Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bluebird, babies & mealworms



This was the first we've seen the babies since they fledged about 2 weeks ago. We knew they were out there ... somewhere. The parents have been coming for mealworms each morning, then flying off in all directions to feed the babies. Now the babies are chasing daddy for food.


bluebirds feeding mealworms to babies

bluebirds feeding mealworms to babies


Here the fledgling picked up a worm by himself. Looks like he wasn't quite sure what to do with it.

bluebirds feeding mealworms to babies

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Barn swallows



There are some barn swallows nesting under the deck of our pontoon boat. I guess we won't be going for a boat ride in the immediate future.

barn swallow nest

barn swallow babies

barn swallow parents feeding babies

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Lake Gaston muskrat


Here are some photos of a muskrat eating his salad, otherwise known as our (crappy) lawn.
muskrat
muskrat
muskrat
muskrat

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blue & Brown



A view from Eaton's Ferry Brige - we don't remember ever seeing the lake this muddy...


Lake Gaston Eaton's Ferry Bridge


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hooded mergansers



I only see hooded mergansers a few times each winter & this is the first time that they've been close enough for a photo on a sunny day.


hooded mergansers on Lake Gaston

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentines Post Office



We made the short drive up to Valentines Virginia so our cards could be among the 20,000 cards that get mailed from there with the cool Valentine post mark. The post office/general store is very cute!











Check out the WRAL news story about the post office.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Small town sights



Driving through Littleton a couple of weeks ago, I asked my husband to stop the car so I could take a photo of the horse coming down the road.


horse in Littleton


horse in Littleton


The horse was not one bit camera shy. He came right up to the car window for a close up. I'm glad I hadn't opened the window.


horse in Littleton

Monday, February 01, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pileated woodpecker



A neighbor sent these photos of a Pileated woodpecker working for his meal...


pileated woodpecker, Lake Gaston NC


pileated woodpecker, Lake Gaston NC


pileated woodpecker, Lake Gaston NC

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The gulls of Lizard Creek



For a week or so, hundreds (or maybe thousands) of gulls chose our cove for their roosting spot. I took these photos early one very cold morning as they "came to life"...


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston


gulls on Lake Gaston