Friday, 31 March 2017

A sunny day! Whoopee!

Yes, so off I went. I went to check out the owl's favourite tree. I keep track, just for fun. He's visited and left evidence on these days. Some days he'll poop, others he'll leave an owl pellet (undigested bones and fur of prey), but I haven't actually seen him since December.

Dec. 23rd – One out hunting in the afternoon sun (video).
Jan. 22nd – BLue jays clued me in. Photos and video!
Jan. 24th – Near the nest, blue jays alerted me again.
Feb. 24th – Found an owl pellet under his favourite tree!
Mar. 29th – Pooped under his tree in the night.

As I returned from the farthest part of the back yard, the geese flew overhead! Then they aimed at the lake, then veered.

What a glorious sound! They are a bit miffed, as our lakes are still frozen. They are in corn fields all across the region, hoping for a melt.

If you like the sound...
Geese on the fly from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

The turkeys think it is mating season. They are displaying to entice the females. Bambi doesn't quite know what to make of it all!

Daisy and I went walkies. This fallen tree has proven to be entertaining for all. Hubby took Annabelle there the previous day.

The tree sits in a group of five. I think of them as the Cinq Soeurs. They are a group of five trees, and one, eventually, fell over, June, 2016. watched the tree sway in the wind. It creaked for months. This is what it has looked like since then. The cats love it!

Daisy is a climber. She ran for yards, then flung herself up the tree. She was so happy!

Outside, the snow still melts. Although, today, we have had snow since 5:30 a.m., and now, at 8:30, it's rain.

Inside, my Orchid Cactus is beginning to bloom in the strength of the afternoon sunshine. I look forward to its huge blooms! [ It blooms for a couple of months! My Orchid Cactus blooms!] I put it outdoors in May. That's the second photo! I shall anticipate such blooms!

Oh, yes. Sitting inside, I spotted a chickadee swoop across the window vista, swiftly followed by my sharp-shinned hawk!
He is a frequent flyer, and often appears in the afternoon. He wasn't watching me! I have an archival photo of him on top of the bird feeder stand! At the time of the 2nd photo, April, 2015,  the experts told me he was a juvenile.


eileeninmd said...

YAY for sunshine. Love the turkeys! Have a happy day and weekend!

Nancy J said...

love the geese, what a delightful sound and that formation. Fallen tree, a fun place for the felines, and your name for the five, great use of words. Five Sisters, very apt.

Olga said...

A very busy day in the north.

Cat Lover said...

Great photos Jenn. Love the animal ones.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
How tantalising, that early spring... it ain't here quite yet! YAM xx

William Kendall said...

You do wonder what turkeys and deer think of each other.

Red said...

It's great to e out on a nice spring day.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots! It's amazing what a difference the sun can make.

Anvilcloud said...

Good for the critters -- spreading their tail feathers and all.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jen, this is a wonderful critter post. Loved all the photos and the videos. The geese in flight is beautiful. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos ~ such variety ~ Love deer and the turkeys ~ favorite is that beautiful white adventurous cat ~ thanks ~

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's very neat to see those turkeys! What a great post with so many critters!