Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Day 23 - 23rd January 2018- The Lake, Chickadee and Hydrangea

Monday was one of those days I needed Big B! I've not been taking her to work with me these days, it's usually slippery underfoot and I don't want to risk one of us getting broken. Yesterday morning I had a Great Horned Owl in the yard not far from the house - it was too dark so that didn't matter. At work I looked out the window and there was an American Pipit flitting up and down the side walk.  Doreen being a good friend took up the challenge to get a pic with her phone so I could be sure. Went to the BeanDock at lunch time and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker is hanging out in the trees around there. Both I've seen before but it was sure nice to see them again...maybe a sign of good things to come. Managed to get out to exercise class last night - more of that in the future. Time to get rid of those Christmas Chocolate pounds I've added on and get back in shape. Lots of rain on the way for today!
 Lovely spot to sit and enjoy the lake.
 Not often do I get the Chickadees to stop for a few minutes.

The Hydrangeas hold their petals even in winter




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Monday, January 22, 2018

Day 22 - 22nd January 2018- Squirrel, White Breasted Nuthatch and Chickadee

It's Monday, so begins the work week once again. Gee the weekends fly by! But weather wise it was a great one. Since it was so mild, anywhere gravel/dirt was difficult to navigate on foot as it's become very slippery. I stick to the edge of the private road stomping through the snow. It was a nice day for a walk in the hood, the lake is like glass but I'm sure it's not safe to skate on yet. Not long ago it was open with water flowing. It's one of those winters - freeze/thaw, freeze/thaw. I'm happy with my new camera - have made a few setting adjustments and catching on to the differences between this one and my old one. Larry got some more wood put in the basement from the woodshed in the afternoon. Most of the upcoming week looks fairly mild with rain coming tomorrow.

Being a fine day the Squirrel ate on the roof top of the feeder.
 White Breasted Nuthatch

And as luck would have it the Chickadees were in a posing mood!




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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Day 21 - 21st January 2018 - Green Winged Teal, Northern Pintails and Other Ducks

Saturday turned out to be a lovely day, weather wise with the temperature around +6. Did a few things around the house then headed in to town late morning. I had taken Big B. since it was nice and told Larry to swing around by Diane's to see what was around for ducks. She always as an interesting assortment that hang around the brook near the head of the harbour. I wasn't disappointed the Northern Pintail and a Green-Winged Teal were among the many Mallards, Black Ducks and Crosses. Of course it was nice to chat and catch up with Diane.  A quick trip to the Industrial Park yielded nothing - perhaps too late in the morning and the wind had picked up by then. Groceries and few errands and then homeward bound. Aggravation last evening and Chase the Ace on the live feed. Finally we beat Larry's team!! Rah!! In the yard the feeders were busy yesterday as well - 9-10 Juncos have appeared and a second White Throated Sparrow.
 Female Green Winged Teal
 Northern Pintail
 A few of the crosses - this one has a very striking white eyebrow
A few are very light but obvious that there is Mallard involved.







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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Day 20 - 20th January 2018 - Song Sparrow, Junco and Fox Sparrow

Friday turned out to be a nice day, few flurries in the afternoon but that was all. The next 4-5 days look warmer - time to put some more wood in the basement.  Got some housework done in the morning then it was off to the hairdressers and lunch. Aggravation last night - Larry's team won again! The feeders were  busy yesterday with the addition of 5 Juncos. Lots of Goldfinches, Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Chickadees the Red Winged Blackbirds, Starlings and a Grackle. Song Sparow, White Throated Sparrow and a Fox Sparrow spent the day. The Fox Sparrow is shy and feeds under the bushes. Some time today, I should go pick up some groceries, but maybe we can put it off til tomorrow. Will see what the weather is like, an hour or two birding somewhere might be nice too.
 Song Sparrow
 Junco
 Couldn't coax this Fox Sparrow out.
Stealing from the Christmas Tree





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Friday, January 19, 2018

Day 19 - 19th January 2018 -The Lake, Goldfinch and Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Thursday turned out to be a nice day -weather wise, a good day at work and a neighbour brought us some lobsters last night. Can't ask for much better than that.  It's Friday and I'm off, but have lots on the go.  Getting my hair done, it's Thelma and Louise Day so that means lunch and then Aggravation tonight. Sometime in  there I've got  things to do around the house and I want to get out in the hood for a bit, take Big B. and see what's around.  Actually I want to get out with my new camera - just an upgrade from the one I have but am excited to try it out. Christmas gift but I ordered it after the holidays. If the weather holds maybe we'll get out this weekend for some birding.
 A beautiful morning a while ago on the lake.
 Goldfinch hides out.
Red Breasted Nuthatch.








