I spied this little fellow a couple of days ago. It was my first sighting of a Yellow-bellied Marmot this Spring. It must have seen its shadow and scurried back into its barrow. The next day the weather turned wet and the weatherman predicted stormy conditions the next few (six?) days.
This is a view of my yard at night after the little birdies have gone to bed.
It looks like these icicles tried to defy gravity. In reality they were all originally perpendicular. Then the soft snow they were attached to slowly slid down the sloping roof and bent downward causing the firmly attached icicles to appear at an angle. As the icicles continued to grow the tips again headed straight down. What a crazy sight to greet your eyes when you first open your eyes after a pleasant night’s sleep.
Occasionally when I stop along the road a group of onlookers gather nearby.
Yesterday I saw my first chipmunk of the season. This prompted me to browse through my photo files. I came across this shot of the greedy little beggars stuffing their cheeks with food I set out for the birds. The birdseed soon disappeared. Would you call this a herd of chipmunks, a gaggle, or a flock?
This is why birds go south for the winter
Display your flag proudly on this very special day
Kris and I were on the way to Prairie to check nest boxes. We stopped at Neil Bridge on the South Fork of the Boise River to view a Lewis’ Woodpecker nest. We spotted the bird in a pine snag next to its nest cavity. Then for no apparent reason this bird flew down near our car and perched on a stump about 20 feet away and posed for the above photo. Now why didn’t it do this when I led a fieldtrip by here a couple of weeks previously?
If it wasn’t for the shape of this bird it would be hard to find. It’s color and markings blend in pretty well with the background of the rocks in the wall.
Snow piled up under the eaves of the house this winter. Warm weather melted all of the snow in the yard except for this drift next to the house. The center melted away exposing this rodent nest. Some species of rodent had built itself a nice warm place to spend the winter.
I am wondering how this nest could have been built beneath the hard packed snow. I suppose that a cavern seven or eight inches in diameter was excavated and long grasses hauled in through tiny tunnels. This is in an area that I kept grass short with a lawn mower during the summer. I never cease to be amazed at the structures these creatures build.