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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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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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

Green-winged Teal

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

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Mute and Trumpeter Swans

Found a Mute Swan (the one with the orange bill) hanging out with Trumpeter Swans at Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota.

I love the photo of the Mute Swan stretching her wings while two of the Trumpeter Swans watch her.

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Christmas Hike Surprise!

On Christmas Day, we went for a walk at Fort Snelling State Park in Minnesota and ran across this cutie!

I’ve never seen a deer with such unique coloring. I lover her white socks!

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I know, I know…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything!!

We’ve been busy planning our summer landscape projects now that our yard is a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation!

More photos soon!