At the Purcari Winery in the village of Purcari, Moldova. Photo taken December 7, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Baby Great Horned Owl

Remember the other day when we posted a picture of a great horned owl? Well it turned out that it lives here in the park.

We think that it was the female, and we know that it has a baby!

We found it's nest the other day...

Mom, keeping her eyes on us!

Here's the little one. It's watching us too.

Poor little one's got a feather partly covering it's eye.

We're still in park cleanup mode. Someone is coming today to turn the water on, so I'll probably have some water leaks to fix this afternoon! Sounds like that's a fairly typical problem at this time of year. 

Leaf cleanup is going good. Especially since they bought us a brand new top of the line leaf blower yesterday!

Kevin, using our new leaf blower.

There are lots of leaves.

There, that's better!

At the end of the day, we went for a walk on the hills around the park. You can go for miles on these hills and it's really pretty. There are fresh leaves starting to bud on the trees, and I bet in a week or so things will be a lot more green.

Kevin, and the South Saskatchewan River.

We're never sure if we should call it a river, or a lake. The River really is the South Saskatchewan River. but it's dammed to form a lake which is called Lake Diefenbaker. We're at the far western end of the "lake", but to my mind it's still a river where we are.

Kevin and Ruth at Cabri Regional Park.

The hills at Cabri regional Park.

The other side of the river.

Some of our campsites, waiting for campers.

Beautiful start to the morning, so we better go get some work done! They're calling for showers this afternoon.


28 comments:

  1. That leaf blower will certainly save some time!

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    1. Yes it will and it will get used a lot!

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  2. NIce that they are willing to provide you with all you need to get the place in shape.

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    1. They have really been good but they also know that it is to their benefit to have the park looking great.

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  3. Its all coming together pretty good now.

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    1. Yes it is and there is lots of activity here at the park at the moment.

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  4. Nice header picture. Did you purposely wear clothes that would match your surroundings?

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    1. Thank you Elaine, and no we didn't and it seems like those are the only colours we own!

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  5. Things all seem to be falling into place. Great to have that nice leaf blower, right?

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    1. It is wonderful to have the leaf blower. It was used a lot today and will probably get lots of use for at least the next week or so.

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  6. More gorgeous scenery. What a beautiful place to spend the summer.

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    1. It sure looks like it will be a beautiful place in the summer.

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  7. The leaf blower looks like a Stihl. Nice to see they were willing to pony up the dough for a good machine. Hopefully your days warm up gradually.

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    1. You are right Bob, it is a Stihl. I think they know it will be used lots so might as well get a quality one. It has already started warming up, we were working in t-shirts today. :-)

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    1. Thanks Croft, are you going to come and visit with us?

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  9. Gorgeous shots of the owls. They are so majestic and serious looking even as youngsters. Love that header picture of you two. Looks like a great place to be. Another nice plan on your part.

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    1. Thanks Sherry! It had been years since we have seen owls and now we have seen at least 5 or more in just the last 5 or 6 months. We saw a number of them when we were in Namibia. We can't wait to go for a decent hike in the near future, it is such a beautiful area here.

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  10. What a difference a leaf-blower makes! I love before and after shots!
    The owls are so beautiful and you got great photos. We have friends nearby who have resident owls and owlets each spring. They are so kind to invite us to see them each year. Do be careful around the mothers, though. They are known to swoop down and attack those they fear! I'm sure you know that, but just in case . . .
    The hills near your campground look so pretty. Can't wait to see them when they are green!
    Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, Ruth! Cheers!

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    1. It's still hard work but it sure helps lots!

      I remember seeing the photos of the little baby owls on your facebook page from last year, we won't get to see this one so close up but he is pretty big so we see him/her quite nicely just from the ground. The mother is actually quite good, if we get to close, she flies to a tree close by and keeps her eyes on us. We even had some tree trimmers here the last two days and not once did she try to attack.

      We can't wait to see the hills and trees green either, it is going to be gorgeous, I just know it!

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  11. That looks like a beautiful park, and once it's all green, I can't wait to see the photos! Love the owl photos...thanks for sharing.

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    1. We can't wait to see everything green too, I just hope it lasts for longer than a month but that will depend on how much rain we get this summer.

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  12. Love, love, love the header photo - nice shot of the two of you! Those owl pics - wow - that baby is so cute. Things are moving right along - go, leaf blower, go!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Connie and Barry!

      We are going to keep a daily watch on the little guy and yes, he/she is so cute.

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    1. There is still plenty of raking to do but having the leaf blower sure makes things easier.

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  14. Love the owl! Looks so fluffy. What a beautiful setting you have for your work. I am sooooo glad you got that leaf blower. Looking at the photo of you raking, Ruth, made me feel sorry for you.

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    1. It still has it's fluffy baby feathers. We are watching it every day so as it changes we will try to get newer pictures which may be hard once the leaves start to come in.

      Yes, it is a beautiful setting and we are looking forward to our summer here. Trust me even with the leaf blower there is still lots of raking to do.

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