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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.