While watching out the window
He shouted with glee!
“I want to catch a bird!”
And at his words a cry came from me
“Oh no, you can’t do that
For birds must be free!”
I spoke almost harshly
And my response surprised even me
But he must learn early
This little boy upon my knee
Of the need to be free
These words were inspired by the word, freedom; which is this week's prompt at the hosting site of One Single Impression .
This photo was taken at Bois-de-L'ile Bizard in Montreal, 2006, and is a combination of two. When downloading the pictures from L'ile Bizard I was taken with the similarities of the path bordered by trees and of an early Vincent VanGogh print which I have. Several years ago I had bought a large sepia print, at a yard sale, of a VanGogh sketch which shows a man walking along a road bordered on both sides by tall, unleaved trees. The VanGogh sketch was the inspiration for placing the figures of the man and boy into the picture on the walking trail. The little boy in the photo was the inspiration for this poem. The photo of the man and boy was also taken at L'ile Bizard the same day.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Drama often follows when conflicting interests arise and such was the case when I watched this Crow harassing a Bald Eagle.
As I watched this aerial conflict begin at a distance; I stopped my vehicle and got out and leaned against it, holding my camera skyward; hoping that the Crow and Eagle would come a bit closer my way, and they did!
The Crow was obviously in pursuit and I could easily see that it was the aggressor. All that the Eagle wanted was to be left alone! This is a second year Bald Eagle and it was not happy about the situation it was in. As I watched the two birds race out of sight the Crow was still following close behind.
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Today, we had in our yard, a bird not often seen: a Beautiful Eastern Bluebird. We have a vacant Bluebird birdhouse, ready for occupancy, and it would be nice if a pair moved in. Once, several years ago, we had seen our first Bluebird pair ever, checking out our garden and yard area one spring afternoon. By the next morning we had built a birdhouse, painted it blue and had it on a post at the edge of our property overlooking a large open lawn area. The pair we had sighted didn't stay that time, but the next year we had a couple move in for a while; but they hadn't stayed long enough for a successful hatching, although there had been obvious nest building activity going on for a while. It has been a couple of years now since we had seen one and so when I returned home from my walk this morning I was very pleasantly surprised to see a male Eastern Bluebird on the overhead power lines. It then moved over to one of our old Maple trees and stayed there just long enough for me to take its picture. Maybe it will be back?
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I had heard this handsome little warbler before I saw him. I say, him, for it is a male Common Yellow -throat. Notice its yellow throat; for that is the source of its name. I was quite sure I would find this species sooner or later for it was in the same location where I find them each year. My patience was rewarded and almost before I could con- gratulate myself on my first warbler sighting of the spring; I saw another. A Chestnut-sided Warbler was flying right at me through the nearby foliage and I clicked on the chance of a successful photo on the wing! I had definitely chanced upon a warbling trio for suddenly I glimpsed a bright spot of yellow amongst the leaves, wearing a black top and sporting a yellow eye ring, and I knew it was a Wilson`s Warbler.
Continuing on with my morning walk I stood on a rocky point overlooking the river and saw three White-tailed Deer crossing to an island there. This is a location in the river where just upstream are rapids and falls and this is a favourite fishing spot for Osprey and Gulls. Glancing upward I was not surprised to see an Osprey circling overhead.
Returning homeward I stopped in a lane to search for more warblers. I saw no warblers but while standing there two beautiful, grey Catbirds flew in and silently perched in a nearby tree. When I had left home I had noticed our pair of resident Tree Swallows were busy collecting materials for their nest building within our swallow bird house that they have claimed. Thinking of these swallows prompted me to glance upward at an old Cliff Swallow nest in the eave of a nearby building and I was happily surprised to see one sitting in the opening of the old mud nest. Wow... what a treasure trove of so many wonderful birds sightings and the day was just starting.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
He saw it first and said, "Look" I glanced toward the shore of the pond and seeing the tall, vase-shaped bird standing there, said, "Heron". Then, while he was searching under the truck seat for his binoculars, I found it again through the lens of my camera and said, "Bittern".
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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Thanks to Tom Wigley for hosting Sky Watch Friday .
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Usually difficult to track while in motion, I spied this large woodpecker crossing the river, flying towards me as I sat on the opposite shore.The Pileated Woodpecker is a strong flyer and unaware that he had an audience I was able to watch its 'rowing' motion as it flew over the open water.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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This photo above serves to illustrates well the family that Spotted Sandpipers belong to: Shorebirds. Found in open view along the rocky shore this Spotted Sandpiper, while foraging for food, had found a worm. This 'spotted' sandpiper takes it name from the spots displayed on its breast during its adult breeding stage. The spots will disappear during its non-breeding stage and by the end of the summer this Spotted Sandpiper will display a clear white breast.
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