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    • May 13, 2019 8:03 AM EDT
    • Thanks Ray  …. We have Humping birds ( my farther in-law's nickname ) but I have yet to find there nest …. 

    • May 11, 2019 11:08 PM EDT
    • Great photos, Ray.  I really enjoy your adventures, I get to experience the beauty of the desert and never have to leave my desk .  Thanks for sharing.

    • May 11, 2019 8:08 PM EDT
    • That was beautiful, Ray. I lived in the California desert between '85 -'88, and I never paid attention to the actual beauty of the plants

    • May 11, 2019 7:35 PM EDT
    • 3 feet above the ground. Nothing like setting low goals.

    • May 11, 2019 1:02 PM EDT
    • Jerry Bohlander said:

      Nice work, Ray, how did you ever spot the hummingbird nest?

       

      I first saw it when I was out there about two and half weeks ago. I was shooting some video in the area and noticed a hummingbird hanging out near or on this one particular shrub. Since it's nesting season I figured it might have a nest there, or at least nearby. The nest is only about 3 feet above the ground, but still hard to see unless you're looking for it.

       

       

    • May 11, 2019 6:45 AM EDT
    • Nice work, Ray, how did you ever spot the hummingbird nest?

       

      Jerry

    • May 11, 2019 12:23 AM EDT
    • I made another trip to the desert Wednesday night. Winds were fierce during the night, with gust of 55 mph! On Thursday it was a little better but still too windy to fly my drone or do some of the other things I had planned. However, I still had a great time, and saw some amazing things. Best of all, I saw and photographed some interesting birds, including a hummingbird with two young in the nest.

      Dawn in the desert:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/DSC00055cc/DSC00055cc.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/DSC00058cc/DSC00058cc.jpg[/img]


      Hummingbirds in nest...I think these are Costa's Hummingbirds:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1973_1/IMG_1973_1.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1973_2/IMG_1973_2.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1973_3/IMG_1973_3.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1973_4/IMG_1973_4.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1973_5/IMG_1973_5.jpg[/img]


      I also saw this female Western Tanager:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1976_1/IMG_1976_1.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1978_2/IMG_1978_2.jpg[/img]


      And this male Wilson's warbler:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1978_1cx/IMG_1978_1cx.jpg[/img]


      Just before I left, I spotted the nest of a Red Tail Hawk, and got this photo of a chick in the nest:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_1980cx/IMG_1980cx.jpg[/img]


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    • May 7, 2019 9:37 AM EDT
    •  

      Ray Dunakin said:

      Very cool. But where are the ten ants?

      Reminds me of something that happened years ago. It was spring and my dad had come by to help with some tree pruning when we heard a loud humming noise on the other side of the house. When we went to investigate we found a swarm of bees at war with ants that had taken up residence in a hive that had been empty since fall. We watched as the battle raged between the two colonies until my wife rang us for lunch. Upon return, we were saddened to find a large pile of mostly bees on the ground and the ants still held the "castle". About an hour later, we heard the familiar loud humming again and returned to observe another siege. This time the bees were victorious! I'm not sure if the second attack was same swarm re-grouped or maybe a different one but anyway, I got Freebees!

    • May 7, 2019 9:34 AM EDT
    • Dan, as a beekeeper myself, I love the facelift. Very unique. 

    • May 7, 2019 1:33 AM EDT
    • Very cool. But where are the ten ants?

    • May 4, 2019 5:46 PM EDT
    • yep! Nice work. Puts a whole new meaning to the term 'Worker Bees'

    • May 4, 2019 5:41 PM EDT
    • Hehe... nice! 

    • May 4, 2019 5:04 PM EDT
    • I've been keeping bees on and off for years.  Decided to give the hives a fresh coat of paint and some 3d printed windows and doors.

      https://largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_2332/General/Hives.jpg

       

    • April 27, 2019 2:19 AM EDT
    • david bunn said:

       When I was a lad, sounds like the start of a joke, ...

       

      Four lads walk in to a train museum; one is a steam fan, one is an electric fan, one is a diesel fan, and one really likes the shiny bits ...

    • April 26, 2019 9:52 PM EDT
    • No nothing much in my world does that , Pete . But in my world that’s the way I think it should be everyone else has their view.

      Legal disclaimer insert here.:; your  mileage may vary, actual highway mileage will be less, member FDIC, be sure to read follow and understand all instructions before using power tools and above all wear these,   Safety glasses.these are my thoughts alone and should not be seen or construed as actual thoughts of LSC., in fact LSC.  disavowed and knowledge of my actions

    • April 26, 2019 1:39 PM EDT
    • finished and very sharp looking blue Locomotive ( for a thing that chuffs and goes whoo whoo!

      Doesn't everything worthwhile go chuff and whoo whoo?

       

    • April 23, 2019 7:06 PM EDT
    • there was a tv show about moving one of those locomotives from the US ( Wisconsin I think) back to the UK to be united with its mates. Very interesting on how they moved it sideways out of its spot in the museum loaded it on a railcarto a ship and moved to restoration place and views of finished and very sharp looking blue Locomotive ( for a thing that chuffs and goes whoo whoo!

       

    • April 23, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
    • Devon, may I remind you that one of the first steps of mummification is the removing of the subject's brain through his/her nose. In your case, it would be simple matter of letting the pressure build up, and then blowing your pop valve and.........

       

      So you may want to be careful about suggesting mummification.

    • April 23, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
    • ha ha

    • April 23, 2019 3:40 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Cliff Jennings said:

      Great story, David. Whereabouts (I assume in the UK) do you live now?

      (I was going to ask how Julian went about preserved Sir Nigel, and then I realized you were referring to the loco, )  

      Cliff,

      you are just off your game. Mummification man. Its all the rage.

       

      HAHAaaaa!

       

      But... maybe that's why my kids are giving me weird looks these days? Hmmm....