I was amazed at how many woodpeckers there have been around the house. I'm pretty sure at least one of these is a juvenile. I also found a brown creeper, but he was too fast to photograph! Elusive and about 5 inches long. I am pretty sure the woodpeckers are Hairy Woodpeckers. Mom thinks one might be a 3 toed, but I"m not sure. I think they are all from a family of the same bird.
The chickadees were so cute. I tried to get them to eat from my hand, but the closest they would come was the edge of the feeder dish.
There were two who seemed to 'hang' together quite a bit. The larger one with the red often harassed the smaller one without the spot.
The grosbeaks were also brave enough to eat while I was quite close with the camera. It was fun!!!
Mom spent quite a bit of the afternoon sitting and watching the camp robbers, ducks, and the birds I captured in photos.
The birds are flying around eating and hiding seeds like snow is on the horizon. They may know something we don't....
Thursday was a relief from the clouds and rain we have had enfolding us here on the Kenai. I was able to get mom to bring Obie to Arness Dock for a short visit. She enjoyed it more than her dog! We got to watch tugs dock and head back out in the Inlet, picked up rocks, and relished being in the sunshine.
I even dipped the toes of one foot in the water. It wasn't cold, but my tender tootsie didn't like the rounded stones underneath.
This is one of my favorite views. Someday, I am going to walk down there. Yeah, I've never done it! Crazy, huh?
I was really hoping this wasn't the best moose photo I'd get this year-She was posed nicely and an ATV full of dogs drove past (really, the back of the rig had a St. Bernard and two goldens in it!!). Their barking scared her off.
I decided to go see if she was around. I was very cautious, I did grow up here! This cool tree intrigued me. You can see arms emanating from the trunk reaching out for something.
I got off the 'old pipeline' and looked up to Traxinger's driveway and saw her standing there watching me! I got just a bit closer and she wandered off into the trees.
This was as close as I wanted to get to her! She was pretty calm and VERY large!
OK, not a mallard. This is a young goldeneye. I was amazed at how close I got to it with the kayak.
The mallards hang out in the lily pads. This year the pads are in a funny shape, you can't go around them. Going thru them was fun, but I startled the poor ducks. You can see them camouflaged in the pads.
At the other end of the lake, I found a few more. I was able to get super close to them before they took off. Their flight feathers are almost all in place. Soon, they will be heading off to warmer lakes.
I'm always fascinated by the enchanting beauty this place harbors. Incredibly grateful to be here!
Kazul has decided to retire to the Mountains of Morning and so Kris is taking over for the King of Dragons. We'll miss the work Kazul has done, but she does have several grandchildren now and needs to spend time with them. We have replaced the family photo with just Moses, but as he is a major part of the family, it should suffice!