The smoke has been unbearable for days now and the wildlife is feeling it. This squirrel is a daily visitor, taunting the cat through the windows and cleaning up scattered birdseed beneath the feeders. Here he is taking a break from business as usual, trying to catch his breath. -EO
Bird sightings at the feeders and in general is way down. Those that can fly to better air are wise to do so. Most of the birds I see are this year's babies who don't seem to understand the treat or know their options. Hairy Woodpecker male./KO
Food like this normally disappears in a day and a half, but not with these air conditions.
This young buck's scarred face and torn ear suggest he has not had an easy life. Having learned a thing or two about life, he seems to be opting to stay near a water source (our "water feature) while the valley is full of smoke from many wildfires. /KO
These are very young birds that still present gaping maws to each other to fill...without any luck. Male and female—it is easy to see similarities to Grosbeaks with whom they cohabitat.
We are in the midst of many wildfires caused by dry lightning several nights ago. The fires are not under control and growing. The smoke density is as bad as a thick fog. Wonder how the wildlife are reacting./KO
Year round residents, females assume full responsibilites for the young, After breeding, single sex flocks are the norm. These low slung ducks require a running start to take off and prefer to dive to escape danger (Burrows &Gilligan). Taken from a raft on the Rogue River close to home./KO
They aren't the least purturbed by the other floaters in the river; even the very big ones.
Two brother bucks are hanging around today. One was scratching his antlers in the ceanothus, and the other watched him for awhile and then found a nice place to nap. When they were fawns a couple of years ago, they used to hang out with their mother in the shade under the deck. Both eyed it this morning, but they can't get in with those antlers. -EO
Two nights ago, dry lightning started dozens of wildfires in the area. Firefighters have been working around the clock since then to get them under control. Helicopters are passing overhead with water and retardant. And smoke is smothering the valley. Here's the view from the deck. -EO