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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #100 on: June 12, 2012, 10:17:30 PM »
We are SUPPOSED to have them here in the winter, but I don't recall ever having seen one......we feed a lot of sunflower seeds, too >:( .   The 'bird map' says you have them all year up there O.P......right?
Supposedly. They are supposed to share the same habitat with the Pine Grossbeak, nesting in conifers. I've seen Pine Grossbeaks everywhere in the woods, but this is the first time in a decade we've had the Evening Grossbeaks visit us.
We first noticed a specimen at a local nursery perched by their pond just a couple weeks ago. The couple (in their 60s) who run the nursery have lived here all their lives, and had no clue what it was.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #101 on: June 13, 2012, 07:49:02 AM »
wow great thread! I have really low end digital cameras and don't know how to use the macro function or I would have more pics of my own to show. 3 weeks ago at the cabin up near Park Rapids, MN I was out on the end of the dock and turned to look back towards tha cabin. As I did something big flying over the water about 20 yards away from me caught my eye. Was a big Bald Eagle making a few loops looking for an easy lunch.

My wife and i were out for a morning kayak once and she decided to see how close she could get to the resident Loons who were out for a family breakfast. She got pretty close and then the mom and chicks dissappeared under water. So did Dad but he was coming the wife's way. When he resurfaced just outside paddle reach he definetly made it clear to the wife she needed to mind her own business.
"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home."

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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #102 on: June 13, 2012, 09:29:24 AM »
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My wife and i were out for a morning kayak once and she decided to see how close she could get to the resident Loons who were out for a family breakfast. She got pretty close and then the mom and chicks dissappeared under water. So did Dad but he was coming the wife's way. When he resurfaced just outside paddle reach he definetly made it clear to the wife she needed to mind her own business.
LOL!
My wife and I were paddling our canoe in a slough inside the city limits of a major city in WA. There was a Canada goose and her goslings frolicking in the reeds. My wife scooped up one of the cute little babies just to be able to say she'd held a wild goose. Holy, carp!!!!  Momma launched herself INTO the canoe, screaming her head off and flailing her 5 foot wings! What a rodeo! The wife let out a shriek, the gosling went straight up in the air, the momma goose screamed, gave my wife one last peck and bailed out to follow her young'un.  Bears aren't the only animal where you don't want to get between a mother and her baby! Hahaha!
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #103 on: June 14, 2012, 10:27:54 AM »
nice one OP. No I think that mama and her young thing is pretty universal.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #104 on: June 22, 2012, 10:20:44 AM »
Devil Deer!!!


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« Reply #105 on: June 29, 2012, 04:06:56 PM »
I had the windows open this afternoon, enjoying a cool summer breeze, when I heard the strangest sounds coming through the window.  It sort of sounded like a bird, and then my first thought was the neighbor out playing with a turkey call, and failing badly.  ???

I went outside to locate the caterwauling, and heard it coming from overhead. When I got out from under the trees, I spotted 6 large birds about 1,000 feet up. Man, these guys were LOUD! I finally identified them as Sandhill Cranes. That 6'-7' wingspan was impressive!

We don't have them as regular residents here, and I'd never heard the call before.  Apparently they were meandering north from their ranges in southern Idaho and Utah or maybe even Texas), on their way to the summer nesting grounds in northern Canada.

It's always a treat to see a new critter. Just wanted to share.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #106 on: June 29, 2012, 04:47:26 PM »
Sandhill cranes are a big deal in Nebraska.  We're an important stop on their annual migration route.  More here.....  http://nebraskacranefestival.org/

Their dances and mating rituals attract people each year from all parts of the globe.  Not a real melodius song by any stretch of the imagination, but they are amazing to watch and hear......
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane/sounds
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« Reply #107 on: June 29, 2012, 05:03:18 PM »
....  Not a real melodius song by any stretch of the imagination, but they are amazing to watch and hear......
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane/sounds
Yep! That's what I heard. You can see why I thought it was some guy butchering a turkey call.  ;D

I remember going to one of the preserves in Nebraska with tall observation towers and watching 5,000 snow geese take flight all at once.  Awesome!
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« Reply #108 on: July 22, 2012, 12:51:25 PM »
Thought I'd bump this thread with a picture of my latest lunch guest.
We have Monarch butterflies around here quite often, but haven't seem many of this guy's (gal's?) relatives.
Tiger Swallowtail on the flox along the fence line.



I had a hummingbird snacking about a foot from me at the same time, but he was too quick for a portrait.


