Monday, July 6, 2015

A "golden" surprise

I'm always trying to figure out ways to sneak up on the American Goldfinch in my front tree.  The other day, I was watering our flowers and standing near the tree and saw movement.  I played a hunch and got out my phone and got these pictures.  So instead of sneaking up, I guess I just need to stand close and wait!



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Return of the trailcam

I keep thinking of ways to use Steve's trailcam.  So I thought I would put it in my front tree and see how pictures of American Goldfinch would turn out (or possibly a rogue squirrel).  And so I did that yesterday and here is how that turned out (the date on the photos is from me not setting the calendar on the camera).













 
 










Search and rescue

Happy 4th of July!  Here are two recent "search and rescue" operations involving our deep window well.  Looks like I'll be repairing a screen...

A vole

 

And a toad
 

 
Voles don't stick around for post-rescue photos!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Just passing through...

Cindy took these pictures of a doe and two fawns today.  It starts like it always does with Russ barking.  And we usually see things through the blinds first.  She said one was trying to nurse but the mother kept on walking. 














Sunday, June 28, 2015

Female Brown-headed Cowbird

I saw this bird and did not recognize it right away.  My first thought was a Brown-headed Cowbird based on the size but the coloring didn't seem right (although I'm used to looking at the males).

So I consulted my nephew Jon who thought it looked like a female cowbird.  After looking in my bird book and online, I'd say he's right!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jake will be watching for Goldfinch in his front yard

Jake has wanted some type of feeder at his house.  I thought he would enjoy watching Goldfinch so I got him a thistle sock and we put it out yesterday.  He helped me transfer nyjer seed from a bag to a gallon jug to use later.  And as you can see, he climbed up to hang the sock.  I asked him to give me updates and hopefully pictures from his front window.