Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Febuary Hike On The West Side Of The Vermilon River. A Post to MWT and WBW

This is primarily a hike to the west side of the River, along the abandoned railway track, but I have changed time a little. The hike was on Saturday and the sky was overcast and the day fairly warm. The sunrise photos are from our walk this morning, Sunday. The morning was nippy at minus 19C, about five below F. I just couldn't let this sunrise pass and the day has turned out equally bright, and warmed with the sun. The post is long so I'll let the captions talk, except to point out the there were about four different squirrels, and the one hanging onto to the tree is from a dust up two of them had. I think he's running for his life.

Remember all the photos are resized to about 700 pixels for posting, so click on them and they'll enlarge and become a slide show. The tracks in the water hole photo are caine tracks, fox,coyote or wolf, I don't know as that open water is in the River and I'm not going out there.

Higher Now and Reflecting on The Snow.

River to the NW and Showing How Overcast it is.

The Trail We'll Take.

The Tracks of  Other Four Legged Creatures That we Did Not See.

The River Looking South.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Female Redpoll.

Mourning Dove.

Raven In Flight.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel In Snow.

Rear Of  River Island.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Black-capped Chickadee

Female Redpoll

River to the North-The Ridge Is Now Visible.

Mourning Dove.

Raven By the Wedge Shape of the Tail.

Redpoll.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Female Redpoll

River To The South.

Blue Jay.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Female Grosbeak.

Red Squirrel

Female Redpoll Landing

.The Male Pine Grosbeak ends the show for today. Hope you enjoyed it. A Post to MWT @ http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/  and WBW @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/  The birds gather in a stand of black spruce on the west side of the River. A kind women also feeds them there. So now we have two flocks. The flock that I feed on the east side of the River, and the west side flock. Sort of sounds like West Side Story. Remember Boom & I are surrounded by a wilderness forest that is about 50 feet away so it's easy to attract them.

69 comments:

  1. Love your bird and squirrel pics! And the one of the trail is very inviting.

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  2. always love your adorable red squirrels! but those grosbeaks... wow!

    (gary, would you consider removing word verification? it is truly a painful thing now! please?! thanks!)

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  3. Lovely shots from your cold but warming walk Gary

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  4. Great captures! Enjoyed the walk!

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  5. Lovely skies, and I always love your bird photos. A real treat to see, thanks for sharing! Great shots!

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  6. Wonderful photographs.

    Regards and best wishes

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  7. Pretty Squirrel, I love them.
    And, I don't like the word verification, please, switch it off.

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  8. great set of photos, wonderful winter scenery(that's what winter should look like) and birdportraits, most of them familiar. The squirrel is so cute but I would never get so close as my dogs tend to be very excited when they se one of those......
    What a wonderful dog in the header of your blog!

    the word verification is almost impossible to get by.... :-(

    Christina, Sweden

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  9. So much life out there in the cold! Beautiful images.

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  10. So much wildlife seen on your hikes! Lovely shots.

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  11. I just don't seem able to remove the word verification. Boom & Gary 0f The Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Hi Gary, if you switch the blogger interface back to the old version and go into the settings tab you can do it from there. If you cant find it send me a message and i will help you out

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    2. fantastic images Gary, i bet these images dont do that scenery justice. Gotta be there to get the full effect

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  12. I think I have removed the word verification set up. Let me know someone. Gary

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  13. And yes the WV has been removed...

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  14. I love the way you casually describe -19 as 'nippy'! Over here, 5 degrees above would be nippy, zero degrees 'bloody freezing', -19 would be indescribable!
    You Canadians live in a different world to us 'Olde Worlde' wimps.
    Great photos, BTW!

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  15. I simply love the winter scenes and of course your beautiful birds. Question: In the last photo of the male Pine Grosbeak, is he really pink?
    Thank you for removing WV.:)

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  16. Looks like an amazing walk! Beautiful bird captures also!!

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  17. I sure does sound like the West Side Story ... love that last squirrel!

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  18. Great post Gary.

    Your shot of the Red Squirrel bounding thru the snow was a marvel.

    All the best to Boomer.
    Guy

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  19. Wonderful pictures. I like your dog. I also took up my earlier interest in photography last year.

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  20. I love the picture of the trail into the trees offering so much with the mystery of being surrounded by the forest. I love to read your blog.

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  21. Wonderful sun pictures. And that pink bird is so charming!

