20160425-28 More birds and other life forms

Although we’re enjoying chilly nights and frosty mornings, the daily elevation of the noon sun and longer days are gradually warming the countryside.

This American Woodcock was actively bobbing while it walked across the road and onto the shoulder.  I should’ve made  a video of the action as it is quite peculiar.


Once it got into the forest detritus it stopped bobbing and made a quiet exit from the area.


Although the ruffed grouse are drumming, many are still very wary.  This bird watched me from cover for several minutes.


This pied billed duck seemed to be watching for prey.   Suddenly it dived, not to be seen again.


The always-difficult-to-photograph American Crow.


What do you think caused this scraping of bark on these silver (AKA “soft” ) maples? *


Spring colours a day after a 10 cm snowfall.


I mentioned in an earlier post that I was starting a collection of Britt / Byng Inlet architecture.   This is one piece of the collection:


Momma duck was momentarily on the side of the road, along a creek where I used to live.  Lucky to get this shot:


On the other side of the road this hen appeared when the duck flew off:

(It is worth while to click on the image to see the feather detail.   Quite amazing, eh?)


Slowly departing, using its camouflage very effectively:


Mallard calling its mate, (the duck above).   They reunited down the bay a bit.


My first photo of the ever elusive, and noisy, Kingfisher:


This is one of two fox pups born last year.  It was good to see them survive the winter in their den near the late Mr LaChance’s barn.

An intrepid S.O.B. (South of Barrie) protector of the human environment, shot the mother last fall.


I am finally figuring out how to capture these nice little gardens:


And ditto for these picture ….


So these are probably the last attempts for hazelnut blossoms/catkins (for this spring).


We are starting to hear the Spring Peepers nowadays.   Here is an excellent link that shows our froggies and gives short renditions of their calls.


Nice resource, eh?

*Ah, yes those scrapings:

Because these beasts only have lower incisors, when they scrape the bark off with their teeth they only scrape upwards.