Friday, January 28, 2022

The Winter Wildlife

 Greetings friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your inspirational doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

First of all, I must say, "we have snow!" It started January 17, with a big storm. Here's a picture my ghostwriter took while looking out of the window of the break room where she was having her lunch that day.

It was a rough drive home later that night as the snow continued to fall leading to slippery roads, and white-out conditions ensued whenever another car passed one way or another. The next day, the snow had stopped. Here are some birdie footprints on the snow:

Our local weather man had this to say: we beat our old record for the amount of snow we received today by double! Hooray! 

My ghostwriter and dad weren't too happy about it while they were excavating the driveway!

We caught a glimpse of the sidewalk plow. 

He had quite a bumpy ride in his little vehicle since the big snow plows had thrown all the street snow up into the sidewalks. He had to go around our block twice just to make a path through it all. 

But I digress. We wanted to talk about the local winter wildlife. Here's Mr. Cardinal sitting in the pear tree during a snow squall.

Later some mourning doves decided the pear tree was a great place to just wait out the storm.

Last night at work, while my ghostwriter was sitting in the break room of the nursing home, she saw a deer walk right up to the front door of the building! (Sorry the picture isn't too good.)

It later was joined by another deer. The two of them wandered off through the falling snow.

At home, there's been a bunny in my yard almost every night! If you look carefully, you'll see me eating my fill of the fluffy white snow, while on the other end of the picture to the left, a bunny calmly forages the birdie seeds dad put there for him to find. This bunny has become quite blasé about the fact that a highly effective cocker spaniel hunting doggie is only a few feet away!

Don't worry. I finally chased him off. 

The next day, we got a surprise visitor. Sid Starling returned from his wandering-with-the-flock time, and discovered there was suet in the window birdie feeder.  He gave us an exclusive interview!

"Hello. I'm Sid Starling. I have returned once again to claim my place at this here birdie feeder, and this wonderful chunk of suet. Yes-sir-eeee! I come here every year to claim my territory. Later in the season, I'll find a mate, and set up house in the neighbor's dryer vent to raise lots of worthy offspring."

"Hey, what's this? Cousins Bert and Millie, I didn't invite, you guys!"

"But I guess I can share the other piece of suet, as long as you all do it politely without squabbling. Good grief! There's cousin Marge too!" 

"What the *&%#@!? I said NO FIGHTING!" 

"That's right. You can all share the suet over there." 

"Hey! Who's this??? That's my stash!" 

"Scram, all of you!" 

Sheesh! Those starlings are sure a rowdy bunch! So here are few more pictures of starling craziness:

Oh, and a squirrel stopped by too. 

I think it's naptime now. 

Good night!


  1. Me too. Nap time all that bird watching wore me out.

  2. There sure has been a lot going on outside of your house and the Ghostwriter's work. We can't believe that you were so close to that rabbit!

  3. Your window feeder box is great. I love how you can take a bad thing like snow and make it good. I wish I had your attitude.

  4. We're getting your snowstorm as we write this, Chester, and we are keeping paws and fingers crossed that the amount is closer to 12" and not 16". Those starlings are sure a noisy bunch!

  5. Chester
    OMDs now that is some impressive snow when GW and Dad have to 'excavate the driveway',
    GW is very brave driving in it, I know she is accustomed to winter driving. I would be in tears...
    Thank you as always for the beautiful photos of your wild life. The deer were my favoirts.
    I hope and PURR you all are not getting any of the snow that is predicted today.
    We had a dusting last night...but alas it was the 3rd weekend in a row of crazy unusual weather for us.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. That's a lot of snow. Mom wishes she had a plow to do her driveway but it seems like no one wants the work (and she pays very well). We're enjoying the birds though! Lorelei Lab

  7. That is way too much snow! Period. Hope this current storm leaves you alone...else you will be buried.

    Thanks for all your lovely snow and critter pics!

    The starlings have not yet arrived here...thankfully! LOL!

    Have a good weekend! Stay warm:)

  8. We are so sorry your ghostwriter had to go out in that. Everything closed here, so Lady got to be home. She is fortunate as she would have called it a snow day even if work wasn't closed. We love all your birds and the deer. Stay warm Lee and Phod

  9. That is a lot of snow, C. And a LOT of critters out there enjoying it and foraging through it. #bunniesamiright

    Love and licks,