Saturday, 28 May 2022

The storm & Saturday's Critters!

 POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: We made it to Friday! Tacos for dinner Thursday, we watched a movie: Uncharted. It was a fun one for all. Everyone is helping out, and we are all making it work. To go from 2 to 6 people is quite the excitement! The kids still didn't have power in Ottawa, although Friday night a neighbour had power come up. We think it'll be back today. That is 7 days without power for them.

This is Merivale Rd./Viewmount Dr.
We lived near here, in Pine Glen.

We went down on Saturday and came back on Sunday last week. There was a lot of damage.

Caitlin worked in the Muskoka room, or the office. Josephine had homework to do. I puttered. Grampa went into town for dinner supplies. We're just taking one day at a time.

JL had to go into the city for work. He ended up at his house, cleared out the freezer (such a waste) and put it in recycle for Saturday pick-up. He drove back here and we feasted on spaghetti and meatballs. Another movie, Moonfall, and I konked out at 9 p.m.! 

There are still 26,800 without power across the province, about the same number are out with Ottawa Hydro. Here are the original power outages map May 22nd, and the map from yesterday, May 27th.

Saturday's Critters!

The critters have been busy. Robins have hatched, House Wrens are singing lustily, housed, as they are, in the Bluebird Nesting box. 

Phoebe babies have hatched. The kids have enjoyed watching them swoop in and out under the deck as they worked in the Muskoka Room. Singing at the top of their lungs. 

Off to the forest...

The coyote was caught on the trailcam, but it didn't like it!


coyote May 21 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

In the backyard, the doe ambles, whilst bats fly about.

doe & bat from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I had three eggs that I knew I should throw out after our 23 hour power outage last weekend. I thought Butch raccoon would get them. 


crow & ducks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Our three Musketeers are still hanging about.


3 crows from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Blonde Butch raccoon is definitely lactating!

And, finally, Big Bear. What a surprise! I have two more videos of him. He was here at 7 p.m., and later in the night twice. He's nowhere near the house, and we've been running around doing outside chores, so he is a good bear! Hunting season begins today, we wish him well. 


Bear May 25 7 p.m. from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Thanks to Eileen for hosting Saturday's Critters. Join us at: 

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Karen said...

We haven't seen a bear in ages. We saw on FB that someone got a bear back of us this morning though. :(
Crows love eggs! They fight over them if we throw them in our compost pit.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
So much life going on!!! YAM xx

RedPat said...

You have such an assortment of critters!

Lorrie said...

That is a very long time to be without power. Such a waste when food goes bad, but what can one do?
There's a lot happening outside your home!

Nancy J said...

Big Bear, he was determined to see what your camera did or was. Lots of animals, and still no power for so many, You and JB are the BEST !!! Hope you are all coping and eating and soon the power will get back on, I can imagine the freezer waste, so sad.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my...that is a really BIG bear! WOW! Hope your weather is good for the weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

love to see coyote. Takes me back to a Yellowstone trip I was on. :)

Cloudia said...

I'm very good to know that is a nice bear in your neighborhood

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Divers and Sundry said...

So many critters! Knowing there were bears would keep me out of the woods. I'm guessing y'all know how to safely coexist. I'd have a lot to learn...

Anvilcloud said...

The family is lucky to have your place of refuge.