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Friday, September 18, 2015

A Bit Of This & That


Well I must say I have been busy now with the clean up of gardens , cutting back plants that are done and deadheading those that are still going . The weather has been wonderful . Chilly and foggy in the mornings with the sun rising and cool breezes every day .

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SEPTEMBER 2015 (2 of 23)

The hummers are still hanging about fuelling  up like mad before their big journey . The Blue Jays are very active and noisy with all their squawking , Robins are chirping , Chickadees are playing in the trees as are the Sparrows , Gold finch are few at the feeders and on the cone flowers now and the nut hatch , Downy woodpecker have returned , the Eastern Blue birds are flying about like they don't know if they are coming or going and the Crows are plenty cawing in the fields and trees. It can be quite here with just crickets chirping and the odd Cicada buzzing  or it can be very noisy with all the birds chatting singing and chirping at once  . The starlings are flying and landing in droves , I do like their  chatter  and song to . The bees and butterfly's are also plenty as they fuel up for their big journey as well whist others have left weeks ago .

I have been watching this Sparrow hawk who has been hanging about trying to peg off the birds as they are at the feeders . He comes in fast undetected swoops down draws his talon's out and.. Missed every time . I have been wanting to get his photo for quite some time but he just keeps in the thick of the trees and blends in very well with the bark or the trees as well . Until yesterday  I was able to get a few photos of him as he was siting in the open of our big tree !.

SEPTEMBER 2015 (19 of 23)

He doesn't look that big now but when his wings are open and he is flying at warp speed to catch his pray his wing span is amazing .

He knew I was way under him and he had me in the side of his eye until a dove came in behind him in the tree and he turned to look .

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He did come down twice to get a drink from the fountain and I missed my photo opp as Miggs saw him and of course she ran towards him so that was that lol . But I am happy with these photos  better then no photos of him I say lol !

This time of year we get a lot of pray birds about as some migrate and we live close to the migration path and 2 places  called Hawk Cliff close to us just on the north shores of lake Erie and Point Peele just an hour south east of us where there is a sanctuary so we get all kinds landing and flying about the valley .

                                                                         Like this Bald Eagle

SEPTEMBER 2015 (12 of 23)

All though he was very high up and far away I was able to at least capture him and you can see what type of pray bird it is lol once they catch air in those huge wings WOW ! do they soar in the sky fast , they stay far away from the houses and only land or fly over the fields and tops of the valleys . We have seen them land in the fields when we were out in the van going some where and that’s when I don't have my camera  , figures eh? lol !

Miggs and I have been enjoying our morning walks as it has been cooler . She loves to run through the wet long grasses though . A pooped wet  pooch !

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                                                         Always on the alert for squirrels though .

SEPTEMBER 2015 (14 of 23)

A few Rose of Sharon I got from Papa’s mom  , they are whites and pinks  so I have to get them planted soon  . Will be getting more clippings of other plants from her soon to put in my gardens  !

SEPTEMBER 2015 (17 of 23)

Well that's it for me for now . Things are changing readying for the new season we all call Fall /Autumn to arrive next week . WOW ! time fly's doesn’t it? I will be out enjoying the weather busy in the gardens and of course walking with my Miggs and taking lots of photos  as time fly's by so fast .

          I would like to thank all of you who send well wishes for Papa as he was down and out with that rotten head cold last weekend ! Papa is all better now and glad that’s over with .

                                                              Until next time .

                           One can find beauty in every season if you take the time to really look !

                                                                Country Gal


DeniseinVA said...

Sorry to learn of Papa's cold. Sending him healing wishes. A super variety of photos and lots of activity in your garden. Miggs always looks so content. Have a great weekend :)

Anvilcloud said...

That last pic of Miggs is good -- nice expression.

Buttons Thoughts said...

The Bald Eagle is very cool I have only seen one in my area and a few when I went west. Miggs is so adorable. Do not work too hard OK. Hug B

The Furry Gnome said...

Yes, the season's chnging fast. Sun rose further south today again. And there's more garden work to get done than i'll ever have time for!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning! I enjoyed your post about the birds. I love watching them and listening to them as well. The sparrows are making piggies of themselves at the feeder these days and there is seldom a gold finch to be seen. But they are still around and they will make another appearance soon. I always have finches in the wintertime because we feed them. During the winter months it is comforting to look out and see them at the feeder. They bring me a lot of joy because I'm usually shut in most of the winter. Of course we always have the chickadees and they are quite entertaining little birds. Hope you have a lovely weekend. It has been very warm here and yesterday broke records with a temp of 27 and a humidex of 34. Today and tomorrow promise to be the same. We joyfully accept it as we don't like see summertime end.


Pamela Gordon said...

I enjoy the foggy fall mornings which will soon lead to frosty fall mornings! LOL Great capture of the Sparrow Hawk and the Eagle. Have a great day!

Janneke said...

First photo is amazing, it´s a bit spooky and then the sparrow hawk and Bald Eagle, never seen an eagle in the wild. But of course Miggs steals the show, especially the photo where she is probably noticing squirrels. I should like Snarf that alert for rabbits in the garden......

William Kendall said...

That hawk looks very watchful! Have to love Miggs, particularly her second shot.

Gail said...

What wonderful pictures.

I have captured an Eagle once in a photo. Your capture is very good.

Have blessed weekend.

Gail said...

What wonderful pictures.

I have captured an Eagle once in a photo. Your capture is very good.

Have blessed weekend.

Michelle said...

I like seeing that Bald Eagle. We have a few around our area. Haven't seen them yet!

Dagmar said...

Happy weekend, you took a lot of wonderful photos, your sweet little Miggs is a darling.

Primitive Stars said...

Evening, love the foggy picture, also the beautiful Bald Eagle. Miggs is always a treat for the eyes. I have to get out on the gardens yet to clean up.Blessings Francine,

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the 'looking for Squirrels' shot of Miggs. Have a lovely weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the Bald Eagle and the hawk images. And Migg is always adorable. Pretty flowers. I am glad Papa is feeling better! Have a happy weekend!

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Looks like the fog has rolled in sooner for you guys than us...I hope that we will still get some, it's hard to tell this year.

What a beautiful rose.


TexWisGirl said...

we have those same fall sounds around here - crows, jays, a few twittering hummingbirds fueling up. :) love miggs.

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

There's lots of wildlife activity now as the wildlife learns of the cooler evenings and darker mornings. Tia is enjoying the cooler walks like Miggs and runs off with the wind behind her! Enjoy the rest of the garden preparations for the autumn months (my back is very sore!). Take care xx

Amy at love made my home said...

I so enjoy your autumn walks! xx

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, So good to catch up with you and the happenings at your place. I've been so swamped and have had a hard time blogging and getting around to visit everyone. Love seeing all your birds, except I must admit I wouldn't like the Sparrow hawk. We have two white Rose of Sharon near our front door and they are pretty-I can't remember if I cut them back last year or not, guess I should read up on them. Hope you have a wonderful week.
Hugs, Noreen