Archive for the 'Wildlife' Category

Nov 24 2017

Night Visitor

Published by under Animals,Wildlife

Imagine glancing out the window and seeing this. Many mornings I have noticed the feeder at the window had been licked clean. I had suspected a raccoon was responsible. These critters do most of their foraging under cover of darkness. Who monitors their bird feeders after dark? I entered the kitchen lit only by a dim night-light. There was a movement outside the window and I brought my camera into use. The startled raccoon beat a hasty retreat and disappeared into the night.

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Nov 02 2017

An Eastern Visitor

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

Imagine my surprise when I glanced out the kitchen window and saw this unusual visitor. An occasional Eastern Blue Jay is seen in the Boise Valley nearly every year but I have had only one other sighting here at Daggett Creek and that was several years ago. Yesterday there were two individuals in the yard. Their appearance was brief. They didn’t seem to want to mingle with the several common Steller’s Jay residents.

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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


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


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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