Where’s my staff?

Tundra basking in the sun as if she’s a high-end celebrity waiting for her staff to bring her drink to her lounge chair.

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Catio is now in business

First wonderful, warm spring day today and the catio is ready for customers… Tundra (in the middle) and Katmai (at the bottom) soaking in the outdoors after a very long winter.

I Think We Need a Bigger… Pond

Last year, we put a small pond in our backyard in hopes that it would attract wildlife… it sure has!

We wanted to make it bigger this spring, but we may have to wait since the pond is so popular – especially with our local mallards.

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One mallard – love his reflection!
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Two mallards
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Four mallards
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6 mallards

Spring Is Here!

Finally. Such a long winter and our backyard is filled with so much activity!

And, we have new neighbors – a chickadee – in one of our birdhouses. So exciting to see them busy making their new home.

Interesting fact about chickadees – when they sing, it sounds like they are saying their name “chick-a-dee-dee.” The more “dee-dee’s” you hear, that means their is something in their immediate surroundings they are alerting others to. It may be that you are too close to them or their nest – “chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee.” Give them some space and take a step or two back.

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And so it begins…

… the last snow storm (hopefully) of the year. We’re supposed to have blizzard conditions starting today thru tomorrow. #hunkeringdown #snowstorm

View from the 11th floor of my office.

Turkey Tracks

Went to get a car wash this morning and as I was leaving saw this turkey hanging out on top of a parked truck.

Wonder if she left any tracks on the hood.

New Home Owner

This little Burrowing Owl is the one busy digging out its home (see yesterday’s post).

He’d dig a little, then pop up his head to look around.

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Guess Who

Who do you think is busy digging out a new home in the ground?

If you look closely, you may be able to see a small part of the new home owner.

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Frost Nipped

On this Very Cold weekend (-20 to 0), we got a little frost nipped while looking for critters in northern Minnesota. We had hoped to capture a few photos of owls. However, the weather prevented us from being outside for very long.

Here are a few pics from our weekend getaway.

Grouse in flight
Grouse in flight
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak
fluffed out chicakadee
Chickadee all fluffed out trying to stay warm
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak on top of a pine tree
Common redpoll - male
Common redpoll
Wing Wisps
Wing tracks in the snow

Red-Headed Visitor

What a day we had at our suet feeder. This Pileated Woodpecker stopped by twice today!

This is a male Pileated Woodpecker – they have a splash of red from their beak to their throat.

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