Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Advent of Summer At The Vermilon River.

 Again this is a long post so use the slide show. The weather has suddenly moved to sunny and warm, although the long range forecast consistently shows rainy periods which seem to be pushed off to the next day, when they fail to materialised. It makes hiking a little tenuous, until you just suck it up and go.Opposite: the ridge over Rockcut Lake. I've completed another video at Video which is a tour of the Long Lake Wetland (about 5 minutes long).









This little guy is the big find of the week: a Mourning Warbler, the first I've seen.Happy July 4th to my US readers.
Raven playing

Sparrow with lunch

Male Common Yellow throat.




 I've see three bears this summer. I'm on the mining road running north, and was for the other sightings as well. The second sighting I got no photos. But five trucks had just passed when out of the woods came a huge old male, about 400 hundred pounds or so. He had just been waiting for the trucks to pass to cross the road as any careful pedestrian would. Look at her front foot to see her claws.





 As soon as she noticed me she took off into the wetland.To those who advocate running. You had better be able to do a one minute mile, and where are you going to run to when we're both in the centre of a wilderness.Remember when I walk out the door I'm in the wilderness.That's why I get all these photos. A post to: Id Rather be BirdingMy World Tuesday, and WBW.




Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Flycatcher

Male Hairy

Mourning Warbler

Raven

Robin

Savannah Sparrow

Sparrow in Black Spruce




I don't see many Sandpipers, because the shores of the wetlands are so overgrown. This one is on a floating log which keeps moving.
Red Squirrel

Vireo

Male Common Yellow throat

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Mourning Warbler

Sandpiper

Vireo

Male Common Yellow throat

Mourning Warbler

Sandpiper and reflection

Care to share?


Sure?

Vireo

Male Common Yellow- throat

Hairy Woodpecker

Mourning Warbler


Still in a sharing mood

Vireo

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Side view Mourning Warbler

Sparrow

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Common Yellow throat

Mourning Warbler

Hairy Woodpecker

Same

Sandpiper

Mourning Warbler

Same

Bee on Lupin

Bittern in Flight


Singing Mourning Warbler

Chestnut- sided Warbler

Dame's Rocket

Evening Primrose

Female Goldfinch

Flycatcher

Bittern in Flight

Male Goldfinch

Male Common Yellow throat

The friend who came home with me.


Rainbow

Sandpiper


Savannah Sparrow

Red Squirrel

Toad flax

Vireo

Savannah Sparrow


Common Yellow-throat


70 comments:

  1. You got Racoons, love th ephotos and I'm glad we don't have bears running round over here.

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  2. Hi Gary

    I really enjoyed the photos of the Mourning Warbler a bird I have never seen.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  3. Beautiful images! I enjoy going along on your travels through your wonderful part of the world.

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  4. What a wonderful set of photos you have shared. Glad the bear didn't take any notice of you. Don't think I would like to be that close. You see, I can't run a mile in a minute!!! Margaret

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  5. wow!!! wonderful post!!! I love your shots!!!
    well done!!! :)
    Barbara

    My photoblog: www.photographyforpassion.blogspot.it

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  6. that mourning warbler is fantastic! your red squirrels always make me smile!!!

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  7. The bear encounter would have been to close for comfort for me. Great bird and flower shots!

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  8. Congratulations on sighting the Mourning Warbler. It's a beauty.
    I enjoyed the slide show.

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  9. I always feel I am right there in your beautiful place in the world, superb bird shots, bears, and a friend who follows. I have a whole new appreciation for your bird photos, after I tried to get a fantail photo yesterday, after about 10 minutes, realised I was failing at a very low level indeed, and abandoned it altogether. Now when I look at your pics, realise how skilled you are, how much patience you have, and how lucky we are that you share with us. Many thanks, greetings from Jean.

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  10. Wow, beautiful bird watching! amazing series of cute pictures.
    Nice post.

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  11. Awesome...lucky you, right at the beginning of your post this time 'round --- a Mourning Warbler!! That's on my list of ones to get a sighting of, hopefully some day soon.

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  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos of the birds! The bear is sort of scary to see..

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  13. Another lovely series of shots Gary. The bear was gorgeous but too close for comfort for me! Have a good week.

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  14. Terrific shots!

    I have rarely seen a bear and when I have, I've kept my distance.

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  15. Great shots Gary. That Spotted Sandpiper is so like our Common Sandpiper that without the spots it's hard to tell them apart. Keep running' from the bear Gary.

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  16. Wonderful series once again. We seldom have bears in the South of Finland although a young bear was seen close to where we live a few years back.

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  17. A great variety of birds to capture in your area. Thankfully the bear didn't seem frightened of you.

