LAPC – Wildlife Close To Home

This week, Anne Sandler has chosen Wildlife Close To Home as the theme for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. You couldn’t get any closer to home than this lot! If I left the door open they’d be walking inside and making themselves right at home.

There has been a flurry of activity in the garden since I put up the new birdfeeders. The squirrels have been temporarily thwarted by the store-bought baffle but they still have access to one table and have also been enjoying the pumpkins left over from Halloween.

We’ve had quite a variety of birds attracted by some premium quality seed mix and suet blocks. I don’t know how long I can afford to go on feeding them this gourmet diet but until the cash flow drys up I continue to take advantage of this current feeding frenzy. Some of the birds are merely passing through on their way to warmer climes while others are with us all year round.

Not sure what this little guy is but if anyone can enlighten me, I’d welcome your comment. As for the rest, I do know enough to recognize robins, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, finches, woodpeckers, sparrows and juncos.

There’s safety in numbers but when the hawk flies through, you’d better make a quick getaway. This time it managed to snag a sparrow.

And let’s not forget all the other critters that show up from time to time, including rabbits, foxes, raccoons, possums and ground squirrels. There’s no shortage of wildlife on our own doorstep (literally in some instances.)


50 thoughts on “LAPC – Wildlife Close To Home

  1. You get such a variety of birds Sue. I have not seen a Robin around here in months. I’ve been wondering if the bird flu earlier this year did them in? Our Starling population is way down as well. I had a hawk perched 2 feet from my feeders just a few days ago, just waiting to catch something. It was so still, no bird sounds at all to give away their hiding places. I made a racket and the hawk just gave me a look of disdain for a bit then finally flew off. He’s been around here for some time, even taken out a crow or two in the past.

    • Avian flu has certainly taken its toll but there are other factors too including changes to habitat and environment. They’re building so much everywhere, the loss of fields and woods must surely have an effect on wildlife including birds. I’ve only seen one starling this year and he took off before I could get a shot. We used to get a lot of crows around here but hardly ever see them now and never actually in the garden. The hawk that caught the sparrow must have been a young one as the squirrel was not at all afraid of it and got quite confrontational.

  2. Your images are so incredibly well-focused Sue, really beautiful work. Poor little sparrow but that is one beautiful hawk. And laughed at the raccoons on the doormat. If they could reach they’d have been knocking!!

    • Thank you, Tina! Haha! Yes, I was thinking of installing a little bell at the bottom of the door. How many times have I opened it to find ducks, squirrels, raccoons and sometimes a skunk waiting for me.

    • Thanks, Tom! The wildlife is very fickle and once the food’s gone they all clear off. I sometimes wonder if I wouldn’t get similar results with the cheaper brands of seed. I rather begrudge getting the fruit and nut stuff in the hopes of enticing something rather more exotic only to see it all scoffed down by a bunch of sparrows.

  3. You have a variety of wildlife around you Sue. And, you’ve taken excellent images of them to share with us. Love the racoons. And you’ve also shown us nature’s reality with the hawk and sparrow. Great post.

  4. Such beautiful images! Those two little sparrow-like birds (the red and the brown one) I believe are called House Finches. We have them here in Colorado. It’s hard to capture them in a photo-they’re quick little buggers but I always love seeing them flit by. The males are so colorful and showy. Thanks for sharing your close to home lovely wildlife.

    • Thank you! I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to naming birds although I do recognize some of them. I always think of those little birds as purple finches but I could be wrong. I never could quite figure out why they were considered purple. Apart from the sparrows, they are probably the most common visitors to our garden.

  5. Wonderful to have such an array of wildlife in your garden. Superb photos to record them all. You don’t need to visit any nature reserves you’ve got your own…it’s definitely worth every penny you have to keep buying the feed. Absolutely amazing!

  6. Ok…so… those squirrels are a bit chubby. Clearly living their best life. I bet they would love going through your front door as you mention.

    I love the color of the birds. Beautiful selections and fun commentary.

      • no doubt. One of our daughters favorite memories of, not a squirrel, but a chipmunk was following a camping trip. One, happily, found its way into our truck with the food. Scared the heck out of us when we returned home. It problem didn’t have to eat for weeks after that. He would have had to find a new home though. Thanks for the memory.

  7. If you are asking about the bird with the thin bill below the question (not the two House Finches above the text) –it’s a Palm Warbler–a bird I would love to see in my garden! Nice photos!

  8. You have a great assortment here! We have foxes too where I live in East Texas but I have never managed to get such a lovely clear picture of one, and we don’t have ground squirrels at all. I would love to see those!
    I was pretty sure the mystery bird was a warbler but I didn’t know which one — I was glad to read cabanisi’s ID of it as a Palm Warbler.

    • Thank you so much for visiting! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the warbler in our garden before, or if I did, I just didn’t get a close enough view of it. This one was right outside our living room window.

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