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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Seafood Feast for Dinner

My Seafood Chef showed up the other night ♥ 
Uncle David's catch ~
Broiled Rockfish Parmesan and Garlic Butter Shrimp.........
OMG you are SO GOOD Cody Newton!
No leftovers last night

Adding secret sauce to Uncle David's catch
I got to play Sous Chef ;)
A little wine for the sauce the rest for Mom
OK I have to admit, I understand why
Ramona (guilty pleasure - RHONY)
insists on Pinot Grigio, it's delish!
First time I've had it,
not going to be the last. :-) 
Adding that ''special touch''
Cooked to perfection
Katie waits for anything to drop to the floor

Cooking the Shrimp

- Concentration -

 Damn you're good Cody ♥ 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring!

Time is flying by!
Good thing I took the time to take a brief walk
through the garden this morning
 or I may have missed it! ;)

The Lilacs are starting to bloom :)

Lemon Balm has reseeded itself in various
places this year. Some just may make it
into my Etsy Shop when their a little bigger.

Cecil Brunner is about to explode with blooms.

Look who I found getting warm in the Sun,
 a HUGE Moth. A wonderful night time pollinator. 

Nectarine has lots of blooms this year, 
looking forward to some yummy fruit

Queens Tear blooming in foreground
and Forget-me-nots behind.

Ladder of watering cans,

with Lady Banks in bloom.

I usually keep the Oxalis under the bench,
well, not this year.  :/

My Pittosporum has sprouted a couple new plants!
Probably rooted branches prior to pruning.
Going to try to fit the larger on in the front garden,
 the smaller might make in into my shop. 

Succulents are even blooming!

Weeping Peach too. :)

White Alyssum has reseeded in the calf buckets, yay!

Cherry in full blooming majesty

I planted Strawberries in the wheel barrow
with lettuce in between them.

The messy deck still needs to be cleaned up from Winter.

Feeding time :)

A baby from my Sister's Koi,
not much of a baby any more!

One of the little guys T, M & C 
got me last year for my birthday.

The only original I have left
after the Raccoon raids.

There's more hiding, not as friendly as my originals,
but after what they've been through
can't blame them for staying in the shadows.

 So now go out and....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GBBC 2015 Overview

Once again participants from around the world set new records for the number of species identified during the four days of the Great Backyard Bird Count and for the number of checklists submitted.
Total checklists: 147,265 (up 3,156)
Total species: 5,090 (up 794)
Estimated participants: 143,941 (up 1,890)
White-crowned Sparrow  (juvenile)

Top 10 most frequently reported species
 (number of checklists reporting this species):
SpeciesNumber of Checklists
Northern Cardinal59,083
Dark-eyed Junco59,074
Mourning Dove48,313
Downy Woodpecker45,399
Blue Jay41,671
American Goldfinch39,880
House Finch39,241
Tufted Titmouse38,191
Black-capped Chickadee36,363
House Sparrow34,564
White-crowned Sparrow (male)

Top 10 states/provinces by checklists submitted
State/ProvinceNumber of SpeciesNumber of Checklists
New York1636,615
North Carolina2014,497

White-crowned Sparrow (male)

White-crowned Sparrow (female)

Sorry buddy, Parakeets don't count

Katie relaxing while I count

''Do I hear Something?''

''Yep, I think I do!''

Perimeter patrol

''What's that?''

''I'll tear through this fence, if necessary!"

''yeh, that's right, lil' ole me put them in their place.''
 '' I'm bad to the bone!''

Time to rest in the Sun

''Hey, she took care of them, I'm heading for the Sun''

White-crowned Sparrow (male)

White-crowned Sparrow (male)

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile male)

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile male)

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile male)

White-crowned Sparrow (male)


Next Year Great Backyard Bird Count takes place
February 12-15, 2016


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