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« Reply #109 on: July 22, 2012, 01:11:17 PM »
oooo... pretty!    Monarchs have been pretty quiet around here this summer.   :( 

One morning I was sitting here staring out the window and I seen a hummingbird flitting around.  Then it quit.  I stared harder... sure enough..a branch right by our front door had a humming bird nest in it.   So I've been watching her every morning.    Her eggs have hatched about three days ago. Now mom is busy feeding her brood.    I'm not sure on how many she has in there.. I dont dare pull the branch down because the lil ones may fall out.    But its really amazing... that nest isnt as big as my thumb and to think there may be more than one baby in there is mind boggling.    I wish my camera would take outside pix.

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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #110 on: July 22, 2012, 01:28:01 PM »
WW, that is way cool!  Enjoy watching her train the family when they get to flying!
We had a robin's nest in the lilac on our patio, but one of our cats got the mother when she was out foraging. When we realized she wouldn't recover and return to the nest, we checked it and there were 4 eggs in it. We saved them, but it was too late to try incubating them ourselves. Besides, how do you feed a hatchling robin, anyway?
I saw another robin gathering nesting materials just about 4 days ago. That's when I learned they can lay up to 3 clutches per year, and will breed all the way into July. Don't know where that nest is, but I'm hoping neither do the cats!
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #111 on: July 23, 2012, 01:27:44 PM »
Unexpected visitors as I pulled into my driveway...






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« Reply #112 on: July 23, 2012, 01:51:18 PM »
I think deer are getting urbanized. Pretty soon there will be as many deer as people. They know where they are safe, which is pretty ironic.
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« Reply #113 on: July 23, 2012, 08:43:09 PM »
thats how the deer are around my place.last year i pulled in to my house a couple deer were standing accross the alley in a vacant overgrown lot with that i think he is going to feed us look.i happen to be carrying a half a little ceasers pizza.they really seemed to like it.
the deer on the left has pizza hanging out of its mouth.


and from further back up the page some sandhill crane pics.this one i was driveing out from trout fishin i saw a young one on the roadside when i got up closer the young one had hid but the parent was raising holly heck doing that i am wounded look over here routine.








then the next weekend i went on a backpack trip and camped near a backwoods lake i was interupted during my morning pack up by another crane being loud and only about 10yrds away.you can see the red from its head in the center of this pic.

i went out to get a better look and this parent held my attention while the other escorted the babes away.


meanwhile this imature bald eagle flew over to see if he could have some baby crane for breakfast.


so i packed up and left.i had wandered into some old logging roads that were now mostly grass.i get about a half mile from camp and i catch up to those cranes again.i had to go by them so i get my camara out and start walking closer.the parents fly up and towards me right over my head.these are very large birds standing 4 to 5 feet tall.it was a bit unnerveing.they started doing the look at me i am wounded and raiseing quite a ruckus,but i wanted to get a pic of the young ones,and my way was ahead anyhow.so being carefull not to step on them as they had layed down t hide in the grass i proceeded and got this quick pic of one of the babes,then got the heck out of there so they could go back to being at peace.

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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #114 on: July 23, 2012, 08:52:20 PM »
Nice shot of the crane chick! Good one!
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #115 on: July 25, 2012, 07:36:49 PM »
Loving. This. Thread.

I now want a pet squirrel and a pet skunk. :D (wondering what TwinBlade will think of that...)

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« Reply #116 on: July 25, 2012, 07:44:20 PM »
Loving. This. Thread.

I now want a pet squirrel and a pet skunk. :D (wondering what TwinBlade will think of that...)
You can't go wrong with a skunk. They have the affection of a cat, and the loyalty of a dog.  ;D
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« Reply #117 on: August 20, 2012, 09:05:18 AM »
Last evening we had a visit from a rare, seasonal critter.
The hummingbird moth is active in the daytime, gathering nectar and behaving much like a hummingbird. For those who have never had the pleasure of meeting one of these, I thought I'd share some pictures I was able to capture. Elusive lil' buggers!



It's "tongue" is longer than its body. If you look closely, you can see it extended toward one of the blossoms.



Looking for it's next drink.



