yard

Ha! Oh my gosh! She shakes off the rain and she loses a feather!

Turkeys in a yard

How Awesome is that!!! ♥!

Turkeys in a yard


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Thursday 29 February 2024... Leap Day!

It rained all thru the night and it's dark and dreary this morning! But the breeze has continued as well and 37°F is feeling like 30° with the wind chill. Brr!

I put on extra layers, and tuck the camera under the rain jacket and head out like usual!

Aw, look at how precious she is!

Golden Crown Sparrow standind on a wood fence with a bright splash of yellow in the background

That's a Golden Crown Sparrow, our winter visitors from Alaska and Canada. The yellow is Oregon Grape blooms, our state flower!

With raindrops on her head!

Close up of Sparrow with water drops on her head

All this rain means the creek has come up and the bike path is flooded under the bridges.

Flooded bike path with ducks

And the rain is filling up the wet prairie puddles again!

Daffodil blooming next to a grassy puddle

Cherry Blossoms

I walk up into the neighborhoods at the edges of downtown. This is Wayside Park, a micro park in an awkward corner of an intersection. They've chopped up the big Mimosa Tree that had fallen in the ice storm and it feels empty without the canopy.

Bushes next to a tree stump, canal on the left

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Pink Camellia blooms

Pink Camellia blooms

*laughs* I just can't get enough of these pink flowers!

Pink Camellia blooms

Okay, here's something odd...

I had walked past the Community Garden, and I saw this bird, way far away getting dive bombed by Starlings... And I assumed she was that Red Shoulder Hawk, who has been hanging out in the area.

But I was surprised when I looked at the photos!

Big Corvid, silhouette on a branch

*laughs* That's a Corvid. She was far away, but I knew she was big. And I'm wondering if this is actually a Raven!

We rarely see Ravens here in the city... occasionally, very very occasionally -- like once every other year -- I might hear a Raven's croaking caw as they fly over. But that's it. You have to go out into the wilderness to meet a Raven!

So yeah. I'm not sure. But that makes a pretty cool Leap Day! :)


Wednesday 28 February 2024... Today

There's a gusty breeze today and I get all the way to the Community Garden and I haven't taken any photos of anyone! So I decide to go in and look at the flowers.

The Crocuses in our plot are already looking pathetic.

Purple Crocuses with closed blooms, surrounded by leafy mulch

But the Daffodils in the back corner plot are cheerful!


Back to the bike path. It's kind of a sleepy day, today... :)

Napping Male and Female Green Wing Teals on the water

Daffodil blooms

Daffodil blooms

And it's started sprinkling.

Male and Female Mergansers paddling on the water


Uploaded Tues 26 Mar 2024

Tuesday 27 February 2024... Up Hidden Trail, with Turkeys

pink Saxifrage blooms

Grape Hyacinths in front of a mossy rock

Red Flowering Currant blooms

Waterfall with rocks and mossy tree trunks

*laughs* The camera lens has fogged up! It's 86% humidity, probably even more than that here in the forest next to the waterfall. And it's been sprinkling.

Fogged up photo of the forest

Aw, there's a deer up there too? And of course, no one is cooperating! heh.

Deer and turkeys blocked by trees in the forest

More trees getting chopped up.

Forest path with fallen and chopped up trees on the ground

Yellow Lenten Roses

Red Violet Lenten Roses in the forest

Oh nice! I think this is the same little bachelor band that I couldn't get pics of on the way up!

Wild Turkey

Close up of a Wild Turkey

That's sweet of them to stick around for me!

Wild Turkey

Close up of a male turkeys face

Close up of a male Wild Turkey


Monday 26 February 2024... Today

There's a little bit of a lot of weather today! *laughs*


I set out under a grey cloudy sky, but the sun broke out before too long. Under my warm, heavy shirt and my black rain jacket, I was getting way too hot. ugh.

The clouds came back and soon it was sprinkling. And then raining. And then pouring! When I turned around, I was walking into the wind. The jeans got soaked and I was getting rather chilly!

And then the rain clouds broke up and the sun came out again. But this time the chilly wind kept me cool. And that's how I prefer it...

I'd rather be slightly cold, rather than slightly hot. I can just walk a little faster if I get cold. But walking slower when I'm hot, is not an option! Haha!

Here's Henrietta. It's always nice to see him!

Great Blue Heron standing on sticks near the bank of the creek

This willow tree came down in the ice storm... but spring time is bringing it to life!

fallen willow tree

Male and Female Hooded Mergansers, paddling on the water

Fog on the hill

The broken willow past Blazey's spot is coming to life as well.

Fallen willow branch with green buds

Willow catkins

Squirrel hanging from the side of a mossy green tree trunk

Scrub Jay up on a mossy twig


Sunday 25 February 2024... Cherry Blossoms and Bluebirds

Aw, is it going to be one of Those days?


Some trees coming to life with spring green and cherry blossom pink!



Blurry Crow standing on a chain link fence, a red bush in the background

Okay, that's better!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch

whoa! Usually the teals are shy and paddling away! But this pair is close and sticking around for some decent photography! Thank You!

Male Green Wing Teal, on the water

Female Green Wing Teal, on the water

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Fallen Leaning Tree

Yeah, some of the big logging machines are still here from the Logging Conference. It's funny how useless they are!

Logging machines behind the fallen Leaning Tree

The new fence looks picturesque!


Oh! There's a pair of Bluebirds at the Community Garden!

Male Bluebird standing on a wood nesting box

She is so cute!

Female Bluebird standing on a wood plank

YES! Check it out! Do you want to raise some little Bluebird babies in there?!

Female Bluebird looking at a nesting box

Aw. They are a cute couple! It would be nice to have a family at the Community Garden again. There are several nesting boxes here to choose from. Last year we had House Sparrows in one, but the others were unoccupied.

Male and Female Bluebirds standing on a wood nest box


Saturday 24 February 2024... Out to the River

Oh, gah, the sun is so stinkin' bright! And a few days without rain, and look, there's just a trickle coming over the spillover, into the ponds.

Water coming thru the spillover from the river to the ponds

Ha! My new little friend! She's bouncing around barely six feet away, and isn't bothered at all when I move around like a strange human with a camera!

Golden Crown Sparrow standing in the grass

Golden Crown Sparrow standing in the grass

Golden Crown Sparrow standing in the grass

Such cute little birds. I will miss them when they go back up to Canada and Alaska for their nesting season.

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a hill of grass

Oh, cool! There are turtles Everywhere! A little bit of sunshine and everyone wants to come out and soak up some rays!

Red Ear Sliders on a log in the water

It's hard to tell the invasive Red Ear Sliders from our native Western Pond Turtles... especially when I'm pointing the camera into the sun! ha.

Turtles on a log in the water

But here's a native!

