The new girls, enjoying some outside time, practice hiding from predators.
Oooh that bottom picture is making me give Mr. Feral an underchin rub with my cursor.
Baby brbs so precious.
Go Birding on Saturday for Global Big Day
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Posted this on the “plastics” thread, but I had to share the picture of the kitteh hotfoot.
From Time/Life Science Series “Giant Molecules” circa 197_? with a caption assuring us the kitten remained unharmed.
Mr. Tennesse Williams!!! You went too far this time!
Hey! That’s not a tree!
Is that a sapsucker?
Bernd Heinrich wrote that he’d put up strips of metal flashing on trees for the sapsuckers - they like to use it for their tapping call.
It looks to me like a woodpecker, not sure if Nuttall’s or Ladder-backed, probably the former. I have seen other woodpeckers, probably Acorn, in the palm trees where they like to drill holes to store acorns. The wood of the power pole is probably much harder, but I have also seen holes in those in other places around here.
Depends on where you are. The ranges dont overlap much but Southern California has both
The smaller woodpeckers here (Downey and sapsuckers) like to drum on the gutters/eave troughs downspouts in the springtime, especially the males amplifying their tapping calls to impress the ladies. It’s a hell of a way to wake up in the early morning twilight.
We were working in the yard all day today, he was just chillin’ and watching us work.
He will eat out of our hand and we can even pet him if he’s in the mood.
It was hot in Detroit metro yesterday (88F at my house), poor little guy is about as ready for the heat as the humans.
my little greys will take a proffered peanut from my fingers, but no way would i try to pet one!
“no toucha skwurl! bitey, scratchy, shred u face off!”
btw, that dude is thic in da middle! roly-poly squirrely!
I know, right? We’re about 35 miles north of Detroit and it was indeed a hot one. On the plus side I did fire up the central air. The plus side being we have central air.
We tore out a raised flower bed that we built 30 years ago. It’s 22’ long a couple feet deep and around 10" high. First we had to take apart all the landscape timbers that I built thinking it would last forever and then built a new one. Just gotta get about 20 bags of dirt to finish it up. I told the wife this one will last forever, forever being the rest of my life. Our daughter can deal with it in 30 years.
When I saw that squirrel I could relate. Squirrel got it easy.