Saturday, September 30, 2017

Day 269 - 30th September 2017 - Mallards, Sunset, Church Steeple

I guess it's good bye to September, another month gone in this year. Fall has finally kicked in with more seasonal weather - cooler nights and mornings, daytime warms up with the sun. The Owls are closer this morning, hooting back and forth to one another. Sounds like a Deer in the back yard or maybe an Elephant - at this quiet time of the morning it's rather loud going through the bushes. Apparently I'm still not meant to catch up on my sleep before Larry gets home - 4:30am my feet hit the floor. He's doing well and hopefully he may get home tomorrow. Lots to do today - want to move his work clothes and bring some regular ones downstairs for easier access, housework, some meal prep for his lunches, etc. I definitely need to get out in the hood for a good roam.
 Mallards bathing
 Sunset before the storm Wednesday night
Took this in Kentville, no idea what church it is.

Enjoy your day

Friday, September 29, 2017

Day 268 - 29th September 2017 - Butterfly, Chicadee and Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Beautiful morning out there, even though it is still dark. Stars are all out and it's cool and crisp - humidity is gone - rah! Thursday was a long day but everything went well with Larry's surgery and I got back home by 6:30pm. We got rain and lots of it with wind. Although by the time we left for home it wasn't terribly bad. Shelburne County was revealing blue skies and it had stopped. Now the recovery begins -he should be home in 3-4 days. I've still got a few things to get done and organized before his return.Off to work I go today. Slept somewhat better or longer, although I truly need a couple of good nights before he comes home to get myself rested and back to normal.
 This Butterfly has certainly seen better days.
Red-Breasted Nuthatch.

Enjoy your day!s

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 267 - 28th September 2017 - Butterfly and Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yesterday was indeed a long day. Got the grocery shopping done -forgot at least 3 things. Did a little jaunt around the hood - only Chickadees and Nuthatches  - not  a Warbler insight. I did have a Hermit Thursh Monday evening in the yard, first I've seen for a few days. Made it to Kentville, had supper at Paddy's Pub and were settled in at Fidelis House before 6:30 pm. It's a nice cozy place with kitchen facilities, living /tv room etc.  run by Volunteers if you need a place to stay while at the Hospital for surgery/appointments,etc. It was a nice day for the drive up, except as has been the case for the last week  -too humid!! Slept til 4:30 got up around 5am, not bad for me.. Sounds like rain out there. This is the big day, the one we've been waiting for and I've been stressing over!! Actually feel calmer today than I've felt in weeks! Fingers crossed and a small prayer that by early afternoon Larry is back in his room recovering from the surgery and everything has gone just as it should.

Butterflies have been amazing this fall.

Why they are called Yellow Rumped Warblers.

Enjoy your day

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 266 - 27th September 2017 - The Lake, Swamp Sparrow and Boats

Warm and humid this morning, a little rain is falling but not enough to really do much, more on the way for the next day. Up again too early (3:30am). Internet is acting up, time to call and get the satellite dish for it twitched a bit. My morning jaunts around the hood have been quiet these days, not much in the way of birds around other than the standard Blue Jays, Nuthatches, Grackles and Starlings. Hopefully something odd will stop by on it's migration. Quick trip to town this morning to stock up on groceries,finish packing then we are off to Kentville this afternoon. Larry's surgery tomorrow. Not sure if I'll have a chance to post Thursday or not depends on internet access etc.
Early morning sunlight and mist on the lake.

 Swamp Sparrow hiding out.
Still some boats in the harbour, think we'll be able to enjoy them for another couple of weeks before they are hauled in for the season.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Day 265 - 26th September 2017 - Chickadee, Berries and Butterflies

The fog seems to be settling in this morning, although an hour ago the stars were all in the dark  sky. No sound of Owls or Ducks yet, maybe it's too early. Seems like only a few days ago that I was welcoming the month of September and here it is the last few days of the month. Time flies! Weather has been extremely warm for fall, water table is low though so we definitely need some rain. I can see a lot of rocks along the shoreline of the lake that a month ago were invisible. Monday was a slower day at work,visitors aren't as frequent but still some from interesting places around the globe. Work today then we head to Kentville Wednesday afternoon. So much to do before we go. Doesn't matter it will get done.
 Chickadee in fall colors
 Lots of bright red berries around
 Spiderweb grace bushes and hang from branches
Don't think I've ever seen so many Butterflies around as this fall.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 264 - 25th September 2017 - Song Sparrow, Yellow Rumped Warbler and Grey Catbird

