Monday, May 5, 2014

The Week in Review

It has been a week of many adventures in between all of the rain and cold weather we have had. On Monday I had the honour of babysitting wee Emma for a few hours. She was as good as gold and we enjoyed some play time. I must have done a good job as I will be looking after her again today for a while. Nothing like spending special time with our precious granddaughter.

Emma having a bit of a nap. 
She always seem to have her arms up when napping

Smiling during our play time

Hiking In The Woods
On Thursday Nancy and I went for a 4 1/2 hour hike at the Hydrocut Trails in Waterloo. Neither of us had been there before but we will definitely be going back. We only did half of the trails and it was a great place for hiking. The trails wind all around and there are some boardwalk as well. There were high spot with good views as well as ponds. The sun came out for part of our hike and that was a welcome addition to all of the other wonderful sites we saw along the way.

A red trillium ready to open

Early spring flowers in full bloom

I think these are a few feathers from a Northern Flicker

Garter snake basking in the suns rays

A Robins nest built in the crotch of a broken tree

Four eggs will bring new life to the woods

There were different types of flowers all over the forest floor

Black and white warbler in the wind

Even the fallen trees are leafing out

Backyard Visitors
Bird migration is in full swing and I have had some of them stop by to enjoy my offerings at the feeders. It is so nice to see the cardinals as they are pairing up to mate. The robins are busy working on their nests as well. Some will just be passing through but it has been enjoyable to watch them as they travel to there summer homes.

One of a flock of Cedar Waxwings

I really enjoyed listening to this Song Sparrow

Mr. Cardinal feeding the Mrs.

Mr. Mallard was here to inspect the neighbours pools for a nesting spot

I don't think the Mrs. was impressed so they flew off

A Hermit Thrush was here for a few days

Nest building time for the robins

A Chipping Sparrow

A Common Grackle trying to hang on at the feeder

He is showing his dominance to the other Grackles

This is our latest arrival. A White Throated Sparrow

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