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:
viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca

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: http:viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca
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:
viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca,
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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ruby-throated Hummingbird for Saturday Critters

Usually I take many Hummingbird pictures over the summer but this year the opportunity to take Hummingbird pictures has been rather elusive.  For some reason my timing has been off or these beautiful little birds have been a no show situation.  
Finally yesterday, I got a couple of photos but not taken in the best of locations.  I am standing in my dining room looking out through the slats of our venetian blinds as a female Ruby-throated was feeding at one of our feeders. The third photo is of a little hummingbird resting on our clothesline.



 I am linking today to Eileen's Saturday Critters meme which can be found at:
http:/viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca
My appreciative thanks to Eileen for her hosting of this blog. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Colour My World Red with Friday's Skywatch

I left my house shortly after 6 a.m this morning, hoping an early start would reveal some deer feeding around the community.  Yes, I found four deer but my most worthwhile find was a beautiful early morning sunrise.

The beautiful red of the spreading light coloured the sky around it a beautiful colour

I am linking this morning to skywatch Friday which can be found at:
http://skyley.blogspot.ca/

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

E is for egg for ABC Wednesday

 One day in 2011 My husband and I visited a garden shop, The  garden shop worker told us that a Robin had built a nest and had laid one egg in it. I told her that I would love to see the nest?. She took me outside and moved some potted plants on the shelf that were placed there for keeping the nest hidden for the safety of the bird and the nest.The beautiful blue egg looked cold  and I could see some water drops on the egg. Perhaps it was a young inexperienced Robin that had laid it. I wonder if it will be back to sit on the egg? I somehow think, not likely. Perhaps the fact that there was only one egg might be an indication that the bird had changed its mind about nesting at that location. It is wonderful how the staff of the garden center are looking after the nest location and protecting it and the egg. I shall have to return next weekend and ask about its development. Isn't the egg a most beautiful colour?!!" We  returned and had checked back later to learn that the Robin had never returned and that the egg had not developed and hatched.

Flash forward one year and we returned again to the same garden shop:





The next year  we returned to the garden center ( where we had seen a robin" egg the previous year)  to buy some pansies for our garden, and as soon as we arrived we saw this sign shown below!

Ah ha.. a staff now experienced with finding  a Robin's nest with eggs laid in it! had made and posted a signto alert the public to the presence of the eggs.   Ah ha!  Its seems that last year's events have been repeated.  Last week, a Robin built a nest
there among the pots of flowers.  I have drawn a circle on the picture to show where the nest was. Look carefully and you can see the eggs in the nest,
These three beautiful abandoned eggs shown above were never hatched. Their potential was never realized.  This was a very bad  location choice by an inexperienced Robin.

End of story as we  had returned to the same garden center the next year and asked if there had been  any nest building or egg laying the next year. Hopefully the egg laying Robin hah found an excellent location, having learned from her previous bad choices and has raised a successful brood of beautiful young birds.

Yes, I know, its a long story but I chose to relate it instead of just showing the egg pictures.
I am linking today to ABC Wednesday Round #21 hosted by Melody. Thank you Melody. The link can be found here:
 https://abcwednesday.com/

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Two does and Two fawn for Saturday Critters

People have been mentioning seeing twin fawns around the neighbourhood, however, yesterday morning I saw two fawns and two does. Twins? Perhaps not, however their

status does not take anything away from their beauty. Below is a picture showing two fawn and just one doe




I went out early this morning to look for this white tailed group but did not fond them. It is an overcast cool morning and perhaps they are nit stirring yet.  I do hope to see them another day as any deer sighting gives an uplifting start to any day.
I am linking today with Eileen at viewingnaturewitheileen .blogspot.ca
A nice day is wished for everyone.

Friday, August 04, 2017

morning sunrise for Skywatch Friday

Early this morning at about 7 a.m., he sun was shining brightly announcing a lovely new summer's day with sun and heat, just about right.  A few dark clouds in the sky brought reminders of thunderstorm watches the previous evening but there is

no precipitation forecast for today.
I am linking today to Skywatch Friday which can be found at:
http://skyley.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Early Morning along the River for Our World Tuesday

I went out at 6 a.m. this morning, hoping to see a few deer.  However no deer so I headed to an observation post along the river  and  I was able to capture the sunrise .

and some early morning fog lifting from the river.
I also watched an eagle fly upriver to land and perch in a tree.


Also a distant sandpiper wandering around on some rocks in the river, it was  too distant for an exact id, but it was probably a spotted sandpiper.
And lastly a prize sighting for the morning as I love to see Kingfishers.
Yes, one landed on a rock in the river before travelling further upstream.  Its going to be a lovely day, not too hot, just right if I can trust the weather forecast to be accurate and it usually is.  Hopefully I will see some butterflies today, and |I suspect we have a Red-bellied Sapsucker around our yard and maybe I will get to see it today!
For the first time , I have decided to link with Our World Tuesday which can be found at:http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.ca/

Monday, July 31, 2017

pollen on Stamens for Macro Monday 2

In our gaarden are many beautiful Tiger Lilies and in the center of each are tall stamens.  The tips of each stamen are covered with golden life-giving golden pollen which is distributed to other pants of the same species by insects, bees, ants, etc.

                  Above can be seen  golden pollen of a Tiger Lily. Beautiful , fragile golden grains of  pollen ready for distribution,
I am linking today to Macro Monday 2 which can be found at:http://macromonday2.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Duck with five ducklings for Saturday Critters

Above are five baby ducks following an adult duck into the reeds.  The adult is in the reeds to the upper far right.
These two little  yellow-headed ducklings  were more independent straggling on their own. I hadn't expected to see ducklings at this time of year, thinking it was too late to find baby ducks but I was wrong.  
I am not too sure of the species of the adult ducks but I am thinking Gadwell or Pintail?

Above is the adult duck leading the babies into the reeds. notice the sharp tail of it. Pintail?
Looking carefully you can see a slight orange colour to the bill of this duck.  a Gadwell has  orange  on its lower bill and below is a closeup of the orange on its bill.
But whatever the species they were they were a welcome delightful sighting as it has been awhile since I have seen ducks!  I am connecting today with Eileen at Saturday Critters found at:
viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca
Have a wonderful sunny Saturday everyone!