Today's prompts from Eden Hills are: Starts with "U," week's favourite, and nature.
Starts with U
I recently installed a suet feeder in my bird feeding area. I love to watch the chickadees using it because they often eat upside down or at least underneath the feeder! It's fun to see their different poses and positions. I'm getting a number of woodpecker visitors as well, which are also great to watch.
I was excited this week to have the opportunity to photograph a shrew in my yard. I was watching the chickadees through my office window when I saw the movement under the bird feeder. At first, I thought it was a mole, but upon closer inspection, I realized it was a shrew. It's fairly rare to see shrews, at least for me, unless they are ones that my cat has dispatched. I believe this one is a short-tailed shrew, which is the most common species in my area. It has a little tunnel under some leaves and it comes out to get seeds and takes them back inside. The fur looks so velvety-soft, and although I'm sure many would disagree with me, I think this shrew is really cute!
These are not great photographs in a technical sense, especially since they were taken through a window, but the subject matter was the exciting part for me!
You can see how tiny the eyes are - like little pin-heads! Shrews can eat up to twice their body weight each day. Remarkable little creatures.
I think the majority of the photographs I put on this blog are nature shots! All of today's pictures are nature photographs. Here's another one I took that I like - a fall leaf on the grass covered in water droplets. Nature has so much beauty for us if we slow down and look for it.