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The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #118 on: August 20, 2012, 10:04:04 AM »
Thanks OP!
I've seen those in Alabama, but never out here.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #119 on: August 20, 2012, 10:11:08 AM »
Thanks OP!
I've seen those in Alabama, but never out here.
It might be one of those cases of migratory species, for whatever reason. I'd never seen them up until about 3 years ago. Kinda like there were never any opossum in WA State 40 years ago. Last year we had a hummingbird here that's not supposed to be east of the Sierra Nevada Mts.!
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #120 on: August 20, 2012, 10:17:28 AM »
Thanks for the great shots O.P........especial ly the tongue-shot ;). You're pretty quick on the trigger!    We get 'em here, too, but haven't seen any this year........probabl y too dry :-\
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« Reply #121 on: August 20, 2012, 10:23:58 AM »
Thanks for the great shots O.P........especial ly the tongue-shot ;) . You're pretty quick on the trigger!    We get 'em here, too, but haven't seen any this year........probabl y too dry :-\
Thanks! I was actually amazed at the shots myself. The fill-flash is what froze the action. Cheap little camera, but flash did all the work. I won't tell you how many shots I took to get 4 presentable ones.  ;D
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« Reply #122 on: September 04, 2012, 08:47:05 PM »
'Possums don't have the corner on 'playing dead'.
This evening our miniature black panther came into the house and deposited a hummingbird in her food dish. My wife called my son for help, and he carried the wounded bird, dish and all out to where I was at the fire pit.
The hummingbird was laying on top of the dry food in the dish, blinking up at us with one eye and making the most pitiful mewing sounds. The wings were spread out wide, and some ruffled feathers lead us to believe at least one shoulder was broken. The little fella was motionless, except for that one eye. He was obviously beyond help.
After a minute, or two of discussion, I took the dish and the bird to the back of the house to put it out of its misery. I looked for a stick to end its suffering. Very carefully I lifted it out of the dish by one wing and set it on top of a storage container, apologizing all the while. As I set it down, it got its feed under it, and tried to stand.
I turned to fetch the stick, and then jerked back at the sound of fluttering wings. The "dying" hummingbird took flight right past my face, spiraled upward and headed into the distance. It landed on a power line about a half block away, rested for a minute, and then took off again into the trees! It had been 'playing dead' until it saw its chance, and then made its escape.
When I went back and told the story, my wife said that a few months back she had another one "come to life" right in her hand after rescuing it from another cat. Pretty good survival technique.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #123 on: September 05, 2012, 08:22:38 AM »
I posted these on the other thread but I'll share a few here too









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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #124 on: September 14, 2012, 11:01:08 AM »
Speaking of animal behavior...and out-of-the-ordinary things this year, I just witnessed a Pileated Woodpecker banging its brains out on a power pole. Hundreds of trees in the area, and he's beating on a pole. Hummm.....

But the big story is that our salmon snagging season starts tomorrow, and runs through the end of November. Problem is, the run is over!  The salmon started spawning a whole month earlier than normal.  I was going to get some underwater pix of them in the river, so I waited this long for the run, and never checked for myself. Too late now.....
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #125 on: September 15, 2012, 07:57:31 PM »
Here's a 5-6' Yellow Phase Eastern Timber Rattler I saw in Harriman State Park, NY a couple of years ago.  It was about 5' to 6' long and quite fat:








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« Reply #126 on: October 09, 2012, 11:10:20 AM »
I just had a rare treat...for me.
Perched outside my window just a few minutes ago was a Bluejay! Not a Steller's jay, but a real, live Bluejay.
Apparently it wandered this far west, over the Divide, and found my yard. They will sometimes winter down in SW Montana, and eastern Idaho, but there have been very few sightings there over the years.  This is the first Bluejay I've seen in many years, and the first ever this far West. Our mild Fall weather seems to have them confused, too.
Just thought I'd share.
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« Reply #127 on: October 09, 2012, 05:12:42 PM »
That's pretty cool OP!
Send it down this way... I want to see it too :D
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #128 on: October 09, 2012, 05:17:49 PM »
I thought my friend the heron needed a mention in the thread.



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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #129 on: October 09, 2012, 05:22:51 PM »
I thought my friend the heron needed a mention in the thread.


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Save me the trouble of looking it up. What kind of heron is that? All we have around here are Blue Heron.
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« Reply #130 on: October 09, 2012, 05:45:22 PM »
It's a blue one too, I think OP. Here's a crappy in flight photo.



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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #131 on: October 09, 2012, 06:10:28 PM »
It's a blue one too, I think OP. Here's a crappy in flight photo.

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How big was it? Hard to tell in the photos, but it looks rather on the small side.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #132 on: October 09, 2012, 06:40:19 PM »
No Herons, but in keeping with the avian theme, how about a Red Tailed Hawk?


