Friday, January 8, 2021

OWL SURPRISES

 

Screech Owl in our backyard, December 19th, 2016 

December 23rd, 2020 was my first full day of Christmas break, and it turned out to be quite a memorable day! 

Rob doesn't leave for work until around 1pm, so we were home together in the morning. That morning the Blue Jays were quite vocal and Rob noticed them swooping by the owl box, so we both kept a look out. Rob had seen an Eastern Screech Owl in that same box almost 4 years ago to the day, but I was at work that day and missed seeing it. That was the first time he had seen an owl our yard. 

At 9:30am it happened, Rob was downstairs, I looked out the window and there he was, another Eastern Screech Owl hanging his head out of the box! I called Rob quickly upstairs so he could see him. After a quick look, Rob went out the front door to walk around back to see if he could get a picture, but during this time, the owl ducked back down in the box to sleep the day away.

I kept a look-out all afternoon, and at 4pm he showed himself again. I texted Rob right away, and he asked me if could try to take a pic with his camera. I tried.

Eastern Screech Owl, December 23rd, 2020 

This was the best I could do. It's taken through the kitchen window, as I didn't want to flush him. I sat in the window and watched him for 2 hours. He spent a lot of time looking towards the back of the yard. Who knows what he was hearing. When it was getting dark he flew to one of the pine trees in front of our kitchen window, I could see him sitting there, and then he flew to a neighbors clothes line, before he flew off to hunt, and it was too dark for me to see him any longer. We really hope another Eastern Screech Owl visits us again.    

January 4th I was back to work, but Rob had the day off. We had got a tip of a Barred Owl being seen not far from home a few days earlier. My work day ends at 3:30pm, so we went for a dusk walk. I haven't seen a Barred Owl in many years. We were both very hopeful that we would see one on our walk. 

Barred Owl, January 4th, 2021

I spotted him while we were walking along a path in the area. If you ever see me giggling and doing a little jig while out in nature, it's a sure sign I have spotted an owl. It's not planned, all reaction. 

What a beauty!

As always, we didn't linger. A couple pics and good looks through our binoculars and we continued our walk. What a great start and end to my Christmas Break!   


 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

CATCHING UP PICTURE BLOG

 

Male Northern Cardinal in our Holly Bush.

I was going through some photos on my phone today and thought I would do a photo blog of the last few weeks. Rob and I were on vacation the week of  November 30th to celebrate our 8th anniversary and to get organized for Christmas.


Long-eared Owl

First day of vacation was pretty exciting as I spotted my second ever owl in the wild! The first one I found was a Long-eared as well. Great start to vacation on a nature walk.

Hand-feeding a female Northern Cardinal. 

This was pretty cool and a first. We went to a lakeside park to hand feed some Chickadees and this beauty landed in my hands. 

Red morphed Eastern Screech Owl at a park close to home.

Merry & Molly are now 5 years old, so we thought we'd try setting up our large Christmas tree this year to see how it would go. Molly has a bad habit of eating foreign objects, so we haven't had a large tree since we got them. 

We set the tree up on a Sunday afternoon, and put nothing on it to see how it would go. We were taking it down at 10pm the following day, as Molly thought the lights looked tasty. Not worth the worry, her health or a large vet bill. The living-room still looks festive, and that's what matters. 

It was pretty while it lasted.

The temptation was too much for her. 

Our little tree is up once again.


I couldn't hang this on the tree, so it's beside it.

The tree and stocking ornament. 

Our woodland Santa scene.

Our Three Wise Owls.

Molly being peaceful. 

I've really been enjoying this awesome cheese Advent Calendar!  

Merry & Molly were featured on "Santa Paws" on CTV News at Noon earlier this month. 

The Mandalorian

We also signed up for Disney plus while we were on vacation and watched The Mandalorian. I fell in love with Grogu aka "Baby Yoda".

The last few weeks seemed to have flown by and now here we are just two sleeps away from what is going to be a very different Christmas for us all. I am now on Xmas break and do not return to work until the new year. Rob will also enjoy a couple four day weekends. It will just be the two of us for the holidays, but we plan on making the best of it with lots of food, drink, nature walks and some good movies. 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2021.

Friday, November 27, 2020

OCTOBER RECAP

 

Our resident skunk checking out the new yard decor. 

It's hard for me to believe that in just a few short days we will be in the month of December. Some days the time seems to be crawling by, and others flying. October was one of those months that went by at a nice pace. Mother Nature put on a lovely colour show, and we enjoyed the week of Thanksgiving off for another stay-cation.  

We enjoyed many walks during the month of October and were gifted with many beautiful views.

Our regular nature walk spot was stunning

The colours were spectacular this year. 

I cooked a turkey on Thanksgiving Monday.

Table was set with my Grandmother's china. 

Apple pie for dessert in our house over pumpkin. 


A beautiful buck on one of our walks. 

A Great Blue Heron on another walk.

A new trail to explore.

Halloween was very different this year for us. We followed the advice of health officials and did not hand out candy, though I did make up treat bags for the children who live on our street and did porch drop offs after letting the parents know I would be doing this. We also used our friends three children in another neighborhood as an excuse to dress up and drop of bags of candy for them. That's called making the best of the situation. 

Candy filled bags ready for delivery. 

Happy Halloween!!

     
Rob had some fun with Merry.


I made sure we had some Halloween treats too.


Delicious donuts from The Box Donut, they deliver!

I hope Fall is being kind to you all.