Sunday turned out to be another hot day. Great fall weather except for that darn humidity, could use a little less of that around. Had a great stop at the Industrial Park, the sun was coming through the trees and the birds were active. Less of them now as many have started their migration. A good show of Yellow Rumped Warblers, some Song Sparrows, a few Common Yellowthroats and 3 Grey Catbirds.Of course there are Blue Jays and Goldfinches around too. That's probably my last trip there for a while, although the best birding there is in summer/fall so maybe I won't miss much. Good day at work, lots accomplished and visitors were pretty steady. Back at it again today. Will check out the hood this morning on my way to catch my ride, see if anything has been happening here in the last few days.

 Seems that they all liked sitting on the wires yesterday - Song Sparrow.

 Yellow Rumped Warbler
 Grey Catbird

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 263 - 24th September 2017 - Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warbler

Made a quick jaunt to the Industrial Park Saturday morning before work. It was mostly quiet, but did find a small flock of birds near the end of the main road. Chickadees, Common Yellowthroats, Palm Warblers, Song Sparrows and a Chestnut Sided Warbler. A few Flickers were around as well as a flock of Goldfinches.  It was a good day at work - nice and steady with visitors around. What started out as a foggy day, broke into heat and humidity by mid afternoon. We played Aggravation while waiting for the Chase to Ace draw last evening, holding our breath for our names to be drawn but we weren't the lucky ones. The Ace finally went but since we've had so much fun over the last 4-5 months every other Saturday night we'll probably continue with our gathering.

Chestnut Sided Warbler.

Common Yellowthroat.
Palm Warbler.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 262 - 23rd September 2017- Ruby Crowned Kinglet, White Throated Sparrow and Yellow Rumped Warbler

Friday was a good day at home, puttered around the house and roamed the hood. Still super tired but hopefully I'm starting to catch up on my sleep - fingers crossed. Lois and I took a walk back to Coyote Hill in the afternoon, not much for birds, a  few Yellow Rumped Warblers and Swamp Sparrows but out on the road we ran into a nice flock of Yellow Rumped, Chickadees and a Ruby Crowned Kinglet. The same group I had seen in the morning. Well it's back to work for me, might try out the Industrial Park first if the weather holds.
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
White Throated Sparrow
Lots of Butterflies around.
 Yellow Rumped Warbler.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 261 - 22nd September 2017 - Fall flowers, Mushrooms and Ferns

It's officially the first day of Autumn. Not hard to tell the days have already started getting shorter. It was dark at 8pm last evening and daylight is slower arriving each morning now. Had a good day on Thursday. Managed some things around the house, got out for  a roam - no birds though, too windy and went to town for lunch. Even managed to drag myself to exercise class last night. Hopefully I'll be getting back to that again on a regular basis before too long. For some reason the summer has not been kind and I've gained weight instead of lost it.
 I can never remember what these fall flowers are called.
Ferns are turning.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 260 - 21st September 2017 - Hermit Thrush, Common Yellowthroat and Red Breasted Nuthatch

I'm somewhat disappointed this morning, thought for sure I'd finally sleep in a bit ... maybe 5 - 5:30 am, but it's not to be. Oh well, it's obvious to me that sleeps over-rated. I'll sleep when I need it but for now, not thinking about it and moving on to other things. At least I'm off for a couple of days with lots to do. Bit windy out there and maybe the humidity has dropped a little and the sun should show up sometime. At least Big B. and I can get out for a roam and it's Thelma and Louise day. We've got to get our Chase the Ace tickets for Saturday night too.
 Hermit Thrush
 Red Breasted Nuthatch
Common Yellowthroat

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 259 - 20th September 2017 - Cobwebs, Chickadee and Song Sparrow

Glad after today I have a couple of days off. Today is going to be very long, as I'm up way too early...groan. It's been raining but can't tell if we've had much or not, still humid - thanks to Hurricane Jose. Good day at work yesterday, love the fall visitors who are travelling and stop to the museums.
Grandmother's Journal: 
19 September 1977- Drove to Clyde in to town. Kim here when we got back for the night, came up with Barb. Nice day, made bread and rolls. Enjoyed the ride, no cars on the road. Leaves are turning. Lots of color but Maples still green. Ina and Ransome up. Barb back for water. Gertrude and I played crib after everyone was gone. Kim going to town with Barb in morning. 
20 September 1977 - To town at noon time. High winds. Took Kim over to to go school when Barb went to work. Drive was pretty this morning. Bob back to work tomorrow.
21 September 1977 - Rain very hard. Home early. Played a game of crib with Gertrude. Heard thunder. Barb and family over in the evening. 

