July 28, 2014

Odds and Ends Again

Sorry I didn't have a post last week but was a little under the weather.

I have been fighting some type of intestinal thing for about the last year.  It comes and goes but about two weeks ago it struck with a vengeance.  It the military we used to call it "Montezumas' Revenge".  After 4 to 5 days of not being about to get more then 20 feet for a bathroom, it was time to go on a two weeks course of antibiotics.

Two weeks later, I'm feeling pretty good except for little energy and still trying to get things re-regulated but I'm working on that.

Not many pictures in the last couple of weeks but did manage a few.  The first two are of some young squirrels playing "King of the Stump".  They managed to get up to four on the stump before they lost interest.

The next picture is one that I got a few chuckles over.  You will notice a little Red Squirrel ("Mr. Attitude") in the middle surrounded by 6 Gray Squirrels.  They never got any closer to the Red then what you see here.

A few posts back a mentioned that I didn't get any pictures of young birds because they were times bigger then the adults.  Here is a good example of two young crows with Mom or Dad.  The adult in the one on the right.  In fact if you look closely at the youngsters, you will see the the corners of the bills haven't closed up yet.

And the last picture is  of one of the young rabbits.  From it's size I'd guess it was born in real early spring.  I've also seen another one that is about half this size with it's mother eating grass on the side of the yard.

July 14, 2014

Squirrels, Squirrels Everywhere

When photo opportunities get rare as it does every summer and winter, I always can fall back on shooting pictures of squirrels.  This year we have a bumper crop of them which is my first indicator that we are going to have a bad winter next year.

All the squirrels in the pictures are of some of this years crop.  You may notice that when they get around each other that their tails get bigger.  This posturing makes them look bigger and more furious.

July 11, 2014

Young Birds

I had hoped to have lots of pictures of young birds but luck wasn't with me.

Sure, we have lots of youngsters around but they are actually all about the same size as the parents. .. Young Grackles, Red wing Blackbirds, Blue Jays are all dull colored versions of the parents.  About the only bird that you could really till was a young version of the adult was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. At least he is feeding himself.

July 7, 2014

Young Chipmunks

Saw this pair of young chipmunks.  They spent most of their time up in a tree.