The weather went from cold to days of 25 C or 76 F, and spring came with a bang. The snowpak went through a quick melt, raising big time fogs, that the sun did not burn off until the afternoon. All the photos were taken on the upper river showing both the fog and the ice melt. All the photos are reduced in size, so click to enlarge and watch the slide show.
I almost missed this muskrat who was posed on the end of the ice enjoying his breakfast, He appeared at first as just a brown lump on the ice. I crept up on him and got some great shots, so I'll do a post on muskrats soon. He only left when some people showed up with dogs, and asked me what I was doing. They, the muskrats, have incredible hearing.
He kept diving in, and bringing up more river weed to feast on. You can tell that he's a muskrat from his tail.
Thinking myself lucky with the muskrat, I was astounded when this beaver showed up about 10 feet away. River beaver will live in dens in the river bank, because the current is too fast to build beaver lodges.
Not as good a photo, but it shows the tail which is different from the muskrats,and makes for a fast ID.
This shot is from the next day, but it's the mustelid again on the far side of the river. From his size I'm starting to think he is a fisher as opposed to a Pine Marten.
I caught this photo of the red squirrel right where I had taken the photos of the mustelid a few days before, so I guess the squirrel survived.
With the clearance of the ice, the geese are on the upper river. If the flood is mild they'll stay ,and if not they'll move to one of the wetlands.
|Geese In Flight.|
These are yearlings and looking to choose mates and settle down. So competition for a mate is high. This guy is not landing, but on the attack to protect his lady.
This is the photo that really got me. One warm spell, and the pussy willows are out in some areas. A post to SWF @ http://skyley.blogspot.com/ and Camera Critters @ http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/ and Scenic Sunday @ http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/
What a great series of shots, you saw quite the variety of wildlife. It's been an incredibly warm March in my part of the world too.ReplyDelete
Some great captures! I agree ... like that pussy willow.ReplyDelete
congrats on the return of some summer-time birds! the muskrat was very cool!ReplyDelete
A great photo-series of winter turning to spring.ReplyDelete
In the same direction we are going. We have it still requires a couple of months - a good spring.
Spring greetings from Eco
Finland / Lapland / Kuusamo
Everything changes so quickly Garry ....wonderful to see the pussy willows with those little daubs of white heralding warmer days to come.ReplyDelete
Love the shots of the fog! And those cute little critters.ReplyDelete
Great shots Gary - enjoyed seeing those beasts as well as the birds.ReplyDelete
You did get some terrific shots for the day, Gary!! Love the muskrat and the geese and, of course the squirrels! Great foggy shots, too! Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
I love foggy days. These are all great nature shots. The two geese in flight and the adventurous beaver are treats.ReplyDelete
Great post, - lovely birds!ReplyDelete
I wish you a Happy SkyWatch!
We didn't have much ice for melting, but this week has seen some incredible fog!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your visit.
Oh, they are superb, especially the Beaver, it can be outstanding, like yours.ReplyDelete
So much wildlife, wonderful to see!ReplyDelete
A wonderful post Gary... I loved seeing Musky..ReplyDelete
You see the most amazing and beautiful animals. Great photo's.ReplyDelete
You see the most amazing and beautiful animals. Great photo's.ReplyDelete
Great post, I enjoyed the critter and the birds. Happy skywatching!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your great photos of the four-legged and winged wildlife. I agree with you that the return of the robin's sound is priceless--and to me, the red wing blackbird too.ReplyDelete
You & Boomer have a great weekend.
Great post I loved the robin.ReplyDelete
You always have something that make me smile
Congratulations on this exquisite work and bring the beauty of nature before our eyes. Wonderful. Greetings.ReplyDelete
Lovely captures, Gary. I was fascinated by the musk rat, as we don;t have such creatures here!ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots of the wildlife!ReplyDelete
A bonanza of wildlife and also a pussy willow! It's surely spring there.ReplyDelete
Wonderful collection of shots and exciting spring walk....like the beaver and muskrat...you always give a very interesting text and great shots. It is appreciated that you share how different your life is from ours.ReplyDelete
muskrat: looks like oour national bird, the Kiwi.ReplyDelete
Written in the Sky
Wonderful sequence of shots.ReplyDelete
Hi Gary, we had that heat wave here where I live just south of Ottawa. There has been great fogs and mists along the Rideau River, perfect for photographers , lots of moody shots, I love your wildlife shots, good for you,,,,MReplyDelete
wow just amazing pics, thanks a lot for this great artworks!!!ReplyDelete
Spring more gradually arrives here while yours seems to arrive with a bang, quite spectacularly it seems. Love the muskrat, beaver and red squirrel photos in fact I find your blog very interesting.ReplyDelete
These are all great shots!!ReplyDelete
Been nice and hot here in Toronto as well until today.
Thanks for dropping by and visiting.
An interesting post with fantastic pictures. I especially like the muskrat. :)ReplyDelete
Wow..I miss our muskrat and watching the babies, but a mink came in last spring and carried them off and I saw it again recently...could that be a mink?....MichelleReplyDelete
nice post about your wildlife.ReplyDelete
The colours on that grackle are insane. really nice photos GaryReplyDelete
Love the foggy shots!ReplyDelete
Hmmm.. was that Muskrat Susie or Sam... :)
Terrfic captures Gary!
The fog-enveloped river view after the quick thawing is awesome. What full of lives! They can’t hold back their excitement for the arrival of spring, neither can I.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photograps and great story. Because my country is surrounded by dike's there are not much muskusrat's there. When they are spoted they get killed . Terrible is it not because I think it's a fantastic animal to see. The bever is also living not far away from where I live. A lot of people spoted them but I never saw one.ReplyDelete
have a great weekend
great nature study photos, the fog and mist makes for an interesting view of the spring thawReplyDelete
That's a great set of photos, Gary. It must have been wonderful seeing all that wildlife. Your shots of the fog over the water, and the geese in action are fabulous! Have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
Das sind Raphael und YvonneMarch 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM
Very nice pictures!ReplyDelete
Fantastic beaver and other wildlife shots!
Yvonne & Raphael
Just came upon your blog. Nice shots! Love the pics of the muskrat. I've always been curious about this part of the world. Beautiful captures.ReplyDelete
Fascinating temperature changes. I've read and heard about those sudden changes but your photos make it very vivid. Nice to have the birds coming back. I wonder when the spring flowers will start coming out of the snow.ReplyDelete
Wonderful nature photos, Gary!ReplyDelete
My Critter post, have a blessed Sunday!
What wonderful shots! I can't believe you've had such warm weather... (We're still waiting for ours.)ReplyDelete
Oh that's a lovely early-Spring tour. Thanks Gary - amazing you got such good pictures of both the muskrat and the beaver on the same day.... you really live in a natural Paradise.ReplyDelete
Looks like yr camera had a fueld day:) looking few to see more on tha muskarts..ReplyDelete
These are wonderful shots! I loathed it when others would distract my critters! Most hateful are those who boat in the pathway of a loon. sigh.ReplyDelete
You have great places to visit, and glad you share them with us. I looked you up on the map. Amazing country. We are blessed with 16 acres, not huge, and few remote places to visit. I am grateful, nonetheless!
Greetings from Cottage Country!
Just finished reading "Three Against the Wilderness" about the Collier family and their trapping lifestyle. Nice pictures of the beavers and muskrats. - MargyReplyDelete
Wonderful goose portraits!ReplyDelete