Song Sparrow

Enjoy your day

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 258 - 19th September 2017 - Mushrooms, Asters and Palm Warbler

Going to be another humid day. I assume this is due to Hurricane Jose who is moving around out there somewhere. Some rain on the way for the next few days, going by the looks of the lake we can once again use some. Couldn't believe the rocks I can see again see when I was out for my walk yesterday morning. On the other hand - "winter doesn't set in until the swamps are full". Most likely we are still going to be able to enjoy some fall  which officially starts in a few days. My favourite time of year - cool nights and warm days, you just have to remember to start off wearing layers and peel off as the day goes on.
 The season for mushrooms and they seem to be growing well this year.
 Asters along the roadside

Palm Warbler on guard

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 257 - 18th September 2017 - Common Yellowthroat, Chipmunk and Red Berries

I think it's Monday, working the weekend really makes me lose track of what day it is. Yesterday morning at the Industrial Park was pretty quiet, thick fog and none of the birds were in a mood for photos. A few Cedar Waxwings, Chickadees and Song Sparrow popped their heads out but the rest were way behind the fence tweeting. Pretty good day at work - slow morning with a busier afternoon. Back at it again today, little change though, I'm at the Shelburne County Museum. Quiet and dark this morning, the only sound I hear from the deck is a Deer blowing over by the garden. Guess more of that will go missing!
Common Yellowthroat

This little Chipmunk sure has his cheeks filled with something.

The sight of fall - red berries.

Enjoy your day

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 256 - 17th September 2017 - Common Yellowthroat, Red Eyed Vireo and Palm Warbler

Saturday remained quite humid most of the day- I really dislike the humidity. The fog finally lifted. We took a run down to the Industrial Park before going to work. Pretty quiet initially then I found some birds. Lots of Common Yellowthroats, Chickadees, a few Red Eyed Vireos, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Song Sparrows and the Flycatcher was hanging out in his regular spot. Nice steady day of visitors at work - made the time pass quickly and it looked to be busy at the festival. Might have to take another run to the Industrial Park this morning and of course have to pick up a few groceries on the way home after work.
Common Yellowthroat
 Flycatcher - didn't hear him but assume he's the Alder one we saw the other week or I might be totally wrong and he's a Eastern Wood-Peewee.
Red-Eyed Vireo (top), Palm Warbler (bottom)

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 255 - 16th September 2017 - Spiderweb, Leaf and Yellow Rumped Warbler

The fog lifted and cleared Friday, humidity stayed a little on the high side most of the day. Good steady day at work, visitors from all over the world. Went to Friday night club and our team lost at Aggravation - well it was 3 playing against 2 finishing up last week's game. Oh but there is lots of laughter and some name calling (in fun of course). Stars and a Crescent Moon  are in the sky this morning. Can hear an Owl up the lake hooting, other than that it's pretty quiet out there. Whirligig Festival today and tomorrow so hopefully it will be fine for that with a little wind to make them all whirl and turn. Expecting it to be a busy weekend around the waterfront.
 Leaf dipped in red
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 254 - 15th September 2017 - Magnolia Warbler, Red Breasted Nuthatch and Black & White Warbler

Back to work today for me, three days off and I finally sleep in some when it's time to go back. Oh well that's the way it rolls. Found a few birds on my walk yesterday morning, but they seem to be getting fewer - or at least the Warblers are. Lots of Nuthatches and Chickadees around. I've noticed the black birds - Grackles and Starlings banding together in bigger flocks these days. Saw one Hummingbird at the feeder in the morning but then it was quiet the rest of the day. Will soon bring their feeder in for the season. Margie and I had lunch in town and did a few errands.
 Magnolia Warbler
 Red Breasted Nuthatch
 Black  & White Warbler
The girls were hanging out on the dock.

Enjoy your day!