What a month it has been. Sneaky Pete alias Coopers Hawk along with Big Red the Red Tail Hawk my little buddies are getting picked off left and right. What a bad time to stop feeding, it as frozen or flooding! But that darn Cooper has my number, he even landed right at my door grrrrrr I swear that bird knows haha. I have interrupted several of his attempts and kills in the hopes he will just eat elsewhere but I’m beginning to think he loves a challenge!
This increase in raptors is making it hard for Momma and Woody Pileated to come in. Now they come down and call from our porch so I can stand out there while they eat, that’s when I noticed I had 3 visitors and one is a juvenile female. Wow, this means because of hot summer and late fall arrival a lot of my birds had second batches of babies. I first noticed last week when my Downy and Hairy woodpeckers each had babies they were feeding, then yesterday I had a flock of Evening Grosbeak well that was a huge surprise, then looking closely I see they too have juveniles. That’s the picture from above, they are beautiful but the young have no color, they are grey and black super cool but odd that they are even here.
Also I’ve added a raw video of a visit with Momma Pileated ☺️ you will see Chester the chestnut backed chickadee, my Grey squirrel that’s addicted to suet 😂 and you will hear how Woody talked to Momma while she’s here. In the tree you’ll see a Flicker woodpecker and where Woody lands. And busters visit to the peanut hutch.
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.