Saturday, February 18, 2017


A mix of male and female Snow Buntings in and around the traps.
 The first weekend in February we were suppose to head to Algonquin Park for an overnight with friends. But, I was struck down with a nasty stomach flu on Jan. 27th, and had been home for a week recovering from that. I knew I wouldn't be up for the trip to Algonquin on the weekend, but as I was feeling some what better, I also knew I needed to get out and get some fresh air in my lungs.  

We knew Rick and Nancy from the Ruthven Bird Banding station were banding Snow Buntings out their way, so we decided to join them for a while. Not much walking, and not too far of a drive. I could handle that. I hadn't had a good look at Snow Buntings in over a year, and I think it had been even longer since we had seen Rick or Nancy, so we were looking forward to it.

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These birds are well camouflaged out in the fields.
Me with Rick and Nancy getting some birds out of the traps.
Getting weighed!
Males have white secondary coverts.
These birds fly great distances to be here for the winter, even from Greenland!
Dark secondary coverts indicate a female.
Getting some grit from the road to help digest the corn used for bait.
They put on a lovely flying display.
Rob helping Rick bring in the traps.
It was a very cold and extremely windy Saturday morning, but it was also a very enjoyable one. And we may still try to get to Algonquin Park before winter comes to an end.

Monday, February 13, 2017


It was a wintry wonderland in our yard on February 12th, 2017.
I don't mind a good snowfall in the winter, especially when it happens on a nonworking day. Yesterday happened to be one of those days, and we took advantage.

We only started taking Merry & Molly outside last spring, so they have never been outside in the snow before, We decided to introduce them to snow yesterday.

We can't use the KittyWalk system in the winter, which Molly prefers over the leash and harness, so we took them out one at a time. Merry was up first, as she got quite excited when she saw her leash.  

At first she wasn't sure what to think.....
but she quickly got into it.
Merry enjoyed watching the snowflakes.

Watching in wonder.
She got a little cold, so Rob to the rescue. 
Molly watching from the back door.
Merry prints in the snow.
Molly's turn.
Bug-eyed, but curious too. 
Molly's ready to go in. 

This is better, her feet aren't cold any longer.

Me looking for a Screech Owl in the Cedars.....didn't find one.
Once the cats were back inside after their adventure, it was time for me to have some fun....making a snow angel!

Getting into position.

I think that's enough.

Ok, how do I get outta here?

I'm gonna need some help!

Hot Chocolate and Marsh-mellow after we went in.
We had a great time outside in the snow, so glad it happened on a day we could enjoy it!