Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Colours - Sit Spot #639 - October 27, 2020












Colours in the valley and hillside to the south of us.


October 27, 2020 4:50 p.m.

Sit 639  : East Porch : Cloudy with rain 

+5° (+2°) w 15-23 kph  87% humidity 


Rain on roof,

Chickadee,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Blue Jays,

(Traffic noises),


Extras:


7:40 - On the road so missed usual sunrise

           photo and sounds,


Along the trails -

Blue Jays,

Crows,

Rain,

Chicadees,

(Traffic noises),


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Purple Finch,

Goldfinches,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Downy Woodpecker,

Grey Squirrel.





Photo Site #4 -  North Ridge Trail





Monday, October 26, 2020

Breakfast - Sit Spot #638 - October 26, 2020








My Crêpes are getting better.
I used the pan to flip all of them this morning
so the spatula did not get dirty at all.
I also made the cranberry sauce
from the fresh organic cranberries we got last week
from the Plan B Farm.


October 26, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Sit 638  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+4° (+3°) n 4-6 kph 93% humidity 


Crows,

Blue Jays,

(Traffic noises),

Unidentified chirps,


Extras :


7:40 a.m.

       (Traffic noises),

       Dog barking in distance,


Along the trails -

Tiny, tiny snowflakes seen in flashlight beam this a.m.,

Canada Geese flying overhead,

Unidentified hawk flying overhead,

Carolina Wren,

Blue Jays,

Mourning Doves,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Robins,

Turkey Vulture,

Chickadees,

1 White-tailed Deer ran across the east meadow

        as we were taking the dog out for her p.m. walk,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

House Finch,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Downy Woodpecker,

Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrel.





Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint








Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bee Hives - Sit Spot #637 - October 25, 2020







Bee Hives ready for winter


October 25, 2020 9:30 a.m.

Sit 637  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+2° (0°) ne 7-11 kph  87% humidity 


Crows,

Blue Jays,

Unidentified chirps,

(Jet, traffic noise)

(GoJets Airlines flight 4411...)


Extras :


7:40 a.m.-

       (Traffic noises)

       Cardinals,

       Rooster,


Along the trails,

Carolina Wren,

Blue Jays, 

Crows,

Bluebirds,

Chickadees,

Red-winged Blackbirds,

Other black birds flocking,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Downy Woodpecker,

Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels.




Photo Site #5 - Front "Forest" Trail







Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bug - Sit Spot #636 - October 24, 2020








Western Conifer Seed Bug
Not sure why it was in our eastern kitchen.


October 24, 2020 5:05 p.m.

Sit 636  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+7° (+5°) nw 11-17 kph  61% humidity 


Blue Jays,

Robins,

(Jet, traffic noise),

(Republic Airlines Flight 8809…),

Unidentified chirps,

Goldfinches,

Crows,

(Prop Plane),


Extras:


7:25 a.m.-

       (Traffic noises),

       Cardinals,

       Dog barking in distance,


Along the trails -

Crows,

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Wild Parsnip by road again,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Downy Woodpecker,

Hairy Woodpecker (1st in a long time),

Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.





Photo Site #2 - East Willow







Friday, October 23, 2020

Herb Robert - Morning Capture - Sit Spot #635 - October 23, 2020





 Started blooming in May and is still blooming.




The remains of a "weed" in our lawn
catching the morning sun
after a night of fog.


October 23, 2020 10:05 a.m.

Sit 635  : Brush Pile W : Mostly Sunny 

+11° (+11°)   Calm   94% humidity 


Crow,

Blue Jays,

(Jet, traffic noise),

(American Airlines flight 653...),

Robin,


Extras:


7:20 a.m. - (Traffic noise),


Along the trails -

Many Crows, 

Insect calls,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Blue Jays,

Red-winged Blackbirds,

Robins,

Juncos,

Goldfinches,

Bluebirds,

Raven,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Chipping Sparrow,

Downy Woodpecker,

Grey Squirrel.




Photo Site #6 - Close up of East Willow
(with an Aspen trying to outdo the Willow's colour)









Thursday, October 22, 2020

Witch Hazel - Sit Spot #634 - October 22, 2020








Our Witch Hazel is in full bloom right now!


