The birds are returning! Red-winged Blackbirds have invaded the neighborhood, filling the air with their unmistakable, raspy vocalizing. Grackles are back also, but I’ve yet to see or hear a Robin. Tim Horn tells me he’s been seeing beavers lately near his house across from the old Mission Church. A week ago, Sunday, as the ice was breaking up and moving away from shore, just at the edge of open water and ice about one hundred yards or so off shore from Cable Cottage, I noticed seagulls and crows hovering, circling and landing periodically on the ice. Looking through my spotting scope, I also watched two mature eagles, perched on the ice, one of them picking at something as were several of the other birds, all in the same vicinity. Apparently, crows and seagulls are not, or were not at that time, regular fare on the raptor menu.
We’ve had many sun-filled days this past week and as April rapidly approaches, we’re suppose to slowly warm to seasonal temperatures sometime next week . . . .. . maybe. Just a short email this time as it’s Trivia Night and I need to get this sent out before we begin at 9 p.m. Anyone with online access will be deemed cheating and forever shunned, shamed and probably welcomed back to play again next week. I hope all is well with all of you and with a ferry running again (for a couple days, anyway) maybe we’ll see some of you here again real soon. Until next time, take care all. Greg
A couple of months ago one of my readers, Cathy from Maumee, Ohio wrote to get permission to paint several of the photos she had seen on the blog during the summer. Of course I say “yes”, and asked that she share her paintings with me when she finished. Here they are – each is an 8 x 10 acrylic.
If you’d like to see more of Cathy’s art, you can click here: http://cathyannettelaney.blogspot.com/
That’s all I have for this week from the island, but here are a couple of “odds and ends” from other areas:
Have you heard about the live webcam of the nesting eagles in Decorah, Iowa? Thousands of people have been tuning in as the eggs hatch. The “eagle cam” is 80 feet up in a tree and shows the nest, mom and dad eagle, and the hatching eggs. Full sound affects. Once you access the page, be sure to watch the “24-hour time lapse collage” of the first hatching”. Thanks to reader Barbara Metting for letting me know about this. Amazing stuff!http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles#utm_campaigne=synclickback&source=http://www.raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/decorah_eagle_xcel.html
Many of you remember one of my goals for the winter was to try and get Bear and I registered as Delta Pet Partners so we could visit hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living homes, etc. We’ve been working now for three months, and I wrote about some of our experiences on a blog last week. If you’d like to read about it, you can go to http://bree1976.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/pawsitive-visits-and-one-shining-moment-412011/.
Have a wonderful week, and God bless.