November 24, 2002
a hairy woodpecker eating at
my bird feeder today. I haven't put any suet out yet, so it was eating
right from the tube feeder. (I'm waiting to be sure the bears are
settled in their dens for the winter, before I put the suet out.)
Wonder if it was the same hairy that I saw in a tree a couple of weeks
ago. That one was probably about 400 or 500 feet from my house - and
I had seen one in the same area on previous occasions.
According to John Eastman (Birds of Forest, Yard, & Thicket),
the home range of the hairy woodpecker is from 5 to 35 acres. During
nesting season, they establish a smaller territory within their home
range. They will vigorously defend their breeding territory, but their
home range may overlap with other hairy woodpeckers.
November 23, 2002
trying to learn to distinguish the tracks of the red
squirrel from the gray squirrel.
I think this photo I took is of the gray squirrel's tracks.
The front tracks and hind tracks seem to be the right size for the
gray squirrel and the trail width is 4.75
My sources say that the
maximum trail width for the red squirrel
is 4.25 inches.
Trail width is measured from the outside edge of one hind foot to
the outside edge of the other hind foot. Note that, in the photo,
the hind feet are at the top.
November 22, 2002
out this great website about owls.
It has info on North American and Central American owls, including
photos and sound files.
You'll find species accounts for some of the owls and checklists for
North American, Mexican, and South American owls. I think this is
just about the best owl site on the web. No pop-ups, either. :)
November 21, 2002
a whitetail doe I saw near the house today. I find that, during hunting
season (now!), the deer often
will come close to the house. Maybe they somehow know they're safer
This doe browsed for a while, then
bedded down - as seen in
this photo - until my plowman
came to plow the driveway. Then she bolted.
took these photos through the window, so that's
why they're a
November 20, 2002
the tracks of the red fox while I was
out walking today. I think the fox was trotting or running because
the tracks were not "direct registering."
When the red fox walks, its hind foot usually steps in the track of
the front foot. This is called "direct registering." The
tracks go almost in a straight line. When the fox trots or runs, the
front and hind feet will make separate tracks.
November 19, 2002
really enjoy watching the sky and the way the sun reflects off of
Here's a photo of some clouds I saw recently. Don't know what kind
of clouds they are, but one of these days I'll get out my weather
learn to identify them.
November 18, 2002
goldfinches at my bird feeder
today for the first time. There were so many of them I had to put
out the second feeder.
There was also a flock of juncos feeding on the ground. During the
past month or so, I've been seeing a flock of mixed juncos
and tree sparrows near the
house - before I put up the feeder. Wasn't sure if they'd stay around
for the winter, since they didn't last year. Guess the sparrows have
gone further south (or somewhere else), but looks like the juncos
are here for the winter.
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