March Backyard Visitors
Despite the heavy snow cover that remained from the January and February snow storms, I still had the usual critters visit my backyard in Hazle Township, Luzerne County in early March. The snow finally melted, and some new critters started to show up at my feeders the last two weeks in March. The small herd of deer that live on my property continued their nightly visits. I scatter some corn on the ground for them every evening. They had a difficult time walking in the deep snow to feed in early March.
I only throw out a few cups of corn each day since I don’t want them to rely on it as their main source of food. I only want to help supplement the food they find in nature. But I will admit, when the snow was deep I threw out some extra corn . I enjoy watching them approach and have come to know some by their facial expressions. This youngster, I think it must be a buck, is the bravest of the bunch and is always the first to approach my yard.
In addition to the deer I see still see a raccoons at night and some rabbits early in the day. And the squirrels show up every day to eat the left over corn and the seed that drops from the bird feeders.
This is the eye of one of the squirrels that was enjoying a snack on my deck. I am thinking the eye was looking for the hawks that also live on my property. They were showing up every morning with the ideas of having one of the squirrels for breakfast. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the deer and squirrels. Backyard critters Deer and Squirrels. March 2021.
And of course I have many birds visit my backyard. The largest, the turkeys did not show for most of the Winter. I thought they may have been victims of the cold or hunting season. I was surprised one morning in early March to see the four male turkeys show up in my yard and make themselves at home as though they never left.
I could tell by their features, and actions, that they were the same birds that last visited in November. I have no idea where they were all Winter and what made them come back when they did . But the reason they came back was the corn I put out for the deer. I enjoyed their company for a couple of days, even though the are not the most attractive birds.
My second favorite Winter visitor is the red-bellied woodpecker. I love it’s color and watch it on it’s daily visits.
Of course, I love all the birds that visit my feeders. Well almost all of them, I am not a big fan of the starlings or the invasive house sparrow. The house sparrow as least looks pretty, but it has displaced many native bird species.
The house finches has been visiting my feeders all Winter but the males have become a deeper red these past few weeks. I love my Winter visitors to my feeders but I am looking forward to the migratory song birds that will soon return to my backyard. Here is a link to a gallery with some more of the birds that visited my backyard in March. Backyard visitors, birds. March 2021.
“Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world”