Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Another cloudy cool start to the day (crazy windy too) which ended in an abundance of sunshine and a fabulous sunset!

Nature…it fills my soul, recharges and completes me…all it takes is a few minutes a day!

I wasn’t feeling well today and was pretty low key all day. Early evening I decided to give painting a go. Sitting in front of a blank paper…flowers? Nah. Landscape? Maybe. Greens and yellows. I wanted greens and yellows.

Watercolour painting landscape
141/365 Painting of the day, 21 May 2019, ©WQuinn

I had a bite to eat for supper but felt unwell after eating so decided to go outside to feed the birds…take my mind off of my stomach 😉

We had a Baltimore oriole hanging around this weekend looking for food. He tried the hummingbird feeders but wasn’t able to get nectar. I made him a solution (8:1…hummingbird solution is 4:1) and placed it in a glass container on top of a terra cotta container, figuring the orange container would get his attention. We had a lot of rain after I put it out and figured it must be diluted. I headed down to the bird garden to fill up the bird feeders and nectar, spending time admiring the leaves and buds on the trees, the flowers in bloom, the grass getting so tall…taking pictures and enjoying the moment.

Blur sky and budding tree
141/365 Photo of the day, 21 May 2019, ©WQuinn

Not surprising, I felt better!

Back on the veranda, with camera in hand, I sat and enjoyed the singsong, the chirping and calling. Much to my delight, the orioles came back and drank from the dish! A male and female. As I was admiring them, something caught my eye…a familiar brown bird with a red spot and he’s about the size of a robin…a North Flicker! We had one visit two years ago.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker ©WQuinn
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole ©WQuinn
Non-breeding male red-winged blackbird
Non-breeding male red-winged blackbird ©WQuinn
Hummingbird ©WQuinn
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch ©WQuinn
Male and female Baltimore Oriole
Male and female Baltimore Orioles ©WQuinn

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