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  22. Such wonderful sun shots! And those pink feathers in the last shot are adorable.

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  23. A wonderful collection of wildlife surrounds you and you capture them in your lens so well. Plus very striking against all that snow. (Which, BTW, you can have.)

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  24. Thank you for taking me with you to this rewarding hike!
    You really see and capture beautifully your environment.
    Have a good day!

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  25. Terrific sun pictures and your birds are always so beautiful! Ah, and the squirrels! It was good to see them back again and I do love the grosbeak!! Such a lovely and delightful world you have, Gary!

    Sylvia

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  26. Much nicer than West Side Story, Gary!

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  27. A wonderful post! -- Gary, I know I've read your suggestion on seeing your pictures as a slide show before, but for some reason I never have -- today I did and oh my gosh, the wonderful pictures are even better, something I wouldn't have thought possible. Now I am going to have to go back to your older posts and do them as slide shows. (I hope Bill doesn't want any dinner -- I'll be too busy this afternoon ;>)!)

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  28. Ohhh I love this Gary!
    What a beautiful series...
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

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  29. Hi Gary, I've just seen your many pictures of animals, they are wonderful, so many types and set the scene so beautifully that it looks at love, thank you and best regards from Germany by Geli

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  30. Very beautiful photos, I love those delicious light of dawn. Beautiful snowy landscapes. Greetings.

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  31. These three first shots and the winter scenery are breathtaking... For once I was stunned by the landscape more than of the birds pictures, even if your birds are birds I would love to see ;-)

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  32. I always enjoy your hikes and birds. You take very good photographs!

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  33. Great post and photos. I've spent some time on Lake Penage in thw winter. Beautiful country

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  34. great photos. such a gorgeous landscape and the birds are a picture of grace. :)

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  35. I'm glad the creatures and birds weren't too cold to join you! I like the look of the trail entering the forest.

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  36. Wonderful shots of nature from your hike.

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  37. My goodness, that last bird photo is incredibly beautiful.

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  38. Great post!
    Wonderful shots!
    Have a great day.
    Greetings Mette

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  39. Hi there - another splendid set of pictures.

    The trout were brought to Australia years and years ago, so they are not a new problem, just an old one we can’t solve!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  40. Amei essas fotos... a última está divina.
    Boa semana!° 。
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  41. The squirrel shots are absolute delight. Fantastic captures.

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  42. Great post, beautiful photos. I love reading the story that animals tracks tell in snow, and open water.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  43. Nice collection! Seems like you live in an area with a lot of birds and wildlife. Good :)

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  44. wonderful pictures. the Squirrel is so cute!

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  45. Great photos and a very interesting post. I shall think about all your snow while I swelter in the summer heat today! It's a big world!!

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  46. Great post, Gary. Love the raven silhouette!

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  47. Superb set Gary. It's a wonder the wildlife survive conditions like that.

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  48. thanks for the gift of so many lovely shots ...I feel like I was with you on the walk....your blog is a work of art.

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  49. I enjoyed all your beautiful wildlife photos. The color of the Male Pine Grosbeak is outstanding.

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  50. I always enjoy the variety of birds you show but today I'm happy to see the lovely winter landscapes! Oh, and those cunning little squirrel shots. :)

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  51. Fascinating to see a landscape so different from my own. Wonderful collection of critters and I love the sunrise photos. A treat to see the wildlife in the snow.

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  52. Once again...I have no words to say how much I appreciate this set of photos...
    Kiss,
    BShell

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  53. Loving the trail and red squirrel photos, Gary. But they are all so wonderful.

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  54. Gorgeous shots. What a winter wonderland! I love that last shot of the Pine Grosbeak - such a beautiful bird!

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  55. All beautiful shots, I must admit that vivid magenta of the Grosbeak has to be a favorite!

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  56. Love your critters Gary, and the beauty of all the snow is awesome. We are so far behind in our snowfall this year it's pitiful. Our water table has remained up though and that's a good thing.
    Have a good rest of the week.
    B.

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  57. What a beautiful post!!!!!
    Great pictures!
    Regards,

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  58. A great collection of photos...love the little squirrel.

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  59. Okay, so I know it is about the birds, which the Redpolls, Doves, Chickadees, are all great, but oh my goodness, look at the little Red Squirrel...what a fcae, what a cute little chap...so entertaining, loved these!

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  60. Beautiful pictures and thanks for giving us the names of these charming little creatures !

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