Amber's sister, Zoe just under 8 months old. It suddenly dawned on us last week that she could be playing with this! Grateful for baby toys that were big girl enough in design to make a tiny, precious physically limited little girl feel so grown up. Grateful for big sister's special toys that bring delight to a curious growing baby sister. Grateful for a heart full of memories and making more.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
The Chipping Sparrows fledged and I missed it. Sunday afternoon I managed to see babies being fed and captured a few distant photos, counting four hungry beaks. Monday ~ not a peep from the nest, no activity. Monday morning brought this hungry visitor to my yard. From the size, I would say a Sharp shinned Hawk. It hopped around the rocky banking near the edge of the road and before I could snap had snatched something and flew off to this same tree branch. For the dining shot, the hawk had it's back to me and I couldn't make out what it had grabbed. Mouse, chipmunk? I hoped not a fledgling sparrow.
This photo I took with my iPhone. I was picking raspberries early Tuesday morning, a terribly muggy morning. I startled a rabbit and was enjoying the company of an adult Cat Bird, although I wasn't happy sharing the berries with the birds. The adult bird was not leaving. It flew off but flew right back each time. I continued to pick, down the long row, rounding the corner where the bird was and heading down between two rows. Some beautiful big berries in the middle caught my eye but I couldn't quite reach. I adjusted my angle to try again and my heart stopped as I spotted this little one a berry's width from my fingertips!!! It was so very still, barely blinking. I backed away and moved to the far end of the row.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Chipping Sparrows have taken over their tiny nest in the dogwood tree. They've added some more material to the unused nest from last year. They are nearly impossible to see. I can sometimes see activity from just the right spot in my living room with binoculars but can't get a picture as there are screens on my windows. Most of the spots in the yard are just not the right angle. I thought that one of the above pictures showed a hint of rusty red cap, but with my bleary morning eyes I can't tell.
This morning there was a bit of drama as a few American Goldfinch chose to land in the tree. Both parents came flying. My SD card was not in my camera!!
There has been a great deal of logging in and around my neighborhood lately as landowners are looking for extra income and wood prices are high. Knowing all the second round nesting that happens, I'm a bit undone as I hear the loggers at work. I take comfort in knowing "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." Every day is a choice to trust in His unfailing love.