Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 173 - 26th June 2017 - Lupins, Dandelions and Daisies

Monday morning and the work week begins once again. Sunday turned out hot, spent most of the day at home, except a run into to town after supper for groceries. Larry split wood and helped out a friend up the road with some carpentry work. I puttered around in the kitchen, roamed the hood and enjoyed a little deck time. Cathy came for coffee - nice to catch up with her since we've not had much of a chance to chat since I returned to work.  Just another over exciting day in the country, but chances are I wouldn't trade it for anything.
 The wild flowers along the road side look like someone's perfect garden bed.
 Lots of nice colors - Lupins, Daisies and Dandelions.

Enjoy your day!

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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 165 - 18th June 2027 - Lupins and Daisies

Happy Father's Day! I'm fortunate to still have my Dad and to have grown up with two wonderful Grandfathers in my life. Such good male role models, who were all different but special in their own ways. Internet is slow this morning and I didn't have a good night so no patience with loading photos, maybe tomorrow morning will be better. Foggy and  a bit of drizzle today, maybe some showers. Saturday was a much needed rainy day. A few visitors around at work - as one couple said, a good day to check out museums.
                                               Roadside flowers - Lupins and Daises.

                                                    Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Day 164 - 17th June 2017 - Reflections, Grackle, Dragonfly and Iris

Had a great day off - got some housework done, but didn't work to hard, roamed the hood and took a little time on the deck. Weather was nice until about supper time when showers started. I did go for a short walk in the rain, listening to the sweet song of a Hermit Thrush as I wandered. Most birds seem to be nesting or have young they are tending to. I had several irate mothers chirping at me because they felt I was "too close", although in one case I never did notice a nest or babies. This morning it's groceries then off to work. Suppose to be a wet day, we can use it- the lake is dropping.
 Perfect for reflections
This was certainly a homely youngster - Grackle, I think. He would squawk for food and both parents were across the road screeching at me!
 Iris' from my garden weed beds.
Lots of Dragonflies and Damselflies around.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 163 - 16th June 2017 - Wisteria, Hummingbird, Caterpillar Tent

Thick fog this morning and cooler - nice weather for sleeping though. The sun will shine and should be another warm day although there is a chance of showers this afternoon. Finally the exhibit "Underneath it all" opened last night at the museum. It's a great exhibit and showcases Ladies Underwear from 1860 -1960. It's my day off but lots to do. Going to take a little time to roam the hood this morning, been a while since I've been able to check things out and see if there is anything interesting around. Also want to see if there are any Twin Flowers about yet. That will be my excitement as I've got to do some housework, laundry, cooking etc.
 A few of the blooms from my Wisteria - I can never do justice to this plant. Might be because it's flowering in an apple tree, Fir tree and Willow tree. It's almost finished now but at it's peak, it looks like large clusters of grapes hanging through the trees.
 Once again he's guarding the feeder, and probably unhappy as I noticed it needs to be refilled this morning.
Rather large caterpillar tents in a number of trees at the Industrial Park.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day 162 - 115th June 2017 - Swallow, Song Sparrow and Dragonfly

Wednesday was lovely - just enough sun to be warm and a nice breeze so you weren't overheated. Much better. Busy day at work. The Hermit Thrush was singing nearby as the sun was setting last night and I enjoyed a few minutes on the deck before bed last evening. My favourite summer song. There have been a few Purple Finches back in the yard lately, wondering if they are nesting nearby. I've not been filling the feeders this month, I usually stop for the summer in hopes of reducing the number of squirrels around and deterring the raccoons.
 Swallows like the high wires.
 Song Sparrow
 These ferns are all open now, I took this a few days ago.
Dragonfly - almost invisible tucked in the pine needles.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Day 161 - 14th June 2017 - Roses, Mallards and a Hummingbird

Feels a little cooler this morning, but it's suppose to be a nice day. Another busy one coming up - first of our school groups this morning and I'll get in early to give a hand with the upcoming exhibit.
Tuesday was hotter than Monday! Usually we get a nice breeze (or gale) on the waterfront but the last few days that has even been hot.  Oh well, it's better than the cold of 5 months ago. Big problem is the layers  I wear (dressing like an 18th century person) - another week and I'll be used to it (extra clothes and summer heat) again for the season. Just takes a while to get in to that part of the job. Beautiful sunset last night, then a little rain shower.  Monday night Lois and I saw an Osprey hanging out down by the river - a little surprised to see him this far inland.
Roses along the waterfront are blooming. 
 Mallards - a little unusual looking but probably somewhere in their ancestry is a tame duck.
This Hummingbird has a feisty look about him. He's always guarding the feeder.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Day 160 - 13th June 2017 - Mossing and Daisies

