This determined fox squirrel is hanging precariously on to an ear of corn. The corn is suspended from above by a spring. Many attempts were made before the squirrel learned how to get at the corn. It would drop a kernel or two of corn to the ground and then go down and eat them. This little guy provided us with many hours of enjoyment as we watched it’s aerial maneuvers.
While going through my old slides I came across this photo of a golden-mantled ground squirrel. I like these little guys and want to share this photo with you. This picture was taken 41 years ago.
The temperature was in the mid-ninetys today. This little fellow found a cool rock in the shade and crapped out.
Zoey is visiting our daughter, Jeannie, this week. She doesn’t seem to be a bit camera shy.
This Fox Squirrel is makinga pest of himself. Our daughter feeds birds or at least that was her intent. There is hardly a feeder that a squirrel can’t get to. Most of the time it is share and share alike. However, when this suet feeder was set out squirrels quickly claimed its contents and the birds went without. The feeder was hanging near the edge of the porch roof and the squirrels precariously worked their way from the roof , under the eave and onto the feeder. It is entertaining though, to watch the antics of these pesky squirrels. A side note here-the feeder has since been moved farther in from the eave and the squirrels have yet to find a way to it.
Another feeder critter is this woodrat (packrat). It’s not exactly welcome but it shows diversity. I wonder how many species of wildlife shows up when we’re not looking?
I went for a walk a few days ago up on the hill on a dusty road. Imagine my surprise when I came upon a series of huge bear tracks. It was hard to tell when these tracks were laid down but they appeared to be relatively fresh. Believe me, I’m glad I didn’t encounter this critter at close range!
The water became stff overnight and turned into a skating pond.
I hurriedly snapped a few photos as I watched chipmunks searching for water in the birdbath. A couple of Steller’s Jay also attempted to quench their thirst. I guess I’ll have to set up the water heater and get ready for winter.
While driving up Daggett Creek one day this summer I encountered this Mule Deer doe and fawn. The mother deer led her offsprng up a neighbor’s driveway. Note the doting mother’s concern for her baby.
This small herd of elk stopped by for a snack the other day. They soon drifted on. In times past this was a common scene but now days it is a treat to see these animals close to the yard. Run……get the camera……….quick!