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Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 04:33:05 PM
I didn't know whether to put this here, or in the Outings thread, but here goes....

This is a place to share your photos and tales of your encounters with our furry (and feathered) friends while out and about, or sitting on your back porch.

I've had many memorable meetings over the years. Hand feeding a wild skunk my breakfast bacon on the Olympic Peninsula, holding a handful of grass while a porcupine nibbled on it in the Methow Valley, hand feeding potato chips to a 4-point buck at a remote campsite along the Chiwawa River.  I've watched a bald eagle steal the fish from a Swainson's hawk in mid air. I've seen a red tail hawk do a summersault and inihilate a harrassing crow without loosing altitude.

I don't get out on photo expeditions that much these days, with other demands on my time, but wildlife photography, and just observing is one of my passions.

To start things off, here's my favorite portrait from recently. It's been posted before, so please bear with me.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/2e5b8088.jpg)

This fellow decided my bird feeder was his private take-out cart.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/16b2c49c.jpg)

So what "close encounters" stand out in your memory?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 19, 2012, 04:52:39 PM
Nice photos!   I never seem to have a camera on me when the animals are posing.  :S   Is the deer in a shed or something?  Its fur looks different...

 I was going to ask the powers that be if they'd put in a wildlife/ wildplant forum area.   Hubby came across a critter in the driveway yesterday and I wanted to ask about it.    But I didnt know where to post it. 

WW.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dano on March 19, 2012, 04:58:25 PM
When I was a teen, my girlfriend and I grabbed some McDonald's and headed to a nearby park.  We weren't that far from the main gate, and stopped in a small lot to eat before it got cold.  We were talking and I looked over at her because she stopped mid-sentence.  Her eyes were the size of a Que Ball, looking just over my shoulder.  I turned my head to see what was going on....and brushed my nose on the doe that had stuck her head in the window and was eating some of my fries.

She pulled her head back out, but stayed right next to my window.  She didn't try to grab any unless I held it in my hand instead of taking it out of the container and straight to my mouth.  If there was a fry in my hand and I was talking, she would stick her head back in the window.  We got done and she sniffed my ear.  I gave her a pat and we were on our way!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on March 19, 2012, 05:12:10 PM
This archery season I had good sneak on a bedded buck during a high wind storm.  I had spotted him driving up my driveway and the way the terrain lay and the wind was blowing; my mind already had him mounted on the wall and had eaten all the tenderloin.  When I crept up close to the tree where he was laying I could see antlers and ears but that is all.  The wind was blowing about thirty mph and when it would gust it was probably about 40.  I was going to crawl a few more feet and try to grunt to get him to stand up.  I looked down at my bowstring as I was putting on the release and when I looked back up he was running at full speed about fifteen yards from where I was standing.  I watched him take his tenderloins and antlers over the hill to my neighbors place and never saw him again during the season.  Maybe next year.  Here is a photo of him from the year before when he would come in after the season was over.  I guess he is my nemisis. 

 (http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad274/stantdm/IMG_1253.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 05:13:44 PM
Nice photos!   I never seem to have a camera on me when the animals are posing.  :S   Is the deer in a shed or something?  Its fur looks different...

 I was going to ask the powers that be if they'd put in a wildlife/ wildplant forum area.   Hubby came across a critter in the driveway yesterday and I wanted to ask about it.    But I didnt know where to post it. 

WW.
The doe was shedding her winter coat. Looks a bit ratty, huh?
Did you get a picture of the 'critter' in the driveway? How well can you/he describe it?  If it's alive, and wild, I guess it can go here. Hehehe.

Dano, your experience with the park-tame deer reminds me of feeding the bison at a wildlife refuge once. I can see why the pioneers ate 'buffalo tongue', because I swear the tongue that bull stuck through the open van window was over a foot long!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 05:16:10 PM
...  Maybe next year.  Here is a photo of him from the year before when he would come in after the season was over.  I guess he is my nemisis. 

 http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad274/stantdm/IMG_1253.jpg (http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad274/stantdm/IMG_1253.jpg)
He didn't get that big by being stupid. <wink>
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: GrowlingBear on March 19, 2012, 07:17:59 PM
Here's a sharp-shinned hawk I saw in Aliso and Woods Canyon Park.  I had the camera on full zoom.  The little bugger took-off when I took the next step to get closer.
(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b422/GrowlingBear1/AW12291106.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 07:37:14 PM
I love the raptors, but it's sure hard to get good photos. Great you got a good look at him!

I tell myself every time I leave the house to remember me camera. Sometimes I fail to listen.
Yesterday I made a quick run to town, and when I arrived back home there were two deer standing under my apple trees. One was a yearling, and vaulted the fence to avoid me as I pull the car in.
The other was "mama". She cast me a sideways glance, and then continued munching on some really sad apples I'd knocked out of the tree earlier.
So here I am with an armload of grocery sacks, and no camera. I started playing the old stalking game with her. Every time she drop her head to the ground to get an apple, I'd take a few quick steps toward the gate. She'd pop up and look around after a few seconds, at which point I'd already be frozen in my tracks. A deer can't see squat when it's head is down browsing, so they look up every few seconds to check for threats. Most deer have their own cycle. With some it's down 5 seconds, up to survey, down for 5 again. Some will take up to 15 seconds between checks. This gal was running about 6-7 seconds. So I'd sneak toward her when her head was down, counting to 5, then freeze. She'd look up, see nothing moving, and go back to the apples. It was classic!
After about a minute I was at the gate, and she was still munching away about 15 feet from me. Now I had a problem. I had to get through the gate with an armload without scaring the daylights out of her. So I started whispering sweet nothings to her. She looked at me, blinked a couple of times and went back to the apples! Hahaha!  I eased through the gate talking to her all the while. With the gate fully open I stepped into the yard. That's when she decided I was close enough. Actually, I think the white grocery sacks are what spooked her more than I did.
She moved off about another 5 feet while I walked to the porch. As I climbed the stairs the front door opened and my wife stepped out. She spotted the doe and greeted her with, "Well, hello girl." That was it for the deer. She was now out numbered, and bounded over the 5' fence with a flip if her tail...the deer equivalent of flipping someone the bird.  ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: GrowlingBear on March 19, 2012, 08:17:53 PM
Ha-ha!  That figures, Ol' P.  I never have my camera with me when I see something cool.  If I have the camera, I can't seem to get close enough to get a good shot.  I'm working on getting a decent SLR so I can take better shots.  I think your last sentence says it best:  "the deer equivalent of flipping someone the bird."  I think the hawk gave me the same when it flew off.  I also saw a couple of deer in the distance that day, but, again, I couldn't get close enough, and they trotted-off with the same tail flip.  Lousy nature! LOL.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 08:27:15 PM
I just wish the stupid deer would leave my bird feeder alone. I have more grain on the ground under it than even the mice can clean up. The stand on their hind legs to reach it where it's hanging. Then they tip it to spill a bunch on the ground, take a lick or three, and leave the rest.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 19, 2012, 08:29:32 PM
OP.  I did some checking and had hubby come verify.  We are pretty sure it was a Fisher.   But I've never heard of one before..and I dont think they are normally found around here.  But then again neither are moose and there was one in our yard last fall.   

What do you know about those animals?    From the little bit I read .. I need to keep an eye on my small dogs.   :(

I'm glad I'm not the only one who talks to the animals.      Last year when hubby was in the hospital for weeks, I was coming home every night and leaving early in the morning to get back to Hosp.   This was a 70 mile trip one way.   I was tired after days of this.

One morning I was loading up the car and after the third trip .. there she was.  A doe not even 20 feet from me.. watching me go back and forth.    I said.. " whoa..where did you come from?"    She twitched..
I said.. " cant visit this morning girl.. I'm in a hurry".    She was still there when I backed out of the yard.

I've had a wild Mallard female duck come up from the pond to follow me when I was tilling.. she was grabbing worms as fast as the tiller would throw them out.   At one point I had to stop the rotations and tell her to back off or her neck will get rung...  I thought I spooked her enought to leave.    After getting to the end of the row I turned and there she was.. in my footsteps..snarfin worms..  ha ha.   I named her Millie...  she would saunter in the garden when I was out there planting on other days.     

