Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Beautiful April day in Maine

Gosh! we have been having such great weather in Maine this week. We've been able to sit out and not worry about bugs (yet). Even start up the outdoor fireplace and eat outside - yum yum! So much better tasting food! Last evening, while sitting by the fire, the above Purple Finch visited - this is the first one I have seen this year. Actually it has been quite quiet around our feeders lately, not even a red squirrel. I have seen a couple woodpeckers and a few ground sparrows but that has been it.
Tonight while sitting outside about the same time as last night, the Purple Finch returned (well, don't know if it was the same one or not but would like to think so!) and brought back another. So now we have two male Purple Finches!
It was so beautiful this morning, I went down and sat in my woods shack for awhile. took my camera, binouclars and a cup of coffee. It was so peaceful there, in fact a little too quite! I have been hoping to see some different birds down there as it is an old orchard we have been cleaning out. Now with the trees budding seems as though the birds should be around, but I failed to see any this morning except for three big birds - Jakes! They walked through the orchard right in front of me, the one in above photo was half heartily strutting. I was surprised they didn't hang around longer, but guess they were on a mission as they disappeared into the woods like they knew just where they were headed. Gosh! I didn't even see a red squirrel down there, last fall I could not go down one time without having one try to come into the shack with me!

Enjoy :) Coppertop

Friday, April 11, 2008

His lost, My Treasure

A beautiful Maine Spring day it was today! So refreshing to be able to sit out on the deck this morning with my cup of coffee and watch the sparrows, Robins, gold finches and even a small group of Tree Swallows checking out our bird houses.

I ventured out into the woods this morning, just taking my time and trying to walk where the ground was bare. The snow is still pretty deep in spots and can be pretty hard on one's body, not knowing when you are going to sink knee deep or stay on top of the snow pack. Luckily there were enough bare spots and I got in a nice leisure walk. I was a bit disappointed in not seeing any birds though, except for one lone Robin.

Heading back home, I was walking our property line and happened to come across an antler left behind by a young buck. I recognized the antler shape right away as belonging to a buck we had seen for two winters now with a double throat patch. Not an outstanding antler by any means, but certainly a treasure to me. A pleasant surprise and nice ending to my morning walk.

Enjoy :) Coppertop

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Spring has Sprung FINALLY!

FINALLY ! I do believe Spring has come to Maine. Our fields are pretty bare with only patches of snow, but the woods still have a good amount. Water puddles are popping up everywhere. this Common Snipe paid us a short visit the other day. I had never seen one before and keep looking, hoping it might return. It sure blends in with the background! You can read more about the Common Snipe here.
In the photo above you can see the comparision of size between the Snipe and Robins. The Robins have been back for a week now and are really feasting in the fields.

Robins in the field as well as the deer! We won't be seeing them much longer, they are starting to change their habits and will be retreating to their summer areas soon. Oh, they might pop by every now and then but certainly not on a regular bases like they have this Spring.

Cutey! This little one appears to be hiding behind Mommy. Young deer are just like kids. I watched one play for a good fifteen minutes the other day. It would jump high in the air and take off on a dead run, only to go a few feet, turn and do it again. Back and forth it bounced, disappearing into the woods for a second and right back again. What a character! They all seem to have their own little personality just like humans!

It was such a beautiful day today, all I could think of was a cook-out! Soon for sure!

Enjoy :) Coppertop