Friday, April 30, 2010



About a week ago I noticed a swallow circling over the backyard, but I never say any hanging out on the deck corner...until this morning. They have officially arrived and are ready to make their home under the deck. I will be registering that nest box as well.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010



They come in a close second to my bluebirds. We have hummingbirds the entire spring, summer and fall...and they are CRAZY hummingbirds. They are always buzzing around, usually shooting way up in the air and then dive-bombing back down.

For a number of years I have always tried to find their nests, but have had no luck. Today the first hummingbirds of the 2010 season arrived!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Ear Muffs?

Well...spring in Colorado has proven itself this year. It's been crazy weather - A LOT of COLD!!! I'm hopeful that the bluebirds can stay warm. The male looked a little cold this AM.

Friday, April 23, 2010


At Least One Foot!!!

Well, one foot of snow was not in the forcast. All would have been well if I wouldn't have had a doctor's appointment up at Skyridge. It took me one hour to get there! I've included a photo of the lone tulip in the front of the house and a photo of I-25 on my trek north.

From under the snow I would like to wish my mother a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


The Beginning

As previously mentioned, I will be taking part in the Colorado Bluebird Project. Not only will I be monitoring my own nest, but I will also be monitoring several next that are on a trail around the school.

Today I had to make a few modifications to my nest box since it does not open. I was actually a little surprised to find a completed nest in the box. (And I was hopeful that my tinkering didn't disturb the nesting couple.)

I think I will have to take down the box this winter and do some repairs - or a full replacement. After six years it's beginning to show its age.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


The Rockies

A second day at Outdoor Ed. Of course I had to pack my telephoto this shot of a marmot. The other photo is of Many and I - we missed Pikes Peak in the background, just to the left.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Outdoor Education

I had the opportunity to travel to the High Trails facilities with our 6th grade students. I was a little worried...spring and mountains don't always mix. We lucked out...the rain came during the night so we only had to deal with the wind.

Just thought this was a very cool tree...possibly a victim of a lightning strike?

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Oh Deer

I usually see the deer on my way to work. There were a few along the road as I was headed to the grocery store. I'm sure they are looking forward to the some green, spring grass.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Easter Experiment

We all headed east to Burlington for Easter Sunday. Renee came across some creative ways to dye the eggs...which had us both hitting the Goodwill stores for silk ties. This photo represents the three "good eggs."