Sunday, December 29, 2013

Some Winter Wildlife from the Nature Preserve

This buck was photographed the day after the last deer hunting season ended
I don't have time to write a proper blog this week, but I still wanted to share some photos of winter wildlife at the nature preserve. 

A Carolina Wren perches in a bush near the bird feeders.

A Great Blue Heron tries to eke out a living at the mostly frozen beaver ponds
There are actually 2 Raccoons sleeping in this tree cavity
Golden-crowned Kinglets are commonly encountered this winter
This Red-breasted Nuthatch greets me at the entrance to the preserve each day
One of the yearling beavers leans onto the ice in order to break it
A Pileated Woodpecker feasts on a carpenter ant colony in the heart of a dead tree
A Downy Woodpecker looks out from the tree cavity where it will spend the night
Female Cardinal 
Gray Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Muskrats in conference 
One of many White-throated Sparrows that are spending the winter with us
Tippy the Beaver
The beavers cut themselves a Christmas Tree this year. They almost never cut down evergreens
Brown-headed Cowbirds are not unusual winter visitors
Blue Jays are very common this winter

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