Friday, May 9, 2014

Some Spring At Long Last At The Vermilon River!!

Poor Pity The Purple Finch

 This photo is here only to give you some idea of the long stormy winter that we experienced. It was early, and I think, is the first of the global warming winters. Global warming doesn't mean warm! It means wet air that creates storms, and consistently changing conditions -rain, freezing rain snow, and most of all ice from the changing temperatures. That is exactly what we had. Spring is just starting this week, but our western provinces have just had more snow. The winter weather, read ice, certainly inhibited me.

 So we turned to some different things. I live in a senors's residence as you know. It is an independent living apartment building, but poor, grey weather plays havoc with seniors. So we set up events in our common room. I'll tell you more about those later.




 The photos are all from initial hikes. Remember click the photos and watch the slide show. At the right a Chipping Sparrow. Posted to: I'd Rather Be Birding,Our World Tuesday and WBW.
 Ring-billed Gull in flight.
Wood Duck

 The first of the warbler migrants-Yellow Rumped Warbler.
Northern Flicker Male

Raven in flight

Sun over the Ridge

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Adult male Yellow Rump

Chickadee entering his nest

Male Yellow-Rumped

Male Northern Flicker

Yellow-Rump

 Likely a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet with an interesting head flash.
A most welcome song sparrow.

White water

Wood Duck in Flight

Male Yellow-Rump

River

Female Yellow- Rump

Male Purple Finch

Song Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Song Sparrow

Yellow Rump

Song Sparrow singing.

Same


Yellow Rump

Yellow Rump

Yellow Rump in Flight

Yellow Rump in Flight

Very small glaciet

So bright on a dull day

Interesting flash on a yellow Rump, more likely a Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

More white water.

46 comments:

  1. somehow I've missed your posts Gary for quite some time now. It's lovely to see your photos again, so varied...take care,

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  2. I am so, sooo happy to have you back again, was worried so much, Was it just that winter that dragged its heels for way too long. As always, your bird photos are stunning, Purple Finch, lovely, and gives me a better idea of how cold it has been. Big welcome back, Jean.

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  3. There he is! You've been missed, Gary!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  4. Nice to see you post again Supreb photos as ever I see.

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  5. Good to see and hear from you again. Yes, it was along filthy winter - sever sense of humour failure round these parts! Here's to a a long, warm and wildlife filled summer!

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  6. Brilliant images as usual Gary... Good to hear your doing okay.

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  7. A great collection of bird shots! Glad you survived the winter.

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  8. Beautiful birds. I love the view of the river with the lovely reflections. Have a great Sunday.

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  9. Great to see your posts again - how are you?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. I have really missed your posts, Gary! So glad to view one of your slide shows again with such a beautiful variety of birds.

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  11. So nice to see you posting again! I love all the beautiful birds. One of my favorite is seeing the wood duck in flight.. Awesome post, thanks for linking up to my critter party.. Have a happy week!

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  12. The wood duck in flight is awesome. All are beautiful birds. Was happy to see the purple finch. I wa having an argument with myself as to whether a bird I saw outside my office window was a purple finch or house fince. After seeing your shots, I am certain it was the purple variety.

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  13. I share the sentiments of all others, I am happy to see you back! A terrific post as usual Gary!

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  14. lovely to see your birds out and about in the sunshine - and you, too!

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  15. wundervoll
    Bilder wie ich sie mag DANKE mit einem LG vom katerchen zum Wochenstart

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  16. Oh, you haven't posted since last Nov. How great to see your wonderful spring pictures♡♡♡ Marvelous birds' photographs!

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  17. Gary!!! You don't know how often I've thought of you....I'm really glad you're back to blogging...and of course your images are always so pleasant to view.
    Y'know...I don't think I've ever seen a wood duck in flight!!!

    Welcome back...
    ---thanks for sharing your link this weekend.

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  18. Your photos are very beautiful :-)
    Birds are amaizing !
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  19. Your photos are fantastic!
    Great birds!
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  20. Hi Gary

    I was delighted to see an update, as always lovely shots of the river and your feathered friends.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  21. Nice pictures! Yes, I love those birds!

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  22. Hi Gary, nice to have you back. I agree with the global warming wrecking havoc on our climates.

    Nice captures as always and I especially like the breeding color of the male yellow-rumped warbler.

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  23. Beautiful shots and beautiful birds as always, Gary! So glad to see you back :)

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  24. Gorgeous nature shots ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  25. Beautiful series of shots Gary, glad to see you back.

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  26. A wonderful series of photos and great birds.

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  27. Wonderful spring shots. I know the birds are happy to see an end to the rough winter. I love the variety you photographed.

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  28. long time no see. :) Nice to see you again. Lovely photos as usual adn I´m glad your spring is on the way. :)

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  29. Your shots are always amazing! Love your birds a lot. Giggled at the glaiciet!

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  30. A very pretty selection of birds. Our snow has almost all melted, we're back into spring after our brief return to winter.

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  31. Am glad I found you (back). For some reason I could not connect to your blog (maybe because of the google +). Today I saw your comment on Camera Girl, so I tried again! The yellow rump is so cheerful, and it must be nice Spring is coming to your region!

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  32. Am not sure my comment got through - happy you're still blogging! Was not able to connect here. The yellow rump looks so cheerful, and happy Spring came back to your region!

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  33. Am not sure my comment got through - happy you're still blogging! Was not able to connect here. The yellow rump looks so cheerful, and happy Spring came back to your region!

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  34. Good to see you back here with some wonderful spring shots.

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  35. Feels real good to see the birds through your lens!! Welcome back!!

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  36. Beautiful pictures ! We had no winter at all so "global warming" was confirmed, lol !

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  37. Hello Gary! This was a winter for the record books, wasn't it? I'm glad spring is finally here. Good to see your beautiful bird photos again.

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  38. I am so darn glad to see you posting! And to learn that the reason you were gone was just because of the long dreary winter. (I'm not glad about the winter, just glad to know you weren't ill.) Our son said a long time ago that it was too bad Al Gore popularized the term 'global warming' instead of saying 'climate change." Because most people can't understand the explanation you so beautifully give here. But they can understand that things are changing. (Or if they can't they are idiots who can't be helped.)

    anyway, I am glad you are here and I am delighted to see the pictures of your first of the spring hikes. And looking forward to more. Going back to see if your slide show feature still works.

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  39. Lovely captures.
    Nice to see you back. :)

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  40. Hi Gary I am very pleased to see your blog back again and with such a wonderful selection of great birds. the Wood duck in flight is really good.

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  41. so many special photos here Gary; I'm rather impressed with the Northern Flicker; all wonderful though....

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  42. great pics. I am sure you are welcoming spring.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  43. I'm so glad you have been out getting photos, Gary. I always enjoy your wildlife photos and also enjoy reading what you've written.

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  44. Amazing photos. All the best, Bonny

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