Happy Thanksgiving

Last year, my family spent American Thanksgiving on Nevis in the Caribbean where we were supposed to spend the holiday with my grandmother. Unfortunately we spent a very sad Thanksgiving because she died suddenly the weeks before. As I mentioned in last year’s post, I’m both Canadian and American, so  my family celebrates both Thanksgivings.

This year I’m very thankful for: my family and living in a very beautiful part of Alberta.

Here are some pictures I took in the past week,

Canada Geese,

Black-capped Chickadee,

Common Redpoll,

Whitetail Deer,

Coyote,

Feathers on Sunday

If you would like to join me for Feathers on Friday, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I will add a link to my post.

I’m terribly sorry that I missed Feathers on Friday.

Here is a very common bird around our farmyard, a Rock Pigeon,

Hanging on a line

This morning my brothers and I went out to do our farm chores, and on our way to the corrals we saw something on the power line. We could tell that whatever it was had died. On further inspection I saw it was a large bird and as we got closer still I could tell it was an owl. I didn’t have my binoculars or camera with me, so after chores I went back to the house to grab the vital tools I would need to identify what tuned out to be an owl on the power line.

The owl must have flown into the power line, hooked and/or broke its wing, and wasn’t able to free itself.

Here are photos of the owl my brothers and I found this morning.

The view from the road,

I looked with my binoculars before I took pictures and I could see it was Short-eared Owl,

Earlier this year as my dad I were going to town, we found a dead Great-horned Owl in the ditch. Today’s bird is the second dead owl I’ve found. Here is one photo of the Great-horned Owl we found in April,

Winter has arrived

The first snow of the season fell yesterday, we didn’t get very much but more snow will come shortly.  I went out this morning to look for some birds and to check the ice on our slough to see if the ice was good for skating. I didn’t see many birds but the ones I saw were quite nice. At the start of the walk I saw a Bald Eagle (I saw one yesterday too), five Horned Larks, and a flock of about 100 Snow Buntings.

Early morning,

A Chickadee at my new feeder,

Our dog Lady came with me,

A deer bed,

Coyote tracks on the ice,

Northern Harrier,