Monday, May 27, 2019

Wet Spring

Its been a wet spring this year.
Not so much lots of rain, but frequent rain showers,
so the ground can't dry out.

The farm fields look like a swamp with egrets walking in the "lakes"

Or they are vast fields of butterweed which have taken over since the farmers can't plow the fields.

And the trails are underwater.
Guess we won't be riding anytime soon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Trip of Lifetime Part 2

More photos and information from my trip to the Galapagos Islands.
One of the islands we visited was North Seymour Island.
This island has large colonies of Blue-footed Boobies and frigatebirds.

The boobies are endearing with their vacant stares and unafraid demeanor.

Boobies doing their dance.

 A blue-footed booby on its nest, right in the middle of the trail.

A frigate bird family

A yellow land iguana

That afternoon, we trekked the small Mosquera Islet, where young sea lions cavorted in a shallow kindergarten pool.  This fellow was tossing and playing with a stick he'd found.

Here a mother watches over her pup as he plays with a friend.

And the circle of life is evident here too.
We found this whale skeleton on the beach.

 Our final island was Genovesa, known as bird island, for all the birds species there.
The red-footed booby is found here, nesting in trees.

Frigatebids are everywhere.

And the Nazca or masked boobies are also nesting here.

And we also spotted a short-eared owl.

This is also where you can swim with the fur seals.
Most of them were dozing on the rocks that afternoon.

And the sets on a wonderful vacation!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Trip of a Lifetime

At the top of my bucket list is a unique place called the Galapagos Islands.
You may remember the islands are where Charles Darwin deduced the theory of evolution.
Many animals are found only on certain islands and have adapted to its particular environment.
I finally realized my dream of visiting there.

One of the first places we visited was Santa Cruz Island 
where the giant tortoises are being bred for conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Next, we visited Floreana where we saw flamingoes and a green sand beach,

Visited Post Office Bay, where sailors left mail in a barrel for passing ships to collect and deliver if they were headed to that destination.

And everywhere we saw crabs.

Next up, my favorite island, Espanola, where the huge waved albatross was nesting.

The albatross are so big that they launch themselves off the cliff to take flight.

A hike to cliff revealed a spectacular blowhole

And we saw the red form of the marine iguana.

 To finish off our visit to Espanola, we stopped at Gardner Bay where sea lions basked in the sun, totally ignoring the human visitors.

Day four, we stopped at San Cristobal island, one of the few islands that is inhabited by people.
We shopped and found some souvenirs and visited the national park Interpretation Center.

After lunch, we snorkeled around Kicker Rock

 Day five takes us to Santa Fe Island and a beach covered with sea lions.

We also saw land iguanas who eat the cacti found on their island.

That afternoon, we visited South Plaza Island where the many seabirds can be seen,
 such as frigate birds, pelicans and swallowtail gulls.
Frigatebirds flying overhead.

A swallow tailed gull on its nest.

Because this is getting long, I'll continue with part 2.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Some New Bird Visitors

We've had some new & different birds visiting the feeder this year.

 This rose-breasted Grosbeak visited my feeders this year.

 This striking red-headed woodpecker has not been seen on our farm
 the entire time we've been here, 19 years.
What a surprise. 
I hope he sticks around.

We have lots of white-breasted nuthatches, but this is the first time I've spotted this cutie.
A red-rested nuthatch!