Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cariboo 3

Hi everyone, I have a few more pictures of the Cariboo to show you today, but first of all I must apologize about the fellow below. I asked for assistance in identifying the Marmot below because I couldn't find any that quite matched this little fellow.
Well I now think that is because this is not a Marmot, instead I now think it is a Ground Squirrel. Compare my images below..

to this Ground Squirrel picture I found on the internet:
There are definitely Marmots is the Cariboo this just isn't one of them. That gives me a mission for my next visit!
Now this is definitely a horse:
My sister Dorothy with the horse, I am sure about that too.

Canada Goose sitting on nest, and not too pleased about company, the mate chased me away shortly after taking this picture.

This egg shell (goose sized) was nearby, must be an egg thief nearby. 
Here is a fawn grazing happily, until a door opened and someone let a dog out,
then both mother and fawn scooted away. They still have their shaggy winter coats.
Here is a doe and two fawns taken by my brother in law last summer.
Now we get to the new (to me) birds for today:

I think a Canvasback, above and below.


 A Hawk, no sure want kind. It was heading for a marshy area where I had just seen a brood of goslings being escorted by protective parents.

An American Kestrel:

A Meadow Lark

A Ruddy Duck, and yes, that beak is bright blue. 

White Crowned Sparrows:

I think this a Yellow Rumped Warbler:

Yellow Warbler?:

A tractor, just slightly past its' best before date:

There were lots of great fences too, this one decorated with a bark wreath. 

Well that is the last of my Cariboo pictures and all the pictures for today.
I have a couple of paintings to share with you. The first is a painting of an Arbutus Tree on a rocky shore, not sure this one worked, may need to start again.
Second is is an ink and watercolour painting called "Pear Duet":

 It is the latest of my Food cards, which include a recipe card using the pictured ingredient. What is the recipe for this card, take a look:
or all the food cards at:
Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday


  1. Ah, most of us identify animals incorrectly now and then! I'm impressed that you owned up to it and made the correction. Hope you return to the Cariboo soon so you can hunt for a real marmot. (I have never seen one in person.) You saw a nice variety of birds too. FYI: A yellow warbler is almost completely yellow. And the yellow rump on the yellow-rumped warbler is a great identifying feature. :))

  2. I love all your images, the birds are beautiful. The deer are pretty and a great shot of your sister and the horse. I have been known to post the wrong id and I do not mind being corrected. Your paintings are lovely the tree and the pear! Have a happy day!

  3. i ALWAYS enjoy seeing deer, it is always a favorite!!! i.d.'s can be tricky but you should never worry about that. just have fun with it!!!

    love those ruddy blue bills, i read that is a mating thing (i think) and the new cards.....i may need that one!!!

  4. the first link did not work for me, just so you know!!!!

    1. Thanks Debbie, I have fixed the link, Gillian

  5. Brilliant, those birds and the animals, they are superb. And your pictures, fantastic.

  6. Fabulous paintings! Love what you did with the second piece. The first piece is quite pretty. I like it! Loved all your images.

  7. the pears are awesome. love all your birdie sightings, too. the ruddies are amazing looking ducks!

  8. Every time I visit your wonderful blog, I am in awe of your talent. Photographer, artist, chef, etc. You really have a great eye for all things beautiful. I love all the wildlife images! I have never seen a Ruddy Duck with such a blue bill. Wow! Must be more vibrant for breeding. Fantastic art work, as well!

  9. Love your tree painting. That is magical:) So.....Canvasback female....yes. And the hawk is a Northern Harrier:) Sweet birds featured today. They are all our wintering visitors so be nice to them:) Thanks for sharing!

  10. What adorable shots. And your painting is lovely!

  11. The ground squirrel photo you found on the internet will be happy to reside here if it has a new caption. ©2012 Michael Russell ( :) I agree though - that does look like a Columbian Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) to me.