a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, June 1, 2015

tight quarters

I have to admit, I am enamored with watching the birds at our feeders.  I find myself when I take my morning and afternoon break at work grabbing a drink of water and just spending a few minutes watching what is going on outside with the birds.  They provide great entertainment.

The doves, who really are too big for the feeders, don't think they are too big.


They manage to even eat seed from it.  Hubby took this shot of them.  I thought he did great with it.  He may not clean, but he sure can get some good picture shots (and cook a great meal).

I got a new camera.  Here's my first picture I took with it.  It was dinner on Saturday night; grilled shrimp with cesear salad, delicious! My old camera broke right before we moved.  I was taking pictures on the tablet, but it was a bit bulky.  Because we are traveling soon (see below) I wanted something more convenient like a small size camera so got one.  Lucky you.  I'm sure I'll be sharing lots of pictures.



Horrors, we saw Saturday what I dreaded seeing since we moved in and the wide open spaces that we had.  It was on our back patio.  It was only about 7 to 8 inches long.  Kind of pencil thin.  It may or may not have survived.  I hope we don't see any more here or I may never go outside again until winter descends upon us.

I am taking off for a few days sometime in the next week.  I may have time to read blogs, I'm not sure.  If you don't see me around, you'll know why.  I'm so looking forward to this trip and can't wait to share it with all of you when we return.  I will have pictures to share of our adventures.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves and enjoy the beginnings of summer.  It is interesting with our first year here.  It starts to get light about 4:40 a.m. here and stays light until about 7:50 p.m. (ish).  Hard to believe we have been here close to six months.  Time flies, especially if one is having fun :)

And I hope you all are having fun!

45 comments:

Mildred said...

Hello! Funny that the doves "don't know" they are too big for the feeder!
Wishing you a lovely trip.

TARYTERRE said...

Bird Watching is a time honored hobby. Those doves look comfy sitting there hogging the feeder. Dinner looks good. Shrimp is a favorite here too. Have a wonderful trip. Enjoy every minute. Take care. See you when you get back.

Bijoux said...

I have no idea what you saw on your patio that was pencil thin?

Have a great trip!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Bird watching is great! Very relaxing. Share away as many photos as you'd like; I always enjoy that. Have a wonderful trip!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How nice to have a new camera and to be taking a trip. After all the overtime hours you are due a break. Hope you have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures to share.

SweetMarie said...

you have a great safe place for the doves. :) was it a snake that was pencil thin?? enjoy that trip! looking forward to the pics. :)

Jo said...

I'm guessing you saw a snake on your patio? Love the picture of the doves, funny that, they never went on to our very big feeder but used to stay on the ground picking up the overflow.

Have a good trip Betty.

Pat Hatt said...

The cats would love watching the birds. Snakes are never fun to see if they are nasty poisonous ones, the others, meh. Enjoy your trip.

jack69 said...

This is always a fun visit and you do know how to leave a mystery. Love it. Looking forward to tales of your journey.
Yep, the picture is good and the meal looks great.

Sharon said...

I'm gonna guess that you saw a snake on your patio! We get them up here, too. Garter snakes, mountain king snakes...and yes, rattlesnakes! Do you know that my reptile-wrangling hubby captures them and then drives them partway down the mountain and sets them free??? He just hates to kill anything!

I can't wait to hear about your trip and see your photos! Have fun, and yes, do take a lot of pictures!

GOD BLESS!

(P.S. The photo with the doves was hilarious!!)

Saleslady371 said...

I like that photo of the doves that your hubby took! That's amazing and amusing! Happy for you with that new camera. Look forward to all the pics you will take with it. Pictures tell us so much!

Have a wonderful few days away! I know you will and I'll be praying for you.
Mary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Dinner looks really good. A snake. They don't bother me much but I respect the creepy critters.
Have fun with your travels.

Intense Guy said...

I love watching birds!!!

Snakes... not so much!

Hope you have (had) a great trip!

I love your photos too! :)

Kate said...

The doves made me laugh! Where are you going to travel? I look forward to seeing pictures.

Joanne Noragon said...

You must be pretty far east in your time zone for it to be light so early and dark so early. I would be so far under the covers. Light here starts after six, and at the top of the solstice, it's light til near ten.
You have a grand trip!

Birgit said...

Congrats on the camera and love the mourning doves. They eat from our bird feeder also but on the grass. Shrimp meal looks great. I am thinking you saw a scorpion?? Ick I hope not. Have a wonderful and safe trip

Chrys Fey said...

The squirrels around here eat all of the bird seed so I don't gt to enjoy watching the birds. :(

I love the picture of the doves.

I've been seeing a lot of black racer snakes around here. At least they are relatively harmless, but still not fun to spot.

Maria Zannini said...

My doves tend to feed on what the smaller birds drop. When it's bitterly cold out I put out toast with peanut butter for the crows. I like crows.

Jerralea said...

Good luck on your adventure. I am so glad you got a new camera, because I love to see pictures of people's lives. I'm nosy like that!

