Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

I’m ready to kick some skunk a*%, but then everyone’s gotta eat right?

A young snapping turtle out and about to lay her eggs. She was ready to launch herself off her back legs when I approached.

Snapping turtle

The last picture of the chickadees before they were snacks.

A skunk (or racoon) ravaged chickadee nest. I'm spending tomorrow buying baffles for all the bird houses. I don't even mind how skunks smell, but I hate them this week.

Female Baltimore Oriole. She doesn't fly away anymore when I walk by the windows like the first day or two she hung out.

Red-breasted (belly buttoned?) Woodpecker enjoying an orange.

The second nest and attempt for the robin


4 responses

  1. J Lo

    Love the turtle!! Were you tanning your legs when you saw him?

    May 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    • melissakoski

      I went out to pick up the chickadee nesting box and saw her big diamond head following me. So fun.

      May 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  2. Rie Hower

    Oh, no! I’m so sad about the ravaged chickadee nest!!!!! ((sigh)) Darn skunk (or raccoon)…could it be a cat?

    May 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

  3. hve

    Wow – great posts & photos, Melissa! Last year we had a hanging chickadee nest ravaged by something – so sad. The adults looked so confused. And that birdhouse is somehow marked as stigmatized property because they haven’t been back to it!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm


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