Friday, December 04, 2020









The Downy Bolt Inspector



December 4, 2020 10:25 a.m. 

Sit 676   :  Brush Pile W  : Cloudy 

+4° (+2°)  w 9-14   70% humidity


(Traffic noises),

Not one bird sound,


Extras:


Along the Trails-


Chickadees,

Crows,

Snow crunching underfoot,

Rooster,

Blue Jays,

Downy Woodpecker,

Cardinal,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Chickadees,

Crow,

Goldfinches,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Downy Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.





Photo Site #2 - East Willow







Thursday, December 03, 2020

Chili Soup - Sit Spot #675 - December 3, 2020









Using the "Chili Method" for Soup
I used white beans and hamburger as a base


December 3, 2020 9:35 a.m. 

Sit 675  :  Brush Pile W  : Sunny

0° (-5°)   Wind ?   Humidity ?


Crows,

(Traffic noises),

Unidentifiable bird call,

Still very quiet at the sit spot,


Extras:


Along the Trails -

Donkey braying,

Rooster crowing,

Snow crunching underfoot,

Crows,

White-tailed deer in south ravine;

    ran toward Sadie and I before running away,

Chickadees,

Blue Jays,

White-tailed deer in north ravine,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Juncos,

Downy Woodpecker,

Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels,

Red Squirrel.





Photo Site #4 -  North Ridge Trail

(I used a wide angle lens

to change the look a bit,)






Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Red Oak Leaves - Sit Spot #674 - December 2, 2020









Red Oak Leaves After the Snow Storm



December 2, 2020 10:15 a.m.

Sit 674  : Brush Pile W  : Sunny 

-2° (-8°) w 20-30 kph 86% humidity 


(Traffic noises),

Dog barking in distance,

Very quiet in general in the fresh snow,


Extras :


Along the trails -

Donkey braying,

Snow crunching underfoot,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Rooster crowing,

Mourning Doves,

Blue Jays,

Many deer tracks,

Coyote &/or dog tracks,

 

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Juncos,

Downy Woodpecker.





Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint

I can finally see out again





Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Goldenrod Remains - Sit Spot #673 - December 1, 2020

(Previous computer problem solved but I did lose all but one photo from Dec. 1)





Yesterday's Goldenrods
with Spider Web Strands



December 1, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Sit 673  : Brush Pile W  : Cloudy with snow 


Wind in trees,

(Traffic noises),


Extras:


Along the trails -


Crunching snow underfoot,

Deer tracks,

Rabbit tracks,

Squirrel tracks,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Juncos,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.







Photo Site #5 - Front "Forest" Trail







Monday, November 30, 2020

Donkey - Sit Spot #672 - November 30, 2020








Our Donkey, Leroy,
stayed most of the day inside with the other animals
as it rained and rained and rained.




November 30, 2020 10:15 a.m.

Sit 672  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy with rain 

+4° (+2°)  ne 9-14 kph  93% humidity 


Crows,

Blue Jays,

Rain on tarp,

(Traffic noises),


Extras:


4:10 a.m. -

       Coyotes howling right outside bedroom window,


Along the trails -

Donkey braying,

Rooster crowing,

Blue Jays,

Soft rustling leaves underfoot,

Rabbit in p.m.,


Rain all day!


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Chickadees,

Goldfinches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels,

Red Squirrel.







Photo Site #7 - 
Sunrise time from 2nd floor Window






Sunday, November 29, 2020

Nuthatch - Salt Miner - Sit Spot #671 - November 29, 2020









Red-breasted Nuthatch
on our bird feeder






I had forgotten that I am an honorary salt miner . . .



November 29, 2020 10:25 a.m.

Sit 671  : Brush Pile W : Sunny 

+6° (+3°) sw 15-23 kph  75% humidity 


Crows,

(Traffic noises),

(Distant siren),

(Distant gunshots?),

Trees creaking in wind,

Unidentified bird chips,

Blue Jays,


Extras:


6:15 a.m. -

Coyotes howling,

Rooster crowing in the dark,

Stars shining with Venus very bright n east,


Along the Trails -

Donkey braying,

Common Dandelion blooming,

Rooster crowing,

Crows,

Leaves rustling underfoot again,

Blue Jays,

Hairy Bittercress blooming,

Smooth Aster blooming by road,

Rabbit near barn in p.m.,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Red-breasted Nuthatches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Raven flying overhead,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.



