May 30, 2010

Red-winged blackbird

This morning I took the kayak to check out the cove.   I also brought a fishing pole with me, but there weren’t any fish interested in playing along.

In the coves on either side of Arkansas Bend we always find red-winged blackbirds.   They have a signature trill, and you usually hear them long before you see them.

While I was kayaking, there were several flying back and forth between shrubs on either side of the cove.  Every time I would slide up close to one to take a picture, he’d fly across the cove.   So, I’d quietly paddle across to try again — and the same thing would happen.   After about an hour of this, I packed it in and headed back to the boats for a swim.

Afterward, I was very pleased to see that I did get a couple of pictures of the birds after all, though all a tad grainy due to the zoom.    This picture was the best of them.   I caught a shot of this guy in the middle of our little game of keep-away-from-sheila,  as he was flying away from the shrub.

Not fast enough blackbird!

May 26, 2010

Somers geese

Another long day.  The IBM site here in Somers sits on a huge, wooded piece of property.  For as long as I’ve been coming here there have always been large flocks of Canadian geese and many deer all over the property.

I took this picture as I was leaving the site at the end of the day.   The geese were heading down to one of their ponds for happy hour.

I went to dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant with a team of IBMers.  Around the table were 2 Americans, 1 Canadian, 2 Indians, 2 Koreans, 1 German and 1 person from Taiwan — a very enjoyable evening.

Now I must say goodnight so I can finish the presentation that I have to give first thing in the morning.

Apr 1, 2010

Fallen nest

We worked in the yard this evening.   In the way back,  under the cedar trees, I saw this fallen nest with a broken egg in it.   We’ve had some strong winds for the last day or so which may have knocked it down — or it could have been an animal.  I believe it’s a bluejay nest and egg.    They have many nests high up in the trees in our yard and they guard them fiercely.   Bluejays usually have 4 or 5 eggs at a time, so this one was either an only child or the other eggs have been snatched away.

Sorry to see this guy won’t make it.

Mar 25, 2010

Varmit!

Oh, the annoying squirrels!    He won’t get too much to eat out of this feeder, though.   It has a spring loaded outside that slides closed under the weight of a non-feathered varmit.      It doesn’t stop them from trying, though.

I guess I’d sure rather have them out here messing with the feeder than in the attic.   About this time last year, we had 3 squirrels eat their way into the attic under one of the soffitts.   It took some work to get them out, but we finally did, and then we sealed everything up.

Which reminds me, it was a little over a year ago that we started work on the shop.

Mar 18, 2010

Bathing jays

I enjoy watching the birds in the yard.   We have many different kinds:  blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, little bitty ones, hummingbirds….    We have several blue jay nests high up in the live oaks in the back yard.   They are on guard right now because they have babies in the nest.   They’re very noisy when people or animals get near their trees.    I got this shot as the sun was setting tonight.   Had to use the digital zoom, so it’s a tad grainy — pretty, though!