Actually, I have something to say about that burn pile. It’s on a lot one parcel away across the road from us. The 5-acre parcel had a junky house on it, not worth anything. There were also a lot of lovely fir trees on it. After the lot sold, the new owners cut down every single one of those (probably second growth) trees; there must have been close to thirty of them. Now the land is totally flat and bare. Neighbors on each side lost a lot of privacy. I completely understand the need to make way for the new house that will be built, but sheesh… every.single.tree??? I mourn the loss of wildlife habitat. How many birds made nests in those trees? Those firs provided food and shelter, and now they’re gone. Sad. I’m glad we’re a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and can provide for my feathered ʻohana.
Alas, no daily hummingbird for today. We were never there at the window at the same time.
Feeling sad… no daily hummingbird photo today.
I became an honorary tūtū today!
Oh, lovely photos yet again. AMAZING sunsets!!! WoW! And the Coopers Hawk- awesome (although I realize it is a little stressful for your doves and you!). Tanks!
Mahalo! Yeah, the sunsets are amazing! When we first thought about buying this place, we walked in and there was an amazing sunset… and that kinda did it for us.
Beautiful photos. And thank you for your support of the farm families. That’s awesome.
The lot on our north property line was planted with Dougfirs after we moved here. They grew up into a dense, young forest (for maybe 20-25 years?) and provided shelter for all kinds of things, including the only porcupine I’ve seen around here. Then they were ALL cut off, supposedly for a vineyard, but that was never planted. Like you, I thought of all the displaced animals; it was so sad…. The new neighbors who finally bought it and built are nice, but we both would have appreciated some firs being left along the north and south property lines for privacy; they wouldn’t have affected anyone’s views.
I remember when all those trees were cut down and how sad that was. Firs along your fence line would have been so wonderful, not just for some privacy but for all the woodland creatures who need them. Could you plant more on your side of the lot line?
I wish; I even have some Western Cedar seedlings I could plant! But my husband isn’t on board; thinks they will ‘block the view’ and be hard to mow around. Grrr…. (Good thing he has other redeeming qualities!)
Love all the photos, Moki-chan! Especially your amazing sunsets and all the ones of your ‘hood’s Cooper’s Hawk. Beautiful birds. We usually know our ‘hood hawk is around b/c the crows go nuts. Thanks for sharing!
Mahalo nui! Yeah, the hawk is beautiful, but I know he’s after my little birdies. I wouldn’t mind if he’d catch a squirrel or ten; they’re such pests. I bet the crows go nuts in your ‘hood! The sunsets have been amazing lately.
Michelle, I’m sorry.. Western Cedar would be lovely there. I’m all for natural privacy.