Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weather for the 1st week of May

We have a few cool days sprinkled amidst some warmth for the first week of May. Lots of rain showers bring forth spring flowers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

GMRI Award Nomination note - not selected but cool anyway!

So...I got back from Spring Break vacation and found this letter in my inbox. Fun! I don't know who nominated me, but it is always an honor when people recognize my hard work, even if I wasn't selected as the winner. Thanks to whomever you are;-)
Loving the rocks of Ales Stenar, Sweden (photo from 2008)
They wanted a picture of me to put on their social media (to recognize all the nominees), so I submitted the following from my trip to Sweden back in 2008. I love these photos!
Sand collecting in Sweden norma

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gotta put up the Hummingbird Feeders

Well, who'd a thunk. Even though we haven't see any hummers in our yard yet, a few have been spotted in various Maine locations and have been reported to the Hummingbirds.net website. Drew will put the feeder up tomorrow!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Raven

We have a multitude of ravens in our neck of the woods. I believe they nest in the tall, white pines nearby. This bird, probably a female, is collecting mud for her nest. I was wondering why the edge of our walkway was all roughed up, and now I know!
How do I know she is a raven? Well, I have been confused for so long, and finally figured it out. Some Audubon birders tried to teach me of the differences between ravens and crows, but I had to see it in person to figure it out. Check out the tail of this bird. It has somewhat of a wedge / diamond shape, whereas a crow's tail is somewhat rounded off at the tip. Check out this Cornell Lab of Ornithology - All About Birds - entry about "Crows and Ravens". It is so interesting!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caesar Pond Ice Out Celebration



I must say that there were a lot of birds flitting about on Caesar Pond today, and they were all voicing their pleasure at ice out. Such a lovely day... Sit back, relax, and listen to their vocalizations!
Left: Mallard, Top center: Red-shouldered Hawk
Top right: Song Sparrow, Bottom right: Canada Goose
Here are the birds that were singing today. Note: I took all these photos in years past as I mainly recorded video/audio today.

Bald Eagle on Caesar Pond

I spent a few hours pond prowling this morning because today is Ice-Out Day (and you thought it was just Easter, didn't you?) Yahoooo!
This bald eagle followed me from the south end of the pond to the north end, where he perched regally on a tall pine tree. He seemed to be a bit hot and was panting. The outdoor temp. was probably around 70F at this time. 

Note: I had a 70-200 mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter on it. I was quietly sitting in my boat near the tamarack islands, and the bird came to perch high up on a white pine tree across the boggy area. It is interesting to me that since meeting so many members of Audubon a few years ago, that I now feel the need to justify that I did not disturb this bird, nor did I follow it around the pond. I see most birds when I sit for prolonged periods of time in one place and let nature unfold around me. I learned a lot from those respected birders.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tree Felling and Chainsawing day

Such a busy day we had. We both raked parts of our little acre; I raked and trimmed the gardens and Drew raked the backyard. 
Drew processes the wood
Then, Drew took down two trees whose tops had snapped off during some heavy snowfall this winter.
Logs
The trees were between 18 and 20 years old. And, one of them had started to rot in the middle.
Here is a close-up of one of the logs. Can you count the rings?
Small logs and parts of branches from the felled trees
Where are we going to put this new wood? Hmmm...probably into the garage. Then, we'll deal with it after Drew fills the wood shed with wood, from a wood pile out back, that we have had drying for a few years.
For now, the wood shed is empty (we used every scrap this winter). We'll have more wood delivered soon and will stack that on the side yard for drying. There is lots to do, and we are enjoying every minute of it (at least I am, as I do the photography while Drew does the heavy work;-)