Look ma, no hands!

IMG_20190208_090844I often marvel at the dexterity and cleverness of squirrels, especially when seemingly defying gravity to raid bird feeders and suet logs.

This morning’s wicked winds and blinding snow didn’t stop this black squirrel from snacking on the suet log hung from the  clothesline.

 

Tawny Owls — The Wilden Marsh Blog

Although many people believe this owl has exceptional night vision, its retina is no more sensitive than a human’s. The owls asymmetrically placed ears are key to its hunting by giving it excellent directional hearing. Its nocturnal habits and eerie, easily imitated call, have led to a mythical association of the tawny owl with bad…

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Nature’s Wilder Side Almanac 2019 — Oakland County Blog

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY JANUARY The first days of January signal a New Year of adventures along the trails, and in the parks and wildlands of Oakland County. Snowy Owls, the denizens of the Arctic tundra irrupt into Michigan most winters confirming the season of snow has arrived – even when it’s delayed. Snowy Owls […]

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Chickadee dee dee

Of all the wild birds that grace our backyard feeders and chatter among the trees, none are as endearing as the Black-capped Chickadee.  Friendly and gregarious, Chickadees make the winter’s chill a little less biting.  My favourite songbird by far, I long to hear them extolling their trademark chickadee dee dee tune each and every time I enter their outdoor world.

Black-capped Chickadees: Forest Warriors or Suburban Feeder Flirts? — Oakland County Blog

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WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Black-capped Chickadees are well adapted to life in the woodlands of Oakland County, and are equally comfortable living a suburban lifestyle. The secret of their success is adaptability and inquisitiveness, and during the cold months, a few tricks bestowed upon them through eons of evolution. Chickadees may be found in […]

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