We collect these little gems and find lots of ways to enjoy them! Love to craft? The tiny cones (15mm - 20mm) accent a rustic wreath very well....We like to put some in a bowl and spray a few drops of our favorite essential oil on the cones to create a natural room freshener!
This large flock of Evening Grosbeaks visit here on a daily basis. They know the platform feeder very well. Although they do just fine on their own eating the buds of maple, willow, oak and elm trees, to name a few, we enjoy offering them some sunflower seeds during the winter. They also drink maple sap by breaking off small maple twigs.
We sprinkled some seeds on the hard
packed snow for the rest of the flock!
As you can see, it was freezing rain when I captured these
"Elvira" the Black Vulture arrived on our property just over one year ago and was emaciated and very distressed. She was thousands of miles away from her home range of South America and Southeastern US. To make a long story short, we captured her about a week later at another property down the road....(click on the link at the bottom of this post for the full interview)
We brought her home and made a temporary house for her while we waited for Hope for Wildlife to arrive. We fed her a little bit of meat, and yes, that is our dinner plate beside her - it was black to match her beautiful feathers!!
The next morning, staff members from the wildlife shelter made the 8 hour return trip and brought Elvira back to their facility where they fed and housed her for the winter!! They are truly amazing!! Once word quickly got out that Elvira was ''in the house'', she soon became a bit of a celebrity and had thousands of people wish her well on their social media outlets. Hope, in her 20 years of wildlife and rehab work, has never had a Black Vulture patient in her care.
This past spring, after she was all fattened up and practiced her flying skills inside the flight cage, Elvira was given the green light to be released back into nature!! Hope for Wildlife and her team released Elvira nearby at a bird sanctuary where she had the best possible chance to find her way back south during the bird migration! The Black Vulture is mostly seen in large groups, and although Elvira was alone at the time of her release, her breed is also known to hang out with Turkey Vultures, which we hope she found a few at the bird sanctuary to migrate back south with.
We know you are soaring high Elvira!! Thank you Hope for Wildlife for everything that you did for Elvira's stay with you and for all that you continue to do for all of the furry and feathered friends that need you!!
Click on this link to see the interview with Elvira:
I'm excited to introduce my coloring/activity book "My Name is Squirt" just released on Amazon. This book is based entirely on the storybook of the same name published in 2016. Squirt is a baby duck who narrates her story as she explores her enchanted world on the farm. She always has time for fun, including riding piggyback on a Border Collie or hiding in a sneaker. This book includes beautifully illustrated coloring pages with an added bonus at the end of the book for your child's imagination.
To experience life with Squirt, please click on the links below. Both the full color story book and the coloring books are available here:
One chipmunk can gather up to 165 nuts in one day.
I found his hiding place!!
Actually, this looked to be this little one's home for the winter. It was a very deep burrow, where he was storing his food. Chipmunks will spend most of the winter months underground. They do not hibernate, but go into a deep sleep and wake only to eat every few days. In spring, they may have to dig through a few feet of snow to get out.
Chipmunks have pouches inside of their cheeks.
They can store lots of food when foraging.
Chipmunks are very active in the daytime during spring, summer and fall. Besides peanuts, they love to eat berries, corn, mushrooms, insects, and plant roots
I must say it didn't take much to notice these spectacular, fast moving storm clouds forming in the middle of the afternoon! It was very fascinating to watch them change shape so quickly. I need to confirm these clouds, but I am assuming that they are called ''shelf clouds". Shelf clouds form at the leading edge of a gust or very strong winds flowing down and outward from a storm. A shelf cloud should be seen as a harbinger of strong winds, so a reminder to take caution and understand that Mother Nature can be very powerful.
Black-capped Chickadee - hand feeding in the woods
It was a beautiful spring day ~ We headed out for a hike, but not without having our pockets filled with lots of sunflower seeds. Our little feathered friends follow us everywhere!! They are so gentle and trusting. It is priceless watching them close up and makes us appreciate and fall in love with nature even more!