Sunday, January 26, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Dallas Retirement Village. This should enable me to make my bird observations and take photos from our second floor balcony with ease. I didn't actually erect the pole myself, we're not allowed because of potential damage to the watering system. I got the OK from the Facility Operations Director and he dispatched a couple of workers that installed the pole for me. I'm starting to get used to this pampered life style. Besides, this saved me from getting my hands soiled and protected me from possible injuries like a hernia or stained back or pulled muscles.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Dallas Retirement Village in the Fireside Commons Dinning Room. Dori and I have known each the longest, having met over 30 years ago while riding with the Salem Bicycle Club. Next in time is Jeanette, whom I met 28 years ago. Jeanette and I met Bev and Ron around 25 years ago on a Chemeketan birding trip to Malher. At that time we discovered Ron and I are twins, being born on the same day and year. All of us went on a bicycle tour on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Idaho together with other friends and family around 15 years ago. Of course Jeanette and I were happy to show off our new place, have lunch, and as luck would have it get free ice cream at the opening of the new ice cream shop, Sweet Treats.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Every day during this first week of living in the Dallas Retirement Village has involved learning new things, and encountering surprises. Just the layout of the building of our apartment, the location of the elevators, and stairways to navigate the three stories, the locations for trash and recycle, the locations of half dozen or more lobbies, and most important, the names of our neighbors and fellow residents, has all taken intense concentration. But it is now getting organized in my brain and feels like it is starting to flow nicely. We marvel every day at how much we are enjoying living here, and even a bit surprised at every ones openness and and genuine joy to meet us. We are now unpacked and have figured out where most things fit in our apartment.
And now to the surprise I intended to write about, this Red-breasted Sapsucker. During a break in yesterdays showers I went for a quick birdwalk here in the Village. I spotted a bird about the size and shape of an European Starling disappear into a tree. I'm going out on a limb here with my best guess that the tree is a Weeping Cyprus, and I hope if someone knows for sure they will correct me. I walked up closer to the tree to see if I could get a better look, and to my complete surprise I found this Red-breasted Sapsucker in this hide-hole. Normally I see this member of the Woodpecker Family on the side of a tree either drilling new sap holes or revisiting to harvest sap or insects. So, even though I consider myself as someone who knows a lot about birds, I'm delighted to find I have more to learn about birds right here at the Dallas Retirement Village.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
The past week has been a blur of activity in getting moved to the Dallas Retirement Village. The movers were at our home in Salemtowne at 9:00 on Monday morning and by that evening we were dinning in the Lodge at the Timber Grill with a wonderful couple that asked us to join them. We got enough unpacked that afternoon and evening to be able to sleep comfortably for our first night in our unit. Tuesday and Wednesday, and even this morning, began at 3:00 AM in the dark wee hours of the morning unpacking box after box. Plus I have been assembling a new desk for my new small den. (Old desk is for sale if anyone needs a huge corner oak desk) I should probably confess that for the third morning in a row I have indulged myself with reading the morning paper in the lobby of The Lodge sitting in front of the fireplace drinking coffee. This may become a permanent habit. By 10:00 this morning I had my den squared away, Jeanette had gone to take care of details in Salem, and Buster was still sleeping-in. The sky was beginning to clear, so I got my gear together and went exploring for birds in the Dallas Retirement Village. This has been my dream, to be able to just walk out the door and go birding every morning. So, not having been able to take the time to go birding for the past week, I now feel I am back on schedule. Below are some photos I took this morning.
California Scrub Jay
Same Ruby-crowned Kinglet, just displaying some attitude.