Monday was a beautiful day and hot, hot even on the waterfront. Busy at work, helping our Curator with the upcoming exhibit. The blackflies are miserable this year - they are everywhere even in Town. That's one part of summer that can leave as quick as they come. Looks like another nice day coming up. For some reason photos are slow uploading this morning, so I have no patience to wait for more! This internet is better than the old but still not high speed. Lots of birds out there singing at daybreak. I think the Song Sparrows and Red Eyed Vireos would sing all day with very little break.
Mossing in the harbour.
Daisies are such a simple flower but pretty in bunch like this.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Day 159 - 11th June 2017 - Lady Slippers, Yellow Rumped Warbler and Clyde River

Weekend has ended, back to work.Forecast is giving fine weather but the sky was bright red again this morning. It's warm and feels like summer now.  Had a great three days off, but they seem to go so fast! We took a drive up to Bear Brook Sunday morning, heard lots of birds but most of them wouldn't come out of the woods. American Redstarts,Red Eyed Vireos, Chestnut Sided, Yellow, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Swamp Sparrows, Alder Flycatcher, Barn Swallows were just a few. No wildlife other than what was on the road, sadly we came across a dead young Bobcat. Really a shame, someone must have hit it with a vehicle. Then it was back home to do Sunday chores and get ready for the work week.
 Lady Slippers are blooming in the shadow of the forest.
 Yellow Rumped Warbler
 The meandering Clyde River cuts across the back road.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Day 158 - 11th June 2017 - Lupins, Yellow Warbler and Chipmunk

We had a good day on Saturday - a little birding at the Industrial Park, grocery shopping and then home. Didn't spot  quite as many Warblers as I expected to, but that's the way birding goes. Yellow and Magnolia Warblers, Catbird, Red Eyed Vireo, lots of Song Sparrows and Tree Swallows. I puttered around inside, Larry worked in the garden, then I roamed the hood. Stopped for a visit with a few folks on my travels. Nice to catch up. Lots to get done today, then my long weekend is over. But first I think we'll take a run to Bear Brook this morning after breakfast, then it's home to get ready for the work week once again.
 The Lupins along the roadside were beautiful Saturday afternoon.
 A Yellow Warbler was tucked away in the Maple tree.
Jailbird Chipmunk trying to escape.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day 157 - 10th June 2017 - American Redstart, Lupins and Pileated Woodpecker

Friday's rain should dampen things for a bit. Boy did it rain hard most of the day! Just before supper it cleared then in the evening a few showers again. This morning the sun is shining through and looks like it will be a great day! Made good use of my day - got lots done in the morning then Marg and I had our Thelma & Louise day! It was raining so hard we decided to stick to lunch in town, did a few errands and picked up our Chase the Ace tickets. No Cardinals at the Tim's drive thru -not that I blame them. Today Larry and I will head out to do some birding - although I have no idea where I want to go. Driving long distances and walking through uneven terrain has gotten really hard on his bad hip these days so I try not to over do it for him. Am sure I'll find somewhere to go. Then it's groceries.
 An American Redstart pokes his head out from some maple leaves.
 The Lupins are in bloom along the roadside.
Poor shot - Pileated Woodpecker flying over.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 156 - 9th June 2017 - Shed, Fisherman's Memorial and a Window

Day off and I'm up too early  - that figures but I've got lots of things planned to get done especially this morning before Margie and I go to lunch and do some errands. Have to get our Chase the Ace tickets for tomorrow night! Dawn has finally arrived with a fiery red sky and soften pink and purple reflecting in the lake. Rainfall warning for today - 40 to 50 mm - that will be a lot if we get it all. Another good day at work on Thursday, second season and I enjoy the job. That's half of the battle I'm sure of going every day. I like the idea of different things and people - never the same two days in a row.
 This old shed will soon be covered in ivy.
 The Fisherman's Memorial on Dock Street.
A peek in one of the Dory Shop windows.

Enjoy your day!