Wednesday, April 30, 2008


This time of year makes me want to run around the yard screaming my head a good way.
It's a thrilling time, with a freshly arrived migrant around every corner, or a sleepy overwintered butterfly.
Field sparrow camp dennison
I get all mushy with field sparrows. Those girly pink legs and bill. Oooooo.

Eastern tailed blue camp dennison
I remembered today how fun last summer was, when I discovered "butterflying".
(Eastern tailed blue)

orange black
A crescent? I need to dig out my butterfly field guide. I'm rusty.

Gratuitous Nellie photos:
Nellie the basket case
Running. With one of my nice hanging baskets in front of her face. Der.

And the reason Nellie failed the Emily Post class:
Nellie is no lady
Good grief, Nellie. Can you ever act like a lady?
(There's also a female cardinal on the feeder right outside the window)

The newest member of the Yard:
The Yeti
This is a weeping, it's not a native tree. But I wanted one anyway. This spot is where the pond will go, when Geoff says it's okay to do it.
On the way home, Lorelei was in the back seat with the tree (sticking into the car from the's like 7 or 8 feet tall), playing with a doll and the leaves. She started acting like the tree was a yeti, and I thought that would make a good name for a tree who will someday be 40-50 feet tall and 40-50 feet in diameter.
So let's all give it up for The Yeti.


Trixie said...

Yippy! Yeti! Vivi will ***love*** the name of your tree.

LauraHinNJ said...

Weeping willows are wonderful weedy trees that will make for fine memories, I think.

Better find a nice swing for it before long.


Lynne said...

We had a weeping willow when I was a kid- it was great fun. I learned to braid on that tree.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Yeti!

The Swami said...

If Lorelei likes the name Yeti, it is definitely NOT abominable.

ncmountainwoman said...

I just loved the Nellie pictures. She looks like my kind of dog, running blindly and vegging completely.

Yeah for the Yeti!

Mel said...


Mary said...

Best photo: Nellie with the basket pot. Love it! Reminds me of a childhood beagle with an empty ice cream carton covering her head...Sadistic but funny :o)

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Enjoy your new tree. Willows grow quickly and I'm sure Lorelei will enjoy playing in Yeti when it gets bigger in a few years! Did you know that willows were used to make artificial limbs?

RuthieJ said...

Nellie's such a goof! My dog does silly stuff like that too.
I hope your weeping willow grows well. I love my weeping willow--in less than 15 years, it's now the largest tree in my yard. Sure there are lots of branches to pick up in the spring, but the birds all love that tree and so do I, so a little clean-up is bearable.

mon@rch said...

Susan, I know exactly how you feel about this time of the year! :)

Rod said...

great blog. Great tafind anohther lover of birds and raptors at that.

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