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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reaching out...

Making Days Count 22

Today, on my walk, I was looking for heart shapes for Louise to send her some loving care as she has been suffering from laryngitis and feeling under the weather. So for you, Louise, here's a collection of hearts to let you know I'm thinking of you :) I hope that the love they stand for can reach right across the world to you and bring you back to health and happiness... (I coloured the first one pink)

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It was a grey day, but pleasant enough. Because I was walking with my head down (looking for heart shaped rocks), I nearly walked into a dog! He let out a loud bark and scared the living daylights out of me. I continued along being more aware of my surroundings heading towards Harzel*, who was not sporting anything heart shaped that I could see. I have illuminated him with glowing edges in the photo below.

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The tide was not fully in so there was a touch of sand on the other side of the 'rock band'. It was good to see a bright horizon sandwiched in the distance. Perhaps it was the silver lining :)

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Staring at rocks as I walked along was eye-boggling...and when I saw this, I had to take its photo (and put it in my pocket). "What the heck?" I gasped.

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Earlier in the day, the feeder was visited once again by a cluster of small birds. After I had taken a photo, and had a good look, I still didn't know what they were. I emailed the photo to a birding friend, and he sent back this message:
Your latest critters are Bushtits. These tiny little guys usually travel in flocks. They build a beautiful sock-like nest out of moss and lichen.

Once I knew that they were Bushtits, I was able to look up more information. I saw one of their remarkable 'sock nests' a couple of years ago and even took a photo. I wonder if I'll be able to find it.

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*ShySongBird is wondering who Harzel is...and for those not in the know, here's the story.


Flighty mentioned a link to Tree Year on his blog.  The idea is to follow a tree during the year and take note of particular aspects of its growth, etc.  More info is here.  I decided to use this opportunity to pick a tree about a 15-20 min. walk away, to encourage me to get out for a walk as often as possible.  Originally I called the tree Harry, because I think he is a "Harry Lauder Walking Stick" tree, however he seems to be fond of aliases, because Flighty found out he is a "Corkscrew Hazel".  The combination of Harry and Hazel became Harzel.  And that's the story.  He is also known as a Convoluted Filbert, but, hey...

7 comments:

  1. Lovely to read your update on Harzel! I love the little stone hearts as well and that stony face is wonderful! Not to mention your bushtits, they look very sweet little birds!

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  2. I do so enjoy posts like this. The bushtits look like they're delightful little birds.
    Thanks for the mention! I was editing the contributors list over on The Tree Year yesterday and was really surprised at the variety of trees being followed and their wide ranging locations. Flighty xx

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  3. Thanks Crafty Green Poet ~ I'm pleased to know you enjoyed the post and contents, including the hearts, stone face and bushtits...it was a very interesting day full of discoveries.

    Hi Flighty ~ I'm glad to know you enjoyed the post too. The bushtits were such fun to watch, and I was happy to get one standing still on a branch as the others were all topsy turvy! Yay, your forest is expanding :)

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  4. Your Bushtits look somewhat like, and behave similarly to our Longtailed Tits.

    I wonder whether you 'face rock' is winking or has it got a black eye from fighting?

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  5. Another lovely post. I particularly like your stone face.

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  6. Glo, what a lovely blog friend you are. I love the heart-shape rocks. Could I put the photo on my blog, and perhaps the face pebble one too. Now that's a bit scary! x

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  7. Hi John ~ It's good to know that our birds and yours have similarities...I'll check them out online.
    By the look of the stone face, he looks like he's been in a bit of a 'rockus';) Luckily I saved him and brought him home before any more damage could be done... long as he's not the ring leader!

    Hi Mo ~ Thanks:) Yes, that stone face was quite the find...it was startling! ;)

    Oh yes, Louise ~ Thank you ... the heart rocks are for you and you can definitely put them up, and you're welcome to stone face as well!

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