From the wildlife camera, Jan-Apr, 2018

26 images, about 10 seconds apart. Click the image to skip the wait. By the way, we’re not actively trying to fence the critters out — only to keep the dog in. We’ve seen adult deer easily jumping that 5′ fence, but they hardly ever bother, and the squirrels squeeze through those 2″ x 4″ openings. I think the box turtles burrow underneath, but so far this dog hasn’t learned to do that. The vine climbing the fence is the notorious Japanese honeysuckle, branded by the state as a noxious weed. Its flowers are pretty, and they really do smell like honey later in the spring.

On his usual perch

Lately this particular squirrel (I guessed) has been spending time in this particular spot, visible with the sun behind him, catching my eye during my after-breakfast cup of tea. But is it the same squirrel? Another shot, a slightly different pose, three days later:

April visit to Export

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Top left is from our little hike at Bushy Run Battlefield. Then going crazy with the zoom lens looking from the corn field bench to the top of the neighbor’s pylon. Row two: It’s years since corn grew in the corn field; as we sat on the bench there waiting for the sunset (looking downhill towards the gooseberries), dozens of these unknown bushes were almost blazing, covered in little tiny white flowers. The turkeys and the Baltimore oriole rufous-sided towhee (thanks Nick!), both from inside the kitchen, were not keen to wait for the camera to be ready. That’s the red-bellied woodpecker on the tree near the feeder, and a remarkably tame baby squirrel under the feeder.