My Own Back Yard…..And The “Back Forty”

I love nothing more than my local adventures to take photos of gardens, picturesque landscapes and birds and other wildlife in their native habitats.  I drive to Second Marsh, Whitby Harbour, Thickson’s Woods, and Hall’s Road as well as other favourite spots to take many of my pictures even though I live on a rural farming property.

The past few days my goal was to spend more time at home weeding and planting my many garden beds. It’s a task that I both love and dislike…..the weeding part, of course! I also had to do some work near the stream nearby and other than getting a mild case of poison ivy, I had an opportunity to see a beaver in the pond!  Now that was a surprise.

I was aware that there are lots of birds in the tall trees in our yard but because I have two “killer cats” that spend a lot of time outside, I have never put out bird feeders to lure those helpless little creatures to a possible unfortunate end!  This year, however, I chose to put up 2 hummingbird feeders as well as an oriole feeder.  I felt that since they are high in the air, the birds would be safe. I had never seen a Baltimore Oriole, except in a photograph but thought I might just get lucky and see this elusive bird.  My efforts were rewarded!

I am including a few of the pictures that I took; a brown thrasher with an unbelievable repertoire of songs, a beaver and one of his/her dams, a yellow-bellied sap sucker, a  downy woodpecker, a chipmunk, and a Baltimore Oriole at the hummingbird feeder.   If you double-click on one of the photos, you will get some very large pictures.  That’s all I have time for today!

About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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4 Responses to My Own Back Yard…..And The “Back Forty”

  1. Loreen says:

    These are great, as always! I love the Chipmunk and the Beaver- very sharp and super detail! The Baltimore Oriole is beautiful! I’ve never seen one at my Hummingbird feeders. I think I’ll have to pick up an Oriole feeder! Was that the Woodpecker we saw when I was visiting? Nice work!

    • Thanks Loreen. It was amazing to watch the beaver without him noticing me. The woodpecker we saw was the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker……getting an Oriole feeder is a great idea!

  2. Inspired and pretty says:

    I love these photos Jane ! There are so much things we can photograph in our own backyard and neighborhood. It’s great an oriole came to your hummingbird feeder, you were very lucky !

    • Jocelyn,
      It’s always nice to hear from you. I appreciate your comments and encouragement! I did eventually get a great shot of the Baltimore Oriole in a tree by the oriole feeder. I will post a copy of it soon.

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