May goulash


This is a collection of some of May’s images that did not have postings of their own.

A honey bee has collected pollen from a wild rose, and is carrying it as a packet on its hind leg. Honey bees have been rare in my yard for a decade, but this spring they are common. Has a neighbour started an apiary?

Kingbirds are classified as flycatchers, but this warm-season predator eats various flying insects.

Here, an Eastern Kingbird has landed in a bush. The captured wasp was quickly eaten.

A Killdeer, which seems to be breeding nearby, grabs a grub from the Lake. 

The forest floor is becoming decorated with queen’s cups.

This white-tailed buck must have felt trapped for it rushed past me with its tail raised as a flag.

This was an unexpected sighting: A Wilson’s Snipe perched atop a five-metre snag. Usually this snipe hides under low vegetation alongside water. Why was it suddenly being ostentatious? 

A female Varied Thrush seems to be hanging out in my yard. Does she have a nest? Also, the whitish bar on the head is a tad unusual. It is usually orange.

“Humans describe me as yellow bellied, but I think mine is a lovely shade of apricot.”

A Great Horned Owl takes a moment to preen. 

I am playing the cuteness card with a shot of a Great Horned Owlet peaking out from its nest.


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9 Responses to May goulash

  1. Joanne says:

    Thank you Alastair. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Varied Thrush. Very lovely.

  2. Karen Pidcock says:

    Such a goulash you’ve offered to enjoy! Especially appreciated: WTdeer, snipe, kildeer, in this Clintonia uniflora blooming time…all we can find to enjoy while the northern wildfires threaten life, reminding us of the giftedness of this fragile earth, our island home! Many thanks!!

  3. Allan Hobden says:

    Good goulash!

  4. Peter says:

    As always, your images are wonderful Alistair.

  5. Della C. Fenkner says:

    Such delightful peeks into our wonderful spring world. Refreshing and heartwarming. thank you.

  6. the ghost of Előd Macskásy says:

    Not all goulash is Hungarian.

  7. Christine Boyd says:

    Very enjoyable images, thank you Alistair.

  8. Jean Simpson says:

    Beautiful marmot. The marmots are back on the rocks beside the gully at the foot of Lakeview Cresc. They are quite bold: just sit up and watch as I pass by on my daily walk with my Welsh corgi, Tallis.

  9. Trevor Goward says:

    Hi Alistair

    Apricot-bellied Marmot is spot on. Thanks for helping us to SEE what we’re looking at!


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