Spring Has Sprung?

It feels like summer has arrived instead of spring.  The weather has been hot (90F/32C), the pool is heated, and I'm beginning to see a lot more wildlife in and around our backyard.  I live in a canyon and we see a lot of critters here particularly in warm weather.

A few days ago a five foot long snake slithered it's way through my backyard.  I'm not real fond of snakes and most of the snakes we see are rattlers … I'm really not fond of those.

We have a big pool in our backyard.  We spend a lot of time hanging out by the pool when the weather is warm.  Every single year we have birds that arrive and build a nest in the "cave" in our pool.  We have one of those natural looking rock pools.  It has a waterfall with a cave behind it.  There's also a slide for people to go down on one side of the waterfall.

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I think the birds like to make a nest in the cave because it's fairly hidden from animals that might prey on it.  (We have hawks, big horned owls, etc. in our canyon.)  When the waterfall was off I took this picture of the nest inside the cave.

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Maybe the nest isn't hid quite well enough?

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My Golden Retriever can hear the baby birds chirping, but he isn't quite sure what to do about it.

The Mama Bird looks on anxiously at us when we're anywhere near the pool.  I keep the waterfall off whenever there are babies hatched so the Mama Bird can get in and out to feed them.  Do any of you know what type of bird this is? 

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Our Golden climbed on top of the waterfall and rocks to chase her out of "his" yard.  She flew into a tree in our neighbor's yard.  He must think he's protecting us from her?

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I swam into the cave to see how many babies hatched this year.  There are four, but they're hard to see.  They look like a big blob of fluffy feathers with yellow beaks.

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After awhile our Golden decided he was hot and ready for another swim.

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I knew he wouldn't swim into the cave after the babies.  He loves to swim too much to waste his time on them.  While he swam, the Mama Bird returned with food for her babies.  I made sure our Golden was distracted and having too much fun to notice.

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Later in the day a red-tailed hawk spotted the nest.  I chased it away.  We've had the same hawk living in a nearby tree for years now.  

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For now the babies are safe.  It won't be long until they're out of the nest and flying.  In the meantime, I'll make sure our Golden stays too distracted to bother them.

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There's nothing he loves more than a good swim, especially if he has things to retrieve out of the pool!

87 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung?”

  1. SSG

    I really want to go swimming now in a pool, if only it was hot here. Your dog seems happy as a duck…

  2. SSG

    I really want to go swimming now in a pool, if only it was hot here. Your dog seems happy as a duck…

  3. SSG

    I really want to go swimming now in a pool, if only it was hot here. Your dog seems happy as a duck…

  4. sherendipity

    That’s a great pool.
    I’d probably sit there and be paranoid that the birds would fall out of the nest and drown, but only because we don’t seem to have much luck with little ones when they hatch around our property. It’s like we’re jinxed or something.

  5. sherendipity

    That’s a great pool.
    I’d probably sit there and be paranoid that the birds would fall out of the nest and drown, but only because we don’t seem to have much luck with little ones when they hatch around our property. It’s like we’re jinxed or something.

  6. sherendipity

    That’s a great pool.
    I’d probably sit there and be paranoid that the birds would fall out of the nest and drown, but only because we don’t seem to have much luck with little ones when they hatch around our property. It’s like we’re jinxed or something.

  7. Joanne

    I’m thinking the same thing. Usually when they fledge, they leave the nest, and go to the ground, which in this case, would be your pool.

  8. Joanne

    I’m thinking the same thing. Usually when they fledge, they leave the nest, and go to the ground, which in this case, would be your pool.

  9. Joanne

    I’m thinking the same thing. Usually when they fledge, they leave the nest, and go to the ground, which in this case, would be your pool.

  10. stoneskin

    I am so damn envious. A pool, your backyard is like an flippin’ (excuse my non-French) island paradise.
    Actually, a 5-foot snake? Not envious at all, I would FREAK OUT…

  11. stoneskin

    I am so damn envious. A pool, your backyard is like an flippin’ (excuse my non-French) island paradise.
    Actually, a 5-foot snake? Not envious at all, I would FREAK OUT…

  12. stoneskin

    I am so damn envious. A pool, your backyard is like an flippin’ (excuse my non-French) island paradise.
    Actually, a 5-foot snake? Not envious at all, I would FREAK OUT…

  13. Deidre

    Your puppy is adorable. I just want to cuddle with the puppy — baby birds blah blah blah – pupypy.

  14. Deidre

    Your puppy is adorable. I just want to cuddle with the puppy — baby birds blah blah blah – pupypy.

  15. Deidre

    Your puppy is adorable. I just want to cuddle with the puppy — baby birds blah blah blah – pupypy.

