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Friday, 4 August 2017

Early morning along the boardwalk

The golden grand-dog is visiting again this summer and midday heat has necessitated early morning walks. Georgie loves the boardwalk with its smells known only to canines. She eagerly sniffs her way along as my husband and I take photos. This location works well for all of us.




One morning, as Georgie sniffed around, we encountered a number of animals, though not those we normally see, such as chipmunks, squirrels and blue jays. This day, there were goldfinches among the thistles, singing their hearts out.




In the stream, a muskrat was busy collecting grass to bring to its push-up or nest. While I did manage a photo, it is less that ideal.




On the boardwalk itself, this red-legged grasshopper posed as we walked by. These creatures can cause a great deal of damage to crops this time of year. We hear them in the field near our home every day now. 




Bonaparte’s gulls, an unusual sight, floated in the harbour. The flock of small, black headed gulls, was just off-shore. Like so many birds, the closer I went, the farther away they moved.


Starlings are common around the city but I have not seen them along the boardwalk until recently. They perched in the trees, as if to have a look at these unusual gull visitors.


Osprey, in a platform nest near the boardwalk, were busy. The parents watched as two fledglings tentatively tried out their wings. One of the birds stood atop the nest,  the northerly wind ruffling her feathers. We called her Einstein.


My favourite photo from this walk was of a Greater Yellowlegs in the stream where it empties into the harbour. Five of the birds hunted for breakfast in the shallow water.




The boardwalk is always an interesting place! 





 

26 comments:

DJan said...

Fascinating creatures, starting with the first one, tongue lolling. And yes, Marie, that last picture of the goldenlegs is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing these. :-)

Linda d said...

Fabulous pictures. A lovely stroll for all three of you.

Ratty said...

Lots of great animals. Dogs are always my favorite.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Georgie is gorgeous Marie, I bet she loves coming to stay with you! You find so many fab things along the way, it's always a treat to see ☺

Blogoratti said...

What a beautiful day to be out, thanks for sharing the lovely photos!

Elephant's Child said...

The boardwalk is a fascinating place. Pee-mail for Georgie, and natural wonders for you all. I suspect I would be doing that walk often. And often. Thank you for taking us along.

Bill said...

The boardwalk is probably Georgie's favorite place to walk. She has to catch up on all the smells and of course the pee-mail (as EC mentioned) needs to be read and responded to. A great walk and some wonderful photos, thank you.

Mage said...

To us too. Thank you.

Barbara said...

The heat has kept me inside so much I feel like a hermit. Since I don't get up early I have to wait until sun down to run my errands. Thank goodness the library has late hours twice a week or I'd be up a creek.

Marie Smith said...

The first animal is my favourite, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

It is a great place to walk, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

These are hundreds of dogs along that boardwalk every day, Ratty.

Marie Smith said...

I love that place and Georgie, PDP.

Marie Smith said...

It was lovely, B.

Marie Smith said...

It is good for the spirit to walk here, EC. Love the pee-mail term!

Marie Smith said...

Georgie does her share of pee-mail for sure, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

You are welcome, Mage.

Marie Smith said...

Barbara, I don't know how I would deal with the heat you experience.

Catarina said...

I would love to walk along that boardwalk! Gorgeous pictures.
;)

Anvilcloud said...

That looks like a very happy dog, and I like the Greater Yellowlegs.

photowannabe said...

Haven't been to your blog in some time. Sorry I have missed so many of your beautiful photos.
It looks like you live in paradise.
We have a " Granddogger" too. She is a Labradoodle, named Snicker as in Snickerdoodle.

Marie Smith said...

It is a wonderful place to walk, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

Georgie is thrilled with that area, AC. The yellowlegs is a beauty, isn't she?

Marie Smith said...

This is amgreat place to live, PW.

Snicker is a great dog's name!

Cathy said...

Slightly different weather for your walk than mine Marie 😊
Another one here that 'loves' that yellowlegs bird. What a very apt name lol

Marie Smith said...

There is a lesser yellowlegs too, Cathy., different by the size of their beaks.