A Quicker trip to Riding Mountain than planned

The trip started out nice & early as usual and I was in Portage la Prairie for the sunrise. All was going fine until I slowed down for a town on the highway and the car started making an annoying noise. As I past the town and sped up again, the noise disappeared. Then I… Continue reading A Quicker trip to Riding Mountain than planned

Grebes and a Flicker

The huge flocks of various ducks, grebes and whatever else was on the Red River last week have moved on.  Yesterday there was one small group of Horned Grebes left, but this morning – nothing. I think these are all Horned Grebes. Edit – May 9/15 I just used a bird ID feature at Merlin… Continue reading Grebes and a Flicker

Red River May 7th

The rain predicted for today seems to be holding off for now – which is fine with me.  The sump pump isn’t getting much of a break since the snow melted.  The Red River is still quite high and I see by looking at the Province’s Department of Highways road map that many of the roads south of the city are closed due to flooding.  The detours more than double the usual distance, which makes a day trip to the U.S. out of the question for now.

It was 12C when  Chester and I took our walk this morning – it was still this morning, but getting very close to noon by the time we returned.  We saw a few Mallard ducks and some water birds that I will have to check out to see what they are.  I remember seeing similar birds in my yard, many years ago when my yard was lower than the surrounding yards and it always flooded in the spring.  I was ready to give my yard a lake name instead of draining it.  🙂  I thought Lake Mavis sounded good – but instead we continued to drain the yard until basement construction gave us enough dirt to raise it up.

We will start with the traditional big tree picture.  The Red River seems to still be staying at the same depth.

Big Tree May 7th
Big Tree May 7th
Crow May 7th
Crow May 7th
Flicker May 7th
Flicker May 7th

I love the zoom I have on my camera – but when I’m taking pictures, I have no idea how they turn out because I can’t see the image on the camera without my glasses and I don’t wear glasses when walking.  Too bad I didn’t get more of his front – and I don’t know if it is a yellow shafted or red shafted flicker since I didn’t see him fly.  The older cameras where you looked through a viewfinder was easier for me to see what I was getting – but then I was younger and maybe had better eyesight – LOL   Thanks to Barry, I now know this is a Yellow Shafted Flicker because the Red Shafted Flicker does not have red on the back of his head.  🙂  Thanks Barry.

bump on a log
bump on a log

I just thought this bump on the log looked kind of interesting and again, by zooming in on it I could tell (once the pictures was on my computer) what it was.  I wasn’t sure if it was just a bump or if it was something sitting on the log.  Again, it was quite a distance from me.

A couple of Male Mallards
A couple of Male Mallards
Female Mallard
Female Mallard
Waterbird May 7th
Waterbird May 7th

Thanks to Barry, I now have an ID on this guy – he is a Spotted Sandpiper.  Thanks Barry.

Waterbird May 7th
Waterbird May 7th

When I was taking the pictures, I assumed both these waterbirds were the same kind, but looking at the pictures now, I think they are different.  I guess that’s a little more detective work for me to do.

We had lions at  Tembe Elephant Park on Africam again today (late last night for me at dawn in Africa).  There was one male and 3 females (all the females had collars).  What a great way to end my day – but I stayed up too late watching them.  You can look at the pictures here.  We saw a lot more than lions, of course – but kitties are always so exciting to watch.