Journal archives for February 2019

February 03, 2019

3 Feb/18

Well, after a couple of days where it went down to -40 C at night, I was concerned about the survival of the 'Usual Suspects' (Black Capped Chickadees, White Breasted Nuthatches, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers). They seem to have managed ok, although this is only a perception. I've seen, and heard one or two in the past several days, and got some pictures when it was so cold. Today (-23 C), on my walk, I heard a woodpecker call, and almost immediately Chickadees and Nuthatches appeared, yapping and doing their thing. Chickadees are damned hard to photograph - they never sit still! Woodpeckers and Nuthatches at least stay put for a little while. This is a narrow piece of bush, and is fairly well picked over - I suspect these birds get most of their nutrition from the feeders across the road, and across the river.

Eastern Cottontail rabbits and Red and Grey squirrels are still around as well, along with tracks of mice and possibly fox.

i do apologize for the repetition in my photos. At this time of year there are few species of birds and mammals out and about. Apart from the usual suspects mentioned above, only crows, possibly Pileated Woodpeckers and a few other woodpeckers are around. Well, so are the Waxwings, but they are always moving to find fruit, so are highly spotty.

Ian

Posted on February 03, 2019 18:07 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 05, 2019

05 Feb. 2019

A few white-breasted Nuthatches around this morning - got a poor shot of one of them. Also heard a hairy woodpecker, and heard/saw some chickadees. The chickadees don't sit still long enough when you have to get your mitts off and get the camera out of the bag. Everything is so much more work in the winter!

Posted on February 05, 2019 17:51 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 0 comments | Leave a comment