Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Fire Danger and Dry Air Mass

 Here we go again...another dry air mass with a fire danger warning. I don't know about you, but this feels like Colorado weather, not Maine weather! This month should be the "rainy month of May", not dry, dry, dry. Relative humidity levels of between 15% to 20% rarely ever happen in Maine, yet this has occurred twice this month.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Canada Geese on Caesar Pond

We have 5 Canada Geese on Caesar Pond, at the moment; two females and three males. As you can imagine, it is rather noisy out there as the females seek to find their true loves for this year! Enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Total Lunar Eclipse starts Sunday evening

Yahoo! We will be in the path for the Total lunar eclipse (one of two chances that we will have this year to see one, if the weather cooperates.) Below is the schedule of events for the Eclipse:


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If we miss this eclipse, we get another chance this year on Nov. 7-8, 2022, although that one has us situated to only see part of the eclipse. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 9, 2022

Starlings nesting in the ash tree

 Drew set up a video camera to capture footage of birds nesting in the ash tree because all we could see was bird poop on our deck.

The old woodpecker nest hole in the ash tree has been taken over by Starlings who are raising chicks.  We have no idea how old the chicks are, but figure that they are within 10 days of fledging as the entire nesting period is about 21-23 days. Here is a screen grab from the video that shows a parent bringing food to chicks. We cannot see the chicks as, unlike the woodpeckers that have nested here previously, they cannot climb the walls of the cavity.

Another screen grab from video footage shows a parent flying from the nest after tending to the young.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Loon pair on Caesar Pond

I cannot believe it took me this long to photograph the loons. Mind you, I still haven't gotten out in the boat. But, I got lucky to see the loons on our side of the pond this afternoon.

They were fishing, preening, and enjoying the calm of the late afternoon.

I love loons...These aren't the greatest of photos, but they are the first of many that I hope for this season.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Bird species are arriving for summer one by one

 Birds, birds, birds! They are migrating back for summer one by one! Today, we saw three new species: Red-breasted Grosbeak, Chipping Sparrow, and Song Sparrow, all of whom I was able to photograph.

I love the splash of red that the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks bring to our neck of the woods. Click on All About Birds to hear their call.

The Chipping Sparrows are scarfing up seeds from the ground. I don't have any sound recordings, but check out their calls on All About Birds!

Another sparrow that arrived this week is the Song Sparrow. At least, I think it is a song sparrow. I am notoriously bad at identifying birds. Here is a front view showing his gorgeous striped breast. Click on All About Birds to hear their calls.

And, here is more of a side view showing you the feather patterning of the Song Sparrow. They are so pretty! They scratch the ground looking for insects.
P.S. Please tell me if this is a different bird so that I can correct the I.D. if necessary.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

First Hummingbird of Spring

 No photo, just acknowledgement that Drew saw the first hummingbird of the season. A female frequented the hummingbird feeder in front of the birding bench.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Birds and an Otter on Caesar Pond

Carla's 2011 photo of an otter on Caesar Pond!
No photos... just an update. Back woods neighbors, Gordy and Eileen, popped over to enjoy the pond this evening and saw a bald eagle, an osprey, the loons, the geese, and....wait for it...an otter munching on a fish on the island just off from our dock! Yup...an otter! The last person to see one on Caesar Pond was neighbor Carla, way back in August, 2011. Needless to say, I am so excited and hope to be able to photograph one soon!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

We must all get along - Goldfinches R Cranky

Yikes...somebody needs to go back to kindergarten to learn how to share!

Aww...now that's better!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Yellow-rumped Warblers have arrived!

Yay! One of my favorite warbler species has arrived for the spring/summer season!

They are named Yellow-rumped Warblers for a reason!