Just a quick note to show you something extra special! My sis called me the other day, said she got dive bombed by a bird that had nested in a tree next to her porch. This isn't just any bird. You all in the exotic parts of the earth (like Arizona, Washington, California and Oregon) have probably seen more of these little beauties in the last week than I have in my entire life. They just don't happen in northern Nevada, well at least not too darn often! :)
This picture is zoomed as far as my camera can zoom; she is about 3 inches long, her nest about half the size of a Chinese tea cup, maybe. Her beak is roughly half the length of her body. The nest really amazes me! Im used to seeing these twig nests that other birds build, this one is so neat and tidy it is almost smooth, like adobe. I think she is a black-chinned hummingbird, one of the few species actually found in Nevada, but I'm not positive.
So that was the highlight of my week. Oh besides the fact that my chickens love me now! They come running when I go out to feed and call 'here chick, chick, chick!'. I have to be honest though, I think they only love me for the corn on the cob that was left over from the 4th :)
Happy bird watching!