Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tough weather for a hungry hummingbird... and a new site

It's pretty windy again today - this poor Black-Chinned hummer keeps trying to get something to drink, but the feeders are swinging wildly in the wind.  He must be getting something, because he's going from one to the other feeder.  Bigger gusts drive him back to his perch.

He finally got enough to eat and flew away.  I don't remember if there are any other kinds of hummers here. Black-Chinned Hummingbirds are all I've seen so far this season.

We've moved to a new campsite.  The FIRST one, although a GREAT site, was right next to a dirt road that is used by ATVers, which I didn't realize until they started up one day, spewing a fine dust all over everything.  So we got settled in another site - this is one we had another year - last year I think, and I liked it then, so we're trying it out again.  So far, so good.

It's more open and sunny and I have a much better view of the desert around me and all the surrounding mountains.  That's one of the neat things about Quartzsite - no matter where I've camped, there has always been something that made it a special site.

Brian is right behind us on the next wash.  Remember Brian, the man who installed the tilts for my solar panels?  He said to call him when I get here each year so he could tilt the panels for me and then again when I leave, so he can put them down.  All part of the the initial service.

I hadn't called him yet, but he saw The Palms and drove into our camp.  We talked for a while, and the next morning he was back to tilt up the solar panels.    

I asked him what he's going to do when he has a million customers who all come into town needing their panels tilted - he said again that it's part of the service and won't be a problem.  I told him he's the "gift that keeps on giving!"

Anyway, he's got his business cards and gave me one.  I asked for more, just in case I meet someone who has solar needs so I can give it to them.  I love to pass on contact information for people who give me excellent service.

Here it is, in case you want to call him.  He does lots more than solar installation and service - he's going to install a couple of 12V outlets for me in the Palms and a couple of other minor maintenance things.

It looks like we have some new Followers - our numbers are up - but they don't have photos so aren't showing in the recent Follower photos.  I checked backed and found them, though.

So, welcome to new Followers,  shilts, and Wayne Scott, and Scott.  That's all the info I have on these three new Followers.  We are happy to have you - Welcome Aboard!  :)

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


  1. I'm like you in that I love to recommend folks and businesses who have given me good service.

    I've seen my hummingbird feeder blowing back and forth in the wind, but somehow the birds seem to hover in place until the feeder gets to them, and they wait for the next pass. I'm sure you have much more wind in the desert than even I do in flat-as-a-pancake Sacramento

  2. I haven't even put out any feeders yet at my new site. Maybe I should.

  3. The hummers haven't stopped by here for a few weeks so I took the feeder down. From my research, it says some stay the winter here where I am. But I guess this year, they decided to go further south.

  4. The winds were so bad here last Sunday that my newly filled hummer feeder was bone dry when I got home from the VC. All the juice had spilled out on the ground. :( that was before all the bees came...

  5. The wind was REALLY BAD here in Yuma also. Don't like it !! Had to bring in my slide which makes living space very narrow.

    Have my appointment with HD tomorrow so hopefully I'll be headed your way on Tuesday. Bennie & Katie need some play time.

  6. Kali Cat goes to the vet for her follow up today. If all goes well, I will be headed up that way tomorrow too! See you all there. :) I'm looking forward to settling in for a while and seeing if I can't unload some stuff.
    I will be towing for the first time, so it should be interesting. It is a straight shot from Yuma on a good road, a good first test drive.

  7. Love the view from your new site. Wow. Also writing down Brian's info. Good to have. Our plans are to get Solar panels when we get out there. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Katie! Sheila and the gang

  8. We haven't had too much wind over here. The Colorado River basin area always seems to get so much more wind. Brian definitely is a good guy. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. So glad you got away from the ATV'ers and their dust. Solar panels tilted! You're doing good.

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