Pied-billed Grebe

September 30, 2014

The Pied-billed Grebes are such cute little diving ducks!

pied-billed grebe

Stubby

They hardly have any tail at all.  These grebes have unusually thick bills to help them crush large crustaceans.  This is a good sign that we have crawdads!

pied-billed grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Pied-billed grebes are “part bird and part submarine”.  “They can adjust their buoyancy and often use this ability to float with just the upper half of the head above the water. They catch small fish and invertebrates by diving or simply slowly submerging.”

Apple Tree Feeding Station for Wildlife

September 25, 2014

Our Alsea River neighbors have told us about a cougar in the area.  They stalk elk and deer; which we see lots of.  Some have actually seen the cougar at dusk or dawn as they drive.

We are generally not driving at that time of day so we were very excited to catch this one wandering past our game camera like he owned the place.

I had no idea our apple tree would be a feeding station for so much wildlife!  We eat what is edible.  Deer and elk eat what they can reach or off the ground.  Mama bear sends cubs up the tree to eat and drop some for her.  Cougars stalk deer and elk at the apple tree feeding station?

We haven’t found a kill under our apple tree….yet.

elk smelling apple on tree

This one smells good


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