Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Day 114 - 24th April 2018 - Red Breasted Nuthatch, Rabbit and Ducks

Monday was beautiful- temperatures rose to about +20, sunny and everything you could want in spring. It was a day for shorts and tank tops! Something about weather like this that can make a person feel so much better after the cold of winter.  I got thing done up around the house in the morning, went for a roam in the hood and had lunch on the deck. The hood remains quiet - still no Warblers yet, but I wait patiently (well maybe not) for their arrival. The pair of Mallards were here for lunch and I saw them again in the afternoon paddling in the cranberry ditch. After lunch I dug out the yard tools and started gathering up the branches, etc. that had snapped off over the winter. Cleaned up the Phlox hedge so the new growth could come through and one of my flower beds. Got another 10' or so done on the house except for the high spots which Larry will have to do. I think today will be a repeat of yesterday.Going to take advantage of sunny days from here on out.

Red Breasted Nuthatch
 Rabbit visiting Maureen's place

Bottoms up! Mallards feeding.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Day 113 - 23rd April 2018- Gulls, Dandelions and Frog Eggs

Here we are again - Monday morning! Little cool out there but looks like another find day on the horizon. Had a great weekend away. Back home Sunday, early afternoon and it was time to jump into action and get laundry caught up, ribs in the oven for supper and Larry spent his time putting wood in the wood shed.  Temperatures are suppose to go up to +15 today, so will get the housework, cooking, sewing done this morning then maybe get back to outside work. Might spend an hour washing the house and cleaning the flower beds out. Late this morning - got on the phone catching up with a birding friend and hit cancel instead of add,  deleting the pics - had to start all over again. Hope that's not a sign of the day ahead.
 Hanging out in the sun
 Dandelions are a bright bit of color
Frog eggs in mud puddles

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Day 112 - 22nd April 2018 -Tree Swallow, Great Blue Heron and more

Saturday was a great day -  weather was fine (little windy) but other that it was great. The sun is so much stronger now. started out yesterday around 6:30, as soon as I could see with Big B. to check out the hood.  Was rewarded with a Northern Mockingbird and a pair of Great Blue Herons, lots of Song Sparrows, Gulls and Mallards, heard a Red Winged Blackbird. Headed back in and had breakfast then took Larry with me for another round and a little further. The joy of Freeport is that it's totally walkable if you like to go on foot which I do. More rewards - heard 2 Ring Necked Pheasants - they were only interested in calling to one another not us, Gulls, Mallards, the first Tree Swallow of the season, Red Winged Blackbird, more Song Sparrows, Kinglets (Ruby Crowned and Golden Crowned),Chipping Sparrow and Chickadees. Just as we were heading back we ran into Roger so Larry jumped in the car with him and I walked back. Walked to Beauitful Cove - Eiders, Song Sparrows and Gulls. It's a beautiful, peaceful spot and one of my favourites. After lunch Roger took us into the Tiverton to check out the wharves -Turkey Vulture,  Eiders, Gulls, Loons, then a new spot - Bear's Cove and Black's Cove. Quite a hike but a stunning view. Would be a wonderful spot at the end of a trail. Harlequin Ducks, Gulls, Merganser and Song Sparrows.  We walked the rocks between Bear & Black Coves which are fascinating - drawings done by nature - all kinds of shapes. I'll check this out a little more on google. After a good full day of birding and probably 10 miles or more on my legs, it was time to get ready to head over to the school and support the grad fundraising supper.  Here it is Sunday morning- can't believe it's time to get ready to go home, but first we'll catch the breakfast at the Firehall and I think I can sneak out for a run around the hood.
 Tree Swallow.
 Northern Mockingbird
 Great Blue Heron
 Looking at the Light at Westport from Beautiful Cove
 Turkey Vulture
 They should have gotten a room
 Song Sparrow
Rock drawings

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Day 111 - 21st April 2018 - Boars Head Lighthouse, Sky and Tiverton

