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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Here fishy fishy

Like her paternal grandfather before her, our daughter enjoys recreational fishing. Every year she takes the kids fishing and my husband and I tag along at least once, though we are not fishers. The kids look forward to the adventure and the three year old had received a new fishing rod for his birthday. It was their first trip for the year.


The older two, girls nine and seven, have caught fish before so the anticipation of the capture this year was foremost in their minds. The three year old wasn’t sure what to except since he couldn’t remember anything from last year when he’d just turned two. However he was caught up in the excitement like his sisters.


The path to the area was lined with dandelion which the girls noticed because of the bees they attracted. There are lots of bees around early this year.


We arrived before noon and the kids, readied by their mother and maintained by the three adults, fished for an hour before they wanted lunch. 





We’d brought a picnic of course and the sunny day was perfect for a blanket on the grass while the seniors sat in their camp chairs.


The area is a Red-winged Blackbird paradise and we saw more males than females. This one is showing off his coloured epaulet. 





Song Sparrows also love the area and they, with the blackbirds and grackles, kept us entertained as we ate. This sparrow looks like it needs a feather trim like many of us need haircuts these days. 





I also spotted this Yellow Warbler, a first for me, 





flitting amongst the trees.


On our way back to the vehicle, one area of the pond was extremely noisy. We stopped and listened to what we believe are American Toads singing their courtship song. You can hear birds as well. The video is 30 seconds.


Small creatures can leave a big impression!


The kids didn’t catch any trout but the time by the pond was fun for everyone. There’s always next time!


P.S.


During the next fishing trip, each of the kids caught a fish. They declared the day the best ever!










28 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I love to sit by the water but could never derive any pleasure from spending hours being outwitted by a fish! Though I know that lots of people, including my own brother, disagree strongly with my opinion.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That yellow warbler is so bright and cheery!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks like a fun time fishing with the family. A great outing. The birds are beautiful, the Yellow Warbler is a great bird. Pretty photos.
Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

DJan said...

What a wonderful outing! And the kids are busy making memories that they will remember forever. Love the birds, too! :-)

bill burke said...

A great outing for everyone. Lovely captures of the wee birds especially the yellow warbler.

Tabor said...

Lots of frog sounds here, but only at night.

Elephant's Child said...

Love the background orchestra which could only have made a beautiful day even better.
Precious, precious memories - for you all.

Boud said...

Great bird pictures. I live right on the Eastern flyway, an hour inland, and we see warblers at migration times particularly. Some winter over, too. I particularly like to see the yellow warblers.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I would say that even when the don't catch anything, memories are being made and that is so important .

Rose said...

This looks like so much fun! Lorelei likes to go fishing, but what she really likes is wading the creek and catching crawdads and turtles and anything else she can get her hands on.

Angela said...

Wonderful fun time for everyone and these kids are going to remember this forever! My husband and his younger brother managed to make my son a fisherman. They love to go fishing together. I'm not a fan of fishing. Love that nature noise movie. Thank you Marie! Have a wonderful week!

Joanne Noragon said...

Beautiful birds. Good for the kids and their trout.

At Home In New Zealand said...

That sounds like a good-fun outing for the family - I too also sit on "senior chairs" now and leave the blanket to younger legs LOL.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Three generations getting together is a major accomplishment these days.

Anvilcloud said...

Good catches with your camera.

It must have been such a pleasurable outing with family. Are you just about back to normal on the island?

Ginnie said...

First of all, I was delighted to hear there are lots of bees around early this year. That's always a good sign.

Secondly, these are the memories to have to to hold not only for the kids but for the parents and grandparents. I don't have any memories like this for my kids outdoors with my parents, so you can savor these you get to have because of proximity. We lived several states apart all throughout the lives of my kids while my parents were alive.

Thirdly, the birds are fabulous! I'd be in heaven to see them, let alone capture them like you have!

Debbie said...

those kiddos are adorable, it's nice that they enjoy outdoor activities!! your bird images are stellar, all really outstanding!!

i enjoyed listening to the video, in harmony, a bit of a concert!!

Tanza Erlambang said...

a Red-winged Blackbird paradise looks so attractive with its colors....

Have a wonderful day

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How lovely to see the three children spending quality time together Marie 💙 Gorgeous colourful group of small birds you snapped there. The frog noises sound very familiar to me 🐸

Susan Zarzycki said...

What a lovely day with the grandchildren. The picture of the warbler is so colorful!💖

Polly said...

What a fun outing, and lovely photos.

Polly said...

P.S. I like the video.

Rhodesia said...

Excellent post, love to see the kids fishing and the bird shots are great.

So glad that all the children managed to catch one each on the next trip.
Keep well, Diane

Liz Hinds said...

It's suddenly looking warmer for you! I've been on one fishing trip. no fish but the weather was so glorious it didn't matter. I'm impressed children would stay still for long enough.
And what beautiful birds.

Shammickite said...

I like fishing but I'm always terrified that I will catch a fish and have to take it off the hook. However when I was in NL last year I went out fishing and caught some big trout but happily someone else de-hooked them!
This was a lovely outing for you and the family. So glad they all caught a fish.

William Kendall said...

Lovely birds!

baili said...

how nice that your daughter loves fishing and take her kids along to fish dear Marie
loved each photo specially the first one shows adventure of your picnic awesomely :)

oh i never saw this yellow beauty ,thank you for sharing what a charming bird

Catarina said...

Lovely day you all had. It is so important to have kids bonding with nature.