Saturday, March 28, 2015

Water and Warbler

Water levels continue to climb.....

day before yesterday, this is where it was at.....

then after last nights rain, here is where it presently sits.  I suspect after the next rain storm, which is slated to hit tonight, we will no longer be able to stand at this spot and look across this view.  Walking to the park is a distant memory and obviously isn't going to happen again for the foreseeable future.

Once the rain let up this morning we walked over at Kilby....

it was windy and stormy and I thought we'd get soaked, but we lucked out...however you can see white caps out there on Harrison Bay and how muddy it was along the edges.

With the wind there weren't many birds....

I did spot this female Varied Thrush....not exactly being co-operative!  A few more weeks and these guys should disappear again until the fall, in fact a friend who live in northern Alberta had one in her yard last week, she'd never seen one before and wondered what it was.

as some birds leave, others arrive...the first Yellow-rump Warbler of the season....not a clear photo but the only one I got.  Should mention that the Rufous Hummingbirds have arrived, not in great numbers yet but have seen both male and female.

this Spotted Towhee was the only other bird we saw apart from numerous Canada Geese in the fields and on the river. 

of course there are American Robin's pretty much everywhere right now....

and I wish I could have caught the male Anna's Hummingbird that was dive bombing this male Red-wing Blackbird but he didn't stay still enough to get a photo.

With the water levels this high we're hoping to get out in the canoe soon, weather permitting.  It should be very interesting as we've certainly never had water like this at this time of the year before, at least as long as we've lived here.

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