Animals

Our birdfeeder was the hub of bird and squirrel activity all winter long.  At one point, we counted 5 squirrels all within 20 feet of each other, feasting on the sunflower seeds that we had scattered on the ground for the ground eating birds, or that the Chickadees had flung to the ground from the bird feeder when they weren’t satisfied with the size of their seed.  It was quite the entertainment.  We noticed that birds and squirrels became more competitive relative to the number of seeds or perches available.  If plenty, they would tolerate each other just fine, but if in short supply, there would be much chasing and scurrying of little footsies and wings with lots of chattering and squawking.

These photos span from February to May 2015.

Twinkle toes

Twinkle toes

DSC00787_20150131

This was no zoom-in. I was right beside him!

such a pretty tail

Lovely red tail!

these squirrels were not timid at all

Enjoying the animal activity up close.

All a big happy family

The Chickadees weren’t afraid of the squirrels and would land right next to them on the feeder and flit away with a seed.

safe from predators - now how did i get in here again

Them squirrels chewed off the green plastic feeder insert to get better access to the food within – and well, just inserted himself in there instead.

Chickadee

Oh yes, and there were birds too 😉  (Chickadee)

Chickadee cracking open a sunflower seed

Chickadee using its beak to crack the sunflower seed open.  It was neat to hear the tap, tap, tap of many little beaks in the trees.

Pine Siskins

Pine Siskins and Chickadee

Fast flutter of a Chickadee

Fast flutter of a Chickadee

Pine Siskins-2

Pine Siskins

One American Goldfinch

Pine Siskins and one American Goldfinch

Purple Finch (why arent they called Red Finches)

Purple Finches (why aren’t they called Red Finches?)

DSC00011_20150426

Purple Finch and Pine Siskin

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

we scattered seeds under the trees

We scattered seeds under the trees for the ground feeders

not far from the feeder

Juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk that went after a small bird in flightOne day, we noticed a juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk eyeing the birds.  The little birds knew it was there and went very quiet, hiding in the trees, but he was very patient.  After awhile, a little bird forgot(?) he was there, or threw caution to the wind and flew out from the trees but the hawk was quickly on its tail.  Was it ever fast!  I think he may have caught it, but it was out of our yard in a flash.

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

are you safe

“Is he gone? ”

what's in here

“Who?” (no, just kidding, he was sniffing out seeds when there were no predators around, but thought it was cute for this comic strip)

DSC00854_20150210

“I think so…”  It was amazing how many little tunnels those squirrels made from the trees to the feeder.  Good for quick retreats from questionable presences or other squirrels.

 

bird watching

One of the questionable presences…or is it delicious presents?  Hmm…

Common Grackle with its beautiful iridescent head

Spring brought some new birds such as the Common Grackle with its beautiful blue iridescent head.

Common Grackle-6

 

ChipmunkAnd of course, the little chipmunk came out of hibernation.  OMG, how cute is that?

We'll tolerate each other for now

At first, this squirrel didn’t tolerate the little chipmunk and there was a lot of chasing and scurrying about, but the little chipmunk’s persistence won out.  Awesome!  Go chipmunk!

Dabs of colour on the lawn

Like splotches of paint on the lawn.  So cool!

American Goldfinches competing for a feeding spot

American Goldfinches.  These guys get pretty aggressive when vying for a perch!

Our blind little birch reindeer

Oh yes, and our trusty little birch reindeer (Chris’ friend makes them).  He survived the snow and ice, mostly, but seems to have misplaced his googly eyes…

Found one of his eyeballs

“Do you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?) An eye, an eye, winking at the sky…” Must have got shoveled off the porch at some point.  Oops.  We found the second one too, so all is well that ends well.  Til next winter anyway.