Oriole in the Tree Tops

The Oriole was in the trees at both sunrise and sunset and I can’t help but take advantage of its willingness to stay in place for a photo.  I’d assumed it was a Baltimore Oriole and hadn’t heard of a …

Stealing Mink

This American Mink dodged out onto the snow before the river melted and scooted along just past the rivers edge.  It’s the third time I’ve seen mink along the river but the first time I was able to get a …

Black Squirrel

Crunch, crunch.  The leaves are nearly all gone and this squirrel was back, same tree, more black walnuts, having a meal as I came by.  It’s funny how distinctive the sound of a squirrel gnawing a nut can be after …

Dark Berries

All the berries have ripened now and those that aren’t being actively devoured may hang around into winter.  There have been hordes of birds in the trees but I have noticed, at least during last winter, that the number of …

Black and Black

The black squirrels – which I’ve only ever seen here in Canada or in the Rocky Mountain area of the United States – are getting fat on the black walnuts along the river.  I was walking along and heard a …

Woodpecker on Wood

I love woodpeckers.  They’re devilish to record with a picture, as this one proved.  It moved quickly around and around the trunk of the tree.  It looks like there’s just a touch of red on its head.

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Thistle Eater

You can purchase thistleseed in grocery and home stores to feed goldfinches but I’ve never actually seen them eating it in the wild.  In fact, the ones at our house eat sunflower seeds more reliably than thistle.  But there they …

Beetles and Goldenrod

The small black beetles that appear with goldenrod amaze me.  Their sheer numbers and yet near invisibility on this bountiful plant are one of the things I’ve been so surprised about in the past year.  It’s a good example of …

End of an Era

The cicadas have not been too loud here but it looks like those who are around are coming to an end.  This one is the second I’ve found flat out on the pavement.  I made the mistake of tapping the …