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« Reply #133 on: October 28, 2012, 01:13:28 PM »
Got out for a few hours of hunting this morning. Saw 9 does, but nothing legal to bring home.
As predicted, as we got back to my buddy's place, one of his "pets" was waiting for us. This youngster was there with its twin, and Momma was nearby.



The ONLY reason I'm posting this crappy picture is because this is Momma...complete with spike antlers! She has been around my buddy's house for 2 years now, and this is the second set of twins she's raised. She has a deformed foot, and grows these spikes every year. They never get any bigger.  Just thought it was unique enough to share.


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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #134 on: December 16, 2012, 11:13:55 PM »
Thought I'd bump this thread with a really bad picture of a really neat visitor this afternoon.
There are just a few animals I always associate with real wilderness, or at least "the boonies".  The wolverine, wolf, loon, and one of my favs, the pileated woodpecker.
I only get to indulge my fetish for these crow sized critters a couple times a year, and this is one of them. They are getting less and less nervous around civilization here. They like the lilac trees, and the cottonwoods.
This is a crappy picture with a crappy camera, but here's a picture, so it must have happened.  :P ;D

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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #135 on: December 16, 2012, 11:29:56 PM »
ULTRA-COOL BIRD, Ol' P., I've only seen one of them in my entire life!  We are not in their range here, but my one and only sighting occurred up in the BWCAW or Quetico......can't remember for sure without consulting my old canoe trip journal.  It was jackhammerin' an old hollow tree and the hunks of wood were flying like shrapnel.  Pretty danged loud, as I recall, too.  I believe I read that Walter Lantz used the pileated woodpecker as a model for Woody, too 8)
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« Reply #136 on: December 17, 2012, 12:45:27 AM »
I first saw 2 pairs them on a camping trip high in the Olympic Mts when I was about 15. I saw 2 more over the next 41 years! Now that I'm out here, I have them coming into my front yard. How cool is THAT???
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #137 on: December 17, 2012, 05:26:10 AM »
Hey OP, we have some of those big Moth's around here. They are almost the size of a Hummingbird. Awesome shots of the rattler. We have praire rattlers around here that top out about 3.5'. I have never seen a rattler above 9000ft.

I caught my squirrel chewing on my deer antler I have sitting outside. I know the field mice will eat them for calcium but had not expected the squirrel to get after it.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #138 on: December 17, 2012, 09:18:26 AM »
Hey OP, we have some of those big Moth's around here. They are almost the size of a Hummingbird. Awesome shots of the rattler. We have praire rattlers around here that top out about 3.5'. I have never seen a rattler above 9000ft.

I caught my squirrel chewing on my deer antler I have sitting outside. I know the field mice will eat them for calcium but had not expected the squirrel to get after it.
Douglas squirrels (pine squirrels) are the main "recyclers" of sheds around here.
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« Reply #139 on: January 08, 2013, 11:08:16 AM »
Last year I made up some suet blocks for the birds out of some really old pork tallow. They were pretty much ignored by the birds last summer, with the exception of a few chickadees.
But this winter they have found favor with the woodpeckers. They gentleman was discovered feeding this morning. I grabbed a few shot with my little point-n-shoot Sony through a dirty window. At least one came out well enough that he's recognizable.  ;D



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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #140 on: January 08, 2013, 04:05:27 PM »
Nice shot,Ol' P :thumbsup:  I'm a woodpecker man myself 8).  The area around my neck o' the woods is, according to many of the birders that show up here from all states of the union, one of the very best spots to view a very wide assortment of birds.  It is kind of a transition area, environmentally and climate-wise, plus it is right at the conjunction of several major migration routes.  That would explain why I see birds almost every year that I have never seen before......keeps us running to the bird books for ID each month of the year.  When we view the maps in the books that show each specie's range, it shows that we are on the edge of MANY of their territories, so some we see often and some only rarely.

