March 9th, 2010

Late Winter/Early Spring Birds

Spring has almost arrived in SE Idaho. The snow is melting, the temperatures are bearable, the days are getting longer, and new birds are beginning to show up.

Over the last few days I’ve heard Robins and Flickers singing. I’ve seen a few Snow Geese and Mountain Bluebirds, Trumpeter Swans and Pintails are really on the move. This is by far my favorite time of year.

Here are a few bird photographs from the last few days.

Mountain Bluebird, Fayette, UT 2010

White-crowned Sparrow, Fayette, UT 2010

29 Northern Pintails, Menan, ID 2010

Trumpeter Swans, Menan, ID 2010

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Birthday Weekend in Utah

We went down to Utah this weekend for a couple of reasons. Reason one – it was my 40th birthday and I thought it would be nice to celebrate with family. Reason two – Susan’s grandmother isn’t doing very well and we thought it would be nice to see her before she gets worse.

So, we spent Friday night at my parent’s house in West Jordan. We went out to dinner and then came back to celebrate with cake and ice cream. My mom made my pound cake (my favorite cake). We had a nice visit and my sister gave me clever presents and even wrote me a story, all of which dealt with getting old.

Saturday morning we went down to Fayette (Susan’s hometown). I’m glad we got to see Susan’s grandmother, she was in good spirits, but we’re not sure how much longer she has. A couple of Susan’s sisters also came down, so Grandma Bartholomew got to see a few of her grand children and great-grand children. It was neat. We then came back up to West Jordan, had a nice visit and dinner with my brother and his wife. Did a little shopping at Cabela’s (I got a sweet waterproof day pack). Spent the night at my parents house Saturday night. We then got up, went to church, had a nice dinner with my folks and drove home.

It was quite a whirlwind trip, but it was great to be around so much family.

Pound Cake with Candles and Sparklers

My Sister Carrie

Jacob visiting with his Great Grandmother Bartholomew

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