Everybody’s gotta eat right? Animals are no different and are often opportunistic eaters — especially in the winter.
Winter provides challenges to animals trying to stay warm and eat the calories needed to survive. Eating opportunities can present themselves via due diligence on the animal’s part and are sometimes provided by humans. Enjoy the showcase of animals’ opportunistic winter eating!
First up is a red-headed Pileated Woodpecker. This bird has found a tree root above ground not covered in snow and is working very hard to find food. Shown is the tree next to a wattle fence we built, then closer up pictures of the many holes so diligently hammered out. I’m not sure the tree will survive the winter feed. We’ll have to wait and see. Do be sure to click on the video and hear all the noise this woodpecker is making. We couldn’t get too close to video as we didn’t want to interrupt meal time.
Next, eagles are feasting on some sort of kill beneath the trees. Not sure if it was roadkill or them finishing off what another creature started. It was interesting to spot this from the state highway in Minnesota.
This little squirrel is taking time to enjoy a little peanutbutter bread to supplement his winter food stash.
Moving a ways south, the pictures you see here are from wild hog damage. Hard to capture by picture, but the disturbed earth is where hogs rooted around looking for food. The “churned up” look is from their foraging. This damage is minor compared to what they can do.
It is fascinating to watch birds feed and their antics with one another. Ahhhh, cardinals bring us hope Spring is on the way.