We have so much wildlife around here that my camera is full of photos. Take a peek out our windows.
Magpies. These will bear watching when we get chickens. They are inveterate egg thieves.
Red-shafted flicker. These birds can be dramatically destructive to houses. Back at our old place, they tore holes in the side of the house that eventually forced us to replace the entire side of the house.
Elk, elk, and more elk. Obviously we’re right in this herd’s territory, and we see them regularly.
Deer. Are. Everywhere.
This little lady was bedded down right across the driveway one chilly morning. She was so close to the house that at first I thought she might be injured. But no, she was fine. I guess it was just a convenient spot for a nap.
We saw some mysterious footprints in the snow. What could they be?
The mystery was solved a night or two later when we caught this culprit up a tree in our yard.
In the 17 years we lived in our old place, we literally never saw a single raccoon. Apparently they’re common here – another reason to make our future chicken coop nuclear.
Turkeys turkeys turkeys. We see them constantly.
A junco by itself on a snowy branch.
Pheasant. It’s devilishly hard to photograph these skittish birds. I took this photo through porch rails, hence the large black band in the upper left corner.
Here I’ve cropped out the porch slats.
When we had heavy snow on the ground a couple weeks ago, we picked up some wild bird seed to help the poor critters struggling in the cold. It also gives me a chance to see what kind of winter birds we have around here.
I’m thinking this is a song sparrow because of the bib on its chest. No white on its tail, so it’s not a vesper sparrow. (This is the kind of bird my ornithology profession used to call LBJ: Little Brown Jobbie. They’re challenging to identify under field conditions. Much more helpful to have a photo.)
Bonus photo: A little bit of dawn color.
More bonus photos: Full moon setting behind some clouds at dawn.
The snow is melting and we’re starting to hear more birdsong outdoors. The robins are even starting to return. I can’t wait to see what kind of wildlife spring brings us.
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