Summer 2011 Adventure Updates

Crested Coua (Coua cristata) by Lee LPZ

Crested Coua (Coua cristata) by Lee LPZ

Just thought I would update you on varied adventures that we have been traveling through the last few months. I have been dealing with some medical issues that have kept me from doing many of my normal activities and posting here on the blog. Plus other things keep me busy also. Nothing unusual for most people. We all seem to be very involved these days. Then, we sent most of our birds back up north for the summer, so the birdwatching adventures have been limited. And it has been HOT at times. In other words, I have had lots of mini adventures, but not a lot of big ones.

During June we had our Vacation Bible School and Dan and I were involved with that for a week. That was also a blessing and challenge. We had, I think, over 130 children that attended. Our church workers and volunteers did a fantastic job. We were able to use our new building for VBS.
House Finch-Orange Variant

House Finch-Orange Variant thru screen

Most of my birdwatching adventures have been just observing birds flying overhead as we are about or watching them at our feeders. We also made a short trip to the Zoo, (Crested Coua). As I said, it has been HOT. We have spotted several Swallow-tailed Kites and an Eagle flying overhead. One delight has been some House Finches that have been coming to the feeders. Had not had any, but they have been here for over 2 months now. They must have forgot to fly north. There are two pairs of them. One is the normal House Finch and the other is what they call the “orange variant.” Also a family of Red-winged Blackbirds have been feeding here. The immature males were giving me an ID challenge until the 3 of them came in with their dad.

Red-winged Blackbird - Immature

Red-winged Blackbird - Immature - thru screen

Then for another challenge, a new computer has kept me busy getting things transferred. Decided to find the duplicates before moving data. Still do not have everything on the new computer yet. Especially the bird photos. We have also had summer storms and have to keep the computers off from time to time. (Always when I had time and felt like doing something.)

All in all, the Lord has been giving His Blessings as usual and continues to show His Love.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. (Psalms 89:15 NKJV)


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