Looks like a nice day in the making, a little cool maybe but fingers crossed Mother Nature is co-operating with me.  Weather sites are giving a chance of rain/flurries later today but we had all that Friday morning so I'm hoping they are wrong. Sunrise is a soft golden glow, always just a little different here than home. We made good time yesterday and caught the 7:30 pm ferry to the Island and then the short drive down to Freeport so by 8pm we were eating Dorothy's wonderful seafood chowder. A later night then I'm used to so I did manage to sleep in a little this morning. It's great to be here, love the area and visiting with Dorothy & Roger.  Soon heading out to see if there are any birds around the village. I have a regular route I like to check out - kind of like the "hood" when I'm home. But another cup of coffee is needed to wake me up fully and get me going.
 Took a few pictures while we were waiting for the Ferry.  This is Boars Head Lighthouse
 The sky was pretty - fluffy clouds hanging over the water with some dark ones above
Tiverton and the ferry dock.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Day 110 - 20th April 2018 - Mallard, Grackle and Purple Finch

Overcast this morning, but no wind and quite mild. More ran on the way but not a lot, hopefully it will clear off.  And I'm looking for some sun on the weekend, whether or not Mother Nature is obliging is another question. The Owls are nearby again this morning, hooting, if only I could find them during the daylight hours. The yard was busy with birds yesterday - lots of Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Grackles, Mourning Doves and few Red-Winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Nuthatches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers , along with a couple of Song Sparrows and one White Throated Sparrow who has been here all winter. And of course the pair of Mallards visit 2-3 times a day. He's very attentive and takes a guard pose while she eats. I was enjoying some time on the deck before the rain came and they almost landed on me as the flew in.  Off for Thelma and Louise Lunch, then when Larry gets home we will head to Long Island. Hoping to catch the 7:30pm ferry.

Female Mallard - she's quite friendly. 

Grackle - not just another black bird - when the light hits their head that beautiful blue stands out.

The Purple Finches seem to be getting brighter.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Day 109 - 19th April 2018 - Canada Geese, White Breasted Nuthatch and Mallard

Overcast but no wind this morning.  Mostly quiet except for a few Owls that are close hooting. It was nice to hear the peepers last night - another sign that spring is here. Rain on the way for this afternoon, so looks like I need to get out for a jaunt in the hood this morning.  Every day that I get out I hope for some new birds but nothing here yet. Although around the province Indigo Bunting and others are popping up. The migration has begun and it will soon be our turn. My favourite songster the Hermit Thrush will soon be here - love the haunting melody he sings. Yesterday was a town day - finished off some genealogy research in the morning, then a staff meeting in the afternoon.  Lots of new things happening for the upcoming season - should be a good one.  Today, I'll get packed up as we are off to Freeport (Digby County) on the weekend- stuff to do before we go tomorrow evening - clean up, house sitter, etc.

Four of our local Canada Geese.
 White Breasted Nuthatch
Male Mallard - colorful fellow.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Day 108 - 18th April 2018 - Pussy Willows and Ducks

A quiet morning. Can hear the soft quacking of ducks and a Song Sparrow begins to sing, the sky has bits of pink through the clouds as day light comes. A little more rain this morning, then clearing this afternoon. Tuesday it rained hard then stopped for a few hours in the afternoon, few showers at supper time then cleared in the evening. Yesterday was a day of mixed chores - did up some lunches for Larry, casserole for supper, sewing, research and when the day cleared I tackled the outside of the house. With siding the North and East sides tend to get yucky looking. So with a sponge mop and my scrub bucket filled with hot water and javex I started. Hopefully it will be one of those things I get done before returning to work. Today I'm off to town - research this morning and a meeting this afternoon. For some reason my photo upload is sluggish which I have no patience with today.
 Pussy Willows are at their peak.
Ducks fly by

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Day 107 - 17th April 2018 - Wood Duck, Evening Grosbeak and Red-Winged Blackbird

