Garter Snake Sunning - June 9, 2018
As I was walking by a newly planted bird's nest evergreen bush, I noticed this beautiful Garter Snake draped on top.
Garter Snake Close-up - June 9, 2018
He seemed to be giving me a look that says don't come any closer.
Red-winged Blackbird Full Body Wash - June 9, 2018
I refill 4 birdbaths daily with all the water that gets splashed out.
Red-winged Blackbird Starting Bath - June 9, 2018
As the days have gotten warmer, the birdbaths are getting used a lot.
Red-winged Blackbird Under Wing Wash - June 9, 2018
Beating the right wing into the water to clean the underside.
House Wren Peeking Out of Nest - June 15, 2018
House Wren Enters Nest - June 15, 2018
House Wren Arrives with Ant - June 15, 2018
The Wren chicks inside this gourd are very vocal about being hungry. One of them is going to get this large black ant.
House Wren Ready for Another Food Run - June 15, 2018
Both adults are taking turns feeding the chicks. They usually fly off together to look for bugs.
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker with Suet - June 7, 2018
The female Red-bellied Woodpecker collected a large wad of suet to take back to the nest. I am hoping she will bring her youngsters to the feeding area.
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker at Suet Trunk - May 12, 2018
There is not much left of this pine tree trunk. The woodpeckers have pecked it down to the point where it is going to fall apart.
Hopeful Baby Male Hairy Woodpecker - June 6, 2018
He kept flipping back and forth trying to figure out where his Mom was. She would call to him to assure him she was getting food.
Frustrated Baby Male Hairy Woodpecker - June 6, 2018
Turns out Mom has no intention of feeding him anymore. Notice the suet on the left side of the log. Mom is telling him he has to start getting his own.
Baby Male Hairy Woodpecker - June 6, 2018
This cute baby male Hairy Woodpecker is waiting for Mom to bring him some suet.
Tiger Close-up - June 4, 2018
Tiger with Mane Flapping - June 4, 2018
Tiger was racing around our arena fast enough that his mane and forelock were splayed.
Tiger Approaches Melody and Lynn - June 4, 2018
Tiger had the run of our arena, but chose to come back for a periodic visit with Melody and Lynn.
Love Close-up - June 4, 2018
Lynn with Tiger - June 4, 2018
Tiger and his mother Love came for a visit. Tiger is now one year old.
Tiger Nuzzling Loves Cheek - June 4, 2018
Tiger is pretty bold with his affection. Love was a bit surprised when Tiger planted a kiss on her cheek.
Tiger Being Introduced to Tarp - June 4, 2018
Love is walking across tarp to show Tiger that it is safe.
Gray Fox Kits Posing - June 7, 2018
Three of four Gray Fox kits came out from under the storage shed and were very curious about the presence of my blind.
I had to move my lens very slowly so I didn't spook them. Cuteness factor = 10.
Gray Fox Kit Yawning - June 7, 2018
Nice big yawn by one of the Gray Fox kits.
Grackle on Perch - June 5, 2018
Such a dramatic blue on this fella.
Chickadee Feeding Juicy Caterpillar - June 3, 2018
Looks like this "chicklet" is going to get the entire caterpillar.
Chickadee with Juicy Caterpillar - June 3, 2018
My guess is that caterpillar was enough for several chicks. Chickadees usually have 5 to 8 chicks.
Chickadee Feeding Chicks - June 3, 2018
Usually the adult would totally disappear into the hole, but on this run the tail stuck out. I think the chicks are getting more active and moving up closer to the opening.
Chickadee Off on Another Run - June 3, 2018
Seems like the parents never take a break. They were both making food runs all day long.
Chickadee Waiting for Other Adult - June 3, 2018
The adult at the nest hole would wait till the other returned before leaving to get food.
Chickadee Take-off from Nest Hole - June 3, 2018
The nest is in a very soft totally rotten section of a tree I brought down from the woods. I propped it against a fence intending to use it as a suet log. The Chickadees had other plans for it.
Male Downy Woodpecker with Peanut - May 11, 2018
He jams the peanut in a crack on the log and then pecks away at it.
Male Downy Woodpecker Climbing Up Board - May 17, 2018
One of our two adorable male Downy Woodpeckers was climbing up the leg underneath the feeder table. This way he avoids the busy bird traffic above the table.
Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in Cherry Tree - May 11 2018
We have 2 females. This one is an adult. I think the second female is one of last year's offspring and one of the family of four that is back this year.
Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Looking at Me - May 11 2018
Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak on Stump - May 18 2018
Our male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is looking pretty dapper in this pose.
Immature Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak - May 11 2018
I believe this first year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is one of last year's offspring and one of the family of four that is back this year.
Robin on Limb - May 12, 2018
Robins always look their brightest in the early morning sun.
Red-winged Blackbird on Blue Sky Day - May 8, 2018
It was a beautiful sunny day at Dryden Lake, NY. This Red-winged Blackbird landed on a tree branch just above me.
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker with Peanut - May 12, 2018
The female Red-bellied Woodpecker has a gap in the red on her head, unlike the male that has red over the entire top.
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker Take-off - May 12, 2018
Caught her in take-off with her peanut.
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker Finds Seed - May 12, 2018
The female and male Red-bellied Woodpeckers are now coming in multiple times daily to feed on suet, seeds and peanuts. This shot shows the intricate feather pattern on her back and tail.
Male Goldfinch in Pussy Willow - May 12, 2018
Waiting his turn at the finch mix feeder.
Male Goldfinch on Apple Branch - May 12, 2018
We have 24 Goldfinch around all day long. Love having their bright colors and cheery calls.
Male Goldfinch on Budding Winterberry Branch - May 12, 2018
Female Baltimore Oriole in Serviceberry Tree - May 11, 2018
Female Baltimore Oriole Posing - May 11, 2018
We now have 4 male Orioles and 2 females. The 4 males are chasing each other around vying for territory and female attention. This female is a real beauty with her breast all puffed up.
Female Baltimore Oriole Flirting - May 11, 2018
This second female was flirting with one of the males by fluttering her wings.
Red Squirrel Guarding Hole - May 16, 2018
I toss shelled peanuts into this tree trunk hole every morning. This Red Squirrel's posture says they are all his now.