Sunday, May 11, 2014
As we went to bed last night, Mark laughed at me for plugging in the electric blanket. Well, who do you think got the last laugh when the temperature dipped down into the 40’s inside the trailer during the night?
The morning started promising, with some blue sky and sun when we got up at 7:30. But as I put out all the bird feeders, I looked to the west and saw very dark clouds rolling in. The breeze kicked up, as well. I tried sitting out on the porch but it was too windy to be enjoyable and so dark and gloomy that all my photos looked awful.
We did have a pair of evening grosbeaks make a brief appearance this morning.
Also, three black squirrels and a gray squirrel chased themselves round the feeder and through the woods. The one black squirrel was eating buds from the maple tree. I tried to get a picture, but it didn’t turn out very well, as you can see here. It just was not a good day for photography.
It sprinkled a bit off and on but didn’t stop Mark from doing a few chores around the yard. I sat parked at the kitchen table uploading yesterday’s blog post. We questioned what we should do – head home early or hope the weather cleared?
By 11:30 the sun broke out and we decided it was safe to go for a hike. The dogs, of course, were in total agreement with this plan! We loaded up and Mark drove out to M33 and turned north. I asked him where we were headed and he said no idea. He planned to stop when the whim struck him, I guess. We didn’t really go very far. He went back to an area we have hiked before only this time instead of sticking to the ATV trail, we struck out through the woods on what was at one time an old railroad grade, I think. I had started out with a sweatshirt on, but by time we returned to the vehicle I was shucking out of it – it had warmed up considerably with the sun shining!
We left that area and drove a short way to another spot and struck off cross-country again, working our way up the side of a ridge. The good thing about it not being very green at this time of year is that you can go up hill and down dale with few impediments. Milo was pootering out fast until we scared up three deer, then he was suddenly full of vim and vigor again!
The sun stayed out long enough for us to eat our lunch out on the porch but I pretty much left the camera alone. How many bird photos can one possibly use, anyway? We lingered for a bit, even after we were finished eating, loath to start the dreadful chore of packing up. Ruby had the right idea, relaxing in the sunshine!
Mark actually took this photo. I didn’t even know it was on my camera until I uploaded the photos to my laptop. You can see she’s tied on her lead. Mark has been working with her off-lead, but this morning with those four squirrels? Yeah, guess who went running right into the underbrush and guess who had to run in after her? 🙂
Packing up couldn’t be put off forever and the sky started to cloud up as we began putting all the outdoor things away, as if the northwoods themselves were sad at our leaving. I left what was left of the orange out for the orioles and also the grape jelly and loaded the platform up with seeds and peanuts. My apology to the birds for having to leave them.
The bird species count for our yard today was 16 species: evening grosbeak, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, yellow-rumped warbler, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, chickadee, goldfinch, mourning dove, grackle, cowbird, red-bellied woodpecker, purple finch, red-winged blackbird, chipping sparrow.
I’m sorry for the lack of quality photos today – it just wasn’t my day. Guess I can’t hit the bird jackpot every day. 🙂
Memorial Day weekend will be our next trip up and that won’t be so quiet and relaxing!