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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April 13, 2014

 

Feline Diorama


Instead of playing in the box, Ozzie thought outside the box and made himself into a living diorama.
Usually he is content to sleep in the box or use it as an attack base for surprising Crash. 

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April 10, 2014

 

Depending on the light the head of a male mallard can be an iridescent purple or a brilliant green. 
I don't know if this is due to cross breeding or if it is a natural variation in colour. It could just be the physics of light refraction, I'm not sure.
If any one knows the reason please let me know.


If you look closely you will see the black tail curl.

These aren't the same bird but they were side by side.

Anas platyrhynchos

Ducks are strong fliers; migrating flocks of Mallards have been estimated traveling at 55 miles per hour.The standard duck’s quack is the sound of a female Mallard. Males don’t quack; they make a quieter, rasping sound.

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April 09, 2014

 

Low clearance


We were out birdwatching when we noticed 4 little pigs, inflation three aren't enough now a days, poking around in a muddy field. If you look closely you can see mud on her snout.



They seemed to be having a good time pushing the mud with their noses.

Obviously they are some sort of pot bellied pig with very low ground clearance.

Once they saw us watching them they hurried back home.

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April 08, 2014

 

The living vacuum cleaner is at it again.



Corn on the sidewalk for the cardinals and jays is sucked up in a hurry.
There is more browse available to the deer now but a few still come to the yard.

 Odocoileus virginianus

White-tailed deer are herbivores, leisurely grazing on most available plant foods. Their stomachs allow them to digest a varied diet, including leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, corn, alfalfa, and even lichens and other fungi.

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