She's baaaack!

Hootie waiting patiently for dinner.
Hootie waiting patiently for dinner.

Driving up our driveway on the way back from town today, Carol and I saw an old friend (or at least a double for her.)  One of my first posts a couple of years ago was about her.  She didn't show up here last winter, so we were surprised and excited to see her today.

We hurried into the house and gently opened the curtains by the bird feeder to get a closeup view of her.  What a gorgeous creature!

Her body is facing away, with her head turned 90 degrees.
Her body is facing away, with her head turned 90 degrees.
She turned her head 180 degrees when she realized we were watching her.
She turned her head 180 degrees when she realized we were watching her.

We've had a lot of birds and squirrels by the feeder every day this winter, but they usually aren't around by the end of the day.  She'll do better if she comes back in the morning.

This past summer and fall we had a lot of sightings of a fox out front.  We also noticed a decrease in the vole population in our garden.  This winter we haven't seen it, but we have  seen its tracks in the snow frequently.  We are very happy to have our fox and owl here and hope they keep hanging around.

Vole-captured-by-a-red-fox
Vole-captured-by-a-red-fox

Steve