Beautiful morning out there, although it's a little cool and windy. The weekend has gone too quickly and it's time for us to head home today but not before I take a jaunt around the hood. As always I'm the only one up and we aren't in any big rush. Saturday started off really foggy but by dinner time it had cleared and the sun was shining. I roamed around in the fog, down the path and over to Over Cove and the pond. Palm Warblers, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, Green Wing Teals, Red Winged Blackbirds, Swallows, Ducks and lots of Gulls. After breakfast Larry and I walked to Beautiful Cove and the back down to Over Cove. Northern Harrier, Pheasants, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Greater Yellow Legs and Savannah Sparrows. We caught the 1pm Ferry over to Brier Island, checked out Pond Cove where there were loads of Common Eiders and a few Scoters. From there we went to Western Light where there is a huge Gull Colony - mostly Herring and Black Back but we did see more Eiders, 3 Harlequin Ducks a Wilson Snipe and some shore birds in flight. It was a great day and the most birding I've done in ages. They were having a fundraising supper for the school graduates at 5pm so after that, Larry and Roger did their fix it chores while Dorothy and I spent some time at the Lent House (Museum & Archives).
It's thick fog out there this morning, not going to get out too early today. The only things I hear are the fog horn and a duck or two quacking. We made it to Freeport (Digby County) last night. Most of the journey was either light rain,drizzle or thick fog. By the time we got to the ferry you couldn't see land from one side to the other. Still a good trip through the back road - quiet at Bear Brook not even any Swallows there yet. Am hoping to get out to do some birding - maybe even take a run over to Brier Island, although I have lots of good spots around here I always like to check out too. No idea what else we'll get up to - visiting, relaxing - it all sounds good!
Nice to see this Hairy Woodpecker is offering to help Larry in the woodpile
It's a quiet and foggy morning. I've slept a little more so it should be a better day and it's Friday - last day of the work week for many. Lots to do this morning, then it's off to Friday lunch in town with Margie. Finished off the Whirligigs yesterday so they will be packed up and dropped off. Yeah, something crossed off the list! Think I'll do a batch of brown bread rolls for a pie auction fundraiser tomorrow night that I'm going to miss. I don't bake pies, but I think rolls are a good substitute. It was either rain or drizzle yesterday but a chance to get some things done around here. I did get out for a quick walk and exercise class last night - should produce muscles I'm sure! Purple Finches are increasing in numbers as are the squirrels.
Too early morning number........... I've lost count. Oh some days it really sucks waking up at 4am, well I should say getting up. My mind feels like it's racing with things I need to do, should do, but then I'm too tired to get them done. Anyway, it is what it is - going to finish off those Whirligigs today, catch up on a few things around the house, pack to go away for the weekend and touch base with the house sitter. Suppose to be another wet day although yesterday it did clear off. We seem to have a Hawk tending the South side of the yard, several times in the last few days we've found a number of feathers. Doesn't seem to be our regular Sharp Shinned Hawk as he usually tries to poach from around the feeders, guess I'm going to have to watch closely.
We've had this White Throated Sparrow around the yard for a week or so, but he's very shy.
Hairy Woodpecker high in a tree searching for breakfast.
Looks like a wet day so probably no chance to roam the hood. Got my first tick of the season yesterday - yup it's that time of the year. As children we learned to check ourselves over every night - these days of course some carry the dreaded lyme disease and one has to be twice as careful. Tuesday was one of those days that was warmer outside than in the house. I got a little housework done, some painting and finally gave into a nap on the sofa. Caught up with the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, of course he was in the wooded area next to our yard, spied a Hermit Thrush but not much else. Still lots of Purple Finches, Gold finches and Evening Grosbeaks hanging out in the feeders. I was surprise to see a Tree Swallow back checking out the birdhouse. Not sure if they will decide to settle in or not.
Not a great shot - Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Hyacinths are almost open
The Christmas Tree is still offering food and shelter. I often see the bottom limbs switching and a Song Sparrow or Junco will pop out.
Even by my standards I'm up way too early this morning, it's either going to be a very long day or I'll sneak in a nap this afternoon. Got the Whirligigs started yesterday morning, a quick jaunt around the hood - very quiet and a funeral in the afternoon. Our communities have lost too many good people this winter. I did see one of the local Eagles, but while I was looking for something low in the bushes, he was no doubt observing me from above. The air was chilly in the morning but the sun warmed things up in the afternoon - it has more strength these days. The water in the ditches is disappearing - signalling that we could use a little rain fall, rumour has it we are in for another dry summer. I hope not, but as always we take what Mother Nature gives us.
Trees are budding out.
Mostly male Mallards in the lake these days, the females are nesting.
And the Daffodils offer up a spot of brightness in the yard.
Monday again, weekend is over. It's quiet this morning but the sky is filled with stars and maybe a touch of frost on the ground. Sunset was beautiful last night - promises of a fine day. I did see a Hermit Thrush yesterday morning on my walk, but of course wasn't moving fast enough for a photo. Same spot as a pair the last few years so I suspect they will take up housekeeping there again this year. Lois had a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, so I'll be out looking for him this morning. A busy day ahead - time to get started on the last of the Whirligigs, so I can hand them off this week and say job completed. Then it's on to start a little spring cleaning before I head back to work and some sewing. Upcoming weeks will be full.
Forsythia dripping from the rain Sunday night.
Chipmunk with chubby cheeks filled with sunflower seeds. For some reason I like the Chipmunks but not the Squirrels.
Purple Finch - high in a tree, waiting for his turn at the feeder.