And on another.  I had a big Bald Eagle come land on one of the garden fence posts. About..oh.. 15 feet from me.  Never heard him/her fly in.  But I was busy.. on hands and knee's pulling weeds.   That screach of his/hers got my attention tho.  Holy crap I about split my skin.   LoL     Talked to it a few sentences and it tilted his/her head and off he/she flew.    My heart was just pounding... excitement and after shock.   :)

WW.   

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Smokewalker on March 19, 2012, 09:14:51 PM
Iv.e been up close to Moose they  so majestic. Now being up close & personal with the Bird of Freedom is Just plain Kool .I had the same feeling the first time I encountered a Wolf, looking into those grey eyes was like looking into a portal to hell. lt gives me the chill bumps thinking about it even now.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 09:39:45 PM
The closest I've managed to get to eagles has been passing them on the road while they argued with the ravens over deer carcases. The bald eagles are neat enough, but twice I've come up on golden eagles having a roadside brunch. You gotta respect something that stands 3 feet tall flat footed and has a beak like a bale hook!! They say golden eagles don't get bigger than bald eagles, but I begs to differ on that one!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 09:43:39 PM
OP.  I did some checking and had hubby come verify.  We are pretty sure it was a Fisher.   But I've never heard of one before..and I dont think they are normally found around here.  But then again neither are moose and there was one in our yard last fall....
I don't know a lot about fishers, but any weasel that can get 4 feet long and weigh 15 pounds gets my attention. I don't know about your puppies, but watch your chickens!
I take it your hubby saw it alive, and it left that way?  They're pretty rare to see, even in their prime ranges.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 19, 2012, 09:47:15 PM
Oh yes..  he met up with it on the hill of the driveway when he was going up to get the mail on the fourwheeler.  He said he chased it for about 1/4 of a mile.    He was a tad bit worried it would turn on him..' it was big, like an over grown weasle and all black'.

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 19, 2012, 09:49:38 PM
Oh yes..  he met up with it on the hill of the driveway when he was going up to get the mail on the fourwheeler.  He said he chased it for about 1/4 of a mile.    He was a tad bit worried it would turn on him..' it was big, like an over grown weasle and all black'.

WW.
The one my partner saw in New Hampshire was black, too. I never got to see it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 19, 2012, 11:51:05 PM
Saw this little guy on a walk last year.

(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/class%201/DPP_7_0001-1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 19, 2012, 11:54:40 PM
PW..what is that?     

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 19, 2012, 11:57:15 PM
Looks like a horny toad to me :o
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 20, 2012, 12:01:33 AM
Mmm...  peering closer... ya,  he kinda DOES have that glazed look in his eye................ ..   ;D


I had ta ask....


WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 20, 2012, 12:08:00 AM
Wolfy is correct. It's a "horny toad", or more precisely, a horned lizard. I actually had the specific species nailed down but it's been so long since I took the picture I forget what it was.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 20, 2012, 12:11:16 AM
So Wolfy wasnt pullin my leg?   Sorry Wolfy.   :-[   

PW.. you got some odd looking critters down there.    Does this thing bite or is it dangerous?

I still think is has that 'look' to 'im........   ???

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 20, 2012, 12:44:13 AM
So Wolfy wasnt pullin my leg?   Sorry Wolfy.   :-[   

PW.. you got some odd looking critters down there.    Does this thing bite or is it dangerous?

I still think is has that 'look' to 'im........   ???

WW.

They're harmless as far as I know. Their excellent camouflage and the spines suggest passive defense.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: easy_rider75 on March 20, 2012, 08:18:05 PM
Sorry I didn't have a more powerful zoom close as I  could get with a 3x  and being like 30 feet away from  him.  not sure  I think may be a peregrine falcon could be a hawk to  no clue still thought was  cool having  them so close to the house. We get a bunch of them around here to


(http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx221/bikebum1975/100_3414.jpg)


 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 20, 2012, 08:43:53 PM
He's got the perfect perch up there doesnt he?    :)

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Waya on March 20, 2012, 09:40:25 PM
Some Great Pics all :)
Here are a few I can share with you....These were taken in the Olympic Peninnsula, Quinault Valley to be exact....This fellow was munching on crab apples I believe....

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt27/vbryson/Pa130040-2.jpg)

I was about 100 yds away I think and used a digital zoom which is kind of grainy but still decent shots for my camera :)

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt27/vbryson/Pa130029-2.jpg)

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt27/vbryson/Pa130027-2.jpg)

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt27/vbryson/Pa130023-2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: GrowlingBear on March 20, 2012, 09:58:42 PM
Man, that bear must really like crabapples!  I've seen them climb trees for people food, but never out on a limb like a bird.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 20, 2012, 10:03:52 PM
Whoa...    BEAR!!

Didja eat 'im?

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Waya on March 20, 2012, 10:06:32 PM
Here is a shot I got while walking along the beach one day....This beauty let me get within about 40 ft of him/her

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt27/vbryson/eagle.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Waya on March 20, 2012, 10:08:19 PM
Nope didn't get to invite that one to dinner LOL....he was in the National Park so he was safe :)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 20, 2012, 10:16:43 PM
Nice pix, Waya!  I guess that answers what lengths bears with go to for a snack, and what good climbers they are.
Thanks for sharing those, and that great shot of the eagle.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Waya on March 20, 2012, 10:34:48 PM
Thanks OP.....I loved taking pics of wildlife and scenery....have 100's of sunsets  on the ocean....and lots of poor quality ones of bears on feeding stations...they were taken with a Kodak Share or something....very limited...my late husband was a guide for hunting and we have LOTS of Pics....once I got my Olympus camera he just kept the Kodak in his truck all the time in case he saw something....which he usually did :)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 20, 2012, 10:40:44 PM
The Olympics are a great place for observing wildlife. Keep those pictures coming!
I've prowled most of the peninsula, from Hurricane Ridge to Long Beach.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 21, 2012, 12:34:59 AM
Okay, time for a quick bed time story.

Somebody once called me "the skunk whisperer". I don't know about that, but I think skunks are just awesome!
The first time I encountered a skunk, it was a deodorized pet. It was the coolest critter I'd ever seen. More easy going than a cat, craved less attention than a dog, and left no doubt in your mind that you were in ITS territory, by permission!  ;D

My second encounter was near the beginning of a month-long camping odyssey that took me from the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, down the entire coast of Oregon and on to the Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon along the Grand Canyon of the Snake River.

Short story long, I was camped at the mouth of the Waatch River at what is now Hobuck Campground. Back then it was just a slough on the Makah Reservation. There were no other campers, and the nearest shack was a mile away. I had the whole marsh to myself, or so I thought.

I got up one morning about dawn, and got a fire going. I built my fire pit a few feet from a big windfall so I could be close to the fire, and use the log as a back rest.  I got the coffee going, and put some bacon in the cast iron fry pan.

I was sitting there, watching some blue heron parade around the shallows through the morning mist, when I heard a rustling in the salal bushes on the other side of the log behind me.  I knew it couldn't be anything big, or scary, so I kept about my business, turning the sizzling bacon and enjoying the aroma. I could hear the rustling moving away from me, toward the end of the log. After a minute, or so, the sound stopped.

A few seconds later, I caught some movement in the corner of my eye at the end of the windfall. I glanced over and all I could see was this strange black thing sticking out and kind of twitching. Another few seconds, and a black muzzle appeared, followed by two beady black eyes. The skunk's nose was still twitching as it savored the smells coming from my frying pan.

I moved slowly, keeping an eye on the skunk, which was only about 10 feet from me, while I pulled the bacon and put it on my plate. The skunk continued to creep closer to this wonderful smell, and now it's entire body was on my side of the log.  I slowly picked up a piece of bacon, and took a bite, watching the skunk's reaction to my movement. The skunk looked at the fire and the pan, then looked up and stared right at me nibbling the bacon.

I started talking to my visitor as I broke off a bit of bacon and tossed it in its direction. It took a couple quick steps backward, and then cautiously approached the bacon on the ground. It grabbed the bacon in its paw like a raccoon, and hurried back around the end of the log.  Pretty soon it peeked out again, and I tossed another piece a bit closer to me. It came to the bacon, never taking it's eyes off me.

