I have been enjoying my backyard sanctuary for years and enjoy sharing my stories with family and friends. I am attempting to share with anyone who may enjoy a peek at a variety of animals that stop by for food and water. Some have been coming very frequent including my pair of Pileated Woodpeckers I call Momma and Woody. I hope to share my enthusiasm with others in an attempt to save whats left of our wildlife habitat and what we can do in our own yards to help them and enjoy what they each have to offer.
Its cold out and Hummer is still refusing to share……I use Christmas lights to help keep the food from freezing and he is hogging all three !!!! I even took down one so the little female could have a chance to eat and that did not go over well with him haha little stinker hovers at my face giving me a what for !! He has to keep flying around in order to guard all three since I have them placed to share. good grief 🙂
Buster is not sharing either, those little douglas squirrels are funny, I put the peanuts in to holders and today while “Tippy” was already inside, the one I call double T jumped in and the fight was on. I had to go and let the poor guy out. I am beginning to see my little nature buddies do not like to share.
It was a big night for Wiley Coyote seems him and his pack had a party in the back yard last night, tracks are everywhere but I am not sure what they got. This pack is getting big and they are so limited on their territory but that’s really close. They are showing reports nearby of activity in neighborhoods and a little girl was bitten while on the porch hanging christmas lights and its only going to continue. But the building and wiping out small pieces of forests just continues. I seriously think we can do much better than this.
waiting for the sun to burn off this fog…………………………
Wow, it’s getting very tough for Woody and Momma to come down. That Coopers Hawk aka Sneaky Pete is really really sneaky !!!!! I have caught him sneaking low in the tree right at the break of dawn, I limit feeding and have moved times but he is very patient hunter, grrrrr. This weekend was again so wet that good pictures were hard to come by, Buster and family seem to be a target of Cooper also so I am getting frustrated, I know its part of the circle of life but he can eat elsewhere.
Lets not forget yesterday, while I was snooping on Cooper we got a visit again from Wiley coyote, ugh He is so pretty but I scared him good this time haha, he didn’t see me so it felt great . Still it happens in mid day so I still have to always be outside with the dogs for potty breaks.
Rocky Racoon and company also came in for apparently a nice dip in the pond, not just one but both ponds were tested, Rocky even climbed up onto the waterfall and proceeded to just roll with it. I can’t believe the whole thing didn’t fall.
Hummer……just wont share! I have 3 feeders out and hummer is my resident Anna’s hummingbird, H2 showed up last year, one stays on the left tree and one on the right. They each have a mate but spend the whole day chasing each other off the feeders, quite a site and when you go outside you get what we call “buzzed” as they fly by, thank goodness we wear glasses because its gonna hurt if they hit us.
Cold and Fog weather now so keeping the suet and hummingbird food out is important. Remember, if you had fires, floods, etc. in your area this past summer the food supplies for nature animals was also destroyed, so any help we can give will make a difference.
What a weekend, yuk! High winds and a lot of rain!!! I did have another visit from my new buddy the Great Blue Heron, its funny, he is very interested in the statue I have at the pond. He seems concerned the bird hasn’t moved in months lol.
Momma and Woody have returned also, it is a surprise to me that they must have had a late baby because she came in quite clumsy. Momma and daddy came down to eat with her. It is spectacular to see her come almost to me on the porch and this time poof, she takes a bath in our small water pond. It was cool, she actually swam !!!!! The wind was howling out so when she came out onto the post she dried pretty quick, but it was long enough to get an education on some of the habits they have. I am still amazed that they are comfortable enough to take a bath in front of me as they are super vulnerable at that time. What an honor!! I have read so much on these birds but I firmly believe that animals react to those who are studying them and if you are lucky they will want to study you too.
My concern for lack of forest space for our animals is growing rapidly, I have been watching what is left of our trees and property evaporate so fast that we have pushed these animals into suburbs where people refuse to exist with them and I think the problem is getting worse where I am at an alarming rate. So provided shelter, food, water and habitat for our nature buddies is essential and any of us that can provide these things will make a difference.
I have put together my own foods and I am currently working on a way to package and offer it for you all to try so stay tuned for that.
Have a wonderful day, we have another set of storms coming up so time to prepare……..
How exciting, I looked outside just as a Great Blue Heron stopped in for a visit. It is a bad picture but if you look close you can see I have different Heron ornaments around each pond so he fit right in!!! My list of unexpected visitors just keeps growing, but this one was really cool. I was afraid to go outside so my picture and video is from the house but he was totally cool and unbelievable. I can’t stop smiling 🙂
My small nature sanctuary with all my buddies has had a very rough year. If only we would all pay close attention to the severe effects that take place when all the trees are torn down. We have seriously failed in our attempt to share this world with the entire circle of life that we All need in order to survive.
Woody and Momma are now limited on how they can come in to visit, my area is really all that’s left in this section as they just wiped out over 40 acres of forest again and pushed those animals into what is left. This means I now have Bald Eagles, Red Tail hawks, huge pack of coyotes all coming to this small sanctuary to eat.
I lost Momma Duck, and my male Flicker in the same day which led me to stopping all my feeding. This didn’t work well as we had the hottest summer here ever and the food supply was limited, add all the Fires also and it becomes very clear our nature friends need our help.
Today we are cleaning up from a week of storms and my locals are really busy, Buster is still here but has had several close calls so I have to be really creative in my feeding.
Red, the hawk is getting the nick name of sneaky Pete !!! I watch him sneak into the shrubs just before dawn waiting. Cooper is also here but Red seems to dominate.
