August 18, 2014

Fall Youngsters

I like the time of late summer and early fall when you start to see some of this years new offspring.

I still have a couple of young birds I'm attempting to get pictures of ( Blue Jay and Red-bellied Woodpecker) but here is what I've taken so far.

Can't get by without a picture of this years crop of raccoons.

Two young Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (female on left & male on right).

Don't think this is a youngster Downy Woodpecker...feathers are to dirty.

Here's Poppa Goldfinch with a mouth full of seeds.

And here id the youngster (2nd hatch?) waiting to be fed.

August 11, 2014

Little Bandits

Another quiet week in the boonies.  Finally got some much needed rain yesterday (half inch) but could use a lot more.

Mommy raccoon finally brought the little (?) ones to eat at night.  I'm sure she has done that before but this is the first time I've seen them.  With the outside lights on, the flash wouldn't work.  So here are the best of a lot of shots.

August 4, 2014


Another week has gone by way too rapidly.  My intestinal tract is getting back to normal (whatever that is) and I'm getting a little more energy back.  Now all I have to do is get organized.

Not many picture opportunities but did manage a couple of  shots one one of the bandits that I feed.  From the sizes of the ones I've seen, my guess is that they are yearlings.  Going to have to start spraying my tomato plants with a mixture of water, Tabasco sauce, and a couple of teaspoons of Pine Sol.  None of these things will hurt the raccoon or environment but they say the bandits don't like the smell or taste.  Maybe I can get some tomatoes yet.

Pictures were taken a dusk when it was more dark then light.  Surprised they turned out fairly decent.

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.