Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 172 - 25th June 2017 - Downy Woodpecker, Rabbit and Mallards

Had a good day at work on Saturday even though the weather was kind of blah - humid and rainy, but this morning the sun is shining! Rah! I'm off again, have to do some meal prep, muffins etc. then maybe after supper we'll take a little run somewhere and see if there are any birds around. Of course there's a good chance I'll take a little jaunt around the hood this morning, probably be eaten up by the flies. No luck with Chase the Ace last night, but it lives so we'll try again in 2 weeks time. If nothing else we have a good time.

This Downy Woodpecker hit the window yesterday morning. I assumed it might be a young one since a female was calling and looking for him. But I'm not sure.
 Hidden behind some ferns, I almost didn't spot this Rabbit.
These youngsters are almost as big as their mom, but she still bosses them around.





Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 171 - 24th June 2017 - Hermit Thrush, Red Eyed Vireo and Chipmunk

After a couple of nice days off, it's back to work today for me and rain. Of course I slept in this morning.  Friday was great, finished off a few things around the house, got out for my walk, lunch with Margie, got our tickets for tonight and we went to Friday night club. A well rounded day! Rain did arrive late in the afternoon and evening. Seems that some of the young birds are leaving the nest now. Overall my patch is still quieter than I would expect, the number of species seems to have taken a downturn over the last few years.
A Hermit Thrush Fledgling. I stayed my distance as I could hear his Mom calling nearby.














 Red Eyed Vireo
Chimpmunk - I have no idea what he was eating in the branches, maybe some berries.







Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 170 - 23rd June 2017 - Wild Strawberries, Cedar Waxwing and Hosta

Had a beautiful day at home on Thursday. I roamed the hood, did some house work, roamed the hood and even spent some time on the deck while supper was cooking with my kobo. Weather was great - sunshine with a bit of a breeze. The lake, ditches and swamps are all up after the rain this week, nice to see it maintaining, fingers crossed we don't suffer a drought like last summer. Even ventured out to exercise class last night, hopefully I don't have too many body parts hurt. Today is my second day off, a few more things to do this morning, then it's a Thelma and Louise lunch date and pick up our Chase the Ace tickets for tomorrow night. A little rain forecast for this afternoon.
Wild Strawberries are ripe, lots of them along the road.
 Rain drops left over on the Hostas soon disappear in the sun.
Cedar Waxwing.




Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 169 - 22nd June 2017 - Mallard, Flower Baskets and Peonies

My day off and I get up at 4 am - dumb! Just when I think I'm sleeping better I do that, oh well those mornings are fewer and farther between lately, so I'll take what I get.  An Owl is hooting up the lake, other than that it's a true morning of silence. I must say I enjoy the solitude of early mornings, time to myself to figure and plan out the day before the rest of the world comes alive. Yesterday was fine and I went in with Larry so roamed the waterfront a little. Looking forward today to checking out the hood and seeing what's been going on around here.
A female Mallard - basically those around the waterfront could care less about people. 
 The flower baskets are all up now, adding a cheerful look.
Peonies will soon be in bloom at the Museum garden.







Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 168 - 21st June 2017 - Cobwebs and Pollen

Finally a day without rain, I hope. Mostly cloudy with some sunshine (hopefully) but the fog should burn off. The Robins and Grackles are out in the lawn pulling up worms and grubs for breakfast. There is a fresher feeling in the air. Ducks are quacking in the field next door with the horses and donkeys. An odd combination, but I suspect the like the leftover grain that the animals miss. So all in all it looks like a nicer day. Work and then I'm off for a few, lots to do.

Cobwebs hanging from branches.
A scum of pollen covered the lake a few days ago.










Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 167 - 20th June 2017 - Grandmother's Journal, Purple Finch and Song Sparrow

Raining again this morning. The rain is one thing, wish the high humidity could be  cut in half. Ugh! Song Sparrow and Red Eyed Vireo are competing near the yard, both voices loud and strong.Tomorrow looks like better weather. Busy day at work, school kids in the morning, visitors most of the afternoon. Another day or two of work then I'm off for a couple of days, sure hope I strike one fine day just to get out and roam.
Grandmother's Journal: 
20 Jun 1977 - Kim & I to town early. Overcast with misty fog. Home early. Bob home alone today. Gertrude over to play crib. Bob's back is acting up tonight. I'm upset as usual. Tom outside tonight, Deer in new apple trees last night.
21 Jun 1977 - On way to town, had to use wipers. Fog and light drizzle. Busy. Had my hair done. Mike came back with me. Tom out again tonight, I hate to have him go out. He goes but doesn't really want to.
22 Jun 1977 - Rain and light drizzle all day and evening. Mike stayed with Bob today. To town as usual. Home early. Started to grade the road today. No game. One owl on way to work.
 Male Purple Finch lurking in the Apple tree.
 There is always a Song Sparrow hanging out on the fences.

Snowball bush.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 166 - 19th June 2017 - Lady Slipper, Dragonfly and the Lake

Foggy, windy morning with high humidity.A chance of drizzle or showers today. Long range looks like a mix of sun and rain for this week, although we all know that can change from day to day pretty quickly. A good day at work Sunday, few visitors around. Greta and I  found time to do a repackaging project we had been talking about and came up with a few new ideas for things. We can always keep busy. Another school group this morning, so that will keep us on our toes, wish the weather was going to be better for it. Nancy, my regular morning ride is back from holidays so I'll only be traveling with Larry on Wednesday morning. Means I can get my morning walk in and won't get to town quite so early.
 A couple of Mallards hang out on a rock
 Lady Slippers are blooming
Lots of Dragonflies around.









Enjoy your day!