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Yesterday was a perfect day for bird watching. Many hummers visited the feeder including Calliope and Rufus Hummingbirds. A House Wren sat on the deck railing chattering continually. An American Goldfinch glowed yellow under the warm sun. I saw a male Calliope Hummingbird on my walk. Also on my walk I watched a Lewis’ Woodpecker confront a European Starling over a potential nest hole in a dead tree. And a Spotted Towhee called from a high perch.

Ken’s mother used to sit and watch the hummingbirds for hours. My mother would have enjoyed them too.

We’ve had some cold weather and some snow, but not enough to make it feel like real winter. And now the afternoon temperatures are going well above freezing so the small amount of snow will be alternating between melting and freezing. No one likes that. Sky doesn’t like temperatures below ten so last week I took her to town and she picked out a nice red and black plaid fleece coat. I think she likes it when it’s cold. Hopefully it will get cold again and she can wear it some more this winter. Luna says she doesn’t like the sticky snow. It clings to her feet and legs and makes ice between her toes. She probably should get her legs shaved like a poodle. But with the current conditions, that won’t be a problem. The birds appreciate our feeders and give us endless hours of entertainment. Who needs a tv?

We are finally getting a little bit of snow but nowhere near enough for skiing. Hopefully it will come soon.

I have been keeping the bird feeders full and enjoying the little birds – mostly finches and the occasional woodpecker. This year we have quail too. That’s quite unusual. They roost in a brush pile down below the house. Eagles are all over the valley, scavenging dead fish and roadkill. I watched a young Bald Eagle as a pair of Black-billed Magpies tried to share its lunch.

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