Dec
21
2012

Winter Colors

Skunk bum
Skunk bumCourtesy WNC
In the last week our cameras picked up several visitors. Several were black and white, colors that help active animals in the winter be less obvious. Camouflage is one of many strategies animals use to survive a MN winter. Hibernation and migration are other strategies to deal with the cold. My guess is that this skunk will go into torpor soon, this is a strategy similar to hibernation but not as complete. They will slow breathing and heart beat but will wake to forage when the temps get warm, usually the 40's

The skunk is seen here with its bum towards the deer just a few seconds after it was eating on it. Perhpas marking it for its own.

I love the crow looking at the camera with the hunk of venison in its beak. The second shot shows just how big the piece of meat is!Crow watching
Crow watchingCourtesy WNC

Crow Eating
Crow EatingCourtesy WNC

We had a Downy Woodpecker, striped skunk, and American Crows visit out dead deer in the last week.

Over the last week A few of our more colorful guests included white footed mice and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.

The recent snows have covered the two deer and the traffic has diminished quite a bit, hopefully we will see the coyotes and foxes come back soon.

Enjoy the Solstice!

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