Sadly, my cottontail rabbit has disappeared. Neither hide nor 'hare' (pardon the pun) to be found. Sightings stopped at about the same time that we got a coating of freezing rain a couple of weeks back.
On a brighter note, an Eastern Screech-owl has been using both the roost box on the north side of my house and the one on the south side. A few nights back I thought I heard it's soft trilling vocalization. Such a little cutie! Understandably, the other birds in my yard don't share my affection for it.
|A scolding Black-capped Chickadee points to the whereabouts of a roosting owl.|
|A White-breasted Nuthatch confirms the sighting.|
|An Eastern Screech-Owl peers from the box located on the north side of my house.|
|Only occasionally does it roost in this newer box installed south of my house.|
|Not a terrific photo because ...|
|... I was shooting through this ice-spattered window.|
|While foraging, this American Tree Sparrow kept slipping and sliding on the ice.|
|A female Pileated Woodpecker inspects the bark on one of my spruce trees.|