"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Monday, January 14, 2019

Give Me Shelter


In the days leading up to the winter storm that we are experiencing, I watched a number of bluebirds examine a cavity in a tree...

 
I have heard of birds crowding into bird boxes and natural cavities to take advantage of their combined body warmth...
 
 
I don't know it these birds had that in mind but it seems likely given the weather conditions that we are experiencing...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Red-tailed Hawk


One of my favorite raptors, and often one of the most cooperative.  I frightened this bird away from a deer carcass.  Fortunately, it flew into a nearby tree...





A close-up of the fearsome talons...






The namesake tail...


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Meal As Good As A Feast



On an especially overcast morning I was present when a great blue heron caught an especially large rainbow trout...



The heron was not deterred by the size of the prize...





The length of the trout equalled the distance from the back of the herons head to the tip of its beak...





After a few minutes of struggling, the fish began to disappear down the throat of the heron...



The trout could be seen wiggling even as it was being swallowed...



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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Rut Is Mostly Over, But Nobody Told The Bucks


Most of the female whitetail deer have been bred, leaving many frustrated bucks still on the prowl...



The buck in the next series of photos is leaving his scent at a licking branch, hoping to attract the attention of a late estrus doe...









I found this very small fawn two days ago...



It must have been born late in the birthing cycle...



Our winters are not too severe so I hope she can find enough food to  survive until spring...



She already has a knack for concealment...


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It's About The Food for Eastern Bluebirds



I recently observed a number of bluebirds feeding on small red berries near the road.  I parked and waited quietly for the birds to land on an unobstructed branch...











It was fun to photograph these beautiful birds...











Male cardinals added their own splash of color...





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Sunday, December 2, 2018

What's In Your Back Yard?


I haven't checked on wildlife activity in the backyard for a while, so I took the cards from my yard cameras to see what might be on them.

There were some whitetail does passing through...





One was especially curious about the camera...





Talk about a selfie up close...



Because the rut is happening at this time it was not surprising to see a buck...



One buck made a scrape during daylight hours...











This groundhog made several appearances...



A small flock of turkeys...



This red fox was captured by the yard cam on multiple occasions...



I did not see any sign of the coyote that was in the yard in April...



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