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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:30 pm


Just white,
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Post by bpaquet on Tue May 03, 2016 8:40 pm

I saw two bald eagles flying over my pasture. I wonder if I have a family in the trees back there.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue May 03, 2016 9:48 pm


WOW. I would have loved to see that.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu May 05, 2016 9:10 pm

Today, we walked with the herons. We've had so much rain that the ditches along the road are like creeks. We had to pass at least 5 herons. They squawked at us and flew to the trees. They are huge.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu May 05, 2016 9:32 pm


they are huge. I see them out at the lake every so often.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri May 06, 2016 3:12 pm

Now the female rose breasted grosbeaks are at the feeder. I saw at least 3 males in the trees yesterday. I wonder if we're getting new summer residents. This is the first year I've seen these birds. We also have a blue grosbeak and an indigo bunting. It's a colorful spring at the feeder.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri May 06, 2016 4:33 pm


Sounds like it. I thought I heard a woodpecker this morning.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed May 11, 2016 2:03 pm

We've had no sightings but plenty of 'hearings' of woodpeckers around here.

Hummies, goldfinches, and other assorted birds are flocking to our feeders. Wish I could see your colorful little friends Becky.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed May 11, 2016 7:20 pm

I will send an email. I haven't seen anyone new in a few days, but it's been soggy. The birds seem to be hanging out in the trees and making short flights for snacks.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat May 14, 2016 7:49 pm

While I was planting my artichokes, I scared a garden toad. He was trying to hop out of the raised bed and failing. So, I gave him a mound of soil to hide behind. He decided to use it as a launching pad to get out and hop away. I'm glad he's here because he will eat some of the mosquitoes that show up after the tons of rain we've had.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Mon May 23, 2016 10:19 pm

I saw 6 female mallards in my neighbor's yard. They swam up the full ditch on the side of the road and were grazing on the high ground. They were completely undisturbed by Bingo and me walking down the street.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Tue May 31, 2016 8:35 pm

The mallards are still there. Today they had a standoff with Bingo. He was standing at alert in the street, and the mallards lined up to stare at him. Bingo gave up before they did.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:12 pm

The whippoorwills are singing loud tonight.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:07 pm

Bingo and I saw a GIANT turtle swimming in the ditch next to the road. It wasn't a box turtle, but didn't act like a snapper either. I wonder if it was a huge wood turtle. It was cool to see him swimming slowly down the road. Smile
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:33 pm


How cool. They eat all sorts of things don't they?
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:07 pm

I'm not really sure. I know box turtles eat vegetation. I think wood turtles do too. They seem awfully laid back if they're carnivores. Smile This one just stopped paddling and tucked in his head when Bingo stopped to stare at him. I'm glad Bingo decided that this one wasn't worth playing with. He was far too big.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:08 pm


Too bad you didn't get a snap
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:11 pm

I tried, but he was basically the same color as the muddy ditch water. I couldn't see him in my test pix.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:12 pm


Maybe next time.
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Post by fiffur on Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:19 pm

About how big was it?
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:05 pm

Easily 18 inches from front of shell to back of shell, and then there was the head (huge) and tail. He was dinosaur sized. Smile

Today's wildlife sighting was a 3 foot black rat snake crawling through my flower bed in front of my front porch. It is welcome to stay and eat all the mice it can. I will keep an eye on the bird nests and try to keep it away from them.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:44 pm

Now that is one BIG turtle!

Hope Mr(s). Snake is polite enough to leave the birds alone and only go after pesky schmice. I myself have never seen a snake.
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I've only seen a tiny baby grass snake once...it was so little I don't think it could open it's mouth to swallow a fly.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:26 pm


We've never seen one either. Tonio and Trina
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:49 pm

Maybe that's a good thing.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:46 pm

Snakes are really cool. I love to watch them. We have black rat snakes, king snakes, grass snakes, and some nasties like copperheads and eastern rattlers. Since we have rat snakes and king snakes, I don't see many of the nasty ones. Supposedly, they don't like to share territory.
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