This is a small collection of December’s pictures that lacked a posting of their own. December was an unfortunate month that was remarkably cold during its middle portions with animals and observers biding their time. Nevertheless, there were some truly delightful observations. They are presented in the order they were observed.
This is a young male mule deer. He has all the characteristics: black-tipped white tail, dark forehead, and largish ears (after which he gains his name). He looks remarkably young with his small barely branching antlers. Yet, he has a spouse and has sired a fawn, to which he is very attentive.
We are near the northern boundary of the winter population of the Varied Thrush. Sometimes the bird is plentiful as it explores its northern boundary; at other times, it seems absent. On this occasion it was plentiful.
A male Pileated Woodpecker was probing a utility pole for grubs.
In the early hours of the morning, a bobcat stopped by my home. It was only the second time I had seen this animal. On its wanderings, it came within about a half metre of me. One might think that this could be a ordinary house cat. But no, it was considerably larger, and do admire the small short black tufts on the ears.