April 05, 2014

Animals of the Wild

Saw a tom and his hens crossing the road at Deering Town Hall the other day when I was headed to a job fair.

Turkeys in road

The tom was all fanned out and there were 10-15 hens. You can only see one hen to the right of the nearest tree, but trust me, there were a bunch there. They were crossing the road as I was getting the phone out to take a picture.

I got a peanut feeder in an attemp to keep the multitude of squirrels off the birdfeeders on the back ramp. It is working as long as I keep it filled.

Squirrel-peanuts
Squirrel-peanuts

Since we are just now getting thawage down to the ground, there are no flowers yet. Humingbirds start appearing in April so I made sure to get a feeder out for any early migrators. I had to get a new pole to put the feeder on and chose one that I could attach to my railing so it will be close to the house - both for viewing and for a bit of protection by the roof from predator birds.

Hummer Feeder

I'm loving the area I am in as there is a large variety of birds that use the trees in the backyard and the shrubs in the swampy area just to the side of my property.

Posted by Bogie on April 5, 2014 at 05:05 PM in At Home, Wild Animals, Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (2)

March 16, 2014

Colorful Visitor

Had a cardinal visit the other evening. He was sitting on the crabapple surveying his kingdom.

Cardinal 1
Cardinal 1
Cardinal 1

Posted by Bogie on March 16, 2014 at 06:54 AM in At Home, Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (1)

February 17, 2014

Bird Counts 2014

Now that both the NH Audubon Society Winter Bird Count and the Cornell/Audubon Great Back Yard Bird Count are over, I can share my excitement over what I was able to record. For both counts, birds only made an appearance on 1 day (even the GBYBC, which last 4 days - they only appeared on Sunday).

Ror the Winter Bird Count, I was excited to have White Breasted Nut Hatch, Juncos, Cardinals (1 male and 1 femal) and the greatest sightings were cedar waxwings (3) and Eastern Towees (5). The Eastern Towess are rare for winter and I supplied photos to help confirm my identification. The towees were infatuated with my crab apple (or cherry - have to wait for summer to identify). Sorry the pictures are crappy, but they were taken thru plastic covered windows and at a high digital zoom, so you gets what you gets.

  E towee - sm
E towee - sm

For the GBYBC, I had chickadees, titmice, the WB nut hatch, purple finches, juncos, downy woodpeckers (male and female) and another 12 Eastern Towees, 1 red bellied wood pecker and 4 chipping sparrows (rare for winter).

I was thrilled the birds showed up as I don't seem to have regualr visitors so far. The red bellied woodpecker was a surprise at the end of my watching yesterday and attacked the suet feeder with gusto (much to the woodpeckers' chagrine).

This bodes well for my summer bird watching, expecially since there is running water just over the property line which will help to attract them.

Posted by Bogie on February 17, 2014 at 07:36 PM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (4)

February 14, 2014

2014 GBBC Starts

The Cornell/Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and goes thru Monday. Everyone in the world can participate and enter their sightings online. If I can just get lucky and get the birds I got last week (I'll post later on that), I will be happy.

Posted by Bogie on February 14, 2014 at 06:47 AM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 08, 2013

Some Smiles

Just a couple of pictures of things that made me smile:

Snapping Turtle-sm
A baby snapping turtle crossing the parking lot at work. I saw him during my lunch time walk. He was almost to the grass, so I let him be.

Turkeys
Saturday morning, while cleaning Birdie's cage, I looked out the slider and saw turkeys - 2 hens and a bunch of young. They didn't stay long, but that is a sight we don't see at the house; they usually stay in the woods out back.

Hope the pics gave you a smile too.

Posted by Bogie on September 8, 2013 at 02:10 AM in Wild Animals, Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (2)

June 30, 2013

Bird Sighting

It tells me how little I have been posting over the last month that I have gone back in my picture files and found pics from the 1st week in June that I wanted to share.

Purple Finch 1
Purple Finch 1

I am unsure why the purple finch was in this posture. It was a warm day, but not overly so. I was also thinking that perhaps one of the area hawks was in the region and the finch was hding the best he could (actually that looked to be an excellent position if he couldn't fly to a more sheltered spot in the woods.

The purple finch seemed to be healthy, and later flew off, so although I didnt' see or hear a hawk, I figured that must have been the issue.

Posted by Bogie on June 30, 2013 at 07:24 AM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (1)

May 19, 2013

Determination Defined

So remember back in January when my old birdfeeder was finally retired and I got the new one?

New Feeder
And remember two weeks later when I showed how the squirrels were trying to pry off the heavy metal lid (it has locking mechanisms so won't just slide).

Determinedsquirrels
Well, they have a new tactic that is working for them. They have managed to bend the metal wires close enough to the tube, that they either chewed, or clawed the bottom off of one of the ports; How it should be (and is on most ports):

What it should be

How one of the bottom ports is now (it wasn't that way when I filled it Friday evening):

Squirrel damage

That is some heavy duty plastic, embedded into PVC tubing that they have mutilated. Now the seed just spills out onto the seed catcher and the squirrels can easily scoop it out with a paw.

Who needs bears when the squirrels are this determined?

Posted by Bogie on May 19, 2013 at 01:28 PM in Wild Animals, Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (2)

April 02, 2013

Coming Home to Roost

Art, the osprey, is on his way home (okay, he lives  here 1/2 time) and our local TV station has a graphic tracking his progress. He flew an impressive 452 miles in 19.5 hours - presumably without a rest since he was flying over the ocean. Here is another article about Art , his solar powered GPS, and the researchers tracking him.

Hoping Art has good winds, and safe passage.

Posted by Bogie on April 2, 2013 at 03:18 AM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (6)

March 02, 2013

One of the Pair

WS almost got a picture of the Pileated Woodpeckers last week. Actually, he got a picture of one of them, but it is so far away, and there is enough brush between the bird and WS, that you really can't see it. But, Here is the picture (cropped) so you can have fun torture yourself trying to identify where it is.

Pileated Woodpecker

Posted by Bogie on March 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (2)

February 23, 2013

What a Pair

WS got up a bit ago, went upstairs, and yelled for me to get my but up there. He had spotted something that we have never had - a pair of pileated woddpeckers in our back yard. Unfortunately the tree cover is thick enough I can't get a picture - but it was cool to watch them while they were here!

Posted by Bogie on February 23, 2013 at 07:40 AM in Wild Birds | Permalink | Comments (2)