This red-shouldered hawk frequents the pond area and the open meadows around it. There are usually plenty of rabbits and snakes in the grass, and the pond holds crayfish, snakes, frogs and toads. In spite of the ample opportunities, so far I’ve only managed to capture two clips of this bird. It is very elusive and always spots me well before I spot it. Continue reading Red-Shouldered Hawk
Mid November and the herd is doing very well. The eight deer captured in one clip show a healthy group of doe and young deer. The bucks are roaming the area but rarely seem to pass in front of the camera.
There’s one clip, where it looks like a young deer is chasing a rabbit away, but I later realized that both were spooked and actually running from a potential threat. The older deer faces the unknown and does a foot stomp to see if anything presents any noise again. Continue reading Thanksgiving and the deer herd
The oak trees have burst out with a fresh set of pale leaves that are quickly turning dark green, as they continue to grow. The forest is filling in with the deciduous trees blooming and merging with the evergreens. Both types of trees, and wildflowers too, have been pollinating and the air is still filled with fine yellow-green dust. It’s a busy time of year with a rapidly changing environment.
Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of migrating cedar waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready. There were plenty of berries to go around but not enough space for all the birds at once. They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, while the bulk of the flock waited in a nearby oak tree.
These birds are very considerate to each other and have been known to form chains and pass berries along. When the flock is larger than the tree, cooperation is the key!
Is it a pagan ritual? Is it Mardis Gras? What is this flamboyant, sexy vibe thing happening in the park? Why are all these people in costumes dancing around drum circles? It looks like a dang hippy party! What’s that?, oh, it is a hippy party.
There’s always several drum circles and scantly clad or nude girls dancing about. Most are dressed or painted as forest nymphs. These must be the characters that have the best chance of cheering up Eeyore! Without them, the energy wouldn’t make it to the level that makes this celebration so unique. Continue reading Eeyore’s Birthday Party 2012