Like (Four-legged) Ships in the Night

Checked our outdoor game camera we have set up to catch all that goes bump in the night (or during the day when we’re not looking), and it seems our deer are back again…

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Just cruising on through the back yard salad bar…

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Can’t really tell if that little reflection in the woods the deer seems to be looking at is the eye of another deer or just a random bit of IR reflection from something else.

2015-03-10 Opie Cam 1

And lo and behold even Opie our friendly neighborhood Opossum made an appearance. (You might have to click on the picture and zoom in a bit).

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Beautiful Predators

2015-02-28 Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Got a visit today from a local sharp-shinned hawk. We’ve seen this type of hawk around before, but only very rarely. When it does come around, it only perches and observes for a moment and then is off.

While hawks are predators to the birds and small animals that frequent our feeders, they are still very elegant animals to appreciate and are a part of the wildlife who live in our area.

Relish the Calm

2014-11-19 Finch

The other day I noticed this little finch sunning itself on the porch railing on a cold day by our feeders. It looked so peaceful and content, it brought me a little moment of relaxation just watching it. It reminded me to try to do the same as the holidays wind down and in preparation for the new year. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, wherever you may be!

Fall Camouflage

2014-10-23 Butterfly

Spotted this little butterfly who blended in surprisingly well amongst a local nursery’s fall flowers while picking out pumpkins yesterday. Was one of those gorgeous autumn days without a cloud in the sky and a perfect crisp breeze that makes you appreciate the seasons.

Chance Meeting

2014-03-16 HawkThe sharpness of the picture here is not the greatest, as far as posting to a blog goes. By sheer chance my eye just happened to catch the blob sitting a ways off in the tree line. I couldn’t tell at first if it was a clump of leaves or something else. Once I took a moment to allow my eyes to focus on it through my lens, I realized it was a Red-shouldered Hawk. I had just seconds to try to focus on the bird instead of the branches and with terrible light. Every enhancement my Macbook offered to edit this picture just didn’t help that much. I’m still glad I got the picture though, regardless.

2014-03-16 Hawk 2They’re pretty common around here as far as the type of hawk you see. But I still get excited when I see one quietly perched in the high branches, observing the movements of the smaller animals below on the ground. It’s far easier to see one gliding across a highway or over a farm field than sitting in a tree. Somehow, I felt like this one knew it was being watched and as soon as I clicked the shutter, off it flew.

A Pileated Return

2014-02-20 Pileated 1

You won’t likely see too many pictures of our pileated woodpeckers on my blog. They stay far away from our feeders and we might see them just 4-5 times a year so it was exciting to see them make a return tour here today. Whenever they visit, we take several pictures because it’s a rarity compared to the regular birds we see on a day to day basis.

2014-02-20 Pileated 3

You can tell this is the female by the gray on top of her head as opposed to the male who has all red on the top.

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Heaven knows I’ve tried to get good pictures of them in flight. But it’s such a struggle. They never sit still and constantly flit from tree, to ground, to branch, to trunk, to ground etc. And once they take off I can never get them back in frame again before they’ve landed elsewhere.

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Striking, aren’t they? They’re larger than the songbirds and other woodpeckers; much like the size of a crow or a duck, in fact. You can’t miss them when they’re flying around in your field of vision.

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Hopefully I’ll see them again before too long. I hope I never take for granted the wonderful things I see in the woods each day.