Red Foxes Visit in February

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 One day during the month of February I looked out the out window and sighted a Red Fox on the property. I quickly grabbed my camera to take some photos, then, the Fox ran off.

About an hour later, after it had started to snow I noticed two Foxes came back, but only one Fox came near the house while the other one stayed in the wooded area. I was able to get some photos of the one before both Foxes ran away.

I think the two Foxes were a couple. Their mating season is from December till February and the young are born about 60 days later. Last year I had the good fortunate to make one of my favorite photographs, a female Red Fox with her young. Guess I will have to wait and see if any opportunities present themselves like that this year.

January Wildlife and Extreme Weather

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In the month of January we had some extremely cold weather where for a few days the wind chill made it feel like single digit temperature. Below are some photos taken during some cold, snowy days in January .


Tufted Titmouse

White-throated Sparrow

Female Cardinal & White-throated Sparrow

Male Cardinal & White-throated Sparrow

Then one beautiful day came the month of January when the temperature hit 60 degrees, and I got such a treat when I looked out at the swamp and saw my favorite bird, a Great Bird Heron.  It is such a majestic looking bird. I love to photograph Herons.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron cleaning its feathers

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.



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