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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:08 pm

Is that youngster looking for dinner? No mom in sight? Is it even old enough to be out on it's own.....I've never seen a young possum around me without it's mother by it's side.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:18 pm


He/she is old enough. Cute too.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:09 pm

Bingo and I flushed a bunch of quail on our walk today. I've never seen one much less a whole flock. It looked like there were 30 of them. They went up all at once.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:20 pm


I would have loved to have seen that.
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:21 pm

It was frightening at first. Now I know why horses spook when birds fly up. Laughing

Today's sighting was a skink on the porch. I was watering the plants, and he wiggled out from one of the little wheel platforms that holds the big pots. I guess I disturbed him terribly. He gave me a LOOK.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:16 pm

Hard to imagine that look from a skink.......

Spotted several red tailed hawks teaching their youngsters how to hunt by the highway yesterday.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:53 pm


Hey if you want a heart stopping moment with horses and birds put up a wild turkey.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:34 pm

We have a flock of them in our pastures. They come marching in a line in the evenings gobbling like crazy. You'd think the horses would be used to it, and they are -- until they have a rider with them. Then, they're SURE those turkeys are out to get them. Laughing
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:53 pm


I know. I don't think at that point you can get a deep enough seat.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:30 pm

My seat is usually deeply buried in the mud by the time I realize what happened. Laughing
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:07 pm

Laughing

We have wild turkeys here too. I'm sure the people up the street from the library have had horsie/turkey encounters quite often. Their pasture is right up against the forest preserve boundary.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:18 pm

I keep forgetting to tell you all: we've had a cougar sighting! And it was only about 4-5 miles from where I live. It's possible it's just passing through like last years black bear.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/cougar-sighting-reported-in-beloit-park-b99549298z1-320471132.html
http://www.wkow.com/story/29687897/2015/08/01/possible-cougar-spotted-in-beloit-park
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:49 pm

Yikes! We get black bears a lot, but no cougars. I don't know what will happen with the coyotes. I kind of hope the bears take care of a few of them.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:45 pm


Pretty cool, Fif. The bears may, they are apex predators. I have a teen age possum showing up at night. I've named him/her Walt. Understand I have four names for possums, Walt, Kelley, Pogo and Simon.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:55 pm

Heehee! Walt, Kelley and Pogo. Simon?

I saw a bunny hopping quickly under the barn. There's a bunny hole on the side now. I'd try to move them, but I don't really see a reason to. They aren't tunneling. They're just sheltering. It will be nice and warm in the winter since the hole is under the south wall.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:56 pm


Simon is the possum in the Mrs. Murphy books.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:58 pm

Oh! Smile
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:30 pm

Never heard of Simon before.
No further reports on the cougar, but that sign is still up at the entrances to the park so who knows?
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:57 pm


Simon was back last night. This is an adult possum. Simon is a character from the Mrs. Murphy novels.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:14 pm

Can't say as I've ever heard of her either.
Baby hummers seem to be everywhere here..... Very Happy
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:08 pm

They were written by Rita Mae Brown.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:16 pm

My sis told us a couple days ago that a neighbor down the street from her who also has a yorkie heard a yelp and saw the south end of a coyote taking off with her dog. Snatched him right out of his own back yard. A different neighbor found him a little while later a few blocks away, badly injured and nearly dead. So many wounds, tears, bite marks....poor dog. The vet had to do emergency surgery to repair the damage but he will recover. Not so sure about his peoples wallet......Pretty sure he will not be too thrilled to be outside for any reason from now on and who could blame him?

NOW my sis takes our repeated warnings to her about keeping closer tabs on Maggie while in the yard seriously.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:45 pm


They are really a problem. They are a big problem around White Rock Lake.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:35 pm

My brother in law has seen them in Chicago -- in the city. It's open season on them around here. You can shoot them whenever. I don't have a gun, bug sometimes...

We don't let the kitties stay outside at night, and I wish they would agree to stay inside all the time. I think Bingo does keep them away most of the time. But, I dread a confrontation.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:42 pm


Yeah, a confrontation could be really ugly.
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