Bamboozled?

We came across this little scenario yesterday at our fish pond. This small bird was feeding her ‘baby’. There is obviously a size discrepancy. I haven’t identified the young bird but I know cowbirds and starlings will sometimes lay their eggs in other birds nests and let the new parents raise their chicks. I thought the mother may have been a Swainson’s Thrush but the ‘eyebrow’ didn’t look right. I’m now leaning toward some variety of Vireo.

 

Barred Owl

Well, the Barred Owls are out in abundance right now, unfortunately due to lots of baby Robins now on the ground. This one was being attacked by Robins, Hummingbirds, Towhees and Swainson’s Thrushes though you wouldn’t know it as it sat calmly and and scoped out the territory.

 

Lone Bear

We have had quite a bit of bear activity already this Spring. On the most part they are behaving themselves – just passing through the yard. This young bear was born a little more than a year ago and has a twin. They came by a couple of weeks ago with their mother but now this one is on it’s own – either separated or encouraged to leave as it is breeding season for momma.

Better Every Year

It’s great to see this guy develop. We’ve watched him grow from a fawn and he is the tamest and gentlest of all the deer that comes by. Unfortunately all the deer are being plagued with deer fly right now.

Fawn Time

We have a doe bringing around her twins almost daily now. The fawns will sleep in the ferns or on our lawn for a hour or two while their mother browses through our garden. At times she seems to either forget or lose them but they always manage to find each other.