Western Pond Turtle on a snag sticking up from the water

Red Flowering Currant blooms, the river in the backgound

Looking across the river

River water going over rocks

The Cackling Geese like to hang out in huge flocks, and someone has disturbed this flock at the school fields... Suddenly there are hundreds of geese in the sky!

Geese in the sky

The flock was flying in my direction, and when they turned, as a flock in a beautifully coordinated liquid-like movement, the WHOOSH sound of their wings on the air was surprisingly loud and awe inspiring!

In less than five minutes, they are all gone, can't even hear anyone honking.

Can you imagine a flock of Passenger Pigeons... blackening the sky for days on end??

Canada Goose

Song Sparrow standing on mossy twig

Looking northwest from the Owosso Walking Bridge.


Friday 23 February 2024... No Science Today

Golden Crown Sparrow up on a twig

Close up of a Golden Crown Sparrow

I started counting humans on the bike path again today... But then I got to the Events Center.

There's heavy machinery taking up all the space in the Events Center parking lot. And the back parking lot is full, and there's trucks parked along the neighborhood streets, for blocks around.

And there are men walking from their pickups to the Events Center. Technically, they are _on_ the path... but they are not _using_ the path in the way that I want to count.

Also, it's 100% men, and that's really going to screw up my count.

When I got home, I looked up to see what was happening...

It's the Oregon Logging Conference and oh my gosh, the irony. The fallen Leaning Tree is right there... They could have done the city a favor AND could have provided a demonstration of their big stupid machines by chopping up and cleaning up the Leaning Tree.

Did they? no, of course not. And of course I'm glad that the Leaning Tree remains in place. But it's still a ridiculous situation!

Spotted Towhee standing on a twig

White Crocus blooms, with Yellow Crucus blooms in the background

This stuff is called Winter Heath. It's a low growing plant, native to the mountains of Europe and used here as an early blooming landscaping plant. Normally, it has pink flowers, so this white one caught my eye!

White Winter Heath blooms

Oh, aren't these Lovely! I think I will make this a postcard!

Purple and white striped Crocus blooms

Crocus blooms


Flowering Quince blooms


Thursday 22 February 2024... Hendricks Park with Science

Yellow tree

Let's see. There's usually a Song Sparrow here to greet me? Ah, here we are. Too bad she didn't give me time to get a decent picture!

Song Sparrow standing on a twig

Couple different Camelias blooming at the Rhododendron Garden.

pink Camellia bloom

red Camellia blooms

Spotted Towhee singing on a branch

Rhododendrons down the path thru the forest

Osoberry blooming in the forest!

Osoberry blooms hang down

Many of the fallen trees from the ice storm just look like normal forest. But some don't.

fallen tree in the forest

Song Sparrow standing on the forest floor, turned away

I decide to go up on the Ribbon Trail... and oh hey! New gravel?

Gravel trail going up into the forest

Oh! That's right, they were working on the trail here, in October!

oh wow, this is so much nicer now! Parts of the trail were literally sloughing off the hill, and one section was actually getting dangerous. All nice and leveled and reinforced!

Oop, a place they haven't cleared the trail... but it's relatively easy to step over the couple of heavy branches across the trail.

Tree fallen across the trail

Curtain of Spanish Moss hanging from trees in the forest

Oh, these are pretty little things!

small purple flowers

Let's see... not Candy Flower. Candy Flower has five petals and the petals are notched. Not Herb Roberts either, which also has five petals and is pink. Okay, Google...

Oh Cool! A native wildflower! It's Coast Toothwort!


Yes, I've been counting humans today at the park. My hypothesis is that there's going to be a lot more women here... The park is not big, and it's entirely contained within wealthy neighborhoods. Rich women have a lot more time to walk.

Also, there's rarely any homeless people out on the trails.

So I counted differently today... I kept track of WHO people were walking with.

5 Pairs = 10 people
3 walking dogs
7 walking alone

Total = 20 people, 7 of whom were men and 13 women.

Wow: 65% women and 35% men. Almost twices as many women is a complete turnaround from the bike path numbers, where there are two or three times as many men!


Wednesday 21 February 2024... Science in the Rain

Blazeys Throne

It started pouring down rain today as soon as I got out the door. And I was pretty sure it would screw up my numbers for my science experiment today.

Yep, while it rained, all the way up past the Community Garden, the count was 100% men!

But then the rain quit and more people came out. The numbers are still a bit skewed tho.

Data Analysis 29 men, 11 women == 40 total, which is 72.5% men and 27.5% women.

Conclusion Almost three times as many men today, with the rain. (The other day, walking this way was twice as many men.)

Fallen Leaning Tree, surrounded by a temporary fence

Fallen Leaning Tree

Just one of the reason why I love it here:

Solidarity Garden Sign

Not sure that there is actually weekly work that needs to happen this time of year. Probably it's just people gathering for a happy time! :)

Leeks and a brick enclosed small shrub



Tuesday 20 February 2024... Stewart, Science and Cedar Waxwings!!

Camellia blooms

I am walking west today and I am counting humans again.

Hypothesis I think there's going to be even more men using the bike path, going this way.

Experiment Count up the people I see on the bike path.

Data Analysis 24 men, 7 women. 31 total makes it 77.4% men and 22.6% women.

Conclusion Wow. More than three times as many men!

Going this way, there are industrial type warehouses along the bike path.

Yesterday, I went east on the bike path, towards downtown. The bike path goes thru neighborhoods and parks. There are grocery stores, and shops and restaurants as you approach the edges of downtown. And there are apartments and houses all along the way.

It is more beautiful going east. And with nearby stores, there are places to walk to and from. Also, being near homes makes it feel safer for women.

To the west, there's none of that. So fewer women are here.

Song Sparrow standing on a chain link fence

Foggy trees on the hill

Oh my gosh! It's bath time!

Three Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

Cedar Waxwings in shallow water


Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

Cedar Waxwings like to be right next to each other. But lordy, does everyone need to be RIGHT THERE? Don't we need some space to splash?

Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

Their cute little mask across their eyes.

Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

Three Cedar Waxwings in shallow water

White Crown Sparrow standing on a willow twig, surrounded by willow catkins

White Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

Aw. A Cackling Goose all by herself, just hanging out with a couple of Mallards. Where are your people, my dear?

Cackling Goose standing at the edge of the water

There are Northern Shovelers and Teals here as well, and some Canada Geese further on. It's good to see the ponds in use!

Female and Male Northern Shovelers paddling on the water

I finally get to the little forest, but it's pretty quiet here today.

Eastern Fox Squirrel standing on a fallen tree


Monday 19 February 2024... Science on the Bike Path

I'm doing science today!

The internet tells me there are seven steps to the scientific method...

Question How many men, compared to how many women, use the bike path?

