Archive for the 'Wildlife' Category

Jul 31 2017

Summer Beauty

Published by under Butterfly,Flowers,Wildlife

Nature’s beauty is all around us. Here we have a Lorquin’s Admiral perched on a Gloriosa Daisey

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Jul 17 2017

Hummingbirds

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This picture was taken through my kitchen window. The late afternoon sun highlights the birds against shadows in the background. The photo features a female Black-chinned hummingbird posing for the camera with a smaller female Calliope hummingbird next to her.

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May 14 2017

Birds and Windows

Published by under Birds,Bluebird,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This photo shows a Western Bluebird male flying against my front room window. I presume he is attacking his reflected image in the window. He and his mate are in the process of setting up house keeping in one of the nest boxes in the yard. It is common for birds to defend their territory from intruders.

The day before this incident occurred I came home from an outing, unlocked the door and entered the house. To my dismay I found a female Western Bluebird fluttering against this very same window attempting to find her way out. I opened an outside door and persuaded this little lady to use that as an exit. I have yet to discover how this bird found entrance into my home. She is now carrying on her normal duties of building her nest in a nest box.

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Apr 17 2017

Birdbath

After a feast of seeds at the feeders a sip of water is welcome.

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Apr 02 2017

Fore and Aft

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Yesterday a flock of nine wild turkeys came to my yard. This was the first turkey sighting this year. I wonder where they spent the Winter?

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Mar 19 2017

A Groundhog Myth?

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

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.

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Mar 10 2017

From the Days of Yore

Published by under Animals,Wildlife

This picture was taken seventy-one years ago.

My attitude has changed over the years. I now feel sorry for the bear.

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Jan 14 2017

Snow Birds

Published by under Birds,Snow,Wildlife

Dark-eyed Junco

A short time ago I was wondering where all the little birdies were. I was counting only four to ten juncos at any one setting. Then came sub-zero temperatures and two and a half feet of snow. As if by magic the population grew to more than one hundred. I now have a yard full of birds.

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

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Dec 28 2016

My Back Yard

Published by under Birds,Frost,Snow,Wildlife

My Back Yard

It looks like Winter is upon us. This is what my yard looked like just before Christmas. The snow and cool weather increased the number of Juncos coming to the feeder. I throw a few seeds out onto the snow. It seems like the Juncos prefer foraging for food out in the open rather than on the ground under the shed. They don’t seem to mind falling snow and single digit temperature. I wonder how their little bodies keep warm in these extremes?

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Nov 12 2016

Blue Butterfly

Published by under Butterfly,Insects,Wildlife

Blue-butterfly

This is just one of many species of blue butterflies. I have never learned to identify each one but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying them. Some times I see dozens of them gathered together on damp soil apparently consuming moisture or maybe minerals.

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