Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Final pictures from MLK Day

Fox squirrels and white-tailed deer.  The deer liked the corn as well.  And squirrels don't mind feeding with the deer but I witnessed something funny that I don't have a picture of -- a squirrel was getting too close to one of the deer and the deer pawed at the squirrel trying to make it go away. 







Nice view of the hoof

Which one of these is not like the other?


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Who doesn't like corn on the cob?

More pictures from MLK Day.

And again, a Red-bellied Woodpecker came to the ground (this time with more incentive in the form of an ear of corn....thanks Ruth!)...



 
Close up




 
And another "in flight" picture...this time a White-breasted Nuthatch...
 

Monday, January 18, 2016

A walk in the woods

I like to walk in the woods during the winter just to see what's going on.  The ticks should be safely gone so a good time to go.  And I've tried to do on MLK Day.  It was supposed to be sunny today but was overcast.  No Bald Eagles and no railroad tracks.

The first thing I saw was a tree with unusual markings.  As I got closer, I could see the bark was stripped most likely by a fox squirrel....

 

 

 
I saw a Red-tailed Hawk flying through the woods.  I had to be quick.  This is the best I could do...
 
 
I'm thinking my neighbor is responsible for this...
 
 
 
And down to the pond.  The Des Moines River is moving but this pond is definitely frozen...
 


 
 
And here is the river...
 


 
And looking back at the woods from by the pond...
 

 
And some interesting trees...
 
 

Looks like an ear


This tree is leaning (if you look closely)


And finally a look toward our house from the woods.  Seeing the feeder from a different perspective...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The constant search for food (no, not mine...)

Here are a couple of fun squirrel pictures from the past week...

"Excuse me.  I noticed we are low on birdseed out here..."



"MY nut!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More ground-level pictures from a sunny Sunday

Here are more pictures from the other day using my trail cam at ground level...

I'll start with a Dark-eyed Junco taking off...

 
 
And of course a fox squirrel...
 

Three's company

 
 
Table for two...
 
 
 
 
Sorry, gotta run...
 

 
And back to the squirrels...
 
One leaping and one on the tree