Thursday, 27 July 2017

Birds of prey and snake today

Hubby arrived home from dispatching Meals on Wheels. He said he thought I'd like to go look at the mailbox, I'd probably be interested.
You'll like my jury-rigged mailbox attachment – March, 2016. It was the best I could do at the time.
I inspected the box interior. It turns out, there were two spider cocoons, full of little babies. What hubby spotted were the ants dragging away the spider babies. Cycle of Life. Sigh.

Mailbox news from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

In the morning, I'd taken a walk down to the meadow. There was nothing on the trailcams, but quite the fooferaw, on behalf of the robins. Something was irritating them. It wasn't until after lunch that I figured it out. The tree canopy provides both protection and cover for predator and prey.

  

I sat down to lunch looked out the back door, and spotted our regular hawk. I last spotted it Tuesday, July 19th, right there on the post beside the driveway. I drove up beside it, and it was quite bold.
You'll see in the video that the brave little robins were dive bombing it, trying to encourage it to leave the territory!



After lunch, Daisy and I went walking in the FRONT yard. An Osprey! Seriously! They eat fish and eels. Apparently, they are now hunting snakes. It's partner flew right over my head with a snake, straight as an arrow toward the nest, while this one just sat. It was eyeing Daisy, but didn't seem too interested. Thankfully. The nest is about 2.5 km away. This one took off west toward the lake.




Cedar waxwing, it was in the tree beside the Osprey. Thankfully, the osprey doesn't go for fur or feathers.

Daisy and I went into the back yard. There, on a little violet leaf, a redbelly snake. The photo is an archived one, I didn't touch the snake, as it was quite happy in the violets, curled up into a ball.


Northern redbelly snake from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Hawk from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July birding: eye candy!

It's such a wonderful time of year, with birds who migrate and leave us in the fall we have to enjoy them now. We had 97.7 mm of rain (3.85") a couple of days ago, and the bugs are plentiful.
The vultures do clean up. The bluebirds are on their 3rd broods. Having put away the feeders due to Junior Bear, we are seeing far fewer birds, but between that, and the cats, it means critters are safe. Birding groups are fundraising, fomenting anger about roaming cats, are still going on about keeping cars indoors, and those feeding birds still complain about cats at their feeders. We have too much fun outdoors, and the cats haven't caught a bird in months.

Then, there are the fledglings, who do silly things as they are learning to navigate their way in the skies. This silly brand new woodpecker landed on the wall above my head as I sat on the deck.




Osprey eat fish, and they will leave us, at some point. In the meantime, they are amazing to watch.

Hawks...

 OK, I know they aren't birds, but the swallowtail is an older one, if you look closely at its frazzled wing. The butterflies bring a bit of colour. The Commas and Question marks are eyeing the hops vine, looking for places to eat and lay eggs.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hubby, the tourist

Hubby took the car into Subaru Ottawa. It was a 100,000 km check, and very major. It was supposed to start at 9 a.m., so he left here at 7:00 a.m., after a big trip the day before for his Bone Scan.
They didn't start working on it until 11:30, for a 4-hour maintenance. It wasn't ready until after 4 p.m. This is truly deceitful.
They knew they hadn't begun, but then didn't tell him. I was so angry. We have EnRoute, and I can go online to see where the car is. I told him when he phoned.
The bill was $1000. The poor man had to drive the 82km home through Ottawa rush hour.




He made the best of it. He had his birthday camera, and he's getting better at photos!
Hubby did the on-off bus tour until 4:00, and did the touristy stuff. He wouldn't let me go with him, as he knew I'd drive him nuts. It was nuts during his bone scan. He had a nice sleep in the tube. (I've done all the museums with kids and students!)
 

I had to research this one: La Machine, one of a pair of huge mechanical creatures will walk about Ottawa!