Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Nessie" - one last post (at least for this season)

I adore this tiny pied-billed grebe which we nicknamed "Nessie" after the Loch Ness Monster.  He or she (both sexes are identical) wintered with us all alone this winter.  The previous year, two of them stayed here all winter.  I think Nessie has gone to spend the summer season in northern U.S. or Canada.  I hope this tiny one returns to spend another winter with us, and maybe brings back a mate again.


Going down for a dive.

Coming up from a dive and shaking it off.

Glinting in the sun.

I love how their feathers look like fur.






Until we meet again, sweet Nessie.  The pond is pretty quiet without you stirring up little whirlpools.  Safe travels and hope to see you next fall!  We'll have plenty of fish waiting for you!

35 comments:

Dianna said...

Sad to see him/her go, isn't it? Hope he/she has a good summer and will return next year - and bring someone special for you to meet & photograph!

Sarah Knight said...

That must be interesting to have all the animals pass through during the winters! It's pretty bleak up here until the frosts stop.

Lovely shots!

eileeninmd said...

Great series on your Grebe visitor. It must be cool to see different birds stopping by.

Millie said...

What a nice way to send Nessie off for the summer!

Jan n Jer said...

Hope Nessie comes back next year to stay with you!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

We have been hearing them fly over our house and honk...sorry it is time for Nessie to go.

EG Wow said...

I'll be looking for Nessie and her relatives. :))

Sandra said...

bye bye nessie or nelson. see you next year. like the last one in the lily pads

Lois Evensen said...

What a great name. ;) Yes, that cute little neck does look like Nessie.

Samantha said...

Once again, I'm practically dying with envy over the pond/bird shots!

Farmchick said...

A goodbye to sweet Nessie. Hoping she has a great summer.

Farm Girl said...

I hope she comes back too. I always feel the same about the Phoebes. I wait and watch and hope. I have been so glad they have returned same as the Red-tailed flickers. I always love it in the fall when I hear the call and know that they have returned again. They do become like old friends.

don said...

A fine series of Nessie! I like how the pictures move in ever closer. Nice variety in the shots. Thanks for commenting on my site. I corrected the no commenting problem.

Michaele said...

Save up those frequent flier miles Nessie - bring a friend for free next time : )

Judy said...

Hey, maybe she'll head my way. I love the series here.

from my front porch... said...

I am way too emotional. I am crying at the tought of this little one leaving you......

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Leontien said...

well i hope she comes back to you too! maybe you can present us with another round of beautiful pictures!

Thanks
Leontien

barbara l. hale said...

I love duck butt (third photo down)! What a beautiful little thing. Hoping for a safe journey for Nessie and that you see her again next year.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

You made my eyes tear up. Your heart is made of gold, you know that?

I am also wishing Nessie a "bon voyage" and a safe return!
Love you, Ms. T.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A signal to the end of the season, isn't it, but the start of a new one--I hope Nessie returns safely and brings a friend or two along!

Trisha said...

Hope she comes back to you next year! Shes so pretty :)

A Rural Journal said...

So dainty and pretty. The cycle of life goes on and on. Glad you have little Nessie in your life -- hopefully she will come back to visit you again. :)

Rural Rambler said...

Yeah it is sad to see him/her go and you always wonder...
Sweet face! You have some cool water birds there. We have a Summer Tanager that returns every April and we can hardly wait till he announces his arrival. Unlike Mr. and Mrs. Phoebe. FeeBeeFeeBeeFEEBEEEEEE!

Randy said...

What a cutie! Until next time, hey maybe she'll bring some friends.

Snapper II said...

I sure would like to see this bird or duck or what ever it is. It sounds like a very interesting Flight risk. LOL
I see a lot of those flight risks.

Louise said...

Safe journey, Nessie! I hope that your summer is wonderful and that you come back home again with a doting mate in the Fall.

Rose said...

It will be interesting to see if it does come back...

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

He's so sweet and cute I just want to give him a big hug. I hope he does return with a mate. Ahhhh, Little Nessie's all over the place!

Sharon said...

Don't be too sad if it doesn't return, you never know, they may winter-over at the in-laws, next year.

Robin said...

Theresa, they are such pretty little things. Hope it returns in the fall!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I hope Nessie comes back next year also! It must have been fun watching her on a daily basis:)

Cher' Shots said...

Omg how I miss my little lake. Anyways ~ thanks for sharing yours! Nessie is the perfect name for him/her!
'love & hugs from afar'

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Nessie is cute.If I see her up here,I'll be sure to pas on your message,to come back to your pond.

Furry Bottoms said...

Nessie does look like those old loch ness pictures! Aptly named!

Marvin said...

I hope the grebe returns. He/she is so photogenic.

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