Hummingbirds and porpoises

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Saturday, September 10, 2011

I woke at 2:30 am. The full moon was shining so brightly it was casting shadows on the ground. I padded round the cabin looking out of the windows - no obvious bear shadows to be seen. I forced myself back to sleep and woke again at 5:15. By now the moon had set and the sky was filled with stars. As we had planned to get up at 6 am anyway I woke JB and we went outside to see the stars and watch the sun rise. Almost immediately JB saw a shooting star. I missed it as I was transfixed by the fact that Sirius was so bright it was casting its own reflection in the sea - an amazing sight. We also saw Jupiter and Mercury, which JB said you rarely see as it is so close to the sun.
JB went off to take sunrise pictures while I sat on the deck watching the day arrive. I saw a rabbit running down the lane and a squirrel in the tree, but nothing larger. I think I also saw a juvenile bald eagle flying along the beach, but I'd have to see it again for a positive id. It was certainly big, with finger-like feathers at the end of the wings.
It was a beautiful sunrise with a clear blue sky. We sat and had coffee on the deck and watched the water. JB spotted some fins and as we watched a pod of porpoises surfaced and fed. We've never seen cetaceans from our accommodation before. It was really magical. We watched them for about 20 minutes, before they moved off. We then stayed on the deck for another couple of hours and a few more coffees. It was so wonderfully peaceful - maybe because it was such a calm, sunny day -  and all we could hear was the  waves lapping at the shore.
We hung up the suet feeder and created a platform for the hanging feeder bracket. I suspect it will be quite a while before any birds find the feeder. Apart from a few juncos and a northern flicker, there have been hardly any bids nearby. In fact, I have been surprised by how quiet it has been.
We've seen a couple of seals swimming lazily past, and some loons and cormorants fishing, but very little else has happened. Strangely it has all been riveting!
There was one wonderful moment earlier: JB stepped out onto the deck and a hummingbird suddenly appeared just in front of him. It was there just long enough for him to register what it was before it was gone. Possibly it was because he was wearing a shirt with red sleeves and they are attracted to that colour.
We took a run out to Digby to visit Tim Horton's to get some doughnuts and a  couple of traveling mugs so that we can keep our coffee hot while sitting on the deck in the mornings. Our Tim Horton's runs are a tradition of our visits to NS and JB was complaining that we had been in NS for 3 days and hadn't yet visited one!
While JB was taking his sunset photos a little rabbit hoped out of the undergrowth and sat near the deck while I was out there. I was pleased I managed to get a photo.
One of the activities that Linda organises is bonfires on the beach that everyone  is invited to. We could hear people on the beach but assumed it was a private party, which suited us as we were quite tired. However, at about 8:30 Linda drove by and invited us down to the beach. We cried off, but said that we hoped to come down another night. Apparently people stayed at the fire pit until after midnight. Not that it disturbed us, as we could not hear them once we were inside the cabin and We were asleep by 9:30!
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