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.