Monday, September 10, 2012

Who’s Nesting?

MODO in rafters-kab
Mourning Dove in rafters of my back porch 9-5-12 Tucson, AZ
The days are flying by. I can hardly believe I have already been here for 2 weeks! Still there are boxes to be unpacked. Still there are things that need to be bought. Still there are things that need to be done! The nest is not ready yet!
This Mourning Dove was already in her nest up in the rafters when I arrived 2 weeks ago. I have not seen or heard any babies yet, but she keeps patiently sitting. She watches me warily out of the corner of her eye, yet she has nothing to fear from me. However, I am sure my noisy grandson causes her some grief when he comes to visit, but she will just have to get used to him too! He’s part of my nest now and I love having him around!
I did take a break yesterday morning and go birding at Agua Caliente Park here in Tucson. Chris Rohrer of the blog, Las Aventuras met me there and we had such a great time birding! I have so many stories to tell and so little time. It seems harder than ever to get things unpacked and organized and I feel so guilty when I sit down to blog when there is still so much to be done. I do take a break almost every morning when I get up. That is when I make myself a cup of tea and sit on the balcony and watch birds. Since I have put out my bird hummingbird feeders I am getting more hummingbirds. The most frequent visitors are Anna's hummingbirds. At first I was only getting the females, then the males moved in with their rosy pink gorgets flashing in the sun. Occasionally I get a black-chinned or a broad-tailed. I have not seen a broad-billed hummingbird as of yet.
I still have bouts of sadness when I think of my brothers, sister and Mom back east. I miss them so much but I am trying to settle in and enjoy this desert life once again. Currently we are experiencing the monsoon, which has lingered longer than expected. One day last week the weatherman reported that we had broken a record for the most moisture in the atmosphere over Tucson on one day that has ever been recorded since they started keeping records! They say the monsoon will dry up and end this week, but I am reluctant to believe it. Weather has a way of doing what it wants to, so we shall see!
For those who are interested, I have 2 new posts up:


  1. I'm glad you're settling in to you nest. What's the rush. Getting out and enjoying the world/birds is important too.

  2. Moving is so stressful. You gotta' take some time just to maintain sanity so don't feel guilty. You have my permission! LOL great that you are enjoying your birds so much.

  3. It always takes a while to settle in. I'm sure watching the nesting dove and busy hummingbirds brighten your day. How wonderful that you have a variety of hummingbirds in your area. Happy Arizona birding to you!

  4. ...sweet photo. I love seeing that eye peeping over the grasses. Glad you are settling in. Good luck with all the unpacking! It's good to take time out to listen to and watch the birds.

  5. Hi Kathie

    I covet your Mourning Dove I just love their sound, it really reminds me of my childhood in Windsor.

    All the best in your new digs.

  6. I had so much fun! Hey...there is a hummingbird special on PBS tonight at 8!!! I'm doing my blogging stuff now so that I can watch it without interruptions:) I just want to say that I had a blast and I love your attention to detail in the natural surroundings. Very impressive.

    1. Chris, I was so busy that I missed this comment. If you mean tonight (the 13th), then it may not be too late. I will check it out! Thanks!

  7. well...since i'm going backwards...i guess i didn't realize you are already your new home!

    yes, i can surely understand your missing's such a big change! the good thing is we don't have to rely on the phone & snail mail anymore...the computers & internet sure makes for easier 'staying in touch'!

    and you actually got to meet Chris!! i love his blog too!!

    love your little dove in the rafters!!

    1. Laura, it was a treat to meet Chris and the dove in the rafters is comforting and serene!


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.