We kept up this dance until the first piece of bacon was gone. I broke off a new piece and tossed it about a foot from me. This time the skunk came over and ate the bacon without running off.  Over the next several minutes it became bolder. By the time I'd eaten three pieces of bacon, and the skunk had eaten two, it had its front paws up on my leg and was munching on the meat while I held it between my fingers.

I'd been talking softly most of the time, and when the bacon was all gone, I announced, "That's it, buddy. All gone."  It looked at me, licked its lips, dropped down and waddled off around the log again.

This happened over 50 years ago, but the memory i s still as clear as if it happened yesterday.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 21, 2012, 12:41:27 AM
That's an awesome memory OP, thanks for sharing it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on March 21, 2012, 08:02:32 AM
Here's a little spike buck I came across while on a little hike in the woods

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6726564445_cb1933d314_z.jpg)

Here's a doe on the same hike

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6726503877_f1227013d2_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6726503837_4fafbbc3bb_z.jpg)

And here's a little snapping turtle I came across while shore fishing

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6102/6854693428_d1955c5910_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: C3 Knives on March 21, 2012, 08:32:57 AM
Lot's of great pics in this one.  I saved a baby squirrel and raised her up to release age.  That was about two years ago and she still comes around now and then for a nut.  I had to nurse her and the whole nine yards.  Was a fun and interesting experience.
(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/IMG_5873.jpg)

(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/IMG_5876.jpg)

(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/IMG_5913.jpg)

Her condo
(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/IMG_6058.jpg)

Soon after release.
(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/IMG_6430.jpg)

(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/019.jpg)

Not too long ago.
(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/015.jpg)

She will walk right up onto the back patio.
(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q387/Christopher-Cody/stew/017.jpg)

Forgot to add that I named her Squirrel Stew! My sick sense of humor.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dano on March 21, 2012, 08:58:35 AM
She's a cute little bugger!!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Waya on March 21, 2012, 09:50:50 AM
Great Story OP...and nice pictures C3 and Outdoors :) Thanks for sharing them :)
When I lived in Washington I lived on the Quinault Indian Reservation, and one of my various jobs that I held with the tribe was Animal Control Officer. Well of course this was to try and control the dogs on the reservation, getting them vaccinated and licensed etc. But it also had several other faces...such as rescuing wildlife, rehabing animals etc.
In Dec. of 1988 there was a major oil spill just offshore and south of where we lived. (The Nestucca Oil Spill) Unfortunately this resulted in LOTS of oiled sea birds and wild life, not to mention the ecological damage. So on Christmas Eve (and for the following month) from about dawn to dusk I had to patrol the beaches of the Reservation (the majority of which are not accessible by roads except via long hikes) collecting oiled birds, dead or alive, and then transport them to the Command Center where they were cleaning those they could save, and keeping a tally of the mortalities. Most seabirds will not come on land unless they are sick anyways so if we saw one sitting on the beach we (myself and some volunteers) knew we had to catch it. We caught LOTS of birds including Common Murre's. Plovers, Sandpipers, Scoters, Grebe's and at least 1 Albatross, of course Seagulls and many others. The most interesting capture though was for some Bald Eagles. The eagles had been 'feeding' on the oiled birds and of course were getting oil on them that way, as we'll as ingesting some. Most of the birds we 'caught' were on land and catching them, although tricky, was not necessarily difficult. The eagles of course would not stay on land. So the Dept. of Wildlife and the Dept. of Ecology and I worked out a plan to where we would bait a certain area and we had 'cannon nets' set up to try and catch the eagles with. It worked and we caught 3 of them at one time :) All three were taken to rehabilitation so they could be cleaned and blood work done to look at the toxin levels in there system. All three were later released, right where we had captured them at. Handling these beautiful birds is very tricky as their talons are wickedly sharp, their feet are extremely strong and lets not forget about their powerful beaks. Once captured they are immediately 'hooded'. Once their eyes are covered they are totally calm and will not usually fight or struggle. I learned things that day that helped me out over the years when I had to transport other eagles and hawks for various reasons. I carry a 3 inch scar on my leg to remind me of these beautiful and powerful birds. And I would take a dozen more of those scars to help another one if it needed help.....next time I will tell you about the 'Oiled Sasquatch' rofl......
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on March 21, 2012, 10:53:52 AM
That skunk story is a good one OP.  I felt like I was there watching you feed it bacon.

My skunk story is less pleasant.  I have a live trap in my barn to keep the racoons from eating all the corn and grain we feed to our cattle.  I average about 65 of them a year.  One morning I went in the barn and there was a skunk in the cage.  I backed out real quick and went to the shop for a tarp.  Threw the tarp over the trap and hooked a twenty foot rope on it so I could drag in out of the barn and out into the farmyard.  I usually shoot them with a .22 but today I was carrying a big Colt single action.  When I got the skunk to a "good" spot. I flipped the trap over so the door would fall open and was waiting for it to come out.  When it did instead of running away from me like a racoon would do it ran at me!  They are fast.  I started shooting but its hard to hit anything when your running backward.  Turned out he wasn't after me he just wanted back in the barn and ran back in through the open door.  I had made him mad by then and he was spraying everything.  By the time I "harvested" him he had stunk the place up pretty good.  I didn't seem to smell all that bad so I went back to the house and my wife threw me out the door as soon as walked in the kitchen.  I could not get the smell out of the belt or wallet I was using so I had to throw them out.   The bank wasn't happy with the money I deposited either.  I've had other encounters with them in that barn but I learned my lesson and just drag em out and shoot em' downwind from the place while they are in the trap.  Kinda hard on the trap though.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 21, 2012, 11:07:02 AM
Great story, Waya! By the way, is there any Native American significance to your screen 'nym?


Lot's of great pics in this one.  I saved a baby squirrel and raised her up to release age.  That was about two years ago and she still comes around now and then for a nut.  I had to nurse her and the whole nine yards.  Was a fun and interesting experience....
Forgot to add that I named her Squirrel Stew! My sick sense of humor.
Great! We rescued a baby Douglas squirrel at a similar age. It had fallen out of the nest and broken its tail. We nursed it with an eyedropper and Similac baby formula. It grew up healthy and we released it in the backyard. Like "Squirrel Stew", it kept coming around for hand outs. I have some 35mm slides of it joining one of our BBQs where it would hop down onto a guests shoulder for a treat.
We worried about it over the first winter, but he came back to the patio the next Spring. The following Spring he showed up with what we took to be his new girlfriend! She hung back, but our buddy came over to say "good-bye", and then both disappeared for good.
That broken tail never did heal right, and made him very distinctive. His name was "Fuzz-butt". Hahaha.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 21, 2012, 11:13:59 AM
That skunk story is a good one OP.  I felt like I was there watching you feed it bacon.

My skunk story is less pleasant.  I have a live trap in my barn to keep the racoons from eating all the corn and grain we feed to our cattle.  I average about 65 of them a year.  One morning I went in the barn and there was a skunk in the cage.  I backed out real quick and went to the shop for a tarp.  Threw the tarp over the trap and hooked a twenty foot rope on it so I could drag in out of the barn and out into the farmyard.  I usually shoot them with a .22 but today I was carrying a big Colt single action.  When I got the skunk to a "good" spot. I flipped the trap over so the door would fall open and was waiting for it to come out.  When it did instead of running away from me like a racoon would do it ran at me!  They are fast.  I started shooting but its hard to hit anything when your running backward.  Turned out he wasn't after me he just wanted back in the barn and ran back in through the open door.  I had made him mad by then and he was spraying everything.  By the time I "harvested" him he had stunk the place up pretty good.  I didn't seem to smell all that bad so I went back to the house and my wife threw me out the door as soon as walked in the kitchen.  I could not get the smell out of the belt or wallet I was using so I had to throw them out.   The bank wasn't happy with the money I deposited either.  I've had other encounters with them in that barn but I learned my lesson and just drag em out and shoot em' downwind from the place while they are in the trap.  Kinda hard on the trap though.
ROFL! I can just see you back peddling and shooting at this attacking skunk.  :D   I'm betting it was a female, and probably trying to get back to her kits. I ended up live trapping and releasing almost a dozen from under my shed over a couple years. Too bad you threw out the gear. The absolute best, magical skunk odor remover is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap as a wetting agent. It's amazingly effective.
Did you ever see my skunk trapping thread "elsewhere" awhile back?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on March 21, 2012, 01:18:56 PM
Did you ever see my skunk trapping thread "elsewhere" awhile back?

