Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Sketches

I was inspired by a large painting at a client's house. He tells me it is a real farm near Guelph. He explained which details the artist had fudged to make it more interesting. I fudged it even more! The original was a winter scene, but I've had enough of snow for now.

Funnily enough, I began in black and white, then added a bright red roof, and some greenish grass. I toyed with the idea of keeping it black and white, but I knew that it wouldn't scan well enough.
Then, going to hubby's scanner, I accidentally scanned it in black and white!
That was only because the last thing I scanned was a document. sigh.
Serendipity. It scanned pretty well.

For more Sunday Sketches

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Pregnant deer

This is the time of year! Our Maggie, who is hanging about with her yearling twins, is a bit fragile. That said, she is pregnant. You can see the baby kicking! I think, rather than being broken, her knee is dislocated. That might explain her longevity. Hard to say. It's been bad since September, 2016, as far as I know. She's managed to evade the coyotes. They can't take down a healthy deer, but this one surely is slowed down.

pregnant deer 2 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Here is another one I videotaped three years ago!
Usually, the deer are few and far between in spring, having gone to their summer yards. This could be the same one! We have had one female hang about all summer.

Pregnant deer from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Frog pond is awake

Wood frogs are awake in the pond, as well as a butterfly. Only a few butterflies overwinter:
Not all butterflies overwinter as adults, of course. ...  Around Ottawa, Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma), Green Comma (Polygonia faunus), Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis), Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis milberti), and Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vau-album) overwinter in their adult form.
I'm not sure which one this is on the dock! I think it is a tortoiseshell.  It's pretty rough-looking! The second one is a Compton Tortoiseshell, from my archives! They over-winter under leaves and in bark.
Species: Nymphalis vaualbum
Compton Tortoiseshell.
One that overwinters, and is rare! 

Here are the sounds, not silence!
Wood frogs from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Frog pond sounds from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Black squirrels

black squirrel in winter
Our Barred owls have been active. I found an owl pellet a couple of weeks ago (April 3rd), with black fur in it,  and I assumed that he'd nailed one of my black squirrels. We're back to seeing two.

I tried to do research on black squirrels! It was tougher than I'd thought. Squirrels don't hibernate. The black ones are a relative of the gray. Hinterland, has some info.

I was so surprised two see a pair of them, as I'd lost hope. I haven't seen the pair for awhile. It's hard to tell how long.

I assumed the mom was nursing the babies. I'm not sure if they stay together as parents, either. They were clearly twitterpated for quite a bit in late winter: up the tree, down the tree, one chasing the other. Then I only saw one.

March is their time for mating. I did read that they males do their thing and take off. Who knows? They are fun to watch!

Spotted this one last year

Animal dormancy: squirrels
Their leaf nest has been here for months.
sleek, black fur

Two black squirrels from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

That was a whirlwind trip, Monday!

Off we went to the city for special shopping trip. JB wanted a vest to hold his stuff. No man purse for him!

He needed something to hold his stuff whilst doing Meals on Wheels: his phone, keys, wallet, and his new camera will all fit in. It is mesh, and will be cool in summer.

We finally found one online at Cabela's new Ottawa store. What a store! It is enormous. Lots of stuffed animals, including a moose, caribou, coyotes, deer, bear. It gave me a bit of the heebee-jeebies, although it was interesting to see what they look like close up. The coyotes are small. Ours seem much bigger!

Little bear (above), roasting marshmellows, needed a home. He was broken, probably dropped, and only the one light under his fire works. It lights, partially, but I found him in the sales department. What the heck! The solar powered sensor was reglued on it. It was 50% off the full price of $70, then 25% off of that. I gave it a home.

 After that, we went to lunch at a newish find: Fratelli. Lovely Italian place with actually great pasta. Too much pasta is over cooked. We've been before. It's tough to find really good pasta places. These are from both our visits. Excellent service, and lovely decor.

Next stop: Big Al's. That was amazing! I can't remember what these worms are, but they are rather creepy.

Then, hubby noticed these iguanas were having a moment! I'd neglected to bring in my camera, so I borrowed his.

Finally, we bought three more comet goldfish for the goldfish pond. We've lost a few over the winter. Home again, jiggedy jig, to pop them in the aquarium. One big, new happy family.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter with family

Close eyes!
Close Eyes –the original.
Has Jos ever grown!
First crocus!
Grampa has begun this interesting tradition.

It used to be a simple 'close eyes', when receiving a gift, but then he bought himself an Irish Viking King hat, and things went sideways. He was suitably corrected, the Vikings didn't have horns on their helmets. No matter.

Last Month (St. Patrick's Day) they had to recite "Irish Swedish Meatballs, Please!"

Now, they have to close their eyes and say, "Irish Swedish Bunny Meatballs." Grampa bought himself some rabbit ears. And, yes, he wears it into town!

There was craft beer, furry babies, some costume jewelry, a container of dinosaurs, a book for Papa, and an umbrella for Mummy. The Easter Bunny brought a colouring mural for Izzy, a fairy door for Jos.

We were serenaded, as Jos is taking piano lessons, and Izzy is taking ukulele lessons! Such fun!

Sadly, it was time to say goodbye! I had a bunch of ARC books, and the kids took them for the school's sale. That added to the packed car...

Grampa brought me flowers!

JL we gave a statue, made in Guatemala, the Patron Saint of Cooks!
Saint Lawrence of Rome or Laurence was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy ... From this derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Dratted Red Squirrel (DRS)

They just tease Daisy! Dorah watches from the window. I don't think she's totally healthy. Annabelle doesn't want to work this hard!

This DRS is getting somewhat cocky. I was sitting on the deck, watching the 'birds' at the feeder. He was so close. Then, he had a nap on the branch. Next, down he went to the other feeder. He was just teasing.
Dratted red squirrel from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

April 20th
One has begun a nest in the wood duck box.

 Litter sizes typically range from one to five, but most litters contain three or four offspring. Offspring are pink and hairless at birth and weigh about 10 g. Offspring grow at approximately 1.8 g/day while nursing, and reach adult body size at 125 days. They first emerge from their natal nests at around 42 days, but continue to nurse until approximately 70 days.