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Mainly it is about the wildlife whose existence around our home follows a somewhat predictable pattern from year to year but still manages to be full of surprises with no outcome guaranteed. Since the first sighting of Flying squirrels in 1993, we have been fascinated by the variety of the wildlife to be observed and studied right here on our half acre. I have chronicled some of that activity for the last few years in a number of different formats. This year the schema will be simply a page or multiple pages for each of the four Seasons. Follow the adventure by selecting each Season from the menu.
January and February 2010 turned out to be the coldest and snowiest in the Ohio Valley in many years. This was true for much of the United States and indeed in many parts of the entire globe. Thanks to a suggestion of one of our site visitors I tried placing crunchy Peanut Butter on the flying squirrel feeder which quickly resulted in nightly visits by a few Flying Squirrels even in the coldest periods of these two months. It tuned out to be very popular with the day visitors as well. As usual my intent on these yearly journals is to photograph and document the natural world seen from our front and back yards and will perhaps yield some surprises or mini wildlife adventures especially as the nesting season is arriving.
This page will document the highlights of the Day and Night Visitors for the Winter of 2010
THE FLYING SQUIRRELS AND THE PEANUT BUTTER
THE MOCKINGBIRD AND THE PEANUTBUTTER
The Flyers and the Raccoons would for the most part clean up the peanut butter offerings each evening but a few times some remained hidden under the nightly snowfall. I had not actually noticed that the day visitors were quickly cleaning up any still visible residue the next morning. Then I began to be harassed by a lone Mockingbird whose presence became known to me almost immediately each morning when I opened the garage door to retrieve the newspaper or to run an errand. This Mockingbird would fly to the fence gate and back to the driveway in front of me and would actually follow me out to the mailbox even parading back and forth in the street just a few feet from me. He or she wanted peanut butter and as soon as I retrieved the jar and headed to the feeder would occupy the closest perch to me while I served the goodies and by the time I retraced a step or two away from the feeder would immediately pounce on the servings . Just a few quick gulps and then would be gone . Any remaining would be quickly finished by other day visitors as pictured below.
THE WREN AND CHICKADEE AND THE PEANUT BUTTER
Gray Squirrel licks the Maple Sap
Pileated Video and Call
RED TAIL HAWK
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The 2010 Winter Visitors
Winter Spring Summer Autumn
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