December 11, 2013
They certainly enjoyed eating anything green in our yard.
I'm not sure what type of caterpillars they are but one day the were not there and the next they were everywhere.
December 10, 2013
They can hang in the breeze without a flap of the wing.
They can handle heavy winds with there wings raised in a v shape, wobbling in circles to utilize the wind currents.
Turkey vultures rock. Can't say that of most birds.
The Turkey Vulture uses its sense of smell to locate carrion. The part of its brain responsible for processing smells is particularly large, compared to other birds. Its heightened ability to detect odours—it can detect just a few parts per trillion—allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy.
If looks could kill.
This Cooper's hawk was sitting in the large cottonwood at the back of our yard staring at the bird feeders.
For some unknown reason all the little birds left when it arrived.
Photo taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds.
Dashing through vegetation to catch birds is a dangerous lifestyle. In a study of more than 300 Cooper’s Hawk skeletons, 23 percent showed old, healed-over fractures in the bones of the chest, especially of the furcula, or wishbone.
A Cooper's Hawk captures a bird with its feet and kills it by repeated squeezing. Falcons tend to kill their prey by biting it, but Cooper’s Hawks hold their catch away from the body until it dies. They’ve even been known to drown their prey, holding a bird underwater until it stopped moving.
The oldest known Cooper's Hawk was 20 years, 4 months old.
December 09, 2013
The kids jump off the end and then use the ladder, in the snow bank, to get out and do it again.
Winter - Bah humbug.
December 07, 2013
Come with me to the Casbah
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second.
The extremely short legs of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prevent it from walking or hopping. The best it can do is shuffle along a perch. Nevertheless, it scratches its head and neck by raising its foot up and over its wing.
December 05, 2013
Everyone needs one of these.
I know you have a hard to buy for person on your list.
I can almost guarantee they don't have one of these.
Not sure why you would need one but someone, somewhere thought it was a good idea, it even uses recycled bags.
December 04, 2013
Red and pink
Being partially colour blind -red-green, there are times I don't see what you do.
Now with this bright red cardinal and very pink grapefruit I can see the same thing you do.
December 03, 2013
Come on in, the waters fine.
We saw this alligator in Texas at a state park. He was in what looked like an old watering trough
The largest American alligator ever reported was supposedly 19.8 ft (6 m) long, although there are doubts about the claim.
Hatchlings are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) long with yellow and black stripes. Juveniles, which are on the menu for dozens of predators, including birds, raccoons, bobcats, and even other alligators, usually stay with their mothers for about two years.