It’s been a hot and humid summer, with weeks of heat advisories. My husband and I have not walked the boardwalk in Summerside, Prince Edward Island for a few months, so when the heat advisories ceased, off we went.
Numerous Cabbage white butterflies flit around the foliage along the boardwalk. However this White admiral pauses long enough for me to take a photo.
The birds are active as usual, especially the blue jays. There are dozens of them in this area and their calls fill the air. On a day when there is no wind, the calls of the jays drown out the crows and ravens.
Chipmunks are back again. I didn’t see them this past spring. They are more timid than the squirrels which approach people. Chipmunks are more shy and less trusting of people.
Squirrels take every morsel offered by passersby. Every generation of the furry creatures learns quickly to approach all who happen by. They are rewarded often enough to keep them interested.
The Common grackles take interest in the bird seed left by people. They watch stealthily as they approach the seeds, like bandits!
Song sparrows attract attention as they sing and hop among the branches. Rarely do they land on the walkway.
Their friends the Mourning doves mosey along the boardwalk, oblivious to the walkers.
In the water, American black ducks periodically hide among the grasses at the edge of the stream.
A muskrat takes time to check for peanuts. The younger ones are trained by their parents in what to watch for and when to hide.
Greater yellow legs find their way to the stream every year. This year, one is commonly around on her own with occasional yellow leg visitors.
A Great blue heron loves this marsh area as well. Often found wading in the water, on this day she is stood guard in a spruce tree. This is the first time we’v seen a heron in a tree.
I also caught her flying past on her way elsewhere.
Osprey nests looks abandoned. Their property needs a ‘Vacancy’ sign.
As a tribute to all the people who bring peanuts and seeds to feed the animals, a single sunflower seed, carried by the wind, water or dropped by a bird, took root along the water’s edge. She shines for all to see as people and animals go about their business. It will be interesting to see if birds eat at the seeds when they mature.