February 27, 2019

Red Bellied Woodpecker

2/25/19 - A Female Red Bellied Woodpecker came in to the suet feeder. There is a Male that comes in regularly. I hope they connect. Not sure of Red Bellied Woodpecker courtships.

She lacked the red crown and seems a bit smaller - though haven't seen them together to compare.

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February 06, 2019

Striped Skunk

This morning around 6:30am my dog Juno got skunked. She's 7 and this is at least her 4th time getting skunked. I try to be careful mornings and evenings - keeping her on long leash if possible - still happened. After spraying (which I think I heard) the skunk just waddled away in no hurry.

All this unfolded before my coffee - even before Juno did her business.

At least it was warmer (30 degrees) so I kept her on porch until I got the bathtub, skunk stuff, etc. etc. ready.

I like skunks - they just do their thing at their own pace - but if a nosy dog sticks her snout right in there - this is what happens.

Will it happen again? - probably.

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January 21, 2019

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Friday January 18, 2019. Made a quick visit to the feeders.

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January 17, 2019

Muskrat

Went back to pond yesterday 1/16/19 - mostly frozen - but area near spring still open - saw a bit of rippling - ? I did not see anything but ... thought possible Muskrat.
Told my son about - he had seen a Muskrat swimming across pond several weeks ago.

Years ago there was a lot of Muskrat activity - with a nest built into bank under the Beech tree.

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Pileated Woodpecker

Saw silhouette of Pileated up across the spring - lot of old tall trees - close to where they had nest years ago - that tree is gone now.
Skunk Cabbage coming up.
Last week took walk along road saw 2 Bluebirds/1 Waxwing/1 Mockingbird/ 2 separate Redtails (1 giving impressive call as he flew from the tree and circled overhead). Plus a Resinous Polypore and a Oyster Mushroom.

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Great Horned Owl

Heard hooting up on the hill last evening.

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December 09, 2018

Pine siskins

8 Pine Siskins on feeder

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December 08, 2018

White Breasted Nuthatch

Male White Breasted Nuthatch has shown some Agressive Threat displays (a first for me and I was impressed!)

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A jumble of bird sitings - late summer 2018 - December 8, 2018

There seems to be less Juncos this year.
Largest group so far - Tufted Titmice.
Smaller group Black capped Chickadees.
2-3 White Breasted Nuthatches - One male Mr Nutkin is the Boss! Ever patrolling. One female Mimi
Last week a pair MnF Cardinals - now another M has shown up. All seem to be very high alert. Whereas the summer brood MnF with single Dad feeding constantly were familiar with my activities. Dad disappeared (not surprising-he was none stop). Fledglings -Immatures stayed . Lost touch because of personal ‘stuff’.
Downy Woodpeckers MnF. Again during summer a female way here at suet to feed the family no fear. She brought the family and showed then how - after non stop feeding. Poor tired out Mom.
Carolina Wrens.
Gold finches
Pine Siskins. Here and gone n back again.
House finches (earlier this year a female had conjunctivitis. She roosted on porch. One eye almost closed. I made attempts to capture bring to Pocono wildlife rehab. No luck. Took feeders down and she disappeared. I couldn’t endanger all of the finches.
Red Breasted Woodpecker - mr suspicious
Some White throated sparrows.
No Tree Sparrows so far.

Earlier this year starting Sept? one day and gone obviously passing through :
Mourning Dove
Red breasted Nuthatch
White Crowned Sparrows Brown n black versions. (a first 4 me)
Purple Finches. A female was here solo the longest. A group of males were here for couple days.
** I think I saw a Three Toed Woodpecker In lilac tree went to suet - he just looked different from a hairy Woodpecker plus it seemed he had rounded tail tipped underneath with yellow. Sleeker profile. Couldn’t find any definitive info with that description. So still a mystery.

Local. Yellow breasted Sapsucker
Blue birds (less but had to takedown birdhouse.
Pileated Woodpecker.

And I’m sure just can’t think of
Will try n keep better journal from now on.

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