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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Val Cunningham

Backyard and Beyond: ‘Wondrous Things’ from winter

Carla Randecker titled her amazing photo of a wintry sky, “The wondrous things you can see if you pay attention.”
While such a combination of sun halo and “sun dogs” isn’t rare, all the meteorological conditions – ice crystal shape, orientation and clarity – must be aligned to create this effect. Such sights often come before a storm, but Randecker said that didn’t happen this time, just high winds. She always carries her smartphone because she never knows what she might see while, in this case, feeding her chickens.

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Backyard and Beyond: A black-capped chickadee feeds in hand

Jane Birr has spent a number of years sitting near her bird feeders with seeds in her hands to attract one of the most intrepid little sprites in the bird world, the black-capped chickadee. Her photo documents a rewarding moment, as a ’dee lands on her hand for sunflower seeds.

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From the Backyard: A fox trot on ice

Doug Wonders noted fox tracks along a nearby river, so he set up his trail camera and was rewarded with a great photo of a fox and its reflection in the clear ice.
Scott Thiede sent in an amazing photo of flying squirrels on their nightly visit. The squirrels in the middle and at right were snapped by his motion-activated camera system, while the just-arriving one on the left was added to the image in his “digital darkroom.”

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From the Backyard: Expect the unexpected from nature

At this time of year, with winter enveloping the country, the natural world can produce some unexpected sights. Case in point: Rich Carlson, a talented nature photographer, gathered some materials to make a holiday scene for his backyard birds – and Backyard readers.

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Backyard and Beyond: Living in the Moment

“The blue jay flashed beneath the trees, gay and cocksure as ever, he had no cares or worries about his place in the wilderness picture. Whether or not he survived today, this moment he would tell the world what he thought, and challenge all comers, including the snow and cold.

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Photos from the backyard: A magpie drops by

Backyard reader Rita Tepley was trying to hurry out the door a couple weeks ago when she glanced at her feeders – and stopped in her tracks. Like all good photographers, she ran for her camera to record the first time she’d ever seen a black-billed magpie in her yard.

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Backyard and beyond: A feast of fall

Farmers were out harvesting in late October – and so were wild creatures. Scott Thiede sent a photo of a flock of crows feasting on sunflowers seed heads, just ahead of the combine. “Sunflower harvesting is a favorite pastime of birds, squirrels, field mice, and deer,” he noted.

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