a place in the sun [74/365]

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Lily Lake ~ still frozen over

This morning, it feels like  Spring is very near. As I was drinking my first mug of coffee, gazing out over the neighbourhood, I saw a big formation of [I think] Canada Geese flying by. They were too far away to be certain, or to be able to hear the characteristic honking.

The day before yesterday, I saw a Goldeneye duck in the pond, but didn’t have the camera with me. Goldeneyes aren’t unusual in any way, but I’ve never managed to get a close-up of one. They’re always too far away, and too nervous. My best bet for getting good photos of other ducks than mallards and wigeons … that’s when this happens — that some odd one decides to spend time in the pond.

DSC_8803So, yesterday, I brought my camera, hoping it would still be there, but I wasn’t that lucky. There were Mallards as ususal, and they seemed to be having a great time.

DSC_8807This little guy, was sitting on a branch, sunning himself … for once, it was sitting still! Usually they’re so full of energy it’s dizzying, but I guess they too has to take a break every now and then.

24 Replies to “a place in the sun [74/365]”

      1. Yes, his tail was part of the original comment too… Something about furry(fluffy/ fuzzy?) tail and looking so cozy laying there dozing in his pine-scented bower… But the flow of it’s gone, sad to say ):
        In any case, thanks for the photo; ’cause he’s just so darn cute!

  1. I adore red squirrels Rebby! We do not have many here as the black squirrels fight with the red!
    That Mallard looks so happy…your photos are always so fabulous! Happy Spring……

  2. I read somewhere that the three color types do not get along so they have their own regions. I know from Hamilton up to Mount Forest the squirrels are predominately grey ones. A few rogue reds have pockets on the edge of town. After Mount Forest all the way to Owen Sound the squirrels are black.
    Back in Hamilton we had grey squirrels & red squirrels in separate areas of the city. It is large enough they can cohabitate more or less peacefully.
    I like the black squirrels but I DO miss those grey ones a lot!

    1. That makes perfect sense. We used to have one or two grey ones in the park, but they’re gone … the red ones are dominating.

      I saw the black ones in Quebec, but never close. Actually, only in one park downtown.

      1. Funny that we are discussing squirrel types as yesterday Sheila had to brake for a red squirrel running across Alpha Street. He was big for a red squirrel so he must have claimed some territory an is thriving. The reds are VERY aggressive with any other color…funny that as they are smaller…..
        Black squirrels are very cute in their own way. Not sure if you remember had a squirrel here years ago that had a bit of white on its’ back an a white tipped tail…..a lot of people would glance & think ‘skunk’…..so its’ name was Pepe! 😉

          1. Reds ARE aggressive; small but mighty!
            And Nylablue did a blog about Pepe not too long after we joined WP…..she was always ‘meowing’ about the neighbors!

  3. Cute, he looks like he is soaking up as much sun as he can. It’s strange but when we moved out here we have big fat red squirrels. Then about 15 years later I saw not one red squirrel ever and now we have a population of small gray squirrels. It’s like they migrated somewhere else or died out. I have always wondered what happened to them.

    1. Probably the other ones were more aggressive. I think that’s what has happened to the grey we used to have here … none left now, only red. They’re very bold.

      1. Oh yes I remember they would come drink out of the pool. One when I was in the pool once. I splashed him to scare him away. I couldn’t imagine being in the pool with a wet sharp nailed squirrel I had to keep from drowning lol

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