Thursday, 30 June 2011

Latest Birds

These are my latest bird photos and one of a  lonely porcupine. The yellow-rumped warbler has been eating flies from my second story window for about a week. He taps lightly on the window each time and now even the dogs aren't paying attention to him. The osprey seemed very upset with the crow, but could not catch him, as the crow deftly avoided the osprey with quick, last second moves. As kids, we had fun calling each other a yellow-bellied sapsucker, but here is a pic of the real thing. The great blue heron figured out a way to get an easy meal. The last two pics are of a little bird living in my yard. He is very adept at catching flys and moths, and seems to use his tail as a counter-weight when sitting. If anyone recognizes this little guy, I would appreciate identification.






























Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011

Mellow Yellow


This is my backyard after two weeks of wet weather. Its also my entry into mellow yellow mondays. http://mellowyellowmonday.blogspot.com/ 


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Moose and Deer

Sunday started off great, as this doe was browsing through my backyard. Later we went for a drive to the woods camp and saw this cow and calf crossing the road.














Arrowhead

 Some people were asking about the Arrowhead on my intro page. I found it two summers ago at Princess Park. Wendy and I were walking on the beach and it was laying right at my feet. It was only five meters from the road and less than that from the Keyhole brook  Here are a few additional pics of the two faces and 
the edge. Based on the shape, I think it is between 3000 and 11000 years old. Corrections are welcomed


















Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A week of firsts

This truly was a week of firsts. Thursday was the first time I saw a fawn suckling on its mother (sorry for the poor quality, but this photo was at the extreme end of my effective zoom). Later Thursday was the first time I was almost blown away by the wind, when a Kansas style storm blew through and finally on the weekend I got my first picture of the snowball clearwing hummingbird moth ( the butterflies are just a bonus). I have been seeing this moth in my lilacs every year since 1995


























































Sunday, 12 June 2011

Spring Floods

Spring, in and around the Grand Lake area, usually means flooding, as the St. John River, inundated with increased volumes from northern snow melt, overflows its banks. While we have been spared any major flooding this year, here are a few pictures from previous years