Monday, February 19, 2007

A Daddy Cardinal

It's been awfully cold here in New England these last couple of months. Today, with the wind chill, we're looking at -10 in Boston with a high only in the single digits.

When it's that cold there's not much to do and has an effect of everyone.

Here is a picture of a cold, lonely cardinal trying to keep warm in the sunlight and waiting for a turn at the bird feeders.

Come on Spring time...

Monday, February 05, 2007

who-who-ah-whoo, who-ah-whoo

Here is an interesting picture - at least I believe it is.

This is a picture of a Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus that is perched atop of my neighbor's house. This critter appeared just after the sun went down and as you can see he didn't come out too well in the picture. However, his glowing eyes do look cool.

We've been in our house now for seven years and in that time we've heard the who-who-ah-whoo, who-ah-whoo on many a nights but this is the first time seeing one in our area. I just need to figure out a way to get this critter to catch some of the Grey Squirrels that are destroying our bird feeders - any ideas?

Like a coyote howl, the call of the great horned owl is a classic sound of the wild and can be heard a long way off.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Oh Deer II

On Monday afternoon, January 22, 2007 we had a few visitors in our yard - NINE deer!!

The majority remained on the edge of the wood line. However, the smaller and my guess younger ones were more courageous and made their way onto the lawn and into our flower gardens. Of course there's not too much damage that can be done now but come spring time there will be. We can only hope that these critters will move on when that time comes.

For now we'll sit back and enjoy the visits...

Count them 1, 2, 3...