Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A tranquil Tuesday

I had no real plans for today, so I just took it easy.  I did a few chores and a little grocery shopping.  We’re having a little cold snap this week, and I could see my breath as I took Emma on her first outs this morning.  The campground is pretty much packed to the gills, and will remain that way for most of the month.  I’m finding that I’m growing fond of my on board washing machine.  :)  It sure beats trying to get the laundry done at the park now that there are so many people here.

I did venture outside late this afternoon to try my hand at some more hummingbird pictures.  Late afternoon is when the sun is in a good position to light up the feeders.
_MG_2300I had a new visitor at the Hard (Red) Rock Bird Cafe today.  A male broad-tailed hummingbird stopped by for a sip of nectar.
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When this bird flies, his wings produce a high musical trill.  You can hear him coming from quite a distance.  It’s almost like he’s wearing bells!

Lurking inside the shadowy nearby pine tree is the male rufous hummingbird.  He blasts off his perch to defend the feeder that is hanging on the pine tree at Jim’s site.  What a feisty dude he is!

Emma and I plan to drive one of the scenic/historic Idaho Byways tomorrow.  I just haven’t decided which one yet.  I have a guide to Idaho’s scenic byways, and it just depends on how long of a drive I’m interested in doing.  We’ll see how the weather is in the morning.

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


  1. Judy, those hummingbird pics are fabulous. You do a great job of getting a close-up.

    You left a comment on my blog about the calendar you saw on the fridge. No, it is not a magnetic calendar...just plain old paper. I copy several for each month from my on board printer and stick one on the fridge. The others I use for all sorts of planning activities.

    I'll be eager to read about which scenic byway you choose! Have fun, drive safely.

  2. Judy I am jealous!! Those pics of the hummingbird are terrific. Mike and I are working on learning how to take better birding pics. I really want to get the hummer in flight or at least showing the wings in movement.
    I am so glad you are enjoying your washer/dryer now. I do like the idea that I don't have to go to the laundromat....it really waste time when I could be out doing something else. With my own washer/dryer I can do the laundry in the evening if I wish.
    Take care and keep those pics coming!!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  3. Great pictures of the hummingbirds, Judy! Nice job!

  4. Great hummer photos & you even stopped the wings in motion. Despite putting humming bird feeders out over the years we just have not been able to attract them although I do see them outside around the flowers sometimes. Tried 3 different types of feeders but nothing worked. Photographing birds takes a lot of patience but is a lot of fun as well & the results can be very rewarding.

  5. Beautiful hummingbird photos! They're such pretty little birds.

  6. Great Hummer pictures, I am still waiting for our first to find the feeder, it's been three days , of course there had been a lot of activity in the area with the chains saw going in the mornings and the tractor dragging limbs so maybe the birds are hiding out till it's quiet again. Have fun and be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  7. I would say the new camera is working well-great hummingbird photos!

  8. Great pictures! A bit of a cold snap around here would be welcomed.

  9. The bird with wings extended looks like it has fairy wings. Beautiful pictures!

  10. WOW! Those shot are really good! You never get to see one up close because they zoom around so fast. Fun to see what they look like close up. Thanks!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  11. Can you take one more complement? Pictures are amazing!

  12. I liked the info about Earthquake Lake. I felt I was still in Wyoming, that is until you mentioned the cold weather. It is over 90 here with a humidity that would wilt a new perm. Add a billion mosquitoes and I wish I was back at 7000 ft. Nice stop action on the hummers wings by the way.

  13. Those are great pictures! I really need to improve mine :)