The Creek Chronicles - Hobo Heron

Posted by SusanStokes on December 15, 2020

My visit to the local creek has become an almost daily experience not only for exercise by walking there and back, but also for a peek at the wildlife inhabitants there. I now know where to look for the Great Blue Heron, and I continue to learn more about this fabulous creature.

Leucistic Canada Goose Sighting

Posted by SusanStokes on November 11, 2020

An amazing thing happened during my daily walk along the creek.  I came across a rather large gaggle of Canada Geese, not unlike many times before, except this time something was different.  In the midst of the normal looking Canada Geese was a misfit – a beautiful white goose happily eating and socializing amongst the gaggle, completely unaware of its singular beauty, just one of the gang.

In Search of the American Bullfrog

Posted by SusanStokes on October 11, 2020

Of the many things I love most about my daily walks along the creek are the sounds I hear from the wildlife. Occasionally, the bullfrog calls stand out, and I follow the sound with the hope to see one.

Meet the Groundhog!

Posted by SusanStokes on September 10, 2020

I must say, I’ve tried countless times unsuccessfully to capture a photo of a groundhog up close. It seems the moment they sense my presence, they run away faster than I can even get the camera in focus. Until one day, during an afternoon walk, one particular groundhog gave me a closer than usual opportunity to capture him on video.

A Great Blue Heron Encounter

Posted by SusanStokes on August 15, 2020

A regular Covid-19 Pandemic pastime of mine has become walking along a particular creek not far from my home and observing whatever wildlife I run across at the time. Imagine my surprise to come upon a Great Blue Heron. I was actually observing other birds when suddenly this majestic creature came into view.

The Great Egret Encounter

Posted by SusanStokes on July 11, 2020

My daily walks now include a nearby creek that appears rich wildlife including ducks, geese, rabbits, groundhogs, deer and a variety of birds. I was pleasantly surprised one day to encounter a Great Egret wading in the creek, obviously fishing for food.

Blue Jay Babies

Posted by SusanStokes on June 10, 2020

We were fortunate this Spring to have a pair of Blue Jays build their nest in the tree right outside my office window. What a treat! From three eggs to three baby birds, I was able to watch daily mom and dad switching off feeding the babies and protecting them by sitting on the nest. Of course, camera and video were always in hand!

Don’t Miss the Fourth Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show

Posted by SusanStokes on May 13, 2020

Does the pandemic have you down in the dumps? Well here’s something to lift your spirits. The fourth annual Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina airs Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT/MT on NBC. Don’t worry – the show was filmed prior to the pandemic and is sure to bring some smiles to dog lovers across the country.

Khayelitsha Pets in Need of Emergency Help due to COVID-19

Posted by SusanStokes on April 24, 2020

A plea for financial assistance has been circulated by a veterinary clinic in Cape Town. As many across the world, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe hardship. Following are specifics of the immediate circumstances and need.

American Robins Usher In Spring

Posted by SusanStokes on March 10, 2020

Just as most of us feel weary of cold winter weather and anxious for spring, out comes a Robin! While living in the northeast, some believe the American Robins migrate away for the winter. In reality, many are still nearby, simply living further out in the forests not readily seen by humans, but where fruit and berries can sustain them until the ground thaws.