Thursday, March 24, 2011

Donkeys and Birds

I wasn't going to blog today because we have to go to the dentist this morning. My husband has a toothache and he really needs to have it taken care of. Then I think we will visit with my brother-in-law, who had one side of his wooden fence completely blown away in this past weekend's storms. He has repaired he said, so he doesn't need my husband's help. It's just nice to visit there. 

Anyway, there are two questions I remember from your comments. -- How late does it snow here? -- Last year we got the last snow on May 23rd. We are at a bit over 4,000 feet, so that's the reason it still can get cold even into June. Then it gets so darned hot that I mark the time to October on my calendar. A little over 100 days. Not looking forward to that. Then Jim asked if I had thought about having a donkey. If I were younger and lived here I would definitely have donkeys. After I got to know them, working at the rescue, they quickly became my favorite animals. And they still are. Since I'm going on 71 now, I won't get one at this time in my life. I wish everyone would get to know and understand these wonderful animals, maybe some of the abuse they suffer would stop.

I saw this foal come into the world on a cold and windy December day. I will never forget it.

Some pretty birds came by here after last weekend's snowfall and I managed to get a few photos to share. 

Western Bluebird


With a smaller bird, that comes with a large flock: Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco, I believe.


And the Western Meadow Lark that sings such pretty songs all summer long. Last year they came early too and started to build their nests. Then a couple of bad snowstorms hit and I never saw them again. I hope this won't happen this year.

I have to get ready -- I hope you all have a great day!

24 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love donkeys! I have been thinking about getting one lately. Right now I have 2 mules and I think a little donkey would fit in just perfectly. Boy did that picture get my wheels turning!

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  2. Those donkeys are the cutest things! We have had sweltering heat and humidity these last three days,so I am looking forward to winter now!

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  3. Love the donkey family photo. I would consider getting them after our horses pass - just to keep barn critters here. Our neighbor has mini mules and they manage to not kill our dogs so I'd hope a donkey would get accustomed to them too (altho it is SO in their nature to take out a dog or coyote).

    Glad to see such beautiful birds! The junco is a bit different than we see here. We never see Western bluebirds - they're so beautiful and dusky! And we get Eastern Meadowlarks instead of Western. I hope your birds will stick around so you can keep snapping them and posting them for us more easterly folks...

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  4. I really like those splashes of color on the brown earth.
    Pretty birds!

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  5. The donkeys have such a precious look about them.

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  6. Yes it is a dark eyed junco

    meadowlark and bluebird 9 weswtern and mountain) are already in place in eastern washington and nest montioring for bluebirds starts the first weekend of april

    meadowlark

    love the sound of meadowlark.

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  7. Donkeys are used often in the rural areas of Namibia to draw carts ... they're generally well looked after but I've seen a few instances of abuse ...

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  8. Hello Inger!! It is cold here in Virginia today too--I am always reminded of stubborn winter can be!!

    What a sweet picture of the donkeys! I really enjoy seeing all the birds, a sure sign of spring, right??

    Good luck to your husband at the dentist--I'm going tomorrow...except I work there! ;-))

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  9. I've always wanted to pet a baby donkey. They look sooo sweet. Loved all of your photos. A few brave birds are chirping here.

    Hope all went well with the visit to the dentist.

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  10. That baby is so precious, Inger! Perhaps someday I'll be able to have one! It's hard to imagine that you get snow so late and that it's so hot..but no humidity, right?...:)JP

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  11. Love the donkeys......lucky you seeing a foal being born, i only seen pictures and love how their long ears are all folded down when they come out. Too cute andfunny!

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  12. Hello Inger. I love that picture of the donkeys. I think they are beautiful. I also loved that bluebird. Hope you're having a wonderful day.

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  13. I, too, like donkeys. That little baby is so adorable. I used to want one and also wanted some mules but I'm not at the ranch anymore. It's being rented.
    The birds look lovely. The closest I've been to spring, so far. Thanks for posting.
    Manzanita

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  14. You make me want to adopt one of those darling donkeys but he could never get upstairs to my studio--one of the disadvantages of city living. As always, loved your photos!

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  15. Did I tell you I read A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA on your recommendation? It was great!

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  16. Hi Inger! That little donkey is so precious! We just don't seem to have any around here, I wish they did. We do have lots of birdies though, they are nice to listen to and watch, aren't they?

    About that picture of Jack N Jill - Yep, Jill is the big one! Hardly seems right, now does it?

    XXX

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  17. Oh my gosh those donkeys are so cute! I especially like the little baby:) How fun!

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  18. Thanks for your comments. We are home now and hubby is going to bed to rest his mouth. He and my friend the dentist hit it off really well, they both like to talk a lot, but I guess they worked it out. Kim: I hope you have a nice day at work tomorrow. Fran: No, I don't think the little donkey would make it. But she would fit in the elevator. And I loved that book too.
    To those of you who have been thinking of getting a donkey,I don't think you will regret it. Liesl: It is so interesting that your winter is approaching now. I really like these world wide friendships that we develop through our blogs. Upupaepops: Thanks for the confirmation on the little black-headed bird. They are really adorable. I love the song of the meadowlark too.

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  19. Of course, I have to add my voice saying that the little donkey is adorable. But, I can certainly understand why you choose not to have any. We have both reached that time of life where, we're not done yet, in any way, but we have to be responsible about the animals that we take into our lives. Horses and donkeys simply live too long and there would be the worry about what would happen to them after we die.

    It's so interesting to see all of the different birds that you get there. So different, yet so similar.

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  20. I love those donkeys. I would love to have some, but we are so busy... Hope your husband had good luck at the dentist.

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  21. Such a sweet baby donkey :) And I love your pics of the colorful birds!

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  22. Donkeys are so pretty I think. That baby donkey in the photos is total cuteness!!!

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  23. I've never know a donkey so I can't share your love of them and am envious really that you know this and here I am with no donkey friend. I love animals and they look like such sweet creatures I would love to hear more stories from you of how they earned your undying love.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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