Antlers, Closeness, and More - UPDATE March 2, 2020

White-tailed deer in Minnesota lose their antlers in winter, starting in late December and peaking in mid January for big, mature bucks, but some young ones keep theirs longer. Crow and red squirrelCrow and red squirrelToday I was surprised to see this yearling(?) still wearing his fork horns. An older deer was nice to then show me the scar on its head between the eye and the ear where an antler grew, was lost, and will grow again.

Bahama Woodstar Hummer <br> photo by M.AldrichBahama Woodstar Hummer
photo by M.Aldrich
Crows are arriving back now after their short migration to Duluth and south—the first one I’ve seen here in months. I was surprised to see it feeding so close to a red squirrel. The peace didn’t last, though. Suddenly the squirrel whirled toward the crow, making it hop back a couple feet as the squirrel fled. The crow returned to eating suet.

I heard from Mary Auldrich today from her winter quarters in the balmy Bahamas where she saw a Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird on a nest a couple days ago. We learned that late winter and spring is when they typically nest there. She emailed a picture to prove it. To me, the nest is a masterpiece. It is created from fine materials neatly woven together with bits of lichen. I can only imagine how long it took to make something that smooth and neat.

Deer with antler scarDeer with antler scar Deer with forkhornDeer with forkhorn

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