Wednesday, May 17, 2017

All in BLUE

Tuesday I got a call - are you interested in seeing a special bird??

SURE!

We went over the bridge into Lubec, ME and on 
to a private property, just to find this in the middle of a lawn.

 INDIGO BUNTING (Passerina cyanea)
I have never seen such a blue bird before in my life. 
Amazing. So exotic.
 The little fellow stayed in place for a few minutes.
I am glad I had the opportunity.

Small treasures of life.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Birds, Butterflies and Snakes

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 of all: 
Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes! 

I was overwhelmed. How different it is when one is connected to the world via internet. Word gets around. 


On top of the whole Peter baked this outstanding cake.
The Cake!

Appreciated it all greatly! Thank you again. 

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The girls were out for a hike again. 
One of the lasts ones before everyone has to go back 
to their summer jobs.
We scoured the island from the eastern most point to the southern part.
It is such a pleasure as one of my friends has been able to get hold of a small telescope. 
Checking for seabirds on Cranberry Point
It makes it much easier to identify the birds that can be seen as dots 
way out on the water.
The weather is still cool and not many migrating birds have arrived here but there are a few.
Yellow-rumped Warbler
It is a hard time for my mere 200 mm lens 
to get a close enough photo, but I manage somewhat 
with the help of digital cropping.
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Merganser, female 
Red-breasted Nuthatch building a nesting hole.
The warm sunshine had produced the first butterflies.
Variegated Fritillary on willow tree
An early garter snake is enjoying the sunshine too. 
We patted her and she didn't even move.
Snapping a photo of the garter snake


The final spot one of my favourites. A look over part of 
Passamaquoddy Bay
My birder friends
My favourite view point









Sunday, April 9, 2017

Girls hiking

The month of April finally brought milder weather. 
Today I was out with three other girls 
on a hike along the ocean side. 
We checked out 
West Quoddy Light State Park
West Quoddy Light, Lubec Me
Cormorants "on the rocks"
Black Scoter
and the area around the Lubec Flats 
for birds and and other sights.
view of Lubec ME
Lots of gulls on part of the mud flats
Look - sea glass!
Northern Harrier hovering over the marsh land
American Black Ducks
Canada Geese
Spring is definitely in the air 
and we had a wonderful afternoon.


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Auntie's translation


Bei herrlichem Frühlingswetter habe ich mit ein paar Bekannten einen Ausflug entlang der Küste gemacht.
Wir haben dabei allerlei Wasservögel beobachten können und haben im Großen und Ganzen 
einfach die schöne Aussicht genossen.
Was für ein wunderschöner Sonntagnachmittag.