Ted, Deer, Bear - UPDATE April 5, 2018

As of yesterday, Ted was back to his favorite position, lounging on a log as captured in this 1¼ minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmghD1oHXt8.ChickadeeChickadee

PileatedPileated WoodpeckerOut the window, the menu was sunflower seed hearts, suet, dates, and corn . Chickadees and red squirrels went for the seeds. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, and crows went mainly for the suet, and I believe foxes came up the stairs overnight for the dates. Red squirrels took a few today, too.

The female pileated woodpecker has seen me at my desk enough to not worry so much and tend to shredding her suet. Pileated woodpeckers are about the length of a crow but more slender. The National Geographic Field guide lists the length of pileated woodpeckers as 16½ inches and American crows as 17½ inches.CrowAmerican Crow

Out the downstairs window, deer must hear me dumping corn over the second floor railing because they appear fast after that. Feeding time was busy but pretty peaceful.

Our own Judy McClure had what must have been one of the first bears around Ely. She didn’t see it, but partial tracks in the hard snow and the fact that no other animal around Ely could have done to her deer feeder what she sent as this picture. It tipped over the feeder, dumping the hollow half log off on the ground. The half log usually holds the corn.. She lives on the wooded edge of town. It won’t be long now for bears.

Deer at CornDeer at corn at WRI Deer feederDeer feeder dumped

Thank you for all you do.

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