2018-01-14: The Frozen World – The view from my office

For this week, I decided to focus my Frozen World post on the animals that visit my yard during the winter time. Once the cold temperatures set in, and the risk of bears diminishes, I begin to fill up the bird feeders. Once the snow falls, I add in a bowl of food for the deer as well. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen all year round, but with the feeders out in winter, there is activity all day long, just outside my office window. Deer visit frequently, along with chickadees, hairy woodpeckers and nuthatches. This year, the pine grosbeaks and common redpolls are back, along with occasional visits from the magpies, ruffed grouse and northern flicker.

Tracks along the road and through the yard show just how much activity there is. Although I haven’t seen any this winter, I have come across the occasional moose tracks through the snow, along with hare, fox and coyote. I was lucky enough to look up from my lunch a few days ago to find a pair of coyotes in the yard, sniffing around the various feeders. Even though he is always on leash, I was extra cautious letting Spencer out later on that afternoon.

While it is not ideal, all of these photos were taken through my window. When the temperature is hovering between -20C and -30C, the animals would likely be gone by the time I bundled myself up enough to get outside and capture a photo or two. And trying to do anything with a camera while wearing mittens is an exercise in both patience and frustration!

I hope you enjoy seeing what I see when I look through my office window out into the frozen landcape.

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This image was from before Christmas, but it is not often that I see the male deer around, especially this guy with his impressive antlers.
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Incredibly skittish, this coyote was constantly running back and forth to this spot.  I’d left some peanuts for the birds and squirrels under a few of the trees the previous week; perhaps she found a couple that were missed.
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The big source of her skittishness seemed to be all the birds swarming around her.  There had to be two dozen or more redpolls flitting about, and every time they took off for the trees as a group, she would run around and then stop and gaze into the sky.
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This one stayed further from the house and didn’t seem to be as skittish or bothered by all the birds flitting around in the area.
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This morning the whole gang showed up for Sunday breakfast.  There were two Mom’s nibbling at the trees in the yard; here the four youngsters enjoy some tasty grains.

 

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2015-12-13: What I’ve seen this week

I’m posting this quite a bit later than I originally anticipated, so I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum and get right to the pictures.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and best wishes for a great week ahead 🙂

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Spencer all suited up for his morning walk. I always swore I wouldn’t make him wear boots, but with the miles we put on every day, they really help.
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Frosty branches, snowy ground, leaden sky… feeling chilly yet?
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Early morning + fog = not great (wildlife & bird) photos. But very cool to see this coyote a few mornings ago.
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A large and very fluffy coyote watching me, watching him.
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Not the most inspired landscape composition, but the sky this afternoon reminded me of a watercolour painting.
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The young one isn’t so young – almost the size of mama.
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Mama deer hanging out in the yard today.
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Mama having a nibble of the feed we have out in the yard (a winter treat only, just like the bird feeders).
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Good thing there isn’t a flag pole nearby!!!
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The young deer got spooked by the dog as we were heading out on our afternoon walk. It was fun watching her hop away through the snow (it reminded me of the springbok in Botswana). I managed these three shots and put them together as a pano. I thought it was a great way to show the height and distance travelled in a single bounce.

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This certainly isn't a stellar photo, but I was happy to finally have my camera on hand when I saw a coyote. 1/200sec, f5.6, ISO 100
This certainly isn’t a stellar photo, but I was happy to finally have my camera on hand when I saw a coyote.
1/200sec, f5.6, ISO 100