Thursday, March 21, 2019

Aspen Twig & Killdeer

           On the dog walk this morning I found an Aspen twig on the ground that a squirrel had nipped off the tree. It seemed like a good opportunity to photograph the catkin that was opening as all of the ones in the trees were way too high to get a good photo.

            I used the flash on the iPhone  camera to make up for the bright sky in the background. When I put the photo on Instagram I added other names:

Trembling Aspen
Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides)
Peuplier Faux-tremble
ᐋᐧᐱᒥᑐᐢ = Cree symbols
Wâpimitos = Cree in English letters
Tsoskwe’ió:wane = Mohawk in English letters

            On the Beckett Walk today we walked on the rail trail near Paris. The highlight of the birds that I heard was the first Killdeer of the season. (I have yet to hear one on our property, but others in the Hamilton area have been reporting them.)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday/Tuesday Notes

            I saw the first Chipmunk of the season on Monday morning by our bird feeder and shortly after that heard the first Song Sparrow of the season singing in our west meadow.

            Below is a drawing/painting with information re the Song Sparrow from the iBird App on my iPhone:

            Today, at Plan B Organic Farm where I volunteer on Tuesday mornings, I went to the heated greenhouse to see what was already sprouting. Lots of plants were up already and many more sets were planted.

           Sorry, I did not check the labels to see what was here. Maybe next week I can check back again and get labels.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Observations

            Sunrise this morning came with a sun pillar:

            As I started the dog walk this morning, I noticed that the large Puffball that I found last fall has made it through the winter without falling apart.

            Notes from my Sit Spot

March 17, 2019 9:40 a.m.
Sit 336: Brush Pile West : Mostly Sunny 
-4° (-7°) NW wind: 6-9 kph    74% humidity 

Sounds of the morning:
Mourning Doves,
(Jet flying overhead, traffic noise),
(Air Canada Jazz flight 183 +),
Blue Jays,

Woodpecker drumming.

            Other observations as I walked our dog, Sadie:

Still lots of ice in shady spots along the trails;

Almost fell a few times but managed to stay on my feet;
Felt very quiet out in spite of bird songs because of low wind speeds;
Heard Bluebirds and Robins as I walked along the west meadow trail near the Sumacs;
The ice on the West Pond is very high i.e. out of the usual banks of the pond and over the trail;

            Catkins on the Willows and Aspens are out of their winter coverings and looking gray and fuzzy on some of the trees but all too high to photograph. I could only see them via binoculars.

             Spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon trying to finish rebuilding the bird feeder. Hope to finish after I do this blog . . .

 . . . finished the bird feeder!

            Saw 8 Wild Turkeys in the field north of the highway as I went out walking along the road and then, back home, saw an Eastern Bluebird in the small Walnut Trees just west of the house. (Sorry to not get any photos!)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, March 15 - Skunk Cabbage Blooming!

            I am sure I have posted photos of this plant many times and many places and I am also sure I have at least 500 photos of this plant. Need I say that it is a favourite?

            The Skunk Cabbage is the first native flower of spring and always grows in very wet areas. This one, like many I have photographed, is in the RBG's Hendrie Valley. I always start looking for "blooms" in February. I know that it is blooming when I can put my finger inside the spathe and get yellow pollen.

            Just for the record, today was the first day since the first ice storm in February that I was able to walk in our meadow without worrying about slipping on the ice. The trails with trees on the south or on north facing slopes are still icy but out in the meadow I can walk easily. Yea!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Road Rebel 27 k Run from Brantford to Ancaster

            I was running support with my car and taking photos. I think the photos speak for themselves.