Monday, July 31, 2017

Day 208 - 31st July 2017 - Lighthouse, Song Sparrow and Yellowlegs

Good bye to July, can't believe another month has gone. Cool this morning, but looks like it will warm up. Home again, back to work this morning - time flies when you are having fun!  We had a great weekend away, got home Sunday just after 1pm. Made a few stops along the way - Gilbert's Cove and Belliveau's Cove. Then it was time to fly into action and get ready for the work week - laundry, muffins and a little housework. I did find time to get out for a quick roam in the hood. The lake has really dropped, notice the lawn is getting brown patches as well.
 Lighthouse at Gilbert's Cove.
 Song Sparrow
Yellowlegs at Belliveau's Cove.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Day 207 - 30th July 2017 - Birds and Whales

It was great to have a day off and just have fun! The fog lifted yesterday not long after we boarded the Georgie Porgie to go whale watching. Lots of whales and birds around. Anyone that went out yesterday I'm sure had a successful trip as there were whales around every boat that we saw. We found 7 whales and a few porpoises  but Larry had binoculars and spied a couple more further away. There were Great Shearwaters, Phalaropes, Gannets, Wilson Storm Petrels, Sooty Shearwater, a Puffin. So a good day for birds too.  Had lunch when we got back, then Larry and Roger puttered around fixing a few things - Larry always brings tools, Dorothy was at the Archives/Museum so I walked down and visited with her then roamed around some on my own. This morning we'll head back home, seems the weekend goes by super fast but there are things to do this afternoon to get ready for the work week ahead.
 Lots of Great Shearwater's around.
 Everyone cheers when their tails go up

 I got a little Whale snot on me from this one
 Wilson Storm - petrel. They were fun to watch as they danced on the water.
 One Puffin, but he wouldn't come close
Cool to have two of them next to the boat. The one in the front is named Cloud.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 205 - 28th July 2017 - Foggy Morning, Spiderweb and Yellow Rumped Warbler

A little rain overnight, at least I think so as the back deck is wet. Busy day at work on Thursday, seems to be lots going on now. Picked up groceries on the way home then supper and finished packing. Funny but even at my age (not telling) I still call my Mom and let her know we are going away where we are going etc. Just in case something should happen or I need to be tracked down! HA!HA! Old habits die hard! Yup, going to have a couple days away. Visiting friends in Freeport, booked for Whale watching Saturday morning - looking forward to a little break and catching up.  I notice on my walk yesterday morning there seem to be an explosion of Swamp Sparrows, lots of them around - young ones and adults.
 Foggy morning on the lake.
 The overnight weaver
Yellow Rumped Warbler. At least I think it is, they are getting confusing this time of year.

Enjoy your day

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Day 204 - 27th July 2017 - The Harbour, Old Wharf and Palm Warbler

Foggy out there this morning but it should clear later.An Owl is hooting up the road, Loon calling in the lake and Song Sparrows beginning their singing in the backyard. Love the sounds of morning. Chance of showers this afternoon. Yesterday turned out beautiful, warm but not too hot and thankfully the humidity has dropped. Busy day at work, lots of visitors around. That's what we like to see, interesting to meet people from different places.
Perfect calm morning on the harbour.
 An old wharf as  you look up toward Commissary Island.
Palm Warbler hides in the shadows of the apple tree branches.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day 203 - 26th July 2017 - Woodpecker, Swamp Sparrow and Magnolia Warbler

My day off flew by, did some housework (minimal amount), laundry, meals etc.Wasn't a great outdoors day but I did get in a short walk around lunch time. The rain was much needed, will make the garden jump ahead and the grass. One of Larry's rain barrels filled up the other two almost, so we are good again for awhile. Although I'm sure it wasn't enough to do much for the lake and wells, but it's better than nothing.  Catbird was back in the Honeysuckle bush Tuesday morning. Now that they've finished nesting I'll have to take a look around the yard and see if it's somewhere nearby.
For some reason this Woodpecker is always trying to get into the Hummingbird feeder.
 Swamp Sparrow, hiding out.
Magnolia Warbler

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 202 - 25th July 2017 - Swamp Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat and Black & White Warbler

Overcast and gray out there this morning, rain overnight with a little this morning then clearing. We can use some rain. The lake has dropped a lot, time to start conserving a bit. Hopefully Larry's rain barrels filled up last night. He'll use those for the garden. Finally caught up on my sleep and so far this morning my stomach is feeling a little better. I'm off today, but tons of stuff to do around here. Might get out for a roam later on if it clears. A few birds around Monday morning, but there are a number of species that I haven't seen at all in the hood this year.
 Swamp Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Black & White Warbler

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 201 - 24th July 2017 - Hummingbird, Northern Parula and Yellow Rumped Warbler

Beautiful morning, dawn is breaking over the lake and the birds are tweeting their early songs. Feels  a little cooler too.  Sunday was a nice day, not really busy at work but got some stuff done. I'm feeling worse instead of better - to add to my stomach complaint, Ive got a scratchy throat with a tickle that makes me cough and a  hoarse voice.  I'm seriously ready to start getting back to normal. On an up note I did sleep better. A/C has been installed in the bedroom, thanks to a good friend who had an extra one.
 Northern Parula
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day 200 - 23rd July 2017 - Hermit Thursh, Hummingbird and Lily

The air feels cooler and clearer this morning, humidity has dropped some. No luck with Chase the Ace last night it lives again so in a couple of weeks we'll be playing again. We finished off our Aggravation  game from Friday night and increased our vocabulary! After supper seems to be a prime time to watch the birds in the backyard. Last evening there were 10-12 Palm Warbler, 8 Chickadees, Black & White Warbler, Northern Parulas, Song Sparrows, Hermit Thursh, Humming Birds, Robins and Grackles. Nice to sit on the back deck for a bit and enjoy them all. Off to work again today, Larry's going to cook a turkey this morning before it gets too warm in the house so that's what will munch on this week.

