I Wrote Audubon —- Sunday, September 10, 2017

First I wrote to ask if this was the right place to ask what typed of hummingbird was in my yard —“I have never seen this hummingbird at my feeder.  I have been feeding the Hummingbirds for 8 years now, and know the type I have here (I have seen Broadtail, Calliope, Black-Chin, and Rufus…for sure)  But this one is new to me.  I was hoping you could tell me what type this one is.
I took the photo on August 20, 2017  Here on our farm, in Delta, Colorado in our back yard.”

Linda

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“Hello Linda,

Many thanks for the interest in the hummingbirds in your yard there in Colorado!  I’m sorry for the slight delay responding here–we are swamped at this time of year with taskings for the Citizen Science team, and the Admin mailboxes for all programs are not able to receive the attention we would like.

You should be able to attach a photo to send to us here–a number of people have done that over the summer so far.  Then hopefully we can help you figure out what was visiting your feeders.”

Thanks and good birding,
Geoff

Geoff LeBaron
Christmas Bird Count Director
Audubon Science

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“Hi Linda,It’s hard to be completely sure, but it looks like what you had there was a female or hatch-year Calliope Hummingbird.  They would be moving southward by late summer, and I know when I used to spend time in Southwestern Colorado near Pagosa Springs this was the time of year that Calliopes would come through.

Thanks for sending the pictures, and I hope you’re having a great birding year in 2017.

Best wishes,

Geoff

Well, I guess this is what I have!  I only saw her one day.  But one day was a gift!

Here is the What is This bird FB page   

The answers were mixed so I decided to go to Audubon!

Thank you one and all for your help in this little quest to know what type of hummingbird stopped by!

Your friend on a western Colorado Farm,

Linda

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The Perfect Gift–Thursday, September 10, 2015

A perfect gift arrived for me…all the way from the Black Forest, near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rainbow-from-the-Black-Fore

There in the lovely forest they call home, in the perfect stillness after rain storm, was a gift of hope and love.

Elaine so kindly sent it to me, now I am sharing it with you.

Your friend on a high mountain desert farm in western Colorado,

Linda

 

Rain and a New Bow, September 10, 2014

The header is a photo of the sunrise after our amazing, extremely wet, rain storm.

Rain

Thankfully the storm is moving on today and warm dry weather is predicated for at least seven more days.  The above photo is the rain socking us in; some places got as much as 3″ in an hour!  Our canal is clear to the brim; swollen with water.

Rain-2It’s for sure we are wet.

The hay is covered and safe, but the pinto beans are…in the mud!

Rain-3What happens now?  We wait until eveything dries back out.  Then Terry will go in with the rod-weeder and lift the pinto beans up out of the mud and dirt and fluff up the rows again.  Then we wait until they are dry.  After that he should be able to combine.

Gift-2Terry gave Linkin a new compound bow.  She is just getting the feel of it here.  Proper form is to have your hand close to your cheek and your other arm level with the hand next to your cheek.

Gift-1She LOVES it!  We had to go out first thing this morning (even in the mud) to give it another go at using it.

She and her Momma will leave later on today!

The visit was a nice treat,for this Grammy and Grandpa, in the middle of a very wet week.

Your friend,

Linda

 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The rains have arrived.  They threaten all day long, then around 8:00 in the evening they began.

Storms-2

We were lucky that it waited until we got home.  Just as I drove into the shed the rain started falling in a serious manner. Terry didn’t believe me when I said it was raining (he beat me in) but as we walked out of the building he became a believer.  🙂

Storms-1

Today Terry has a meeting, which leaves just the dogs and I to change the water…I hope it isn’t raining at that point.  I also dread the drive on a mud slick ditch bank, but I know it can be done.

Storm-3 Yes, I do!

Cold

Anyway, The Farmer’s Almanac has printed their predictions for the up and coming winter…I’m already ready for Spring.  I guess I shouldn’t be so selfish, as I know some of my  Dear Blog Friends are also ready for Spring—-they can only have Spring if we have Winter so I’ll slap on a Happy Face and ‘try’ to be okay with Winter.

Now for the Good part of Winter…if the predictions are true we will have snow, which means the reservoirs should recover some, which is a very good thing.

Night

Your Grateful the pinto beans are harvested and sold and the hay is baled and stacked friend,

Linda