I must have missed.  If I go to elsewhere I will search it up.

Thanks OP,

Stan

Oh I found it.  That was "cute", to say the least.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 21, 2012, 02:10:20 PM
Did you ever see my skunk trapping thread "elsewhere" awhile back?

I must have missed.  If I go to elsewhere I will search it up.

Thanks OP,

Stan

Oh I found it.  That was "cute", to say the least.
That was quite the adventure. The rest of the story is about loaning my live trap to my friend. I may have posted this elsewhere, also.

He was having trouble with squirrels and "groundhogs". Actually the groundhogs were huge Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels, but hey...they were still digging up his gardens.

So he wants to borrow my trap after my skunk squatters were moved. I coached him on setting a 'blind set' with the trap along side his out building behind a sheet of plywood. Nothing the first night, then he noticed the trap was sprung the second morning.  He went down to check it, pulled the plywood away and there was a skunk in the trap!  Now, this just floored him because he had NEVER seen a skunk anywhere on his property before! He called me up and we discussed how to cover the trap and release the skunk elsewhere.  He called me back a few hours later asking for the "scent removal" formula. Hahahaha!
He waited a couple days and set the trap up in a different location closer to where the ground squirrels had been active.

I didn't hear from him for 3 days, when I got a call.
"I'll be dropping off your trap in a couple hours," he told me, "This damn thing is cursed! It's a skunk magnet!"  He'd caught a second skunk, got sprayed again, and was resigned to coexist with the squirrels!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 21, 2012, 03:02:29 PM
For those who never saw it elsewhere, this is one of the photos my son took while I was releasing some of the baby skunks. This little kid had to make sure I wasn't his momma before going to find the real one.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Skunk%20release%202/e59ff1c1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: easy_rider75 on March 21, 2012, 03:30:02 PM
Ha  I  do remember  that story OP  still a cool pic to


Had a little visitor to my "shop" earlier  had a (http://bladesandbushcraft.com/Smileys/krystl-white/censored.gif) of a time trying to get a pic of it to


(http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx221/bikebum1975/birch%20spoons/100_3548.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 21, 2012, 03:42:54 PM
LOL  Easy.. I was staring and staring at that pix wondering what the critter was... expecting a snake.  Couldnt find it...   then all of the sudden the Butterfly was 'there'....      :)


**knocing on wood**  We've been pretty good to be going with out skunks here on the farmhill.  Up the driveway I've seen a few...but not here in the yard.   **knocking twice to make sure**

Keep the photos coming..  I love them all.   Well almost.. the turtle one had me nervous. 

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 22, 2012, 12:30:25 AM
IMO, a great idea for a post. Thumbs up

Kangaroos
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Kangaroos.jpg)

Wallaby
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Wallaby1.jpg)

Possum
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Possum1.jpg)

Feral Goat
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Goat1.jpg)

more to follow.....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 22, 2012, 12:43:10 AM
Here's a shot of some type of bee inside an opuntia cactus flower.

(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/9%20Mile%20Canyon%201/DPP_0024-1.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 22, 2012, 12:51:51 AM
Reptiles.

Eastern Water Dragon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbvpH8gzxZw

Saltwater croc
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Capetribulation158.jpg)

Juvenile tiger snake
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Youngtigersnake.jpg)

Bearded dragon
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/BeardedDragon.jpg)

Goanna
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Goanna.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/lizard2.jpg)

Water skink
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/WaterSkink1.jpg)

peek-a boo
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Peek-a-boo.jpg)

I'm just about to go out for dinner (& do some final shopping for my daughters camping birthday party), so I'll post some more when I get back.


Kind regards
Mick
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 22, 2012, 01:09:25 AM
Ok so I've been able to sneak in some bird pics before I go out. lol

Birds

A variety of inland birds, including darters, cormorants, shags & wedge tailed eagles that were filed during a fishing trip..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaDkDqfs5f0

A male scub turkey..
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/MaleBushTurkey.jpg)

A female scrub turkey..
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/FemaleBushTurkey.jpg)

A coastal darter...
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/052.jpg)

A blue Heron..
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/BlueHeron1.jpg)

A Pelican.
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Openwide1.jpg)

Kookaburra
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Animals%20and%20reptiles/Capetribulation226.jpg)

Aquatic species when I get back  ;D


Kind regards
Mick
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 22, 2012, 03:35:39 AM
A couple of fish pics...

from our Great barrier reef...
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Great%20Barrier%20reef/Missionbeach026.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Great%20Barrier%20reef/Missionbeach043-1.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Great%20Barrier%20reef/Missionbeach051.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Great%20Barrier%20reef/Missionbeach037.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Great%20Barrier%20reef/SpangledEmperors.jpg)

A Barramundi
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Barramundi.jpg)

Seals and Mutton birds feeding on a school of bait fish off the Nth West coast of Tasmania...
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Tasmania/SealsandMuttonBirds.jpg)


European carp spawning in an inland water supply dam....
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Spawningcongregation1.jpg)

(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Inclose2.jpg)

and one showing a part of that days catch....
(http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo242/southerncross2008/Partofthedayscatch1.jpg)


Kind regards
Mick
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 22, 2012, 09:57:24 AM
Strange and wonderful critters there, mate. How about some hints on preparing carp in the Food forum?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 22, 2012, 12:36:16 PM
WOW SouthernCross,  what a variety of animals you have down there.     Whats the difference between a wallabee and a kangaroo?  Size?   I'm pretty sure if I go visiting down there.. I'll not plan on swimming ..I"ll stay on the land.     :-\

And yes.. if you have recpies or methods of cookin carp I'd like to see them too.   I"ve heard of carp being smoked and would like to try that method.

Thank you so much for sharing.    These were fun to look at.

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Smokewalker on March 22, 2012, 06:22:14 PM
That is some beautiful water I had forgotten how clear it really is sure wish I could have just one more dive there.

WW here''s my carp recipe, lay the carp on a  beer soaked ceder plank  season how you like cook on the grill when it is done through away the carp & eat the plank. ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 22, 2012, 06:32:37 PM
...WW here''s my carp recipe, lay the carp on a  beer soaked ceder plank  season how you like cook on the grill when it is done through away the carp & eat the plank. ;D
Mine is a variation of that, learned from 'planking salmon'. After you get the carp filets fastened to the board, fasten a few strips of bacon cross-wise across the filets. Lean the board up at a slight angle near the cook fire so the bacon cooks and bastes the fish.
Then proceed with Smokey's recipe, but garnish the plank with the bacon.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 22, 2012, 11:14:50 PM
LOL you two!   I actually have a recipe for Carp Ribs.    Smoked I think they are..  and then they say to use the rib for a toothpick when done.   ha ha.

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 22, 2012, 11:26:49 PM
LOL you two!   I actually have a recipe for Carp Ribs.    Smoked I think they are..  and then they say to use the rib for a toothpick when done.   ha ha.

WW.
Ah, yes. Carp, properly smoked, make passable BBQ briquettes.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 22, 2012, 11:34:09 PM
LOL you two!   I actually have a recipe for Carp Ribs.    Smoked I think they are..  and then they say to use the rib for a toothpick when done.   ha ha.

WW.
Ah, yes. Carp, properly smoked, make passable BBQ briquettes.

 ::)  sometimes I just have to shake my head in amazement :-X

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 24, 2012, 11:25:02 PM
G'day WW

Sorry it has taken so long to respond, but I have only just got back from my Daughters 2 day camping birthday party.

Both are marsupials, although different species. As a general rule, Kangaroos are larger.


......And yes.. if you have recpies or methods of cookin carp I'd like to see them too.   I"ve heard of carp being smoked and would like to try that method. 

I'm led to believe that the best way to prepare carp is to catch them & keep them alive for a week in fresh clean water (eg, a kids inflatable swimming pool or the bathtub).  This gives them the chance to clean out the muddy / weedy taste they acquire from their filter feeding habit.

I have tried them fresh on several occasions, but the muddy/weedy taste is not worth sorting through the many bones.

