The moderate temperature and sunshine led me to sit out on our patio today and read a recent book selection from the local library, ‘The Rising Tide, A Vera Stanhope Novel’ by Ann Cleaves. The author has really got her Vera character down pat. Her mannerisms and humor clearly illustrated. It is very comforting to read mysteries that you know will be solved by the end of the book.

I thought while sitting outside that I don’t spend enough time enjoying our yard. I have missed out on what is going on out there. There are hummingbirds who fly under our lounge chair and peck around. I wonder if they’re gathering cobwebs for their nests like I saw the Say’s Phoebes do.

There is a bird nest in one of the citrus trees. It looks a bit messy. I am not sure if this is intentional or if the nest has been disheveled by the wind. The birds have not had a lot of success with nest building in our yard.

Bird nest in orange tree

We have a low flow sprinkler system on our property. Around a fruit tree in the yard is a small tree irrigation ditch. When the sprinklers are on it fills up with water that is slowly absorbed into the ground. I recently noticed a group of finches making good use of the little pond. They were taking sips of water and jumping in to splash around. It was fun to watch them from behind my patio door. This morning there was a white-crowned sparrow in there.

White-crowned sparrow splashes in water
White-crowned sparrow by Wolfgang Wander via

We have been harvesting some of the grapefruit. Not as many as last year but still enough to share with neighbors.

Ready to pick more grapefruit
Our pink grapefruit

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie at Natalie the Explorer.

Featured image is a ‘Lesser Goldfinch’ by Andy Reago and Chrissy Mc on

16 thoughts on “Incidentally

  1. Karen

    The yellow/golden finches are a delight to see. They usually stop by our yard when the dandelines are in bloom & have a feast. We have robins that build nests around on our property. I enjoy peeking in the nests when they have been built down low enough to tiptoe to see inside. Kevin built birdhouses & put them up all around for the different bird types. There is a birdfeeder put up for the community bird watchers & counters. One of the watchers keeps the feeder filled up. The feeder is just around the corner in our trees just barely out of site to be able to be seen from our kitchen window. #Weekendcoffeeshare

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  2. Julie

    I was thinking about my yard the other day and I realized I don’t spend enough time in the yard. I think what has deterred me is the fact that it has rained so much this past month. Thank you for reminding me!

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  3. Kirstin Troyer

    I wish I liked grapefruit, but I’m afraid the only way I’d enjoy it is loaded with sugar…lol, though I’ve often wondered if I actually had a fresh off the tree one, if I’d think differently. Love the birds.




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