Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Day 158 -- 18th July 2018 - Hermit Thursh, Red-Breasted Nuthatch and Northern Parula

Raining this morning - we can use it. I had another fabulous day home on Tuesday. Spent a couple hours in the kitchen doing up lunches for Larry - 11 done, that will hold him for a couple of weeks.  Good variety- meatloaf, haddock and chicken stirfry. All include veggies and quoina or pasta. Did up pulled pork for a couple of suppers this week. Went for a roam in the hood - found a few birds and then did some sewing when I got back. Lois and I went swimming and played on her paddle board late in the afternoon. It was much easier yesterday than on Monday. So I had a good two days off filled with work and relaxation and now it's back to work for the next 5 days. Founder's Days starts on Friday so will be a busy weekend.


Hermit Thrush


Red Breasted Nuthatch


Northern Parula



Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Day 157 - 17th July 2018 -Black & White Warbler, Northern Parula and Chickadee

Monday was a great day off - quite hot and humid but that problem was solved with a swim in the lake and some paddle boarding. Yup - Lois had her board out so I got to play on that again. Only thing, it's not like riding a bicycle you have to figure it all out again every year or at least I do.  Maybe we'll do it all again today since I'm home. Had the kids for supper, nice time with them. Put together a seafood casserole/pie type of dish in a puff pastry shell, coleslaw, carrots and potatoes with carrot cake for dessert and sent them on their way with 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies. Think they were full. This morning I've got get some lunches done up a head for Larry, his supply is starting to dwindle. A few hours in the kitchen before it gets hot will look after that chore. Then an hour or so at the sewing machine and the rest of the day should be for chilling, roaming and swimming.


Black & White Warbler


Northern Parula


Chickadee


Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Day 156 - 16th July 2018 - Goldfinch, Gull and Whale Tails

Slept in this morning, almost 6 am, wohoo! That's good for me. Am off today and  tomorrow, company coming for supper this evening so lots to do and of course some housework. I'm looking forward to this little break. Hoping to get a little roaming around the hood in, been a few days, might just have something new pop out. Good news - the baby whale that was caught in rope was freed on Saturday. Sunday was a nice day at work - spurts of visitors but not overly busy. Those quiet times in between are always good for cleaning and catching up on other things. 



Goldfinch



Gull


A few more Whale Tails





Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Day 155 - 15th July 2018 - Whales, Whales an Birds

We couldn't have asked for a better day than  we had on Saturday. Weather was perfect and we saw lots of whales!  Piled into the car and took off about 8:30am from home, up the back road - quiet, peaceful woods. Made a brief stop at the lighthouse in Gilbert's Cove. As many times as we have stopped there it's never been open but it was yesterday. Nice little spot. Then off to East Ferry to catch the ferry over to Long Island. We had good luck, they were busy and running an overflow so we left 15 minutes earlier than normal. Stopped at Dorothy & Roger's in Freeport with our picnic lunch, Dorothy provided tea and coffee we shared our sandwiches and had a short visit with them. Then it was Whale watching time. Probably the best we've been out for whales. There were 13 whales, 5 of which were in a pod. A mother and baby (I say baby but he looked pretty big to me), and a number of others. Porpoises were plentiful but they move much faster and are harder to get pics of. Not a lot of birds, but I did see some Shearwaters and Storm Petrels. The Coast Guard was watching a baby with two adults while waiting for the whale rescue team to arrive. The baby had rope around his snout that needed to be removed. All the whale watching vessels stayed well away so as not to create more stress. They did arrive but I've not heard what happen, will see what I can find out today. No matter how many times we go - it's still so exciting and such a thrill to see the whales. Had supper at The Captain's Daughter - a new restaurant opened up where Lavenia's used to be. Good food. A big ice cream at the take out along side the ferry in Tiverton and then we were homeward bound. Twelve hours later I had my pj's on and my feet up! I'm back to work today, pretty tired this morning so may be dragging my backside.

There was lots of tail action


The baby was performing - flipping over on his back so you could see his belly.


