Monday, May 29, 2017

We are back

We're back!  and so is the water.....not yet the end of May and already it is considerably higher than it has been the past few years.

also back is some unseasonable took advantage of both today and headed out in the canoe.

the wild 'Nootka' Roses are in full bloom....and underwater.

and here is the 'first bay' longer a bay....just part of the whole

there is the viewing platform...actually love it when the water gets like this as it means that the birds, at least the ones nesting up in trees, can get on with their business without human interference.  For those that had already started nesting down in the lower bushes it is a different story, but no doubt they figure it out.

seemed most bird houses were occupied by Tree Swallows...

just off of the golf course we noticed several of these very pale, almost white Nootka Roses.

went as far as the viewing gazebo at the golf course where there were lots of Spotted Sandpipers (fitting!) and swallows, Tree, Violet Green and Barn....nice to see the bird houses on the top!

not so nice, in fact rather alarming, was this float plane that for over an hour kept practicing landing and taking off.  Not only very extremely annoying due to the noise, but the fact that they showed no concern for the number of kayakers out on the water, is concerning.

What was thrilling to see...

was that the Purple Martin are back...or at least some of them.  If you recall last year we were concerned about how few there were early in the season, then found that they were still nesting well into August.

here is a closer look.  Female on the left, male on the right.

We heard a lot of Bullock's Oriole and finally spotted this female, just as we were heading back in.  

It wasn't a great day for bird photos, did see Red-wing Blackbirds, Yellow Warblers, a pair of Canada Geese, a male Mallard, Steller's Jay, a Bald Eagle and a pair of Osprey among others.

With the promise of cooler weather, hopefully we will get over to Harrison Bay sometime in the next few days to see what has happened during the last few weeks.

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