Ted’s Wall, Wary Deer, Etc. - UPDATE November 20, 2017

A couple days ago, on Saturday November 18, Ted made his annual wall. This 3-minute video shows how he did it. I’m not sure of the temperature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrKCI7Lw1D8.Red Squirrels fightingRed Squirrels fighting

10-point deer10-point deerOn this day after the end of the rifle deer season, I was happy to see a neighborhood favorite, a 10-point buck, alive and wary.

Out the window, a new suet feeding site was popular. The picture shows a red-breasted nuthatch and downy woodpecker sharing.

Common redpollCommon redpollThe hole in the snow that the squirrel made and the hairy woodpecker enlarged by pecking a couple days ago is getting traffic—especially when other feeding sites are dominated by red squirrels or blue jays. The picture shows a white-breasted nuthatch perched on the edge of it about to dive in. Nearby, a black-capped chickadee sat pretty as it waited its turn.White-breasted nuthatchWhite-breasted nuthatch

Elsewhere, a red squirrel was less willing to share than the three around it. It attacked one and drove it off. It attacked another (picture) but is the squirrel on the bottom. It ran off. The three remaining, including the one that was initially driven off, fed peacefully.

Red-breasted nuthatch and downy woodpeckerRed-breasted nuthatch
and downy woodpecker

Yesterday, a nice pink-breasted male common redpoll appeared briefly but didn’t show today.

ChickadeeChickadeeAt the Bear Center, they were boxing up Christmas cards of Ted, Lucky, Holly, and Tasha today. They will be ready for orders tomorrow. There will not be a 2018 calendar this year.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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