Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 3, 2019

March 3, 2019


Doe a Deer

Believe it or not – I do take photos of things other than eagles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today, I was driving around in search of photographic subjects. I was driving down Elm Street and there was a doe standing in the road. It ran into the woods. I pulled my car over and got my camera. There was no good shot since with so many branches in the way. Luckily – I noticed a bigger doe standing in the woods waiting for the smaller doe. I was able to snap a few shots before they leaped through the woods. She was very healthy looking and big.

I am ready for spring and snow is getting tiresome – even though the winter has not been too bad. (We are getting 3-6 inches tonight.) I had to snap a shot of this unique cyclops snowman at the Never’s house. They are so creative.


And yes, I did see the male eagle delivering soft nesting material to the local nest.


Spring is Coming!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019


Signs of Spring

I finally viewed the new location of the local bald eagle pair’s nest.ย  They moved locations last year – however, I wasn’t sure of the location and couldn’t see it.ย  (I can’t believe I missed it!)ย  I couldn’t see the forest through the trees ๐Ÿ™‚ย  As you can see below, the nest is huge!

DSC_4694 Nest

I am not revealing the locations – since it is a very sensitive time for the eagles.ย  Eagles have very large talons and when there is a nest or young in the nest – they walk around carefully with their talon clenched as to not to hurt them.ย  If the eagles are disturbed or agitated they may forget to be careful with their talons and hurt the egg or chick.ย  Enough folks already know of the location.ย  Some people may not know or may ignore safeguards and nest protocol of a protected species.

Hopefully soon – there will be an egg and the “sitting will begin.”ย  I am very excited to get better shots of the chick(s) than I have in the past.ย  Pictured above is the female of the pair – Orange C/K (her bands).ย  ย Note the mark on her beak – I didn’t know which of the pair had the mark – but a birder friend confirmed in a shot he got of both and their bands.

I am hoping to get better shots of the nest and the eagles.ย  A nice crisp blue sky for the background would be lovely.ย  I took this shot of the female last week.ย  The lighting etc. was perfect.


Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 26, 2019

January 26, 2019


Who Cooks For You?

I sometimes hear the “Who Cooks For You?” call of the Barred Owl – but I rarely see an owl. In fact, my last photo of an owl was in 2011! I am lucky enough to see eagles often – but the owl is very elusive and hides from me.

I took my mother shopping this morning, and we were heading back home when I noticed an owl sitting in a tree close to the road not far from Market Basket. I mildly cursed as I noticed the owl – because I had no camera, and I couldn’t pull over any way. It is a busy road (Fort Eddy – in Concord). The owl was facing into an empty lot beside the C.A.V.E.S. emergency veterinary hospital.

After- I drove my mom home and brought in her groceries, and I went home and took care of my groceries – I grabbed my camera and drove back to Concord. I have been looking for another owl to photograph for years! I was thrilled to see that the owl was still there when I arrived. I parked down the road to C.A.V.E.S. and walked into the field. There were a lot of thorny bushes – but not much ice – so I slowly headed toward the owl.

I did not get as close as I could have because I did not want to disturb it.
Owls are so mysterious. I love them. What a thrill. It made my day. I usually go out in search of eagles, owls, and otters. Last week – I saw an otter. This weekend – an owl. The two I rarely see. I still love seeing eagles – but what a treat to see the owl. It has been too long! It wasn’t far from where I work. I will have to check back this week to see if the owl is hanging around the area.

It seemed to be winking at me (or sleeping with one eye open). I like that it was dangling one of its talons too. I have seen eagles do that too.


Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 12, 2019

January 12, 2019


NH Winter Eagle Count

It was another successful Winter Eagle Count for me as a NH Audubon Volunteer. The sky was blue and no clouds in sight – unfortunately it was wicked cold (single digits most of the day). It was about 16 degrees late afternoon but with the wind chill it was only about 5 degrees.

I started just before 8:00 am and saw the pair pictured above almost right away! Unfortunately – I couldn’t get a decent photo. The branches were in the way. But at least – photo proof of the sighting.

I had seven eagle sightings for the day – however, I believe I only saw 3 different birds (the local pair and an immature eagle – of which I only snapped a far off terrible shot).


I had a few single adult eagle sightings like the ones below – but they were in trees frequented by the pair – so I believe they were one of the pair.




Below this eagle was this rooster who was coming at my car.


