Least Sandpipers, Kingsport Beach, NS

4 birds with short necks and long beaks are on a sandy and stony beach. They have white buff breasts and black and brown and white wings and heads.
Sandpipers on a beach

For bird lovers, here is a blast from the past remembering warm sunny days in August on the beach at Kingsport, Nova Scotia, watching the shorebirds going about their business.

We love walking on the beach, watching many small flocks of these little shorebirds forage for food or swooping and dipping over the water. When in the air they keep a tight formation, wheeling and banking so that at times the flash of the underside of their wings makes them invisible against the water behind them. They are approachable, not being frightened particularly, except when the ball or dog lands in their midst.

This was the photograph I got in August 2014. I owe it, in part, to my friend, Linda who walked with me and Joni (and waded with us through the incoming tide that caught us unawares) as, when I hesitated as to whether to bring my camera or not, she said “you always take your camera everywhere”, so I did. And I had chosen the right lens, for once.

My animals gallery, including this image, is here.

Find The Warmest Spots

It’s a cold winter day. If you want to find the warmest spots in the house, look for the cats.

A cat with short, curly white, tan and black hair is sitting on the top of a pile of wood next to a black cast iron wood stove top. Behind her is a red stone wall. Her eyes are sapphire blue and her face is half white and half black with very white long whiskers and a little pink mouth.
Badger on a log pile

Badger prefers to sit in the warmest place in the house, right at the top of the logpile next to the woodstove. She is the kindest and most caring, gentlest of all, always wearing this look of sincere concern. Her earliest years were spent looking after kittens, one of which, Pangolin, lives with us as well. But now she lives a life of luxury, being pampered, with nothing to do but enjoy her retirement.

This is turning into a bit of a cat blog. No apologies for that! So here are the other two, finding their own warm spots to sit on a cold winter day.

A curly coated tortie siamese marked cat with cream, brown and black fur and blue eyes is sitting on a carpetted stair looking directly at the camera. Her tail is curved over the edge of the stair.
Pangolin’s favourite stair

Pangolin is Badger’s daughter, a bit more flighty and worried as a personality, but also very affectionate and chatty. She’ll be the most likely to have a conversation with you.

A brown, cream and black tabby cat with curly hair and big ears is sitting on a coffee machine behind 3 blue coffee mugs that are upside down to wrarm. She is looking directly at the camera with her yellow eyes. Cupboards, shelves and a fridge are behind her, with kitchen paraphenalia.
Zaz on the warmer

Zaz is just young and fun. Just … Zaz. She has featured enough on here that her character is well known to regular viewers. This coffee machine warmer is where she holds court. So far no mugs have been broken.

More cat photos are on the Cats Gallery

Solitary Sandpiper

A medium size bird with a long slim beak is wading in water at the edge of some mud. There are broken off stems of thick reeds sticking out in the water around the frame. The bird is in the left of the frame, looking towards the right.
Sandpiper – Miner’s Marsh , Kentville, Nova Scotia

This sandpiper was enjoying the summer mud at Miner’s Marsh in Kentville and apparently finding lots of eat. This was taken a few years ago in my early years of photography, so I was really pleased to catch it so well. I can’t wait until we can have a bit of summer, to be able to see the ground, mud or grass! Meanwhile, we can enjoy memories from past photos like this.

Click to see other wildlife and not so wild life in my bird and animals gallery

Zaz on Her Tree Bed

A young cat, curly coated tabby tortie brown black, red and cream is lying horizontally in the photo, on a cat tree. She is on a blanket with a couple of toys on either side of her, but her head is turned and she is looking directly at the camera with yellow green eyes. She has long white whiskers
Zaz on her Tree Bed

Zaz has always been more of a cliff cat than a cave one. So she was really happy when I took her heated pad out of the box and put it on the shelf. She surveys her kingdom from here, with her trusty puppy friend by her side. It’s the best thing to do on a snowy stormy day.

Happy Caturday to all who celebrate. Which must surely be everyone.

You can see my cats gallery here.