Birding and Hiking
“The Hopi Indians of Arizona believe that our daily rituals and prayers literally keep this world spinning on its axis. For me, feeding the seagulls is one of those everyday prayers.” Brenda Peterson
Scaredy Cat grooming herself on my hike
I explored a new area behind my cabin this afternoon. It was a nice, steady climb uphill. I was five or ten minutes out and was focusing my camera on some plant life when Scaredy Cat descended upon me out of nowhere and scared the bashzeebees out of me! (The story of this gray jay is introduced in CHIPPY. She used to be too afraid to come to me at all. For at least two summers she never had the nerve to come to me. Read more on CHIPPY.) She ended up following me for another ten to fifteen minutes from tree to tree. I stopped to watch her groom herself. Then she started picking up something off the trees. I couldn't tell if it was her "stashed" food that she'd previously stuck to the trees or if it was something new.
This is what she'd do and then she'd come away with a beak full of something... It was fun to have her companionship. I was surprised she stayed with me as long as she did since I had no food for her. Birds are amazing creatures...
Male Williamson's Sapsucker - click for cool facts
Finally, a semi clear picture of a woodpecker! It's funny how they don't like to be seen. They'll move around the tree to position themselves out of sight. Females look drastically diifferent. I haven't see one yet, but that's what the bird book says....
Or they simply fly to the next tree ... they don't seem fond of an audience at all...
From Wild Birds Unlimited, "So how do their bodies (woodpeckers) handle all that pounding? They are well equipped! They have two toes that point backward and allow them to cling to tree trunks. They have special stiff tail feathers that support their bodies. Air bubbles in their skulls act as shock absorbers every time they slam a tree trunk with their beak. And their super-sticky tongues reach into the holes they create to dig out the delectable insects." Read more...
Saw this antelope on the drive from the city to the mountains today. I've never seen them around my area. He just stared at me in what seemed like great curiosity...
Read more about Clark on CHIPPY
Clark is still knocking on my windows! And I still don't know what he wants! I was in the forest above my cabin and took this with a telephoto lens. I called him to me and he came. I gave him some nuts and when he finished them he headed back to knock on the windows again! He goes from one to the next...
Help me figure out what it is.??
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