I have a new Crow I call Jabbers that is really good at giving out the warning call when sneaky Pete arrives haha. The Stellar Jays take turns it seems dive bombing Cooper to fish him out, but they scatter when Red is around. That’s when the Crows get involved with some serious cries. But when that Eagle comes in ….you can hear a pin drop in the forest.
My point in all of this is to remind everyone that our Wildlife needs our help. Each home can help in some way and some even more. I would like to start selling my mixtures and housed I build but so many already do it. If your reading this send me a message about your thoughts good or bad.
Good Morning, I am still one of those silly giraffe watchers and we are still waiting lol…. Meanwhile I have noticed an interesting trend here in my small little piece of forest. I have a lot of pairs. I started to list them and began to laugh that so many are right here in that header picture I have for my backyard…It so funny I have Chuck and Lilly again the mallard ducks, I wake up to find Chuck on the roof of our cabana and Lilly eating away at the same spot as the bunnies. Speaking of bunnies I also have a pair living here in the yard, My Crow (Harriet is building nest here again and eating suet which means babies). Buster the douglas squirrel, the Pileated , Hairy and Downy woodpeckers (aka woody and mamma, Big and Little Ricky and Lucy lol. ) The Flickers I call pretty bird, and I even have a yellow-bellied that I call Blondie (she is new this year) Chip and Dale the chipmunks are again in their house out back, The band tailed pigeon (Bandit and Mrs B), The morning dove (I have one that is no longer skittish) which is a bit of a problem since I saved it from a cat last night !!! Pair of bald eagles that have a nest nearby, and the red-tailed Hawk is a pair along with the Coopers Hawk (he is my biggest pain) I only say that because he is a sneaky bugger! Found out Pokie the opossum has found a way under our back shed. I’m checking to see if there are babies before I move her out. I also have 4 white-tailed deer since momma had 2 fawns (twins) hooray!!
I sure I’m missing some but that is a pretty good idea.
The amazing part to me is this is all in my little backyard and it’s getting even more popular and its making the circle of life even more interested in my sanctuary. Now we are getting the coyotes , Bobcats , eagles etc that make it tricky to put out feed. I am now picking different routines because I caught the hawk sneaking in the tree at the crack of dawn while I put out feed hoping not to be seen…. he apparently figured out the feeding times and was taking out my squirrels and dove, so I switch it up hoping to get them to hunt elsewhere.
The weather is wet wet wet, so getting good pictures is not easy , I posted these two above, I thought the ducks taking off was kinda cool, believe me I never said I was a photographer but I do try 🙂
Wow the sun finally came out and my little forest is busy. Chuck and Lily the mallard ducks just returned (yay) Its been 3 years of visits. I am getting visits from Band tailed Pigeons aka Bandit and part of their family, they are cooing , it’s very similar to the dove but a deeper sound. Speaking of the dove they are courting too 🙂 The frogs are in the ponds and I still have one with a broken sounding croak.
I also seem to have 2 bunnies, I have seen them from time to time but now everyday at feeding time and in my yard. They seem to have made a burrough below my spruce shrub so I might get babies !!!
And now not only do we have the Coopers Hawk, but now a red-tailed hawk and a pair of Bald Eagles ! I can’t believe that all this activity is happening in such a small area, but its a lot of fun.
Yesterday we saw Buster the douglas squirrel climb into the bird house that’s high on the side of the shed, now considered the maternity ward. It’s a heck of a jump to get down so I assume she will move one at a time again after they’re born, well see.
I don’t have any pictures yet because I am addicted to watching April the giraffe 🙂 have her baby, How cool would that be to visit animal adventure park, but I seem to have a park of my own just wild 🙂 It’s interesting to me that my wild visitors get this close and that they continue to return but its always hard when they don’t .
Good Morning , I can’t believe its been a year since I updated , yikes time flies!! So I decided to try again to write my observations and see how it goes.
I enjoy my little piece of the forest and can not believe the variety of visitors we get, and how often they return. It’s very cool.
So compared to last year this is what’s happening with Woody and Momma pileated. They’ re still visiting although this is year number 4 we have noticed some drop-ins. Right now I have what I now call Senior woody, seen in previous post feeding Jr. Well now junior is 2 and daddy wants his spot back so I am caught in the middle so to speak because they both come to my door to complain. (very vocal) For example senior woody landed on my porch post which Jr woody doesn’t normally do and vocalized. I came out to visit amd found that woody Jr was right above him and he began to cluck. As Jr flew to the farthest feeding log, senior followed and they began to do this around the forest trees. They are not fighting like usuall its more like pushing Jr away from here. Ugh I hate that because I consider my sanctuary like a neutral zone. ( I know I know the circle of life 🙂
My guess is that it’s also a mate thing. Momma always comes in to eat when the boys are fighting/chasing. Now it is hard to tell markings on these woodpeckers so I go by how they react to me and I believe this is also momma from year 2. I have had three generations of them and I am blessed that mom and dad bring the kids down to visit and I believe they are familiar with my voice even when they mature and return just by how they act around me.
I will continue to update my stories and also introduce some new additions, its amazing how large my circle of life is getting in this small sliver of forest.
Hello, I got some great shots of Woody and Momma coming in this weekend, you will also see some pictures of the band tailed pigeons. The backyard Diner has been busy with all kinds of new company including more pigeons. ( remember, when you see one band tailed there are truly more to follow ) but they are cool. They look like a dove on steroids lol especially when they are down with the doves. I am adding some raw video today just to show a bit of what the backyard is like and you will kinda see Momma come in to eat, woody is already on the log when the video starts. You can hear the Stellar Jay and then you will hear Momma make an entrance , Woody then leaves. They do this routine everyday, I am fairly sure babies are getting some good food. I sure hope they bring them again this year. 🙂