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Archive for December, 2007

It seems that we’ve had a hard Winter season thus far. Oh! Wait! That’s right, today is the first “official” day of winter! Well, instead, I guess that means we’ve had a hard end of Fall season.

You see, for the past week and a half, we New Englanders, especially those of us living on the North Shore in Massachusetts, have had to endure three snow storms that dumped at least 6 to 8 inches of snow each time. This may not sound like a great deal to many of you living in the northern areas of the United States, but round these parts, that’s more like mid-January to early March weather!

But, the hardship of it all is not really for us humans as it is for the wildlife. This has became especially apparent to me from the number of deer tracks in my back yard, especially around my bird feeders. Sure, I’ve seen deer tracks in my back yard before but then it was just a few tracks as the deer passed through. This time, the tracks were greater in number and it was obvious that they had stuck around a bit, looking for food.

Well, call me a sucker if you wish but, because of the early winter, because I believe that their normal food resources have been “taxed,” I decided to purchase one of those deer blocks of apple and corn. I placed it near one of my largest bird feeders where I’ve seen the greatest concentration of their tracks.

Now, according to the label, the “experts” claim that this is a favorite food of deer. Yeah, right!

For several evenings, I have watched the deer from a second floor window, kind of wondering how I might take some photos or possibly do a sketch or two for my blog. However, they’ve come so late that they were merely dark shadows in the moonlight. That is, until early today.

Even in the darkness, I could see that the deer block was clearly NOT a favorite food! Especially for the big guy who, as it turns out, was this magnificent looking buck.

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He would circle round and round the feeder, attempting to eat some bird seed from around the edges of the feeder.

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When that failed, he would proceed to “prune” my berry plants. (And, yes, I know that I can expect more of the same come Spring!)

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Now, the doe, on the other hand, being so much smaller, has had to “accept” my deer block offerings.

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Then again, maybe if I look around a bit more, I can find something better!

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Doesn’t she have the sweetest face?!

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No, I don’t mean the states of North and South Carolina. I mean a pair of Carolina Wrens who found a sunny spot on a step ladder that I keep on my rear deck. This shot was, as I call it, a “grab” shot taken as my mother and I were leaving for her radiation therapy. I took these photos through two panes of glass, one in the rear door and the other in the storm door. So, again, I must apologize for the poor quality.

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This is the morning after our first Nor’easter for this season. Pretty clever pair! I thought they were so cute!

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Okay, sorry for the poor quality photographs, I’ll try to get some better shots later. But, first, I’ve only got a compact digital camera. Second, I was shooting through a window and storm window. Finally, I was just so darn excited that I couldn’t keep my hands from shaking!

I “think” that this is an albino American Goldfinch! I saw this little guy earlier this summer but then it seemed to disappear and I’ve heard that albinos don’t do very well. But then today, probably because of an approaching winter storm, I’ve got at least fifty Goldfinches at my feeders and, right there, in the middle of the bunch, was this nearly white with a bit of “rust” color in its feathers, Goldfinch!

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Now, being a “somewhat” seasoned birdwatcher, I don’t want to say positively that this is an albino Goldfinch. For all I know, it could be some European “accidental.” But, I don’t really think so. Still, if I’m wrong, and this is not an albino Goldfinch and, rather, some “other” finch, I would sure appreciate someone letting me know!

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