Sparrows on the Feeder


Sparrows are familiar birds to most everyone.  Sometimes I know there are at least 40, maybe 50 at our two feeders at one time. If the majority are feeding on the ground beneath the feeders and something spooks them they’ll fly off in a Whoooooooosh!  Sounds somewhat like a covey of Quail taking wing.
I’ll be posting numerous bird and squirrel images this winter.  Generally, I’ll be using my Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II Zoom lens.  I’ve had it for years … used it with my Canon EOS Elan film camera, which I still use once in a while, before getting my Canon T3 DSLR.

©Dan O. De Ment 2014


Daisy the Grey Squirrel waiting for Peanuts


Daisy loves peanuts … of course.  She comes around , usually, each day before disappearing for long periods.  She loves to look into our windows and is not shy at all.  If you walk up to the window she’ll just set there and look at you for a bit.

Myth of the Black Squirrel


I shot this image during the winter of 2013.  I wish it was in better focus but I had to shoot it through our sliding glass patio door and, honestly I did a quick and poor job … anyway, the Black Squirrel does exist in the wild … not just in zoos … My wife and I had seen one across the street in 2012 but thought we were dreaming. (Olney, Illinois is noted for its numerous all black and even all white sqirrels.)  I do have another image to post later. The squirrel was only at the feeder two days and we never saw it again.  I know from speaking to other Peoria area residents Black Squirrels have been seen in different parts of the city on occassion.  I’m 72 years old and this was the first time I’d ever seen a Black Squirrel in the wild. (Peoria Heights.)