I thought I had seen and taken pictures of a Rufous before, but this is definitely a new hummingbird for me. His coloring is so pretty, and he also has an iridescence around his neck. I saw it when the sun was shining just right, but didn't get a photo of it.
This Rufous Hummingbird isn't in my Birds of Arizona Field Guide, so I added him and a little box that I checked off. (Of course, I'm not in Arizona, but usually any birds I see here in New Mexico are also in the Arizona Field Guide.)
And this little one below is a female Rufous, I think.
Along with my friend, Hazel, I've spent the last couple of days checking The Palms and doing some relatively easy repairs, but super important for The Palms and also for my peace of mind.
I was convinced I had a nest of mice in the A/C unit on the roof. I climbed up there in a mild wind the other morning, and I could hear scurrying around under the A/C cover. I called Hazel and she came over to help. I had no idea what we would find when we removed the cover, so I had everything I could think of available on the roof: Sticky paper, flypaper, ice pick, ant/roach spray, my Grabber, etc. I was afraid there would be a moving mess of mice and babies running all over the place and I wanted to get as many as I could.
So... we were ready and unscrewed the four screws holding the cover on. Removed the cover, ready to pounce, and - - - nothing was there. It was clean. Turns out there was an 8 x 10 piece of thin fiberboard that was glued to the side and it had bent in half and the half that was no longer attached by glue was quietly flapping back on forth on the unit and the cover, making a scratching sound. I swear, it sounded exactly like a nest of mice. Whew. What a relief that was.
While we were up there, though, Hazel checked out my roof for me and noticed the putty around the refrigerator vent was cracking and needed to be taken care of right away. She said she was surprised I hadn't had leaks in the kitchen. Thankfully, there have been no leaks at all in The Palms.
Yesterday we got back up on the roof and removed the vent cover. Then we took denatured alcohol and scrubbed off as much of the dirt/dust on the putty as we could get off.
We used a big spoon to hold a little alcohol at a time and dipped our paper towels in it, then rubbed and rubbed until the putty was pretty clean. You can see the difference - that little spot by the spoon was the last to be cleaned. Then we cleaned the sides of the vent and the area around the putty about two or three inches out for the EternaBond tape to adhere to.
Then we measured, cut and applied EternaBond all around the area, covering the sides of the vent and all the putty, out an additional two inches. It looks like it will last forever. I sure hope so.
|Here's the A/C cover with no nests underneath, and the fridge vent on the right, all cleaned and sealed up around it.|
Late in the evening after we drove/walked the Greyhounds around the park, Hazel and I got under The Palms looking for any holes the mice could use to get into the motor home. We found some, I don't know if they would have given mice access to the inside of The Palms, but surely there is at least one hole that is allowing entrance. Katie and I had another mouse in the cab while we were in Gallup. That's the fourth one we've trapped (and we've had two others that left the rig, and we drove away without them, totaling six mice in all) and the reason I thought there must be a nest somewhere. Since we didn't find a nest, there has to be a hole they are using to get in.
Hazel did most of the under rig checking with a flashlight, she's done this with her own rig and knows what to look for, but I got underneath The Palms, too. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm a little claustrophobic, not too bad, but enough that I'm careful not to be stuck in small spaces. The bottom of the rig was far enough off the ground, and light was coming in from all four sides, so it wasn't too bad. We stuffed steel wool into the holes, and got the driver's side, the rear and half the passenger side done. I have a little more to do, then I'm going to check the engine compartment.
After that, I'll check out the inside of The Palms for any holes that can be seen from behind the drawers, cupboards, etc. Then Hazel is going to double check for me, to make sure I didn't miss anything.
When that's done, I should have a motor home that will not be accessible to mice. I had a nightmare about mice running over me in my sleep the other night and woke up trying to scream, that's when I knew I HAD to do more than just set traps. Wow, that was an awful dream!
I sure appreciate Hazel offering to help when I need it. She's been RVing all her life and has so much experience and knowledge. It's so nice of her to spend her time and muscle to help. How many females do you know who would offer to climb up on your roof, and then the same day, crawl under your RV? Thanks, Hazel! :)
From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone! :)