You might look at this picture and wonder …. “OK McDougall – what gives?” Don’t worry, I wondered the same thing. Only I said: ”OK Murray – what gives?”. Well, under the heading of HOW VERY COOL: Murray tells me this is a plunge hole in the snow made by a raptor. The winged warrier was looking for lunch - most likely a rodent done-rare. The wing marks are small, so Murray surmises a Saw-Whet Owl on the hunt. Great Grey Owls have been known to catch their prey under 10 inches or more of hard snow. I repeat – how very cool.
And while you are looking at this next picture below .. think about what kind of seed to feed the need … of the Chickadee that is.
Our local bander of birds wants to remind us that hardy chickadees like chopped/unsalted peanuts. If you look closely, you can see the tiniest of icicles forming on this beak. No wonder – poor thing! The temperature was ”minus ridiculous” when he stopped by for a snack. Oh, and one more thing — feeders close to kitchen windows make for great viewing.
DID YOU KNOW? Chickadees drop their body temperature at night by 10 to 12°C below daytime body temperature, to conserve energy.
‘YOUR’ FRESH AIR PHOTO DOES NOT HAVE TO BE FROM THIS WINTER … IT COULD BE FROM LAST SUMMER – OR YOUR CARIBBEAN CRUISE. UPLOAD YOUR PIC TODAY!