Spotting birds in nature is grand. Throw in the Grand River and one can be overwhelmed with grandeur!
We found the large flock of Goldeneyes on the open, fast running water near a bridge on the Grand River of Prince Edward Island where they return every year for a winter visit. I always enjoy time watching these small diving ducks and I stay as long as the cold allows.
The male Barrow’s Goldeneyes have the white teardrop shape on their faces
while the Common Goldeneyes have a white circle.
The female Barrow’s are brown and have an orange beak while the female Common Goldeneyes look similar with a darker beak. It is interesting to watch these birds, such fast, proficient divers as they zip below the surface and reappear a short time later.
Among them, Common Mergansers are comfortable going about their business too and although they are bigger than the Goldeneyes, the species co-exist nicely. The black and white male Mergansers, front in the next photo, are followed by a female.
I took video of the birds diving and resurfacing and towards the end of the video, you can see the Goldeneyes lifting their heads and tipping them over their backs with their bills raised skyward. This is usually followed by a kick and forward motion in the water which I didn’t see here. It is part of the mating ritual however. See the video here.
Meanwhile, on a stump a distance away, a Bald Eagle watched the scene eagerly.
It was too cold to stay and wait for it to hunt or fish but I judged myself lucky to have seen such grand birds.
Now for the not so grand:
I wrote a few weeks ago about the number of items around the house which have broken recently. Well, it continues! The new stove, a Maytag purchased late December, has a large burner which is stuck on high regardless of what temperature you select. It worked properly for six weeks. We are waiting for the repairman.
The heat pump on the main level of the house stopped working and we are waiting for a part. That could be some time. It is an LG like our previously infamous stove.
One of the toilets is ghost flushing. It’s one of those no touch flushers which now flushes excessively when anyone comes to visit. And only then! We have a new toilet to install, a regular one this time.
We have come to realize, this day and age, it doesn’t matter the brand you have. You can expect the worst any time with any brand. Also, any issues with respect to the house or anything in it become more difficult to handle as the years progress and we decline. That makes enjoying now more important and we are glad to be able to handle everything today. Onward…
You certainly know your ducks! And jeez, maybe you have a REAL ghost doing all that flushing -- ever thought of that?
oooooh, i have much to say. our dishwasher was 15 months old when it was finished working. everyone agreed that it needed a new motor. "your are better off buying new, that's about all you are going to get from a dishwasher these days". i was flabbergasted, i thought they were kidding but they were not!! the owner of the store where we purchase our appliances said "2 years max for most appliances, they do not make them to last". it's a may tag!!
you spotted a brilliant group of ducks, i enjoy watching them, they all exhibit the same behaviors!! the bald eagle is so pretty, so majestic...it is a wonderful picture!!
i watched and enjoyed the video. how smart are you to know how to get that on youtube!!
Love, love love your windswept eagle. And the little guys too.
Why do brand new appliances always break? We had our furnace replaced last spring and when we started it up in the fall, we had a series of appointments to get it working! But why? I spent so much money on replacing it so that I wouldn't have these appointments?! You seem to be handling your broken things with a lot more grace than I would!
Wow, I would love to see all those ducks. Both the Goldeneyes would be new ducks for me to see. Great capture of the Eagle. It is sad that appliances do not last very long. we have a burner on our stove that seems hotter than it should be too. The ghost flushing sounds weird, I have a TV that turns on by itself in the middle of the night. I turn it off and it comes right back on, it is very strange. Take care, enjoy your day and your week ahead.
It it makes you feel any better, Marie, we just had to have our sump pump repaired! I have seen only one Barrow's Goldeneye in my my life, a male. Perhaps you can ask a couple to extend their winter stay until May. now that would be great!
Appliances, yes. I sympathize. I have a 26 year old range and fridge and am terrified to replace them. I've heard so many horror stories. We have to enjoy what we can when we can. Carpe diem.
I'm with Margaret, hanging on to my old appliances. Especially the fridge. My kids have replaced theirs twice in the last 10 years, so far so good with the last one.
I wish I could share those Barrow’s with you and Miriam. Miriam’s photos would be so much better than mine! However, as you know, they are long gone by May. I am enchanted with them, such perfect divers and so small compared to the Mergansers.
Oh my...that's a real deluge of problems.
Hope things get rectified asap, especially the heat...
Never heard of a ghost flusher..HaHa...Hope the ghosts leave with the new toilet...
Wonderful to see such a huge group of Barrow's Goldeneye - just one would cause a great deal of excitement here.
The bald eagle is watching over his area. Great photos of the ducks. I never heard of ghost flushing but it sounds terrible to experience that. Modern appliances just don't cut it these days. I don't need bells and whistles on my appliances, I just need simple.
Mmmm, you aren't over-doing-it on your viewing jaunts, I hope.<--'Worry-Wart-Moi"... ,-)
Me'thinks these items and their parts, are made in China. And why would China have any interest, in making things properly????
Yes, it gets more and more stressful, to maintain a home, the older we get. Here, I would love to move to a place, where these things, were not on our shoulders. But my husband is not of the same view.
