February 12 – Monster Moose and Feeder Frenzy

Yesterday in the very early morning I was working at my computer when all of a sudden out the dark window I could see something that looked like dark silhouetted branches waving right outside the window. There are no trees there – it is under the porch that goes out from the floor above my office. What on earth could it be? I had horrible thoughts that the porch had fallen under the weight of the snow, although that seemed impossible. All of a sudden right up against the window, I could see a large object coming right at me just outside the window. It was the very large head of a moose coming out of the darkness, 3 feet away and slightly above my head! Only a single pane of glass separated us as the moose pushed its nose at the window. I backed away quickly from my desk and then ran upstairs for a camera. I went out on the porch above the moose, which sauntered out from beneath me along the side of the house where it casually jumped the back fence. When I went to the front of the house, lit by the streetlights the moose walked across our front lawn and went to nibble on the bush across the street for a short time and then walked briskly past the front of our house to nibble on another neighbor’s bushes. A bit frightening at first but neat!

Birdwise, things have been very busy but not nearly as exciting. The usual birds have been swarming the feeders on this cold (starting at minus 13 and going up to about zero degrees) day. Common Redpolls, a Common Raven, Black-billed Magpies, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Pine Grosbeak, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Steller’s Jay are shown below. At the top of this post there is a video of a couple of picky Steller’s Jays at the peanut feeder. More snow with warmer weather and then freezing rain is forecast. I think the birds know what’s coming.

 

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