Sunday, March 2, 2008

Almond trees as Brides, jewel flowers

Jerusalem, Israel

Last night heard stone curlew through open window at about 9.15 p.m.
7.7 -11.7 degrees C
At about 5 p.m. temp. just under 10 degrees C. 90% humidity, winds 15.7 kt westerly.

Garden: house sparrows, a blackbird singing beautifully about dawn, laughing doves some cooing, white spectacled bulbuls. Heading toward the valley- jackdaw calls, hooded crows winging home to roost, graceful warbler calls, Eurasian jays foraging. Other various calls in the pines, probably black redstarts, greenfinches and chiffchaffs. Surprisingly no swifts, nor did husband see any on his trip into town and back. Where are they?

Gazelle field had a lovely assortment of flowers including the small blue alkanets, savyon, a yellow vetch, the small bright orange dandelion type, small purple jobs that may be one of the small mallows, shepherd's purse, some red anemone and no doubt others. The almonds were decked like brides. In one place the bright yellow savyon formed a perfect circle about a metre in diameter, the way mushrooms form circles, but more lush, like a natural wreath, it was really quite delightful. The field seemed strewn with jewels, amethysts, rubies, topaz, sapphires together with the pearl of the white blooms. You had to get on your knees and look to see this but it was all there for anyone who pays attention to the beauty of it.

Denbury Farm, Somerset, SW England. About noon Greenfinches, blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, robin, house sparrows, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker female, male and female pheasant strolling behind. 2 grey squirrels and wild rabbit also seen.

James Reserve, California. Brief viewing there, mountain tits, pygmy nuthatches, pair of band tailed pigeons, oregon junco.

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