Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Birth Day!

This morning, my fifth grandchild was born!  She weighed in at 8lbs 3oz, and is the third child for my youngest son, Andy, and his wife, Kelly.  They haven't decided on a name yet, so the whole family is anxiously awaiting their decision.  Whatever her name may be, we welcome her with open arms!  Now the two boys, Joseph and Seth, will have a little sister to protect, and I'll get to meet her in just a few weeks.  I can't wait!  Mother and daughter are doing fine.  Andy will have his hands full for the next week with the boys until they both come home.  :)

Back here in Texas, it was another gloomy day.  I mostly spent the day relaxing in preparation for the big Songbird Festival that will take place next weekend.  Of course, that didn't stop me from enjoying the birds in my "yard."  I saw a blue grosbeak this morning.  I couldn't get a picture, but at least that is a signal that the spring migration has begun.

Emma and I spent the afternoon outside enjoying the customers at the Hard Rock Bird Cafe.  :)  You know my passion right now is photographing hummingbirds, so here's a few more shots:

I had to refill the hummingbird feeder again today.  It was only moments after setting it out that this male black-chinned showed up.

 He was joined on the other side of the feeder by this female.

In case you're wondering what will happen once I pack up to leave and take down the feeder, this female will tell you.  Notice the yellow on her bill and those specks on her forehead?  (click on the photo to enlarge)That's pollen from all the flowers that she has visited.  They'll be just fine.  :)

Emma is learning to chill when I'm outside with her and watching "my birds."  However, I don't think I'll ever break her from barking at the the vultures that soar over our site. Of course, she is always successful in protecting us from these intruders, as long as we don't look and smell dead!  :)

I had three out of the four species of doves that are found on the refuge visit the cafe this afternoon.  First was the Inca dove...

then a pair of mourning doves stopped by...

and finally, a couple of white-winged doves flew in to check out the menu.  I hope I see a painted bunting soon.

Thanks for stopping by....talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Congratulations on the new grandchild! Aren't they wonderful?

  2. Congratulations on your new granddaughter!

    Great hummingbird photos. I just love them, they are so little, cute and fast!