Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
I am posting early today for tomorrows meme featuring red on Ruby Tuesday 2, which can be found at:
you can find the red theme in the weekly Tuesday meme of Ruby Tuesday 2 found at : http://rubytuesday2.blogspot.ca/http://rubytuesday2.blogspot.ca/
Part of the reason for my earliness is that just this afternoon we ( My husband I have )just found a few blossoms of Adder's Tongue a.k.a. Dog-toothed Violets in bloom.
I understand the naming of Adder's Tongue when looking at the red stamens in the center of the blossom; but how many of you are familiar with the dog-toothed naming connection? I did some research on the source of that naming a few years ago and found that it was derived from the white canine shaped root of this early wildflower. And did I check it out? Yes I did and found the white canine ( tooth-shaped root in the soil beneath the plant! And by looking at the design on the leaves , shown above you can easily understand the source of a few of this wildflower's other names: such as Trout Lily and/ or Fawn Lily. this Dog-toothed Lily is one of my favorite childhood wildflowers. I wait to find its blossoms each spring
" Oh Happy Day!!!!!!
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
To me I could classify spring as a seasonal sparrow mosaic.
when spring arrives I am usually saying "Good-bye" to those little northern sparrows, Tree Sparrows, which spend much of winter with us. Then as spring nears and appears, we welcome the beautiful, little musical Song Sparrows, then as spring advances, a lucky few receive visits from Fox Sparrows, and perhaps some experience a "rare" sighting of a Field Sparrow. We have had both Fox Sparrows and Field sparrows in Bird Alley in the past, but not this year. We have been very happy the past couple of weeks playing host to a few White-throated sparrows; and much to our delight we spied
But often people ask in confusion and puzzlement, how can you tell the sparrow species, one from the other?
A year or so ago I created a Sparrow collage ( shown above) and
a key to accompany the collage.
I hope these collages might prove useful to a few of my readers in identifying the different sparrow species.
I am linking this post to Mary's Monday Mosaic. Mary's mosaic meme can be found at her Dear Little Red House at:http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.ca/
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Stay safe, beautiful deer, and be careful crossing highways as you often do. Stop, Look and Listen. Happy spring, Today promises to be a beautiful day!
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
This is a "Once Upon A Time" story of a tree in the forest which does not exist anymore. One winter this stalwart old dead tree succumbed to the fierce elements of a long, cold winter and it fell in the forest.
For all the years that I knew of this special tree it served to hold a magnificent nest at its top, and each year I enjoyed watching several generations of Ospreys rearing their young in this nest on top of the old tree
This tree inspired me and so one day I decided to use some of my bird photos and some photo editing skills and to create a counting book for my young grandchildren. I cleared away the background from the limbs but I left the magnificent nest on the top.
And so I began to fill up the tree limbs with birds.
2 White-breasted Nuthatch,
3male Purple Finch,
4 wood Ducks ( and yes Wood ducks do perch in trees sometimes)
5 Great Blue Herons,
6 Northern Cardinals
8 beautiful Blue Jays..
And as all good intentions often result in in-completion... for my grandchildren quickly learned to count
and they grew older and my interest waned And so today I have decided to show my incomplete storybook about the magic bird tree in the forest.
I am linking this post to Thursday's Inspiration hosted by Dear Little Red House at:http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.ca/
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Have you ever tried to photograph a Kestrel? Well if you have, you know you are not always going to be successful and it can be a daunting task!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
At first I wasn't sure what I was looking at as the bird was so still, I thought at first it was a charred stump along the wooded roadside, but as I saw an eye flicker I knew it was a bird. And I assumed it was a Ruffed Grouse , although the ruff or scarf of black feathers around its neck confused us. It didn't suddenly fly away as is often the case with grouse, but it walked across the dirt road and walked up the hilly incline on the other side of the road. It didn't seem to be in any hurry.
The picture above shows the back view of the Grouse as it walked away. From its back view the black feathers had an appearance of a shawl around its shoulders We had backed our truck onto a side road to turn and the grouse was beside us. I rolled down the truck window so as to take better photos and it wasn't in any hurry to leave. This was a fascinating sighting.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
The latest update of squirrels and our cage feeder is this photo below just taken this morning. A little Red Squirrel has once again found its way into the caged feeder. Its squeezes its little supple body between the square openings created by the wires that create the cage.
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Friday, April 19, 2013
three fly in and a couple of males
Goldfinch were not the only surprise visitors!
We have a few White-throated Sparrows in Bird Alley! What a handsome bird a White-throated Sparrow is! with its bright yellow lores and striped head and its delicate white bib on its upper breast!We were very happy to see these sparrows arrive!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
The first species to show up in Bird Alley today was this handsome Song Sparrow. Its appears to be delighted with this sunny day as am I. It looks like it will be a great day! I am hoping to maybe see the arrival of some Tree Swallows today, I will keep watching for them!
Posted by me ann my camera at 8:19 AM
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Bird Alley has been quite inactive recently so when I looked out this morning and saw as
beautiful little Red-breasted Nuthatch there I was delighted! It wasn't
much of a photo shoot as the Nuthatch was relatively inactive most of
the time, so a variety of poses isn't really reflected in my photos here
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