Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hot and Cold

Monday was a great day out with my "Mom's Lunch" group. The temperatures were rising and we spent a nice day together. We had lunch in the village of Conestogo and then went exploring through the town of Elora. On our way back we stopped at Snyder's Flats in Bloomingdale and walked the trail around the pond.

Looking north at the Grand River in Elora

This is looking south.
With all the rain we have had the river is very high.

The force of the water last week must have 
been incredible to move this log over the dam

Signs of spring are starting to show

The bugs are mating.......

Don't come any closer or I will have to jump into the Gorge

Looking down into Elora Gorge

My first caterpillar sighting this year

Beaver's destroying tree's at Snyder's Flats

Wednesday I walked to a local small pond in our neighbourhood and spent a few hours enjoying the sights and sounds on a warm sunny day. Little did I know that the suns reflection off the water was going to leave me with a red face. It was so nice to just be out enjoying the warmth of the day.

Mr. & Mrs. Mallard enjoy a swim together

A muskrat having a snack in the reeds

Mrs. Goose working on the next generation

Mr. Canada Goose enjoying a drink of water

Red-winged Blackbird hanging onto a bulrush stalk

Female Red-winged Blackbird

Singing his best to impress the girls

Thursday I was woken up early and this robin spent the next few hours singing his heart out in the pear tree in the backyard. Maybe he was just happy to feel the warmth that was moving in for the day. The first day this year that the temperature went above 20 celcius and we had a humidity reading of 28 degrees.

By Friday we were back in the rain and the mercury was on the decline. Saturday we arose to a coating of snow and very cold winds. It snowed off and on most of the day. Will we ever get our season of camping underway if the weather keeps taking these roller coaster rides? Here's wishing for a warmer week ahead.

I'd offer a seat but it's covered in snow


American Tree Sparrow

Female White-Throated Sparrow

Male White-Throated Sparrow

Juvenile Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

I'm not sure what happened to this poor Dark-eyed Junco 
but she is missing all of her long tail feathers. Poor thing!!

Looks more like a chick that a bird

She should look like this. 
She still flies well with out them.

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