Holly, Snow - UPDATE February 18, 2019

HollyHollyA Mod captured this nice photo of Holly’s face with Lucky in the background yesterday. Her fallen halos at the bottom of the picture are actually a reflection of the PVC pipe that holds and protects the camera. If we had the camera farther forward to avoid the reflection, Holly would lick it and make the picture worse.

The snow the last few days has kept the blue jays busy throwing snow to get down to the sunflower seeds.

Yesterday was the first time this year we’ve seen the female pileated woodpecker here with a male. It might be the first time we’ve seen the male this year. We seldom see two pileateds at the suet together (trying to remember when we ever have). The female is on the right with her dark forehead and black mustache stripe. The male modestly hid his beauty, so I snapped again when he wasn’t being shy. He showed the red of his crown extending all the way to his bill and his red mustache stripe that only shows red in some light—at least to my eyes.

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Chickadees were here a lot with the snow covering the branches they might search for insects otherwise.

The gray fox was here hungry but polite, taking the piece of bologna nicely by the edge and then dropping it to carry more rolled up like the picture shows. He ate 4 and buried 2 last evening. The full body picture is him looking nicely up at the kitchen window after burying a piece. He then hurried up the steps to the second floor for the usual routine he has trained us to do.

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Glad the temperatures are more above zero these days. This day started with a treat. At 6:33 AM, the super snow moon that will be full tomorrow was just about to dip below the horizon: big, bright, and yellow. They call it a super moon because it is the closest to earth in its orbit making it bigger and brighter. No camera, though.

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