Up in the Trees

What I find walking in the woods can be redundant and mundane, that goes for my photos too. But looking up into the trees can be therapeutic psychologically, especially these days, not to mention beneficial for the neck muscles.

Mundane or unusual, here are some sightings during my walks in the past weeks.

You see them everywhere, their by-products littering your grounds. But the Canada Geese in my neck of the woods don’t gather at the Pond or on the ground, but high up on trees. I think they nest there too:

Another CG on tree

Here’s one taking the abode of a previous tenant, the owl family. How do their young come down from so high up? They’ll have to learn to fly first, just like other birds, another birder said when I asked. Or, the mother could carry them on their wings, my imagination added.

New Tenant

occupying the nest of the owls

A Robin, never too common for me, especially when I capture a handsome one:

Robin not common

One time, I saw this ball from afar:

Ball on tree

Walked closer and found this. Do porcupines nest on trees too, or just for naps? Or, is it something else? The next day I went back to look for it and it was gone.

Porcupine ball

Mundane or unusual, my curiosity is piqued walking the same paths year after year. This curious Yellow Warbler well represents my feelings:

Curious Yellow Warbler

Here’s another curious one:


In a previous post about the Yellow-rumped Warblers, I’d noted that the white-throated one is called the Myrtle Warbler of the East and far north, and the yellow-throated one the Audubon’s Warbler from the West. Just curious, what do you call this one with both white and yellow on the throat:

Yellow-rumped Hybrid

Curiosity in the mundane. Maybe that could get me out of bed on those days when I get too used to that stay home mandate.



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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

20 thoughts on “Up in the Trees”

  1. We have different looking robins too. This has reminded me not to take things for granted, we can’t assume that others are experiencing or thinking of the same things with the same names.


        1. Thanks for the link. I didn’t know they are so different even with the same name. You’re right, just can’t assume others are thinking of the same thoughts when hearing the same word.


  2. Beauties!! Thank you, Arti, Our son was able to take a picture of an owl at dusk. Very handsome indeed. God bless, C-Marie


    1. What kind of owl did your son capture on photo? Here at the Pond, the Great Horned Owl is our regular tenant. In previous years I’ve taken lots of pictures of the Owl Family. Here’s one post you might enjoy: Owl Babies Day Out.


  3. Let’s just say that was a porcupine in the tree! That last birds eyes look like the eyes of the tree swallows we have around here. Hope we can get out and about in a more normal way soon!!

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    1. Are you still in lockdown? We’ve started opening up, business wise, with lot of regulations. The Provincial Park where I birdwatch opened up a few weeks ago, so that’s a big relief for me.


    1. Barbara,

      The Canada Geese take over a section of the woods and hang out frequently, bickering, playing, squawking, roughhousing. I don’t know why they don’t gather at the Pond. Mind you, I haven’t seen any young ones though.


  4. I have NEVER seen one of my Canada geese in the trees. Never. Obviously they can fly, but I’ve never seen them land “up!” This is great! All wonderful photos. All my ditch photos seem to look alike — I”m glad you got some really fun views!


    1. I’m beginning to feel all these photos are quite redundant. So, I’m glad to see something that pique your interest. Yes, as I mention in reply to Barbara’s comment above, this part of the woods is the ‘Geeser’s Hangout’. Don’t know why they don’t meet at the Pond where the water is.


  5. Yep! There it is. I’d read on the Audubon site or somewhere that cross-breeding between the Audubon and Myrtle warblers could produce some interesting color combinations, and here’s the proof!

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