Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Some Days Are Diamonds

Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) is the title of a song recorded by John Denver in 1981. That sentiment is certainly accurate and a dark gray day in early May was one of those diamond days.

Inside a deer resistant fence on the hill above the house are a few white trillium – descendants of several that, almost 60 years ago, I’d planted at my parents' house, then moved here after our house was built 50 years ago. The plants have to be protected from the white-tailed deer that have eliminated the species elsewhere in our part of the world.

After taking a few photos of the trillium I was heading back to the house when a male ruby-throated hummingbird landed in a small dead tree. He stayed in the tree and preened, made a few short flights and returned, presenting opportunities for a number of photos. The dull gray light toned down the often brilliant ruby-red of the feathers on his throat –

A bit later I headed for the Big Woods in search of migrating warblers. Although there was an abundance of ruby-crowned kinglets, there were no warblers to be seen and only one to be heard, an ovenbird singing it’s “Teacher, teacher, teacher” in the distance.

In the afternoon I headed for the beaver pond to change the memory card in the trail camera; nearby a pinkster azalea was in bloom –

Having taken that photo, I turned around and immediately saw an eastern coyote trotting past about 50 feet away – apparently it hadn't seen or smelled my camouflage-clad figure. A few squeaks through pursed lips caught the animal’s attention and turned it my way. Just time for a few photos before it turned again and trotted off through the forest –

Later when processing the photos it became obvious that the coyote had porcupine quills in its muzzle and near its right eye. Eastern coyotes are tough animals, as are most wild creatures, this one will almost certainly survive its encounter with the quill-pig.

Thus endeth a diamond day.


Marcia said...

Hummingbirds appeared here shortly before Mother's Day. I put up a feeder for the first time here at our new to us house. Within days the hummers had found it. They alternate now between it and the blooming red quince.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Oh yes, a diamond day indeed! Who needs gaudy gemstones when one has access to the kind of marvelous natural wonders as you encountered this day? And how spectacularly you captured that hummingbirds gorgeous red iridescence. What a thrilling walk! Thanks for sharing with us.

Barbara Rogers said...

Poor little coyote, he played with the wrong critter and has the quills to show for it. Not that I have much sympathy for him, he was hungry I guess. The hummer is so pretty. With my downsizing of "care giving" I haven't put up my feeder, hoping thus to have more time to do wild and crazy things, like walks and going to a gym!

The Furry Gnome said...

Remarkable pictures of the Hummingbird! I guess we don't have many deer because we have lots of trillium.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful captures of the hummingbird. I hope the coyote find a way to get rid of the quills.
The trillium and azaleas are lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really did see some amazing sights. I am a little afraid when I encounter a coyote but according to what I've read they are not a danger to people. He may have been hurting though. Poor thing!

Anu said...

That day you saw a lot of great things, birds and animals - and you took some great photos.
Take care.

Jaƛmin said...

Sou sweet.