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.

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

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Juvenile Red Squirrel

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Goslings

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.

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

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

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

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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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

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  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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