Uninvited Feeder Visitors

by Pat Jaquith
pat@westvalleynaturalists.org

With the onset of colder weather and more time inside, many of us start to feel sorry for the birds out there in the cold and fill up the feeders. Inviting avian visitors certainly has its rewards. Observing bird activity lifts our spirits; having birds close enough to get repeated good looks improves our ability to identify them; we feel like we’ve provided a bit of refuge them. There’s a thrill in seeing a new bird at your feeder! But with all such gestures comes responsibilities, unexpected outcomes and sometimes consequences.

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Elk Herd Grazing

by Skip Via
skip@westvalleynaturalists.org

These images and videos were taken just off Farm to Market Road at West Valley Road on 10/26/2020. We see this herd every fall as they make their way up and down the west valley area to graze on the remnants of crops like this alfalfa. In recent years the herd size has been about 30 animals. This year it’s considerably larger–around 70 animals by my count.

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