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Wildlife

August 10, 2017

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Cooler, drier weather has allowed us to venture into the woods for some of our walks. On a very still morning, parts of the lake looked like a reflecting pool.

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We had a little taste of Fall last week, which I really did not mind, as the mosquitoes and deer fly were less active, allowing me to work outside in peace.

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I often come across a toad in or near my barn, and the cats, fortunately do not seem to bother them.  This fine specimen has to be the biggest one I have ever seen!

The numbers on the ruler don’t show up well in the photo, but he measured almost six inches long.


Turtle Sightings

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Turtles are on the move.  It must be time for them to lay their eggs.  I spotted this one trying to do so in the middle of my front lawn.  Seems the digging was a little too hard there and she made her way over to the side lawn.  I left her in peace, so I’m not sure if she was successful over there or not.

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Came across this Snapper in the Park the other day.  Always careful to keep my distance from these big guys!

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I found this one at the beach.  Not sure if it was a snapper or not, but was careful not to get too close.


Visitors

img_3747Bunnies are not very welcome visitors to my garden.  For one thing, they tend to eat my flowers, and they also make the dog bark.

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I was lucky enough to spot two rabbits on the front lawn the other day before Abbie was aware of them, and I couldn’t resist trying snap a few photos.

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A more welcome visitor was the Garter Snake I spotted on my front steps one morning.  Although many people find them creepy, I know they are harmless and beneficial and was happy for the opportunity to photograph one.

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This little guy was not happy to be photographed however, and quickly found a place to hide, slipping between the boards to disappear from sight.


Signs of Summer

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I was feeling a bit blue a couple of weeks ago, and decided one more trip to the nursery might lift my spirits.  Hard to feel sad among all the beautiful blooms.

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Spotted this Tree Frog on my window the other night.  A sure sign of Summer.  He will leave sticky footprints on the window, but I really don’t mind. 🙂

 

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Dame’s Rocket is making a fine showing in the woods and along the roadsides.  Our ever fickle weather has turned very hot today, with the promise of possible storms this afternoon.  A couple of days ago, I was running the furnace.  Looks like today we will be switching back to AC!  Gotta love Michigan! 🙂


Cold Snap

IMG_3313Well, the cold weather finally did catch up with us, and we were in the deep freeze for a while.  The lake in the Park finally froze over, and we even had some ice fisherman out there the other day.

The Canada Geese stuck around through December, but seem to have deserted us now.  I have not seen or heard any for some time.IMG_3315

I finally did get to try out my new snowshoes, and they worked well on the few inches of snow we had a couple of weeks ago.

Most of the snow is gone now, as we are back to milder temperatures for a few days.  We feel fortunate to have missed the big storm which has crippled the Northeast.

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This Titmouse looks like he is feeling the cold as he patiently waits for his turn at the feeder.  But February is just around the corner, and the days are noticeably longer, so Spring is not so very far away!


Grey Days

IMG_3283As predicted, our December has been unusually mild.  The downside is, it has been rather cloudy and gloomy, which has not encouraged me to get out with my camera.

Without snow on the ground, everything looks rather dull and colorless at the moment.  We caught the edge of a storm system on Monday, but what fell was sleet and rain, rather than snow, and did not make for good photos.

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Our bird feeder has been attracting the usual customers, and I did manage to get a couple of photos of a Titmouse and a Goldfinch today.

Our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters, and Willow the Greyhound came for a visit over Christmas, and left yesterday.  The house seems very quiet without them!

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As usual, we will see the New Year in at home, and will probably be in bed before midnight.  We are early risers, and late nights just don’t agree with us any more! Sign of Old Age I guess! 🙂


A Rare Sight

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Bald Eagle

As the number of Bald Eagles increases, we see them in our area once in a while.  Several times I have seen one circling high in the sky, only the flash of a white tail making identification possible.  So we were very excited to spot one yesterday, right on our own road.

It was being harassed by a crow when I spotted it out of the corner of my eye as I drove by, and as I slowed down to get a better look, it dropped low and flew right ahead of us down the road, landing in a tree, where we were able to stop to get a good look at it.

Today, we spotted it again, feeding on a dead deer carcass close to the road.  This time I did have a camera with me, and although it is not a great shot it is the first I have ever taken of a Bald Eagle in the wild, so it just has to go on the blog!

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Our barn cats, Otis and Boo get along so well together, and when the weather gets chilly, they snuggle together keeping each other warm.  It looks like I do need to supply them with a slightly larger bed though! 🙂


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I see lots of berries of various kinds around right now.  This is often thought to be a sign of a severe Winter to come.  I sure hope not.  The last two record-breaking Winters about did me in, and I was hoping for a bit of a break this year!

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No complaints about the weather the last week or so.  We have been enjoying summer-like temperatures and lots of sunshine.  It is cooling off now, but the ten-day forecast doesn’t look too terrible.

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Our barbecue grill gave up the ghost this summer, and we replaced it.  Trouble is, we couldn’t get rid of the old one right away, as it has been home to a Tree Frog.  He hangs out most days under the side burner cover.  He is safe from predators in there, and the metal lid amplifies his mating call!  Smart little guy! 🙂

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Came across this fine big Toad outside the back door a couple of weeks ago, and he was good enough to pose for me.  Always good to have these bug-eating creatures around.


October Mornings

IMG_3162Much as I hate to see colder weather bearing down on us, October is one of my favorite months.  I have needed a jacket, and even gloves for some of the morning walks, but it is so exciting to see the changes each day brings. 

IMG_3169The lower angle of the sun, gives a special quality to the light, which is a photographer’s delight.IMG_3166The last few days have been quite windy, and I am hoping we don’t lose too many leaves from the trees before Fall color reaches its peak.IMG_3180_1

My husband came across this scary looking fellow in the garage the other night.  Considered using my Macro lens, but didn’t care to get that close!


A welcome break

IMG_3153As expected, our unseasonably warm weather did not last.  A series of cold, wet and windy days has prompted me to leave the camera at home, so I have been neglecting the blog.IMG_3155  Today, the sun peeked out at last and I was able to get a few nice shots on our walk.IMG_3131The Canada Geese are gathering in larger and larger flocks by the lake.  When we arrive at the Park in the morning, hundreds of them occupy the beach, picnic areas and parking lot.  They are not happy to see us, and soon take to the air with loud complaints, and head out, probably to neighboring corn fields.  They will need to build up their strength before they head South.

Robins are gathering together too, and will leave us soon.  Our recent stretch of rainy days is supplying them with lots of worms, so they will probably stick around for a while yet.IMG_3150More cloudy days are in the forecast, but so far today is sunny, so we will enjoy it while it lasts.