1-23-20 Winter challenges

January 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Ah, winter. The time to curl up by the fire with a good book and a cuppa.

But...what if you're a squirrel or a bird?


This squirrel defended its white oak burl and stayed snug. The White-throated Sparrow found a cozy spot within a small pile of branches. The Brown Creeper may have sheltered overnight on the trunk of a shag-bark hickory, under bark that fanned out from the tree. Can you find it working along the trunk of the black oak?


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A flock of 13 Red-winged Blackbirds have been seen a couple different days. The Yellow-rumped Warbler has been in as well, looking for food in the same places.


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We set up a replacement camera for the Bubbler area. The deer were sure curious about it that night!


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This White-throated Sparrow was eating seed from the Cliff Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii) while the Red-bellied Woodpecker was after the bark butter. It sure is a popular protein and fat source on cold winter days for a number of species, including the Northern Cardinals.


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We have seen this pair of Brown Creepers every day of the new year. They move so quickly, this was a lucky shot.


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This composite photo shows a pair of Downy Woodpeckers with the female (on left) and a male. The male has the red patch on the back of the head.


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One of the Barred Owls took a dip in the pond to catch a fish, just hours before the pond iced over. It shook itself off, then moved on.


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Two female Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been coming in, the first one is an adult and the second is an immature. The young one spent quite a bit of time at the sugar maple (Acer saccharum). The bird had hammered away at the bark while warming itself in the sun. It was a cold day, but apparently just warm enough for the sweet sap to run and provide some nourishment. 


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Here, one of the creepers came in as the female Downy Woodpecker was getting bark butter. This image is a good size comparison. 


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And, this fluffed-up creeper was caught cat-napping! Ever so brief was the nap, about a minute, but apparently just enough on a cold winter afternoon. 


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Stay snug!




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