Saturday, April 11, 2015

Waltzing the familiar…

Here we are…

Nestled snugly in Sicksta and Craigys side yard in NC.

Our plan is to stay here for a month and head to The Biggest Week after my birthday.

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The first few mornings here were full of humidity that touched everything…..

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I have already searched the lot across the street for Morels.

I didn’t find any but did see this heart….and heard a Hooded warbler…first of the year here.

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The Old Blue truck is still alive and for the right price perhaps Craigy would part with it.

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The apple tree has blossomed.

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I found this gorgeous butterfly on the apple blossoms…

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It’s a male Falcate Orangetip

A lifer butterfly for me!

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The Dogwood is blooming…see Old blue?

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Rosemary blooming and Old blue..

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Its always fun to travel to new places…

but..

Waltzing the familiar is a beautiful dance ….

we are here most every April.

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I see what is new…

what is blooming early or late..

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I look and listen for the familiar yard birds and the birds that migrate in and through the area.

It seems this year some birds are a bit earlier.

Migrants coming in within the last few days…

White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Northern Parula
Black-and-white Warbler

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Hooded Warbler

and today

a beautiful Indigo bunting male.

 

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I search every day for Morels in the places I am familiar with..

I know where and to expect them…I found these two and marked them to pick when the got a bit bigger.

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The farmers fields up the street are plowed and ready for planting…

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The chickadees are checking out the real estate.

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Yes it’s that time of year when we settle in for a month in Sickstas yard..

 

And Waltz the familiar.

2 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I love the pretty butterfly and the dogwood blooms. Enjoy your visit.

Susan Humeston said...

Many of the birds that you have just seen arriving have recently left South Florida - not those exact ones, but I do wonder where "my" birds go when they leave. Wish they could be tagged and have people watch for them. We've had in our back yard overwintering this past year - a couple of female ruby-throated hummingbirds, the usual painted buntings (they are FAR from usual, but they have been coming for over 5 years now), a couple of blue-gray gnatcatchers, a couple of yellow rumped warblers and palm warblers. The ones just passing through in the past month? A black and white warbler stayed for a few days, a few common yellowthroats (male and female) for about a week and a northern parula for about a week. Wouldn't it be neat if the black and white warbler, the northern parula and the hummingbird are fresh from my yard to yours?

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