the rhythm of life…

Dear Barbara and fortunate Nature Lovers,

NORTHERN ROUGH-winged SWALLOW cleaning off the migratory dust…

Barbara, I hope you got your computer fixed. I sure missed reading your post last week and hope you’ll be back in the blog saddle with your next river report. Did no computer and cancelled meetings allow for lots of time outside?
Aren’t we lucky that our passion is Nature as we are facing times when we are asked to adjust to a ‘new norm’ and deal with uncertainties on so many levels. I do feel badly for my fellow humans, whose passions are confined in the ‘stay safe’ cage such as Team Sports. It’s easy for us to keep the CORVID-19 required social distance when we visit Nature. Never has it felt so endearing to be outside, enjoying the buds explode into enchanting beauties, watch the future bird parents flit through the scenery, looking for the perfect nesting material, listen to the bumblebees’ buzz as they stumble from one blossom to the next, welcoming the NORTHERN ROUGH-winged SWALLOWS back. Being in Nature is a wonderful reminder that life wants to live and that in all this chaos the rhythm of life continues to hum.

ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD fledglings dozing in the sun….

There was a fair amount of river event adjustments to deal with in the last 2 weeks. I have this restoration project rule that our volunteer work should not disturb any breeders during nesting season. Therefore I had asked a biologist to check for active bird nests in the area for the big volunteer event. Serendipity worked its magic when that event was cancelled within hours that I found out that there was an active ANNA’S Hummingbird nest right smack in the middle of that site.

getting crowded in that nest….

We would have roped off the nest kingdom, minimized sound and activities, but, let’s face it, so many volunteers close by would not be a bird’s mother dream come true. Instead the nestlings were allowed to enjoy an unbothered chick-hood. They must have fledged because the nest was empty 2 days ago.

empty nest…

Since 2 volunteer planting events were cancelled over a hundred donated plants got stranded on my friend’s truck bed and in my garden. It was a daunting sight that made me instantly tired. I started to plant a few a day, but that didn’t seem to decrease the truck bed load. Fortunately the plants are being housed and 1 day I’ll tell you how…
Now I am on a mission to locate the elusive BUSHTIT nest, because I have been seeing a future parent hunting for the perfect nesting goodies.
Sending you all good health river-greetings, jane

5 thoughts on “the rhythm of life…

  1. Dear Jane ~ How I love your Rhythm of Life message!!! Fortunately, our days during this strange time have not changed from our normal. Daily walks continue and with each we feel the seasonal changes, smell the diverse perfumes of spring blossoms, witness the sky cleared of usual pollutants from airborne and roadway transportation, and watch the same sky filled with diverse insect and avian activity that flits thither and yon in the dance of life. As Ian Malcolm said in Jurassic Park: “Life finds a way.” The earth breathes easier today than it did a month ago, allowing all life to find a way. We are safe … and sane.

    1. Hi Jean~ your life rhythm is so gentle that it wouldn’t really face a big virus life style upset. What I find amazing is that critters ease so quickly into ’empty street life’.

  2. I work with a few fearless arborists. They fear almost nothing. There are two exceptions. 1. my sister. 2 hummingbirds defending their nests. They are fierce! The best arborists will reschedule work if possible if they notice an occupied nest of just about any bird.

    1. Well, the way I see it is that the hummingbirds shouldn’t be driven to desperately defend its nest. A careful survey by a qualified biologist prior to tree work avoids that kind of scenario. From my observation qualified bird nest surveys are not the common procedure of arborists, which is too bad since the bird population is in steep decline & needs all the protection it can get.

      1. Most arborists are rather careful about bird nests, within reason. A box elder just fell on a fence here a few days ago. (It is the time off year for spontaneous limb failure.) If there had a been anything nesting in it, it would have lost its nest when I cleaned up the driveway and fence. I pruned two box elders next to it, but had to leave one that had a fresh nest in it. The poor tree looks silly, and really should be cut down, but I do not know who is living up there. It can get cut down when the nest is abandoned and deteriorating (which might take a long time). Unfortunately, birds often nest in trees that become hazardous, and need to be removed or pruned in such a manner that their nests can not be salvaged.

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