Research I've been walking the bike path, lo these many years. *laughs*

Hypothesis A lot more men use the bike path.

My observations: Almost all bikers are men. Most homeless people are men. Dog walkers... hm this might be closer to 50-50. Walkers and Joggers, probably mostly men, maybe around 60-40.

But what does it all come out to?

Experiment Count up the people I see on the bike path!

Data Analysis Today I walked just over 4 miles and I was out for about 1h35m. I counted 19 men and 8 women. 27 people total is 70.37% men, 29.63% women.

Conclusion Twice as many men are using the bike path today.

Communication *waves at you reading this!*

shallow pond surrounded by trees, two ducks napping in the water

It makes me sad that there is this disparity.

The inequality probably has many reasons... the extra (unpaid) labor that women still must do: they simply don't have time to walk on the bike path. And as well, not feeling safe in a place which is clearly dominated by men.

Foggy trees in the distance

A Crow cawed in an alarmed way and the ducks I was looking at in the creek, flushed! What's going on? You're not freaking out about me, are you??

I look up. Ah!

Blurry flying Bald Eagle

The fallen Leaning Tree still remains... it's been over a month since the ice storm in mid-January.

Fallen tree behind a temporary fence to keep people from danger

The trunks are broken off from their roots.

Fallen tree

Daffodil blooms

Double Daffodil bloom

Camellia bloom

I just love this Camellia bush!

Camellia bloom

Camellia blooms

That Red Shoulder is at the Garden again!

Red Shoulder Hawk standing on a post


Sunday 18 February 2024... Just a couple photos today

Lenten Rose blooms

Lenten Rose blooms

Still no sign of Angle, and I've mostly given up looking for her. Did the ice storm kill her?

Female and Male Mallards, napping on grass next to the creek

Well. Ducks don't live forever. But I'm going to pretend Angle has just found a nicer place to hang out, downstream.

Squirrel sitting on a wood fence


Saturday 17 February 2024... Vulture at the River!!

I'm starting at the Rose Garden today, and the Magnolia tree is well on it's way to spring!

Red-violet Magnolia blooms, not open yet

Clumps of Daphne blooms

Lenten Roses

Pink Rhododendron blooms

Looking past a chrome Heron statue to the river

Board walk next to the river, building in the background

I hear some Crows cawing and far away I see them mobbing a Red Tail Hawk.

Hawk standing on the edge of a building, Crow flying by

Oh, wow! There's a Turkey Vulture!

Blurry Turkey Vulture up in a tree

Vultures are my favorite!

And look at her face! You see how the tip of her beak is mostly dark grey? She's a juvenile! Her beak will change to bright white, and her face will get red as she gets older!

Turkey Vulture standing in a tree

She is so beautiful! She flies over to a nearby tree and I hope she'll pause there while I walk over.

Turkey Vulture up in a tree, flapping her wings

Just carefully walking this tightrope! haha!

Turkey Vulture walks along a branch up in a tree

Thank you so much for your time! You are so sweet!

Turkey Vulture standing on a branch up in a tree

Autzen Walking Bridge is my turn around point. I go across to make a loop and come back on the other side of the river.

Looking down at the river

But I always pause here to listen to the river.

River water swirling

I love it here and wish I could stay longer.

But I've got other things to do today, and eventually I move on.


Friday 16 February 2024... The Hungry Hungry Squirrel

The Varied Thrush has been singing somewhere outside the bedroom window this morning. Really going at it! I wish I could see him!

Cloudy today and not too chilly. It's a nice day for a walk.

ducks on a wet prairie pond, grass and trees in the background

Hmm. I don't know why the tree has a ribbon, either.

Western Scrub Jay standing on a twig, looking back at a yellow ribbon on another twig

Squirrel standing on a branch

At the Community Garden, I look down the path to the street and see a squirrel getting into a food wrapper. And a Crow patiently waiting for a turn.

Squirrel and Crow on the path

Oh my gosh! Look! That Squirrel is Very pregnant!!

Squirrel has a round belly

The Crow must realize the situation. Crows def have the upper hand with squirrels, and could easily just walk up and take the food wrapper! Instead, she's practically guarding the squirrel.

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

Yep, definitely Prego! :) Heh... Probably Squirrels get cravings when they're pregnant too!

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

Keeping an eye out.

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

And Squirrel is paying attention to her Guardian Crow, if nothing else!

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

I can't tell what was in the wrapper. Candy bar? Energy bar?

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

Her roundness is just too cute.

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

And the Guardian Crow is too awesome.

Crow and Squirrel with a food wrapper

Good luck, Little One. Hope everything goes smoothly!

Daffodil blooms

Snow Drop blooms

Someone has left some art!

Poem on neon green paper
Escaping thru the Lilly [sic?] fields,
I came upon an empty space..
It trembled and exploded,
Left a bus stop in its place.

And the Leaning Tree and it's art remain.

Streamers hanging from a fallen tree

Streamers hanging from a fallen tree

There was web site contact info on the back of the poetry pieces, but I will spare you from having to look at it. Crazy guy, deep in the conspiracy theories, probably needs meds.

But his poems are nice.

Poem on neon pink paper
Fare thee well now.
Let your life proceed by your own design.

Cherry Blossoms


Wednesday 14 February 2024... Rainy Day

Delightfully dreary today, and it's been raining all morning!

Foggy trees in the distance

Cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Ha, I had to look up what these are again... ah, Flowering Quince!

Closeup of a Flowering Quince bloom

Four Daffodils, covered in rain drops

Haha! Feeling a bit stabby!

flattened Orange Peel on a wood post, with a stake thru it


Tuesday 13 February 2024... Stewart Pond

Squirrel on the step

These are pretty, but I don't know what they are.

Yellow flowers with pink flowers in the background

um, what the heck is going on?!

tan coloured bunny in front of the chicken house, hens looking down

Ha. This bun-bun must have escaped? And now we are having second thoughts because it's really scary out here in the real world! I think she is wishing she could get in with the hens!

Great Blue Heron standing on a branch

I arrive at the ponds, and Yay! There are ducks here! Teals all over the place, and this little group was talking to each other.

Female and male teals standing in the marshy water

They are so little and cute.

Female and male teals standing in the marshy grass

huh. They are called Green Wing Teals... I wonder if it's just how the light falls, that some of them have blue?

Female and male teals standing in the marsh

Okay! We are all paired off now! ha!

Paired off teals standing in marshy water

There are a couple handfuls of Norther Shovelers here as well!

a Pair of teals and a Northern Shoveler paddling on the water

In the little forest, I have to replace my Hazard board again! The root that sticks up here is so hard to see, I def don't want anyone else tripping over it!

Forest trail

Spotted Towhee standing on a vine

Spotted Towhee standing on a vine, looking over to the side

ooh, careful! Don't get a splinter in your foot!
And what is that on your face?

