5-1-2013 I can't believe it's been over a year since my last post. What a slacker - yeesh!! Ü All I can say is...get ready for Update-A-Palooza!!! I'm going to get caught up by posting all the photos from the last year or so first and will then go back and journal each entry later. Ü

Friday, January 28, 2011

Recent Wildlife Encounters

One of the neighborhood squirrels stopped by to investigate our patio.  I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple shots of him

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Then Picabo sees him, frantic barking ensues and that was the end of my photo shoot.  Ba Bye little squirrel…

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Once I was sure he was gone I let her out & she spent at least 20 minutes going over every square inch of that patio

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There are several fields in our neighborhood and at least 4 or more raptors can be seen daily circling them, looking for food.  A couple weeks ago I was outside and this giant hawk looked to be hunting while sitting on the roof.  Every so often she would let out a very loud, eerie screech.  Now that is one bird even Picabo won’t mess with! 

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The Northern Cardinal is my favorite bird and I get to see & hear them year-round because they don’t migrate.  If you get too close the male will warn the female & they usually fly off into dense trees or bushes, making it tough to photograph them.  Winter definitely makes it a bit easier though.  I got a couple good ones of the male with my point & click but it looks like it will take even more patience & my zoom lens to catch the female. 

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During the winter, thousands of migrating black birds will occupy wires & trees on both sides of the street for blocks.

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Our very own version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

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It’s so loud with them all cawing at once…dang creepy too!

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Especially when a section of them will all up and fly around.  Run Tippi Run!

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