by Flickr user Steve Byland, used with permission
The other day a very large bird came for a visit and perched in our magnolia tree. I was able to get a picture (not the above picture) and share it with my neighbors to get some help identifying the big bird. Thanks to the many comments from my neighbors, I now know that we were visited by a Cooper’s Hawk. These birds are quite prevalent around our neighborhood and prey on smaller birds :( Upon seeing this large bird (from inside) my cat Newbie was clearly intimidated. Given the size of this bird, I don’t blame him!
A few neighbors thought I might have a Peregrine Falcon in the tree, but I was told by others that peregrines do not perch this low since they are cliff dwellers. Apparently our city of San Jose has a nesting pair who live atop San Jose City Hall, and there is a Falcon Cam! Apparently, Clara the female falcon is currently with Esteban Colbert (yes, named for Stephen Colbert) and they have 2 healthy babies.
I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks having an amazing time in France. Once I finish organizing my pictures, I will definitely be adding some France/Paris related posts.
In the meantime, I thought I would share a pretty hilarious Twitter-related occurrence. After over two weeks of being off Twitter, today I decided to take a look. I noticed a tweet from Twitter A Critter (@tweetacritter) regarding funny animal photos. As an aside, I think Twitter A Critter is brilliant as it helps spread the world about the many deserving rescue animals who need homes.
The link in their tweet sent me to Martha Stewart’s website and a photo album of adopted pets who (apparently) look like famous celebrities. I admit to having uploaded a photo of my sweet Newbie to this site a long time ago, but was totally surprised to find that same photo in this album, at #30! Apparently he looks like… Cheri Oteri?
I’m thrilled for my Newbie to have this exposure, but… Cheri Oteri?! I did a search for images of Cheri and found one where maybe I could see the likeness. But it’s still a bit odd. I hope Newbie doesn’t think his masculinity has been threatened.
The entire album is really entertaining. Take a look, and cheers to Newbie’s 15 minutes of fame on Martha Stewart!
I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Newbie and Henry sharing Newbie’s favorite window in our living room. You can see the glorious jasmine in the background combined with the early afternoon sun making this the perfect napping spot.
I’m happy to report that Henry has been fully integrated with Newbie and even Pinky. Pinky isn’t thrilled, but she likes that Henry is giving her the respect she deserves, and Pinky takes her time in evaluating situations. So far Henry has been very good around her….
As for Newbie, he has a loving little brother who likes to be around him at all times, even sharing his favorite window.
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For quite some time we felt that our Newbie needed a buddy. Despite his 2.5 years, Newbie still has a lot of kitten energy. Unfortunately when he has tried to play with our 17 year old Pinky, she makes it clear she is not interested. We knew it would be tricky to bring in another kitty but we were hopeful that if we found the right kitty, it would work.
Thanks to a local cat rescue group, we adopted our six month old siamese mix and have named him Henry. After his isolation of about 10 days, we were able to successfully introduce Henry and Newbie. So far Newbie seems to really enjoy this little bundle of energy and they are pretty much inseparable. For more photos of Henry, check out my Flickr set.
Our next big challenge is to introduce Henry to Pinky….. stay tuned!
I’m slowly reading through the manual and trying different settings. I’m hoping that this camera will improve my jewelry photography.
What did we do before digital cameras?
We had an exciting moment the other day when we saw this sweet duck couple hanging out in our pool!
They seemed to enjoy their little pit stop.
Newbie, our kitty, was entranced by the duck activity as you can see.