Wild Wild Life

Here are a couple of the wild critters around the new house.

Someday when I get my trail camera I'll see if those paw prints in the mud were dog or coyote.

Until then, birds!

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

Pileated woodpecker. There is at least one pair of these in the neighborhood. I've seen them together a few times while out running. This guy was perforating a tree about 20' from my desk.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

This little fellow is a blue grosbeak. He's a regular at the ground under the feeder - picking up what the swarms of sloppy sparrows throw on the ground.

Took me a long time to ID him since all of my books and all of the pics on the web say that a blue grosbeak should be bright blue, like a bluebird. This guy is so dark he looks black without binoculars or a big zoom lens.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

Good old mourning dove, hiding his tail behind a clump of dirt.

That's what our 'yard' looks like. It's bare Carolina clay, absolutely overflowing with rocks. Not sure what we're going to do with it yet.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

Lots of hummingbirds - including one that keeps getting stuck in our garage. Luckily, she'll land on the end of a broom so I can shuttle her outside without much drama.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

Sometimes, they perch in the tree above the feeder and wait to attack any other hummingbirds who come close.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm

Here's a nice pair of tits. (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!!!)

A big-ass vulture and I had a stare-off last weekend. As I was walking out of the garage, he flew across the driveway and landed in a tree, about 20 feet up. He got bored with me after a couple of minutes and whooshed off to find something stinky to stick his head in.

4 thoughts on “Wild Wild Life

  1. Jewish Steel

    I have only seen our local humming bird four times this summer but I can tell you it has been the highlight of my wildlife year. I find them indescribably delightful.

    1. cleek Post author

      they’re crazy little things.

      Wiki says they like to hang out with hawks because hawks will scare away the jays that prey on HBs.

  2. Jewish Steel

    And your humming bird/broom story sounds like the beginning of a children’s book. I expect the HB to clear its throat and offer some advice next time you two meet.

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