Wildlife Odds and Ends

I walk often, usually traveling short distances on local trails. Late Spring is a wonderful time to do this because there’s so much going on in the world of wildlife.


Wildlife populations are approaching their annual peak as new recruits arrive daily!


Juvenile Red Squirrel



Songbirds are in various stages of nesting: some are building nests, some are sitting on eggs, some are feeding young. Regardless of the species, males can usually be heard singing on the nesting territories.


Chestnut-sided Warbler above a dense thicket of shrubs and young trees


Great Crested Flycatcher nesting in a “Bluebird” box (1 of 3)



Reptiles and amphibians have come alive in the summer-like heat. This American Toad has claimed my compost pile as home.


Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

17 thoughts on “Wildlife Odds and Ends

  1. Super pictures, as usual. We have a wood chuck. He was in the yard. When we opened the door to alarm him, he came to the deck instead of running to the woods. Jo


  2. So enjoyed these photos. Seeing nature in your photos lift the heart. My bluebirds are busy nesting right now.

  3. Wonderful shots. All of them. It’s hard to pick a favorite. For me it’s a tossup between the goslings and the second in the flycatcher series. Great shooting. So good to see you out enjoying springtime.

    • Appreciate the nice comment Melissa. Had a lot of fun with that toad! The same compost pile (mostly discarded weeds and straw from the dog kennel) was home to a family of Redbelly snakes last summer. I try to encourage reptiles and amphibians where feasible (none are poisonous!). That includes a firewood pile, compost pile, deep leaf mulch on my blueberry and raspberry plantings, and some
      borders of flat, loose-laid stone. Through the course of the summer I’ll see 6 or 7 species.

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