We have had warmer temperatures this past week so our snow is slowly melting. When it gets to this stage I’d just as soon see it go. Despite the melting, we did get a light dusting on the driveway and sidewalk last Thursday night. We discovered a lot of tracks out in the front when we got up Friday morning. At first I thought it might be the raccoon family that comes around at night, but I think it was just someone’s dog roaming through our yard.
Looks like we also had a few of our feathered friends hopping around.
Saturday morning we took a walk down to Kissel Park. Just outside our front door we saw these beautiful rose bush leaves and branches, covered in snow and ice. We may bemoan the fact that we have to shovel snow and put up with a mess when we go for walks, but one can’t deny the beauty that is there for our enjoyment whenever it snows.
Once we got to the park, Linda pointed out some pretty snow-covered tree branches for me to photograph. The morning was somewhat foggy and the sun was just a hazy dot in the sky.
When we got around to the back side of the park, I was able to get a couple of shots of the hills on the other side of the airport. The dark blue clouds made the hills stand out in contrast.
This picture below shows a lenticular cloud visible in the center of the photo, just above the line of dark blue clouds. This cloud most likely had formed above Mount Adams since it was in that general direction. Lenticular clouds often form above mountains due to the swirling wind currents. Some large disc-shaped clouds have even been mistaken for UFO’s (source: Wikipedia).
We may have seen the end of our snow for the season, or perhaps not. Some years we even get snow at the end of March, so we will just have to wait and see.
It’s not often that we get any birds in our yard in the winter other than the usual suspects of sparrows, finches, juncos, and the occasional towhee. So it was very exciting on Saturday when Linda called me to go look out the back window. Sitting right there, about 10 feet away, was an immature Cooper’s Hawk.
He stayed out there about 15 minutes, hopping from one fence post to the other. He was very nearby to our backyard seed feeder, but of course all of the birds knew he was there so they were in hiding. He may have just been sunning himself and not hunting for breakfast, but I am sure he would not have passed up the opportunity. (video below)
Later that afternoon, as we were sitting in the living room reading, I happened to notice something large sitting in our Thundercloud Plum tree in the front yard. Sure enough, there he sat preening himself. I love to watch a hawk preening because usually he will fan his tail out and you can see the tail feathers so well. Yes, he knows he is beautiful! (video below)
The next day, while sitting in the living room, I noticed a hummingbird flying around our red seed feeder in the front yard. I told him, “Go around to the back yard, we have a hummer feeder there!” He must have heard me because later that afternoon as I was getting supper ready, Linda spotted a hummingbird at the hummer feeder on the patio. I was able to catch a look at him, but sadly did not get a picture. We haven’t seen him go back there yet, but of course he could be visiting the feeder when we aren’t watching. This is the first one I’ve had at my feeder since I put it out about a week and a half ago.
We have been continuing to work on puzzles that we have already done at least once before. We ran out of “new” puzzles to do, but we are just glad we have a nice stack of older puzzles to go through. Here is a picture of the last one we completed, named “Quick Stop Diner“. This one was moderately difficult to do, but very enjoyable.
Inside the box for this puzzle I had placed a note from the last time we did it. Indeed there was an extra piece, and Linda said she spent a long time trying to figure out where it went before she saw the note. The extra piece has been returned to its rightful place.
On a good note, we learned last week that Yakima has finally moved to Stage 2 of the Washington state protocol for opening back up. This meant that the Harmon Senior Center was able to reopen. We took a trip up there and got a few “new” puzzles to work on in the coming weeks. We have missed visiting their library and puzzle room. Right now we are working on a puzzle entitled “Cereal Boxes“. I think this is going to prove to be a difficult puzzle. One thing is for sure, it certainly is big!
I told Summer Girl she’d better be careful outside with that big hawk roaming around. He might just decide he wanted to have a Black Ninja Cat for supper! She wisely made the decision to stay inside and on a lap.
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