This Thanksgiving morning, we were greeted with the sight of several Eastern Bluebirds on our back patio.  Our habitat is located just inside the northernmost edge of their year round range and we have had many sightings since Spring.

Early morning visitors

It’s hard to tell if our Thanksgiving guests are just traveling through or if they are permanent tenants.  However, it is safe to say we will put out some treats should they decide to stick around for awhile.

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Our backyard right now looks like most suburban home sites – full of lawn.  While the manicured, lush green grass may look nice, it also seems void of natural life.

So we are going to change it into a wildlife refuge.  Take a look at this video.  It may inspire you to do the same!

I recently ran across a live video on ustream.tv that pointed at a platform feeder.  While many birds frequent the station, the primary guests are red and flying squirrels.  The Great Alaskan Red Squirrel Cam operates 24 hours each day and almost always has activity.

What makes this cam particularly interesting is the location – North Pole, Alaska.  With an environment vastly different than most of ours, the location offers a glimpse of wildlife in a remote section of the world.

A snapshot grabbed from the live feed.

A snapshot grabbed from the live feed.

The host, Bob, affectionately refers to his homestead as the Permafrost Ranch.   He is readily available to chat with guests and will zoom on a particular species as it feeds.  He also has a second camera that takes a photo every two seconds, an updated blog and some great wildlife photos served up for all to see. 

Take a look when you get a chance.  It’s a nice journey and you’ll likely meet Bubba, the red squirrel that makes frequent visits each day.

This morning and again in the afternoon were were greeted with a flurry of activity at our feeders.  Having only had the stations up for a few days, it was refreshing to see friendly faces gathering for a snack.

While house sparrows dominated the flock, we also had black-capped chickadees, house finches and a couple blue jays.

Our guests did not stay long, probably less than fifteen minutes.  However, they now have located a supplementary source of nourishment and we expect them to visit more often.

 

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Create a Habitat!

Provide the following essentials:

1. Food
2. Water
3. Cover
4. Places to raise young

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