Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

poop and nut welcome mat


These daffodils bloom weeks earlier than most in the same area because they face the warmth of the direct southern sunlight.


iris...that I was sure I dug up and moved last fall.

American Tree Sparrow passing through. They don't nest in Michigan.

Male Robin. Females don't have the darker colored head. The males are now in town staking out there territories before the females arrive.


This is the main tunnel underneath the shed that Tyrant, the red squirrel, used this winter.

It’s also used by the ground hog during the warm months.

Tyrant put two nuts and pooped in the tunnel entrance the day after the ground hog woke up from hibernating. I love a character.

interesting welcome mat


21 responses

  1. We have similar flowers! Look forward to seeing more

    March 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    • melissakoski

      I saw that Bonnie. Where do you live? If you took the photos on your blog recently it looks like our spring arrival is pretty parallel. (:

      March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

      • I live in eastern Pa the Lehigh Valley the crocus daffodils and hellebores are this year! Look forward to keeping track with your garden!

        March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  2. Lynne Otter

    Ciao, oh l love those irises, what a bold color, and hey that little fella maybe spring cleaning! Lynne

    March 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    • melissakoski

      Ciao Lynne! I never thought of the spring cleaning angle- I like that (:

      March 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

  3. So many fantastic colors; impressive as always, Sis.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Rev.. Still no snarky remarks for you to use in your marathon (: Weird….. lol By the way, I’m sure your sermons are always interesting like your writing. (:

      March 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

  4. Great photos again, Melissa. Yeah, Tyrant must be quite a character. :-)

    Happy Friday. xo

    March 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    • melissakoski

      He is much like my favorite rock a billy hall -o- famer famous bird nerd. (: Loves Bob!

      March 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  5. Beautiful photos! Great vibrant colors. I can’t wait to see the flowers bloom here too.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

    • melissakoski

      It’s fun to see everything come to life.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  6. I love the early bloomers! Can’t believe they are out already. Greenville is usually a week behind GR when it comes to blossoms!

    March 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    • melissakoski

      It’s been nice to get some gardens cleaned up so early too!

      March 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  7. Wow, our daffodils have already run their course and dried up here. Love your squirrel messing with the ground hog. We had a ground hog that kept crawling up under a car and finally did $500 worth of damage to the wiring. Nice pics as usual, Melissa.

    Oh, seems I made a mistake (first time for everything, lol) when I was complaining about the red squirrels eating the wood off my cabin in WV. I have been corrected by a local – they are actually Fox Squirrels (red in color) but not Red Squirrels. They are also known colloquially as Cat Squirrels or stump-eared squirrels.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Louis! I have a few different color variations of fox squirrels I see daily…. Tyrant chases them all and is half their size. (:

      March 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  8. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Link back to my blog for rules at

    March 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Sheila!

      March 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  9. Tyrant sounds like a gangster. Next thing you know he’ll be dragging horse heads into the tunnel.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    • melissakoski

      It was so funny to see a little “set up” in the main tunnel. (:

      March 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  10. Stunning photographs.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm


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