Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Robins seem to have arrived en mass a little early this year, but last week almost all the early migrators arrived within a few days. Red Winged Blackbirds, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Grackles, Fox Sparrows, Wood Cocks, are just a few of the ones I saw.
But this snow and cold weather will test some survival skills.
The first and strongest migrants that arrive get first pick of the best territories, so this Robin is willing to put up with some cold weather for a choice space.
But this is a case where I think the early bird-in this case the early migrating Robins, really did get the worm! Or at least tried and dropped it later.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
As you can see in the pictures below this pair of woodpeckers have ravaged a number of trees during the winter while looking for the insect larvae inside that provide them with enough nourishment to survive snowy and cold winters.
If I could just get these woodpeckers to make mulch for my gardens like this! But I hope the trees in my yard don't have this many insects living inside.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
In these pictures you can see how the clear cornea is right out there in front. Any debris or dust blowing by will stick to this moist surface.
The Barred owl's eyes are large and almost a deep black when the membrane is pulled back.