It's raining this morning, started last evening and looks like it will continue most of the day. Guess it will bring our water level up. With an "open" winter we didn't have the ice in the lake or any amount of snow for run off. So even though the swamps, etc have water it won't last long. Especially since we seem to have so much wind -it dries things up quickly. Yesterday was a computer/paperwork/research day. I had to dig all the income tax stuff out and get that ready - tis the season! Then I spent a good portion of the day delving into genealogy research for someone. Exercise class last night.  Today I'm in the kitchen and sewing room.  Doesn't look like it will be fit to roam the hood so I might as well make the best of it! I suspect the Hawk must have come for a visit Monday afternoon - I looked out at the feeders and there wasn't a bird in sight! He makes them scatter quickly.
 Too busy looking at the Geese to notice the Wood Duck in the background.
 Evening Grosbeak - few and far between this year.
Red-Winged Blackbird.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Day 106 - 16th April 2018 - Mallards, Song Sparrow and Red-Winged Blackbird

Cool and overcast on this Monday morning. Wind is picking up. Suppose to be some ice pellets changing to rain. Sounds like a good day to stay in. The work week begins once again. Won't be long and I'll be back to work - not sure where the winter has gone - time goes by so quickly. The new woodsplitter is great - looks like Larry got enough split on the weekend to fill the woodshed for next winter.  We had breakfast at the Ingomar Firehall Sunday morning - messy weather out there - freezing rain/ice pellets, a pair of Buffleheads at Round Bay but not much else on our travels. Our yard on the other hand was busy with birds including a Male Evening Grosbeak and Red Winged Blackbird. Must do some lunch box prep today since I didn't get any done Sunday, am getting bored with the same old thing - although Larry isn't fussy. Must see if I can come up with something new.
 Mallards in the Cranberry ditch - this is the pair that regularly visits the feeders.
 Song Sparrow
Red Winged Blackbird hanging out in the Lilac Bush.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Day 105 - 15th April 2018 - Red-Winged Blackbird, Red Breasted Merganser and Mallard

Cooler and windier this morning. Doesn't feel like it's going to be as nice as yesterday. Looks like the next few days are going to be rainy ones. Well we had a good outing yesterday even if we didn't see many birds.  First stop was the Industrial Park, thought for sure there would be a few new birds down there, but only Song Sparrows. Then we headed down toward Lockeport stopping at the East Jordan Breakwater - a couple of Red Breasted Mergansers, Loons and Song Sparrows. On to West Head  - quiet there -except for Song Sparrows, quick run into Lockeport - Eiders, Gulls and Song Sparrows. Finally we made it down to Hemeon's Head and found a Junco, couple of Mallards, a few Eiders, Gulls and Song Sparrows. Seems that where ever we went there were Song Sparrows in every bush or tree - singing away! Just as we got back to Shelburne found a few Red Winged Blackbirds. We walked over 5 miles which was great and didn't bother Larry at all- his new hip has done the trick! Played Aggravation last night and Alice and I beat Larry and Margie twice! Oh yes they had excuses - the color of the marbles etc but that just doesn't work! Off to Ingomar this morning to the Fire Department breakfast and maybe we'll see a few birds along the way!

Red-Winged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

Red Breasted Merganser - coming in for a landing
 Mallard taking off

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Day 104 - 14th April 2018 - Pussy Willows, Canada Goose and Robin

Owls are hooting way down the lake, the sky is full of stars, no wind and it's mild out. This is a Spring morning. As daylight begins to come, the sounds of the morning increase, Geese are honking as they fly down the lake, the Ducks are in front of the neighbours quacking, a Song Sparrow sings sweetly in the yard and another Owl is closer - hooting and calling. Even with the change of rain this morning, it's the start to a beautiful day when all of that surrounds you. I've checked out the tide tables for today, was hoping for low tide this morning but it's high so think we'll head to Cape Sable Island and see what's around.  Yesterday it turned out sunny and warm, had lunch and did a few errands.  Larry got beat last night in aggravation- the women rule!