  16. Kristan

    Aw, I wish my puppy wanted to swim! Your dog is beautiful. And you’re so sweet to take such consideration for the birds.

  17. Kristan

    Aw, I wish my puppy wanted to swim! Your dog is beautiful. And you’re so sweet to take such consideration for the birds.

  18. Kristan

    Aw, I wish my puppy wanted to swim! Your dog is beautiful. And you’re so sweet to take such consideration for the birds.

  19. Jan

    All that wonderful nature right out your back door. Me? I just planted my vegetable garden and am battling the Evil Fluffy Bunnies again.
    My dog HATES water. HATES it. He refused to get in our pool in Texas and we practically have to kick him out the door to do his doggie business when it rains. See? Retarded. (But I love him anyway.)

  20. Jan

    All that wonderful nature right out your back door. Me? I just planted my vegetable garden and am battling the Evil Fluffy Bunnies again.
    My dog HATES water. HATES it. He refused to get in our pool in Texas and we practically have to kick him out the door to do his doggie business when it rains. See? Retarded. (But I love him anyway.)

  21. Jan

    All that wonderful nature right out your back door. Me? I just planted my vegetable garden and am battling the Evil Fluffy Bunnies again.
    My dog HATES water. HATES it. He refused to get in our pool in Texas and we practically have to kick him out the door to do his doggie business when it rains. See? Retarded. (But I love him anyway.)

  22. Twenty Four At Heart

    For those of you who are concerned the babies will drown …. I was worried the first year too. They never have and the birds return year after year. We have had babies that didn’t survive but we’ve never lost any in an attempt to fly. Not quite sure why …?

  23. Twenty Four At Heart

    For those of you who are concerned the babies will drown …. I was worried the first year too. They never have and the birds return year after year. We have had babies that didn’t survive but we’ve never lost any in an attempt to fly. Not quite sure why …?

  24. Twenty Four At Heart

    For those of you who are concerned the babies will drown …. I was worried the first year too. They never have and the birds return year after year. We have had babies that didn’t survive but we’ve never lost any in an attempt to fly. Not quite sure why …?

  25. Kelly

    Your dog is SO CUTE! I want your dog. I want your dog. I want your dog!! I’ll take the pool too, k? : )

  26. Kelly

    Your dog is SO CUTE! I want your dog. I want your dog. I want your dog!! I’ll take the pool too, k? : )

  27. Kelly

    Your dog is SO CUTE! I want your dog. I want your dog. I want your dog!! I’ll take the pool too, k? : )

  28. di

    Love the pic of your Golden standing up top. We have snakes too… timber rattlers and copper heads… ack, scare me to pieces.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  29. di

    Love the pic of your Golden standing up top. We have snakes too… timber rattlers and copper heads… ack, scare me to pieces.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  30. di

    Love the pic of your Golden standing up top. We have snakes too… timber rattlers and copper heads… ack, scare me to pieces.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  31. LPC

    OMG. This reminds me for some twisted reason of the opening episode of the Sopranos. When Tony has ducks living in his pond, they fly away, he has a panic attack? OK. Like I said, twisted.

  32. LPC

    OMG. This reminds me for some twisted reason of the opening episode of the Sopranos. When Tony has ducks living in his pond, they fly away, he has a panic attack? OK. Like I said, twisted.

  33. LPC

    OMG. This reminds me for some twisted reason of the opening episode of the Sopranos. When Tony has ducks living in his pond, they fly away, he has a panic attack? OK. Like I said, twisted.

  34. Deb

    Pool is unbelievable! Want to hug your golden and take him home with me. How cute is he swimming?

  35. Deb

    Pool is unbelievable! Want to hug your golden and take him home with me. How cute is he swimming?

  36. Deb

    Pool is unbelievable! Want to hug your golden and take him home with me. How cute is he swimming?

  37. Christine

    Awesome pool!
    Sophie is jealous. I should find her a local Golden friend to go swimming with. Her midget of a ‘sister’ hates the water.

  38. Christine

    Awesome pool!
    Sophie is jealous. I should find her a local Golden friend to go swimming with. Her midget of a ‘sister’ hates the water.

  39. Christine

    Awesome pool!
    Sophie is jealous. I should find her a local Golden friend to go swimming with. Her midget of a ‘sister’ hates the water.

  40. Jeanne P

    Your Golden looks just like our Golden, Buddy. Even down to the white face, even though he is only 9, he started to go white at about 4. I am sure they would be the best of friends!

  41. Jeanne P

    Your Golden looks just like our Golden, Buddy. Even down to the white face, even though he is only 9, he started to go white at about 4. I am sure they would be the best of friends!

  42. Jeanne P

    Your Golden looks just like our Golden, Buddy. Even down to the white face, even though he is only 9, he started to go white at about 4. I am sure they would be the best of friends!

