2019 Jan to Mar - Animal, Birds & Insects


#143

#144

That was great! And the couple naming their second dog “Buck” was a fitting end. :smiley:

Edit: Today there were many woodpeckers that visited us. The first was a pileated woodpecker who began hammering away at a dead limb on a tree across the street. After keeping busy for about 5 minutes it called out several times (got a reply from over the hill) and flew off. Then a couple of red-headed woodpeckers - one in my yard and the other behind the carriage house - started hammering away… proclaiming their nesting territories? These were followed by several hairy and downy woodpeckers who seemed more intent on taking turns at the suet cakes and searching for insects in the pine tree in the front yard and the maples and butternut trees along the driveway by the gully. A couple of ravens parked themselves in the tallest Norway maple along the driveway for quite some time before flying off and being replaced by a flock of mourning doves. Several cardinals, titmice and a flock of juncos all arrived to feed at the same time, closely followed by some black-capped chickadees and our frequent visitors, the bluejays. Once the brunch crowd left, chipping sparrows and a few starlings and red-wing blackbirds came to polish off the seed that was left. (I had to put out more seed before my wife and I left to babysit this afternoon.) Haven’t seen any deer tonight (it’s 3:30 AM), but haven’t really been watching for them tonight.
When I get up in the morning I suppose I’ll have to drag the snow out from under the pine tree to put out more bird seed. These little guys make a lot of work for me… and I thought my wife was bad with her “honey do” list! :laughing:


#145

On of the birds I’ve apparently been neglecting to mention are the sea gulls and terns at the river. Since they’re there all the time I guess I just don’t think about them. Today they’ve been flying up and down the river calling out. Not sure if they’re trying to give the Canada geese competition with the geese’s honking. It’s starting to get pretty noisy down there. :grinning:


#146

We still just have sparrows, blue jays, and the usual winter birds. In this nice weather they will be out in force singing in the morning! Some canada geese wintered down by the open part of the river (by the power plant). The V’s of snow geese will start mid April…depending on the weather.


#147

Several times today Donna commandeered my laptop - so she could see April the giraffe on a larger screen than her iPad. :face_with_raised_eyebrow: Her secondary excuse was that having it live stream all day was knocking her battery down… even though it’s plugged in to her charger. :thinking: I’m beginning to think that she lets it discharge too low before plugging it in. Many times I hear her say, “It’s down to 13%,” or “It’s down to 10% (or less).” May be time for a new battery for her iPad. :roll_eyes: I keep on telling her not to let it get down below 40% - according to the guy who invented/developed the lithium-ion battery. His advice was to recharge it between 40% and 80% and it will last for many years. (Donna’s iPad is actually less than a year old.)


#148

Sounds like a new battery. I recently had to replace mine on my Mac (under warranty) because it would not charge past a certain point no matter how long I had it plugged in. I tried a new cord and still it didn’t do anything.


#149

#150

Always find it a bit humourous when people get ‘stung’ and claim it was a bite… usually from the other end of the critter…

However the pain and shock are quite real and not at all funny.


#151

Not where you would expect to find one…but easily transferred onto the plane on clothing…tells us how often planes are actually checked before the next flight.


#152

For those not familiar, Bowen Island is located off of West Vancouver, a ferry ride off the highway to Whistler/Blackcomb ski area:

Some beautiful shots on here…


#153

My wife just told me she received a news alert from one of our local TV stations - a seal was spotted on an ice chunk floating on the Hudson River just south of Albany, NY! (That’s north of us.) I guess it hitched a ride as the tide started rising and took a joy ride. I wonder if it will ride the ice back down. :laughing: Currently the river is pretty much ice free - has been for two days or more. I’m going to miss the bang, crunch and scraping sounds of the ships and barges busting through the ice on their way to the ports of Coeymans, Albany and Rensselear. :slightly_frowning_face: