Last Day of Winter

Horses in the Snow

Personally, I’m ready to have winter behind and springtime coming. And summer. So, here is a reminder of winter … here in Port Townsend, it was a pretty mild one with a couple of snowfalls, but nothing that created much of a long term problem.

Road and Deer

Fort Worden Roadway

Walking the roads in Fort Worden, you can often find yourself sharing the roads with deer. In the image below, the young deer (a yearling) is experiencing its first snow. It’s mother is off the road to the right … the teen-fawn seemed a little uncertain about this cold white stuff. And I imaged it was wondering if mom was going to order out dinner.

Greedy Little Buggers

Greedy Little Bugger

We’ve been having a cold spell here in the Puget Sound area. Cold enough that the nectar in my hummingbird feeders froze up. So, I’ve been shuttling them inside to thaw them out. Unfortunately, I’ll get one greedy little bugger keeping other hummers away. Even when it’s not feeding, it will perch nearby and chase off any other comers. Seems like an almost human behavior… when you reflect on the behavior of some of the worse examples of those in the news.

Standing Guard
Hogging the Feeder

Deer Pests

Deer Pest

Port Townsend has a large deer population. Or, a large population of normal size deer.

This one spends his days hanging out in one of the cemeteries, eating flowers off the graves. And there aren’t any natural predators (except cars) in town, so the population keeps expanding. Hard to see how a natural balance will be established.

Little Beggars

Canada Jay (AKA Gray Jay)

Both Jays and Chipmunks can be terrible beggars. These were at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The jays were particularly pushy and the chipmunk was nervous and content with natural food. There was a wedding and reception taking place in a relatively secluded picnic area and the jays were quite interested in the food table. They hadn’t been invited, but that didn’t seem to bother them much.

Yellow Pine Chipmunk

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