I got off to such a good start for the year--created a blog to record the happenings in the yard, listed yard birds on e-bird--and then all my good intentions (of keeping up with a journal/blog) went by the wayside. But a very nice wayside it was--a new granddaughter! We drove the six hours to our daughter's house and then watched grandchildren instead of birds. Here's our little sweetheart.
Before leaving town, I took a few pictures of the Brown Pelicans that fly along the Arroyo Colorado, diving in when they spot a fish. They especially like to follow the barges and fish in their wakes.
Brown pelicans are certainly not rare here though I know until recently they were a threatened species. Over the years of watching the river we have seen their steady increase and now they are numerous.
Another picture I took just before leaving town for a couple of weeks was of a Kiskadee eating the berries of the shefflera. Remember the papaya tree next to the shefflera with the blooms that the hummingbirds were enjoying so much?
Well, when we returned home, a freeze (first one in several years) had turned the leaves and blossoms into a dark shriveled mess. I don't know if the tree will be lost or not. Most of the yard is not affected. In fact, some plants look better than ever--the lantana, for example.