Friday, December 31, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Black-Capped Chickadees of the Vermilon River. A P...: "These photos were taken along the abandoned RR track on the east side of the river, where someone had built about 5 or 6 rough feeders i..."
Now some facts about chickadees which absolutely amaze me:
1) Chickadees can remember for at least 28 days where they hide their food.
2) They drop their temperature at night by 10-12 degrees C. below daytime temperature to conserve energy.
3) They feed their young 6-14 times per hour.
4) They have an established hierarchy based on aggressiveness.
5)They have 15 different calls to communicate with their flock.
Who ever made up the word birdbrained ? I know people who can't do any of the above including look after their kids.
The data is from Who's Who in The Hinterland.
A Post to Camera Critters.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Storm Skies of The Vermilon River. A Post to Sky W...: "#1 #2 #3 #4 #6 #7 All these photos were shot during the day. That is the sun, not the moon and the photos ..."
In # 1 & 2 the blue patch is shrinking and the sun is hidden by the white cloud totally. In #'s 3,4 & 6 pinks appear in the blue patch as it shrinks and the sun appears.
In #7, the sun is barely visible but the clouds are pitch black, and yes the storm was a beaut!!!
A Post to Sky Watch.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Monochromatic River Scenes of The Vermilon River-A...: "f16, 1/125 EC-.67, 55mm. f8 1/500EC-.67step 55mm. I think landscape photography is supposed to depict the scene as I see it and perh..."
|f16, 1/125 EC-.67, 55mm.|
|f8 1/500EC-.67step 55mm.|
I'm also still trying to deal with a gray winter sky which we get often,and which I rather like. By the way rock outcroppings or little islands are common in the Vermilon. The river, in a rather laid back, but relentless manner just flows around them gradually, wearing them away, at the sametime making small quiet lakes, perfect for wildlife.
A Post to Watery Wednesday.
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: White-Breasted Nuthatch of the Vermilon River- A P...: "I was really excited to see this guy as well as the area where he was feeding. I had originally gone to take some monochromatic winter&nbs..."
The White-Breasted Nuthatch is not an especially rare bird but for my area and in the winter is . So I'm pleased that I got these photos. They are generally attracted to deciduous forests, but now will reside in mixed as mine is. They are insect eaters, but will feed on nuts such as acorns and apparently sunflower seeds as they are here. They move up and down trees upside down, and get their name from their habit of putting the nut in the tree bark and whacking away at it with that splendid beak they have.
All information is from the Cornell Lab Site.
A Post to World Bird Wednesday.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Purple Finch of The Vermilon River- A Post to My W...: "Female Male Female Probably one of the most dramatic winter visitors, these birds are in the forest and tend to sweep through t..."
A Post to My World Tuesday
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: More Black-Capped Chickadees of the Vermilon River...: "These are more views of these marvelous, playful guys who visit with Boomer and I in the woods or at home. Boomer and I are ju..."
A Post to Camera Critters # 142
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Views of some Chickadees of The Vermilon River-A P...: "I have a lot of good views of Black-Capped Chickadees; so for Wordless Wednesday I'm posting them."
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Evening Grosbeaks of The Vermilon River- A post to...: "Female Female Profile Male Grosbeak These birds arrive in flights and at first you're wondering if you've got some Goldfinc..."
Originating in the foothills of the Rockies they have moved east and were noted in the 1850's around Toronto and have since spread. They are members of the finch family and tend to prefer coniferous forests although they will now settle happily into mixed forests. They are attracted to forests with spruce bud worm problems as they are a natural predator of the the bud worm.
The english name is somewhat forced as they are not creatures of the evening. Rather, the french name is much better, en francais: Le gros-bec errant or the large beaked wanderer which describes their habits. In an especially bad outbreak of spruce bud worm in the Maritimes there were huge numbers attracted by the insect. But after spraying few remained.
The above probably accounts for their presence here. It is a regenerating primarily coniferous forest, although
with lots of soft and now some young hardwood trees. There is also a spruce bud worm problem.Suprisingly enough they also like salt and gravel so you will find flocks on the roads.
Not only is the female attractive, although the male with those yellow horns is more so, but in the summer the beak will turn green, and they sit in the spruce trees so the green beak completes their camouflage. The colourful plumage is also,then, natures' protection.
All these facts are from the the Cdn Web publication "Who's Who In The Hinterland".
A post to World Bird Wednesday.
