Ted, Etc. - UPDATE December 7, 2019

Out the window at the WRI, I moved the block of suet from its usual spot 13 feet from the Pileated MalePileated maleend of my camera to a spot only 5 feet away. Gray jayGray jayI was surprised and happy that the male pileated woodpecker was comfortable with me sitting that close to him. He apparently has seen me sitting here at my desk a lot, and closer was not that bad. He held still for a frame-filling picture of his beautiful head markings as he scanned for other danger. The gray jay seemed more cautious than the pileated even though gray jays are famous for landing on people’s hands for food. Beyond them, there were the usual culprits coming for their share, making me feel lucky to be here.

Downy woodpeckerDowny
It’s fun watching the names come in for the courses—some old, some new. Each course is different, depending upon who is in it. Class 3 may be a course you want to be in or avoid, depending upon your goal. It has famous Charles A. Munn and a couple of his associates in it, coming specifically to pick my brain, so it will have a lot of good bear discussion. I look forward to seeing bears and also to the discussions about bears that spur extra learning. He is in Class 3—July 19-22—which has 5 signed up so far.

Yesterday, Scott and Spencer took more straw to Ted, and he knew what to do with it.

The first video is about the delivery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCqTJ0NrxyQ 2:54 minutes

The second is Ted making his spot comfy cozy, arranging the straw just right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vKyeYnrjSQ 4:52 minutes

Scott, Spencer and TedScott & Spencer Ted with strawTed with straw


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