This downy woodpecker was busy cleaning house Saturday afternoon at Tyhee Lake.

FOR THE BIRDS: Spring arrivals ease laptop woes

Go ahead laptop computer correct my mistakes now. You can be sure that having the birds to watch is keeping me sane.

Here I am well into my dotage trying my best to make sense of the new computer.

Darn thing actually has the nerve to underline my spelling mistakes.

So, bear with me or bare with me.

Go ahead laptop computer correct my mistakes now.

You can be sure that having the birds to watch is keeping me sane.

Maybe seeming to be sane. I do have to tell you I have never seen so many sandhill cranes flying over.

Higher and higher they go.

What a sight!

The first reports of white-crowned sparrows are in.

They do prefer to feed on the ground or on a platform feeder.

Check your local dump for those little plastic tables.

They do make great feeders.

Easy to clean as well.

I am writing these words  April 24 th.

I am pretty sure that I heard a hummingbird.

Not really sure but I made the sugar water mixture just the same.

Of course I will also make sure to clean the feeders.

You hear stories about close encounters with deer, dogs and sometimes people.

Recently, I had one of those events myself.

I came out of the pigeon coop the other day and bumped into a resident buck deer.

We each spooked the other.

No aggression on my part or from the deer.

Now it is time to become bear aware.

Watch for scratches on trees, fresh poop and most importantly of all listen up.

Bears can be just a  bit testy if you interfere with the youngsters.

Crows seem to have hatched their young.

They make a big effort to protect their family from anything that might fly in their air space.

An osprey was sent flying  and ravens try their best to care for their own young.

The northeast this very day had some unwelcome hail.

The coast was wet and we were warm and sunny in the northwest.

A few water fowl are finding space as lakes clear themselves of the winter ice.

Hooded mergansers, mallards and american dippers.

I am gong to leave you for this week.

Not only do I have this new machine to cope with but I have much work to do as I prepare a thank you day for all those who saw me through the crisis of my husband’s illness and passing.

So, to the readers from the northeast and this region I thank you all for your kind words.

Do keep calling to 250-846-5095. If this machine works e-mail notes can come to


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