It was a perfect, low key weekend. Reading, Paralympics (on tv), time with Bill and Black Jack, walks at Jericho, and enough breaks between the rain to get the camera out.
Cherry blossoms on Saturday morning.
We watched some seagulls. I thought of Paralympics when I looked at the one in the middle. The injury seemed to be an old one and the seagull appeared to be getting around well.
On the way back home, we walked through rabbit territory, and saw lots of Golden-crowned Sparrows sharing in the leftover veggies brought by the two ladies who visit twice a day.
This rabbit looked new to us, but then we realized it was most likely moulting. All the rabbits appeared well fed and happy.
Further along, we saw this small hawk. I couldn't get close enough to get a decent picture, but think it may be a Cooper's Hawk. We saw it take off, perhaps disturbed by the crows, and then it did an impressive dive.
The rain held off on Sunday morning, and Black Jack and I again spent time at Jericho. The ducks and birds were very active.
This Ring-necked duck is one of a pair, still, as far as I know, the only two making their home at Jericho.
It flew to another tree, where I was able to get closer. It gave me a quick but very direct stare, before turning back to the crows.
For the second day in a row, a Blue Heron, suddenly disturbed, flew squawking overhead. I just managed to catch a quick shot.
I had never seen Goldfinches at Jericho before, but there was a large flock of them singing lustily as they went about their work. Lesser or American or even Lawrence's? I'm not absolutely certain.
A front view.
A front view.
We again spent some time watching seagulls from the fishing dock.
These two were clearly a pair, and were fun to watch.
There was an interesting interaction between these crows, with several gathering around and appearing to discipline the one on its back at the bottom of the picture. They didn't appear to hurt it, and once things were settled, all went about their business with no further arguments.
On the way out of the park, I watched two herons, hoping to catch one in flight. This one, in a tree to my left,
and was already a good distance away by the time I got the camera on it. Heron number 2 waited until I had turned to leave, before following.
The sun made a brief appearance, and lit up these flowers, as I walked home.
And, I thought the blue netting draped over a building in my neighbourhood make a lovely background for this cherry blossom branch.
I can hear the rain as I prepare to pack my bags for the trek to school. Ah well, just "light rain" they say in the forecast. Could be worse. Happy Monday, everyone!