The latest addition to our backyard wildlife is a rat. We’ve only seen one, but we also know if there’s one, there are surely others. My first reaction was revulsion. That thought was immediately followed with the question, why do … Continue reading

Animal Gift Giving

In the spirit of the holiday season, I found myself thinking about the fact that humans aren’t the only animals who give gifts. While animals don’t celebrate holidays or birthday, there are several species that do offer presents to others, … Continue reading


Over the past couple of years I have been fortunate enough to see several bobcats come through our yard. The latest was a week or so ago. It was the smallest one I’ve seen, not much bigger than a house … Continue reading


‘Tis the season of bright lights, jingle bells, and perhaps mistletoe. And should one find themselves standing beneath a sprig of mistletoe with someone else, tradition holds that they should kiss, lest bad luck befall them. That tradition may be … Continue reading

Downy Woodpecker

As I did fall clean up recently, I heard the unmistakable peck, peck, peck of a woodpecker. It took some time, but finally I found the source: a female downy woodpecker on the trunk of a ponderosa pine. There are … Continue reading

Leaf Sheep

Meet the leaf sheep – it is neither sheep nor leaf. It is a sea slug! And it is likely the most adorable slug you will ever see. But what makes this slug amazing is not its appearance. Leaf sheep … Continue reading

Frog and Toad – Where Are They Now?

In the spring I always welcome the croaks, peeps, and chirps of frogs and toads. As fall progresses toward winter, the songs fade. But where do the frogs and toads go? They are, after all, cold-blooded. Alaskan wood frogs actually … Continue reading

Black Bears

A week or so ago we had cold weather and snow. The calendar turned to November. At that time I decided it was okay to stop bringing the bird feeder in every night. The bears were hibernating, right? Wrong. As … Continue reading

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

From a distance it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a nuthatch and a chickadee. The nuthatch is the one climbing down the tree headfirst or upside down on a branch. They are able to do this because of … Continue reading

Snowshoe Hares

I’ve lived in Colorado for a long time now and had never seen a snowshoe hare. This summer I saw two. At first glance they look a lot like the cottontails in my yard. Except the snowshoe hares were much … Continue reading