Monday 16 May 2016

It's been a busy weekend!

Retirement isn't for chumps!

What a fun time! We were celebrating a belated birthday for Izzy, as well as Mother's Day. I sent grampa out to buy 6 helium balloons. My camera battery died, so my SIL took a photo for me!
Lunch at East Meets West
They treated us! How fun!
Jos with Izzy's gift!

My Mother's Day gift from the kids was a new Wood Duck nesting box! Isn't it wonderful? Wood duck box #3!

We have three pairs of Wood ducks, and I've counted three more males, if not more.  They might be too close together, the boxes, but I'm limited on trees I can reach. We shall see. Daisy helped, although she was more moral support looking for a chipmunk. You can see her in this fuzzy photo. My camera lens is not autofocusing, and I was cold and tired at this point. But this is box #1. Then two and three.

The kids helped me reassemble JB's fountain. It was trying to straighten it, and it tipped over, broke the support. I had to jury rig it.

I'm having issues with Trailcam #3, as well. I broke the stand that holds it. My first Moultrie camera was terrific. The Wildgame brand (#2) had better bells and whistles, a large window to help aim it. This one isn't as great. I know we had a momma bear and cubs go by, they left the evidence.
Daisy on chippie patrol

Sunday, May 15th, we spotted a pair of bucks. They look frowsy, as they lose their winter coats. I'd love to go brush them!

Monday, May 16th, I spotted a cardinal! I haven't seen one in a year or more.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's a wonderful gift. Your family knows you well!! I would give anything to see a wood duck. We simply cannot catch a glimpse of one no matter where we go.

Gill - That British Woman said...

super photos, love all the wildlife photos.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I long to see a red cardinal - along with about 87 other birdies I see among my bloggy pals' offerings!!! I know how it feels when the camera tools start to play up...sigh... YAM xx

William Kendall said...

Cardinals do seem to be quite elusive!

Red said...

Good luck with your wood duck nest boxes.

Lady Fi said...

You do seem to be having a lot of fun! Lovely shots of the birds and bucks too.

DUTA said...

Retirement can and should be the time of wonderful celebrations. Enjoy the wood box gift you got from the kids! Wood is solid and beautiful like the ties in your family.
The solitary cardinal in your picture is so cute!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What an excellent and thoughtful gift!

Out To Pasture said...

I've also had limited success with my trail cameras, Jennifer. My black and white U_Way has quit recording completely and the colour Moultie frightens off the subjects when the LED light switches on. I'm a bit reluctant to shell out yet more dough on another one.