Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Meeting with Huegin Broken Beak, Chief of The Raven Clan of the Vermilon River.

 When two separate flights of seven Ravens passed over us on the trail, I knew Broken Beak was in the area. Surely you remember him from a post about a year ago when Boom & I became Keepers of the Vermilon Forest at Mystic Lake. He was waiting at the end of our current hike to convene the Fall gathering.  Mystic Lake is, of course, the site where all the old gods, myths and legends gathered when they left Europe, after their abandonment by the people.So next week Mystic Lake is on our schedule. For an earlier posting see: Huegin 1. Click for direct access.




This is a long post which took place on the one sunny day this week, but it was cold, and you'll see some snow as well as some interesting sights.

SO CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW.


A post to: I'd Rather Be Birdin'Our World Tuesday, and Wild Bird Wednesday. Click any to redirect.





The golds and browns of Fall

Female Northern Harrier

Frozen Ice

Gold, white and browns now the reds have diminished.

Female Goldeneye- a winter duck.

Diamonds on the branches.

Dark-eyed Junco


Red Squirrel in the snow.

Robin at River's edge.

Rock River Bank

Swamp Sparrow or Savannah?

Upper River in light and shadows.

White Crowned Sparrow.

Blue Jay.

Broken Beak

See how sharp that lower mandible is.

More diamonds on the branches.


Fairy lights.

Female Goldeneye Ducks

A toothy smile from the Otter.


Red Squirrel in Black Spruce Tree.

Notice the tail as a coat.


Robin looking at his reflection.

Savannah Sparrow or Swamp Sparrow? Savannah I think.


White-throated Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow.

Female Goldeneye Ducks

River Otter.

Front view Red Squirrel

What a handsome guy.

White-crowned Sparrow.

Broken Beak

Ruffled Grouse in full array.

Another front view.

Ruffled Grouse.

Big wetland

Broken Beak Leaving.

Dark-eyed Junco (Sparrow)

Jewels in the forest.

Female Wood duck


Frozen cat tails

Frost on leaves.

Dozing immature White Crown

Red Squirrel and cone.

Two Blue Jays.

Ice melting on leaves as it warms.

We're not alone-raccoon track.

54 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos. Very neat that you get to know/watch a certain bird and good he is doing well despite the injury.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Gary. I once saw a blue jay with an overly extended beak up in Idyllwild. I watched him adapt to his "extension". He merely turned his head sideways to pick up the peanuts!

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  3. Beautiful pictures Cary, I love the squirrel he's totally awesome.

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  4. Great post, I am happy to see Broken Beak is doing well. Great birds and photos.

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  5. i don't know who was posing cuter - the white-crown or the red squirrel. :)

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  6. Wonderful post. To people of the Northwest Coast, Raven was the creator. He stole the sun from a greedy old chief and placed it in the sky to light the world. As I recall, your Huegin was a confidant of Odin who would bring him news about Midgard. It seems everyone who encounters ravens finds something special and even divine. I always enjoy your posts.

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  7. Many interesting birds you show here, nice pictures.

    Ottar

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  8. Enjoyed the slide show very much. I love that little squirrel...so cute!

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  9. It's always like going on a field trip with you...you, the teacher, and me the student [as are other visitors]. Not only do I like the birds, but that 'diamonds on the branches' images are gorgeous too.

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this weekend.

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  10. you live in a stunning part of the country. Great photos.

    Gill

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  11. Wonderful series of photos. The birds shots are so great, the squirell is so precious and you captured him perfectly, the scenery is beautiful. Enjoyed viewing them all!

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  12. It's good to see Broken Beak again! I enjoyed viewing the slide show. The red squirrel is adorable!

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  13. Beautiful shots! Love the squirrel in the snow.

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  14. Hi Gary

    A wonderful series, I really liked the squirrel and the grouse photos.

    Regards
    Guy

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  15. Beautiful photo series showing.
    Wish you a good new week :)
    Hanne Bente

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  16. Another terrific series Gary... but snow already! Brrrrr. I just love that little red squirrel!

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  17. I do love the squirrel in the snow!! The jays are beautiful! And, yes, another terrific series indeed, Gary!

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  18. It's just great going on one of your field trips Gary. Wonderful pictures and story as always.

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  19. The crone in me LOVES Broken Beak! Fine feathered and furred friends you have! Magical place.

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  20. Lovely set of photos. What a beautiful area you live in.

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  21. Beautiful landscapes, I like these excellent photos, light and stunning fall color.

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  22. Totally love it ! Years since last I saw a squirrel, snow, a forest ... thank you very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  23. Ah, blue jays are still there. Do they stay all year long? Some do here but not all.

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  24. A beautiful series of photos. I especially like the "diamonds" and the "fairy lights".

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  25. Stunning series of photos (as usual). Your world is definitely spectacular!

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  26. Wonderful to see a ruffled grouse...lots of nice reflections there Gary ...but no snow, too early, say no to snow...we have finally got some rain here. I am interested in the raven with the broken beak...I guess he eats ok.

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  27. Very creative and wonderful photo shots of nature ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  28. Beautiful shots. Looks like you're heading into winter fast.

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  29. Beautiful photos. We haven't had any real snow yet, just some ice, and I can't wait!

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  30. Especially fond of the squirrel shots!

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  31. Snow already? Makes for fabulous shots though. That frosted squirrel is my favourite.

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  32. How Boomer and you must enjoy eachother 's company on these walks. Broken beak is quite impressive!

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  33. I read the story of Huegen Broken Beak and understand that ravens are very important. You know of course the legend of the ravens in the Tower of London. If they leave the Tower the British Empire will collapse, therefore one of their wings are kept short.

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  34. Such a beautiful series Gary, I love it very much!
    Warm greetings, Anna :))

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  35. Hi there - snow with you - spring rains with me!

    I wonder what the story of broken beak is?

    Stewart M - Australia

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  36. Wow! Plenty to see in one day! It is amazing how Broken Beak can make it in the wild with no accommodations for his handicap.

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  37. Great series Gary! I do believe you have a Swamp Sparrow there. A Savannah would have a streaked breast.

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  38. So many wonderful photos, Gary. It's good to see Broken Beak again, and I love that you see otters, but that sleepy young bird dozing on the branch is my favourite this time.
    Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately, but I've been sick for a month or more.
    I hope you and Boom are well. I assume you are, because you're out, tromping around in the early ice and snow!
    K

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  39. Wow! I wonder how that beak got damaged? Apparently, he's still able to eat.

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  40. Gary these are grand and the entry with the Raven, and the Jay...wow and then all in between and add in the darling little Red Squirrel, lovely~

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  41. Great series - so many nice photos ! Greetings from Liva :-)

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  42. Great post and photos. From one Canadian to another.

    I adore your first picture for starters.

    Canada is also known for his wild.


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  43. lovely collection of critter and scenery photos this week, yikes, snow up your way already
    craftygardener.ca

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  44. A treasure trove of the loveliest photos and a very enjoyable post.

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  45. busy weekend, gorgeous images!!

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  46. Always nice to see your splendid photos from your environment!
    Greetings Pia

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  47. Somany wonderful little critters Gary, I wonder how old crow is faring with his broken beak?

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