October 22, 2020 10:15 a.m.

Sit 634  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+8° (+ 8°) n 2-3 kph  93% humidity 


(Train),

Blue Jays,

Crows,

(Traffic noises),


Extras:


7:30 a.m.

       (Traffic noises),

       Rain on roof,


Along the trails -

Red-winged Blackbirds,

Blue Jays,

Crows,

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar,

Ants,

Insect calls,

Gypsy Moth egg masses,

Robins,

Chickadees,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Juncos,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Chipping Sparrow,

Downy Woodpecker,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrel,

Red Squirrels.




Photo Site #1 - East "Pond"
(Just for the record, our well went dry too.)





Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Soup - Sit Spot #633 - October 21, 2020








Working on my cooking skills . . .
I have made this Leek Potato Soup a couple of times
but this evening 
I added a Bechamel Sauce 
to help add some flavour and 
thicken the soup up a little.


October 21, 2020 8:25 p.m.

Sit 633  : East porch : Clear with stars shining 

+8° (+8°)  w 2-3 kph  87% humidity 


(Traffic noises),

(Jet - SKV flight 7656…),

People voices in distance,


Extras:


7:30 a.m. - 

       Rain on roof,

       (Traffic noise),


Along the trails - 

Bluebirds,

Blue Jays,

White-breasted Nuthatch,  

Insects calling,

Red-winged Blackbirds,

Robins,

Blackbirds flocking,

Crickets hopping on trail,

Woolybear on trail,

Wood Frog,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Black Squirrel.




Photo Site #2 -  East Willow





Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Gummosis - Sit Spot #632 - October 20, 2020












Gummosis is sap leaking from a break in tree bark. In this case it is from a Black Cherry and there were numerous places where this was happening on one of the trees on our property. It is pretty to look at but means that the tree has a problem. Probably a canker of some sort that needs to be removed in order to save the tree.

October 20, 2020 2:50 p.m.

Sit 632 : Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 

+11° (+10°)  n 7-11 kph 58% humidity 


Blue Jays,

(Jet, traffic noise),

(Southwest Airlines flight 673…),


Extras:


7:20 a.m. - (Traffic noises),


Along the trails :

Insect calls,

Chickadees,

Blue Jays,  

Towhee,

Crows,

Rooster,

Robins,

Small beige moths,

Carolina Wren,

Canada Geese flying over in p.m.


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Eastern Bluebirds,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

Chipping Sparrow,

Black Squirrel,

Grey Squirrel.





Photo Site #5 - Front "Forest" Path






Monday, October 19, 2020

Bread - Donkey - Sit Spot #631 - October 19 2020







Ginger Bread Loaf
1st attempt
A bit crumbly but tastes great






Our Donkey
Just standing in the rain


October 19, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Sit 631  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy with rain 

+6° (+5°) ne 6-9 kph 93% humidity 

Rain!

Crows,

Blue Jays,

(Train),

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,


Extras :


7:30- (Traffic noises)


Along the trails -

Robins, 

Crows,

Blue Jays,

Small beige moths,

Small fly like insects flying vertically up and down,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Red-breasted Nuthatch,

Black Squirrel,

Grey Squirrel.




Photo Site #4 - North Ridge Trail







Sunday, October 18, 2020

Almost Sunrise - Goldenrod - Sit Spot #630 - October 18, 2020









A few minutes before sunrise and rain







I added to my Tall Goldenrod Photo
just for fun.



October 18, 2020 9:45 a.m.

Sit 630  : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+11° (+9°) s 15-23 kph 58% humidity 


Crows,

Robins,

(Jet, traffic noise),

(SKV flight 7646...),

(Train),

Blue Jays,

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Dogs barking in distance,

Unidentified chirps,


Extras :


7:30 a.m. - (Traffic noises),


Along the trails -

Crows,

Blue Jays,

Dogs barking in distance,

Robins,

Small beige moths,

Chickadees,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder - 

Blue Jays,

Mourning Doves,

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Black Squirrel.


Heavy clouds all day with spatters of rain off and on kept birds quiet and mostly absent from sight.




Photo Site #6 - Close up of East Willow