It's the tails that tell who they are. 
 Shearwater
Storm Petrel dancing along the water






Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Day 154 - 14th July 2018 - Black & White Warbler, White Breasted Nuthatch and Sailboat

Friday was warm but not as bad as it has been, humidity is still up there a bit though. My morning walk yielded a few birds, even though they weren't quite as co-operative as they were a few days ago. Good day at work, I spent most of it going through old photographs in the collection to add to our walking tour. Places that are no longer there etc. We are off to do some Whale watching today at Freeport. Rah! My nephew and his girlfriend are home on holidays so we are taking them and Mom with us. None of them have ever been so it should be a nice day out. Hopefully we'll see some whales...and of course birds. Looks like it's going to be a fine day for our little adventure as well. Going to pack a lunch and have  quick visit with Roger & Dorothy while we are there.

Black & White Warbler


White Breasted Nuthatch


Beautiful morning view from Dock St.







Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 153 - 13th July 2018 - Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Hermit Thrush and Magnollia Warbler.

Good day at work on Thursday, little hot and humid but not as bad as Wednesday and there was a better breeze on the waterfront. Ran into a nice patch of birds when I was walking over to catch my ride with Nancy in the morning. Same spot I had seen some the other day and it is one of my regular hotspots but was beginning to wonder if any were around.  So that started my day off on a good note even if I was up too early (am today too). Nothing like a walk along the lake and seeing some birds to improve your mood. There was the Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Palm Warblers, Black & White Warblers, Swamp Sparrows, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes and Chickadees. Every day I have good intentions of getting things done when I get home at night but by then I'm hot and drained so I usually just veg out. Maybe there is nothing wrong with that this time of year. When it cools down again I'll have more pep. Back to work again today then I'm off on Saturday.

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

 My favourite songster - Hermit Thrush


Magnolia Warbler






Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day 152 - 12th July 2018 - Daisies, Lupins and Northern Parula

Busy day at work on Wednesday, but also hot and humid. Lots of people were around, families are now travelling and we even had a few kids in for our toy workshop in the afternoon.  There are lots of boats these days anchored in the harbour - some sailboats and some yachts. Been a couple of real nice big ones for 2-3 days, we speculate whether the owner could be  someone famous but they came through the complex and appeared to be just regular folks. It's always fun to guess. The Catbird popped out of the Honeysuckle bush  last night when I got home, haven't seen him for almost 2 weeks. I was sure they were nesting but no sign of young. Another early morning for me, will be a long day. Seems to be an every other day occurrence, lately, just have to keep moving.

Daisy along the road are all in bloom.

The Lupins have gone to seed

Northern Parula hiding in the branches.






Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Day 151 - 11th July 2018 - Black & White Warbler, Blue-Headed Vireo and Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Had a fantastic day off on Tuesday! Sun was out with a nice breeze - just a comfortable day. Lots done around the house, cooking for the rest of the week and even found some time to roam the hood. And it was a good roam - found a couple of spots with  birds. Black & White Warblers, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Palm Warblers, Northern Parulas, Red-Eyed Vireo,  Ovenbird and finally the Blue Headed Vireo and Chestnut Sided Warbler. Still missing a few of the ones I see every year but at least I've located a couple more of the regular ones.  Our yard has been busy as well, a number of Palm Warblers flitting about - in the grass on the fence chasing one another and Northern Parulas in the apple trees and bushes. Always a couple of Woodpeckers nearby and of course Robins a Hermit Thrush and Northern Flickers. Little overcast looking this morning, possible chance of showers for today and I'm back to work.

Black & White Warbler


Blue Headed Warbler

Chestnut-Sided Warbler


Ovenbird






Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Day 150 - 10th July 2018- Roses, Chickadee and American Redstart

Quiet this morning, the birds are not yet up and singing, won't be long and dawn will come and the songs.  Better sleep last night, mostly because I bought a new air conditioner for the bedroom. Ours had bit the dust so to speak - more warm air coming out then cold and I'm just not up to sleeping without one in the summer months (sometimes winter too).  The Robins are out on the lawn now gathering breakfast. Larry says the deer are eating my phlox hedge, they don't usually bother those. I noticed a week ago that the Hostas were disappearing, hopefully they stay out of the garden. Probably not! It's going to be a good day home, have lots of things to do - cooking, housework but if I move really fast I'll get the bulk of it done before it's too hot and can relax a little bit.


Lots of roses this year where ever you go.



Chickadee















American Redstart








Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Day 149 - 9th July 2018 - The Harbour, Cormorant and a Dory Ride

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day, almost a little too warm for me in the afternoon but that was mostly because of my layers of clothes. We had our first offerings of Dory Rides with volunteer rowers - went great with very happy people. It was a picture perfect morning on the harbour for it, no wind. Keep a check on the Museum Facebook page to see when they are offered again. It's going to be a Saturday or Sunday morning all summer but of course depends on weather etc. We had a fairly busy day until late afternoon - I'm sure everyone headed off to the beach then. I was up before daybreak this morning, so it's going to be a long day for me, but I'm off tomorrow with a ton of stuff to do around the house.

