Looking out – Looking in

On a recent very chilly morning while the rest of the house finches were visiting the feeders one very curious gentleman decided to take a minute and see what was going on inside the house. It was a short but nice chat, but given the quantity of seed a little bird needs to eat to keep warm at -10, he was quickly went back to his business at the feeder.

Sunshine

Thus far our winter has been more gray then sunny and much less snowy than we would like it. However looking out and seeing this Rocky Mountain Cottontail provided us that proverbial sunshine on a cloudy day and a smile to our faces.

Where’s Hatchmo?

Well, we can all agree 2021 has been a strange and unordinary year in many respects and one event that has us scratching our heads and has just turned the strange-o-meter up to 11 is the absence of Hatchmo this winter.

As long as we can remember Red-Breasted Nuthatches have been a neighborhood fixture. Not just in winter but all year long. Their honking a constant reminder that someone is out there in the trees and their visits to the feeders in winter are sure to bring a smile to our faces when the sun is low and temperatures are cold. Perhaps they have all gotten together and moved south this year or perhaps they have just moved to the next valley over.

Whatever the reason it has left of scratching your heads, searching the web for explanations and feeling just a little lonely this winter.

So if you see Hatchmo tell them the feeders are full and it’s OK to come home.

Pelagic Cormorant

Watching, listening and right at home this Pelagic Cormorant enjoys a sunny winters afternoon.

Among the cormorants of North America’s Pacific Coast, the Pelagic is a small and slender species that flies with a thin, straight neck often compared to a broomstick. Breeding adults are black with glossy purple-green highlights. They have a coral-red throat patch and neat white patches on the flanks. They nest on coastal cliffs and forage in rocky water, rarely traveling far from shore despite their name. 

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pelagic_Cormorant/overview

Robert

Robert or Bob to his friends.

Just a few days ago we were intently watching a Rabbit forage on some exposed grass when they suddenly became alert and sat up tall with ears wide open. We thought we had startled her when suddenly and silently off in the distance we spotted this North American Bobcat on the prowl thus explaining the rabbits alertness, and for good reason, as Rabbits are a Bobcats main food.

The Bobcat wandered around for just a moment without detecting the rabbit and quickly disappeared into the forest below. A truly beautiful cat and one we seldom see more than once a year.