Ted, Bucky - UPDATE March 7, 2018

A Lily Fan captured good video of Ted’s debutant performance. He looked especially good in the opening shots as he came out of his chalet. He walked over to his log but not much farther. Ted emergingTed emerging He wasn’t keen on walking in snow and mostly stuck to the area of bare ground. Back at his chalet, he said adieu without fanfare and went off stage into his chalet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjlUFrKJUas

Bucky was a surprise today. In the middle of the day with more red squirrels (14) on a 20-foot portion of the second floor deck, little Bucky joined them. All was peaceful for him as he ingested sunflower seed hearts that were scattered on the snow all over that section of the deck. He is smaller than the other squirrels. It is possible he is a young-of-the-year squirrel that was slow to develop with his handicaps. I carefully stepped out, thinking of how to catch him. It’s like he read my mind. He was the only one that ran, and it wasn’t toward any of the hideouts I’ve mentioned. I don’t know where he lives. About 6 PM, when it was getting dark and all the other squirrels were gone, he appeared again. He went for sunflower seeds again, ignoring the date mash block until the very end. He took a couple nibbles, but it was hard frozen on this below freezing day (20°F). I wondered where he would go—under the second floor deck or down through the hole in the first floor deck. Neither, he went the other way nearly to the end of the deck, leaped to a tree and disappeared to the ground. No clue where he was headed.

The last few nights I’ve had three chicken legs (drumstick and thigh) out for the gray foxes on the second floor deck. Two nights ago, two of them disappeared—all but the leg up on the bear feeder outside the window, hoping for a dramatic picture of him close-up on top of it. Last night, that leg disappeared. We’ll see if the one I put out for them tonight does the same.

It’s not much more than a month before bears should be showing.

Thank you for all you do.

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