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.


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



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.


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



The apple tree has blossomed.


I found this gorgeous butterfly on the apple blossoms…


It’s a male Falcate Orangetip

A lifer butterfly for me!



The Dogwood is blooming…see Old blue?


Rosemary blooming and Old blue..


Its always fun to travel to new places…


Waltzing the familiar is a beautiful dance ….

we are here most every April.


I see what is new…

what is blooming early or late..


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.




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.


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


The chickadees are checking out the real estate.


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


And Waltz the familiar.


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

  2. 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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