Nature Photos by Joyce Riedinger

ARCHIVED COMMENTS - chronologically for month of May 2022 with links to photos.

1 May 2022
Thirty-four degrees at sunrise this morning. By noon it had reached 62 and was forecast to reach 69 by late afternoon. Winds of the past few days were thankfully not around today. In checking out the marsh across the road from us, I believe it was a muskrat or a beaver that was seen swiming into the brushy area. The nesting ducks were keeping a low profile, and although the frogs were heard, they also were not seen.

Photo 1 - Marsh at Jockey Street

3 May 2022
Caught this guy off-guard in our yard this afternoon.
Photo 1 - Woodchuck

4 May 2022
Forty-eight degrees this morning, warming to 56 by afternoon. Rains started again around 8:30am, and rained throughout the day. One could witness the leaves gradually expanding and the grass getting greener. Summer is on the horizon! This little Mourning Dove didn't seem to mind the rain falling, and continued to grub for something to eat.

Photo 1 - Raindrops
Photo 2 - Young Mourning Dove

5 May 2022
Sunny and a bit warmer than yesterday. Today's shot was taken in the early morning before the sun came to full force. As days before, I stood at edge of busy Jockey Street while shooting across the marsh at one of its inhabitants as shown in photo 1 below. Nearer our house, I saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), but did not get the picture I wanted. Perhaps a subject for tomorrow.

Photo 1 - Grackle in the Marsh

6 May 2022
Was able to get a nice closeup this morning of the Grackle which I believe is the Common Grackle although he is very similar to the Great-tailed Grackle with his yellow eyes and keel shaped tail. Caught in the act, was a grey squirrel hanging upside done on the suet feeder. NO NO squirrel!

Photo 1 - Grackle in our yard
Photo 2 - Gray Squirrel hanging upside down

7 May 2022
Today, more than the single juvinile Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrived. Was lucky to catch one of the adults sitting in the crabapple tree amidst the emerging spring leaves. Also, the Blue Jay who always seems to pose so well, was on hand. Thirdly, there have been several Mourning Doves lately with white tails which could be because of genetics or for some other reason. The first time I've ever seen this on a mourning dove.

Photo 1 - Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo 2 - Blue Jay in our yard
Photo 3 - Mourning Dove