Thursday, May 29, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:30 AM
Friday, May 23, 2014
Its warbler season again and I love finding these little birds. sometimes one will wander into bird alley but often I have to go further a field to find one, which is what I did yesterday. The little warbler I found was a familiar and a favourite one. My husband has nicknamed this warbler "the Lone Ranger" bird as it wears a black mask across its eyes. You can see its black mask in the picture below! Only the male of this species has the black mask.
This warbler is a very pretty little bird , don't you think?!
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:38 AM
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I have a mental spring checklist and this morning I decided to check an old unused electrical box where in recent years I have found Tree Swallows nesting. And at the first look at the electrical box I saw no swallows, however about 5 minutes later when passing by again I saw that there was a Swallow peering out of the hole in the electrical box. Great,! the Swallow have nested there again for this year. For some reason we no longer have Tree Swallows nesting in our swallow house and we miss them. We saw this swallow species circling around our bird house earlier this spring but none decided to
nest there. We have had nesting swallows faithfully for many years
until the last 3 or 4 years. We are not sure why not, but we do wish
they would return. I shall continue to moniter this nest site until the end of June when the new babies will be leaving their nest at about that time!
Tree Swallow peering out from its chosen nest site in an old, unused electrical box
The Tree Swallow appears to be quite contented in its chosen location for nesting!
Next on my spring checklist is to locate more swallows. perhaps Cliff Swallows or Barn Swallows.
I am also watching for Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles!
Posted by me ann my camera at 10:53 AM
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
All three of our recent arrivals have been expected, although to our way of thinking the chipmunk was really late in showing up. We had seen a female cowbird a couple of weeks ago but yesterday was the first that we had seen male Cowbirds. The Cowbirds were here today, but no females were seen the last couple of days, only the males.
two rose-breasted Grosbeaks in a Birch Tree
an interesting back view of a Grosbeak at the feeders
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:02 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The pleasure of spring bird watching seldom ceases in Bird Alley. Earlier
this week my husband had commented that it had been a long time since we had seen Evening Grosbeaks. There have been times when they seemed to arrive in droves, and yesterday what did I see in the afternoon ?,but one handsome male Evening Grosbeak. It seemed as if it was just passing through as it just perched on a branch before flying off. Unfortunately its face was obscured by an opening leaflet. but the yellow cap can be seen. A black shadow is misleading on its breast as that is not part of his natural colouring.
I really like grosbeak picture with the semi blurred background with blue sky highlights. Nature is so beautiful!!! The use of a lower f stop at 5.6 causes the semi blurred background in the picture.
Posted by me ann my camera at 3:10 PM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I can see deer every morning if I am up early and looking out the window. They come up from the river and cross the street near our property, then they run up our neighbours long gravel driveway and cut across the bottom of the neighbours lawn diagonally and then follow a path to the woods behind our properties. The deer are the main reason we have fenced in most of our property. My husband loves his hosta garden and our cedar trees and so do the deer and so he built this fence shown below.
this deer walked up our neighbour's long gravelled driveway
our side lawn is still unfenced and I watched two deer stop to feed there this morning.
My ornamental Juniper on our unfenced front lawn has lost most of its attractive ball shaped foliage, so I have my own reasons for approving of fencing. although it is still a treat to see the deer as they are such beautiful creatures.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:29 AM
Monday, May 12, 2014
I cou,d set my calendar by the arrival of this handsome little sparrow species. I have been watching for them and as I looked out my window a few moments ago there they were, two of them!!
Their stand out white striped head is very obvious and you really cant miss them as they are scratching about the ground in sparrow fashion.
Posted by me ann my camera at 9:17 AM
Sunday, May 11, 2014
It seems very early to have hummingbirds at our feeders in Bird Alley. we put our feeders out today around 8 in the morning and by noon we saw two hummingbirds cautiously approach our feeders. It is a handsome male as you can tell by the Ruby-red patch at his throat. I love that you can see its little eye in the pictures. I think this is a magnificent bird!
A happy Mother's Day to all.
Posted by me ann my camera at 3:31 PM
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
It has become our habit over the past few years to note locations where certain bird's nest and so we watch their nests each year for their return.
Wwe have been anticipating the return of Ospreys to Oromocto. Earlier this spring we had noted that the old Osprey nest at the Douglas Hazen Park along the Oromocto waterfront had not survived the harshness of our winter weather this year. We had assumed a returning Osprey would rebuild a nest at that location. we waited and kept checking weekly and we didn't see any Osdprey there until this weekend past.
On Sunday May 4th.)
The nest appears to be a heler
Posted by me ann my camera at 10:42 AM
Saturday, May 03, 2014
We are delighted to have an early wildflower growing in our flower gardens in two different locations and they bloomed at the end of April. My daughter always has a Coltsfoot in bloom about two weeks ahead of us. We have had so many overcast rainy days that I feared our Coltsfoot would not bloom until May , however we had a bit of sunshine and blooming before the calendar page changed. and here are a couple of Coltsfoot pictures found in our own yard.
I always used to mistake early Coltsfoot for Dandelions, and now I realize my error. The Coltsfoot does not have leaves as does Dandelions. When my daughter was just a little girl I used to drive out to a railway crossing near Temperance Vale each spring to show her the early Dandelions in bloom. I am sure now as I recall that memory, it was probably Coltsfoot that I was showing her.. Some spring I would like to return to that location near Temperance Vale to verify my hunch. Maybe next spring?!
Also I have a favourite Mayflower patch and on our way home yesterday from Saint John we stopped to check there for Mayflowers in bloom, and yes, we found some of their beautiful, delicate scented blossoms. I found the Mayflower patch years
ago when , every spring I used to see an elderly lady picking something off the ground in that area and I had decided to check it out myself the following spring. and I have been finding Mayflowers there every spring.
In the first picture below, you can see the potential for many more beautiful blossoms to open. I think I shall return to this location today to find more beautiful blossoms as it is a very fine, sunny day. here today I have also already seen Dandelions in bloom and I'm sure I could find some Dandelions in bloom today.. The next wildflower find will soon be Purple Violets or Wild Strawberry blossoms and soon Dogtooth Violets. Isn't spring great!!
Posted by me ann my camera at 8:31 AM