Photo Site #1 - East "Pond"






Saturday, November 28, 2020

Run Note - Sit Spot #670 - November 28, 2020








Run Records for my November 10 k runs.
Just 5 seconds faster on my run this morning.




November 28, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Sit 670  : Brush Pile W ;  Partly Cloudy 

+5° (+1) sw 22-33 kph  56% humidity 


Dog barking in distance,

(Traffic noises),

(Jet - Southwest Airlines flight 471...),


Extras:


Along the Trails -


Crows,

Eastern Bluebirds,

Blue Jays,

Donkey braying,

Rooster crowing,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Last blooming Goldenrod was eaten

        by some unidentified animal,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Red-breasted Nuthatches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.





Photo Site #6 - Close up of east Willow








Friday, November 27, 2020

Cookies - Pasta - Sit Spot #669 - November 27, 2020








I made mini gingersnap cookies
for the first time this afternoon.




Then, this evening
I made pasta, cooked it in stock 
and made a mushroom-cheese sauce for the top. 
I am feeling good about my cooking skills these days.
Oh, I also made a cranberry-blueberry-pecan sauce too for dessert.



November 27, 2020 10:10 a.m.

Sit 669  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+6° (+4°) sw 9-14 kph  81% humidity 


Crows,

Blue Jays,

(Traffic noises),

(Jet - Republic Airlines Flight 8809…),

(Train),


Along the trails,

A Ladybug crawled across my desk this morning,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Donkey braying,

Rooster crowing,

Crows,

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Soft rustling leaves underfoot,

Tall Goldenrod blooming,

Silent Cardinal seen,

Unidentified Moth,

The Smooth Aster is still blooming by the road,

Fleur-Ange found a Fleabane blooming by the road,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.





Photo Site #4 - North Ridge Trail






Thursday, November 26, 2020

Flowers - Sit Spot #668 - November 26, 2020









This Tall Goldenrod
was found blooming this morning
after yesterday's snow was all melted.
I also found a Common Dandelion 
and some Hairy Bittercress plants blooming today.



This Common Groundsel
was picked by Fleur-Ange in Brantford
a few days ago.
She put it in water on our kitchen table
and now it is starting to go to seed.


November 26, 10:05 a.m.

Sit 668  : Brush Pile W Cloudy 

+10° (+7°) sw 19-29 kph 94 % humidity 


Chickadees,

Crows,

(Traffic noises),

(Jet- Republic Airlines Flight 8809…),

Blue Jays,

Hairy Woodpecker,

Downy Woodpecker,

Red Squirrel,

Hairy Bittercress blooming,


Extras:


Along the Trails -


Chickadees,

Donkey braying,

Rooster crowing,

Crows,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Soft rustling leaves underfoot,

Tall Goldenrod blooming,

1st water in west “pond” since summer,

Hairy Woodpecker,

Downy Woodpecker,

Red Squirrel,

Hairy Bittercress blooming,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Goldfinches,

Red-breasted Nuthatches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Downy Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.




Photo Site #7 -
Sunrise time from 2nd Floor Window






Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Special Breakfast Bread - Sit Spot 667 - November 25, 2020








Carrot, Apple, Pecan, Cranberry Skillet Bread
from a recipe that I made up this morning
using 3 other recipe ideas combined
plus some of my own changes





November 25, 2020 10:20 a.m.

Sit 667  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+3° (+2°) se 4-6 kph 93% humidity 


 Crows,  

(Traffic noises),

(Jet - American Airlines flight 1776...),


Extras:


Along the trails -

Rooster,

Crows, 

Blue Jays,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Rabbit,

Deer tracks in snow,

Dog and/or coyote tracks in snow,

Chickadees,

Fog, mist, and rain in afternoon


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Crow,

Mourning Doves,

Red-breasted Nuthatches,

White-breasted Nuthatches,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.




Photo Site #2 - East Willow