Hermit Thrush

 Hummingbird - there have been 4 now fighting at the feeder.
Lily I spotted on my travels

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Day 199 - 22nd July 2017 - Hummingbird, Sunflower and Gray Catbird

Day off went great! Stomach was feeling a bit better but not 100% yet. My cousin  came to visit and give me some old photos and I gave him an old book press so that made my day! Buzzed around did some housework before it got too hot, when for a roam then Margie and I had lunch in Clyde River and some shopping in Barrington. Finished off the evening playing Aggravation at Friday night club. Tired this morning, tossed and turned couldn't get to sleep last night - it's just been so warm. Feels a little cooler this morning. Back to work today, not going to be really lively I can tell. I believe we have a family of Catbirds in the yard. I've seen one but yesterday I saw a different one and last evening there were 2.

Female Hummingbird.

Gray Catbird - probably a youngster - no black cap on this one.

Our wild - thanks to the birds, Sunflower is in bloom.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 198 - 21st July 2017 - Mushroom ,White Fringed Orchid and Palm Warbler

Foggy Morning, can hear an Owl near by and the Song Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes are singing. Still warm and humid out there. Palm Warblers are all around the yard these days, feeding in the grass and bushes. The Hermit Thrush sits on the Pole Bean trellis every evening, sometimes singing to me.
Busy day at work, Thursday and I think the hottest we've had yet. Someone commented that it was hotter in town than out here in the country! I spent most of the day with an upset stomach that started in the middle of the night. By the time I went to bed it wasn't bad, but then I stayed away from food as that was only making it worse. Summer flu bugs - ugh! It's so so this morning - but needs to clear up. I'm off today and it's a Thelma and Louise Friday after I get a few things done here.
Colorful mushroom, looks like someone has been nibbling on this.

 White Fringed Orchid, I think.
Palm Warbler, by the looks of his coloring a young one.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 197 - 20th July 2017 - Palm Warbler, Water Lilies and Hermit Thrush

Great day at home on Wednesday, even though I had to do some housework - the bare minimum. It turned out hot, hot and was so grateful to be able to wear shorts and a tank top instead of the work garb! 😀 The Catbird appeared in the Honeysuckle bush again, Palm Warblers around the grass with the Robins and Grackles. Yellow Warbler popped out of the apple tree. Lois and I hit the lake for a swim in the afternoon and I got to play on her paddle board again. Getting a little more confident. Got too close to a rock but managed to get myself off and away again without falling off, so I'm improving. The lake has really dropped - so many more rocks visible now. Back to work this morning, promises of a busy day.
Palm Warbler

Lots of White Water Lilies in the lake this year.

Hermit Thrush.

Enjoy  your day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 196 - 19th July 2017 - Spiderwebs, Ducks and a Chipmunk

It's my day off and looks like another foggy morning. The fog will no doubt lift later but meanwhile I've got housework to tackle.  Will roam the hood later and see what birds I can find. Yesterday morning it was quiet but then with the fog it also makes it dark in around the tree branches and leaves. The humidity doesn't seem to have dropped any, feels as hot now as when I went to bed last night. Thankful for the breeze we get off of the waterfront at work although most days I wish it was a gale force wind! HA!HA!
Spiderwebs were everywhere.

 I can't tell the difference now between the mother and young.
And the Chipmunks are plentiful

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 195 - 18th July 2017 - Yellow Rumped Warbler, Foggy Morning and Wood Duck

The fog lifted on Monday and turned into another very hot day.  Nice walk in the morning even though it was drizzling. Good day at work, busy with lots to do and we got a lot done. Love the feeling of accomplishment. Had an invite out to supper with friends so we made the mad dash home to change clothes and then headed off to Upper Clyde. Was great to catch up and see everyone. Been too long since we've done it. Of course a late night and too early of a morning for me. Humidity is high this morning with promises of a day like yesterday.

Young Yellow Rumped Warbler. 
 So foggy you couldn't see across the lake.
Not a great shot but - female Wood Duck.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 194 - 17th July 2017 - Camp Life and a Dory

The Founder's Day weekend wrapped up yesterday. The Dory launch was a  huge success - lots of people around to see her come out of the shop and go in the water. The day turned out hot, hot. Camp life packed up and headed home. Am tired this morning but had an early night and slept well despite the heat. Lots of visitors and locals around. Today the waterfront will be back to normal, no booths or camps set up just our regular view of the harbour and boats.  I'll enjoy that view.
Waiting for coffee.
 Breakfast is almost ready.

And she's in the water - first row.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 193 - 16th July 2017- Boats and Camp Life

Saturday turned out fine, no rain, lots happening on the waterfront. I enjoyed my day at the Shelburne County Museum, back at the Ross Thomson House today. Lots of people around the waterfront enjoying the re-enactors, booths and and music. It's the weekend that you get to see folks that you haven't seen in ages. Today the Museums have a special event starting at noon - the launch of our 150 Dory. Made by the master dory maker with artwork produced by students and painted by signsmith John Smith. It should be quite a beauty! Hoping to get some good photos.
 Boat in the harbour.
 I believe she has an audience with the Colonel.
 Ladies and camp followers preparing for the day.
Camp life.

Meal preparations

Enjoy your day!