Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wild Turkey Hen with Chicks...

I was shocked to look out this morning and see a hen with her chicks within 25 feet of our home. Mama jumped up on the rock wall (part of which you can see in the above picture) and gobbled down some sunflower seeds while the chicks waited on the grass huddled in a circle.  
Everyday I put some seeds out on a large rock and the birds, chipmunks squirrels and turkeys find without difficulty.  Below is a picture with a Tom turkey on that rock, not this particular hen but shows you what I am referring to.
Here are a couple more photos I was able to get of Mama and babies this morning through our kitchen windows before she disappeared in the tall grass of the field next door to us.
We had seen another Hen with just one chick off and on down in our lower field but the first time seeing this family.  Hopefully she'll bring the little ones back again and I can get more and better photos.

Did you know - Less than half of turkey nesting attempts are successful. Wild turkeys nest on the ground and are quite vulnerable to predators including human disturbance (burning, mowing).  It takes 6 weeks from the time the first egg is laid to hatching.  The first two weeks is crucial for the little chicks as they are unable to fly and will roost under the hen on the ground.  As soon as they are able to fly they will roost in the treetops along with Mama.

Thank you for stopping by, come back soon.  Smile and Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Photos - Flicker, Doe, Snapper, Catbird and more...

I’ve gathered a few of my miscellaneous photos from the past week or so to share with you.  The first one (above) is from my woods camera of a tail less raccoon that we have been seeing off and on since Spring.
This Northern Flicker for some reason checks out this flower pot (empty except for dirt) every morning!
Daily I put some sunflower seeds on this rock.  Yesterday it did not take this group of American Goldfinches long to find the supper table!
This Snapping Turtle was very much aware of me watching it
A tadpole swimming by.
Beautiful Tiger Swallowtail on wildflowers.
I had scattered some crushed egg shells in the dirt here and the tree swallows jut went crazy over them!  I had no idea they ate egg shells and wonder if they don't devour their own shells after the babies hatch out?  Something I must try to look up.  I know in cleaning out their bird houses at the end of each year I had not found a sign of a shell.
A Gray Catbird with food for its babies.  At least I believe so, as I saw this catbird go into the shrub with its catch.  I would love to see the nest and babies but it is so well hid in the thick and thorny bush and it really is not a good thing to disturb them.  Hopefully I will get a glimpse of the babies when they are big enough to leave the security of their nest.
White-tail deer - doe
A wild turkey with one visible chick. I actually missed seeing the young chick when I first went through the pictures from this woods camera. 
I love my Maine backyard!  
Take some time to relax and see what is out and about your backyard!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo Caption Anyone?

I took this yesterday in our backyard - any suggestions for a caption?

Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Maine Harbor Seals and more...

Three Harbor Seals peeking out at us!

We have been having some really dreary wet weather of late, yesterday showed some signs of clearing even though pretty overcast and I was anxious for some time out of the house.  Seeing how hubby had some medical test being done at Bangor EMMC, I decided to go along with a book and camera in hand.  We left early and made a stop at the Mt. Hope Cemetery where it was pretty quiet.  We saw a couple turtles along the banks and a total of 2 male and 2 female Mallards.  

I read from a book about David Ortiz the Boston Red Sox designated hitter while hubby had his test.  After we got a quick bite to eat and decided to take a ride to the Orland Village Dam.  Some face book friends had been getting Osprey and Harbor Seal photos there and I was hoping to see some action as well.  One Osprey was flying overhead when we arrived and shortly after as the Tide was coming in we caught sight of several Harbor Seals making their way into the area.  All you could see was their eyes above the waters surface peeking out at us!  I do not recall ever seeing Harbor Seals and this was a real treat for me.

Before we knew it there were four Ospreys flying about, diving and grabbing fish, a couple Cormorants and the Seals.  So much action I had to just watch as I couldn’t make up my mind which way to aim the camera.  I was so excited when I did snap pictures I was too hasty and a lot came out blurry, over exposed or under exposed but I did manage to get a few fairly nice shots

It was such a great time and I can’t wait to be able to go back again soon.  Do take some time for yourself and just relax, look around you and take in nature’s beauty.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Made my day - a young buck!

I happened to be walking through the house a half hour ago and glancing out the window at the miserable rainy day I caught sight of a orange-red spot moving along the edge of our field!  I quickly grabbed my camera, opened the double doors and not thinking stuck the camera out the door opening. I was able to snap two pictures before this handsome young buck made his way into our second field and disappeared from my sight.  Thankfully it wasn't raining hard at the time and only a few drops of rain fell on the camera and lens.  Now I'm smiling and my day is made!
Keep your eyes open and look around - you never know what you might see in your backyard!