Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist


I think this is a funky feathered Downy Woodpecker. Initially I wondered if it was nesting in a chimney because of its dingy breast. I saw him everyday for a few weeks before it disappeared. It's been fun to have a few birds with unusual markings around for the holidays.

A nest filled with snow. This nest is near five or six young juniper trees. I'm sure I'll find two or three nests in the young junipers this spring.

I take this same path to get the mail and sometimes during the summer I wonder about the chances of getting deer ticks. 1 in 10,000 females have antlers, but those are usually hermaphrodites.

A White-talied Deer. When my husband's childhood friend, an avid hunter, stays with us we have great chats about the perfect place to put a tree stand or how to wire outdoor lighting on my shed to shine at animals. (he's dirty rotten Saginaw and has probably snagged a few fish in his day too.)


2 responses

  1. hve

    Great images, Melissa! A dirty, rotten Saginaw? You are too funny :-)

    January 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Helen. My husband and his buddy are always saying that phrase. I think they think they are much tougher than they are in reality. (:

      January 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm


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