365 Nature – Day 275

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I watched the birds visiting the feeders that I put up on Day 254 and refilled this morning. The peanuts I put in the feeder were gone within an hour or so and as far as I saw, they were all taken by the Steller's Jay. In the afternoon I sat and watched the goldfinches, of which there are many, visiting the feeders. They prefer the shelled sunflower mix and the patio mix, and are almost never on the feeder...

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365 Nature – Day 274

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I returned to the arboretum hoping for another look at the Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday on Day 273. Although I walked the paths around that area for quite awhile, I failed to find any owls and no alarm calls led me to owls either. I continued my walk and focused on my ears to listen for alarm calls. Something did catch my attention, but at first I wasn't sure what it was, I just knew there was a sound...

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365 Nature – Day 273

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days I choose the right path to walk and today was one of those days. I set off through the arboretum and took a left to go through a native plant garden and as I wandered the paths I heard warning calls from small birds like Bewick's Wrens. As I watched I saw an Anna's Hummingbird also joining which I frequently see them do when there's a Barred Owl. This is the same place I saw a Barred Owl...

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365 Nature – Day 272

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I put our feeders up on Day 254 the birds have been returning in greater numbers every day. First it was a few House Finches and Black-capped Chickadees and not much else. But then I noticed the handful of peanuts I'd put out were gone. So I added more and again they disappeared while I was away. After doing this a few times I looked out front one day to find not one corvid, but three looking for...

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365 Nature – Day 271

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I set off on a trail I hadn't traversed in awhile at the arboretum and very quickly made the discovery of the remains of a rabbit. There wasn't much left of it, a, couple of feet, part of a spine, it had been picked apart. How it came to be there is a mystery, but I've seen many rabbits around the arboretum so it's presence there is not a surprise. Whether it died of natural causes and was...

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365 Nature – Day 270

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today feels like the last hurrah of summer. And what a glorious sunny day it is. Although I've been waiting impatiently for the arrival of autumn, today's last embrace of warm weather turned into a wonderful experience at the pond I've visited so much this summer. I arrived as the sun lit up only a small piece of the pond, but before long the sun spread over the trees and the pond was fully illuminated. Very early, much to my surprise,...

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