Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bald Eagles and Mallards

As we back the car up the driveway,
we see a mallard pair standing on the roof ridge
looking down the hill toward the Petitcodiac River marshes.

What are they doing on the roof?

Then as we back into the roadway,
we notice behind our neighbour's house,
two Bald Eagles sitting, watching the ducks.

The ducks fly toward the river
and the larger eagle flies too.

Round to the front of our house, we drive.
No ducks in sight,
no eagle.


When we return form errands,
the smaller eagle still sits;
sits still, two hours later,

Photos copyright 2010-2014 Carol Steel

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Return of the Robins

Could this be spring coming, with the return of the robins, warbling "cheering-cheer-up-cheerio"?

Photos and words copyright 2011-2014 Carol Steel

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hard Winter for White Tail Deer

It is unusual for the white tail deer 
to show up in urban neighbourhoods 
during the day.  The snow is deeper this year 
and food in the woods must be harder to reach.  
They are eating corn we have thrown for the ducks, 
and nibbling the needles of yew and crab-apple branch tips.

Photos and words are copyright 2011-2014 Carol Steel.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Where the Fence Ends

Where the Fence Ends

Where the fence ends, a doe with her yearlings and fawns cross into my yard, over the crusted snow. Inside, I grab my camera. The doe looks at me, ears to the side, turning, listening. She stamps, huffs air and flags. Then leaping, they all disappear, leaving photos of brown blur.

I learn to be still; to wait by the window.

If they notice me now, I think they must know: I mean no harm, so they continue browsing, crab-apple, cedar, needles of yew. But, as I see their dark eyes seeing me, I feel such longing to escape this barrier of window and walls, to burst outside, breathe winter air, and run where the fence ends.

Photos and words are copyright 2011-2014 Carol Steel

Friday, January 3, 2014

What We See in the Yard

Each day in winter, we feed the ducks.
  When the snow is too deep for them to forage on the river marsh,
it is essential to remember to throw
the cracked corn out for them.
Our biggest problem is to avoid attracting pigeons.
However, for the ducks, the larger issue
is avoiding becoming lunch.
In the past week, hungry Bald Eagles have patrolled
the tallest evergreens near our home.
We don't always see them as their heads
look like snow in the trees and their dark bodies blend
with the branches.  Can you see two?
Once we spotted them and began to take photos,
the eagles moved to another tree. 
We'll stay inside from now on;
we don't wish to disturb them.
We feel lucky to live in a place where we can enjoy
 such magnificent birds from our kitchen windows.
I wonder if we could entice the eagles
to eat the pigeons.
I can live with that.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014