I agree.. no matter what brand you buy or how much you pay everything is cheaply made. I show my age when I say 'they just don't make things like they used to'
Good luck with all the appliances.. lovely duck photos.
Well Shoot - I Wish I Lived Down The Street As I Would Have A Look At The Running Phantom Toilet For Sure - Hopefully The Heating Part Arrives Soon As That Doesn't Sound Fun - On The Good News Front - That Bald Eagle Is Gorgeous
I think the idea of companies building obsolescence into their products worked so well that they have increased it and reduced the time that appliances work. Grrr!
I love the duck pictures. We used to have a great range of species, not so much now. I think I may have seen goldeneyes at Cape May.
I'm clinging to my 35 year old fridge and decade plus old stove, washer and dryer. They all work, though the ignition on the stovetop doesn't always want to work. But as long as I can, I'm keeping them.
The small ducks are lovely! I've never seen so many ducks in a group.
I hear you about breakage. I had a microwave oven that mysteriously turned itself off and on. That had to be replaced. It seems to me that new appliances are designed to break down. Whereas the freezer that I bought in 1979 when I was still in college, continues to run like the workhorse that it is.
Such beautiful birds.
You captured beautiful pictures of the ducks! They are so amazing to watch, and their markings are quite striking! I'm so sorry about your appliance issues, so very frustrating! Hoping that things get resolved soon for you!
What a wonderful gathering of bird life you saw! We have the Barrow's Goldeneyes here for much of the year and I enjoy watching them bob up and down.
Our appliances are about 20 years old and we plan on replacing them in the next couple of years. Someone told us to get the plainest models possible - it's often the bells and whistles that break down.
I will now recognize a goldeneye if I see one. They're beautiful.
Such great photos! With the rest, why does the old saying when it rains it pours always seem to be true. Sorry you're having so many issues. They definitely don't make anything to last these days!
I've lived in my house since 1970. It's got old along with me. Before Christmas we replaced a fridge and washer.
I saw your video earlier! I was hoping you had posted, but I don't think you had at the time I saw it. I am sorry you continue to have troubles with household things. You are so right that things are harder to handle as we grow older. And some of them just simple things.
Those little ducks went down so fast, I wondered if they would come up.
Life, glad you got out and saw some ducks
Coffee is on and stay safe
So sorry to read you are still having household woes!
The joy of this outing would be spirit lifting even if incredibly cold.
I had to smile at your toilet's antics (even though I know it must be annoying), as it reminded me of American toilets that would flush when you were still occupied - a most unnerving experience for someone who has only ever experienced 'normal' toilets! (I should explain, our toilets are quite different here, with minimal water in them and you HAVE to flush to make them work). And all of that is way too much toilet information!! Hope all your repairs go smoothly and you get to keep on enjoying all that grandeur :) xx
Beautiful the many ducks. Thanks.
The bald eagle, what a wonderfully majestic bird. It's great that you were able to take this photo.
Sorry about those frustrating breakdowns but happy for the ducks and your philosophy.
I love seeing all animals out in nature. I have deer that pass right in front of my house early in the morn, I love it. Love your eagle shot. I have never been able to see one in nature and photograph it. Great work.
I love watching the ducks when they return in spring. I also enjoy watching those mating rituals. You have captured wonderful images of all the birds, including the eagle. Having trouble with appliances can be such a pain. I do agree, it all becomes more troublesome as we get older and for me, now that I'm alone that adds another layer of frustration .
The ducks are lovely, it's a pleasure to see them in nature free to live their life.
And the bald eagle is so serious (and beautiful)!
I hope you will succeed in solving all the problems at home very soon.
love those beautiful birds. we have birds that come over from Siberia in our (mild) winter; it is so wonderful to see them and know how far they can navigate. I know what you mean about repairs. it seems to take longer and longer to get things fixed! and it's so annoying too. Tradies come for hours in a day and seem to do almost nothing in the time! Grrr ...
Some great photos here, well done. You are not alone with things going wrong but I will not give you a list of our ongoing problems, they date back to just after COVID arrived on the scene!! Maybe because half of the staff have been off ill!!!! Keep safe, Diane
I love the ghost-flushing toilet! Especially for guests. Wonderful.
And a Bald Eagle - wow!
Yes, onward and upward. Do we have a choice? I love the birds. WE get a very rare few of each of those down here in the bitter time of winter. I rarely am able to get a photo!
Just dropping by to wish you a happy weekend!
Beautiful photos. I could watch ducks, geese, birds for hours, and I have.
I've read that cars made on certain days of the week are better than other days. That might also be true of appliances.
Hope for no need for repairs!
Hi Marie, I am sorry to hear about the not so grand. If it helps, know that lots of us out here are experiencing similar pains. Most recently here, our washing machine quit working. The repair people say the “computer” went out. I guess it couldn’t remember what the various settings were. :-) And you are so right … it doesn’t matter about the brand. Now, re the grand. Love your photos of the Goldeneyes. I think your descriptions are going to help me identify several birds I see on my walks along the waterfront. The Bald Eagle looks very serious! Neat post, thank you for sharing. John
Post a Comment