Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 142 - 26th May 2017 - Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Cedar Waxwing

No rain yesterday til late afternoon. Roamed the hood for a bit in the morning, then puttered around. Off to town before lunch, got our Chase the Ace tickets for Saturday night and a few errands done. Around 6:30 when I was eating supper I remembered it was Thursday night and exercise class - missed it! Looks like we are in for mostly a wet morning/day, probably just as well, I noticed the lake is starting to drop again. Seems like even after a good rain it doesn't hold for long. It's Friday, my last one off before going back to work so we'll have to make the best of our Thelma and Louise outing today. I'm sure I'll get a few Friday's off over the summer but it's not quite the same as the one day a week I've escaped from the woods this winter.
 A Common Yellowthroat was kind enough to let me get some decent shots.
 Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. He was noisy, when I initially heard him I thought it was a Pileated Woodpecker.
Cedar Waxwing - there were a few in Margie's apple trees yesterday.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 141 - 25th May 2017 - Chickadee, Trillium and Hairy Woodpecker

Went out on the deck while I was waiting for the kettle to boil as I usually do, listening to the morning sounds and checking out the weather. Heard a racket coming from one of the apple trees in the back and thought what kind of a bird is that? Then I woke up enough to realize it was a Gray Catbird, sure enough he came up and perched in the Honeysuckle Bush where I could see him and sang some more. Nice to see him back, will try for some photos later this morning. Rain on the way this afternoon and I'm off to town before lunch - pick up the Chase to Ace tickets and do a little research. Nice day on Wednesday, a little overcast at times, flies are bad now. Quiet in the hood these days, it's like pulling teeth to find Warblers, maybe they've just not worked their way back to the country yet. Got a new bonnet and pockets made for work, apron just needs to be hemmed by hand.
 Chickadee got the prize in the apple blossoms.

Trillium is in bloom now.
Hairy Woodpecker hanging out in the branches.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 140 - 24th May 2017 - Lilacs, Yellow Rumped Warbler and Deck Chairs

Beautiful sunrise this morning, bright red over the lake but it looks like it will clear and be a decent day. Owls and Loons calling up the lake, Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves and Crows down the lake. Always a different sound to the beginning of the day. Nothing like a few minutes by myself with coffee first thing in the morning listening to the sound of nature.
Tuesday was a wet one, but no complaints - although it would be nice if we could have sunny days and rain from 10pm to 5am regularly. Guess that's not likely to happen. I didn't go out until it was time to head to town for my meeting in the afternoon. Good staff meeting and enjoyed supper at the Ship's Galley with the group afterwards.
 Lilacs are blooming
 Yellow Rumped Warbler
It's always nice when the neighbours put out chairs for me to sit in and enjoy the lake on my walk.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 139 - 23rd May 2017 - Northern Parula, Mallard Ducklings and Common Yellowthroat

We had a good working morning on Monday, then lunch and Dorothy packed up and headed for home. Feel that we accomplished a lot. I haven't got a whole lot left on my part to get done then can send it back to her. Will finish some of it up this morning then hopefully tomorrow the rest. Since it's raining it's a good day for inside stuff. Have to do a little lunch preps, then this afternoon in town for a meeting and supper. Did a quick jaunt around last evening after supper hoping some birds would be out feeding. Northern Parula in the yard, Mallard and her babies in the lake and a Common Yellowthroat on the private road. Seems the birds are declining each year in this area. I did find a Northern Parula nest in a patch of Old Man's Beard - high enough to be out of the way and very well disguised. Will keep my eye on it from a distance of course.
 Northern Parula
 This is the second set of ducklings I've seen in the last couple of weeks, should be more any day.
Lurking behind the branches - Common Yellowthroat.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 138 - 22nd May 2017 - Flowering Bush, Chickadee and Canada Mayflower

It was nice that the blog photos were slow uploading this morning. I took the opportunity to have my coffee on the deck while I waited. Mackeral back sky, Hermit Thrush and Song Sparrows singing. For me it's the best part of the day. Enjoy today because we are in for a couple of days of wet weather - no complaints, last summer's dry spell is still fresh in my mind. We had a good work day on Sunday and made some good headway. Another day or day and half, and I'll have the layout completed. It's  a transcription of a ledger started in 1867 of ship wrecks on the Islands (Brier and Long) so is of historical interest. Of course it includes maps, some information about the ledger keepers, etc. We'll go over what else needs to be done before Dorothy heads off home.
 Rhododendron of some kind I think from Lois' gardens or an Azalea. I can never remember garden plants.
 You can always find a Chickadee, even when the other birds are being evasive.
Canada Mayflower are beginning to bloom.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 137 - 21st May 2017 - Apple Blossoms, Northern Parula and Bunchberry

Beautiful morning out there. I slept in a bit so missed the early rise of the sun, but the birds are all tweeting and singing, ducks and geese are calling as they fly down the lake. Going to be another great day. Lots of work for Dorothy and I to do - hammering out the book manuscript she brought and laying it out. I think we'll find a little time to roam the hood, can't sit at the computer all day when it's fine weather. Think I'll let  everyone sleep in a little while longer then we'll get breakfast and start.
Saturday was another nice day but not near as hot as it has been. The wind blew all day cooling it a bit, but still very good. Spent the day at the auction and pulled into the driveway right behind our company. Great timing!

 Don't think the apple blossoms will last long - the wind seems to be scattering them quickly.
 Northern Parula's are popping up everywhere.
Wildflowers are covering the forest floor - Bunchberry.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 136 - 20th May 2017 - Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher and a Tulip

The last few days have certainly been beautiful. Looks like more fine weather for a few more days, than some rain on the way for next week. Won't argue with a little rain after last summer's big dry spell. I got some things done around the house in the morning, roamed a couple of times with very little luck with birds then it was off to town. Had a good afternoon on the Thelma & Louise outing - nah we don't really get up to much. Told Margie on the way home it would be nice if a Baltimore Oriole would appear since the time is right with the apple blossoms.  Wishes do come true - after supper I had a lovely male pop in. Busy day up ahead, working an auction in town this afternoon, have to pick up groceries, company coming supper time. Will toss together a lasagna this morning so I won't have to cook when I get home and do a few quick things around the house before heading off.

 The male Baltimore Oriole - a stunning guy!
 And he loves the blossoms
 There were a pair of Belted Kingfishers flying back and forth in the cove, taunting me. They've decided our house is the fly over spot between the lakes so I can hear them laughing and cackling as the go back and forth.
Beautiful colors in this tulip.

Enjoy your day!