Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mallard Ducks

Earlier this week on Monday, my husband and I determined to find some open water and some ducks.  We thought we would find open water at a river car ferry crossing and we did!  We found three duck species there: Mallards, Common Golden eye and Common Mergansers.  Here are photos of some of the Mallards we found there.


I am linking today to Eileen's Saturday Critters found at:
http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/ 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bohemian Waxwings for Saturday Critters

Yesterday when driving into a parking lot of an store I saw one bird in a berry tree there and by the highlighted tuft on the top of its head I hope I had found a Waxwing.  And yes I had.. Oh Happy Day!  I love these beautiful birds.  Their main attraction on the tress were of course the red berries or crab-apples there.  the picking was very sparse but they were finding a few of these delicious red gems.
 
 
 
 
 
I stayed around and took what photos I could of these magnificent birds and so here are a few more.
 
 

 
 
 
I am linking today to viewing nature with Eileen. 
 Happy first day of spring everyone!! May the snow soon stop and may it warm up soon also!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
l birds!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

White Pigeon for Saturday Critters

I saw the white pigeon again last Saturday.  |It looked healthy, like it wintered well.  I haven't seen it again, but I have looked every day since.  I want to get a better picture of it, as when I took this picture my camera was on a' photo illustration' setting  and I think the setting takes away from the realism of it. I have been seeing this white pigeon for a year or more now. I worry that something might happen to it.  It is a beautiful looking bird!

I am linking today to Eileen's , Saturday's Critters  which can be found at:

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Feeding Tree Sparrows





In the third photo I believe I can see the sparrow's tongue! Yes, birds have tongues and in some cases it is quite hard and has a bone in it.
I find this winter that seed bells have been very successful for feeing the birds.The sparrows seem to especially like them.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blue Skies and a BlueJay for Saturday Critters

Yay!!!  the last day of February and it has been such a cold month!!!  this morning the thermometer outside of my window reads -30 degrees Celsius, and that is one reason why this photo is so special to me.  I took this picture yesterday and the sunny, blue skies were so beautiful. The heat of the strong sun through the windows of our sun room really warmed the room up nicely, doing exactly what s sun room should do by creating a cosy, inviting warmth in which to sit and read in.
We used to have Blue Jays everyday, all the time.  winter their visits have been rather intermittent! the last few days they have appeared in our yard by twos or threes, or sixes.  yesterday I saw three in our big old maple tree along our snowy driveway! I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do!  I hope the Bluejays return again today!!

I am linking this morning with Eileen at http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/

The first day of March returns tomorrow.  March is such a hopeful; month!1  Spring begins in March and so do a lot of starter plants for me in my house.  Tomato plants and Pansys are both high on my list.  Also, when and if ,the snow ever melts and goes away I will be looking for snow drops arising from the garden area where I planted the bulbs in the fall! 
Have a wonderful dsy everyone!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Bohemian Waxwing

I have been waiting since the fall for some wandering birds to find our beautiful American bittersweet berries and it finally happened.  On Sunday, during our recent storm a passing Bohemian Waxwing stopped to feed.  It stayed around all day long and

yesterday morning I saw two waxwings at our pergola!!  The berries are nested among the branches which reach over the top of our pergola and they were overhanging the front side of it.
Yesterday the waxwings got on top of the pergola to feed among the berries. From inside our sun room I was able to get a good view of the hungry waxwings through the windows.  this was a good, safe feeding location as we were experiencing high winds and blowing snow all day long.         Towards the end of the afternoon the berry supply had diminished but the waxwings persisted in trying to eat every last berry.  In the photo below you can see the waxwing looking upwards to the underneath of the uppermost branches crossing the top of the pergola.!

As I watched the waxwing thrusted itself upward immersing itself within the berry laden branches at the top of the pergola. You can see  its cinnamon coloured tail hanging down as the waxwing  feeds and clings  to the branches and berries at the top of the pergola. A grand performance beautiful bird.!!!  Well done!!
I don't know if they will return again today as most of the berries have been all eaten.  Fortunately for the waxwing that it found an abundant supply of food on two extremely stormy blizzarding days. 
Have a great day everyone! 
I think it is going to be a Redpoll day as many hungry birds are gathering at the windblown feeder on our back deck this morning.  That story I will tell tomorrow.