First Sony Bird Pics

Yellow-Dumped Warbler, a winter visitor

Yellow-Rumped Warbler, a winter visitor

White-crowned Sparrow a winter visitor

White-crowned Sparrow a winter visitor

Western Bluebird on shed roof

Western Bluebird on shed roof

Western Bluebird flew just as I snapped

Western Bluebird flew just as I snapped

Western Bluebird checking me out

Western Bluebird checking me out

Spotted Towhee - spotted at last minute

Spotted Towhee – spotted at last minute

Scrub Jay - hopping around

Scrub Jay – hopping around

Red Tail Hawk at dusk

Red Tail Hawk at dusk

Oregon Junco

Oregon Junco

Western Bluebirds on Old Fence

Western Bluebirds on Old Fence

I wanted to share the first bird pictures with my new Sony a 6000, a mirrorless camera which is very light weight. I was using the 55 – 210 mm lens to shot the pictures at my daughter Em’s house on Christmas Day. There is a learning curve. After using my Canon for a billion years, I found the Sony zoom lens works just a tad differently. I am in love with the depth-of-field and look at the fabulously sharp bits of wood fence, roof, etc. Yep, I need to use it more so that the zooming becomes second nature as it is with my Canon. Those of you from the colder climes, we are taking good care of your summer birds the White-crowned Sparrow, the Oregon Junco, and the Yellow-rumped Warbler. They are common visitors to our yard where I have bird seed out for “visitors”.

QThanks for visiting us. Now go have a crafty day.

 

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Aloha Pukana Lā

Sunrise over Ft. Hase Beach

Sunrise from the front porch as I sit drinking my early morning coffee.

Sunrise from the front porch as I sit drinking my early morning coffee.

Looking across the street, early morning coffee view

Looking across the street, early morning coffee view

Aloha pukana lā = Hello sunrise.

The beach in the pictures is about 600 steps from our daughter’s new house on the base. We’ve been taking walks down to and along the beach every day.  The Hubs and I got Fitbits this year to help us meet our goal of walking 10,000 steps every day. Meeting that goal definitely has not been a problem here in Paradise. Tomorrow morning we say aloha to our little bit of heaven, board the plane, and fly back home.

San Diego Skyline

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Had to share this gorgeous picture The Hubs took of the San Diego skyline. He’s turned into a wonderful amateur photographer. I “forced” him into taking photography classes through the local adult school when he retired. Perfect choice for picking out his hobby. (I accidentally posted just the pic before I wrote the post, so here is the post.)

After walking a zillion miles hiking around the Silver Strand area, Alan wanted to take pictures of the Hotel Del at sundown. Have to admit that I was exhausted and told him he was on his own to walk around The Del. My Kindle is always with me, so coffee and treat in hand, I sat outside to enjoy what was left of our beautiful, chilly, windy day. What a perfect ending to a wonderful day. Um, my pics are taken with my iPhone.

Coffee, Almond Croissant and the Kindle - Ah…..

Coffee, Almond Croissant and the Kindle – Ah…..

View from my outside table

View from my outside table

View of the sun going down behind Point Loma

View of the sun going down behind Point Loma

The Dead Tree And Me

q8~We’re re-landscaping the backyard. It’s gone to rack-and-ruin due to the Hubs accident and the dog digging it up looking for the gopher. The one item I will get a little weepy over is my dead, dwarf peach tree. I love this tree! All of my bird feeders hang from the tree. At any given time I can see at least 4 different species of visitors since there aren’t any leaves to hid them. Yesterday, at one time, I saw House Finch, Lesser-Green-Backed Goldfinch, Anna’s Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, and California Towhee. The new tree to replace it is a Palo Verde which has tiny little leaves so, hopefully, I’ll be able to easily see my little feathered friends.  Here are some of the easy-to-see-birds on my tree. Dead tree? Really? These are just a tiny fraction, not even the tip of the iceberg, of the birds visiting my favorite tree. For some reason, I’ve “lost” some of my favorite pics.

Bushtit

Bushtit

Anna's and Bushtit- I was aiming for Bushtit when Anna got in the pic

Anna’s and Bushtit- I was aiming for Bushtit when Anna appeared

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Female Hooded Oriole - Summer Visitor

Female Hooded Oriole – Summer Visitor

Male House Finch

Male House Finch

House Finch feeding baby

House Finch feeding baby

California Towhee kept moving

California Towhee kept moving

Lesser Green-backed Goldfinch male

Lesser Green-backed Goldfinch male

Lovely shadows on fence

Lovely shadows on fence

All photos were taken with my Canon Rebel.

Carlsbad State Beach Here We Come!

curls2 – One of the greatest things about living in San Diego is the camping with the grandchildren at the beach, so off to Carlsbad State Beach we go.

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The first thing to do is hit the beach. Running in the water and jumping the waves. Digging for sand crabs is  sooo much fun. Also, don’t forget to bring your boogie boards and shovels.

beach riding

While Grandma and Papa get the camp set up, son takes grandchildren on a bide ride. What could be more fun?

We stayed for two nights. On the second night, Q and her hubby came to visit and we had a BBQ. Nothing tastes better than a BBQ while camping. The best part is we get to do the whole thing over again next weekend. 🙂

q8~To put in my two cents! So glad we were invited for a bbq. It was delicious and the company was awesome. I was so totally taken with the pouches of Brown Pelicans which would fly up the coastline and down the coastline. I guess they are not endangered any more since there were an awfully lot of different pouches flying up and down.

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Pouch of pelicans flying up the coastline

Single Pelican Flying Low

Single Pelican Flying Low

Time For Checkers?

~Confession time! Lately, I’ve been so busy gardening and taking pictures in the garden that I haven’t been knitting, spinning, or sewing. Followers may remember that I have planted flowers to attract hummers and butterflies. It is so exciting when a new bird or butterfly pays a visit. I’ve been trying to remember to have my good camera outside with me at all times, keeping the 55 – 250 mm lens on so I can zoom into the critter. Hurray! Yesterday a new butterfly, Checkered White, visited the yard. It was so polite, remaining on the verbena while I grabbed the camera and shot some photos. I wonder what type of knitting pattern for a shawl could be designed from the pattern on its wings? Don’t you think it looks a bit Art Nouveau?

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Curls And The Killdeer

q~Finally! A visit to Curls, she had a day off on Friday, well until 1:30 pm when they called and asked her to come in and help a new person with deliveries. Curls and husband Al live on a two acre lot up in the San Diego mountains and there are always a lot of critters visiting. When driving in the longish driveway to the house I passed some killdeers. When I mentioned this to Barb, she said two killdeers had set up nests on the ground in the front of the property. We drove past the nest which borders the driveway so I could get some shots. This is a perfect nesting site, look how well she blends in with the dirt. They don’t fly off if a car goes by, they do if it’s someone walking. Love what the killdeer is saying to me: 1. Are you looking at me? 2. You are looking at me. What do you want? 3. Get the heck out of here! Just leave a nesting mom alone.

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

You are looking at me. What do you want?

You are looking at me. What do you want?

 Get the heck out of here! Just leave a nesting mom alone.

Get the heck out of here! Just leave a nesting mom alone.

We left before she went into her wounded wing act, thus giving the bird the name “killdeer”. Figured she needed to stay on the eggs. I didn’t have my good camera with me so I used my iPhone.