Backyard Wilderness December Snow

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Even though some animals hibernate during the cold months of the year, as you can see from the photos below, there is still wildlife that visits the Backyard Wilderness property during the snowy months:

White-throated Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

Cardinal and Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow, Cardinal, and Dark-eyed Junco

Female Cardinal and Mourning Dove

White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco

Gray Squirrel


Great Blue Heron Surprise

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The Great Blue Heron is a large bird; it stands between 42 to 52 inches tall. As mentioned in prior blogs, it is one of my favorite birds to photography.




One morning I came across a 4 foot tall Great Blue Heron standing on the roof of a Purple Martin Birdhouse; the roof is about 2 feet wide.










In the past I have seen a Blue Heron up in a tree but never perched on top of a bird house. I believe the bird was sunning itself. It is amazing when a great, unusual photo, surprise opportunity presents itself.


Beth - November 25, 2017 - 8:10 am

Love this. I actually saw him perched on the roof peak of the big barn this week. In my 20 Plus years here I have never see that either. I love reading your blogs!!!!

Fall Wildlife Activity

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As I looked out the window one day I was surprised to see a young Red Fox near the house. I grabbed my camera and took advantage of the photo opportunity; which you can view below…

Typically there are at least one or two Ground Hogs on the property most days.

While I was photographing the one Ground Hog another one approached from the rear….

then both Ground Hogs were eating breakfast.

There are numerous Chipmunks on the Backyard Wilderness property. They are always fun to photograph as they scurry around.


The Canada Geese hang around at different times of the year.

The birdbath is a popular place for all the wildlife to catch a drink.

In the spring we adopted a dog that my son rescued and named, Maynard. Maynard is 18 months old. We believe the dog is a mixed breed, part Pit Bull and probably part Greyhound because he has long legs and a very long tail. He is somewhat hyper which makes him a wild dog; so he fits right in with all the other wildlife on the Backyard Wilderness property.



Wildlife Visits at the End of Summer

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As summer ends below are a few photos of some Backyard Wilderness wildlife activity that complete summer.

Mourning Doves

One morning a couple of Turkey Vultures were hanging around the high tension tower near the Backyard Wilderness property, however usually I see Hawks on the tower.

Turkey Vulture


Green Heron

Painted Turtles like to sun themselves on one of the dead trees floating in the swamp (the water is green because it is covered with duck weed). While I was photographing twelve Turtles climbed on the log.

One afternoon I looked out the side window and there was a “Monster” sized Turtle sitting on the floating dead tree. Look carefully and you can see another one swimming at the front of the photo.

Every so often I get a chance to photograph a visit from a Red Fox. The photos below were taken early one afternoon through our front storm door window.

That is it for summer photos of 2017 because fall officially begins tomorrow.

Wildlife Backyard Wilderness Summer Activity

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Below are some photos of wildlife that visited the Backyard Wilderness property this summer.

Northern Flickers

Eastern Kingbird



Downy Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker










Wood Duck & Turtl







Wood Duck


Wood Ducks








Some of my favorite birds to photograph are Herons.


Green Heron


Green Heron


Green Heron







Great Blue Heron fishing

Great Blue Heron with fish


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