Spotted Towhee has moved to the end of a broken branch


Spotted Towhee standing on a broken branch, shakes


Monday 12 February 2024... Birds! Wonderful Birds!

Good Morning, Lovey!

Dark Eye Junco standing on a stick

Oh. I've interrupted your morning calisthenics?

Darke Eye Junco, stretching his wing

Dark Eye Junco, spreading tail feathers and shoulders

Oh yeah! I can tell that feels good!

Dark Eye Junco standing on a twig

Clouds over trees in the distance

Pied Bill Grebe paddling in the water

Oh my gosh, look at them all!

19 Cedar Waxwings standing at the top of a winter bare tree

Unfortunately, being straight up from the path is not a great angle! *laughs*

4 Cedar Waxwings standing up in a winter bare tree

3 Cedar Waxwings standing in a winter bare tree

They like to be cozy, right next to each other!

3 Cedar Waxwings sitting right next to each other


Cedar Waxwing flock starts to fly away

There's a partnered pair of Downy Woodpeckers, but they were both bouncing around to fast for me.

Downy Woodpecker standing against a tree trunk

Golden Crown Sparrow, standing on a branch, looking over his shoulder

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

Oh hey! Instead of openly mocking me, my friend the Belted Kingfisher has decided to sit for a moment!

Belted Kingfisher, surrounded by sticks

This pair always flies up and down the creek, this time of year, looking for a good place for a nest. Kingfishers dig a tunnel in the bank for their nest, but I've never actually seen them do that... so I don't know if they nest here or not!

heh. She notices me and flies off.

Belted Kingfisher looking over her shoulder

And Falkor Part 2, again.

Crow standing on the sidewalk, holding up one of her legs

Such an awesome variety of birds today! It makes me happy!


Sunday 11 February 2024... A Day

Song Sparrow standing and surrounded by sticks

Spotted Towhee standing on a wood fence

I wander into the Community Garden to check on my blooming Crocus...

Purple Crocus bloom

More on the way!

Crocus bloom with more leaves and buds coming up around it


Saturday 10 February 2024... Flowers at the River

It's a good day for flowers!

Red Witch Hazel blooms

Pink Rhododendron blooms

Yellow Crocuses

Osoberry blooms

Osoberry blooms

Still working at cleaning up the parks.

Piles of sticks and branches next to the path

Art pavilion with the river in the background

Pardon me? Your shoulder feathers are sticking out weirdly... could you just fix that please?! :)

Song Sparrow standing on a stick

Song Sparrow standing on a twig

River water

River water

Huh. I wonder what happened here!

Bridge railing bent into a V shape, the river in the background

I did not photo the jerks walking in the forest, *Right* *Under* *This* *Sign*!! Jerks.

Wood sign says: Sensitive Wildflower Area, Please stay on the trail

Still much work to be done.

Fallen tree in front of a pavilion

Snow Drops and a bug

Yellow Crocus blooms in front of Snow Drops


Friday 9 February 2024... Blurry Birds

There's a steady sprinkle coming down for the entire walk today. But I keep having to point the camera up... and I keep having to wipe the lens!

Red Shoulder Hawk in a tree, partial obscured with sticks

I wander into the Community Garden... and notice one of the Lesser Celandines I tried to murder the other day in the neighboring plot, is trying to make a comeback. This is inevitable of course. I break off the leaves, and contemplate the pointlessness of it all. *laughs*

A Crocus is coming up in our plot!

Closed Crocus bloom, pushing up thru the dead leaves

Moving on. Here's someone I've not seen before.

Pale coloured siamese cat, sitting on a cut off log

A very pretty boy who def should stay inside.

Pale coloured siamese cat, sitting on a cut off log

Another pretty boy, I have to look up for. *wipes the lens* Again!

Northern Flicker

Oh! A Varied Thrush!! Aw... is there ANY chance at this?

Varied Thrush behind a lot of sticks

Well... ?

Varied Thrush behind a lot of sticks


Varied Thrush standing on a branch, surrounded by sticks

*laughs* Thank You!

Varied Thrush standing on a branch, looking down at the camera

Out to the Leaning Tree...

Fallen Leaning Tree

Looking up into the branches at a blue streamer tied around a high branch

I keep wondering when they will get around to removing this tree. Will this be the last time I get to see this beautiful tree?

Streamers hanging from fallen branches

Close up of an American Robin


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Thursday 8 February 2024... Up Hidden Trail, a lot is going on!

Yeah, so today I'm going up to the Acorn Woodpeckers territory to confirm if they're dead or not. Last time I went up, there were zero.

Good Morning, My Dear.

Squirrel sitting on the sidewalk

And first I go past the Little Free Pantry, and oh jeez... someone repainted it...

Green Little Free Pantry

oh, gah. Green is my favorite colour... but this? This ... is kind of ... cringe.

In fact. I kind of feel like this is vandalism! The artwork here before was beautiful, and that Crow on the side was awesome! And this is just... blah. ARG!

Empty and dirty shelves inside the Little Free Pantry

And Look! Not only did they not clean up the inside... It is completely Empty! Because who wants to have food on those muddy, gross shelves. GAH! Painting the outisde was SO misguided and stupid! GAH. Why are people so stupid??!

*Deep Breath*

It takes me a while to get over my annoyance! In fact, I'm halfway up the hill before I get out of my screaming brain! heh.

Little waterfall

Little waterfall

And then I'm at the top. And coming around the corner, there's a hawk up here again.

Red Tail Hawk standing on a mossy branch, with her feathers fanned out

Red Tail Hawk... and what are you doing with your feathers??

It's not rained or anything, maybe she's drying out from a bath.

Red Tail Hawk standing on a mossy branch, with her feathers fanned out

And then I see an Acorn Woodpecker!

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of a mossy tree trunk


Oh, Yay!

oh my gosh. I was so worried!

But here we all are!

There are Acorn Woodpeckers guarding the hoard. And I can hear some talking their Wika-wika-wika contact call in the trees to the north. Oh, I am so glad to see them!

And, I'm thinking. There are hawks up here all the time.

I wonder... the last time I came up here... I wonder if a hawk had just murdered some little bird or somebody for breakfast, just before I showed up?

The hawk might have been on the ground eating, and I wouldn't have noticed. I'm not looking at the ground when I'm up here.

But all the other birds would have been laying low, and shocked that their friend had just been killed.

And then I come along. And don't see or hear anyone. And freak out and assume everyone is dead.

well. I'm glad that not everyone is dead!

Here's a woodpecker working on a new hole... the chips are flying!

Acorn Woodpecker standing against a tree trunk near a hole

Whoa! That little hole is way deeper than you'd think!

Acorn Woodpecker standing against a tree trunk with his face in a hole he has made

I am just so releaved that this Acorn Woodpecker family is still here!

