Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Migration

White Pelican
Bald Eagle
 Sometimes these pelicans almost disappear when kettling in flight. That black and white offers good camouflage in the air.
Pelicans arrived this week along with Great Blue Herons. Both birds have enormous wingspans and are always a treat to watch. Lots of flocks of ducks have stopped in such as this Lesser Scaup in the picture below. Meadowlarks are out singing their praise of the prairie and bring numerous childhood experiences back to me. Age does catch up on us. Today would have been my father's 91st birthday, but a friend the same age has a mother turning 100  in mid April. This ladies mother was an early garden mentor for me, showing me how to use organic methods long before it was popular. I would go help her prepare her beds each year for what ever cash she offered at the end of the day with some lemonade and cookies. These are voices carried on the wind caressing me while I plant each spring. My seed potatoes are sitting  in my kitchen to warm up and break their dormancy. I will methodically slice these the day before planting, making sets to plant with at least one eye on them. Happiness is all around me as I prepare to plant a new garden, and carried to all of you on a gentle prairie breeze.

I will say goodbye to the last swans as they fly north. I had hoped these might stay.  I have looked for the heart shape with their necks, seeing lots of paired birds earlier in the week chatting.

Beaver
I had fun looking at ways to leave this deer skull for someone else who walked the same trail. I ended up placing it high on a tree.




Willow
2nd generation moss somewhat propagating
A horse for a friend who left this trail ride to a better place.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chasing Eagles


As the ice melts on the larger lakes it became a buffet for eagles to watch for winter kill. In just a few days many flew to enjoy the easy meals, before returning to nesting areas and summer homes. I stopped at my favorite bakeries, grabbed a jug of chocolate milk and headed out for a nice afternoon on the lake.






A few will stay and watch me fishing and camping on my favorite lake.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Bahama Llamas






Ice sparkles, a hold out even with above freezing temperatures.
 




Snow Geese
Flocks in the thousands
Fly Overhead.


 
Trying to find the Spring Peepers
Tufted Titmouse
Bald Eagles
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One Foggy Morning

 

All one needs to see is the tip of that rod move a bit.



A belly full of trout makes one happy.
A flit across the forest floor and it was hard to believe a butterfly dared to show it's beauty.  This is a Comma, a small member of the Angel wing family. They lower their body functions and will stay in deep leaves until food is available. Sure enough a few days later I saw a Mourning Cloak, the largest of this family. I imagine if it got real cold again they will return to the leaf pile. I love this family, they are unique flying flowers. I sat back on the porch and dreamed of the many butterflies I have chased through the years.


If one stays on the hay you don't sink deep into the mud.
These oak trees
Standing for centuries
Have seen the world
All around me.



Do you know this mushroom?
This formed a "W"
Knock knock



 
I posted a few pictures of this Red-headed Woodpecker. It has been down in Panama all winter.