Anytime you have a husband who cooks, why ... that is a good thing!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Those doves are beautiful, even if they are a little big for the feeder (they don't seem bothered by that fact, do they?)

susie said...

We've had a lot of rain here lately. The worms are huge. I like bird watching when it does not involve worm chomping.

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm bad about forgetting to fill our bird feeders. We have so many birds here, I have to refill the one closest to the house every couple of days!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Have a wonderful trip and stay safe! The doves seem to have adopted the cat's philosophy of 'if I fits, I sits', lol.

yaya said...

There's lots of things in those warmer climates that crawl, fly, and scare me! I guess I'll stick with 10 feet of snow and freezing temps to keep them in your neighborhood! Have a good time wherever you're going! Love the pic of the birds by the way! Love the look of dinner too! Yum!

rmslil said...

That pencil thin thing would keep me off the patio for weeks. THen I would be paranoid while out there.

Chatty Crone said...

What was pencil thin? Have a fun trip!

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Liz A. said...

So weird. I was typing in the box, but nothing was showing up. Looks like it's fixed now.

What did you find on your patio? Inquiring minds want to know.

What kind of camera did you get? Mine started doing funny things (after I accidentally dropped it), and now it's time to get another. (It is 10 years old, so I'm probably due.) I'm looking for good recommendations.

Paula Kaye said...

I spend way too much time every day watching the birds. Our doves never perch on the feeders. They eat all the stuff that is kicked onto the ground. We have several varieties of dove here. I am so happy you are going on a trip. Can't wait to hear all about it. And see some amazing pictures with your new camera. That shrimp looks yummy!

Nick Wilford said...

You saw a snake? Doesn't sound like a massive one but you never know what they can do. Have a fun trip!

Wendy said...

I've never seen doves on the perch of our feeder. They hang out on the ground waiting for the finches to kick some seed out onto the ground. Looking forward to hearing about your trip ~

Misha Gericke said...

Have a safe trip and I'll see you when you get back. :-)

Linda said...

Betty, please remember to include a "reptile alert" if photos! Fun to watch creatures great and small, just not all of them for me. Nice view indeed of birds. Enjoy your new camera and trip.

Veronica Lee said...


Have a wonderful trip, Betty. I am missing you already! The doves are beautiful.

Mary said...

I'm guessing you referred to a scorpion.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

Doves can grow to be huge! I really like watching the birds, too, and listening to them, too.

I assume it was a snake and not a lizard?

I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures! Get lots of them while you're on vacation. And 4:40 a.m. is entirely too early to be getting light!

Stephen Tremp said...

Betty, have fun with your new toy. And those doves are too much.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I find I like to have a camera. Even though phones and a tablet may take good photos I still think a camera is better. Dinner looks yummy. I hope you never see one again either and glad you didn't post a photo of it! I assume you are talking snake. Get yourself some liquid fence or another product that is similar. We do the boarder of our house every spring. I prefer Liquid Fence.
Have a fun/safe trip.
Debby

Sue Elvis said...

Betty,

A new camera? You will have lots of fun with it!

Was it a snake you saw? We once had a copperhead snake living under our garage. We phoned the wildlife rescue people for some advice, hoping they'd come out and remove it for us, but they told us to ignore it. Apparently, snakes and people can live side by side if we just respect each other's space. (I'd rather snakes kept well away from my space!) It's illegal to kill snakes here in Australia so we learnt to live with ours. Even though copperheads are poisonous no one was ever bitten. I hope you don't see your creature again!

Enjoy your trip away!

Sandy said...

A snake? I'm really not a fan of creepy crawly things. Hope you don't come across anymore of them. Your shrimp looks great and it's a good shot so I say you're doing well with your new camera.

Birds are fun, I saw our first hummingbird last night out the kitchen widow. They make me tired watching them, as their wings move so quickly.

Enjoy your trip, safe travels, looking forward to seeing your adventure. Where are you heading? Hope you do have time to stay in touch.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

DMS said...

Those doves are too big- but they don't care. :)

I hope you have a wonderful trip. Enjoy and be safe! Can't wait to see your pictures. :)
~Jess

netablogs said...

We seem to have a lot of magpies around this Spring/early summer and they are so noisy, it's.. annoying! And they are hard to shoo away -- very stubborn. I do love the sound of other birds, though. As I lay awake early this morning about 4 a.m., I heard the morning songs of all the little birds. I love that!

Elizabeth said...

Those doves are funny, your husband did take a great picture :) I like bird watching on my lunch break, too. If it's cool out, I sit in my car and watch all the black birds and sparrows fighting for the food and crumb-filled trash people drop in the parking lot.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have big blue jays who perch on a feeder sized for smaller birds. It makes me laugh.

Sunni said...

My doves and pigeons don't think they're too big for the bird feeders either. I have pics of them landing on the small ledge going around the feeder. And the sparrows and finches here think they can drink out of the hummingbird feeder too. They're on it all the time and rock it back and forth to get the nectar out.

Glad you got a small camera. I have a Canon point and shoot and I love it. It takes great pics for its size and slips easily into a pocket.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/