Saturday, 25 May 2013

The one that got away!

Our backyard bear visitor April, 2013
Travelling about Lanark County yesterday, on a delightful back road that left the car covered in clay/mud, hubby was driving too fast, as always, and I spotted a momma bear and her two cubs galloping into the forest. There was a car behind us, and we couldn't suddenly brake, as I tend to demand. By the time we found a place to stop, they had been long gone into the forest.

What might this be? Pine siskin?
I cannot be greedy! Yes, I have fun photos of a bear cub in our backyard. There are lots of lovely birds about!


Red-winged blackbird on my Catalpa tree.

windy day!

    And we spotted a painted turtle on the road. I sent it off into the ditch, in the direction in which it was headed.
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14 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful series of photos. Exciting to see the mama bear and her cubs. I saw one a few weeks back, only the second time in my life that I have seen bears out and about. The last time with the tiny cub was a thrill.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Lovely bird shots! And the bear... I think I'd have a nervous breakdown if I saw a bear in our backyard!

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of your visitors! I'd love to see a bear in the wild - but I'd be scared too.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that bear!!!

not sure on the pine siskin. awfully dark, if it is!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You're probably right, Texas Girl! Too many birds, so little knowledge! I'm such a birdie newbie!

W. Latane Barton said...

You live in such a fascinating place, Jennifer. But, I'd be scared to death knowing that a bear might come into my yard!!

Judy said...

I love that image of the turtle!!

bailey-road.com said...

Love the Red-winged Blackbird!

Red said...

Drives out on back roads always pay dividends. What's a little dust here and there?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I'm thinking the bird might be a female red-wing?

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful shots! I've only seen bears at the zoo.

Pia said...

Ah lucky you to have so nice visitors. Love the bear!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collection of birds and I love the bear! Have a happy day!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh Jenn, I love the windy day bird!
We have red-winged blackbirds here, too. Aren't they lovely?
And I remember your bear picture. Of course you couldn't stop to get new photos under those circumstances, but what fun to see. I'm afraid I always try to stop to get closer looks at bears, which might not be the wisest thing to do.
And I'm glad you saved the turtle on the road. I haven't seen a turtle in the wild for many years.
K