Acorn Woodpecker standing on the side of a tree trunk

I'm going around the corner to get back to the hiking trail down the hill. And I see this one, a Steller Jay, just minding his own business...

Far off Steller Jay at the top of a winter bare tree

What the heck??!

Jays fighting

A Scrub Jay?

Scrub Jay and Steller Jay


Jays flying

And the nice perch goes to the victor!

Scrub Jay standing at the top of a winter bare tree

*laughs* So very odd!

Scrub Jay standing at the top of a winter bare tree

And then I'm coming back down the hill, and here's a little deer!

Black Tail Deer walking on the path

Her winter coat is looking decidedly scruffy!

Red Flowering Currant bloom

And people are still getting fallen trees removed.

A small claw machine driven by a man, picking up a section of tree trunk

It's been three weeks since the ice storm, and there's still so much tree damage that needs to be taken care of in the city.


Wednesday 7 February 2024... Leaning Tree Art Part 2

There's a family of crows gathered and eating something again today.

Heh. Does that look a bit like a Cheez-It?

Crow taking off from the grass with a Cheez-It in her beak

Well, that's certainly some crappy human food. It's not good for you!

Several Crows standing in the grass

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a twig

It's Angle's Friend, the Common Merganser. Still no sign of Angle, tho I keep looking. But I'm seeing this one often enough, I guess Angle's Friend is going to stick as a name for him!

Male Common Merganser paddling on the water

I guess they've finished the new fence at the Events Center... I still don't know what the point of it is, but at least it looks nice!

Rough cut wood fence along a sidewalk

Oh funny! They've put a fence around the fallen Leaning Tree as well!

Temporary fence around the fallen Leaning Tree, a sign says Danger

I walk around the end of the fence and spend some quality time with my friend the Tree.

Blue streamer with writing on it
The Oaks take so long to wake up in the spring.

Blue streamer with writing on it
This tree is loved.

Blue Streamer with writing on it
I loved you and I love you

Orange streamer with writing on it
This is a special place. A landmark. A focal [point.]

Oh! This is nice! They've left some extra streamers and some sharpies to write your own tribute to the tree!

Streamers and sharpies wrapped around a branch

*laughs* I don't know what to write! Everything I think of seems inadequate to the moment!

Thank You written on a streamer


Temporary fence around the fallen Leaning Tree

Oh my gosh! It looks like...

Suspish graffiti

Suspish is getting married!! Awww! Little Fishies In LOVE!

Congratulations, Suspish!

Lenten Roses

Lenten Roses


Tuesday 6 February 2024... Delta Ponds

Still visible progress made here with the ice storm damage, even tho I was here just a couple days ago!

Branches gathered near a wide park path

Clouds over the river


Golden Crown Sparrow standing in the grass

These bouncy birds amused me!

Blurry Golden Crown Sparrow bouncing

Blurry Golden Crown Sparrow bouncing

Blurry Golden Crown Sparrow looking down and about to bounce!

Cormorant standing on a large driftwood in the water

Cormorant standing on a large driftwood in the water

Today I'm heading across the road to the Delta Ponds Park.

And yes, the Riverbank path goes thru the Delta Ponds as well... And I really really wish we could maybe name all the different ponds so that people can figure out what you're saying when you say Something Delta Ponds or Something Else Delta Ponds!! *laughs*

Canada Geese paddling on the pond and lounging on the bank in the distance

There actually aren't many trees down from the ice storm here. Tho it's obvious that they've cleaned up the trails.

Tree down near the bank of the pond

There's an Osprey platform nest here and haha! Got a lawn going on up there! I wonder if the Ospreys will mow it when they get back from their winter vacation.

Osprey platform nest with grass growing on it

Turtles! Unfortunately, they are the very invasive Red Ear Sliders. But they are cute!

Two Red Ear Slider Turtles on a log in the water

Oh hey! When I get past the main parking lot, there's a sign!

Contruction Project sign

Well. The dates are incorrect... the Construction Schedule def did not begin last summer and def did not end in late fall.

But it will be so awesome when they actually finish the loop around the Ponds!! I mean, look at how close they got the first time (and then they ran out of money!)...

Map of the Delta Ponds

Oh! They have started on the work! Yay!

Trail Closed sign

Wow! There's a path started! Nice! Too bad I can't see very far because of the hill. But how exciting!

Path thru a chain link fence

Black Phoebe standing on a twig over the water

Close up of a Song Sparrow singing


Monday 5 February 2024... Rain!

Yay, the rain is back. And it is raining all day!


Male Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

And Goodbye!

Hooded Merganser diving

Hooded Merganser diving


Hooded Merganser diving

American Robin standing on a twig

Oh, and it's the other Merganser as well!

Male Common Merganser paddling on the water

So delightfully dreary!

Fog in the trees on the hill in the distance

They are still working on the new fence at the Events Center, and dang, it probably sucks to work in the rain.

Men in rain gear working next to the path


Sunday 4 February 2024... A Day

Huh. Someone has gathered some rocks and put them into a pretty pile, right outside on the sidewalk.

Pile of five rocks with at sixth rock behind some lichen

This is a vent or something in a building at the end of the street. A few years ago, some swallows used it as a nesting area. And then the House Sparrows stole it, and they've had it ever since.

House Sparrow next to some lint and hairs in a vent

It's way too early for nests, but perhaps the sunshine has the birds thinking about it!

These are pretty things. heh, I should have dead headed the plant for them, before I took the pic! :)

Purple flowers with white and yellow interiors

It's still really muddy, walking thru the forest part of Stewart Pond Park. And, Hey! The tripping hazard board I laid down is gone. I put down a new one!

Path thru a forest

Why there are so many of these little boards right next to the hiking path? Really couldn't tell ya! *laughs*


Saturday 3 February 2024... Out to the River

They have been working hard at the parks, but there is still much to do, from the mid-January ice storm. They'll probably cut this tree down.

Trees with branches down

It's another blue sky day. I'm starting to miss the rain!

Looking upriver at the Willamette from Greenway walking bridge

Cormorants up in a winter bare tree

Spillover is flooded

Oh! This is different! There are Coots up on the bank!

American Coot walking in the grass

With their cute red eyes!

Close up of American Coot face

And their adorable feet!

American Coot standing in grass

Nuthatch on the side of a tree trunk

Cormorant, standing on a log in the water, with wings spread to dry in the sun

Cackling Goose standing on a log in the water

Alder Tree on a submerged island in the river, bigger trees in the background

Alder Tree on a submerged island in the river


Thursday 1 February 2024... Up Hidden Trail, with flowers and with worries

The neighbor sets out a variety of nuts, and we get a family of Steller Jays who come for them. Steller Jays are more shy than our other corvids, so I'm always happy if I can just get them in the frame! ha.

