“There is nothing more musical than a sunset.” - Claude Debussy
A short walk over to Shetland Conservation Area was made complete with a beautiful sunset. I took Mehmet Murat Ildan advice: “When the sun is setting, leave whatever you are doing and watch it." I stopped in my tracks and watched the view. The colours were a magical palette that even master painters would be envious of.
Orioles are Back
Another bird has migrated back and added some colour to the landscape. The Baltimore Orioles have been seen at the feeders and, of course enjoying some fresh-cut oranges. They can often been heard singing in the nearby trees, too.
Here are some interesting facts about the Baltimore Oriole from The Cornell Labs website:
You can learn more about the Baltimore Oriole and hear it's call at The Cornell Labs website.
It's Jelly Time!
With all of the spring flowers coming into bloom, it's time to start foraging and making the abundant blossoms into edible treats. Violets make a beautiful tea and that tea can be made into a bright and tasty jelly! There are so many different plants that are spring to life that can be made into jelly, tea, salad, coffee (well, a sort of coffee or coffee substitute) and so much more. We are undoubtedly in a very blessed area of the world.
This year's crop is in the field! Corn is what has been planted this year. It will be fun to watch and see how fast this will appear and grow. Let's all hope that the weather cooperates and this is a bumper crop year for our farmers!
Please, take care on the roads, too. There are a lot of slow moving vehicles about as farmers are starting to prepare their fields and plant.
“But even when the moon looks like it's waning...it's actually never changing shape. Don't ever forget that.”
(Ai Yazawa, Nana, Vol. 14,) perfectly suits the moon in the sky last night.
We didn't need to use the telescopes to see and enjoy this fantastic site on the horizon.
The feeders were filled in anticipation of these colourful beauties would return and here they are! It has been a lot of fun to watch them. It is the first time that we have ever seen the male's mating ritual of flying back and forth like he's on a swing and the flaring of his red bib. There is always something more to learn and see.
Here are some cool facts about the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds from The Cornell Labs:
You can visit The Cornell Labs website to learn more and hear the Ruby-throated Hummingbird calls.
Thank you for joining us on this adventure!