more birds and other beings

My day started with four-leggeds, first this deer

in the woods

Then this coyote pup – I didn’t see its adult, so was pretty careful not to get closer to it. I stood still & let it go its way. I had never seen one before.

coyote pup
coyote pup

Then it was back to birds. This Baltimore oriole is at the Audubon sanctuary where I was walking this morning. The nest at home is too high for me to photograph. This one is barely 7′ off the ground.

Baltimore oriole in nest

The house wren nesting outside the shop is now bringing the soft stuff to line the nest with.

house wren

The end of the day brought some birds I had been waiting for all spring – the cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum).

cedar waxwing

They feed each other during nesting/mating season, like the cardinals do.

more feeding

Some of the birds aren’t so good at choosing nesting material. This house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) for instance, found out that the strings are still attached to the wind chimes.

house finch

a couple more. This male Baltimore oriole is usually not still enough for a photo. This time he was right outside the window.

Baltimore oriole male

Yesterday Marie & I trudged long & hard through the woods, trying to see this scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea)

4 thoughts on “more birds and other beings

  1. Hello Peter- I really enjoyed this post, especially the coyote pup. So I thought I would reciprocate your gift with my own memorable wild canine story and photos from this past weekend in Tucker, GA in the metro Atlanta area: Friday: During the day I went for a walk to a nearby lake and stream about 1.5 miles from my house. Saw a raccoon that was missing a big patch of fur on its back above its tail. Friday evening while I was getting ready for a second walk, the same raccoon with the missing fur patch was on my suet bird feeder in my backyard. It had traveled upstream and followed a ditch all the way to my specific backyard. I successfully stalked it by crawling across my deck and got photos. Raccoon never sees me. During my Friday evening walk I also saw a red fox cross my street a couple blocks from my house. Later at night while in bed, I heard more nearby fox calls through my open window.

    Saturday morning: I took my breakfast outside to eat by a firepit we have in the front yard, which has some bushes partly around it. Suddenly a coyote trots by to my left! At first I mistakenly thought it was a fox, in part because right afterwards I heard a fox call behind where it came from behind in the bushes. So I got my phone camera ready thinking a might get a fox picture, but my coyote friend comes back to also investigate the call. That’s when I got the coyote photo. Coyote spots me and quickly runs off around my house to my backyard. A few moments later, a juvenile red fox trots by from the bushes and I got its photo. After it also goes past the side of my house, I see an adult light colored red fox running in my neighbor’s backyard. So what I surmise is that the coyote inadvertently came between the fox parent and it’s little one, and it foolishly called out to its parent. I think the coyote left both foxes alone.

    Sunday morning: I thought I’d eat breakfast again at the firepit area, because foxes are creatures of routine. Sure enough, a big beautiful dark red adult fox emerges from the bushes to my right and trots across my front yard about 20 feet from me. It never sees me. It was too fast to get a photo. I’m not certain but it think it may have been a different fox from the Sat AM adult?

    Absolutely amazing animal sightings this weekend! I spent Sun afternoon getting a new trail camera ready for my yard! Cheers, Jim Carey

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Peter, Lots of birds! We only have three species of obnoxious jay, ravens, Crows and English Sparrows . The ravens are protected, not even God knows why. There are some owls but hard to find. Not much for birds to eat here. Most of the hawks have gone elsewhere. Cute pup! I assume you shot it, they become more troublesome over time. As do the deer, you can at least eat them. Thanks for the photos, I do miss the birds. What “woods” we have are very quiet. Enjoy Ca. Westberg

  3. We see a surprising variety of birds given that I live in the city (Pittsburgh), but I had never seen a cedar waxwing until last year when a colony of them took up residence high in my neighbor’s tulip poplar. I heard what sounded like a horde of kids blowing whistles one day. Really puzzled me until I finally spotted one and ID’ed it. Their yellow undersides make them really hard to spot from underneath in the light green poplar leaves. I guess they eat the poplar seeds, because I have yet to see one at any of the feeders.I was beginning to think they weren’t coming back this year, but last week I finally heard the happy sound of whistles and spotted them flitting about. If I can spot the red-breasted nuthatch hanging out near my fig tree again this year I’ll be a happy boy.

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