As some of you who read other blogs from the West know, while you *Easterners* have been basking in a glorious March/April, we have been deluged with cold, rain, wind, hail... sigh.... so, on Monday, as I knew it was the ONLY non-rainy day this week, I rang my friend Carol, and we set out to *explore* the wilds of Stow Lake.....*armed* with two loaves of bread and my camera.
Here are some of the *Creatures* we encountered..
This extraordinary turtle......I have never seen anything like him before...he is HUGE..his shell is almost armoured...he has golden eyes and a snout....he looks almost prehistoric.... anyuone know what he is? (There were a pair.....but the other one was in the reeds and I couldn't get a clear photo..)
And...now, below..my first video of a "Wild Critter" sighting....closing in on a Red Slider Turtle...who was non-plussed by my *closing in* on him!
A trio of Canadian Geese! They flew in together....and immediately *posed* for us - and for the bread!
Love those webbed feet!
Further around the lake, as I was hunting for Stellar Jays...I heard a *splash* in the water.... at first, I couldn't see anything....so I tossed some bread in.....and was surprised to see six Catfish and one, lone Koi..(white and red)!
Who knew they liked bread! They *fought* for the pieces, tails plashing the water....it was wonderful to see them! Wish I could have captured them more clearly - but they were quick.....
Try to imagine the music from *Jaws*!!! A-ha-ha! They made enough commotion that the Ducks left!!!
Further on....we met this peaceful pair.... many couples here....I expect the lake to have a lot of Ducklings - soon!
Then.....we heard it.....the almost *other-wordly* call of the Red Winged Blackbird! It's difficult to describe....but very distinct... we saw him above us....
Come on....*pose for me*!!!
We also encountered this sweet-voiced little Sparrow....who serenaded us for a while!
Rounding the lake....still no Stellar Jays....we met this *Ferocious* denizen of the Lake! Who DEMANDED....peanuts! Sadly, we didn't have any - and he turned his nose up at our bread! (Little Gourmet *Snob*!)
Another brave *Adventurer* happened by just then....with peanuts - so the day was saved!
Oh....before I leave....I must show you a photo I took last month of a Stellar Jay! Isn't he gorgeous!!! Now you know why I was back on another quest to photograph him again.
♥ Robin ♥