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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day 18 - 18th January 2018 - Goldfinches, Pine Siskin and Grackle

Wednesday was nasty  - snowed all day and then turned to ice pellets. If we got rain it wasn't much, snow is still heavy looking on the bushes/trees.  School is cancelled today so I'm guessing it won't be a great drive in this morning either. Despite the weather I had a great day at work. A couple of old account books tweaked my interested as I was handling them so of course I had to take a few minutes of quick research to see what more I could discover about the owners. One is still a bit elusive but I have some ideas in the back of my head about the provenance. Sometimes it's like a jigsaw puzzle or an Agatha Christie novel. Piecing things together til the mystery is solved! So today is my Friday and I've got lots that I want to do.

Goldfinches with the single Pine Siskin.
 They remind me of an Ant Farm!
And our resident, Grackle.








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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 17 - 17th January 2018- Downy Woodpecker and Re Winged Blackbirds

I'm up a bit too early this morning but not entirely my fault. Forgot that Larry was going on the road early and had a bit of a panic that something was wrong when he was already up.  It's extremely unusual for him to be up before me!  Snowing out there this morning, sounds like it will turn to rain by supper time - might be messy on the homeward commute. Finished what I was working on the last few days at work, will move on to something new today. Going well with the project I'm doing, will miss the work when I'm done next week. Might just manage a few volunteer days /month afterwards. It was Trivia last night - lots of laughs as always and even though our team was down a couple of players we won. I guess we are good guessers!

Downy Woodpecker.
Red-Winged Blackbirds.






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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 16 - 16th January 2018 - Goldfinch, Mourning Dove and Chickadee Feeder

Snow covered once again - winter is back. Not sure how much we got last night, it was windy (as usual) and it looks like more on parts of the deck than others and none on the fence posts. Must remember to get out early and feed the birds - they'll be hungry.  Great day at work on Monday, got lots done and making good headway with the project I'm working on. I always pick up some new knowledge doing this work - a tidbit of  local history or information that I can file away in my head for another day. Makes me grateful that people see the need to save old documents, photographs etc. so we can learn what generations before us did and how they lived. I don't think things are necessarily better now but they are different than generations before us.

Goldfinch
 Mourning Dove taking a rest in one of the feeders.
This is the "Chickadee" feeder Larry has been making. We made this one before Christmas as a gift.






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Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 15 - 15th January 2018 - Chickadee, Yellow Rumped Warbler and Goldfinch

Monday morning - the start of the work week once again. I'm up at my regular time - just before 5am. The sleeping in might be a weekend thing. All is good! Snow on the way for this evening - the weather sites are giving anywhere from 2- 5cms, not too much. Puttered around yesterday morning. Before lunch we went to town - a stop at the industrial park. It was pretty quiet there, saw a flock of Goldfinches flying by, some Chickadees feeding and one Yellow Rumped Warbler. Then we headed back to Frenchy's where I found a few pairs of pants, sweaters and shirts, still enough left on my gift card for another trip. Larry's been making some bird feeders (yes he's getting a bit bored). They are cute and are in the shape of Chickadees, he started painting them so will probably be busy with that today. I get to do the finishing touches.
Like an acrobat - the Chickadees are upside down and right side up
 The Yellow Rumped Warbler hid behind the branches.
Our Christmas Tree remains a big hit.





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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day 14 - 14th January 2018- Reflections, Fungi and an Old Tree

So it's confirmed - I've become lazy - two mornings in a row not up before 6am! I'll take it when I can. It's a little chillier this morning and there's snow on the ground. We haven't had a fire in the furnace since Friday night. Saturday was warm enough that you could have opened the windows. Very balmy indeed with our normal wind - way too windy! But now we head back to more seasonal temperatures, hopefully it won't go too cold. Did a little housework and made a big pot of chili yesterday morning. Got out for a quick walk in the hood. Then the girls and I went to Chase the Ace in Jordan - no wins for any of us, but the Ace did go. Think we might take a run to town today, I've got the urge to do some Frenchy's shopping and I've got a gift card I can use from Christmas. Time for a few new sweaters. If the weather is good, might take a run to the industrial park.
 I like the peacefulness along the lake.
 Fungi cover this tree stump.
This old dead tree has survived the winds.







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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Day 13 - 13th January 2018 - Reflections and Grasses

I've overslept or slept in not sure which but it felt good for a change.  Now there is a "rainfall and wind" warning up on the weather sites. I guess by the way the wind has been howling all night I didn't really need to read it, but they are right. We are ready for a power outage, although my plan is to  make a pot of storm chili, so I probably need to get that underway soon. Had a great morning at work, then it was Thelma and Louise lunch out. Larry of course beat us all in marbles (Aggravation). Sooner or later we will get him back! Today will be a housework day and maybe Chase the Ace in Jordan. Since the internet is slow and I've slept in, we are really late this morning.