Peaceful morning on Dock St looking at the harbour.



A Cormorant taking flight - the skim across the water and then off they go












It was a great morning for a Dory Ride.

Enjoy your day

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Day 148 - 8th July 2018 - Chipmunk, Song Sparrow and American Redstart

Saturday was a beautiful day, cool in the morning, warming up as the day went on but not crazy hot and that high humidity was gone.  I put grocery shopping off til after work and made a run to the Industrial Park before work. Somewhat quiet there, although the faithful regulars were about - Song Sparrows, Chickadees, Yellow Warblers and American Redstarts. No sign of the Alder Flycatcher but we did hear a Catbird and Common Yellowthroats. Good day at work, few visitors around, things will be picking up now with the holidays over. People will begin travelling, hopefully. Lazy evening home, pj's and tv. Looks like another nice day on the way, I should do a batch of muffins for Larry's lunch before going into work this morning.



Chipmunk hiding out


Song Sparrow


American Redstart






Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Day 147 - 7th July 2018 - Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler and Great Blue Heron

The humidity has  dropped, the air is cool and refreshing out there this morning. The sun is going to shine, but hopefully it will be a lot more comfortable than it has been. Friday was brutal with humidity, but we did get about 6 hours of much needed rain. And boy oh boy did it come down. A bit of thunder and lightening tossed in for good measure. Temperatures should remain between 20 and 25 for the next few days which are much easier to live in. A breeze has picked up, the moon is slowing going to bed and dawn is crawling up over the lake. Looks like a good day in the making. I'm at work all day, but should do the grocery shopping before going in... or maybe do some birding at the industrial park.


Common Yellow Throat Warbler, doesn't quite have a solid black mask yet.



Yellow Warbler


Great Blue Heron, flying away.


Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Day 146 - 6th July 2018 - Yellow Rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler and Wilet

Windy out there this morning, maybe not as hot as it has been, fingers crossed it stays that way.  The heat warning bar is gone from the weather sites, so things must be looking up. Some rain on the way for today. All sounds good. I quickly did up housework and laundry yesterday morning, as well as supper for a couple of nights. Then it was off to town for lunch and a few errands. We didn't hang around long. Back home it was time for a swim. The temperature was higher inland but felt hotter in town- the lake water was refreshing. And the internet guy arrived to do the upgrade to my internet system. Must say - it's running faster so I'm happy. Other than that not much excitement, it was too hot to do much of anything last evening.


Yellow Rumped Warbler



Palm Warbler















Willet





Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Day 145 - 5th July 2018 - Northern Parula, Wild Roses and Red-Eyed Vireo

I  believe Wednesday was the hottest day yet, even the breeze was hot. Happy to have today off, at least I won't be wearing several layers of clothes and bundled up from head to toes! It's a bit cooler this morning and no fog in sight yet, but suppose to be warm again. Rain on the way for tomorrow - thankful for that, might just move the heatwave out.  I can see the red glow of daylight coming between the trees and the lake. Birds are beginning to twitter away - morning songs. Guess the best thing to do is buzz around early and get some housework done and a casserole or something put together for supper the next few nights. Then it will be off for Thelma and Louise lunch and maybe a swim in the lake later this afternoon.

Northern Parula getting breakfast

Wild Roses are blooming everywhere

Red Eyed Vireo perched on a branch on a foggy morning.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Day 144 - 4th July 2018 - Boat, Sea Peas and Cormorant

Happy 4th July to my American friends! Little foggy this morning, not as much as it has been. Still  warm with more heat on the way for today. Yesterday was terribly hot and humid. Hopefully next week the temperatures and humidity are going to drop to something more normal. Robins are all out on the lawn getting breakfast. There are some young ones now - almost as big as their parents but they don't have the sharp markings a colors - just kind of mottled and patchy looking. Had a couple Hermit Thrushes singing to me yesterday on my morning walk - my favourite songsters. We also have one now around the yard. Well time to get breakfast and ready for work.

A boat waiting for the tide to come in.



Sea Peas or Beach Peas












Cormorant and Gull in the fog.





Enjoy your day!