Since they are a real environmental pest over here, I generally kill every one I catch & leave them on the bank.  The Crows like their eyes, & the Foxes clean up the rest. ;D


Kind regards
Mick
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 24, 2012, 11:36:14 PM
I'm led to believe that the best way to prepare carp is to catch them & keep them alive for a week in fresh clean water (eg, a kids inflatable swimming pool or the bathtub).  This gives them the chance to clean out the muddy / weedy taste they acquire from their filter feeding habit....
I've heard this method works, also. Fortunately I'm out of carp territory now, but if I'm ever presented with one, I'll have to give it a try. Although, I'm not sure what the ol' lady will think of taking a shower with a carp swimming around her ankles in the tub.  :o :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: SouthernCross on March 24, 2012, 11:40:58 PM
G'day OP

...... Although, I'm not sure what the ol' lady will think of taking a shower with a carp swimming around her ankles in the tub.  :o :P
Now you know why I haven't tried it.  I'd rather stay married, than experiment with ways of eating  carp. lol


Kind regards
Mick  ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 24, 2012, 11:45:22 PM
G'day OP

...... Although, I'm not sure what the ol' lady will think of taking a shower with a carp swimming around her ankles in the tub.  :o :P
Now you know why I haven't tried it.  I'd rather stay married, than experiment with ways of eating  carp. lol


Kind regards
Mick  ;D
You could always try a pressure washer enema. Naw....that only works on dog sharks.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 01, 2012, 10:44:43 AM
Here's another one I like to look at when it's been too long since my last hike in the woods.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/2f99eb16.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on April 01, 2012, 12:07:30 PM
Is that an older picture or do you still have that much snow on the ground?     This picture would make a great picture for the monitor.  :)

We had a female mallard duck wandering around in our yard yesterday.    She did alot of sitting so I dont know if she was injured or old or what.    I'd peek out the window as I walked  back and forth in the house to see where she was at.    Later in the afternoon I couldnt see her anymore..so she must have moved on after her rest. 

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 01, 2012, 12:17:26 PM
Is that an older picture or do you still have that much snow on the ground?     This picture would make a great picture for the monitor.  :)

That was taken about a month ago, IIRC. The rain has made a lot of that snow go away, but there are still a couple inches at the elevation where the photo was taken.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 01, 2012, 03:58:15 PM
These are the photos that convinced me to get a good DSLR with a decent zoom. (From a trip to Custer State Park and Yellowstone in 2005)
(http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/Dadio66/Grizzly2.jpg)
(http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/Dadio66/Custer8.jpg)
(http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/Dadio66/Buffaloincamp.jpg)

The grizzly bear and her cubs were about 300 yards away, and I don't really want to get closer, but it really taxed my point and shoot Olympus.  That Buffalo walked through our campsite - was remarkably quiet so suddenly - there it was! Scared us nearly to death!

One of my favorite "close encounters",  though, was having a junco land on my rifle barrel while in a tree stand deer hunting. I didn't move a muscle, barely breathed, and he stayed perhaps 30 seconds that seemed like five minutes.  It was very cool.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 01, 2012, 06:04:57 PM
.....
One of my favorite "close encounters",  though, was having a junco land on my rifle barrel while in a tree stand deer hunting. I didn't move a muscle, barely breathed, and he stayed perhaps 30 seconds that seemed like five minutes.  It was very cool.
Nice pix!
I was on a stand bowhunting white tails in Nebraska and had a rabbit come up and start chewing on my leather boot laces. Scared the heck out of him when the "stump" moved!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 01, 2012, 07:00:04 PM
Wow, Missouri rabbits can't generally climb deer stands. Must be all that corn in Nebraska  ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 01, 2012, 08:15:06 PM
Wow, Missouri rabbits can't generally climb deer stands. Must be all that corn in Nebraska  ;)
I've never hunted any animal from a tree stand. Probably never will.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 02, 2012, 07:57:13 PM

I've never hunted any animal from a tree stand. Probably never will.
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I can absolutely respect that. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman on April 02, 2012, 10:24:16 PM
Nice pix there Dadio.    I'd be in a dead faint if I opened up my tent to that standing right there...  uffda.

What camera did you get ?

Today on the way to town we did a head count of hawks and Eagles.    3 Eagles and 11 hawks in 10 miles.   Oh..and I just about had a female pheasant fly into my open window along the driveway. I felt the woof of her feathers.   Scared me so much I actually screamed...   jeepers.


Marsh.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 03, 2012, 04:17:26 PM
Nikon D60. Would not be my choice now but I have taken some nice shots with it. I will post some other pics from the Nikon soon.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: C3 Knives on April 04, 2012, 06:04:24 AM
Got to love the awesome variety showing up here.  I'll dig up some more.   
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Gurthy on April 04, 2012, 08:35:05 AM
Here is some suburban wildlife for you all LOL!

My resident groundhog (he lives under my deck... drives the neighbors crazy but he amuses me to no end so I flatly refuse to evict him) decided to climb the fence yesterday. Pretty funny to see a fat old groundhog trying to balance up there, especially when he turned around and all I could see was his big arse!

Zoom pic taken through the back window:

(http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac299/bstockwell3/BandB%20Pics/groundhog.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: MATT CHAOS on April 08, 2012, 11:17:54 AM
I took a small handful of Boy Scouts out to learn/practice compass and map skills at Waterfall Glen in Illinois.  We came across this snake.

(http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff501/MATTCHAOS296/DSC02472.jpg)
(http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff501/MATTCHAOS296/DSC02471.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 08, 2012, 05:00:42 PM
Here's another one I like to look at when it's been too long since my last hike in the woods.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/2f99eb16.jpg)

So evocative! Great photo.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dadio on April 08, 2012, 05:09:57 PM
(http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/Dadio66/DSC_0363.jpg)

This one is only "semi-wild" - from a bear sanctuary near Ely MN.

(http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/Dadio66/cardinalanddove.jpg)

Sometimes you get lucky..
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 05, 2012, 10:35:06 PM
Went for a short drive this afternoon to deliver a mower. Along the way, I ran into a few of the girls having lunch.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/dccf9356.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/5a6ede55.jpg)

Then I got a real surprise!  This young bull was wandering around like he owned the place. I tagged along for awhile, but never got close enough for a real portrait.  It's always a treat to run into moose practically in your backyard.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/440f709e.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/5571181a.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/95a6e3bc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: C3 Knives on May 06, 2012, 05:29:19 AM
That is a treat.  Where are you located? 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 06, 2012, 09:40:12 AM
That is a treat.  Where are you located?
Kootenai National Forest in Montana.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: dragonjimm on May 06, 2012, 06:05:20 PM
This guy was sitting on the fence across from the house last summer in a suburb I managed to get about forty feet from him when i got this picture but when i tried to get closer he flew off

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t108/fat-dragon/bird.jpg)


And this one was found orphaned and stayed a few weeks with us till we were able to turn him loose in the woods at our new house

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t108/fat-dragon/Spejinks.jpg)


Alon with several small snakes,turtles, lizards frogs, an almost weaned raccoon that i caught in a dumpster at work,   between me and the kids theres no telling what we'll bring home to doctor up and turn loose
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 06, 2012, 09:16:16 PM
This Cooper's hawk thought my bird feeder was his own private buffet last summer!
(Taken out my kitchen window.)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/16b2c49c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: hushnel on May 07, 2012, 05:03:58 AM
For some reason it' birds for me, since I was a kid I have had run ins with birds. I rescued a baby hawk many years back while working at a park outside of Pittsburgh. Never put him in a cage but made sure he was safe in a tree before I left work for the day. Once his feathers all came in he would follow me around the park on my daily rounds. He did this for a couple of years. When I put my arm out he would land on it. For years he was around. Eventually he wouldn't fly to me anymore but he was always in a tree not 50 yards from we're I was working.

This young catbird landed on my head one mothers day in Key Largo, he must of though I was his mother. I was starting to worry about this bird returning to the wild, he didn't seem to get it. I would place him in a branch every morning hoping by the end of the day he would have flown away, eventually he did.

(http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/48811/1038813432033885154S600x600Q85.jpg)

I can't be sure but I think he still comes around, there is a catbird that is always yelling at me, some times he dances on our mailbox and watches me.

