I am very fortunate to have some type of animals visit my backyard and bird feeders all year long, even on the most frigid days of January and February. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, turkey and the birds that remain for the Winter give me much pleasure in the cold and dark months.
But I always look forward to Spring and the return of the birds that flew south and the animals that went into hibernation. The robins are usually the first to return and they arrived late this year. They have been bobbing on my lawn looking for warms, when it wasn’t covered in snow, for about two weeks. now. The bears are back, as evidenced by my missing feeder, although I haven’t seen one yet.
Today I had another species of bird return, the cowbirds, pictured above. This birds, however are not very welcome. The female cowbird does not build her own nest but parasitizes the nest of other song birds. She lays her an egg in another birds nest and lets that bird feed and raise her offspring. These birds were not native to Pennsylvania but followed the great herds of bison that roamed the midwest. They have moved into our area and now frequent our feeders. It is not their fault they nest as they do so I still welcome them to my feeders. I enjoyed watching them and a newly arrived purple finch at the feeder tonight.
The usual visitors were here too, the deer, turkeys, squirrels and many species of birds. The next arrivals at the feeders, the songbirds won’t arrive until there is more insect activity and blossoming of the flowers and trees with the warmer weather. But the next big Spring event, and one of my favorites, will be the chorus of the spring peepers. These tiny frogs fill the spring evenings with an unforgettable song. I am hoping they will be singing tomorrow. Here is a link to some more visitors to my backyard these past few days. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-critters-april-2-2015
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare
I’m not sure how the deer feel about the early Spring snow storm, but I enjoy watching them frolic in it.
Not being a cold weather person, I waited a long time for the arrival of Spring and was very disappointed when it arrived with four inches of snow here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But it still did arrive and so did the robins and geese. There still is not a lot of plant growth because of the deep frost line from the record breaking cold temperatures we had, but it will start soon. And it is light at 7:30 p.m. So even with the snow it is still a wonderful time of year.
No sunset to watch because of the clouds and didn’t want to hike in the snow so photographed some of the birds at my feeder. This is the link to the photos. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-bird-feeder-march-20-2015 The bird feeder is bent and banged uo from a few bear attempts to get at the seed.
I also took some photographs of some deer who visited last night and earlier this evening. I could watch these graceful creatures for hours. Here is the link tosome more photos of the critter above and his mom and sibling. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-deer-march-1920-2015
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson
I am very fortunate to be able to come home from work and watch the many critters who visit my yard for some corn or bird seed. In the Summer it is mainly the various species of birds at he feeder, a few squirrels, turkeys, rabbits or the annoying bear. Not many deer visit in the Summer, to much to eat in the woods. But in the Winter they are regulars in my yard. I love watching them. There is definitely a feeding order and mommy deers feeds first. And different families wait until others are done eating. One poor deer, always alone, is constantly ran off by a dominant doe. The doe will not let the deer the lone deer near the food. I could watch them all night. Here is a link to a video I took yesterday and uploaded to Youtube. http://youtu.be/ZqXc7bn4HC4
“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” ― Steve Irwin