Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Skunks smell good.

I like the smell of skunk. If I’m smelling skunk I know it’s spring.
Spring is the beginning of the year. Robins are thought of as the harbingers of spring in our area. It saddens me to admit I saw a robin in early January, the dead of winter, when it was 0°F. Despite my January sighting I was excited to spot this robin on a rare patch of exposed grass yesterday afternoon.

A Robin

An Eastern Gray Squirrel, black morph, on top of the wren box. A Downy Woodpecker enlarged the entrance hole to use the box during the cold winter nights. I saw the woodpecker work on the box solidly for about a week and a half before the hole was large enough for it to get inside.

A Downy Woodpecker.


4 responses

  1. Tom Vander Ploeg

    Love your posts uncle Tom

    March 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Uncle Tom ♥

      March 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

  2. Rose

    I also like skunks unless they are by my dog. I haven’t seen any robins yet. Your little squirrel looks like ours. The black squirrels which are only in a few neighborhoods around here are starting to integrate with the grays and some reds so they are becoming multi colored, but still cute.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh yes skunks and dogs do not mix! It seems like last spring everyone I knew with a dog (most people!) had an incident with theri dog getting sprayed. I’ve noticed a few road kill skunks on 30th St. already this “spring”.
      Do you have your bird feeders baffled from the squirrels? What a battle! (:

      March 7, 2011 at 8:44 am


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