March 9, 2003
been seeing a lot of gray squirrels
recently. And it seems like their tracks are everywhere. And not just
around my birdfeeder!
There are plenty of red squirrels
around, too. They've been more vocal lately. When I was walking in
woods yesterday, one of them
gave me a real scolding. And kept it up
until I was quite a distance away.
March 8, 2003
the call of a fisher late last night.
The sound it makes is a short, loud, yelp-like cry. This morning I
saw its tracks just outside the house. Later, I went snowshoeing in
the woods and saw more fisher tracks.
There were also coyote tracks in the woods
- and of course lots of deer tracks and squirrel tracks. I'm particularly
glad to see the tracks of the coyotes, because they haven't been around
much for the past few years.
March 7, 2003
September, I was wondering if the birds would ever eat the fruit from
this highbush cranberry - which you can see in this photo I took at
the end of November.
The birds would regularly eat the fruit from another nearby bush -
which has since been cut down - and it would all be gone by winter.
But they wouldn't touch this particular bush.
Well, today the fruit is all gone.
The robins I saw on Tuesday were
flying from the direction of that bush. At the time, it looked like
there were fewer berries on it than usual. So I strongly suspect that
the robins are the ones who picked it clean. Glad to see someone liked
March 6, 2003
woodpeckers are still drumming in the mornings. And I'm still not
sure if they're hairy woodpeckers
When I heard the drumming this morning, I saw a downy woodpecker on
a tree close to the house. But the downy wasn't doing any drumming!
And the sound was coming from further away.
There was a small flock of purple finches
- both male and female - at the feeder today. And I got a close enough
look this time to be sure that the bird I saw last Friday was a female
March 5, 2003
I was out walking yesterday, a flock of about 15 robins
flew across in front of me. Some of them s