backyard buddies

21 Apr

Spring has almost sprung, and despite a few flurries these past couple days, the grass is turning green, we’ve been out bike riding, the bird feeder has been hung and seed dishes nailed to the posts. Our house in 100 Mile House in comparison to my cabin doesn’t see as much of a variety of wild animals… however, we definitely get more visits than our old homes in Alberta.  For the most part it’s been just Oregon juncos who have been addicted to the bird feeder. Awfully cute little guys, especially the males with their dark black caps.The occasional chickadee and  sparrow gets in there once and a while……and there are a couple solo, yet-to-be identified, birds also getting in on the feeding frenzy. That’s the thing with birding, no matter how much you watch, there is always a new bird to see and so much more to learn. Identifying birds on the spot is quite a skill. At dusk there is usually a 30 minute period where we are visited by a dozen robins who go on a grub hunting spree in our backyard, or sit together in a large group amongst the branches of the tree up front.The deer have been passing by again, and eating some of the seed too judging by fresh footprints in our front lawn. The most I saw at once was a group of six marching through our neighbours yard. However this morning a mama doe and her 2 fawns who survived the winter, were grazing in the backyard grass! They were adorable and quite calm; such a joy to watch. I love it so much when furry animals are close by. With the reminiscing of old backyard friends, I wanted to post something that I’ve only shared with friends and family. Last year there was a doe that had 2 fawns and she lived down near kinsmen beach, right next to Pynelogs & the Scotty Burger where I was working. We dubbed her the irresponsible mother, because the cute little fawns always seemed to be roaming alone without supervision. This however offered me with some pretty incredible photo opportunities since she wasn’t always around to ‘protect’ them. From a pile of shots, this one is definitely a favourite; it makes my heart just melt.

6 Responses to “backyard buddies”

  1. Michelle 21/04/2011 at 17:00 #

    I want to live where you live!

  2. rica 21/04/2011 at 17:55 #

    super cute fawn tongue!

  3. anika 21/04/2011 at 18:49 #

    that last shot is truly wonderful! I enjoy backyard birdwatching too; it really is surprising how many varieties there are once you start to look. in my yard, there’s currently a pair of bluebirds setting up house in the bluebird box, and I spotted a tiny wren checking out the wren house. The coolest recent siting was an orchard oriole, hopping along the fence looking for little bugs to eat.

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 21/04/2011 at 19:10 #

    Sweet! You named a mystery bird for me. We have many Oregon juncos as well but they weren’t in my bird book and my efforts to google them by description weren’t working. Thanks!

    One of my favourite childhood memories is driving and spotting deer in a small town where we used to camp every summer. The deer were so tame and curious they’d come to the car window and sniff at the opening and peak inside.

  5. juriko 21/04/2011 at 21:16 #

    What a nice place!!
    Very peaceful:)

  6. eraser carver 23/04/2011 at 13:27 #

    Lovely photos of all the wildlife that visit you. I could spend hours gazing out of the window here enjoying all the wildlife. My favourite time is dusk when the bats come out, always mesmerizing to watch their acrobatics.

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