Good Monday to you! I can’t believe the difference in our weather in one short week. I was outside this morning inhaling the wonderful aroma of the many lilacs that have come into bloom in the last couple of days.
This past week was a pretty quiet week in terms of birds. I have Baltimore Orioles that make a daily appearance in my yard. I am hoping they find a spot to make a nest. I witnessed a pair of males chasing a female in my yard this morning! Ahhhh, I love Spring!
I went out to photograph a Chipping Sparrow nest (photo below) a few moments ago, and was able to capture (somewhat poorly) a pair of Orioles. There was a lot of chattering and fluttering. It was a pretty passionate affair! Also, speaking of Chipping Sparrows, you can see a photo of one below that I had snapped earlier this spring.
Earlier on this past week, I was driving on Cedar Hill Side Road, and spotted a pair of Canadian Geese and their 2 Goslings. I pulled over to snap the babies through my car window as I would not have dared to step out and face their wrath. There were several moments of intense hissing from the parents.
I don’t believe I mentioned in my Bio or in earlier posts, but I raise chickens. We have had egg laying hens pretty much as long as we have lived here in Pakenham. Anyhow, I got the bug to incubate and hatch my own chicks, ducklings, goslings etc…years ago! For years I was hatching my own babies but stopped as life got busier and I lost interest. A month ago I decided to gather my chickens eggs… (they are fertile as we do have some roosters), and I set them in the incubator to hatch my own new future egg-layers. We had a pretty successful hatch this week-end with 19 chicks! I have included a sequence of photos below of the hatching process. They are a bit fuzzy as photos were taken through the incubator window. Please enjoy!
I hope you get a chance to get out sometime this week and enjoy the weather and the wildlife around you!
Have an amazing week of feathers and beaks!