365 Nature – Day 331

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Another dark autumn day, but there are sparks of light all around our yard. We don't get fireflies here, but we do get something that is just as flashy. Anna's Hummingbirds have been a regular presence since I put the feeders back up and I've been watching them like I do every autumn and winter. This year we've had regular males visited the feeders and perching in the yard. Last year my memory, although often faulty, recalls more females than...

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365 Nature – Day 318

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the last couple of months I've developed a night-time ritual of watching the spiders around our back porch light. When we replaced our exterior doors we opted for new doors with small windows at the top. I wish I could say the reasoning for the windows was so I could watch spiders at night, but that would be untrue. Really, we just wanted more light inside, the spider watching was an unexpected bonus. Now, each night on my way...

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365 Nature – Day 306

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Although the calendar has ticked over to November, the weather continues on like nothing has changed. The wet days and nights continue today and instead of a rainy walk this morning, I had a drizzling walk. Under the trees, large rain drops still splattered down on me, but away from the trees, a thick mist wrapped around everything. My glasses were coated in tiny drops of rain and the mist has the amazing power to sneak in everywhere. In many ways...

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365 Nature – Day 297

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I cleaned out the bird feeders from the soggy bird seed which had become drenched from our recent rains. I replaced the seeds and hung them back up before sitting in front of the window with my camera, waiting for the bird to come. I waited patiently and a few Dark-eyed Juncos arrived, foraging in the orange and red leaves. But they stayed in the shade, rarely venturing into the sunlight. The Black-capped Chickadees were also visiting, but...

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365 Nature – Day 285

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning started with a definite autumn chill in the air because the skies were clear overnight. With the prospect of a sunny morning, I opted for a visit to Magnuson Park. I didn't expect to find any dragonflies with the morning temperature in the mid-40's, but I was hoping some ducks and other birds would be easy to find in the quickly shedding trees. It was cool when I arrived, not yet 50 degrees and I set off walking and...

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365 Nature – Day 284

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There was a mist hanging over Lake Washington this morning as we drove to preschool. As we rounded a corner I caught sight of a large bird, a Bald Eagle, flying low over the lake near the shoreline we were driving along. A large fish clasped in its talons, the eagle was flying low with a gull overhead and before long the fish slipped from the claws, splashing into the water below. A little further on I spotted the first...

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