Bird Seed Bandit

Continuing with my latest hobby of sharing things I see in my backyard, I’ve discovered yet another visitor who stops by to eat and drink before going on his/her merry way.

Following in the footsteps of the woodpecker who likes to drink out of the hummingbird feeder, I caught this furry one feasting on the bird seed cake I have hanging from the lemon tree.

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I actually saw one squirrel running around my yard last year about this time, but after two weeks it seemed to disappear.  Then four weeks ago I saw this one feeding on bird food. It came around for another two weeks, but I haven’t had any sightings for days now.

The birds get agitated when the squirrel comes around.  The doves and lovebirds are especially vocal about displaying their displeasure of his/her company, yet the larger grackles (the large bird in the background sitting in the birdbath) are subdued in the squirrels presence.   Knowing there are several sets of eyes on him/her, the few times he/she has visited, he/she mainly eats for about five minutes then dashes right out of my yard.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says | Don’t Drive on the Tracks

I sure am getting my mileage out of this scene of the light rail car in front of Chase Field.  After posting yesterday’s article, I noticed a warning sign in this photo:

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I cropped this photo so you can clearly read the warning for motorists.

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Do Not Drive on the Tracks.

You would think this would be a no-brainer, yet there has been at least one incident where a man did drive down the light rail tracks.  Not sure if this means the signs along the route are working as there as only been one incident, or if it’s a failure because it did happen despite the warning sign.  Food for thought.

http://raillife.com/blog/2010/03/13/tempe-light-rail-dui-idiot/

http://www.azfamily.com/video/raw/Witness-saw-man-drive-onto-light-rail-tracks-over-Tempe-Town-Lake-87592527.html?gallery=y&c=y

Got a photo of an interesting sign? Post it to enter this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post.

Photo Friday: From A Different Perspective REVEALED

Thanks to bloggers ideflex, Ingrid and A Regular Cup of Joe for playing along.  To recap, I posted the picture below and asked for guesses as to what the main object in the photo was. I know these aren’t the best photos I could have taken of the area, but I was breaking in my digital camera I received as a Christmas gift and am still learning how to use the thing.

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It didn’t take long for these astute bloggers to figure out this was a light rail car. Below is the picture, oriented the way one would see the object normally.

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I snapped this light rail train passing in front of Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Admittedly, I probably went too heavy on the zoom feature.  However, I never really took notice of the bike symbol on the side of the light rail car until I reviewed some of these photos.

Below is a close up of the entrance to Chase Field seconds before the light rail car passed by.

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Here is the start of the light rail train.

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Photo Friday: From A Different Perspective

I finally got around to uploading some recent photos I took around the downtown area.  When I came across this shot, I started to adjust it.  Before I could edit the photo, I took another look at it and really liked observing the scene from another perspective.

I know what this is, but without me describing the photo any further, can you guess what the main object in the photo?  I’ll reveal in a few days, but I’d love to receive some guesses in the meantime.

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Photo Friday: Imposter

During the winter months, I hung a hummingbird feeder on my back porch to help the little guys get by until the wildflowers start to bloom. The syrup seemed to be disappearing quickly to the point where I was filling it up about every 2-3 days.  Then one morning I got up early enough to find the biggest hummingbird I had ever seen.

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Mr. Woody Woodpecker had figured out how to drink from the feeder and was chugging down the syrup.  I thought the sound of his beak pecking against the wood seemed perkier somehow.

Commuter Chronicles #10: Signs You Should Hail a Taxi

SIGNS YOU SHOULD HAIL A TAXI BACK TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM INSTEAD OF TAKING THE BUS

As discovered while waiting for local route 8 at the Old Town Transit Center in San Diego.

 

  1. The bus driver has been sitting idle inside the bus with the doors closed for about 5 minutes.
  2. When the driver does open the doors and you try to board, he flips out and chastises you because he still has 5 minutes left of his smoke break and he needs to de-board to do this.
  3. The bus should have actually left the bus station about 3 minutes ago.
  4. It’s starting to get dark and the tourist to native ratio at the station is rapidly dwindling.
  5. You have two teens with you, that you’ve been entrusted to watch on vacation.
  6. The guy standing next to you in line with unidentifiable stains on his clothes keeps hanging up his phone that won’t stop ringing and-
  7. This same guy is telling the passenger next to him about how some guys keep calling him because they want to kill him.
My sincerest apologies to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) who otherwise have done a wonderful job transporting me around San Diego County over the years.

Photo Friday: Sundown at San Diego Bay

Pair of photos taken March 2010 at Seaport Village in San Diego.   I was walking from one end of the boardwalk to the other and snapped shots of the sun setting over San Diego Bay towards the same general direction but from two different spots along the boardwalk.  I thought it was interesting how different the color and tint in each picture came out from the other picture.