Saturday, September 09, 2017

Black Ducks for Camera Critters

Ducks are becoming more difficult to find these days but there is one small pond where I can often catch a glimpse of a duck for as soon as my car approaches they scatter.  However one day this week I was able to capture a photo of one in flight as it was fleeing away and from the picture below I was able to id the duck as a Black Duck.  Its beautiful 'blue patch' was very recognizable!

I am linking today to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at:

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Ruby-throated hummingbirds for Saturday Critters

Since I had last posted hummingbird photos we have seen many at our feeders daily, and they are delightful to get photos of. Here are a few of my most recent ones:

I am linking this morning to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at:
A wonderful day is wished to all on this cool second day of September.  School is just around the corner and as a retired teacher I shall wave to all of those yellow buses rolling down the highway on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Small Flock of Wood Ducks

I was so very pleased to find a small flock of Wood Ducks last Tuesday ( August 22) in a small pond nearby.  There were 4 or 5 or perhaps more.  I believe they were all males.  I was able to crop and edit one individual from the group.  this was an exciting find as I have not seen any Wood Ducks in this setting all summer, which was unusual.

Shown above is the small flock I saw on Tuesday
Above is one of the male Wood Ducks seen in the small flock.
Then hoping to find the group again I returned to the same location on Friday and oh, so lucky I saw a small group in the water again, but before I could take their picture in the water they took off and following are a few pictures I was able to capture of them in flight! 
Their take off was in a bit of a jumble, 

however they sorted themselves out in flight as they flew away

These pictures verify my original estimate that is was a small flock of four or five.
And now that I have downloaded and posted these photos I now have a desire to return to the location and see if I can find them again today.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Great |Blue Heron for Saturday Critters

Yesterday afternoon my husband and I had been commenting on our lack of sightings of Great Blue Herons this summer. Later that afternoon I had decided to check out a favourite pond for Wood Ducks as I had seen three there earlier this week. As I was studying the pond for signs of movement which might suggest a duck or two among the water foliage I saw a huge bird rise from the pond area and fly away. Quickly aiming my camera randomly I was able to capture a few glimpses of a departing Great Blue Heron.

I am linking today to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at:,
My appreciative thanks to Eileen for her hosting of this meme.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Young Buck

I used to go out early in the morning looking for birds and geese.  Now I know when I go out I will see the sunrise around seven and most likely I will see a deer or two!  This morning I was very pleased to see a sighting that I seldom see, a Young Buck.

His sprouting antlers were so beautiful!!! I think the deer in the background might be a brother to the buck in the foreground? Perhaps I can find them both again tomorrow morning  and verify my curiosity.
Have a wonderful day everyone.  Its forecast to be a very hot, humid one here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Common Wood Nymph Butterfly

I have not seen many butterflies in our yard this summer. Usually I can rely upon our fair sized Purple Cone Flower  patch to host a few butterflies on sunny summer days, but for some reason this summer I have not as yet seen any butterflies there!
The hero  flower patch today has been a few purple  Gayfeather blooms ( aka Liatris).
Early this afternoon while scanning our flower beds I spied movement among the purple bristles of our Liatris spikes.

Ah ha!  I got its picture and after tracking it as it settled on our lawn I was able to id the butterfly as a Common Wood-Nymph.
The two eyes on its Forward Wing are very distinctive!
Tomorrow I shall drive to an area when I have found this species other summers and perhaps I will find others of this  Satyr grouping. 
My companionable camera shall assist me in my endeavour. Until tomorrow.