Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sit Spot - February 25, 2020



I was at Plan B Organic Farm in the morning and had an appointment in Ancaster in the afternoon so did not see many birds today.


February 25, 2020 5:23 p.m.
Sit 395 : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 
+2° (-1°) ne 9-14 kph  95% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise, Train)
(Alaska Airlines flight 410...)
Unidentified chirps 
Canada Geese,

Extras:
Red-tailed Hawk,
Cardinal singing @ 5:40 p.m.
Before sunrise - Cardinal, Blue Jays, Crows, 
   and White-breasted Nuthatch calling 
Chickadees, 
Goldfinches.



Photo Site #2 - East Willow



Monday, February 24, 2020

Sit Spots, etc. Sunday & Monday, Feb 23-24, 2020




Our internet was down yesterday. Things seem to be working today so I hope I can get this uploaded...

February 23, 2020 9:27 a.m.
Sit 393: Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 
+1° (-4°) s 17-26 kph 69% humidity 

Cardinals singing!
(Jet, Traffic noise)
Crows calling 
Blue Jays screaming,
(JetSuite Air flight 307...)
Woodpecker drumming,
(Train)

Extras:
Cardinal singing before sunrise again 
Also before sunrise: Calls from Crows, 
     Blue Jays, & a Canadian Goose
One bird call sounded a bit like a Red-winged           Blackbird, but I am not sure. Only one call, one time,
Turkey tracks on S.Ravine trail
9:45 Carolina Wren singing behind barn
Chickadees,
Mourning Doves,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Black  Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels.


Photo Site #4 - North Ridge Trails



According to my app from Wolfram, there are this many airplanes in the air around us. I am not sure of the distance but it is hard for me to believe there is so much traffic in the sky.

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February 24, 2020 8:28 a.m.
Sit 394 : Brush Pile E : Partly Sunny 
 +1° (-3°) sw 15-23 kph 85 % humidity 

White-breasted Nuthatch,
Blue Jays,
Crows,
(Jet, traffic noise)
(United Airlines flight  449),
Red-winged Blackbirds calling!

Extras:
Mourning Doves,
Canada Geese  @ 5:20 p.m. & 5:40  headed west
Cardinals,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Grey Squirrels.


Photo Site #1 - East Pond




1 of 2 flights of geese



Saturday, February 22, 2020

More Flowers & Sit Spot - February 22, 2020






This is a close up of one of the cultivated Witch Hazel flowers. It is called 'Westerstede'.



Above is one of the more amazing little "weed" plants that grows almost all over the world. I saw some on a mountain in the Northwest Territories a few years back and I saw it in Italy, France and England on visits. Here in southern Ontario, I have found it blooming during every month of the year and even a few times under snow when I knew locations to dig for it. It is the Common Chickweed; stellaire moyenne in French or Stellaria Media in Latin.




February 22, 2020 4:37 p.m.
Sit 392:  Brush Pile W : Clear 
+2° (-4°) sw 28-37 kph 72% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise, Train)
(American Airlines flight 1580...)
Eastern Bluebirds,
Wind in trees,
Trees creaking,

Extras:
Found Wild Turkey tracks 100m East of Sit Spot 
Then flushed one about 150m on
Crows calling in a.m.
Cardinal singing spring songs before sunrise
Blue Jays,
Chickadees,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Black Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels,
Red Squirrel.






Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint




Wild Turkey Tracks



Friday, February 21, 2020

First Native Spring Flower & Sit Spot - February 21, 2020



I was excited to find the first real native spring flower early this afternoon.  I always start looking in early February these days in hope of finding it in bloom. It blooms in very wet, muddy places near water and can be very messy to find as the weather gets warmer; however, it is a plant that can melt its way through ice and snow so now is a good time to look and not be so muddy. Yes, it is the Skunk Cabbage and is one of the stranger "flowers" to be found. Below is a look at a plant that has melted its way through the ice but is not yet flowering.



Close to this plant, I found a set of several others that were flowering.




The way I check for flowering is to poke my littlest finger down into the spathe to see if I can get any pollen on my finger.




As you can see, I did get pollen,

Below is a photo looking into the spathe where one can see the pollen on the spadix.


Skunk Cabbage (aka Eastern Skunk Cabbage)
chou puant
(Symplocarpus foetus)




February 21, 2020 5:57 p.m.
Sit 391 Brush Pile E  Clear 
-2° (-9°) SW 30-43 kph  59% humidity 

Wind sighing through the trees,
Tree branches creaking & popping in wind,
(Jet, traffic noise)
(JetSuite Air flight 307...)

Extras:
Rabbit by old chicken coop 
Blue Jays,
Cardinals,
Chickadees,
Mourning Doves  
Goldfinches,
Juncos,
Starlings,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Grey Squirrels.





Photo Site #2 - East Willow




Thursday, February 20, 2020

Beckett Walk & Sit Spot - February 20, 2020



Fleur-Ange and I attended the Beckett Walk today at Pinehurst Lake Park. The trails wandered up and down through thickly planted pines and circled in ways that I could not keep in my head. The map below is from my Garmin watch, downloaded after I got home,  and shows how we circled about and got lost at one point. Well, not really lost as we did find a map but it it difficult to read maps when you do not know what direction you are facing . . .



February 20, 2020 5:27 p.m.
Sit 390 : Brush Pile W : Partly Sunny 
-6° (-12°) nw 17-26 kph    51% humidity 

Saw one White-tailed Deer as we got to Sit Spot 
(Jet, traffic noise)
(United Airlines flight 2065...)

Extras:
Blue Jays,
Cardinals,
Chickadees,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Black Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels,
Red Squirrel.


Photo Site #1 - East Willow