The fawns are growing fast. Today they came around with their mom. She ate up all the dandelions, effectively mowing the lawn for us. They sampled the vinca and decided what deer decide -- that vinca is no good.
Weeding the poppies this afternoon, a flock of juncos came through -- and intermixed were chipping sparrows in full breeding plumage. A number commuted on past -- and this one stopped on a low madrone branch close to me and let me take pictures. -EO
Also in attendance: A spotted towhee and a male northern flicker.
We were delighted yesterday to see that we still had a set of twin fawns in addition to a single fawn family. Today we could only see one doe, but she was babysitting 4 fawns. All fawns appeared frisky and of comparable size suggesting there are two mothers... or there were two moms. Hope the other doe was taking a break and will pick up her kids soon. Fawns are so high on life./KO
Sitting at my desk this morning, the house suddenly started thrumming. I realized a woodpecker was drilling on us somewhere. Turns out it was a flicker on the gutterpipe by the bedroom window. I did not get a picture -- but just as it flew off, in came a male pileated woodpecker (red cheek stripe makes it a boy). It ate bugs off a fir by the window, then moved to a fir in the backyard for more of same, and then to a madrone. Flickers will drum on metal to establish territory -- so perhaps it was trying to tell the pileated to step off. The pileated was unimpressed. -EO