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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:55 pm



WOO!!!HOOO!!!

Today I was taking some stuff to the compost pile and when I went to
get something to turn it over I found two small oppussoms in the storage area.
Wished I had my camera with me.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:13 am

Even though I hate seeing them around the horses, baby opossums are pretty cute. Even the adults have their charm -- as long as they aren't hissing. (LOL) I'm waiting to see the baby skunks that always seem to show up on our property. Even though we don't count as "urban," I think skunks close to the house belong on this topic.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:22 pm

I've seen baby skunks, but never a baby opossum. I did see an adult one once around here.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:22 pm

lovekitties wrote:I can't get a picture of this but last week in the new York daily News there was a picture of a humongous possum which was captured in Brooklyn. from head to tail had to be 5-6 ft long (of course they have long tails) LOL
There was some recent rumors around that the reason there are so many possums in Brooklyn is that they were "seeded". the city supposedly brought them in to control the rats, which is so much hooey. They are just proliferating because they are rodents and that's what they do. , just like the rats, the raccoons, etc, a steady source of food (garbage, cat food left out for feral cats etc)

As per a previous post of mine, possums are getting more prolific in Brooklyn, as well as raccoons. haven't seen any skunks here, but I know they are hanging around up in the Bronx
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:41 pm



You feral cats will prey on young possums.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:40 am

I saw three deer this morning in the high schools' practice field, they took off when the traffic started picking up.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:18 pm

I was just reading thart the parks department is having a special seal viewing day April 16. Apparently the rocks off Orchard beach in the Bronx are prime resting places for seals that winter in NYC. Actually the western tip of Long Island Sound. I just learned that today. should put it in learn something new everyday
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:58 pm

Seals in NYC? Cool Smile

So Sue, do you think the baby possums you saw were old enough to care for themselves or that mom was nearby?
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:52 pm



I think they are old enough to care for themselves. I will e-mail the photo to either
Jeane or Fif, maybe one of them will post it for me.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:57 pm

The baby opossums we had here were out on their own in about 2 months. They stayed with each other for a while longer, but not with mom.

And... Seals in NYC? Wow! I never really think of wildlife there. I guess animals adapt to all kinds of stuff.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:51 am

I saw a chipmunk running around yesterday afternoon, so I know they're out now!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:06 pm

The roof of a nearby hospital is being invaded by a flock of very large black birds. As I walked passed it yesterday, me and a security guard were trying to figure out what they were...maybe ravens or some kind of vulture, I dunno!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:29 pm

Probably turkey vultures. They're everywhere here and LOVE the tops of big buildings. It's kind of creepy that they're invading a hospital though.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:36 pm



I'll agree with that Becky and ravens are consecrated to the Danish god of
war.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by jeanebellini on Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:44 pm

speakin of possoms....Marek (who used to be with us in the the Mutts run forum) had a possom get in his house the other night! it hid in the closet and he had to get in the closet with it and chase it out...i see a comic of it coming out sometime).....around here. well, i think a squirrel commited suicide. i had to walk past the poor thing twice (thankfully coming home it was too dark to see) but there was a poor squirrel on its back spread eagle as stiff as a brick. i know it sounds sick....its sad....but its stuck in my head as something weird right now.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by jimkr2t on Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:53 am

Just some quick items - I agree with everyone about the turkey vultures - really common here in south jersey - last week they made the news - a bunch of vultures was "feasting" on a killed deer (probably killed by an auto) along the highway - everybody was slowing down "taking in the sights" as they passed the scene until the road crews managed to pick up the deer remains. Vultures were only doing their job as carrion processors, right?

Second item, while we're talking about deer. I live in a suburban area with plenty of surrounding woods - the number of deer that come around feasting on my grass is ridiculous! Some mornings, there are 5 to 7 deer (and lots of canadian geese which I won't discuss right now!) milling around. There are just TOO MANY deer in these areas!

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:16 pm

Jeane, maybe that squirrel saw a turkey vulture and had a heart attack!

Seeing more chippies out now, saw some sea gulls this morning (what are they doing here?), and kestrels on the hunt.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:43 pm

In the past few days I've seen: Bald Eagles, red tailed hawks, chipmunks, squirrels galore, kestrels, chickadees, goldfinches, robins everywhere! And there was a smelling, not sighting, of a skunk.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:36 pm

sparrows, pigeons,seagulls (I am less than 3 miles from the ocean, after all)
lots of squirrels.

another seal in Staten Island.

http://wn.com/Young_Seal_at_South_beach_Staten_Island_New_York
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:02 pm

I saw the Bald Eagle fishing behind the village hall this morning, despite the sleet we were getting. And I now have a chickadee building a nest in my smaller birdhouse. Not sure if it's the male or female but very busy lil bird coming with fluffy stuff and going out for more.
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Post by ARNIgal on Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:05 pm

Those big creepy looking black birds I've been seeing up by the hospital don't look to be turkey vultures. There's no red portion to their faces at all. Since I've started seeing them come around, I've been doing research on the net as to what they are. I'm 90% sure they are ravens pale Edgar Allen Poe is sure right...they're quite creepy!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:12 pm

forgot to mention our ravens. LOL. Not sure if they are crows or ravens but they are pretty big. They roost on the top of the apartment building across from mine. They are LOUD!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:47 pm



Ravens are consecrated to the Danish god of war and are considered
harbringers of death. So yeah I'd say they are kind of creepy.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:13 pm

We have crows. I'm not sure if they'd be called ravens in other parts of the country or if they're just plain crows. They're smart, pushy and loud. I don't think I've ever seen them roost, so they must be plain old crows. Our creepy birds are turkey buzzards. They are HUGE and perch in trees to look down for their dinners. They make me think of Halloween.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:43 am

Don't know if we have crows or ravens, but whatever they are they are huge! And they're the ones who killed my baby robins a few years back, just before they were ready to fledge. Hope that doesn't happen with the chickadees, who are still busy building that nest in my birdhouse. I watched them for an hour this morning, coming and going with all sorts of nesting materials.
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