Sunday, May 31, 2009

Moss and more Moss..

I thought these two varieties of Moss deserved a photo of each..

An American Redstart...

Caught this one also on the weekend, not the best pic as they are really 'movers'..ha.. I hadn't seen one before either so was quite excited !

An Acrobatic Squirrel at camp...

He would swing down...get some seeds...
swing back up...

eat them...
Swing back down for more...

I had placed birdseed in the small hanging feeder, this fellow found it and was having a ball....he was constantly swaying the tree and feeder but these pics show how he was enjoying the seeds !! He would swing down, grab some seeds, swing back up, eat them and then come down for more !! So cute to watch...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker...

not !!!! Haha!! Sorry to tease you, I did get a few pics but they are lousy as it was there and then gone, I thought it was just a Hairy or a Downy WP but when I got home and seen the red chin also, I realized that it was a different one, and according to my books this is what it is.!! I have never seen one before, can't wait to go back in the next few days and see if I can see it was a real treat for me !!

As I was unable to get better ones this weekend, I posted the original ones for you to see...sorry for the 'blur'... ;)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Where the boys are"...

Had a few minutes before work this morning, took a few down by the lake, no 'gal's in sight...
"I can't see them anywhere" !!
Getting ready for when the 'gals' do show...

Waiting patiently !!

Tsk !! Where could they be??.... maybe down here ??...haha!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Jackrabbit this weekend...

I love this sign, fits us perfectly !! ha !!
He just sat and watched up hoping I would give him a carrot, I guess !!
I will take some the next time we go out..

Notice the feet are still quite white but changing its colors slowly..

A male Ruby Throated Hummer ..

at camp this weekend, there was also a female one, too, so far, I usually have up to 5 or 6 out there over the summer, love these little gems !!!

A cute Chipmunk having a peanut..

on the weekend, he was back and forth all day long !!

A curious Squirrel ...

at camp this weekend...he was a busy little fellow !!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Out and about today...

Blondie playing peek and boo with me, she wouldn't move back so I could get a pic of her, check out the 'whites' of her eye !! :) Mr and Mrs. Duck of this year...mallards have such pretty coloring !!

Mr. and Mrs. Seagull practicing after watching "Dancing with the Stars" !! haha !!

A few deer taking a leisurely morning stroll ...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bonaparte's Gull..

We have a fair number of these on a small lake close by,

people living around the area say they stay for a few weeks each

spring and then are gone, I was lucky enough to get a few pics today !!

Hummer is back...

Just one so far, I think !!!
Pics to follow soon !! :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A few of our Pine Siskins...

especially for Vagabonde...
Click on the pics to enlarge, and see the detail of each better..

I guess the most distinguishing mark is the yellow on the wings...

kind of sets them apart from the other similar marked birds...

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Greater Yellowlegs today...

A few more today at camp..

A Mallard and two Greater Yellowlegs..

A Nuthatch...

A Snacking Squirrel...

A Pine Siskin at the Niger sock feeder...

A Chipmunk having a peanut...

I was very pleased, weather was great, birds and critters were busy..

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What we woke up to today...

What the heck is this on May 17...
cold morning -5 C. brrrrrrrr!

A Quacker Couple..

Just came across these from last year !!
Am anxious to get new ones and babies this year.
These were taken on a local lake in the centre of town,
so the different birds are comfortable with people and of
course are fed regularly too, so that helps, not afraid of us
or shy either !!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Supper is ready !!

Just got home from camp, (opening it up), weather is not co-operating
so came home for a few days.
Put a new niger seed sock up and are the Pine Siskins ever thankful !!
Will be busy over the next 4-5 days, then should be free for pic taking again !!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A family of Crows...

I think,

this is a huge nest on the outskirts of town,

this family of crows have taken over it,

I am thinking 'no room' for dad, so he is standing by,

they are getting big quickly...

A furry friend in my yard today..

First squirrel of the season, he has been around for awhile, but haven't got a picture til now, he is looking for a snack,

can't wait for the chipmunks too, I usually have 3 or 4 of both as I feed them constantly and the neighbor behind us does also...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A lovely ending to a beautiful day...

A Mother's Day treat for me..

This Swan, probably the same one as the other day, but there is a pair of them there, was quite interested in me and wasn't too concerned that I was as close as I could get to him, he just wanted a snack !!

This fellow thought I was pretty interesting, he only had one leg and hobbled around on it, and was checking me out !!

Haha!! Not sure if this is a Mothers day peck on the cheek,
or he was telling her to "shut the ... up "!! sweet anyway, eh !!

And leaving the best for last, this is a Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker,
possibly a juvenile, I think a female, she was very vocal and let me take lots of shots of her before leaving !!

All in all, got some nice ones on Mothers Day !! I was elated !! :)

This fellow is saying..

Happy Mothers Day to all!!

This was a treat for me today, first one this year and on Mothers Day!!

He's an American Goldfinch, sometimes called a "Wild Canary" !!