February 3, 2003
a downy woodpecker this morning.
When I first heard it drumming, I wasn't sure whether it was a downy
or hairy woodpecker. Then I
heard its whinny-like call and that answered my question.
saw some interesting behavior at my birdfeeder. A goldfinch was
on one perch when a tufted titmouse
arrived on the perch above. The goldfinch pecked a
of times at the titmouse - something I hadn't seen before. The
titmouse gave one hard peck to the
goldfinch, which then took
off in a hurry.
February 4, 2003
birds have been a bit more vocal lately - especially in the mornings.
I've particularly noticed the calls of the white-breasted
nuthatch and the tufted titmouse.
Have also observed that some birds - ones that typically come to
the feeder separately - are starting to come pairs. I take this
to be a sign that spring is coming!
February 5, 2003
a beautiful glow in the sky this evening! It lasted less than a half
an hour and then it was gone. A very pretty show indeed!
This photo was taken to the south, not the west. As the sun sets,
it shines on the clouds and gives them
February 6, 2003
always been fascinated by the photos taken of the earth by various
spacecraft. Here's one of the earth
and the moon. You can see South America and Central America
on the side of the earth seen in the photo - with part of North
America just barely visible.
And, venturing further out in space, here's a beautiful photo of
the crescents of Neptune
and it's moon Triton.
February 7, 2003
looked out the window this morning and saw this unusual shape in the
trees. Looked a little closer and then I could tell that it was a
barred owl. Enlarge the photo and you'll
be able to see it more clearly.
The owl was watching some
near my house. The birds were
flying around not far from the owl and appeared
not to notice it.
About a half hour later, I heard alarm calls from the birds. I'm guessing
that either the owl found its meal or some birds discovered the owl
and were warning the others.
February 8, 2003
a fisher this morning! That's a first
for me. Have heard them at night but never sighted one. Being in the
house, I was momentarily torn between running for the camera and just
watching. "Just watching" won out.
When I went out for a walk today, I saw the fisher's tracks everywhere
- just kind of wandering around. Here's a
photo showing where it went to the top of an embankment of snow,
took a look, and then came back down.
I saw another spot where it slid down a short, steep slope. I've heard
that otters do this, but didn't know that a fisher would. Maybe it
just lost its footing. :)
February 9, 2003
to mention that I heard the coyotes
again a couple of nights ago. I woke during the night to the sound
of their yelping and yipping. It stopped after a little while, started
up again, and then quit for good.
I still haven't seen any coyote tracks.
no red fox tracks for a while, either.
There are lots of deer tracks, though. I can see the tracks from deer
that have gathered beneath the hemlock trees near my house.
Speaking of deer, I just looked
out the window now and realized that there's a whitetail browsing
under the pine trees behind the house. Oh, there're two. They're moving
very slowly and cautiously in the deep snow. It's close to twilight,
a time they typically come out of the woods.
The original two are out of sight now and two more are coming out
of the woods! Looks like a doe with its growing fawn. The fawn is
quite small and is having a pretty tough time getting through the
snow. I hope it makes it through this harsh winter.
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