I drove further down the road and got out to see if I could get a better angle of the eagle and maybe see if it had bands (the local pair both are banded). The rooster stood in the road looking at me and kept cock-a-doodling. It was right under the eagle’s perch. I was wondering if I might see an eagle with a “chicken” dinner. I didn’t. The eagle did not seem interested. At least at that moment. Time will tell!


I can never see enough eagles. They really are stunning birds!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 25, 2018

December 25, 2018


Today was a busy day filled with love, family, and food! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Molly is bushed and so am I! For those wondering – we did not have a White Christmas. That was ok with me because I hate shoveling, and last Christmas we had a big storm. It was nice not worrying about traveling, etc.

2019 is around the corner!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 23, 2018

December 23, 2018


Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is almost here! I have been watching a zillion Christmas specials ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t know if it will be a white Christmas! Right now – things are pretty green and brown around here. We have a slight chance of a trace or 1 inch tomorrow night for Christmas Even.

It would be nice to have a White Christmas – even if it is just a wee bit of snow.

I am in good shape for Christmas – everything is wrapped and purchased. I may pick up some little things tomorrow at Dollar General, but I am really done.

I look forward to seeing family on Christmas Day. Tomorrow night – I will be taking my mom over my cousins after mass for a get-together. It should be fun.

More tomorrow!

(PS – I gave Rodney the Reindeer a Santa Hat tonight. The Gnome (I names him Cedric) is a Cosmic Moose creation that I requested. The artist is Charles Kuisinas (another 12/26 – baby). I think Cedric is adorable and looks great standing near Rodney and Rhonda!)

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018


It is starting to Look Like Winter

We have already had a few snow storms here in the area. Northern NH has really been slammed with snow. Today – rained most of the day. Typical, New Hampshire. Snow one week or day – rain the next. It is hard to say if we will have a white Christmas or not. I don’t need a lot of snow for Christmas – a slight covering is good enough for me. I actually don’t mind snow in small increments. I am not a fan of snow removal. I love to use the riding lawn mower and mow the lawn – but I do not have the same feeling for the snow blower. It takes too much effort. Now – if I had a snow removal tractor-like vehicle – that could be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

They lit the Christmas tree in downtown Penacook last Wednesday night. I snapped the photo below Thursday night. I have always loved the look of downtown Penacook – especially during the holidays.


Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018


November Has Arrived!

The world wind that is November is here – and will be gone before we now it. It always seems that November arrives and it quickly ends. Right now there is a little color left in the trees. Our gorgeous red maples at work are still glorious though most trees around have been stripped of their leaves.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is virtually forgotten in most of the stores – Christmas is in full-swing in the stores.

With all that is going on in the world – let’s take a moment to think of things for which to be thankful. I am thankful for my family and friends … thankful for a job that I enjoy going to most every day … and much more.

I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018

Haunted “Gingerbread” House (actually Chocolate Cookie) – 2018


As you can see, we didn’t fare as well as last year in our construction. The royal icing did not want to harden. My sister and I tried and tried – but the roof slid off numerous times. My mom tried some decorating but gave up since most of the decorations were sliding off the house. It was an amusing mess and slightly frustrating. Next year, we will use graham crackers and our own icing.
The roof ended up with a gaping hole – so I stuck a little round candy in a piece of napkin – made a ghost with a little face and stuck him in the hole ๐Ÿ™‚
My sister dragged out some chocolate ice cream sauce and used it to help stick the roof on. Below is the front view of the finished horror.


The back of the house and the wee ghostie is below.


I guess it really isn’t bad – it is just a haunted house in great disrepair.

Hope everything is well with everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018


The Toad

Last Thursday, was a mild evening and there was a guest on my steps. The toad was sitting quietly watching. There were a lot of insects drawn to the porch light. It most likely was in search of food before the cold weather creeps in and it goes into hibernation.

Whenever, I see a toad sitting on the steps – I think of family friend Muriel Smith who passed away a few years ago. She was like a sister to my mom. We used to visit her often. I remember she had a white cat that would open the cabinet and grab cough drops. It liked cough drops ๐Ÿ™‚ I also remember Muriel telling me that she often saw toads out on her back steps. She said she believed they were past pets that had passed away – come to visit. I always remembered her saying that. It is strange how the mind remember one thing over another.


Suki & McKenzie


So – decades later – whenever, I see a toad on the steps – I think of Muriel and wonder what she had told me as a child. I wonder which one of my pets was this toad? Suki? ๐Ÿ™‚

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