Reflections
Grasses and clouds in the lake.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Day 12 - 12th January 2018 - Ice, Rock and the Lake

It feels more like early spring or fall this morning, temperature is way up and the snow has all disappeared. The red warning bar has appeared on the weather sites - looks like lots of rain of rain for us, maybe some freezing rain in parts of the province. Rain to start tonight and move through Saturday. Maybe a pot of Chili tomorrow morning would be good comfort food in bad weather.  I'm working this morning, only worked 1/2 day Thursday. Since it's Friday and a new year - yup - it's Thelma and Louise day! Rah!! And Friday night club - where we will once again growl at Larry across the Aggravation Board.
 As much as I dislike the ice underfoot, I love to see it in the lake.
 The way it wraps it's self around grasses and rocks.
Beautiful day on the lake.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 11 - 11th January 2018 -Starling, Redwing Blackbirds and Goldfinch

It's mild out this morning, hopefully the ice will melt that's underfoot. Mostly an issue on gravel/dirt roads, our back deck etc. Another good day at the museum, I enjoy this kind of work- going through old documents, photographs etc. cataloguing, getting everything put in place and ensuring it's preserved for future generations. Sometimes I get lost in it, wondering about the people who created the work, or it triggers a memory of some of my own research. That's the joy of working with local material and artifacts - I know the families or in many cases have researched them over the years. So all this talk of preserving I need to get my own family collection in some kind of order for the next generations. Winter project at home when I finish work.  Still no confirmation on what weather system is coming this weekend -certainly rain but other than that who knows yet!

Starling can be rather pretty when the sunlight hits their feathers.
 Red Winged Blackbirds and Mourning Doves

Goldfinch




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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Day 10 - 10th January 2018- Phlox, Grasses and a Blue Jay

Had a great day at work, Tuesday.  Didn't get done what I set out to do in the morning but got a whole lot of other things done. Some days are like that so you might as well just laugh and move on to something else.  Everywhere is slippery under foot now and coming home last night the roads were really slick. Drivers beware, I'm sure it will be the same this morning. Looks like more rain coming by the end  of the week and perhaps another system of sorts on Saturday. Stars are all out this morning, with a crescent moon in the sky and it's windy. I've miss watching the birds at the feeder these last few days - always like to see if something new has arrived.

The Phlox hedge is still standing, offering some shelter and food for the birds.
I'm amazed at the endurance of the grasses, faded but still strong.











Blue Jay was enjoying some rest time by the outside lights on Lois' arbor.



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Day 9 - 9th January 2018 - Goldfinches and Woodpeckers

Quite a difference in the temperature this morning than what it has been the last week or so. Must be above 0 and some of the snow has melted off the back deck during the night. It's nice to be out of the deep freeze for a bit.  Rain in the forecast this week. Had a great first day back to work, dug in and got lots done. Today I'll move to the other building and work for a few hours. Larry reports that an Evening Grosbeak was at the feeders yesterday, draw back from working - I miss yard watch. By the time I get home at night it's too dark for pics and they have mostly finished feeding for the day. Exercise class last night - how we like to punish ourselves!
 Lots of Goldfinches
 Quite a few Woodpeckers are around the yard.
Hairy hanging out in the suet feeder.



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Monday, January 8, 2018

Day 8 - 8th January 2018- Pine Siskin, Grackle and Junco

Back to work this morning (for 3 weeks), going to take a few hours to adjust myself to that after being off for a month. Am anxious to get back in the swing of my project and wrap it up. Lots to do in the next few weeks. Good news - it's not as cold as it has been and this week certainly looks milder on the weather sites. A brief reprieve from the cold chill. Later in the week they are giving rain. Got to love living in NS - arctic cold one day, balmy the next! Got some things done around the house yesterday, laundry caught up, muffins made for Larry etc.  Pulled on the snow pants, scarf, mitts and went out for a quick jaunt - takes longer to put on outside clothes than the walk. I can remember as kids we'd get all dressed in our snow suits, boots, mitts and caps and sure enough someone would need to pee, 5 minutes after they got outside.

Goldfinch (left) and Pine Siskin (right).
 Grackle - he comes every day.
The Junco finally came up to the feeder closest to the house.



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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Day 7 - 7th January 2018 - Goldfinches, Song Sparrow, Starlings

Sunday, the first week of January has flown by - well it was busy, getting ready for a storm then waiting for it to get over. It's cold this morning but the wind has died out a little but still blowing, not snowing though. Stars and the moon light up the sky.  We picked up the girls and went to Chase the Ace in Jordan yesterday, was nice to get out of the house for a few hours. Stopped and had supper at Scotia Lunch - no one wanted to cook when they got home. Back to work tomorrow for three weeks to finish off the archival project. Just about the time I finish that Larry will head back to work - things will have returned to normal once again. I guess that means today, I've got some things to get done around here, at least I don't have to worry about meals, Larry will look after those. A brief reprieve from cooking for me. The feeders were like ant farms on Saturday - Goldfinches have increased in numbers. I counted 72.  They all appear to be starving but I know they roam the hood eating from several feeders.


Goldfinches



Red Winged Blackbirds


Our single Song Sparrow


The Starlings appeared to be more cold then hungry.



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