Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lake Erie: May 08, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 9:30 AM. Unsettled weather = unsettled Lake. 

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:30 AM.

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:30 AM.

Port Stanley: My Front Porch – 7:30 PM. After enduring a day of strong, cold, punishing wind, this lovely Hummingbird chose this spot just outside my window to rest for a while. He's out of the wind here, only a few feet from the feeder and he has a good view all around him. He doesn't seem to mind us watching him and I can see he's still there as I write this. He must be very cold and exhausted from the difficult day. This photo was taken through the window.   

Friday, May 7, 2010

Lake Erie: May 07, 2010

I spent the day with friends at Rondeau Provincial Park. This is my fifth year in a row doing this, although my friends have been doing this for years. It's very handy to have expert birders and naturalists to tag along with. I just let them do all the pesky identifying work while I soak up the blissful surroundings. We seemed to be a bit early for the majority of the warblers. Maybe they had advanced warning of this nasty thunder storm sweeping through. However, in spite of a wet morning and cool afternoon, we saw over 50 different kinds of birds in all.  And yes, Rondeau is as much a part of Lake Erie as the sand and the water. It's a special, uniquely beautiful place and a treasure that I urge you to try and visit at some point in your life if you haven't done so yet.

Rondeau Provincial Park: 3:00 PM. Yellow warbler. It will fit easily in the palm of your hand but it still makes a heroic migration.

Rondeau Provincial Park: 4:15 PM. Columbine.

Rondeau Provincial Park: 4:45 PM. Swamp creature.

Rondeau Provincial Park: 5:30 PM.

Rondeau Provincial Park: 5:30 PM.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lake Erie: May 06, 2010

Port Stanley: East side – 7:30 PM. A cool, fresh, calm day. 

Port Stanley: Harbour – 7:45 PM.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lake Erie: May 05, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 4:30 PM. A serious line of thunderstorms are just about to hit.


Port Stanley: East Side – 8:00 PM. Cloud tops of a parallel line of storms out over the Lake.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lake Erie: May 04, 2010

Hawk Cliff: 5:30 PM.

Port Bruce: 5:00 PM.

Port Bruce: 5:00 PM.

Port Bruce: 5:00 PM.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lake Erie: May 03, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:00 AM.

Port Stanley: East side – 10:15 AM.

Port Stanley: End of McClary Street – 5:00 PM. 

Port Stanley: End of McClary Street – 5:00 PM.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lake Erie: May 02, 2010

Port Stanley: Harbour – 10:45 AM.

Port Stanley: Harbour – 4:15 PM. The hill sides are slowly but inevitably leafing out.