Dark Eyed Junco(Junco hyemalis) also known as the Snow Bird, joins this bright red Cardinal in the WooFDriver’s yard looking for some food as the snow starts to fall. The Dark Eyed Junco is a common bird across much of North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic!
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about this bird
All About Birds Website another great resource
The WooFDriver’s yard is great habitat for many animals, including birds. He was able to capture a shot of this pair of Cardinals as the snow started to fall. They are in his yard year round as they do not migrate. They actually live their entire lives within one or two kilometer radius of where they were born.
Do you know that the Cardinal is the official bird of seven states? Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Cardinal Experience Website to learn more about the Cardinal
While on a mushing tour with the WooFPAK, WooFDriver was lucky enough to see and capture this Bald Eagle! Weighing in at an average of 10-14 pounds, the average lifespan for Bald Eagles is 15-20 years, but it is possible for them to live longer than thirty years in the wild.
www.baldeagleinfo.com for more information about Bald Eagles
Also enjoy video footage!
While taking the WooFPAK on a mushing tour of the C&O Towpath, the WooFDriver was able to not only see, but to capture these beautiful pictures of these Great Egrets(Ardea alba). The Great Egret is a large heron with all white feathers. They stand up to 3.3 feet tall with a wingspan of 52 to 67 inches!
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about the Great Egret
Enjoy these videos of Egret sightings on the C&O Canal Towpath!
December 11, 2012 while on a mushing tour with the WooFPAK on the C&O Canal Tow Path, the WooFDriver saw these Mallard Ducks swimming in some sort of algae. They don’t seem to mind it though. Mallard Ducks young leave the nest within one day after hatching! They are then led to water by their mother where they feed themselves. The Mallard Duck is still one of the most abundant ducks in the world. They eat a wide variety of grasses and small critters, from worms to small fish
Audubon’s Website to learn more about Mallard Ducks
On November 29, 2013 while taking the WooFPAK on a mushing tour of the C&O Canal Tow Path the WooFDriver got to see a lot of beautiful wildlife. This included this colorful Ring Necked Pheasant! Do you know that their rooster like crows can be heard up to a mile away! You can see them along rural roadsides, in overgrown or recently harvested fields and in brushy areas.
All About Bird’s Webpage to learn more about pheasants
On several occasion while out mushing the PAK, WooFDriver was able to view and capture these amazing Barred Owl(Strix nebulosa)! They are common to Eastern and Central USA and also in South Central Canada. They live in forests, wooded river bottoms and swamps.
Also enjoy these videos of Owls captured!!
March 24, 2014 while Free Ranging the PAK, WooFDriver noticed this Turkey Vulture(Cathartes aura) soaring in the sky. The turkey vulture is a scavenger and uses its keen eyes and sense of smell to find its food. They have a large range and are the most abundant vulture in the Americas.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Turkey Vultures
The WooFPAK was running out their energy at the Mazing Chase course when the WooFDriver happened to see a spectator watching, a robin! Robins(Turdus migratorius) are active mostly during the day and I was interested to learn that they assemble in large flocks at night. They are preyed upon by hawks, cats and snakes to name a few, but find security when being in flocks.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Robins
June 9, 2014 while taking a break from Free Ranging the WooFPAK, WooFDriver was able to capture these Helmeted Guinea Fowl. It is actually not a native of the United States, it comes from the south of the Sahara in Africa! It does not fly well, but can run very fast. Their flight is a short glide and run on touchdown.
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/06/guinea-fowl.html to learn more about the Helmeted Guinea Fowl