A startled squirrel is wary of Sam the dog’s sudden appearance in the backyard. Things calmed down quickly when Sam showed no interest in the squirrel so it went back to grazing on the feed that the birds had spilled to the ground from the feeders overhead.
Kudos to this enterprising squirrel who has found a way to climb up the side of Audubon House, then dangle himself down to drop onto the bird feeder that had been placed in what had been hoped was a squirrel-proof location. His maneuverings can be watched closeup through the heavily-tinted windows, even allowing for closeups as he eats his sunflower reward. Note the large round Audubon House window reflected in the squirrel’s eye. Also note the sharp claws, which must […]
A Squirrel with its own ideas of up and down finds no problem relaxing inverted at the bird feeder eating while defying gravity. Taken through one of the office windows at Audubon House set amidst the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
The antics of the squirrels and other wildlife using the bird feeder one morning at (Pelican Island) Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, bird feeder, Florida, Indian River County, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Red-bellied Woodpecker, squirrel
From my office desk I can watch a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers who have selected a dead palm tree right outside the window to hollow out a nest cavity. Remember, folks, dead trees can be a home to wildlife just as easily as a live one. Keep that in mind before you cut down that old snag you think is an eyesore. For the past few weeks they have been diligently excavating the cavity, oftentimes with excavated material being tossed […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: bird feeder, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Florida, Indian River County, Melanerpes carolinus, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, palm tree, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Sciurus carolinensis, squirrel, Vero Beach
Ahh, the life of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the suburbs. All those nice people who attract birds by dotting the landscape with feeders that are just ripe for the picking. Fat, seed-filled repositories in almost every backyard ready to be pounced upon and emptied for the sake of a full squirrel belly. Thank you, bird lovers, everywhere! Sciurus carolinensis takes a break from raiding the bird feeder. Editorial note: This blog is pro-squirrel.
A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are constantly at the backyard bird feeders. A male and a female that seem fairly inseparable. Given all the bird feed they eat all day they must be two of the fattest Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the neighborhood. More power to them. Look! The infamous red plumage on their belly that gives them their name. Mmmm! Lots of good things to eat in here. Looks a bit like a red mohawk. Photos from a rainy day […]
The Gray Catbirds in the backyard don’t seem to have any interest in the bird feeders but prefer to forage for insects while keeping to themselves most of the time hidden away in the dense foliage. The only way you know they are there are from their distinctive cat-like cry, hence the name. On this particularly dark and overcast day the Catbirds came out of hiding and, surprisingly, the camera was at hand. Dumetella carolinensis for the masses!
There is not much to say about the Painted Bunting’s appearance anymore that would not sound like a cliche. The male Painted Bunting’s stunningly bright plumage with its mix of color variations can’t fail to impress the casual viewer. And the electric green and yellow of the female Painted Bunting is distinctively unique enough to make her as almost as peerless as her mate. So here are photos of the colorful male Painted Bunting and greenish-yellow females plus possibly a […]
The diminutive Indigo Buntings approach the backyard bird feeders with great stealth and wariness and are prone to disappear in the blink of an eye if anything seems amiss. They perch in the shadows inside the bushes watching, biding their time for when they think it is safe to come out. The males carry the resplendent blue plumage, though when they molt annually they can look very spotty. There are no females pictured in this post, thought they visit the […]