February 6, 2014

CAUGHT!  Nibbling on the rhododendron bush…. CAUGHT!  Knocking down the bird feeder…. He flees.  Check out the snow on that squirrel’s back! He takes refuge on a branch, chewing on the loot…. Alarmed at the presence of a larger mammal, he chatters wildly and whips his tail to alert his friends… CAUGHT!  Hanging around the bird feeder…. Oh, well OK.  We encourage that sort of … Continue reading February 6, 2014

February 5, 2014

Winter rages on: The birds go WILD!  On an average winter day, there are four pairs of cardinals hanging around the feeders.  With the winter storm beginning, the joint became busy.  It appears there are 12 male and 7 female cardinals, numerous juncos and sparrows, with one gnarly grackle on top of the post, in this picture from Tuesday evening: Five males and four females … Continue reading February 5, 2014

February 4, 2014

Another view from Sunday: Moving on to Monday evening.  The little creek is usually a dry bed, running water only after rain.  It freezes only when a substantial rainfall yields to immediate cold.  That condition occurred Saturday into Sunday and voila!  The creek is full and frozen: This little lady looks alarmed: She spooks and runs into the ethereal light of the woods, tail flashing: … Continue reading February 4, 2014