Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today is for the birds II

Here are more of the bird photos I've taken so far that I wanted to post.

First, the Cactus Wren.  I really like this bird.  At first I thought he was my Gila Woodpecker, until I got all the photos together and saw his coloring is different.  I remember this guy from Rockhound State Park in New Mexico.  That's the first time I'd seen one, but I got some good photos here in Quartzsite.

The first four shots are of the bird enlarging a hole in the Saguaro Cactus.  He kept coming out of the hole, looking around, then going back in.  I could see pieces of the cactus dropping out from the hole from time to time.  Notice that he is standing on the cactus needles in the next two photos.  Click twice on them for a closer view.

Anything going on out here?  

 Here he is peeking out of the hole.

And now climbing the Saguaro Cactus to the top.  The Gila Woodpecker did the same thing, landed lower on the cactus, flew up and stopped to look around, then flew to the top to get a better view of his surroundings.  These are the only two birds I've seen so far that seem to like this cactus.  They must have the right toes, feet and legs to land and be comfortable on these long stickers.  If you click on the photo below twice, you'll get a better view of how his toes are clinging to the cactus.

 Isn't he pretty?  Look at how his toes are spread to stand on the needles.

It's when I saw this Cactus Wren on the ground that I realized he wasn't a Gila Woodpecker.  That spotted stomach and dark brown on the top of his head gave him away.  I didn't notice those on the photos above.  I just assumed he was my woodpecker. Now that I know, I can see the huge differences in their coloring.

Next are the Gambel's Quail.  They don't come around every day, but from time to time I'll look out the window in the afternoon, and there they are.  They are such pretty, interesting birds.

"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

 On guard:

And finally, two more - the House Finches, they seem to be everywhere in New Mexico and Arizona:

And this last one - I thought it was a female House Finch, but now I'm not sure. It's got the right beak and spotted stomach, but it has a yellow breast.  Here it is at all angles - anyone know what this bird is?

Generator update: I went in this morning and Bob checked out the generator.  When I had the Level II service done on August 16 this year at Cummins Rocky Mountain LLC in Albuquerque, NM , the tech said he didn't adjust the valves, they were okay.  Well, they weren't okay.  Bob took off the valve cover and adjusted them for me. He said the inside of that area behind the valve cover was spotless - like it was new, he was surprised.  So that's good.   I was also having problems with the choke after my Rocky Mountain service.  Bob adjusted the choke.  They changed the spark plug.  But didn't check and adjust the spark plug gap.  Bob did that.  Making all these adjustments, he said, will get rid of the smoke and help a little with the oil usage.  Not much, though. 

Bob checked everything out and said everything in the generator looks good.  But he also explained to me that if The Palms isn't level, my generator oil's dip stick won't give me a good reading.  I don't always park level, but I DO stay within 3 degrees of normal, and try for 2 degrees, which is supposed to be okay.  So what he said was, "Right now it's full, right up at the ADD line.  Go back to your site and check where the oil level is.  Now you know that whatever it says today is FULL.  That's your benchmark." So, I did that, and it was halfway between the FULL and ADD.  It appears my not being level has really affected the dipstick reading.  I'm also going to be checking my oil when I'm in town in a level parking lot.  Don't you just love it when fixes are so simple?  (I'm not uncrossing my fingers yet, though.  We'll see what happens.)

He charged me for his labor only, no parts, accessories, miscellaneous, tax, etc.  And I was very happy with the total.  Thank you all for your good thoughts sent my way, they worked.
Bob is a o

Bob's Generator
He's on Main Street in Quartzsite right off Highway 95 - in the large yellow building.

From me and Katie, have a great Tuesday, everyone!  :)


  1. Barbara, I sure hope that is the end of your generator problems. But I dunno. Adding the amount of oil that you do.....??? Where is it going ??

  2. Barbara, I sure hope that is the end of your generator problems. But I dunno. Adding the amount of oil that you do.....??? Where is it going ??

  3. Barbara, you sure have taken a lot of really nice bird photos! I love seeing them, thanks for sharing.

    My son used to have a bird named Bobbo...so I enjoyed your pictures of Bob O.

  4. Great bird pictures. You sure are handy with that camera.

  5. Whew...that was easy! I'm glad it wasn't anything really major with the generator!

    I love the bird photos tonight. I sure miss the cacti!

  6. It hurts to see the birds sitting on cactus thorns. I guess they are pretty safe though. Glad you have the oil level problem solved. I always worried about being level because I had problems with my fridge - they say if you aren't level it affects the fridge. My 5th wheel sat on a storage lot in NJ for 2 yrs, and the owner really didn't know anything about the workings of it. She could't even show me how to hitch it up to the truck!

  7. I love cactus wrens. When I lived in Tucson and sat outside in the mornings, a cactus wren often came for a visit. He'd hop around, even going under the chair I was sitting in, seemingly oblivious to my presence! They are gutsy, curious birds! Looking forward to when I get on the road and get out to the desert again.


  8. Gentle moving about on the cactus! The first step is a doosey!! Love seeing all the birdie pics... It's like seeing ole friends who are gone on vacation....See you later little buddies!

  9. I hope the generator issues are done for you now. I check mine after every 8 hours of usage. IN fact, you reminded me that I have to change my oil! My last trip out, my oil was low, I went to my storage bin, got out my oil container, only to find it empty. Oops!

    Beautiful bird pics, It's amazing how those cactus wren can sit on those thorns. And the quail, I quite agree, they are beautiful.

  10. Those are great bird pictures. Not seeing many here in the park.


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