We've been having historic low temperatures for a long stretch along with lots of snow. There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight either. I am always amazed to see the squirrels racing around in the trees like it's a spring day when it's 20 below 0. I put out an assortment of food every day for as many as eight squirrels and the flock of sparrows who show up for a handout.
With all the snow and bitter cold, there is very little going on outdoors.
I'm so grateful for the uplifting energy and spirit of those little
furred and feathered creatures who brighten my day.
Our area is home to three kinds of squirrels.
They're more caramel-colored. After the bad storm we had last June, the Gray Squirrels disappeared and some Fox Squirrels moved in. It seems like there was a "Wooded Lot War" and the Gray Squirrels took over again.
(Borrowed image of Red Squirrel)
.There are also several little hyperactive Red Squirrels that sneak over
to snack on the food too. They're half as big as the other squirrels but very active and noisy.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
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