April 21, 2014


Hard to believe that this was done with a chain saw.

Recently they held Care-apolosa in the country near here.

Dozens of artisan/competitors worked for 5 days to produce some amazing pieces which were auctioned off the Sunday.
I was interested in this piece until the price went north of $700.

The most expensive piece I saw auctioned went for $2,500, with several in the $2,000 range.
When I left only about 1/3 of the pieces had been sold.

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April 20, 2014


This is a male house that is starting to show his spring colour.

Usually there are several birds in the basket but he was peckish and drove everyone else away.

Haemorhous mexicanus

The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
The oldest known House Finch was 11 years, 7 months old.

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April 19, 2014


Explosion imminent.

If he stuffs much more into those cheek pouches he gonna explode.

This chipmunk was helping himself to the corn we put out for ground feeding birds.
He was being greedy and was trying to eat the entire pile by himself.

Tamius striatus

During winter, chipmunks mostly stay in their burrows. They wake up every few days or weeks to snack from their stored food. That means they don't hibernate.

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April 17, 2014


The killdeer with his red eye ring looks like he took a red eye flight to get back to Canada.

Charadrius vociferus

Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.
The oldest known Killdeer was 10 years 11 months old.

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April 16, 2014


Our first yard warbler of the year and also the first time I've been able to get a photo of one.

He showed up around 4 o'clock on a very cool spring afternoon. He went to the feeder we put out to attract the yellow-throated warbler that has been coming for the last 3 years.
Not  a rarity but still a great bird to start the spring migration.

Setophaga pinus

The Pine Warbler is the only warbler that eats large quantities of seeds, primarily those of pines. This seed-eating ability means Pine Warblers sometimes visit bird feeders, unlike almost all other warblers.

The oldest recorded Pine Warbler was a 6-year old bird captured in Massachusetts in 1932.

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April 15, 2014


Those few nice days, that was summer. Hope you enjoyed it.

This is the small water feature we have in our yard. It was looking like spring yesterday.
When I got up this morning winter had returned.

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April 14, 2014


A buoyant, large-headed duck that abruptly vanishes and resurfaces as it feeds, the tiny Bufflehead spends winters bobbing in bays, estuaries, reservoirs, and lakes. Males are striking black-and white from a distance. A closer look at the head shows glossy green and purple setting off the striking white patch.

Bufflehead nest in old woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers, in the forests of northern North America.

Bucephala albeola

Source Cornell Lab or Ornithology

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