Steller Jay standing on a branch, surrounded by sticks

I walk thru a neighborhood, on my way to Hidden Trail. And I enjoy several front yards and happy hell strips on the way!

Five Daffodil blooms, facing in all directions

Yellow Crocuses

Purple Crocuses

Yellow Crocuses with a closed purple bloom


I get to the hiking trail, and it looks about the same with the trees and branches still down and not cleared. This trail is on privately owned land and I doubt they have a volunteer group to maintain the area.

A bench next to the hiking path with downed trees and branches all around

Osoberry leaves budding out

oh foo. A Red Breasted Sapsucker being uncooperative with the photography!

Red Breast Sapsucker hanging from the bottom of a log

Red Breast Sapsucker hanging from the bottom of a log, looking for bugs

Here's that house that the tree had fallen down on.

House with dented gutter and plastic over a section of roof

And then I hike it all the way up to the Acorn Woodpeckers territory... and find nobody... ?

All the birds are quiet, no sparrows bouncing around in the brambles next to the sidewalk.

And I'm looking and looking at the top of all the snags. And I don't see a single Acorn Woodpecker, and I don't hear any either.

They have to guard their hoard. They HAVE TO. Where are they?

I am getting ever more upset.

Finally I see some Starlings... but the Acorn Woodpeckers *should* be driving them away.

Starlings up at the top of a snag

I don't know what has happened. Could the ice storm have killed everyone? That's what I'm worried about. Or did something terrible happen in December when I was away? Because there's always at least one Acorn Woodpecker guarding, and I usually see two or three others hanging out as well.

I don't see any. And I'm in tears as I hike back down the hill.

Squirrel hanging from the side of a tree trunk

Squirrel hanging upside down from the side of a tree trunk

Sighs. Gotta let it go.

These tiny irises are about six inches tall. Dwarf Irises, which blooms way earlier than the regular irises.

Dwarf Iris blooms

And they've chopped up the trees that had fallen across the side street next to our home.

chopped up logs next to a city street, with houses in the background


Wednesday 31 January 2024... Dreary Day with more Ice Damage

Hello my dear.

Squirrel standing on the sidewalk

Finally able to get a half decent pic of the Red Shoulder who has been hanging out at the Community Garden!

Red Shoulder Hawk standing on a wood fence

Leaning Tree on the ground

oh, dang. The trees in this mini-park!

Trees down across a fence and into a canal

These were beautiful Mimosa Trees.

Tree down

Trees down


Pink Camellia bloom with others in the background

Pink Camellia bloom surrounded by leaves


Uploaded Mon 4 Mar 2024

Tuesday 30 January 2024... Hendricks Park

Very often there's a Song Sparrow singing in the bushes as I walk into the Rhododendron Garden! I love that!

Song Sparrow standing on a twig

Witch Hazel blooms in front of green pine tree branches

Pink Rhododendron blooms

Witch Hazel blooms

I head to the hiking trails. The ice storm has brought down a lot of trees here.

Trees down across the forest floor

But they've done work to keep the paths clear!

Large logs cut up next to the forest path

Close up of some moss and lichen

Osoberry Bloom

Song Sparrow standing on a thorny vine

Song Sparrow sings on a twig


Uploaded Sun 3 Mar 2024

Monday 29 January 2024... Back at the Garden

Squirrel standing on the sidewalk

It's a dreary day today!

Foggy bike path

oh look! It's the bouncy kid from the other day. Falkor Part 2...

Crow standing in the grass, holding one of her legs up

She's still boucing around, and it's obvious that she doesn't worry about things touching her injured foot. Unlike Falkor, who held her foot way up off the ground.

Crow standing in the grass, holding one foot up

And she's still surrounded by her family, who are less worried about me watching today!

A Crow standing in the grass, looking away

Song Sparrow standing in the brambles

At the Community Garden, I continue the work I started yesterday, digging up Lesser Celandine from the pathways.

A grassy corner of the Community Garden with a pink circle indicating a patch of Lesser Celandine

It takes me 20mins, again, to fill up my small backpack.

Lesser Celandine dug up and in a white trash bag

And on the way home, I'm thinking about Angle again. I've not seen her since the ice storm... did she not survive? or has she just moved downstream?

Female Mallard with her bill tucked under her wing


Uploaded Sun 3 Mar 2024

Sunday 28 January 2024... Garden Work

The sun shines today.

Blue sky over trees and grass

And I'm at the Community Garden to murder some Lesser Celandine!

Hand spade digging up Lesser Celandine

The thing about Lesser Celandine... You have to dig up the dirt under it as well. My little hand spade won't go deep enough, but at least these plants will have to work a bit to come back up.

Lesser Celandine in a white trash bag

And the other thing about Lesser Celandine... you can't throw the dug up plants on the compost pile. They will just keep growing and take over!

You have to bag up the plants and dispose of them with the regular trash. And since the Community Garden does not have trash pickup, I'll have to haul this home to throw away.

It's good exercise, carrying a little bit of extra weight! :)

It takes 20minutes to dig up enough Lesser Celandine to fill my smaller backpack. And there's still some patches I want to tackle. So I guess I'll be back tomorrow!


Saturday 27 January 2024... Part 1, Visiting the Garden

Some sprinkles off and on, as the clouds re-arrange themselves.

Blue sky and clouds over the bike path

Bath Time!

Crow splashing in a shallow pond while another crow flies in

And the next customer is ready for a bath, too.

One crow standing in shallow water, the other crow walks forward in the grass

Dark Eye Junco standing on a twig, surrounded by twigs

Oh, hey! This is the Common Merganser that Angle was hanging out with in December...

Male Common Merganser, paddling on the water

Excuse me! um! Have you seen Angle, recently? um? Female Mallard? Droopy right wing? Not an angel?

No? Oh. Okay. Thanks anyway. It's nice to see you again!

Male Common Merganser, close up of his face

Just as I get to the garden, there's a tiny section of Rainbow in the north!

Rainbow in the sky past bare trees

I go into the Community Garden, and ha, the paths are just long puddles!

Long puddles thru the middle of the paths around the garden plots

Oh shoot. These round leaves are Lesser Celandine, a very bad invasive. Maybe I should bring my backpack out here, and dig this up before it starts flowering.

Lesser Celandine in the grass

Oh. Now this is interesting! This black tarp is covering part of Probably Not Evil Neighbor's plot. Our plot is on the left, with all the leaves and going over to the two orange buckets.

Garden Plots

But you see the pink flag? A couple plots have them, and I think it means Probably Not Evil Neighbor isn't coming back for a second season!

Yay! A new neighbor! I mean, Probably Not Evil was nice enough. Def better than Evil Neighbor that I had to put up with all those years. But Dang, I got so annoyed at having to constantly tidy up the border between our plots, and dig up the invasive Horse Radish in the back of his plot.

