Archive for the 'Wildlife' Category

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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Oct 14 2016

Wild Turkey Family

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

wild-turkey-family

My thoughts keep turning back to Spring. Here is a photo of a proud alert mother turkey. Every Spring one or two families come to my yard to feed on the birdseed spilled from bird feeders.

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Jul 12 2016

Bird Watching

Published by under Birds,Flowers,People,Scenery,Wildlife

Audubon Field Trip to Sagehen Reservoir

For many years I have led a fieldtrip to Sage Hen Reservoir. We are usually treated to bluebirds nesting in nest boxes along the way.This photo shows part of our group checking out the birdlife on the water. Someone detected a Common Loon out there among the other water fowl. Besides birding we stop to observe the abundance of wild flowers. In the early Spring just after the roads are cleared of snow we see many species of flowers seldom seen on our other field trips. Most participants look forward to this trip each year.

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Apr 27 2016

Lunch Time

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Chipmunk (3) copy

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?

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Mar 14 2016

Wild Turkey

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

Wild Turkey (3)

This Wild Turkey tom showed up a few days ago after being absent since last fall. Five hens returned with him. A crippled hen has been present most of the winter and more recently another hen joined her. The turkeys feed on the wild bird seed I throw out for song birds. Each turkey will consume as much feed as several song birds. Wow! I’ll be making more frequent trips to the feed store.

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Feb 08 2016

California Quail

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

California Quail (3)

I had the pleasure of birdwatching at my doorstep a few days ago. You can’t get much closer than this.

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Jan 22 2016

Northern Pygmy Owl

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

Pygmy Owl 009

This little owl made an appearance again yesterday. I heard a thump on the window and looked up in time to see this guy fly away and perch in the plum tree by the woodshed. It had made an unsuccessful stoop on juncos feeding at the window feeder. This convinced me more than ever that this bird has been visiting my yard more times than I have been aware of.

 

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Jan 20 2016

Pygmy Owl

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

Pygmy Owl

Imagine my surprise when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw this little guy. It had the yard to itself except for a couple of chickadees and a Steller’s jay that hopped about in the tree scolding from a safe distance. I think I now know why there have been prolonged periods of time when there were no birds at the feeders recently.

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Dec 28 2015

Fox in the Snow

Published by under Animals,Snow,Trees,Wildlife

Red Fox

The day after Christmas I made a visit to my daughter’s home near Cascade. A view from the window revealed a sleeping red fox laying curled up sleeping on the snow in an open field below the house. It remained there for several hours shifting position occasionally. Late in the afternoon it aroused itself and trotted off toward some nearby trees where it paused long enough for me to shoot the above picture. I was shooting through a double pane window, using a 30 power zoom with the subject several hundred yards distant. This was just before sundown evidenced by the long shadows.

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