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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day



Sunday Driver!!!

I left early for one purpose only...to check on the progress of the nest mentioned in the previous post. When I got there, I saw that there were no baby Killdeer...and mama was still incubating. Papa was no where to be seen. I didn't want to disturb the family any more than I did...

it was hot already and I didn't feel much up to walking a long distance in the humidity of the early morning, so I drove to the nearby park in Calallen and walked a very little distance around to the two ponds and over the boardwalk by the river---



After that little bit of morning exercise and the heat index creeping up on triple digits, I drove around the back side of the ship channel with a destination in mind. The rookery in the North Bay. It's a shaded area with a continual light breeze off the water. There I saw a whole slew of different birds active with nest building, breeding rituals, flight, and incubation. I took a few photos and left the area, stopping at the new expansion bridge before reaching harbor bridge [harbor bridge can be seen behind the new stanchions in the last  photo] ...




...then, the grocery store and afterward, headed home. Making it all a short morning cruise around town. By the time I reached our garage the car thermometer recorded 97 degrees...at 10 a.m.!!!  WITHOUT heat index factored in.

32 comments :

  1. Papa was doing what all good fathers should - celebrating in the pub.

    God bless.

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    1. I thought I saw him in the pub! He was trying to sell his email address!

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    2. Touche Anni ... Touche.

      God bless you my friend.

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  2. Holy smokes! 97 at 10 in the morning. It's supposed to be a cool day with a high of only 67 today.

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    1. Ya...it's been that hot! I shudder to think what it's gonna be like in August.

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  3. Oh my! Now that is really hot weather. I would wilt for sure. But the pictures are wonderful, Anni. :-)

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  4. Hello, love the Killdeer. Maybe Papa went for the carry out meal. I love the Whistling duck, nice views. We are having cooler weather here, we could use some warm weather. Enjoy your Monday and new week ahead.

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    1. 'Carry out'...like that scenario.

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  5. The Killdeer and her eggs is a spectacular shot! Love it. I also really like the courting Cardinals. Cool here today 59°, need some of your heat.

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    1. ...and I'll gladly take some of YOUR temps!

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  6. Good morning!
    Great photos!
    We have had a lot of rain which kept our temperatures down in the mid 80s, but as soon as we dry out a bit we know those 100 degree days are coming.
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. ...and if you're like me, you don't look forward to the extremes!

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  7. I throughly enjoyed your latest walk about... I am always surprised about the killdeer nesting so low to the ground. Amazing that so many survive... but then they have made certain adaptations. That is what is so grand about Mother Nature.

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    1. This area is hawk haven too...hope they're not gonna end as someone's breakfast!

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  8. I love Mr. & Mrs Cardinal!! And I am very happy to see the killdeer eggs!! I have seen the babies, but never the eggs. I really don't know how they survive, as they are in stones on the ground. Ours hatch in a parking lot! What is the bird beside the beautiful Redwing? Looks like some kind of Heron.

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    1. ...a black bellied whistling duck

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  9. You are the best at sharing nature with us. So interesting and wonderful photo shots. Will I be fined or go to jail if I do not have that "cookie" statement on blog. I have no idea how to get it or if it applies to me. Suggestions?

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    1. I think it's an automatic thing...you need to do nothing

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  10. That's getting a bit too hot. Great series of photos despite the heat.

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  11. That is too much heat for me. Nice shot of the Killdeer and her eggs.

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    1. Ya. Too hot for me too...but what can I do? That's why I go out early.

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  12. That kind of heat would keep me in the house,thta's for sure.You still managed some lovely shots.

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    1. 5 minutes outside...20 minutes in a/c'd car...it's not my idea of ideal times outdoors. I'd much prefer cool temps.

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  13. Oh my - that was a hot day! You got some great photos though!

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    1. Yes...and it reached,105 heat index.

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  14. I especially like the first three pictures Anni.

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  15. OMG, Anni. That kind of heat isn't healthy. Fortunately for us, however, you were out and about to present us with some excellent photos. I love the one of the pair of birds looking at one another, as the soulmates they probably are...what a great catch!
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. Yes it is...dangerous heat.

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