And the next neighbor might be just as bad. But you never know! They might be a responsible community member instead!

And in my plot, I'm happy to see the volunteer Elephant Garlics are still alive!

Elephant Garlic leaves

The leaves are extremely munched tho. Weird. I didn't think that slugs like garlics and Alliums.

Not much of the Fava cover crop has survived the ice storm. And what's left is also extremely munched and pathetic looking! Why are the slugs so hungry??

Pathetic Fava

So. That Lesser Celandine? Every green thing in this plot is Lesser Celandine. Ugh. Horrifying! And it's not even to the Complete and Total Mat stage yet... it will be there next year, I suppose.

Garden plot

And it's only a few plots away. I make note of a couple more plants that are growing in the pathways, and I'm determined to come back with my backpack to dig them up!

Lesser Celandine flowers


Saturday 27 January 2024... Part 2, Birds on the way home. Some Unfortunate :(

Yep, I saw so many interesting things today, I decided to split the photos up into two blog posts!

I know. I am crazy.

Oh No!

White Crown Sparrow staning on a twig, with a leg hanging

Poor Baby! All the other birds I've seen with bum feet have been able to hold their leg up. But this leg is just hanging. Which means their ankle is messed up as well.

oh my gosh, so terrible. Did she get frostbite in the ice storm? ugh, so painful. I feel so bad.

But at least she's got her friends to hang out with. And hopefully they will help her.

White Crown Sparrows standing in the grass

White Crown Sparrow standing in the grass

Female Hooded Merganser paddling on the water

Feast time for the House Finches!

Several House Finches in the brambles

At the top is Hardhack, a native. And there's a bunch of dried up Himalayan Blackberries as well, invasive but tasty!

Male House Finch standing on a thorny vine

What the hell? Another One?!?!

White Crown Sparrow with a dangling leg

Another useless, dangling leg. And this one's foot is much worse. And so painful. Damn. Poor little birds.

White Crown Sparrow standing on a twig


Friday 26 January 2024... Day of the Opossum!

I was just past the Community Garden and there's a Eugene Parks truck on the path, coming towards me... going even slower than usual. What's going on?

The driver has rolled down his window to talk to me, even tho it's raining :) and says, Do you see the Possum?

I was skeptical. Opossums are nocturnal. I look over and sure enough! That's not a cat! *Laughs*

Opossum in the grass

I thank the Parks Guy profusely and wish him a great day and go and take pictures!

Her cute lil pointed face!

Opossum in the grass

Wuuuhh... HOLY! Haha, a Yawn, becuase Opossums are nocturnal! But lordy!

Opossum in the grass, yawns

Look at how big and round the inside of her cheeks are! Crazy! And she looks like a Thylacine with how much she can open her jaws!

And her cute little nose and her cute little ears!

Opossum in the grass

And her cute naked tail.

Opossum in the grass

Lookin' like a cute stuffed animal!

Opossum in the grass

aw, you're going back home for some sleep? Bye bye!

Opossum, turned away, in the grass

On with my walk! Oh, foo. This one gets away before the camera could collect itself. But I've never seen a Cormorant at the creek before!

Blurry Cormorant, paddling on the water behind sticks
Blurry Cormorant, paddling on the water behind sticks

Would have beeen nice to meet her... did she have to swim away so quickly?!

The Alder Trees are doing their thing.

Alder catkins and last years seed cones

This Red Shoulder has been hanging out near the Community Garden, but has been evading my picture taking! ha.

Red Shoulder Hawk in a tree with twigs blocking the view

I will have to think about a name for her, since I've seen her a few times now.


Uploaded Wed 28 Feb 2024

Thursday 25 January 2024... Up Hidden Trail


Uploaded Wed 28 Feb 2024

Wednesday 24 January 2024... A Day of Crows


Uploaded Mon 26 Feb 2024

Tuesday 23 January 2024... At the River


Uploaded Mon 26 Feb 2024

Monday 22 January 2024... More Ice Damage


Uploaded Sat 24 Feb 2024

Sunday 21 January 2024... a rainy day


Uploaded Sat 24 Feb 2024

Saturday 20 January 2024... More Ice Damage


Uploaded Thurs 22 Feb 2024

Friday 19 January 2024... Stewart Pond


Uploaded Thurs 22 Feb 2024

Thursday 18 January 2024... Leaning Tree


Uploaded Tues 20 Feb 2024

Wednesday 17 January 2024... The Mess the Ice Leaves Behind


Uploaded Tues 20 Feb 2024

Tuesday 16 January 2024... ICE... Worse Before It Gets Better!


Uploaded Sun 18 Feb 2024

Monday 15 January 2024... ICE Continues


Uploaded Sun 18 Feb 2024

Sunday 14 January 2024... Snow to ICE!


Thursday 15 February 2024... A New Place to Hike? Wild Iris Ridge!

I have been meaning to check out Wild Iris Ridge for a while now. There was an article in the Eugene Weekly about the park and it looks like a nice little hike... the park is 255 acres and the loop trail is 3.7 miles long.

The problem is, the park is just over 2miles from home. All together, with the hike, that would be a pretty long walk for me... and if there's any kind of hills to go up and down on the trail, that's going to be a tough walk home!

So it might be better to drive over there. But before I get the car out for a ridiculously short trip, I want to make sure it's worth it by walking to the trail head and checking it out!

And I've been putting this off for months...

I've never been up that road, and since it connects with 11th -- a major thoroughfare -- I figured it would be nothing but strip malls and businesses, and I'd have to be avoiding cars coming in and out of parking lots. And blah, right? Boring!

But then, today. The sun was out, there was blue sky all the way across. Except for that bit in the west.

I thought I was going to walk up Hidden Trail. But I got outside, and that bit of grey cloud in the west had completely taken over! It started sprinkling, and then raining. And it wasn't going to let up at all!

Squirrel standing on a wood post with fir tree behind him

So, yeah. I don't want to bother going up Hidden in the rain. And I decided to go find Wild Iris Ridge instead!

I walk thru part of the same neighborhood...
(These are some dwarf irises in someone's front yard. This variety pops up way earlier than normal irises which bloom in May or so!)

Purple Irises

And then cut thru to get to the road that leads to the park.

And it turns out, the road is really nice...

I come up the hill to what looks like a city park, with grass and a line of fir trees. It turns out to be a sprawling middle school. And there's neighborhood and community buildings all along the way. I don't have to dodge a single car, even on the streets I cross! So nice!

And then I find the park!

Wild Iris Ridge park sign

Yay! But the parking lot is tiny. And full of cars. hmm. That could be a problem.

I check out the map at the kiosk and then go up the trail to see what the park looks like. It's not terribly inviting from here...

