A couple of weeks ago I bought a Woodpecker feeder at Walmart, complete with a block of seed. It was the first time I'd noticed the product and thought it was worth a try as I'd seen one (yes, 1) Downey Woodpecker in our neighbourhood last winter.
Since hanging it in our garden we've received lots of little visitors, including this Black Capped Chickadee. But no sign of a Woodpecker.....
Until this morning! When I came downstairs at 7:45am to get a bowl of cereal, this guy was having breakfast too.
According to my Lone Pine Ontario Nature Guide: "Woodpeckers have feathered nostrils, which filter out the sawdust produced by hammering" Of course they don't have to worry about sawdust at my feeder.
Photo note: the soft appearance on photos of birds at our feeders is due to the fact that I shoot through the kitchen and diningroom windows which have screens as well as glass.
This week's theme, is compliments of Cindy in Alaska and my choice is "my favorite place to spend time bird watching" and that place happens to be our backyard. Well the view of our feeders through the diningroom window, to be exact.
An American Goldfinch with our budding lilac in the background.
Gray checking out the feeders in the summer.
A tree full of sparrows in the fall.
But my favorite time for birdwatching through the diningroom window is in the winter.
We see Blackcapped Chickadees.
Northern cardinals - everyone thinks this male looks like it should be on the cover of a Stephen King novel.
A Mourning Dove basking in the winter sun.
Chow time at the mess hall.
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It was a spectacular day for the last day of summer. Geoff and I decided to drive down to Port Burwell to see if we might be able to spot any migrating hawks or Monarch Butterflies. We saw one Red Tail Hawk, one Merlin, one unidentified hawk and two measley Monarchs. Might take another run down that way in October or early November.
Here are some things we did see.
A few swimmers at Port Burwell west beach.
Remnants of ????
A few of the wind turbines in the Erie Shores Wind Farm which is comprised of 66 wind turbines, each approximatley 25 stories tall.
My brother Rob relaxing with his two cats Haydes - on the back of the couch, and Kit - reading the newspaper.
My cousin Deborah's dog Tucker LOVES to go for a drive in the car.
Deborah used to have dear little Cali, who also loved to go in the car. Cali is gone now but certainly not forgotten.
Our next door neighbours have Nitrous, an eight year old white German Shepherd. This photo of her and my husband Geoff was taken just after they'd been for a walk together.
I occasionally see these two sweet faces in the morning on my way to work. They wait patiently while their owner picks up his morning coffee.
And finally, another shot of our poor spoiled beast. He allows us to live here.....
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And for anyone who had already left a comment on this post, I had approved all comments for publication but - for some bizarre reason - my post and all the comments had disappeared. Blogger acting up a bit???
We've had a busy nesting year with our resident Mourning Doves. I'm thinking the latest two chicks might be the last for this year but Geoff is betting we haven't seen the end of it yet.
Saturday evening was full of activity as the chicks were obviously getting ready to fly the coop. You can hear them calling out to mama and papa and the parent's return call. Just after I shot this brief video clip the chick on the left fledged.
Sunday afternoon the second chick fledged as far as the tree on our lawn and stayed there for a couple of hours before venturing further into the brave new world.
The final count for this season? Four successfull nests, producing 8 healthy chicks in total, and two failed nests. I wonder what next year will bring??
I've always admired the architecture of this old firehall here in Woodstock. It's long since been re-purposed as an office building but the windows and the windows that now fill the locations of the original engine doors still speak to it's original purpose.
I can imagine fire fighters sitting at a table in an upstairs window playing cards to pass the time when the bell rings and they rush to dress, fly down the pole and jump on the pumper which rushes out one of the big garage doors, siren blaring.
Thanks go out to Kerri, a fellow Canadian, for this week's theme: windows and doors. You'll find the name of Shoot Out participants in the right hand column of this blog.
Deborah and I spent 2 nights and 3 days in the park from August 10-12. We've visited the park a number of times over the years, starting with a very damp camping trip in the summer of 1976. These days we like our creature comforts.
This is the entrance to the park, pretty stunning for starters, don't ya think?
Gulls (another "g") taking it easy on the wharf at Lomond.
The highway to Trout River passes these spectacular peaks of the Tableland Mountains
Looking up Bonne Bay towards Glenburnie (yet another "g"!)and Winter House Brook.
Norris Point with a touch of "dry brush" effect from Photoshop