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.