This is Mr. Bad Raccoon. Mr. Bad Raccoon liked to visit my bird feeder at Christ in the Wilderness promptly at 8pm every night. He was very hungry. He was also very smart. His large body conquered the raccoon baffle on the feeder itself by standing on his hind feet, hugging the baffle, and inching … Continue reading Mr. Bad Raccoon Watercolor
What a handsome man! Look who just came to my house! Isn't he something! This is a male rose-breasted grosbeak. He is a summer resident in Chicago and I am very happy to be his hostess! This is my fist sighting of the year and last year I didn't even see him. Oh how I love him!
Hot dog, he's back! Why am I so excited? Aren't chickadees common in the Chicago area? Yes. But my chickadee has been missing for nearly three years! Chickadees use to visit my feeder on a regular basis. Then all of a sudden...poof...gone. I had no idea why. Perhaps my regular visitor died and it took a long time for … Continue reading Chicakadee at My Feeder Sketch
Cooper's Hawk (1) Junco (0) RIP Mr. Junco, I'm sorry. This picture was taken just seconds before his death. Now, I'm all for the Cooper's Hawk killing it's prey for food, don't get me wrong, but not when it's my fault. Here's what happened: This lovely little Junco sat at my feeder to eat, but … Continue reading Junco Dies and It’s My Fault
Oh BOY! Look who came for a visit at my feeder today!!! It's the white-breasted nuthatch! My friend now, I guess. So why the heck am I so excited about a year round bird in my state of Illinois? Because he never visits me! Today he did. No lie, I never see this guy at … Continue reading Nuthatch at my Feeder
After three straight days of non-stop rain, we received almost 7 inches in my area and twice+ that amount further north. The streets were beginning to flood and so was my neighbor's yard. My neighbor has two pole mounted feeders that he religiously fills everyday at 5am. I am grateful. I don't wake up at … Continue reading How Birds Cope