Sunday, August 17, 2014

Renovation day at the Osprey nest

The chicks will be fledging any day now and Mom is adding new branches to the nest, with any luck, she's getting ready for next year.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Tiny visitor

It might seem odd to anyone who lives in southewestern Ontario but, until today, I'd only had one fleeting glimpse of a Hummingbird.  This morning I visited a friend who lives on an old family farm in Eastwood and while we enjoying a cup of tea this visitor showed up.  I was pretty darned excited.  Another bird to check off my Life List!


This is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird - either an adult female or a juvenile as the young of both sexes look like the adult female.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Big babies

We drove to London today to see Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema - awesome by the way - and had 10 hawk sightings and stopped to check on the Osprey chicks.

The babies are getting BIG - here they are on either side of their mother.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Osprey chicks

Finally!  Proof that there are two chicks in the nest at Fanshawe and Clarke Roads in London, Ontario.  We stopped by to check the nest today and found two little heads bobbing up and down, being fed their fish dinner.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Osprey update - a visit to Lois and Clarke


When we stopped by to visit (l-r) Clarke and Lois yesterday they cooperated by being close enough together for me to get them in one shot.  Lois appeared to be eating at the time.


When we took another look about an hour later she was settled down on the nest again.  We still have no proof of chicks in the nest.


Clarke, hanging out just being handsome.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Interesting variations

This time of the year you can see some really interesting looking Cardinals.  Today we had both a molting male Cardinal sitting in the Lilac tree..

.....and a juvenile male Cardinal sitting on the clothesline....


.....until he flew the coop!


The glow on photos 2 & 3 are a result of shooting through the screen on the dining room window.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A visit to the Osprey nest

Wow, it was hot and sticky today.  Enough whining though, as we spent the afternoon in an air conditioned cinema watching The Grand Seduction (great fun!) while Lois (below) sat on her chicks in the heat and ....



.......called out to Clarke who was sitting on a hydro pole across the street with a freshly caught fish.

 We stayed and watched for about 10 minutes but he still hadn't shared the meal by the time we left.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smalltown Boy Reprise 2014





In honour of family members, friends and World Pride Festival  in Toronto from June 20 - 29th please listen to this wonderful reprise of Smalltown Boy by Jimmy Somerville.



Here are the lyrics from the song first released to the world by Bronski Beat and Somerville 30 years ago:



Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy Lyrics

You leave in the morning 
With everything you own in a little black case 
Alone on the platform 
The wind and the rain 

On a sad and lonely face 
Mother will never understand 
Why you had to leave 
For the love that you need 

Will never be found at home 
Pushed around and kicked around 
Always a lonely boy 
You were the one 

That they'd talk about around town 
As they put you down 
And as hard as they would try 
They'd hurt to make you cry 

But you'd never cry to them 
Just to your soul 
No you'd never cry to them 
Just to your soul
Songwriters: BRONSKI, STEVE/STEINBACHEK, LARRY AKA LARRY COLE/SOMERVILLE, JIMMY
Small Town Boy lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


We dropped by to check the progress at the Osprey nest today and found the female sitting on the nest in the beating sun.  It was 35C with no shade anywhere near the nest so it's no wonder she was sitting with her beak open, doing what she could to cool.  

We're guessing the chicks have hatched but it will still be awhile before they'll be big enough for use to see them from the ground.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sitting tight on the nest

We drove to London to check on the osprey nest again today.  Lois was sitting tight, presumably on one or more eggs.  No sign of Clarke in the neighbourhood but we did see what appeared to be a juvenile Bald Eagle - no photos of the eagle.

When we stopped on our way into the city Lois was hunkered down facing west.


When we stopped by on our way back home - after a Latte at Starbucks - she was facing southeast.....

....and then popped her head up to check out the view to the northeast.


We're hoping to see evidence of chicks in the next couple of weeks.