20150529 Britt Birdies, Blossoms and Beasties

We had a beautiful day yesterday, a good one to stay close to home to get caught up on things.

This American Yellow Warbler was alternating between singing and snatching insects out of the air about a meter or two from its perch.  It obviously had keen eyesight and high maneuverability.  My reaction time wasn’t fast enough to catch it in the air so I took over 100 photographs, some in burst mode, hoping to get lucky with an “in flight” photo.

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And every once in a while it would check the guy with the camera sitting in a portable blind, a truck.

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A very pleasant sight and experience.

Then a pair of fishers came by and ended up snagging bass that were starting to protect their redds.  Bass season in Zone 14 starts June 27, four weeks from now.

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Mother or Father Goose was leading the brood to water

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All under the watchful eye of J.L. Seagull

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First sign of these this spring.  Here are some good recipes.

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Pleurotus ostreatus is prolific around here, usually growing on a standing aspen trunk that has been dead for a couple of years.  I think that the mycelium grows for a few years then fruits right after a spring or summer rain.  I always find the tell-tale beetle and use it to confirm the ID.

I have a special location on Riverside Rd where I check on the progress of Ladyslippers from the road.  This is not the greatest photo in the world but it records them in bloom at the end of May.

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On the way home I found this monster crossing the road at the creek between Wrights Marina and Steve/Trudy’s places.  I waited until it had finished it’s excursion.   I was  looking to the East where the setting sun was illuminating a big Cumulonimbus calvus cloud.  I wanted to make a photo of it as a background to the blossoms of my Crab Apple tree.

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Alas, other cloud obscured the thunderhead.  But I was able to get this nice picture anyway.

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It rained overnight so there might be some interesting flower blossom pix out there today.

t

4 thoughts on “20150529 Britt Birdies, Blossoms and Beasties

    • Thanks Joanna!
      They are usually difficult to get. But I was in a good place with a birdie that used the same perch to forage for flying insects for several minutes. When it was not flying it was usually singing. A nice time was had by all!
      Thanks for commenting!

      t

  1. Always entertaining, the pictures are fantastic , as is the commentary . Especially for me as the area
    is one I enjoy visiting. Thanks T.

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