Back in the woods

I’ve been back from New Zealand for four hectic days and we drove up to the cabin the day before yesterday.  It’s high summer, of course—a welcome change from mid-winter less than a week ago—and the lake temperature is perfect for swimming, day and night.Summer shore 9031There are not many mosquitoes, thanks to all the dragonflies that have hatched, but we still have to watch for them, as well as a few deer flies (when not wearing a hat) and horse flies (while swimming).  Our friends, the little squirrels, are around (here’s one that we are Hybrid red/gray squirrel 9036pretty sure is a hybrid between the tiny reds (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and the much larger greys (Sciurus carolinensis).  There are also plenty of eastern chipmunks (Tamias Eastern chipmunk 9057striatus), as usual; I caught this one harvesting hazel nuts.  On the bird front, we’ve seen loons, black ducks, eagles, osprey, hummingbirds, phoebes, nuthatches, lots of chickadees, and yesterday also an ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus).   We’ve heard them many times Ovenbird 9053back in the deeper woods (their call sounds like “teacher, teacher), but only rarely catch a glimpse of one.  We’ll be here for the better part of a week, and I’m eager to see what else I can find—and also do some fishing for the first time in more than a year and a half!

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17 Responses to Back in the woods

  1. What an amazing place. Lovely photos. Yesterday it was warm – almost spring like. But winter will be back for us.

  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful images, Gary…what an idyllic place unwind…hopefully peace comes your way after the hectic days.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    You’re very lucky to be in such a wonderful place, my friend. :)

  4. Beautiful! The squirrel is adorable. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      They are that, and we love seeing the little reds even more, whose big brothers haven’t crossed the line with one of their parents. I always look forward to the cheeky curiosity of all the squirrels that frequent our woods–it wouldn’t be the same without them!

  5. Vicki says:

    How lucky to catch the squirrel in that shaft of sunlight in the second image. It really makes a lovely composition.

    • krikitarts says:

      It was lucky that it stayed in a position where I could see it within the narrow window I had between the cedar and birch branches for long enough for me to squeeze off a few shots before it finished its pine cone treat and moved off to find another. Thanks, Vicki!

  6. One of the birds you mentioned made me wonder (with apologies to woodchucks):
    How many nuts would a nuthatch hatch if a nuthatch could hatch nuts?

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