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Eastern Tiger Tail|
As I've said many times before it is a regenerating forest originally obliterated by mining.And I can still show you some stains on the rocks that remain from that time. Some older members of the area can remember when diesel fuel was burnt off the river from spills at the railyards. And old RR equipment still sits in those yards likely polluting the ground with petroleum wastes. The RR was a Crown Corporation at one time. a unique Canadian invention that permitted the Government to run a company at arms length and pour millions of dollars of taxes into it to preserve jobs, and to make the economy look good.
Forestry clear cut the forests for lumber, and fuel for the smelters with little thought to the future.
But some people fought for tough legislation to curb the mining companies. The RR has not much improved although it is no longer a welfare project but now a private company. It has just moved onto greener pastures (no pun intended). And the remaining area is probably of little interest to forestry companies because the forest is now too young.
In the light of the results or lack of results at Cancun, we never learn or accomplish anything until we actually threaten our politicians with that one thing they fear- no legislative seat and the need to find a job.So work for recall legislation in your community, and invite your reps at all levels to join the unemployment line.
Boom & I are lucky in that here the forest is re-generating and at least a small group of people will ensure that it continues to. And we intend to enjoy the forest and all its bounty. So enjoy this little taste of summer with the compliments of Boom & I of the Vermilon River.
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Boomer of The Vermilon River- A Post To Pet Pride....: "To All A Merry Christmas!!! The test of a northern dog is how they get water. Ever Attentive Hey Look at..."
|To All A Merry Christmas!!!|
|The test of a northern dog is how they get water.|
|Hey Look at that.....|
Boom ,as civilized as he is, is still a feral animal in his DNA, and in the body he inhabits. His hearing and sense of smell is that of the wolf and his eyesight catches movement.I am not saying he is a hybrid! In these last two photos he senses something, and if it is something that I should know about he will grunt not bark. These guys are not barkers, although they will howl, and talk back in a sing song low growl, which is funny to hear.
A Post to Pet Pride.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Blue Jays Of The Vermilon River- A Post to Blue Mo...: "These guys amuse me to no end with their squawking in the woods when I'm trying to be quiet in a woodsy way, but I still think they'..."
I had posted this information earlier on another Blue Jay post with different photos. But here goes again:
If you remove the Hummingbird from of the sun, it will lose its brilliant colours. The colour is in the way nature has constructed its feathers which refract the sunlight into the birds' vivid colours.Similarly, the tail feathers of the Blue Jay are constructed to reflect those vivid blue and white colours.
A Post To Blue Monday.
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Monochromatic Trails of the Vermilon River-A Post ...: "Side trail Is this going to fall on me? Look at that sky. What me depressed? One of the interesting challenges at this time ..."
|Is this going to fall on me?|
|Look at that sky.|
|What me depressed?|
The effect is to produce an almost monochromatic photo with just a touch of colour. It shows especially in the over hanging branch in which you can just see green. It also shows in Boom who is standard Malamute colours -white, black, gray with a touch of beige. You can just see the beige in his coat.
Hope you like the views.
Post to Scenic Sunday #127
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Red Squirrel of the Vermilon River. Post to Camera...: "While Southern Ontario has its black and gray squirrels, we in the Vermilon River have our red squirrels(common to all parts of Northern&nb..."
They are solitary except for the mother after the birth of her young. They are smaller than the gray or black but larger than a chipmunk. They are no longer restricting themselves to coniferous forests, but are expanding into mixed forests.
The fellow depicted here allowed me to get fairly close because he was in a dense tree, and concentrating on his lunch. The photos were taken at the lower end of the Long Lake wetland. In earlier posts I took my readers on a tour of the wetlands. See the archives if you want to tour them. He is in no way habituated; he is a creature of the forest, and took off as fast as possible once lunch was complete.
Information primarily from Nature Works.
Post to Camera Critters # 141
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Me, Boomer and The Vermilon River: Stormy Skies of The Vermilon River-Post to Friday ...: "Previous Day Warning Sky Storm Sky Bee In Common Burdock After many complaints from me&nbs..."
|Bee In Common Burdock|
After many complaints from me about the lack of snow we had a blizzard sweep in this week from Ohio. So be careful what you wish for. The photos show how the sky changed over a very short period. The temperatures with wind chill were about -22 C degrees and about 15-20 cm. of snow fell, but the real clincher was the drifting snow. We dug out continually, and finally managed to make it to the woods today.
The last photo is just a summer reminder. Remember Dec. 21st is equinox-equal day and equal night. But by the next day, the day is longer and the progression begins towards noticeably longer days. How's that for being an optimist? Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River.
Post to Friday Sky Watch.