Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sit Spot - January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020 9:03 a.m. 
Sit 558 : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 
-4° (-12°) W 31-43 kph 87% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise, Train)
(Delta Airlines flight  1128...)
Black-capped Chickadees
Chirps like Robin - not seen

Grey Squirrel,
Black Squirrel,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Blue Jays,
Mourning Doves,
Red Squirrel,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,

2 White-tailed Deer 

Regular Photo Site 2 - Willow

End of Ducks . . .

            All seemed normal in the barn yesterday morning at feeding time but it seemed too quiet when I arrived in the evening. When I got to the duck's pen I found out why. Our two ducks were lying dead by their water dish. Almost no evidence of why or how at first, but when I moved them, one had its head completely gone, beak and all, and the other had its neck badly mangled. There were only a few down feathers on the ground and no real sign of a struggle. Given the tracks that I found in the snow outside the barn this morning, I suspect a weasel. There was no evidence of any animal going over the gate in the barn and only a tiny bit of food from the morning feeding was gone so it must have happened soon after I left the barn in the morning.

Photo from 2017

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sit Spot - January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020 4:22 p.m.
Sit 557: Brush Pile E : Snowing
-3° (-6°) e 7-11 kph  100% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise)
(Snowplow back up warnings)
(Delta Airlines flight 1202...)
Snow crystals falling 
Again, no bird sounds

5:30 a.m. no snow
7:30 a.m. fine snow flakes with wind

Sit Spot time: about 15 cm of snow on ground

East Pond Photo Site #1

Did a 12.5 k run this morning in the snow so the sit spot was in the afternoon today.

A photo shot of a photo shot 
from yesterday at the RBG.

Friday, January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020 - At the Royal Botanical Gardens Today

In the breezeway 
on the way to the 
Mediterranean Garden . . .

Sit Spot - January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 4:39 p.m.
Sit 556 : Brush Pile W : Mostly Sunny 
-2° (-8°) nw 24-39 kph 68% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise)
(Republic Airlines Flight 6116...)
Dogs barking in distance 
Very quiet today - not one bird at sit spot area

Extras :
Black Squirrel,
Grey Squirrel 
5:30 a.m. no snow
7:30 a.m. light ground cover of snow
12 noon all snow melted and gone

            I chose a new spot for regular photos as of a couple of days ago. This is it; #4. Looking east from the west end of our property along one of the trails.

           A hollow tree with the sun shining through it caught my eye on the walk today...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sit Spot - January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020 9:29 a.m.
Sit 555 : Brush Pile W :Cloudy 
+1° (0°) sw 4-6 kph : 83% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise)
(Jet Suite flight 307...)
(Prop Plane)

Extras :
Downy Woodpecker,
Red-bellied Woodpecker,
Grey Squirrel,
Unidentified Sparrows,
Red-tailed Hawk,
Blue Jays,
Black Squirrel,
Red Squirrel,
Fresh deer tracks in mud, 
No snow on ground 

            3rd site of regular photos; looking southwest from our west meadow.

            A photo from the end of the day on the 2nd dog walk. Yes, looking west and enjoying the colours.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sit Spot - January 14

January 14, 2020 4:59 p.m.
Sit 554: Brush Pile W : Cloudy 
+2° (+1°) sw 4-6 kph ; 100% humidity 

(Jet, traffic noise)
(Republic Airlines Flight 3564...)

Black Squirrel 
Canada Geese flying overhead 
Small light coloured moth
( South side of West Meadow)

No snow at all on the ground

            This is the second site of regular photos. I am looking north from the donkey's paddock toward the east pond area where the large willow tree is located.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sit Spot Note - January 13

January 13, 2020 8:37 - 8:47 a.m.
Sit 553 : Brush Pile E : Cloudy, Light snow 
-2° (-3°) E 4-6 kph 93% humidity 

Blue Jays 
(Jet, traffic noise)
(Jet Suite Air flight 307...)

Extras :
White-breasted Nuthatch 
3 Eastern Bluebirds 
8th rat caught in barn trap,

Mourning Doves

Ground covered with snow in a.m.
99% of snow gone by evening
Fresh White-tailed deer and squirrel tracks in a.m.

I take photos at three locations everyday that I am out with the dog and doing a sit spot. This is site #1, our East Pond looking north.

FYI: This it the 553rd time I have spent 10 minutes of quiet time outside listening and looking about for nature sounds and sights and also listing some of the human made noises that I hear. I used the first few months in a book and hope to continue that format but notes are starting to disappear and I am not sure when I will have time to put them all together so I plan to drop some, or all, into this blog. The notes are  somewhat sparse but I know what they mean and if anyone else wants to know, just ask.

Friday, January 03, 2020

1st Post of 2020

            As usual, I hope to do more blogging again this year. I guess starting on day 3 is not too bad. There are some other activities that I thought I would start this year that have not been started but the day is not over yet.

            On of the first bits of wild life that I saw this morning was a Hairy Bittercress plant growing in part of the lawn that had had some deep tire tracks in it. During the fall, I had filled and levelled that bit of lawn using dirt from a pile that had been removed during some landscaping at the front of the house a few years ago. I do not remember any Bittercress being in that pile before. Anyway, having seen that plant growing, I went to the west side of the house where I had seen some Bittercress blooming in December just to check it out.

Hairy Bittercress
cardamine hérissée
(Cardamine hirsuta)

            It is still blooming.

            I have been thinking, for the last few months that the birds have been a lot quieter than usual and fewer have been coming to the feeder. I realize that the bird population as a whole is going down fast but it hurts to feel the lack of birds so close to home.

            That being said, at our feeder so far in 2020 we have had Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Mourning Doves, Goldfinches, Juncos, White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers and one Red-bellied Woodpecker. Out in our meadows, I have heard Canada Geese flying over, Crows calling in the distance and, today, a Pileated Woodpecker flew across the meadow as I walked with our dog.

            That all looks not too bad but I still have the feeling that there have been more birds and more varieties in the past.

            In the barn we have had some Woolly Bear Caterpillars crawling about on the dirt floor for the last week or so. I saw two this morning again.

            Due to the warm weather of the last two days, most of the snow has melted and I have seen grasses and sedges greening up as well as the usual plants that are green at this time of year, usually under the snow: Common Strawberries, Dame's Rocket, Garlic Mustard, and White Avens.

White Avens
benoîte du Canada
Geum canadense