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.)