Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gaetz Lake Sanctuary Walk

      Saturday afternoon I had some work to do at the Kerry Wood Nature Center and left some time for a good walk on the trails.

      It was clear and mild and as a result very pleasant.

     Somebody has been feeding chickadees in that area. The woods are full of chickadees. They get excited when they see you. When they discover you aren't one of the people who carries seeds , they very quickly leave. What cheek!

I like sunlit clearings on the trail.

More sunlit trail.

A few shadows thrown in with some bright sunlight

A pileated woodpecker hole 


One of the wet lands

One the rascals who is very tame

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  1. It looks like very pleasant walking conditions, and yes, chickadees can be rascals!

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  2. I love chickadees! Glad to hear you have some "mild" weather. The New England states are getting hit hard again.

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    1. The East has had a brutal winter. we've had it pretty nice for Jan. and Feb.

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  3. I think we have Chickadees here. We call them Coal Tits.

    These shots brightened my day. Wonderful.

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    1. I've seen your photos of coal tits and they look just like our black capped chickadees. I'm going to have look these guys up. Look at that. You gave me some homework.

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  4. Looks like a beautiful place to walk, the sunlit clearings are lovely.

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    1. For all seasons it's an excellent walk.

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  5. So nice to to have a walk in the snowy woods. Our winter seems to be over here again, only a little frost.

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    1. We have many trails in our park system. In the summer they are bike trails.

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  6. What very pleasant views. This is a lovely trail. Our trails are covered with feet n feet of snow, so no trails for a while. The birds at our feeders have quadrupled over these past 5 blizzards - I was only having to fill the feeder once a week, but now it might be twice a day. And I might add Mr. Bird Watcher, there's a bit of every type out there. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. So are you telling me that you have more winter birds than I do?

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  7. I love chickadees, and you're right: they are very cheeky birds. I'm home and finding it very mild here, too. :-)

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    1. I think you also have a western chickadee or some such name. I guess you're mild after the Instanbul weather.

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  8. Hi Red, Thanks for taking us on the walk. When I first glanced at that 4th picture I said, wow, who put that footprint on the tree! Did you notice that? Woodpecker hole and surrounding bark ... looks like a footprint ... yeah, that would be a big foot, but then we have "bigfoot" out here, so don't know who did it. :-)

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    1. I had a look and yes, it's a footprint. I was thinking of the oval holes pileated woodpeckers make and didn't see the foot print. No excuses though!

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  9. You have it nice while people who have mild weather are freezing.

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    1. I'm not going to complain about that one.

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  10. Looks like milder weather is finally there.

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    1. We get chinooks that blow through and give us some mild weather. we have lots more nasty stuff to come.

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  11. i do love those cheeky little guys and gals! :) looks like a nice, sunny day.

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    1. It was a very pleasant day. I didn't freeze my fingers off using the camera.

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  12. I would have enjoyed bundling up and taking that walk with you. I can only imagine how knowledgeable you'd be and how I'd benefit from it.

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    1. You would not have needed to bundle up. It was about plus 5 C (36 F)

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  13. You sure you do not live down the field from Me. That looks like the back field in Spring time at my area. I will have to watch out for you Mr. Red.
    Your house is like my young sons house in St. Catherins, Ontario. His narrow stairs he made into a rec room. And a bedroom and extra washroom, and his work shop.
    Looks like your melting quickly in your neck of the woods. Love your takes. That sun, shadows are delightful and the chick-a Dee your friend.

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    1. My stairway is the standard width. We have some mild weather but we will get lots more winter yet. If you've got seeds these chickadees will come to your hand.

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  14. That looks like a lovely cool (cold) walk. No chickadees in Hawaii. I always liked seeing them in Chicago... Or were they juncos? Darn! I can't remember.

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    1. It was plus 5 C(36 F) Now you wouldn't be able to wear shorts! I always enjoy the birding in Hawaii.

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  15. I enjoyed the walk. I love the Chickadees too. The little acrobats!

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    1. Chickades are always on the move and talking to each other.

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  16. I truly love chickadees – but in our back yard they fly away as soon as we open the back door. They do look so cute.

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  17. Walk a nice walk. You photos are great, especially the one of the chickadee. I love these little birds. They are so adorably friendly.

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    1. It was the Family day week end so it wasa get to get out.

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  18. Surely Chickadees must be a wonderful benefit to the woods and, unlike humans, they can be excused from assuming those who feed them are indistinguishable from those who don't.

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    1. Chickadees certainly make the woods cheerful in the winter. They are never still of quiet.

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  19. Send some Sun Red! :)
    Looks like you had a beautiful chickadee afternoon.

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    1. We've had some very pleasant weather for the last month.

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  20. What a beautiful walk you took us on Red. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. It's one of my favorite places to walk summer of winter.

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  21. A lovely place for a walk, even if it does look a bit chilly! Have a great day!

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    1. It might be chilly for you, but not us. It was most pleasant.

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  22. As I understand Canada has the same climate as Russia. We've already got some warmth from the sun lately although snow is still all over and still looks as in your pictures.

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    1. Now that generalization gets complicated. As with Russia we are a huge land mass and so have many types of climate.

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  23. I've heard the chickadees singing their spring song from my driveway, but I can't imagine what they are thinking. Still so cold here and no warm-up in the 10 day forecast. I enjoyed your walk, from my living room!

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    1. Chickadees can get excited about sex when it warms up just a little bit. They are tough and thrive in very cold weather.

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  24. Looks like a beautiful area. And you've gotta love those little cheekydees.

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  25. I love that, 'rascals!' I adore the chickadees, who seem to be chasing one another! Yay spring!!!!

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