Took a few days off from work to do some things around the yard. I had hoped to make it to the park with the camera but was too tired after all the yard work. After relaxing a while I decided to at least go on down to the pond and see who might be visiting. Papa goose was resting in my yard. Hmmmm…. do I walk to the pond which would put me between resting papa goose and nesting mama goose? Didn’t sound like a wise place to put myself. I decided to try again later.
Papa finally decided to venture off to his pond, I followed at a distance to check things out.
Once papa reached the pond, he let me know he didn’t care for me following him there. I received quite the scolding. My dog saw the wings go up and heard the scolding and he scolded the goose right back by barking up a ferocious storm at him. Wasn’t quite how I planned my quiet pond visit to surprise the wildlife and maybe get a photo or two.
Papa did finally relax and so did my dog, papa is drinking water and swimming quietly. He would take a drink and stretch out the neck, tip the head and swallow it on down.
I decided to sit at the shore and watch for a while, see what else might happen along. Too nice of a day to sit indoors and relax when I can be out on the dock relaxing and listening to the birds. The redwing blackbirds sing back and forth to each other all day by the pond.
They usually stay on the far side of the pond but while I was sitting there, this guy came and sat right by me. He stayed quite a while singing to his female pal on the other side.
They always seem to pick the weakest branch to perch on and wobble around.
After a bit, he moved on to perch on the deck post. Next thing I know, I was hearing a tap, tap, tap, tap, in fast pace above my head. I looked up to find a woodpecker right above me.
That head of his would bob and peck so fast there was no getting a steady picture of it. He moved allover in rapid pace.
He finally moved on and I headed on back to the house for the evening.
I noticed the rhubarb was already gone to seed, seemed early for this to happen. I thought the seed pod was pretty cool though and took a few shots.
I stopped to check out some other shrubs and plants as I was passing the gardens. I came across my first caterpillar of the year.
They really have quite the ugly face don’t they?
The other day while I was at the pond I had found the Blandings Turtle again, I don’t see them that often yet this year and when I do they are across the pond. This one was just coming out of the water to take a rest and I saw the sun reflect off his shell.
I caught this painted turtle giving a piggy back ride to the little guy. Thought this was pretty cool, she walked quite the distance with him up top.
They had started out as a part of this whole multi turtle pile up. It makes me wonder how many turtles are in our little pond. I can go down to the dock at any given time and hear plop, plop, splash as tons of multi sized turtles are diving off the dock into the water to hide. You will then see heads popping up out of the water checking on me. They are everywhere.
Well, that is about my ventures for the week. So much to watch in one little yard.