Trail leading away into the distance

um? The trail follows the power line clearing? Okay, this is kind of terrible.

trail going up the hill under power lines

But I keep going... Okay! This is more like it!!

trail curves into the forest

I go a little bit further, just to make sure. And yep, there's a split in the trail and you can go up the hill thru the forest, and avoid the stupid power lines!

I think we have a winner!


Uploaded Thurs 15 Feb 2024

Saturday 13 January 2024... Snow!


Uploaded Thurs 15 Feb 2024

Friday 12 January 2024... Fly Away!


Uploaded Mon 12 Feb 2024

Thursday 11 January 2024... A Happy Walk with Angle!


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Wednesday 10 January 2024... Fun Birds


Uploaded Sat 10 Feb 2024

Tuesday 9 January 2024... The Rain Pours


Monday 8 January 2024... Stewart Pond


Sunday 7 January 2024... Another Day


Saturday 6 January 2024... A Day


Tuesday 6 February 2024... Month of Letters

Ha. Yep, a week of February has already gone by, and I've suddenly decided to login at LetterMo... It's okay tho, since I have sent some postcards every day so far! :)

They have ported into a new design again this year, and consequentially, I've lost my extensive friends list. This is a bummer. And additionally, they still don't have DMs or any kind of private messaging.

The lack of functionality on the LetterMo website is what drove me away in the past.

On top of that... I hate that font!

But it is what it is. And I've updated my profile. And I've sent out a few friend requests.


Friday 5 January 2024... Today


Thursday 4 January 2024... Blah


Monday 5 February 2024... A Loved Tree. Tribute to the Leaning Tree.

My Leaning Tree fell over during the ice storm of mid-January... It's three trunks are now leaning on the ground in three different directions.

Today, I found it had been turned into an art installation!

Fallen tree with small streamers tied to its limbs

Blue streamer hanging from fallen tree limbs

Blue stream with writing on it
[Oak trees hold] Onto their leaves so long in fall

Blue streamer with writing on it
And watching people go by

Yellow streamers hanging from fallen tree limbs

Looking up at the branches and twigs

Blue and white streamers hanging from a fallen tree

Blue streamer with writing on it
Hug trees, Love trees, Climb trees, Plant trees

Blue streamer with writing on it
Teaching us to look up. I Loved...

Card on a string, held open
Dearest Amazing Tree.
I am so thankful for you!!!
Held in love

Okay. That one made me cry. *sad smile*

I will miss this tree so much.

But this beautiful memorial from the community really is heart-warming.


Wednesday 3 January 2024... Today


Tuesday 2 January 2024... A Day


Monday 1 January 2024... Happy New Year!


Friday 2 February 2023... Tea Time!

I am a coffee drinker. I'm pretty serious about it.

But I've decided to teach myself to drink tea!

You know... Afternoon Tea! just sounds like something nice. And I think I'm the type of person who should be doing something nice like Afternoon Tea!

To that end, I've gotten myself some herbal teas that looked good...

Packets of Herbal Teas next to a mug of water with a tea bag in it!

I tried out the Berry one today. It's kind of... meh.

Probably it needs some crumpets or something to go along with it?


Well. This morning I got some sun again, for my walk.

Wet Prairie pond surrounded by trees in a grassy area

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch, looking over her shoulder

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch

Golden Crown Sparrow standing on a branch

oh, hey. The field behind the Events Center is getting a new, cute fence. I wonder why.

street and trees and sidewalk and fence

The clouds are moving around a lot and being pretty!

White puffy clouds with blue sky and grey clouds


Friday 26 January 2024... A Tribute to Blazey

Today is the one year anniversary of Blazey's death, and I thought I would put up a little memorial. I miss Blazey so much. His place on the bike path is empty and sad and I think about him often.

Blazey was the best Bike Path Ambassador! He was always eager to greet all the humans on the bike path, and most of the dogs as well.

As we got to know each other, Blazey would sometimes jog towards me when he saw me. He was so wonderful and sweet!

My last photo of him, on the day that he died...

Blazey with a squirrel on his throne in the background

That squirrel in the background was on one of Blazey's Thrones and eating his dry cat food. But Blazey wasn't too worried about it!

And then a few days later...

Beloved Blazey has been missing since Jan26

Sighs. He deserved better. But this is what happens to outside cats, even loved cats with happy homes.

Blazey on his throne


2023... Archived Blog Posts

February 2023 (partial)

March 2023

April 2023

May 2023 (partial)

June 2023 (partial)

July 2023

August 2023

September 2023

October 2023

November 2023

December 2023

Saturday 16 July 2022... New Osprey Nest!

So I've looked at a map, and I hope I get around the new Downtown Riverfront Park without getting lost this time. It's closed because they are using it for the World Athletics Championships, which started yesterday and runs until the 25th.

This amazing mural just outside the Rose Garden was finished just in time for the Championships.

Mural of birds and roses

And, of course, you can't go by the Rose Garden without obsessively taking photos of the roses.

Strike It Rich, Grandiflora rose

Grande Dame, Hybrid Tea rose

And then we gotta check the Osprey nest on the other side of the river. There's one child there today, and she takes off ... only to make a loop and come back to the nest.

Osprey flying back to the nest platform

Osprey lands in the nest

XXX... Goal: Finish this post!


I'm archiving the 2022 posts...

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022
Story of nesting Anna Hummingbird begins here!

April 2022
... And the nesting Hummer story continues here, until the babies fly away in mid-April!

May 2022

June 2022

July 2022

2021... BLOG POSTS

(completed 28 May 2023...)

January thru July 2021 Archive

August 2021 Archive

September 2021 Archive

October 2021 Archive

(No entries for November 2021)

December 2021 Archive

Goal: revisit August 2021... Road Trip to Utah!

And then keep filling in posts from there thru the end of 2021.


2020... BLOG POSTS

(completed 27 Dec 2020 thru 5 Jan 2021...)

2020 Archive... January thru July

(posted 21 Apr 2023...)

2020 Archive... Aug thru Dec


Revisit the Aug thru Dec archive page and add photos and clear out the xxx!


2019... BLOG POSTS

(Posted 22 Dec 2020...)

The new archive is HTML5, and completely validated!

2019 journal entries


2018... BLOG POSTS

(Posted 18 Dec 2020...)

I have managed to move all of the 2018 journal entries into an archive page. I did not write very much in 2018, so I decided not to divide them up into months, like I usually do.

The new archive is HTML5, and completely validated!

2018 journal entries


2017... BLOG POSTS

(Posted 19 Dec 2020...)

I have managed to move all of the 2017 journal entries into an archive page. And again, I didn't write very much, so the posts for the entire year are on one page.

The new archive is HTML5, and completely validated!

2017 journal entries


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