Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee – Local Feathered Friends

Local Feathered Friends

Local Feathered Friends

     I took the time the other day to focus on a few of our local “feathered friends”.  Activity around the feeders was particularly lively and all were finding their voices, too.  Some belted out calls and contact utterances while others trilled partial songs that rang throughout the air and woods.  It was reminiscent of individual instruments of an orchestra being simultaneously fine-tuned before the start of a grand concert.

     Clockwise from top left:  Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Black-capped Chickadee.

~ Anecdote and Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Black-capped Chickadee images, Local Feathered Friends © Jerry L. Ferrara

American Robin – Happy Spring

Happy Spring

Happy Spring

     2019’s March full moon [also a super moon this month] will come to pass today, Wednesday the 20th, at 6:43pm Pacific Daylight Time [PDT].  That is just a bit under four hours after the sun crosses the north celestial equator at 2:58pm PDT [the vernal or spring equinox], officially ending winter and promising spring … hmmm, we’ll see.

     Although there are several historical monikers bestowed on March’s full moon condition, one popular appellation is “The Worm Moon”.  Its derivation seems tied to when the ground unfreezes after winter, allowing earthworms to appear topsoil.  The physical conditions that lead to breakup also set the stage for the appearance of world-class “worm hunters”.

     Here, an American Robin displays a bountiful beakful of juicy earthworm while another plucks its rubbery prey from the ground.

     Bon appétit and Happy Spring!

~ Anecdote and American Robin captures, Happy Spring © Jerry L. Ferrara

Coyote – Like A Mist Blown Asunder

Like A Mist Blown Asunder

Like A Mist Blown Asunder

     The elk carcass, lying silent on the “killing field”, remained starkly absent of diners.  A gentle breeze casually caressed and stirred the coarse fur on the hide that had been viciously ripped from the corpse and lay casually strewn like a discarded blanket.

     Off somewhere in the vast indeterminate remoteness, a Raven delivered a portentous warning call … something dismal was brewing.  Within seconds, movement in the landscape betrayed the coming of a covert creature.

     The Coyote suddenly and magically appeared next to the entropic remains.  Fiercely it tore off a mouthful of flesh and with great haste swallowed it whole.  After garnering the meal, the canny canid vanished into thin air, like a mist blown asunder.

~ Anecdote and Coyote capture, Like A Mist Blown Asunder © Jerry L. Ferrara

Moose – A Case For Urban Wildlife

A Case For Urban Wildlife

A Case For Urban Wildlife

     Cruising through a residential neighborhood in Sandpoint, Idaho, I stumbled on a young member of the largest of the “deer” clan.  It was not a typical setting in which one would expect to see a Moose.  None the less, the camera and lens were quickly deployed as the adolescent ungulate purposefully gleaned winter fruit from a Mountain Ash … a case for urban wildlife.

~ Anecdote and photography, A Case For Urban Wildlife © Jerry L. Ferrara

Egyptian Goose – A Thoroughly Noisy Affair

A Thoroughly Noisy Affair

A Thoroughly Noisy Affair

     The sub-Saharan African species known as the Egyptian Goose has effectively established itself in parts of several U.S. southern-tier states.  Probably these successful populations are the result of fugitives from private-party holdings and zoo escapees.

     This pair [in Tanzania, East Africa] are displaying after successfully chasing off a would-be interloper.  After evicting the “wanna-be suitor”, the excitement from the aggressive behavior was carried over to a pair-bonding ritual of wing-spreading and much honking … a thoroughly noisy affair.

~ Anecdote and Egyptian Goose image, A Thoroughly Noisy Affair © Jerry L. Ferrara

Yellow Warbler – A Spritely Creature

A Spritely Creature

A Spritely Creature

     Since I am, on many levels, thoroughly done with winter, I am keenly looking forward to spring.  So in that spirit, I present today’s SHOT FROM THE FILE … a spritely creature that may encourage us to think about the sun crossing north of the celestial equator.  Hurry March 20th!

     ADDENDUM:  The Yellow Warbler is a denizen of cottonwood, alder and willow wetland habitats.  Here, a dramatically-hued male Yellow Warbler shows off its beautifully streaked breast as it forages for insects in a dense thicket.

~ Anecdote and Yellow Warbler photo, A Spritely Creature © Jerry L. Ferrara

River Otter – A Quick Inquisitive Look

A Quick Inquisitive Look

A Quick Inquisitive Look

     When a call came through from a friend relating an otter sighting down at the boat docks opposite The Old Powerhouse, I was on it like a bear on a slab of bacon.  Arriving at the scene, I scanned the wooden planks and watery spaces between the slips, but nary a sign of the perky mammal.

     So I sat down and waited … and waiting was rewarded.  Within minutes an elongated form suddenly appeared on one of the boardwalks and paused, giving me a quick inquisitive look before slipping into the water and slithering away.

~ Anecdote and River Otter capture, A Quick Inquisitive Look © Jerry L. Ferrara

Jaguar – And So The Cat Waits

And So The Cat Waots

And So The Cat Waits

     Patiently Onca rests on a river bank and anticipates what might come.  Perhaps it will be an encounter with an unsuspecting Capybara.  Maybe, instead, a Black Caiman swimming silently and stealthily in the dark liquid medium below will manifest itself.  Paws stretched forward, the Jaguar is primed to use its fore-limbs to power itself into action quickly should an opportunity arise … and so the cat waits.

~ Anecdote and Jaguar capture, And So The Cat Waits © Jerry L. Ferrara.  Onca is the scientific [Latin] species name for the Jaguar.

Mule Deer – Under A Wary Eye

Under A Wary Eye

Under A Wary Eye

     Along a rugged and primitive road in Montana’s ‘back of beyond’, we rounded a blind corner in the open woodland route and suddenly encountered a surprised herd of Mule Deer doe.  They scattered like chaff in the wind as our vehicle passed by, but one of the members bounded ‘Mule Deer-style’ directly across the path in front of us.  In her bouncy, all-four-hooves-off-the-ground flight, the doe still managed to keep us under a wary eye.

~ Anecdote and Mule Deer capture, Under A Wary Eye © Jerry L. Ferrara

Roseate Spoonbill – A Bouquet of Feathers

A Bouquet of Feathers

A Bouquet of Feathers

     In the peace of an early morning Texas wetland, a Roseate Spoonbill carefully and delicately preens its plumage.  The moment exposed a bouquet of feathers.

~ Anecdote and Roseate Spoonbill capture, A Bouquet of Feathers © Jerry L. Ferrara