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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sat May 10, 2014 4:42 pm


Could be? E-mail a group called Fellow Mortals, they might be able to tell you.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat May 10, 2014 5:52 pm

I've never seen our wrens be aggressive about nesting spots.

Our barn wren is back in her fan nest for the spring. She put a stick in the way of the blades so it won't turn. We don't even turn on the power while she and her kids are there. They usually move when the hot weather arrives. That's really when we need the fan anyway. (It's one of those attic fans, but it's at the peak of the barn roof on the far wall.)
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue May 13, 2014 11:56 am

Mama chickadee is back! Guess she evicted the wren, and yesterday when that wren tried to move in again I scared her off so my chickadee could have her home back. It's now behind the tarp blocking the hot sun, and view from the yard, hanging only a few feet from where it was. Mama chickadee was on its roof again this morning, singing away. I'm hoping for a new batch of eggs and the peeping of baby birds.
I realize they'll start in around 4:30 or 5am and I won't want to be up that early, but I'd rather have my sleep disturbed than not have babies growing up on my balcony.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Tue May 13, 2014 6:33 pm


Glad she's back
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed May 14, 2014 11:13 am

So am I, she was sitting there again this morning. I thought I saw the male but he flew off fast when I peeked out of the blinds. Gotta find a better way to spy on them so I don't spook them.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Wed May 14, 2014 5:37 pm


I saw a mockingbird in one of the window boxes of the Lair this morning. I'm getting ready to plant mint in there and he/she was pulling out the dead fall.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Wed May 14, 2014 10:27 pm

We have lots of mockingbirds here, but I never see them near the mint. How interesting!
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Post by Sue Short on Wed May 14, 2014 11:46 pm


This box has the dead stuff from last year in it. I haven't replanted it yet.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Thu May 15, 2014 8:29 pm

I saw a 4 foot black snake slithering around near the barn. Glad it's there since it will keep the copperheads away AND hunt mice. Go, little snake!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Thu May 15, 2014 9:58 pm


Snakes are our friends. Even though they give me the heebejeebies.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri May 16, 2014 12:38 pm

We have identified our mystery bird at the feeder: it's a Mountain Chickadee. And it's at least 2 1/2 states away from the farthest edge of where it's species is supposed to be. I wonder how it got so far out of it's normal range.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:07 pm

We can now add a BLACK BEAR to our local wildlife repertoire.  It was last spotted only 5 miles from where I live!  Made the front page of all the newspapers yesterday....all the local news channels, the radio.  So far no bad confrontations.  Wonderfulcloseup pics of the bear, taken by a lady whose back porch it was on Saturday (taken through the patio door).  

We're all on alert to let the police know wherever the bear is spotted.  All police have been issued tranqualizer guns. The animal control is on standby and brushing up fast how to deal with a bear. Plans are to relocate the bear to a less populated area so it can live in peace. Hasn't been a bear in this area in nearly 100 years.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:55 pm


Okay answered the question I asked in another thread.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:23 pm

We get a lot of black bears here. They wander out of the Dismal Swamp near NC, and go dumpster diving or garden raiding. They are generally not interesting in confronting people, but it's better not to get close. They are big and can be dangerous if they're scared. I've seen a few when I was driving through the woods in the Smokeys in TN. Neat animals.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:02 pm

The best pic was taken from only 5 ft away through a glass patio door. Thankfully the bear was concentrating on a hummingbird feeder several feet beyond it's reach and didn't notice the human.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:19 pm

After last week's rain, we have lots of frogs peeping and croaking. I think they're having their last hurrah before they bury themselves for the cold weather. Here's a little guy who was visiting the seed feeders and hoping to snag some of the bugs who were buzzing around.

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Fire Flower on Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:00 pm

That's so cute!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:48 pm


That is so neat. You know what I didn't see this year was the lizards that usually hang around the compost pile.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by BobCat on Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:23 pm

Speaking of lizards, Argo and Lyra saw their first lizards today. I guess that fun ensued!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:49 pm


I'm sure it did. Let the races begin.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:16 am

The kitties here are fascinated by skink lizards. We've seen a whole LOT of them this summer. Now, they're hunting for good sleeping spots, so all the plant pots and house corners have quite a few roaming around. I've even seen tiny babies.

Tell the doggies not to get ahold of lizard tails. They sometimes come off and the lizard gets ANGRY.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:23 pm

I don't think I've ever seen a skink besides the one the library summer program had this summer. You have them all over your place? Closest reference I have is all the lil geckos all over my grandpa's place in FL. They were everywhere.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:51 pm

On our walk today, Bingo and I saw a couple bald eagles who were flying around our favorite field. It's hard to see in the picture, and I only caught one of them. They were flying around and singing to each other. I don't think it's mating time, but maybe...

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:55 pm


Pretty Cool.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:19 pm

I wanna see the pic too! I don't think it's mating season for eagles, that's in early spring around here.
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