So disappointed first thing this morning to see our two humming bird feeders totally empty with one lying on the ground. Our Niger seed feeder lay broken on the ground as well & two wooden bird feeders were emptied of their seeds. And, one of our two suet feeders was missing. Found it later in some shrubbery, pried open & totally emptied. It's the work of raiding raccoons in the night & there is nothing we can do to stop them. Chipmunks & squirrels can eventually be outfoxed but the coons are a different story. They are too humanlike in their thinking & they have the strength to lift, break, & pry things open. Very discouraging!!
Turned out to be another in a series of beautiful warm days & I was fortunate enough to have another mobility van run which took me from one sleepy little village, through the picturesque countryside, to several other small villages & back again. Noticed some of the farmers have taken off their first cutting of hay already & I'm beginning to see fields of corn sprouting. Shoots are out of the ground about 4 inches. Agricultural southern Ontario is off to another fine growing season.
WE HAVE POSTED A SENTRY TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT RASCALLY RACCOON TONIGHT
I've been sitting at the computer for awhile tonight & actually headed off in two different blog post directions only to stop & save what I had written for another time. One post will need photos to go with it & I will have to head out & do some shooting before posting that one. The other was another lament about being earthbound for the summer but I figured people have heard enough of that out of me for awhile so I stuck that one back up on the shelf for a rainy day. Maybe if I let it gather a little dust it might take on a bit of character.
NOTICE HOW THE BIRDFEEDERS FISHING LINES SPOIL THE ABOVE PHOTO.
NORTHERN FLICKER....With the Picasa Photo Program's 'Retouch' tool I took the fishing lines out. I also used the 'Crop' tool to remove a lot of wasted space around the subject. And, I used 'I'm Feeling Lucky' & 'Auto Color' plus the 'Sharpen' tool. I left the 'Saturation' tool alone in this case.
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GREEN HERON.....I caught this little fellow flying about 8 a.m. this morning & the photos are in sequence from take-off at the pond's near shore to landing in a willow shrub on the far side. I really do think I need to get myself a longer lens soon:))
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