Cold and Hungry - UPDATE December 29, 2018

With the temperature as low as minus 18°F on the way to the WRI this morning, I expected hungry birds. They were busy all day. Out the window, black-capped chickadees made thousands of visits, landing, grabbing one or several sunflower seed hearts, tilting the bill upward, and giving the first powerful sweep of the wings for lift-off, leaving a burst of snow as they spring into the air. In each set of pictures, a chickadee is sitting and then airborne in the same fraction of a second. One is just making its first sweep of the wings. The other has whirled and become fully airborne and has left a burst of snow in that instant. They were doing that all day. I couldn’t help but grab the camera and snap a couple when the sun came out.

Chickadee Chickadee

 

Chickadee Chickadee


A gray fox was hungry enough to act eager and activated outside the door as it watched me take a piece of bologna, show it to the fox through the window, open the door, get down on all fours, and put the piece of bologna two feet from me. The fox was hesitant about coming that close without a window between us, but it finally took the piece and stopped only 5 feet away not even looking at me as it did something I couldn’t see.

I didn’t see one mink on this cold day. I might have to read more about them to see how they spend these days. The temperature rose to above zero F by afternoon.

Again, the critters made my day as I worked away on the computer.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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