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  18. Very nice to see, the black bear is my fave.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your wilderness wildlife Gary.

    My best ever time for the mile was about 5.5 mins but that was a very long time ago!

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  20. A lovely series of nature scenes. The Mourning Warbler is my favorite, you have some awesome shots. And the wildflowers are beautiful. Great post, Gary!

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  21. by the way....do you know exactly what species of sandpiper? LOVE your new friend who followed you home!

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    1. Solitary, I think. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  22. Lovely series of photos, Gary. I have never seen a mourning warbler...but, actually, there are many warblers I have never seen! :)

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  23. Lovely pictures, Gary. Love the 'log-rolling' sandpiper. When I lived in Canada, we hardly dared enter the woods in case we encountered a bear - being Brits, we wouldn't have known what to do!

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  24. Love your nature pics so great♥

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  25. Awesome captures!!! Wow...I have never met a bear in the wilderness!!! You must have been very close to him. Your world is so different to mine....Thank you for sharing!!!

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  26. These are all great shots and cool that the bear is observing safety crossing the street.

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  27. Terrific captures as always, Gary, and a wonderful visit to your world! Such a variety of birds and critters!

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  28. You see the most beautiful birds around you and meeting a bear would not be my cup of tea. Your photo's are as always the best. Have a nice week.

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  29. Fabulous pics, as always! Thank you for sharing!

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  30. I like your new friend, Gary. Will he be staying long?

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  31. So many great photos! Wow for the bear...!

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  32. great shots. i really like the sandpiper shots.

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  33. Your birds are so varied and plentiful - much more so than at high altitude. I did hear bird song when I hiked today, but couldn't spot what was making the sound.

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  34. Your brilliant captures bring great energy to me. :)

    thanks for sharing.

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  35. Lovely bird photos! I have enjoyed looking at these and look forward to exploring more of your blog.

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  36. Your photos are amazing. Really well done.
    How do you know how heavy the bear is? Can you tell me about mine?

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  37. What a lot of wildlife you have!

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  38. Hi! Very beautiful. Many birds, many flowers and many animals. What a nice wild life!

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  39. Great image series you show Boom. Thanks for the comment on my blog :)

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  40. Dearest Gary,
    Your photos are breathtaking and I'm sure to come back again when I have more time to enjoy them♡♡♡

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  41. Marvelous photos of the birds and flowers and the bears. So beautiful ! Best regards, Synnöve

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  42. Wonderful photos, exquisite beauty!, Greetings!

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  43. Oh, how beautiful. Especially the bear!

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  44. That Mourning Warbler is so bright, it really stands out for me. From Findlay

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  45. Very nice photos and what an exciting place you live in, Gary! Greetings Pia

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  46. I never tire of viewing your daily journals of your nature walks.

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  47. Great post and an interesting nature.

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  48. Another very interesting series of photos. The ones of the sandpiper and its reflections are my favorites!

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  49. Awesome shots, as usual! I love all the colorful feathered friends you find. Did the raccoon stay for dinner?! :)

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  50. A fabulous post! I want to bite the bear's cute ears!

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  51. Your photos are always a treat, Gary. That was one big bear!

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  52. the flycatcher, mourning warbler and the male goldfinch took my eye ......... well so many did but they must've been my faves' this post Gary; well done, another really interesting post

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  53. gorgeous shots as always.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

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  54. So many wonderful little birds to you have in your area The little warblers are a delight to see and I am sure to hear as well.
    You are so right Gary, running is never a good idea with meat large eaters unless you have a vehicle handy. If you run, you invite them to a game of catch, being still and just belonging to the wilds like they do is by far the better option. That certainly is a fair sized bear.

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  55. Another excellent series Gary! I am always in awe when I spot a bear. I do hope you take bear bangers out when you hike!

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  56. Neat collection of bird shots, and the flowers are beautiful too!

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  57. Another extravaganza of shots. Even bears!

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  58. Such great photos Gary. I think it is a spotted sandpiper but what do I know about your area! Love the bear. That is a big bear. I love that you live in the wilderness.

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  59. Great shots of all the birds Gary! My fave is the Mourning Warbler. Really cool to see the bear too!

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  60. Great set of pictures - I do like the bears and the racoon.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  61. Great shots Gary, impressed by the diversity of species found at your. Exciting to follow your blog with all the great pictures.

    Ottar

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  62. I guess I'm not as fast as a bear:):) The only time I came close to one was on a site (Yosemite Nat.Park) where I would paint, but they had already anesthesized him, to load him up with a crane(!) to transport him back to the wilderness.
    The female goldfinch is so pretty!

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  63. Impressive and inspiring. I think I need to venture out a little more.

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