  43. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    LOVE the pool and view! Makes me totally miss the west. The nest looks like a mud swallow or barn swallow . . . we get them in the barn . . . can’t tell from the bird unless I see it fly and see the characteristic v shaped tail.

  44. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    LOVE the pool and view! Makes me totally miss the west. The nest looks like a mud swallow or barn swallow . . . we get them in the barn . . . can’t tell from the bird unless I see it fly and see the characteristic v shaped tail.

  45. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    LOVE the pool and view! Makes me totally miss the west. The nest looks like a mud swallow or barn swallow . . . we get them in the barn . . . can’t tell from the bird unless I see it fly and see the characteristic v shaped tail.

  46. Hallie

    Love the birds. And the dog. And the pool. Maybe not the hawk. It looks scary.
    Hallie

  47. Hallie

    Love the birds. And the dog. And the pool. Maybe not the hawk. It looks scary.
    Hallie

  48. Hallie

    Love the birds. And the dog. And the pool. Maybe not the hawk. It looks scary.
    Hallie

  49. Christy

    Okay, I really want to enjoy the beautiful bird pictures, but I’m having a hard time paying attention because I’m too busy being jealous of that amazing pool!

  50. Christy

    Okay, I really want to enjoy the beautiful bird pictures, but I’m having a hard time paying attention because I’m too busy being jealous of that amazing pool!

  51. Christy

    Okay, I really want to enjoy the beautiful bird pictures, but I’m having a hard time paying attention because I’m too busy being jealous of that amazing pool!

  52. Elaina

    Is it a Mockingbird? We have had Mockingbird nests all over the yard. Its been fun to watch the babies. Anyway, the coloring reminds me of a Mockingbird.
    Love the pictures! Your dog is cute. I so miss having a dog!

  53. Elaina

    Is it a Mockingbird? We have had Mockingbird nests all over the yard. Its been fun to watch the babies. Anyway, the coloring reminds me of a Mockingbird.
    Love the pictures! Your dog is cute. I so miss having a dog!

  54. Elaina

    Is it a Mockingbird? We have had Mockingbird nests all over the yard. Its been fun to watch the babies. Anyway, the coloring reminds me of a Mockingbird.
    Love the pictures! Your dog is cute. I so miss having a dog!

  55. Mama Dawg

    I would LOVE a pool like that. Or quite frankly, even a blow up pool at this point!

  56. Mama Dawg

    I would LOVE a pool like that. Or quite frankly, even a blow up pool at this point!

  57. Mama Dawg

    I would LOVE a pool like that. Or quite frankly, even a blow up pool at this point!

  58. Erica

    I don’t know much about birds but I think it’s a junco. I also think you’re supposed to refer to your cave as a grotto, like the one on Girls Next Door. 🙂 California pools are so cool!

  59. Erica

    I don’t know much about birds but I think it’s a junco. I also think you’re supposed to refer to your cave as a grotto, like the one on Girls Next Door. 🙂 California pools are so cool!

  60. Erica

    I don’t know much about birds but I think it’s a junco. I also think you’re supposed to refer to your cave as a grotto, like the one on Girls Next Door. 🙂 California pools are so cool!

  61. nicki

    you have a gorgeous pool! you aren’t helping my strong desire to move where it’s warm 😉

  62. nicki

    you have a gorgeous pool! you aren’t helping my strong desire to move where it’s warm 😉

  63. nicki

    you have a gorgeous pool! you aren’t helping my strong desire to move where it’s warm 😉

  64. jennster

    i LOVE the picture of your doggy standingon top of the rocks.. it’s so fucking cool. print that shit out, frame it and put it above your dogs bed so he can love himself daily. rahr.
    also, i am totally coming over to swim in that pool thanks.

  65. jennster

    i LOVE the picture of your doggy standingon top of the rocks.. it’s so fucking cool. print that shit out, frame it and put it above your dogs bed so he can love himself daily. rahr.
    also, i am totally coming over to swim in that pool thanks.

  66. jennster

    i LOVE the picture of your doggy standingon top of the rocks.. it’s so fucking cool. print that shit out, frame it and put it above your dogs bed so he can love himself daily. rahr.
    also, i am totally coming over to swim in that pool thanks.

  67. Midlife Slices

    That could be a cliff swallow and swallows are supposed to be good luck. Just how long have they been nesting there anyway? 🙂

  68. Midlife Slices

    That could be a cliff swallow and swallows are supposed to be good luck. Just how long have they been nesting there anyway? 🙂

  69. Midlife Slices

    That could be a cliff swallow and swallows are supposed to be good luck. Just how long have they been nesting there anyway? 🙂

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