Up at the farm I rescued a hawk that fell into our neighbors water trough. He was in shock and a bit hypothermic, very lethargic. I didn't think he was going to make it. Kept him warm and checked on him a few time through out the night, by morning he looked good so I took him out front and released him. He flew to the wood pile about 20 feet away and looked at me for a minute or so and took off. A few times that day he flew right by me, 15 maybe 20 feet, scared the hell out of me, screeching. I see him and his mate all the time. If I'm out walking in my field he will fly by me screeching. My buddy who lives up on our farm says he finds him looking in the windows for me occasionally.

This is him following me around the field by the workshop.
(http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/47317/2324870400033885154S600x600Q85.jpg)

There have been dozens of bird encounters in my life. About 5 years ago while I was demonstrating spinning and weaving at the Dade County Youth Fair, in the large exhibition building this magician was doing his thing on the main stage, he pulled the dove out of his hat and the damn bird flew off. 8 hours later as I was packing up my stuff for the night the dove landed at my feet, not 12" from me. I reached down and he jumped onto my finger, I found a box to keep him safe overnight, the magician was very happy to get his bird back the next day.

This is Smilie, she lives in a buddies back yard, she is 12' and not tame, but during certain times of the year she will be there.

(http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/51256/1276794912057301337S600x600Q85.jpg)

(http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/2754/1276789165057301337S600x600Q85.jpg)

These last two pictures were not taken by me.








Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 07, 2012, 06:31:47 PM
Southern Cross

Good pictures of the "skippies".. Where are your water buffalo pictures. .?  I went off with some blokes in the Northern Territory out of Darwin and hunted wild pigs and water buffalo.  You could completely over load the thread with pictures of birds from Auzzie. 

Ceers Mate .. John

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 07, 2012, 06:43:11 PM
I have posted this before but here are some of my neighbors. 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-13RXnY95-3o/T2INy3SZDUI/AAAAAAAAABI/If_dZDsRylQ/s912/Elk.jpg  These elk are in my pasture sometimes.

Here is a picture of a bear in a tree in my yard.   https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Cw2VV722osw/T6hrrH5JpKI/AAAAAAAAADQ/Rll2mycmri8/s720/Bear%25207%252030%252009.jpg

 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on May 15, 2012, 05:39:40 PM
Couple little guys I've run into in the past couple days

this guy has turned himself mulch red:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0180.jpg)

and this one just ran across my path outside in the rain:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0207-1.jpg)
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0209-1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: easy_rider75 on May 18, 2012, 11:40:37 AM
Cool shots guys. Caught a pic of this little  guy  when  taking the dog out this morning


(http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx221/bikebum1975/100_4038.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 28, 2012, 09:33:37 PM
My neighbor was ticked off that we drank all the beer before he got to the party, so he left in a huff.  ;D

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/0bc028b4.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 28, 2012, 09:47:29 PM
Be thankful he left in a 'huff' instead of a 'puff' :banana:    He looks to be a pretty fair sized specimen, too!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 28, 2012, 10:02:06 PM
Be thankful he left in a 'huff' instead of a 'puff' :banana:    He looks to be a pretty fair sized specimen, too!
I have an agreement with the skunks. They don't spray me, and I don't punt them over the fence.  :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on May 29, 2012, 07:59:30 AM
Luna Moth at the hardware store up in meredith
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0243-2.jpg)
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0244-1.jpg)
messing with the editing software on photobucket:
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0244-1-1.jpg)
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0243-2-1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 29, 2012, 09:36:18 AM
The Luna Moth is on my 'wanna see' list. Thanks for showing!
Title: The Robin Odyessy
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 29, 2012, 04:50:42 PM
Just thought I'd share this.
We have a very large, scraggly lilac tree, and a birdbath in our yard. For several days, robins have been frequenting the birdbath. They apparently took a liking to the abundant food, and water here, and a couple days ago we discovered that they had decided to nest in the lilac tree.

This Spring has been so disagreeable that we haven't used out patio at all. The tree is smack dab in the middle of the patio. Human traffic would normally discourage any birds from nesting there, since this new nest is only about 8' above anyone's head sitting at the picnic table.

So.... The first hint we had of the nest was when we observed Mr. and Mrs. Robin doin' the dirty in the middle of the yard. The next thing we knew one of our cats was skinning up the tree to check out the robins' new digs. Flailing arms and a lot of yelling on my wife's part, and the cat was driven off. Great! Now what?

We're pretty sure there are already eggs in the nest.  My first reaction was to keep the cat off the tree by wrapping aluminum foil around the 8-plus trunks of this 'shrub'.  Okay, 45 minutes and over a roll of foil later, this lilac looked like some demonic Christmas Tree.  Besides that, the shiny foil glinting in the sun would scare off a Bald Eagle, let alone a couple of robins!  They didn't return to the nest all morning.

Plan B: I went out and tore down all the foil wrappings. I dug out a spare roll of chicken wire and ran a fence all the way around the lilac tree, about 4 feet high. It would have been easier to just hog tie the damn cat!  That might not have set well with the cat, however, since it takes 4 weeks for the first brood to leave the nest, and Robins can have 3 broods back-to-back.

So now the patio is off-limits, the tree has a cage around it, and hopefully Ma and Pa Robin can carry on in peace. Even though I've made nesting boxes for Robins in the past, this is the first pair we've ever had camp where we could observe. The nest is right outside the window of our cabin, and even though all we can see is the bottom of the nest, we can watch the comings and goings of the parents.

Shortly after I got the chicken wire up (and that gawd-awful foil down), they returned to the nest. This morning one was sitting on the nest. The mate flew in, and the first bird went off to forage. The second one took its place on the nest. It's noted that both parents will protect the hatchlings, but I haven't read anywhere that they will take turns sitting on the eggs!

So here we are...God parents to a clutch of robins. Can't use the patio. Stupid birds!!!!
Title: Bird Feeders
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2012, 09:40:02 PM
It's Spring around the birdbath and feeders right now. Lot's of pairs of different birds around.
This is a quick shot I got out my kitchen window (through the glass) of a male Evening Grossbeak in full plumage, strutting for his lady friend.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/f867e090.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on June 12, 2012, 09:48:16 PM
spring is awesome for seeing and interacting with wildlife.  I've moved 3 snapping turtles, interacted with a huge porcupine in a tree (starting contest), seen a ton of turkey chicks. and the other day I stopped traffic on 106 for a family of black weasels to cross, that's a new one on me, really wish I got a picture, they were too fast.
heres the porcupine again
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n581/obee508/IMAG0349-1.jpg)

I'm jealous of your new camera OP, I've been drooling over those for some time. waterproof! amazing.
Title: Smarter that the average bug
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2012, 09:53:45 PM
Here's an interesting (to me) experience I had, and wanted to share.

I was looking for test subjects for a new camera I have, and came across a garden-variety brown dappled moth on the front porch. I posted a picture of it in another thread. Anyway, I took my pictures and left it alone.

The next day I noticed the moth was still there. It had not moved at all. Strange. I ended up poking it with my finger, and yep, it was alive. What the heck?

Then I noticed there were several fine spiderwebs criss-crossing above it from the beams to the wall. I hadn't paid any attention even when I took the picture. There were probably 10 strands there above the moth, but not touching it.  I brushed all the webs away, told the moth to have a nice night, and left.

This morning I checked on the moth. It was gone. Apparently this "stupid" moth sat there for well over 24 hours wondering how it was going to fly off without getting caught in the spider webs.  The night after I brushed the webs away, it made its break.

I'm still shaking my head over that one.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Buckskin on June 12, 2012, 09:58:25 PM


I'm led to believe that the best way to prepare carp is to catch them & keep them alive for a week in fresh clean water (eg, a kids inflatable swimming pool or the bathtub).  This gives them the chance to clean out the muddy / weedy taste they acquire from their filter feeding habit.



I know I am a little late to the game on this one.  But, I have to admit this works.  I caught a huge carp once and Step-Dad did this very thing.  He said he learned it from the Vietnamese.  He set up to large coolers with aerators.  Once one filled with mud he would move the carp to the clean water.  As I recall it took about 4 days for the water to clear. 