The yearly cedar waxwing migration is one I always love seeing, but it is very short-lived....usually only around an hour.  They invade our yard en masse, hundreds of them, to eat the berries from the big hackberry tree that shades our deck and where our feeders all hang.   They come and go almost instantly as a flock.
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Re: Red-Shafted Flicker
« Reply #141 on: January 08, 2013, 04:09:13 PM »
Me too OP.  We get a lot of them here and, to me, they are one of the most beautiful birds we see.  We get ladderbacks and downys too but the Flickers are one of my favorites of all birds.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #142 on: January 08, 2013, 09:13:51 PM »
Interesting Flicker story I may have told before.
When I was around 11, or 12, my Grandfather put me on 'woodpecker patrol'. My grandparents has a huge house in Island County of WA. Every year the Flicker would show up, and start pecking on the cedar siding of the house. They would make huge holes at the peak of every 2nd story gable on the place.
My Grandfather would cover the holes with chicken wire, and board some up. The 'peckers would be right back, working around the barricades. At night, they would roost right there at the hole, waiting to start hammering the next morning. I would be sent out with a flashlight and the .22 to knock 'em down. In the course of one summer I counted over a dozen birds we exterminated.
Then one year, the Flickers didn't come around. Our routine made it too dangerous for them, I guess. The next year, still no birds. Yea! We won! No more destruction to the siding.
A couple years after the last Flicker was run off, I was in one of the upstairs closets that had the access ladder to the attic space in it. It was exceptionally quiet in the house, and I hear a humming. I though it was some sort of appliance running, but when I left the closet, the sound went away. I finally got a lantern from my Grandmother and climbed the ladder.
I came back down that ladder like a boatswain on a battleship! My Grandmother thought I'd see a ghost. Then I explained to her that virtually every rafter in the attic was covered with Mud Dauber Wasp nests, and the air was filled with flying wasps!  She and Granddad ended up having to call a pest control outfit and have the whole place sprayed.
It turns out the Flickers were trying to get into the attic to feed on the wasp larvae, and had been keeping them under control. Until we killed them all off. With the natural predators gone, the wasps had the run of the place!
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Re: Surprise visitor
« Reply #143 on: January 12, 2013, 12:14:02 PM »
I just had a rare treat...for me.
Perched outside my window just a few minutes ago was a Bluejay! Not a Steller's jay, but a real, live Bluejay.
Apparently it wandered this far west, over the Divide, and found my yard. They will sometimes winter down in SW Montana, and eastern Idaho, but there have been very few sightings there over the years.  This is the first Bluejay I've seen in many years, and the first ever this far West. Our mild Fall weather seems to have them confused, too.
Just thought I'd share.

We have a family of them that return every year.  Some years there are five and some years four.  This year I have only seen three so far.  They frequent the feeders and tend to hang out fairly close to the farm house.  I am glad to hear they go over by your place.
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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #144 on: June 06, 2013, 11:27:22 PM »
Thought I'd bump this thread for new members, and in case anyone had any wildlife stories and/or photos to share.
No pix, but today I made a trek to the Big City with my son and daughter.
First thing out of the chute, we had to stop on the State Highway while a young cow elk wandered leisurely across the pavement to join the herd in the field below the roadway. A quiet 8:30 am breakfast.

One the way back, we were treated to a yearling grizzly trying to make it across the highway before the on coming semi made a road pancake out of it.  The bear won.  It's amazing how fast such a bulky animal can run! BTW, it was mid-day (1:30 pm) and that bear didn't look the least bit sleepy.

As a side note, when my other son was taking me to the airport along the same route, we were greeted by a red fox jay walking. That is the first fox I've actually seen up here in over a decade.

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« Reply #145 on: June 06, 2013, 11:45:28 PM »
Good bump OP :thumbsup:

The wife said that she saw a red fox last week down on the ranch.
It's been awhile since we've seen one. The last one was hunting gophers down on the ranch.
It's not surprising that we don't see them often. For the most part their nocturnal.
I don't even think there are any up here.
I've never seen tracks or scat :shrug:
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« Reply #146 on: June 07, 2013, 12:13:44 AM »




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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #147 on: June 07, 2013, 12:31:48 AM »


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Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Reply #148 on: June 07, 2013, 10:46:01 AM »
Last year around this time my buddy and I took my canoe out for some fishing, while I was on shore up in the weeds "relieving" myself I saw a pathetic little rodent curled up on an ant hill drenched with the morning dew.  I thought it was dead but upon closer inspection I saw it gasp for air when the warmth of my hand touched it.  So I brushed off the ants and wrapped it up in my handkerchief in hopes I could nurse it back to health.



When it finally dried off I could distinguish that is was a baby chipmunk and it began to move around, I couldn't keep it so I gave it to my neighbors who rehabilitate wildlife.  Unfortunately the poor little guy didn't make it...  It lived for about two weeks when it developed a respiratory problem and eventually died.



Call me crazy but I got a soft spot in my heart for these little critters especially if they're in distress...   :shrug:         

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« Reply #149 on: June 07, 2013, 10:53:06 AM »
Wi W... I've got a soft spot for chipmunks too :)
We've got a ton of them around here.
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