Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Birds in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul just opened the new airport, one of the largest airports in the world.

The Taksim Square for the Ataturk Day (5/19) was decorated with many flags.

Doves were marching around the square.  

Every morning they are fed by the bucketful.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bird and History in Georgia

In Tbilisi, capital of Georgia in Europe, we visited their National Museum.   Since the ancient times, birds have lived with people and seen the human history.

Sionis Cathedral was rebuilt in the 13th century.   We rode the gondola.  In the city center, the ropeway quickly crosses the Mtkvari River to the Narikara Fortress.

The fortress was first built by the Persians in the 4th century  Later it was reinforced by whoever invaded and controlled the area such as the Arabs, Mongols, and Turks.  

The view from the Narikara Fortress: The center is the Peace Bridge, a symbol of the city.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summer in Georgia (in Europe)

I am back.  The yard now have overgrown bushes and lawn.  I have to clean them up very quickly.

While I was away, I saw some birds.  House Sparrows are common worldwide.  Here at a UNESCO site in Kutaisi, Georgia, you can see House Sparrows nesting at the old Bagrati Cathedral.

"Hi, I live here.  Welcome to our Cathedral!"

At a city park in Tbilisi,  we visited the memorial for Japanese POW's.  We saw doves flying around and people visiting and doing exercises happily.

"Hi, I am a messenger of peace.  I am watching over the memorial."

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Summer Bird

Several days of high temperature are now gone; the average temperature returned with some rain.
During the hot spell, one summer bird flew right into my backyard.  He is fast like a yellow bullet.

"Hi, I am a Wilson's Warbler.  I can be easily 
spotted by predators.  That's why I am super swift."

"You can just see my head a little better."

For your info, I will be out for a while.  I will be updating upon my return.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Early Summer

It has been too hot for May.  The dry, hot weather can lead to a brush and forest fire.  
My blueberry bushes have many flowers.  Not as many as last year, but still it is good.  Bumble Bees and Honey Bees come over to collect the nectar.

House Finches like to eat off the blossoms, and I sometimes have to chase them out.

"This is one of my favorite.  I like to keep on munching."

"I'd rather find a worm on the lawn.  Right now I am
 busy building my nest with the moss, mud, and dry grass."

Friday, May 3, 2019

Spring Visitor #2

White-crowned Sparrow stops over in the spring time.  For a few days, it shows up for a while.

Today was warm, so both the White-crowned Sparrow (left) and the Golden-crowned Sparrow (right) decided to take a sunbathing.

"It's relaxing here.  I have everything I need."

Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Summer Bird

Our neighbor's wisteria began to bloom; ours is in the partial shade and will bloom next.

Not many birds like the wisteria, but there are enough birds who like to slurp the blueberry flower nectar.

"Hi, I am an Orange-crowned Warbler, a  summer 
bird.  I just arrived for the sweet berry nectar."

"Every summer, I return!"