Playing is an important part of the fawns growing up. Playing can help to make their muscles stronger and helps their reflexes react faster if there is danger in the area.
Two fawns were playing, and chasing each other, one fawn got running so fast that she or he started rolling down the small hill side. The other fawn started down the hill to check on the fawn that had fallen. The fawn and I both were happy to see that the fawn that had fallen was OK.
The Flying squirrels should be called the gliding squirrels. The squirrels can glide from tree to tree because they have a membrane between their front and back legs. When they want to glide they spread out their limbs so that their gliding membrane is showing. They will use their legs to steer and its tail to brake with.
There are two native flying squirrel species that are found here, the Northern and Southern flying squirrels. The southern flying squirrels are found in the eastern part of the U.S. They like to eat a variety of food; nuts, insects, fruits, seeds, etc. They are nocturnal, which means they are active at night.
Their predators are; tree snakes, owls, hawks and mammals that can climb. They can live for about 5 years in the wild or around 10 years in captivity.
In the winter months many squirrels will nest together to keep warm. The southern flying squirrels will mate twice a year and the northern ones once a year; it is the mothers that will care for the young ones, for about two months. The shading of colors on the squirrels are from the lighting I had to use to take their photos in the dark.
The woodpeckers can have from one to three broods (babies} a year. The parents takes turns sitting on the eggs (incubating}, until they hatch out, which can take from 12 to 14 days. The young ones will leave the nest anywhere from 22 to 27 days after they hatch. Both parents will feed the young ones. After the babies have left the nest the parents will continue to feed them for 6 week or even longer.
We have watched the mom or dad at times showing their young ones where to find food. The young ones have followed their parent to our tree that has suet hanging on it. The parent will take bites of the suet and feed it to the young one that is nearby. We have also seen one of the parents bring their young ones to our back deck to where we put out orange half’s for them to eat. The parent will then feed pieces of the orange to the young one. The parents are teaching the young ones where to go to find different types of foods, like insects, nuts, seeds, and fruits.
We need Rain and the Sun shine to make things grow; like flowers, trees, grasses, bushes, crops out in the field, and etc.
A person also needs the Sun to brighten their heart, to light it up so to speak. We feel at peace with the world. The Sun is the good times, and good things that happens to us.
The Rain; it can darken our hearts for a while, it makes us feel sad because of things in our life that we have no control over, but at times we need the rain to grow and become stronger, to learn what we need to do to get the Sun back in our life again.
When someone we know has the Sun in their life we can feel their joy, and the warm light that comes from inside of them out.
There will always be beautiful rainbows after a rain,even at times when we don't see the rainbow, it is there.
Redheads usually dive for their food, but may feed by raising their tail up so that they can dabble in shallow water to get to the food that is submerge under the water.
The Redheads will fly low over marshes in the mornings and evenings, looking for an area that they want to nest in. They may also put their nest on uplands, close to water.
Threats to the Redheads are; flying into power lines, buildings, and hunters. When they are nesting they are in danger from boaters.