I encountered a lot of birds this week. One morning, picking blueberries, I was annoying several birds, as well as a beaver who was slapping its tail at me. Even when you know what that sound is, it is still startling when you hear that sudden ker-splash in a quiet morning. Then the chick-a-dees were scolding me loudly from the tops of the bushes, as I was keeping them from their normal rounds of breakfast fruit. And a few minutes later, I heard an unusual clicking sound I didn't recognize. Looking for the source, I found it to be a blue jay that was also angry with me. It was making a fast clicking sound, like baseball cards in bicycle spokes - a new one for me. Finally it flew off , sounding its usual call.
We've had lots of humming birds this year frequenting the flowers on the deck, as well as the humming bird feeder.
|Ruby Throated Hummingbird|
I also got a good look at a heron from the kayak before he took flight.
|Great Blue Heron|
The baby loon continues to grow rapidly; now it's about half the size of the parents. I didn't get any good pictures this week though.
Something I haven't heard all summer is an owl. It's interesting to me how much one year is different from another. Last year we heard owls almost every day, and this year, not a one.
Finally, I caught this raccoon walking down the road late at night. It's clear he had just come from the lake, as his legs and belly are still wet.