He cut it into steaks rolled them in beer batter and fried them.  If it where not for the bones you would think you had Long John Silvers for dinner. 

I for one don't have the patience for that.  If I can't clean it and cook it I don't want to mess with it. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 12, 2012, 10:00:57 PM
It's Spring around the birdbath and feeders right now. Lot's of pairs of different birds around.
This is a quick shot I got out my kitchen window (through the glass) of a male Evening Grossbeak in full plumage, strutting for his lady friend.

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?
Title: Bottom feeders
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2012, 10:08:23 PM
I wonder if that would work with river suckers? There's a lot of meat on those guys, if they didn't taste like earthworms.  :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
  :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Angerland 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 13, 2012, 09:29:24 AM
...
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!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Angerland on June 14, 2012, 10:27:54 AM
nice one OP. No I think that mama and her young thing is pretty universal.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 22, 2012, 10:20:44 AM
Devil Deer!!!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/52900f61.jpg)
Title: Real treat!
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy 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
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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 (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!
Title: Rare visitor
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/95c85ef5.jpg)

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


Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WoodsWoman 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.

WW.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Fire Steel 703 on July 23, 2012, 01:27:44 PM
Unexpected visitors as I pulled into my driveway...

(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-33-03_714.jpg)
(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-33-23_175.jpg)
(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-33-19_260.jpg)
(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-33-28_172.jpg)
(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-34-52_339.jpg)
(http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s362/fcacace/Deer/2012-06-28_17-34-58_144.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: lonetracker 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.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/tracks%20and%20animals/DSCN5363.jpg)

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.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN34460001.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN34450001.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN34430001.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN34420001.jpg)

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.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN35520001.jpg)
i went out to get a better look and this parent held my attention while the other escorted the babes away.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN35550001.jpg)

meanwhile this imature bald eagle flew over to see if he could have some baby crane for breakfast.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN35570001.jpg)

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.
(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/lonetracker/trips%202010/DSCN35760001.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 23, 2012, 08:52:20 PM
Nice shot of the crane chick! Good one!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: TwinBlades Girl 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...)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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
Title: Hummingbird Moth
Post by: Old Philosopher 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!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/2789e452.jpg)

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

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/aa0548ce.jpg)

Looking for it's next drink.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/a62fa25c.jpg)

Thanks for looking!
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter on August 20, 2012, 10:04:04 AM
Thanks OP!
I've seen those in Alabama, but never out here.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy 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 :-\
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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
Title: Amazing rescue
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on September 05, 2012, 08:22:38 AM
I posted these on the other thread but I'll share a few here too

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7922369602_a0bfdcdcf9_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/7922370098_db11d85bc4_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/7922378586_5e8d15a9ac_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7922371668_7b46388c83_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7922375306_791e3989a2_c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: beanbag 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:

(http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/beanbag_photos111/Rattler/staycation2010049.jpg)

(http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/beanbag_photos111/Rattler/staycation2010050.jpg?t=1281298763)

(http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/beanbag_photos111/Rattler/staycation2010051.jpg?t=1281298871)

(http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/beanbag_photos111/Rattler/staycation2010052.jpg?t=1281299263)
Title: Surprise visitor
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter 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
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: upthecreek on October 09, 2012, 05:17:49 PM
I thought my friend the heron needed a mention in the thread.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4574.jpg)

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on October 09, 2012, 05:22:51 PM
I thought my friend the heron needed a mention in the thread.


Creek :canoe:
Save me the trouble of looking it up. What kind of heron is that? All we have around here are Blue Heron.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: upthecreek 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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Creek
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on October 09, 2012, 06:10:28 PM
It's a blue one too, I think OP. Here's a crappy in flight photo.

Creek
How big was it? Hard to tell in the photos, but it looks rather on the small side.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: beanbag 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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Title: Antlered Doe
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/HuntingwithRick102812006_zpscfb705b2.jpg)

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.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/HuntingwithRick102812009_zps7da8c0af.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/Woodpecker-crop_zps6bcb5898.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy 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)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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???
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: C3 Knives 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.
Title: Red-Shafted Flicker
Post by: Old Philosopher 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

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/Flicker004gimp_zps418aa3c6.jpg)

I have a soft spot for all woodpeckers. I with I could attract more varieties.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy 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.
Title: Re: Red-Shafted Flicker
Post by: wsdstan 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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!
Title: Re: Surprise visitor
Post by: wsdstan 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher 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.

Anyway,
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter 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:
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter on June 07, 2013, 12:13:44 AM
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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 07, 2013, 12:31:48 AM
(http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w401/bigheadred2/0C3F7FDD-B730-4E24-8365-988F01FCF1ED-3778-000003EC530BAF1C.jpg)

"What? You talkin' to me? You...talkin' to ME?"
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman 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.

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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.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_1781.jpg)

Call me crazy but I got a soft spot in my heart for these little critters especially if they're in distress...   :shrug:         
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter 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.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 07, 2013, 11:23:33 AM
Last year when I was in Nepal my buddies and I visited a the largest Hindu temple complexes in Kathmandu, the place was over run by these nasty little monkeys...

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They look cute enough but they are VICIOUS!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_1450.jpg)

If you get too close to them they will hiss and even attack!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_1459.jpg)

There was one that befriended my Buddy Bryan...   ;)

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/538890_556949333628_1776262297_n.jpg)

Lol, this is a Sadu (a Hindu holy man) dressed up as a Hindu monkey god.   :rofl:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: DesertTwang on June 07, 2013, 12:18:53 PM
Nice photos!   I never seem to have a camera on me when the animals are posing.  :S   Is the deer in a shed or something?  Its fur looks different...

 I was going to ask the powers that be if they'd put in a wildlife/ wildplant forum area.   Hubby came across a critter in the driveway yesterday and I wanted to ask about it.    But I didnt know where to post it. 

WW.

That would be awesome. As an avid nature photographer, I love to see shots of creatures in their wild environments.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 07, 2013, 12:36:39 PM
Nice photos!   I never seem to have a camera on me when the animals are posing.  :S   Is the deer in a shed or something?  Its fur looks different...

 I was going to ask the powers that be if they'd put in a wildlife/ wildplant forum area.   Hubby came across a critter in the driveway yesterday and I wanted to ask about it.    But I didnt know where to post it. 

WW.

That would be awesome. As an avid nature photographer, I love to see shots of creatures in their wild environments.

Well, WW's post was from a year ago. This here's the place for photos, questions, stories, whatever.....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 07, 2013, 12:38:15 PM
Monkeys are nasty critters. They seem to reflect just about every negative human trait. Hahahaha!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 07, 2013, 12:40:57 PM
Monkeys are nasty critters. They seem to reflect just about every negative human trait. Hahahaha!

Yeah I hear ya, luckily there was no poop flung at us!   :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 07, 2013, 01:32:38 PM
Monkeys are nasty critters. They seem to reflect just about every negative human trait. Hahahaha!

Yeah I hear ya, luckily there was no poop flung at us!   :P

My S.E.A. monkey story goes like this:

One of the guys in our hootch got a young Reeses (sp?) monkey for a pet. It was noisy, dirty, and generally obnoxious. It was a good match.  :P
One day it was sitting on his shoulder while he was talking to two other guys. Suddenly it decided it didn't like one of the guys, and jumped straight at his face, all fangs, nails and screams. The guy who was attacked grabbed it by the tail, peeled it off his chest, and proceeded to mop the ground with it until it was pretty much a pulp of hair hanging by a tail.
It all happened so fast, the monkey's owner was still standing there in disbelief. So ended his career as a monkey keeper.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Angerland on June 07, 2013, 03:39:52 PM
I think I can dig something up...
(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb462/Angerland13/015.jpg) (http://s1207.photobucket.com/user/Angerland13/media/015.jpg.html)


can't tke credit for an "in the wild" shot, this was at the MN Zoo.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 07, 2013, 05:05:35 PM
Nice pic, AL! Don't worry...it's not about North American Safaris, it's about the animals.
But sorry, puppies and parakeets don't count.  ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: abo4ster on June 07, 2013, 08:00:10 PM
Yellowstone a couple years ago...

