I Had to See Ted - UPDATE March 7, 2020

It’s been months, so on this sunny day in the 40’s and a path plowed up to his den, I had to do it. Ted  Ted Ted made my day, and I think I made his. He was lying with his head at the entrance to his chalet so he wouldn’t miss anything. I couldn’t go in because two feet of heavy, crusted snow was holding the gate shut, but Ted heard my voice and immediately started his sweet grunts. He wanted contact. If I wasn’t coming to him, he was coming to me. He got up and started where snow was shallowest, grunting all the time. I saw the camera moving to follow him, so I knew that pond chatters were on it, but Ted  Ted I don’t think we have sound up there anymore. Then Ted had no easy path. He tried to come closer but couldn’t at his age. He headed back to the comfort of his chalet, turned around and backed in, stopping in the entrance to eat bite after bite of snow. At the end of the second video below, he backed the rest of the way in, arranged his bowls, and lay down. Hearing his welcome and his desire to come near me made my day. Seeing him eating snow and arranging his bowls in his little home made me feel that he was contented. Spring is coming when more people will come up to see him. Then it's summer with crowds to stimulate him if he is not down at the pond soaking or at his preaching log observing.White-breasted nuthatchWhite-breasted nuthatch

Taught by Bears did a great job capturing these two videos—the first one 2½ and the second 5¾ minutes

Ted takes a little stroll - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE4oz0o9OjU

Ted enjoys snow snacks and then goes "bowling"-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi37HFfGyQY

Out the window, with the snow thawing and freezing a bit each day lately, it has a hard surface that a white-breasted nuthatch can land on without sinking the tiniest bit.

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