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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:36 pm

Pogo the oppossum was on the back porch today. I mean in broad daylight.
I tried to get a snap of him but all I got was a poor photo of the south end of a north bound oppssum.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:32 pm

SNORT!
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:43 pm


Becky, I'm here to tell you that I didn't think any thing that fat could move like that.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by BobCat on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:22 am

They really can move.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:20 pm

Anything or anyone that round can move fast.....with the right motivation!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:58 pm


A co worker and I saw a redheaded woodpecker on the ground today. He wasn't dead or injured but I guess searching for food. It was really cool to see him/her searching around. The wildlife show from the kitchen window can be pretty amazing.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:48 pm

Cool! The other day, I saw a cardinal hopping around. He didn't look quite right. I picked him up (with much squawking and wriggling), and put him in a shoe box. He must have recovered because he was gone later in the day.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:40 pm

I rescued a robin from the front hallway Saturday afternoon, and a house wren from my outer hallway on Sunday.
And I have chickadees in my birdhouse on the balcony again. I have a feeling it's the same pair I've had the past 3 years now. Busy coming and going with lil twigs and stuff. Won't be long before the peeping begins...
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:40 pm


Saw a robin today. We are part of a major migratory route.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:47 am

Anyone seen any hummers yet?
My chickadees are still busy building the nest. I'm pretty sure these are the same ones from the past few years....they're not afraid of me much at all.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:32 pm

No hummies here yet. They should be here any day though. I have the feeders waiting.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:46 pm


None here either.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:00 am

We have turtles returning from the long winter's nap. I saw a box turtle and a tiny snapper yesterday. The peeper frogs are out in force since we still have the beaver dam flooding.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:30 pm

Still no hummers, chipmunks, bunnies, frogs, or turtles here.  Crying or Very sad 
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Fri May 02, 2014 11:52 am

First hummingbird sighting!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by BobCat on Fri May 02, 2014 6:11 pm

My brother put out orange halves and saw the Baltimore Oriole yesterday!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Fri May 02, 2014 6:47 pm


I haven't seen any here yet. We have hibscus this year and I think they like those.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat May 03, 2014 11:04 pm

This one was drinking out of the little purple weed flowers down in the grass. He was flying low.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue May 06, 2014 12:02 pm

Our feeders are at the ready!

My chickadees have been very vocal lately. Not sure if the female is calling for the male or what. She sits perched on top of the birdhouse a LOT, chirping away.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Tue May 06, 2014 4:50 pm


The white wings and the jays have been numerous this year.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Tue May 06, 2014 9:34 pm

Our birds are a little late arriving, but we have a lot of them. The hummies have drunk almost a whole feeder already. I need to buy more sugar.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed May 07, 2014 1:04 pm

I have a question: has anyone seen a bird that looks like a goldfinch, only it's white where the yellow should be? Mom swears she's seen one at our feeder, white and black instead of yellow and black.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Wed May 07, 2014 5:21 pm


When you're at the library get a bird book. Patterson's guide to North American birds is the best.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Wed May 07, 2014 9:32 pm

Hmm... No ideas. There are white finches, but all the pictures don't show black.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat May 10, 2014 1:02 pm

I'm thinking what she saw was a rare leucistic goldfinch.  Not a true albino, but has a genetic mutation that prevents melanin from being deposited normally on feathers.  I emailed her some pics I found online and asked if it was what she saw.  It could also have been maybe a black & white warbler or even a mountain chickadee.

My chickadee is gone.   Sad    Somebody got in the birdhouse and evicted all 4 eggs.....shattered on my balcony.  The babies barely got started growing in there.  Now I have a house wren nesting in there.  Did that wren kill my chickadee babies?
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