Pussy Willows

 Canada Goose
Lots of Robins in the yard.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Day 103 - 13th April 2018 - Feather, Lake and Song Sparrow

No stars  lighting up the sky - just hard rain. Weather sites saying it will stop later this morning. That works for me. I don't mind rain over night. Well it's Friday once again - not sure where the week went but it flew by. Thelma and Louise day - lunch and errands in town. I look forward to our weekly outings. Aggravation tonight - wonder if Larry will win or we'll have a chance to thrash him! So Thursday was a mish mash of things - I puttered around the house - doing a few things that needed to get done. A little time in the sewing room. Went for a walk - thought for sure I'd find the first Palm Warbler of the season but no luck. The Ducks and Geese were around and meanwhile back in my yard - lots of singing.
 Someone lost a feather.
 Beautiful morning on the lake

Song Sparrow  - not impressed he was disturbed from sunbathing.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Day 102 - 12th April 2018 - Canada Geese, Chickadee and Grandmother's Journal

Looks  a little frosty out there this morning but the stars are all out so hopefully another nice day. Weather sites say sun and clouds so probably pretty good. Wednesday was beautiful, warmed up as the day went on. I spent the morning in the sewing room, then roamed the hood and had lunch on the deck enjoying the birds in the yard. By afternoon I decided to take advantage of the sun and worked a while out in the yard. So many branches etc. have fallen over the winter. Today would have been Grandmother's 100th birthday, hard to believe she's been gone 10 years but lived a long and full life in good health. I'm so lucky to have her journals which jog my memory of family and local events or just the weather.
Grandmother's Journal: 
12 April 1977 - To town as usual, Bob went to pick up Mervyn to work on Fridge. Tonight _ _ (can't read her writing) Barb & Judy over. beautiful day afternoon. Cold and overcast early looked like rain or snow. Bed late. Glad to see the girls.
13 April 1977 - Cold over night. Everything white this morning. I left 20 to 8 o'clock in town at 8:25. Road bad, rough. Home just after 2 o'clock. Worked trying to get cleaned up and settled in. Still much to do. Bob getting ground ready for trees. 
14 April 1977  Swallows! Supposed to rain Bob went to town with me. Came out fine. North westerly winds, cold. Bob had another shot in his arm. Bob heard swallows today, couldn't see them.
 I never get tired of the watching the Canada Geese.
 Lots of Chickadees on my walk.
And Red Breasted Nuthatches.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Day 101 - 11th April 2018 - Purple Finches, Goldfinches and Hairy Woodpecker

A little chilly this morning, but no wind and the sky is full of stars. Looks lovely and clear - maybe another fine day.  The Geese just flew down the lake -  their honking breaking the morning silence - they must be looking for an early breakfast. These days it seems to be warmer outside than in the house. I finally gave in a built a fire early yesterday afternoon. Maybe to today I'll do one in the morning to warm the house up and let it go out later. All day the birds serenade me in the back yard - the Grackles with their rusty hinges sound, Blue Jays squawking, Mourning Doves cooing, then chatter of Goldfinches and Purple Finch. The Song Sparrows who only number two pitch in with their sweet song and of course the Chickadees with a "cheeseburger" periodically. A number of Blue Jay feathers tell me that the Hawk was in for a visit as well - such is the circle of life. Back to the sewing room today and maybe I'll pick up a paint brush later and tackle Whirligigs too.

I was trying to capture the morning sun coming through the branches but found a Purple Finch too.
 Hair Woodpecker on the power pole  - he was getting a little close to the breaker but didn't hit it.
Purple Finch with Goldfinches.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Day 100 - 10th April 2018 - Blue Jay, Purple Finch and Chipmunk

Looks like a nice morning dawning out there. Not as cold, no wind (yet)- maybe it's going to warm up and be spring like today. I slept better/longer so that's better too. I spent all day in the sewing room on Monday except for a walk before lunch. Got lots accomplished and if I get back out there today - I should just about be able to finish - except for  some hand stitching which I'll do in the evening while watching TV. A new shift, couple of aprons and a petticoat almost done. Now if I can find enough fabric laying around for a new jacket/top, I'll be all set for the upcoming season. Dragged my butt off to exercise class last night, oh yeah I'm sure to do some hurting later today. I guess today will much the same as yesterday, might get a pot of soup on the stove later this morning. More and more birds are singing each day in the yard, keeping an eye open for a few different ones that just might pass through or arrive for the season.
 One of the handsome and very noisy Blue Jays.
 Purple Finch - 2nd year male, you can see a touch of the raspberry coloring coming just over his eye
And of course Chippy has to have breakfast too.

Enjoy your day!