Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.

About 30 cedar waxwings passed through Schofield Patent on Thursday. It’s always a pleasure to see and hear them.

Bette Caesar reports from Ditch Creek: The latest critter back here is a raccoon. He’s fun to watch. We don’t see raccoons regularly; this is only the second one in 30 years. Our the feeders are not up because the bears are still active. The hunting is still going on in areas near us, and that makes the bears happy and keeps them from going into hibernation. One year 399 and her family didn’t hibernate until January.

The Teton Raptor Center has seven patients in its rehabilitation clinic. Those seven patients are of four species: osprey, American kestrel, great horned owl and great gray owl. This week the Raptor Center was able to release a great horned owl. The owl was admitted in October, dehydrated and with subdued behavior due to a high internal parasite load. With a few rounds of anti-parasite medications and flight training the bird made a full recovery.

A hairy woodpecker has been active in Kelly. Bev Boynton heard a clunking, checked it out and found the beautiful woodpecker knocking on the second story of her house.

A downy woodpecker, Thursday, and then a hairy woodpecker, Friday, came by pecking for food in the aspens in East Jackson, reports Lorie Cahn

Dennis Butcher had a wonderful, first-of-a-kind experience on Friday while snowshoeing in Grand Teton. He ran into a flock of cedar waxwings that he estimates was at least 250 birds. They were packed into the high branches of many aspens, on the snow, and very interested in the Hawthorne berries that were still left. Dennis later found the remains of a northern flicker, possibly taken perhaps by a goshawk?

An interesting visitor came to Tim Griffiths’ peanut feeder Friday in East Jackson. The new visitor was a male northern flicker with a black mustache, yellow-tinted primaries and tail feathers mixed with the usual red feathers. It was obviously a hybrid of the yellow-shafted and red-shafted subspecies. This is the third hybrid Tim has seen this year in the valley after finding only one the previous five years of birding in the valley.

Lee and Mary Cutler found a flicker in Skyline on Sunday morning.

Dennis and Marian Butcher were driving along Spring Gulch Road and counted 21 bald eagles from one vantage point, and another eight or nine southeast of the airport.

A juvenile and an adult bald eagle were seen soaring together above Signal Mountain, reports Bev Boynton.

Chickadees and more chickadees” report Diane and Keith Benefiel from Wilson. Their “pet” squirrel is “bowling” the many chipping sparrows competing for his or her seeds. It goes on for hours, and it’s hysterical.

Ten pine grosbeaks on one tree, Sunday morning, in The Aspens reports Pamela Perconi — a perfect balance of red males and yellow and gold females. A beautiful sight in the early morning light.

Needing to fill her feeders frequently in Wilson, Dee Parker reports 30 goldfinches, two downy woodpeckers, two hairy woodpeckers, two white-breasted nuthatches, four mountain chickadees, four Eurasian collared doves and numerous house finches, black-capped chickadees and house sparrows. Earlier visitors were a pygmy owl and a red fox that stopped by to glean what he could from the ground under Dee’s feeders.

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