Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

The Fireworks #Dahlia is so much better than fireworks and the dahlia don’t scare the animals.

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Tidy Tenants

Once the Chickadee baby birds left our bird house, I took a look inside and discovered they were a very tidy family. Not even an eggshell was left behind.

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If you look close, you can even see there’s deer fur in the soft nest they created for their baby chicks.

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And, let’s talk a little bit about poop. I did a little research on Chickadees and found out they are one of only a few birds that remove their waste in fecal sacs. Below is a photo I took after a few seconds after mom went into the house with food. She left with a fecal sac that one of the little baby birds prepared for her to remove from the bird house.

Hope you enjoyed the Chickadee photos and videos this past week!

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Feeding Time

There has been a lot of activity at the neighbor’s house… the Chickadee birdhouse, that is.

Here is one of the parents bring food and then quickly leaving.

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We Have Chickadee Babies (video – turn up the volume!)

A pair of chickadees created a nest in our backyard birdhouse and their babies are Very hungry!

You can hear them chirping inside as they wait for their parents to bring more food.

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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.

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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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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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
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Pine grosbeak on top of a pine tree
Common redpoll - male
Common redpoll
Wing Wisps
Wing tracks in the snow

Green-winged Teal

Found this green-winged teal hanging out with a few mallards at Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota.

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