Feathers and local wildlife LAPC #225

This week Anne Sandler has given us the Lens Artists Challenge of Wildlife close to home. The photo above shows the most commonly seen wildlife at this time of year . The Canada Goose! As you can see in the photo above there are flocks of them in the field that grew corn this summer. Now the geese are picking up any niblets the combine harvester missed. They wandered over to our lawn to see if they could pick up any bits the squirrels had buried. We do have other wildlife in the neighbourhood. Coyotes can be heard yipping at night and sometimes I will see one but I have no photos. We also have white tailed deer in this part of the world. I have seen them when I was riding in the forest with Biasini. But I was not going to get my phone out of my pouch and get it up and ready because when Biasini sees the deer he may make a sudden 180 degree turn. So it is best for me to focus on staying on him. So I have no deer photos either.

The geese have not found what they want on our lawn and off they go. Below is a photo I cannot explain. Every single goose is looking at something, their necks extended and they all stood stock still. Not a movement anywhere. I do not know what they were focused on. There was no one walking on the road with a dog. But what ever it was to them it represented danger! Perhaps there was a coyote in the woods on the other side of the road.

Here is another “wild” creature. It looks like this grey squirrel is looking right at me!

Since the beginning of November I have been taking part in the Birds Canada Feederwatch program. Two days a week I watch our bird feeders and make note of the various species and their numbers. Then after the two days I can enter my birds online. These are the smallest forms of “wildlife”. Here are a few. First a white breasted nuthatch.

Above a female Downy Woodpecker and below a dark eyed junko on a cold morning he has puffed up his feathers to retain heat.

That is my local wildlife.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Leya says:

    Lovely wildlife, Anne! I too vote for the squirrel!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Ann Christine. He is a real little character!

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      1. Leya says:

        I can see that!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It’s his cheeky expression!

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  2. Interesting that the small birds stay put. I hadn’t thought of it before, but they probably have to put on a lot of weight at this time to survive through the winter

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes and they eat and then sit in a tree and fluff up their feathers to stay warm.

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  3. JohnRH says:

    Good ones Anne. LOVE the squirrel.

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful photos Anne 😀 😀

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  5. Anne Sandler says:

    Great wildlife images Anne. Our own animals come first and do keep us from photographing wild life. But you did get a good selection. My favorite is the squirrel. The lighting emphasizes the curve of its tail. Thanks for participating in this challenge.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Despite not having any coyote or deer photos I had lots of fun with this challenge. Thank you!

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  6. Wind Kisses says:

    hahaha. The squirrel seems to be saying: “Why are you being so nosy?” I love when we can find expression on animals. Interesting about the geese. It would have been cool to see what was causing the distress.

    Nice collection Anne. And PS. Your trees are brilliant too.

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  7. Lesley says:

    Lovely photos, Anne. The Canadian Geese made me smile as we have hundreds of them visit a pond near us here in England! I love to see them. They’re such large and impressive birds, especially more so when in flight. I find them very gentle too – not like the couple of swans at the pond, which can be intimidating and aggressive.

    That squirrel pic is hilarious. I imagine him saying, “Hey, I didn’t give you permission to take my photograph!” 😀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! That squirrel has attitude! Thanks for your comment.

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  8. bushboy says:

    Lovely wild life to have Anne 🙂

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  9. Priti says:

    👌👌

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  10. That’s a great photo of a squirrel! And the geese were so funny staring at something at the same time! One time we saw a Canadian goose at our beach. He just sat there on the sand watching the waves come up to him XD.

    Thanks for sharing about your local wildlife!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      My pleasure Lillian 😃

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  11. DeWetsWild says:

    Great to see and read how welcome the wildlife feel in your neighbourhood!

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  12. Neal Saye says:

    Incredibly luscious photos, Anne! Mr/Ms Squirrel is adorable. (And not just because HR’s nickname is Squirrel.)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thats a great nickname!

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