Opossums in Kawartha Lakes!

I had no idea they had made it this far north. I’ve only seen them in the southern US, though I had heard of some in the Niagara peninsula and even the city of Toronto. (Avoids political joke).

But we are a plant climate zone colder so I was astonished to see this one wandering about a foot above our lawn (that’s how deep the snow is) at -10ºC.  Poor toes! (See below).

The ‘possum is a marsupial, like a kangaroo, about as unrelated from us as you can get and still be a mammal.  Diversity is fun.

Opossum 1
Opossum 1
Opossum 2
Opossum 2
Opossum 3
Opossum 3
Opossum feet
Opossum feet
Opossum 4
Opossum 4

First Sign of Spring – Birds Dancing

Sign of spring from birds while plants are still buried under snow.

Unlike plants that are either dead-looking or under a couple of feet of snow, the birds can bring that first sign of spring.  It wasn’t welcome at first as these wild turkeys woke me up. They were dancing and shouting “Ole, Ole” in “turkish” right outside my bedroom window.

I’ll pay more attention next time as they almost left before I got these few shots shortly after dawn.

These two male turkeys were doing their display dance for each other (the females totally ignored them and the males were only paying attention to each other).

Turkey display 1
Turkey display 1
Turkey display 2
Turkey display 2
Turkey display 3
Turkey display 3

Fall birds feeding

A few shots, including YouTube video, of birds feeding in my garden

A new experiment for me – embedding my YouTube video of a cardinal feeding a youngster.  It’s a bit late in the year so I think the mild September and October weather allowed an extra brood. There is also a slightly out of focus American Robin shovelling down berries from the thorn bush – there was a whole flock of them

 

Here are a few stills of the same birds:

Cardinal feeding young
Cardinal feeding young
Cardinal feeding young 2
Cardinal feeding young 2
Robin in Thornbush
Robin in Thornbush

It is pretty safe from predators among those huge thorns.

Here are a few shots of a sparrow trying to keep its balance while stretching out to get grass seeds:

Sparrow eating weed seeds
Sparrow eating weed seeds
Sparrow eating weed seeds
Sparrow eating weed seeds 2
Sparrow eating weed seeds
Sparrow eating weed seeds 3