Category: Local Wildlife

A Homestead “Bird Count”

By , April 24, 2019

Around the homestead, we don’t so much bird watch as bird listen. At least at first.

We host a lot of birds on our property, more so in the spring and summer. We love the company, as one sees reflected in our blog posts about them, such as Birdsongs 101: a Class that Bears Repeating and Songbird Central to name two.

Right now, we’re noticing new arrivals, and the absence of some we usually hear and/or see this time of year.

Pacific wren

A Pacific wren holds forth near the veranda (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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By , April 15, 2019

I’ve complained before about our local wildlife’s reluctance to perform on cue for homestead visitors (see Visitors Have Arrived: Cue the Whales). It happened again over the weekend.

moose in the Zeiger family homestead dooryard

“Hmm, what to do now? Maybe chow down on a cherry sapling?” Our uninvited visitor considers her next move (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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