For the Birds: Nesting in Almonte

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Cheryl

by Cheryl Baxter

Happy Saturday!  Once again I am logging in to post after a long absence.  I do have good reasons I guess, but I also apologize.  I really expected to be doing this sooner!

We recently moved into Almonte (just on the outskirts) and I have to say, I LOVE it here!  I loved my other house near Pakenham for the last 16 years but have been so happy with the change, I surprised myself!

It’s been difficult in the ‘birding’ department, firstly, to establish some good bird traffic here with feeder hung around the new yard.  But also with the busy-ness of moving and settling into a new place!  We had to downsize in a MAJOR way!

On a more personal note, my mother in law suffered a brain aneurysm on Mother’s Day and after a successful surgery, suffered a stroke and endured numerous seizures. She is currently in the ICU in Ottawa.  We are trusting and praying for her recovery.

About the birds:  Right after we moved in, I discovered the field behind our house is the habitat for the Eastern Meadowlark.  My bird feeders have been visited by numerous Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinches.

Last week-end my husband took me for a boat ride on Mississippi Lake and I was thrilled to capture a couple of Loon photographs!

Oh and I can’t forget the thrill I had BEFORE we moved to capture the Eastern Bluebird behind our barn.  It was as if they were saying goodbye.  It was a bittersweet time. I loved all the bird activity at the other place.  I also captured a brief visit of Sandhill Cranes in April.

Please enjoy my offerings from the last couple of months.

~Cheryl 

Trumpeter Swans March 30
Trumpeter Swans
March 30
Trumpeter Swan March 30
Trumpeter Swan
March 30
Trumpeter Swans March 30
Trumpeter Swans
March 30
Trumpeter Swan March 30
Trumpeter Swan
March 30
Trumpeter Swan March 30
Trumpeter Swan
March 30
Hooded Merganser March 31
Hooded Merganser
March 31
Hooded Merganser March 31
Hooded Merganser
March 31
Trumpeter Swan March 31
Trumpeter Swan
March 31
Trumpeter Swans March 31
Trumpeter Swans
March 31
Trumpeter Swan March 31
Trumpeter Swan
March 31
Sandhill Crane April 10 Pakenham
Sandhill Crane
April 10
Pakenham
Sandhill Crane April 10 Pakenham
Sandhill Crane
April 10
Pakenham
Sandhill Crane April 10 Pakenham
Sandhill Crane
April 10
Pakenham
Bluebird taking a bow. Behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird taking a bow.
Behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Bluebird behind our Barn at the old house. April 13
Phoebe Pakenham at the old house, April 14.
Phoebe
Pakenham at the old house, April 14.
Phoebe Pakenham at the old house, April 14.
Phoebe
Pakenham at the old house, April 14.
Eastern Meadowlark New house, Almonte. April 23
Eastern Meadowlark
New house, Almonte.
April 23
Eastern Screech Owl Ottawa April 29
Eastern Screech Owl
Ottawa
April 29
Eastern Screech Owl Ottawa April 29
Eastern Screech Owl
Ottawa
April 29
Male Wood Duck Ottawa April 29
Male Wood Duck
Ottawa
April 29
Male Wood Duck Ottawa April 29
Male Wood Duck
Ottawa
April 29
Mr. Goldfinch Almonte, May 9
Mr. Goldfinch
Almonte, May 9
Mrs. Goldfinch Almonte, May 9
Mrs. Goldfinch
Almonte, May 9
Bald Eagle White Lake May 17
Bald Eagle
White Lake
May 17
Bluebird May 22, Almonte
Bluebird
May 22, Almonte
Loon Mississippi Lake May 24
Loon
Mississippi Lake
May 24
Loon Mississippi Lake May 24
Loon
Mississippi Lake
May 24
Loon Mississippi Lake May 24
Loon
Mississippi Lake
May 24