Sunday, February 26, 2017

Update - fall/winter 2016/17

I have not been diligent this winter with keeping my blog updated.
There was not much going on that I could have
written about.
The golden, beautiful fall colours 
gave eventually way to a fair amount of snow.
It took us into February to get there.
As you can see it accumulated quite 
a bit. 
Mostly I sat and watched the sky change colour, 
looking at it through my living room window.
Bold sunsets before a storm  
moved in;
more gentle ones when the weather
got mild again.
Fishing vessels went out as the scallop
season started in the
beginning of February.
Another source of amusement are 
always the birds.
Although, we did not have many this winter.
Just before the big snow storm, in the
middle of February, there was a sudden rush.
Many birds were trying to get as much food as they could.
A Tree Sparrow seemed to ask for more, 
and a Blue Jay enjoyed the corn kernels.
One particular day we had a very rare guest.
Among the American Goldfinches I
detected a bright red flash.
A Northern Cardinal -
always amazingly beautiful.
Now I am waiting for the snow to melt

Auntie's translation

Schnell ein paar Photos. 
Die schönen Herbstfarben sind von erheblichen Schneemengen 
ersetzt worden. Meistens habe ich die Welt durch
mein Wohnzimmerfenster beobachtet.
Die leuchtenden Sonnenuntergänge vor dem Sturm und
die sanfteren wenn das Wetter wieder mild wurde.
Fischerboot auf dem Wasser, und Vögel die meine
Futterkästen besuchten.
Goldfinken, Spatzen, ein Blue Jay und
ein seltener Gast - der leuchtend rote Cardinal.
Jetzt hoffe ich das der Schnee bald weg

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Scallop Season

Today, scallop season of 2017 started. 
From our living room window I could observe 
 lots of small and bigger vessels out on the water.
 Sea fog swirling around, flurries were in the air. 
 Later, the sun came out for a short period of time.
 Hour and hours they went up and down dredging for scallops. 

A pretty sight, but don't ask me about
how the bottom of the bay looks like after they are all done.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Flu time - also for birds

It is this time of the year when the flu seems to be everywhere. 
Also in my bird community. 
That is so sad.
Today, there was high activity at the feeders. 
 We are expecting bad weather for Sunday and Monday.
It is predicted to get cold, snowy and high winds with a wind chill
down to -29C (-20F).
It seemed as if the birds were eager, filling up their "batteries."
I saw mostly finches and chickadees.
The temperature had dropped to -10C (14F).
No wind, yet.
One of the little finches was bullied by the others. 
Several times the other birds 
chased him away from the feeder. 

Taking a closer look you could see -
there was something wrong with this little fellow.
The other birds were looking sleek, compared.
It looked more like a feather ball, double it's size. 
My guess was that it has "the flu" and was feaverish. 
Therefor, the feathers are raised, it was freezing. Poor thing. 
With a winter storm approaching there is no chance of survival for this one. 
The sun has set, it is getting dark, all birds have left, 
except this little sick guy.
Not all will make it through the winter.
Nature is cruel.