Saturday, 19 April 2014

Smiths Falls has fast, high water and flooding

It is terribly dangerous.

Rideau Ferry flooding on Rideau Lake

April 12th
April 16th

Poonamalie Lock flood levels

Flickers have been visiting –hope they stay!

Who's that trip-trapping across my bridge?

These silly cats. They were playing troll. You know, "Who's that trip trapping across my bridge?"
This is a bridge made of stones, across a ditch on our property. It's only ever wet in the spring. Buster was listening for mice, Daisy hiding under the bridge.
They had a good play and then we went for a walk. The frogs were singing for love!

I designed a meme badge for Eileen's Saturday critters!

Saturday's Critters #20

Friday, 18 April 2014

Daisy and I took a walk down to the frog pond

Frisky froggies –see the eggs below!
It's the most exciting season of the year, although I love the changes for them all!

The frogs were singing merrily until we got down there. You can hear them in the first video. The wood frogs are the first to awaken. This is mating season when they call for love.

They all headed for the hills, or, at least, under the water once we arrived. I sat there quietly, and several came cautiously up to the surface. They didn't resume their chorus, even thought Daisy got bored and took off. She was hot to trot.
They are wee, but have mighty croaks!

As I walked around the pond, I spotted this frog. When I went back to the house and uploaded the photo, I realized there were two of them. You can even see the eggs underneath. This is the moment of creation!

The frog pond isn't entirely thawed out!
The water is frigid.
Daisy and I saw a large bullfrog tadpole (they grow for two years before they metamorphose into a frog) and some sort of red water spider! The water beetles are swimming about, too.

Wood frogs in pond from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Frog pond critters awake from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 16

Now I lay me down to sleep
My frozen head just wants to sleep
Snow has fallen, I am freezing
Up above the birds are sneezing

If I should die before I wake
Remember me at dawn's day break
Sun's rays peer between the canopy
Shedding light on missing panoply

If I should live another day
My violet colours will cheer your day
Under snow my buddy snuggs
Flicker desperately seeking bugs

My fervent wish for you always
Spring return now; straightaways.
Phoebe seeks nesting location
Lordy, it's time for procreation.

Eastern Ribbonsnake – first one of the season

Eastern Ribbonsnake
(Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)

They are awake!
Dorah caught one. I liberated it from her attentions. Twice...

The flooding in southern Ontario is bad - here are my videos

Not as bad as Muskoka last  April, or Calgary in June, but it is bad. The high waters are flowing, and community after community is being affected. The Rideau River was swollen, and fast flowing.

Smiths Falls Rideau River from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Smiths Falls hydro dam spring flooding from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The beaver has disappeared!
We took a tour on a sunny day, Saturday, April 12th. The day before more rain was expected.
They closed the road to these people's homes. The water is so high. Families had to park on highway #43. This is Hilly Lane, near Kemptville, North Grenville. Kemptville Creek was terrible, too.

Flooding in Kemptville 2014 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Flooding at the locks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo. Black Rapids Lock Station
I had to take hubby into the city, we stopped at the locks to watch the birds. There were lots of geese, a few mallards and mergansers in the frigid water.

These people have very flooded basement. It's so sad. They have sandbags below the basement window on the left.

Delta Ontario Flooding from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

There is more rain on the way, according to the radar.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What a week of weather!

Geraldine was awake Monday
Asleep on Tuesday!
Monday, it was 26 C. in our yard. Geraldine bullfrog had woken up.
 Tuesday it was ice pellets. Geraldine has gone back to bed.
The crocus were being hammered with the ice, which was bouncing on the deck yesterday. We took a drive on Sunday. It was cloudy. I spotted a pair of mergansers in the river. I hope they stay warm today, as it is -5C. and pretty frigid. The crocus have bent over in pain.
How many bird butts have you photographed?
I have my fair share!
Shy Mergansers