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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Dark-eyed Juncos are another bird that I have problems photographing. During most of this winter they have been feeding on the ground because there has not been enough snow to cover the seeds that fall on the ground. However, with the recent snowstorms they have been forced to feed around the feeder.

 

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It’s hard to believe but February 8th was the first day that the Red Cedar Trail was available for skiing this year. We headed out the next day. The trail had been rolled but not tracked but we still managed to ski down to the Ice Wall. With the recent cold weather the ice wall looks in good condition. I took a few photos to share.

 

My most frequent woodpecker visitor this winter is the Downy Woodpecker. I can easily have 6-8 of them at a time at the feeders.

 

I’ve had an unusual number of Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the feeder this winter. Both the male and female have been showing up.

So far this winter I’ve had a large number of Dark-eyed Juncos around. I did some landscaping late in the fall and wondered if the Juncos would return but they seemed to have adjusted to the lack of cover near the feeders. I’ve had problems photographing them because they have been feeding on the ground. It wasn’t until the first snowfall of the season that I realized they weren’t landing near the feeders because they had plenty to eat on the ground. As soon as it snowed they were back up feeding near the feeders.

 

I happened to be looking out the window and noticed this 8 point buck standing out near the woods. I grabbed the camera was photographing him when I noticed he was looking at something. As I watch a doe came walking along. When the doe noticed the buck it took off running past him. The buck seemed totally uninterested but then it wandered into the woods and seemed to be following the doe.

 

 

so far this winter I’ve had about a dozen Northern Cardinals at my feeders. Generally they show up during low light conditions which means early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The exception is when we have a snowstorm. That seems to bring them out in large numbers.

 

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve placed a trail cam on the farm in conjunction with the Wisconsin DNR Snapshot Wisconsin program. For me it’s just a fun thing to do. For the DNR it provides them with valuable information regarding the numbers and types of wildlife in the area. These are a few photos from the past couple of weeks. I’ve been seeing mostly White-tailed Deer so far this winter. There have been a number of bucks around and I’ve captured a couple of them fighting on several different occasions. Maybe they know the cameras is watching them.

This is the first time I captured a Coyote with the trail cam.

 

My photo of a White-throated Sparrow appeared in the November-December issue of Wetland Matters in an article by Dave Styer.

 

I have four Blue Jays that seem to hang around the feeder every day.