Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are once again churning through many parts of California, including San Diego county. Right now, Friday morning, our immediate world is eerily calm after a tempestuous night of roaring winds, clacking palm trees and a thrashing eucalyptus and pepper trees. Everything is littered with plant debris. So far we have been spared the terror and devastation of wildfires that have hit other parts of the state; my heart goes out to those who have had to evacuate their homes, or watch them go up in flames. Here the mood is uneasy...everyone sniffing the air and scanning the horizon for signs of smoke. Since I started in on this narrative the winds have once more picked up and there is an ominous dull roar as the trees twitch and writhe in the chaotic hot, dry air. Meteorologists have deemed today the day of maximum danger, with forecasts of slowly cooling temperatures and diminishing winds in coming days.
Our ill tempered band of hummingbirds continues to stage elaborately choreographed battles over the red feeder; what a nervous bunch they have become, and it is a rare spectacle to see one (or even several) calming drinking the nectar. We are puzzled as to why we seem to have attracted this gang of cantankerous, socially ill-adapted little warriors. Brant has come across a bird new to this area - it is a black throated magpie jay. It is a spectacular bird about two feet long, dark blue with a stylish crest and a luxuriant plume of a tail. Its call is less attractive - a loud, raucous, high-pitched GROCK. These birds live mainly in NW Mexico and have been spotted in the southern part of SD county, near the Tijuana River, but we haven't seen or heard of one up in our parts of north county. We hope he sticks around.
As for health issues - we are doing fine. Lots of check up appointments, new vaccinations (mine were all wiped out in 2013, so I am redoing the infant vaccination schedule). This is a long respite we are enjoying, and are so thankful for it.
With love from Charty
PS I'm attaching a photo of Maya, Eva and Max on their first day of "school"