Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This weekend up at our log cabin, I finally got to see my first Pileated Woodpecker! My friend Eddie is always sending me pictures of his 20 Pileateds and making me envious. I shot this photo from inside the cabin because I knew they were notoriously shy and he might fly away as soon as I went outside. (Sure enough he did, but at least I got this one as proof.)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Are you talking to me?
Yes, come over here. I want to make a deal with you!
Here's the deal Mr. Grackle. I haven't been getting many birds in my backyard. Just a handful of sparrows, Bob the mourning dove and you. I want you to spread the word to the cardinals, nuthatches and anyone else you come across that I have some new feeders and to come visit me!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I am still having a bird drought. Brief glimpses in my yard, lost opportunities in the park and I won't be at the cabin until this weekend. So I "cherry-picked" a photo opportunity. I know there are mallard ducks at the shopping center pond close to my house so in desperation, I drove out there. (Now if I hadn't said anything, would you have thought it was a nice little pond out in the woods somewhere....??)
Making himself more handsome if possible.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
A flower for my blogging friends today!
Wish me luck on finding some birds today! I'm coming up with nothing! We're up at the log cabin and I have all my feeders filled. I'm ready! Just having black squirrels and chipmunks visiting for now....
Anyone else having this problem?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I spent time chasing this butterfly (or moth?!) around my yard trying to get a good shot. They just don't stay still for more than 1 second.
Of course, I'm not able to identify it. I am going to purchase a butterfly field guide this weekend. Until then, is anyone kind enough to identify this for me?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This was taken last year at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI. It was amazing - as soon as I stepped out onto the deck - black-capped chickadees were swarming me- landing on my hat and shoulders. These chickadees are used to being hand fed in the winter by visitors. Now if I could only get these chickadees to vouch for me with the chickadees at the log cabin...I'd be all set!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
This black-capped chickadee was at first being unusally quiet in the tree. Then he came down to my empty bird feeder and starting doing his loud "chick a dee, dee, dee call." I knew what he wanted. I put the camera down, put seeds in my hand, stood next to the bird feeder and waited patiently. He came down and landed on my thumb, cocked his head at me for 3 seconds and then flew away without taking the seed. I'm still building trust....
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I think my hubby would like to pick up on the Green Heron's fishing skills. I watched this fellow snag 3 fish in under 10 minutes. Did you know that they will use bait such as bread crumbs, worms and insects to fish in shallow water and snag their small fish?
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
In Wednesday's post, I described the Loon's "social gathering" and how it starts. Now here's the funny part - how it ends! The hosting Loons proceed to chase off the visiting loons rather abruptly off their lake. Kind of like "party is over, get off our lake!" My husband and I never laughed so hard watching this Loon pair kick these other loons out. In fact, one was chased right between our 2 kayaks but alas I wasn't quick enough with the camera.
Time to go!
No really, the party is over!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I was very excited this past weekend to observe a "loon social gathering." A loon or a pair of loons will host a social gathering on their lake. If they have chicks, they will hide them or one mate will stay behind to take care of them while the other loon visitors are on their host lake. Loons are actually quite social when they do not have to defend their territory or protect their chicks.
They will swim in a circle - almost like a dance and take turns peering and diving into the water. I cannot find the words to describe how beautiful this was to observe but can tell you I felt like I was witnessing one of nature's miracles.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
My loon babies have now become juveniles. As fall is approaching, they are now able to fish for themselves and have the ability to avoid prey. The parents usually leave first for migration with the juveniles sticking around as long as there is open water before leaving.
What's especially interesting is these juveniles are able to feed themselves, in fact I watched them catching their own fish. But the mother was still catching fish and bringing it to them to eat. She may be overprotective but she's definitely a good Loon mom!!
*In the photo below, the juvenile female on the right is enjoying a fish mom just handed to her.
Monday, September 1, 2008
I'm still up north at the cabin but had to do a quick post this afternoon to show you one of the Loon babies I found this morning. Can you believe how big he's gotten? (Check back on my earlier loon posts to compare.) I will be back tonight and will catch up with all my nature blogging friends. Hope you had a great labor day weekend!
P.S. Jessica at Five Pines has a Toledo bird book for any interested persons in that area. Be sure to check out her blog (her Five Pines link is in my sidebar.)