Monday, July 24, 2006

Cheeky squirrel

I've discovered that a lot of animals that are "cute" from a distance are not so cute up close. I looked out of the window the other day and saw this squirrel perched on one of the rockers on the porch.

Cheeky critter. Now I know why they call them tree rats. Yuk.

Saw a rabbit hopping by...

What's any respectable cabin by a wood, without a rabbit? We had a rabbit for a couple of years, but he disappeared -- probably got too close to the roadway, or fell prey to one of the many predators in the area. But recently we've been seeing a new rabbit.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

New Fledgling Cardinals!

We have fledgling cardinals! Today is rainy and gray, and the window is dirty, but I was still able to get a few pictures of the new batch of cardinals. Whenever an older bird shows up, they flutter their wings and squeek! "Feed me, feed me!" Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Then baby goes back to feeding himself!

Here's Junior. Isn't he cute?

There is definitely a hierarchy among all the birds. The babies know when it's ok to approach an older bird (maybe it's mom or dad), but they also know when to wait their turn. And males have priority over females, except when they're courting.

This little lady is waiting her turn at the feeder. She is probably a baby from earlier in the season. You can tell she is a bit older because her beak has taken on the orange color of the adults, while baby birds have a black beak.

These two little ones are waiting while another cardinal is at the feeder. They learn quickly who will share and who will not. If it is not their turn at the feeder, the senior bird will let them know. Especially if it is an older male (though not Dad).