Thursday, June 13, 2019

BABY BOOMERS



Spring is the time of year when I see many baby animals and waterfowl.  The young ones are always so cute to see and photograph.



Out in farm country near Kingsley, I first came across this pair of Canadian Geese and their brood of seven goslings.


 
The parents brought up the rear, but they were really pushing the little ones towards a nearby pond.




Oh, the young ones are so fuzzy and cute!



Next, on South Boardman Lake at Logan’s Landing, I saw this pair of Mute Swans with their five babies, known as cygnets.




 While both parents were busy dunking for aquatic plants, they kept their brood safely between them.






Like the goslings, these cygnets were fuzzy and cute.  Unfortunately, I waited and waited, but I couldn’t get them to face in my direction.





Returning to farm country, I saw two Red Angus cows with their calves in a meadow.








The calves were already quite large, and I wondered when they’d been born.  This one was a handsome dude, but not exactly cute and fuzzy like the waterfowl chicks.




To be honest, not being much of a farm girl, what amazed me most about the cows was the size of their udders.  As they all romped through the meadow, their udders dragged on the ground!  I wondered if the calves were being weaned and the cows were waiting for the extra milk to dry up.  So much to learn about the natural world!





























Thursday, June 6, 2019

BLOSSOMTIME ARRIVES



Blossomtime:  One of the most beautiful times of the year in our area!  With perfect viewing weather forecast over the next four days, venture out to the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas for these annual breathtaking scenes.





















Thursday, May 30, 2019

MARSH MARIGOLDS SIGNAL ARRIVAL OF TRILLIUM


I learned during my years living in Northport that Marsh Marigolds precede the arrival of Trillium at two sites, both known as Trillium Hill.  In those areas, the trillium are spread over hills for as far as your eyes can see.  I’ve found a few patches of both flowers in Traverse City, but none that rival what’s at Trillium Hill.  The beauty of those hills always coaxes me back to Northport for more springtime pictures.  You know, one can never have too many trillium photographs.



























Thursday, May 23, 2019

BIRDS IN THEIR ELEMENTS


Starting Sunday afternoon, the local Audubon email alert was going wild.  Best Warbler day ever, I read.  The hotbed of activity seemed to be the south end of Boardman Lake around Medalie Park and the Boardman Lake Trail.  After the third alert, I couldn’t stand it, so I headed out.



My first sighting was this beautiful male Northern Cardinal.  It was nice to see the bird in a natural surrounding versus on my feeders.



It didn’t take long to spy another of my favorites, a Red-winged Blackbird.  This species’ birdsong fills the spring air with their beautiful trills.



I followed this beauty as it moved to a cattail spike.  It was fun to watch as it put its whole body into vocalizing.



And nearby was a female Red-winged Blackbird.  Can hardly believe these two are both RWBBs!  Like several species, the males and females are markedly different in appearance.



While I hadn’t yet seen any of the exotics yet, I began seeing birds new to me.  This Song Sparrow likes the marshy area where I photographed it.



This Eastern Phoebe was coming into its summer breeding grounds.  So far, I’d seen some new birds, but none of the warblers I’d heard about.



Then I hit the jackpot with this beautiful Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler.  This male was definitely migrating to its summer habitat.



The warbler turned my way for this goofy-looking front pose.  Then it took off.  I felt lucky to have sighted three new birds, including one of the exotic warbler types.  A banner day for birders.








Thursday, May 16, 2019

BLOSSOM BY BLOSSOM THE SPRING BEGINS


This quote by Algernon Swinburne really sums up the beauty of spring that popped this week with all the sunshine and warm temperatures.