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/DSC03046copy_zpsfe13c9d5.jpg)

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/DSC03492.jpg)

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(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/DSC03656.jpg)

Although it looks like it, I wasn't busted yet, they couldn't see me, they were looking at my buddy taking the photo...
(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/DSC02857.jpg)

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/DSC03026.jpg)

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/abo4ster/Yellowstone/GrizzlyrippingintoBisononLamar.jpg)

If you watch to the end and notice the wind direction, almost got between a grizzly and her cub...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa5Hukyfaoc
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter on June 07, 2013, 08:21:09 PM
Nice pics Abo... Thanks 8)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 07, 2013, 08:42:04 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/107_zps5b96e92c.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/107_zps5b96e92c.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/179.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/179.jpg.html)
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: peter.robinson on June 08, 2013, 04:35:55 AM
Hmm, most memorable wildlife encounter would be about this time last year. My wife and I were walking a trail just up the coast from me (just behind Noosa for anybody who knows my part of the world). I was in the lead. We turned around and I was no longer in the lead. She suddenly yelped, having glanced down and was about to put her foot on a large snake so skipped a bit and stepped over it. This was no good at all because it was now between us and I knew what it was.

Wanting it to feel less threatened I told her not to worry, it's just a tree snake and to just keep walking which, thankfully, she did. Still unhappy that it was between us I did this big spinning leap thing, keeping all parts of myself as high as possible (glad for years of tae-kwan-do practice) and landed on the trail facing the snake with my best girl protected for now.

The snake wasn't happy at all. It faced me full on, raised to strike as I backed slowly away, well a bit more quickly than slowly but not fast enough for what I wanted to back away. It decided the threat had passed and was no longer threatening so it turned away and shuffled off into the undergrowth.

When we got back to our cabin she said "that wasn't any tree snake". Correct, it was a coastal taipan and I actually thought we were in big trouble.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coastal_taipan
Although they are deadly venomous, they aren't as aggressive as some other snakes and won't really chase you to attack unless they really feel the need to defend themselves. Now, if she had actually stepped on it, we'd probably both be dead. Memorable!

Oh yeah, I forgot to take a photo :-)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 08, 2013, 07:55:47 AM
HOLY COW, Peter.......100% mortality rate from an untreated coastal taipan bite?   That's nothing to be fiddlin' with! :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Yankee on June 08, 2013, 06:18:59 PM
...just steps away from my front door; Northern Water Snake

(http://i1320.photobucket.com/albums/u534/YankeeSurvival/IMAG0667_zps2af83a8b.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 08, 2013, 06:52:18 PM
Dang Yankee, that thing is almost completely hidden...   :shocked: 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 08, 2013, 07:09:05 PM
Garden Snake on steroids!

I had the crap scared out of my by a bull snake in Nebraska I thought was a massasauga for a split second when it showed up between my feet!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 08, 2013, 08:32:19 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0539.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0539.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0540.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0540.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Yankee on June 08, 2013, 09:00:54 PM
Dang Yankee, that thing is almost completely hidden...   :shocked:

Yeah. I was looking for flint or chert and thought I came across a damn Copperhead! LOL
I froze right there in place. Then, I noticed it's head shape and realized it wasn't one.
Had to do a grip of research, but a buddy of mine came through with the right species.
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: peter.robinson on June 09, 2013, 01:25:46 AM
HOLY COW, Peter.......100% mortality rate from an untreated coastal taipan bite?   That's nothing to be fiddlin' with! :P
Yep, 100%. We were extremely lucky. :-)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 10, 2013, 05:01:28 PM
I've been putting off making a bat house for about 6 years, mainly because I've seen very few bats in the neighborhood.
Well, this little guy came to visit today, perching right above my chair on the patio. I guess he was dropping a hint, or something.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/DSC02907_zps89e3ee7f.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 10, 2013, 05:18:18 PM
If he was right above your head it's a good thing that a hint was all he was dropping. ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 10, 2013, 05:19:57 PM
Make that bat house quickly before they take up residence in your attic!   We had them in out first little house and tried EVERYTHING to get them out. We worked at getting all the tiny little places stopped up so they couldn't get back in, but were never successful. >:(.    The house has been through 4 separate owners, a complete remodel, new roof and siding and from what I hear, the beady-eyed little SOBs are still haunting it. ???    The good side is.....they have very few mosquitoes! 8)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 10, 2013, 05:34:25 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiver139.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiver139.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Yankee on June 10, 2013, 05:55:01 PM
No pics this time, but my latest sightings were a rabbit on the side of the road and a turtle crossing the road.
My wife saw a fox just steps from our rear deck.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 10, 2013, 07:43:55 PM
Make that bat house quickly before they take up residence in your attic!   We had them in out first little house and tried EVERYTHING to get them out. We worked at getting all the tiny little places stopped up so they couldn't get back in, but were never successful. >:(.    The house has been through 4 separate owners, a complete remodel, new roof and siding and from what I hear, the beady-eyed little SOBs are still haunting it. ???    The good side is.....they have very few mosquitoes! 8)

Ditto on that!  One of my good friends had to foreclose on their house because it was infested with the winged vermin.  Bats are protected here in WI so they couldn't exterminate them and since they were in their breeding season they couldn't even use the "trap door" method to get rid of them either.  Subsequently they took a big hit on the house and are now renting...   :(   
Title: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Bearhunter on June 11, 2013, 12:27:08 AM
Make that bat house quickly before they take up residence in your attic!   We had them in out first little house and tried EVERYTHING to get them out. We worked at getting all the tiny little places stopped up so they couldn't get back in, but were never successful. >:(.    The house has been through 4 separate owners, a complete remodel, new roof and siding and from what I hear, the beady-eyed little SOBs are still haunting it. ???    The good side is.....they have very few mosquitoes! 8)

Ditto on that!  One of my good friends had to foreclose on their house because it was infested with the winged vermin.  Bats are protected here in WI so they couldn't exterminate them and since they were in their breeding season they couldn't even use the "trap door" method to get rid of them either.  Subsequently they took a big hit on the house and are now renting...   :(

Believe me...
Protected or not, I would have exterminated the little bastards!

I do like bats though. I use to mess with them growing up when we would go caving.
We also liked to throw rocks up in the air while they were hunting at night out in the country where I grew up. 
Stupid things would dive bomb the rocks... And yes we knew why, but it still was funny nonetheless. ;)
I might have to do that when I go back to 'Bama this summer 8)
They're everywhere down there.
We don't get them much up here. I have seen a couple, but very few.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 11, 2013, 09:15:02 AM
We went to a lakeside BBQ a few years back at a fellow's cabin. It was log construction, with high vaulted ceilings. There were a half dozen bats snoozing in the rafters right in the living room!  Bats as insect control is cool. Bat guano in your living room is NOT.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 11, 2013, 10:24:05 AM
We went to a lakeside BBQ a few years back at a fellow's cabin. It was log construction, with high vaulted ceilings. There were a half dozen bats snoozing in the rafters right in the living room!  Bats as insect control is cool. Bat guano in your living room is NOT.

Bat guano is no bueno you can contract histoplasmosis (also known as "Cave disease," "Darling's disease," "Ohio valley disease," "Reticuloendothelios is," "Spelunker's Lung" and Caver's disease)... 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 11, 2013, 11:15:35 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/083-1_zps461ddf73.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/083-1_zps461ddf73.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Dano on June 12, 2013, 11:07:23 AM
Crashdive, those are some really cool pics you've been posting!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 12, 2013, 11:33:31 AM
Crashdive, those are some really cool pics you've been posting!

Thank you.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 12, 2013, 11:34:28 AM
Crashdive, those are some really cool pics you've been posting!
+1
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 12, 2013, 03:07:25 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/GrasshopperandFlintKnapping003.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/GrasshopperandFlintKnapping003.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2013, 03:19:01 PM
Colorful bugger! Almost looks like a painting!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 13, 2013, 07:11:50 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge056.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge056.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge062.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge062.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge061.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge061.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 15, 2013, 09:37:51 AM
Not the greatest photo, but interesting documentation.
Two pair of peacocks escaped from their "home" and went wild near my buddy's place in the foothills. He says they're worse than a chicken rooster with their 5 am wake up calls!
They wintered over last winter and seem to be doing fine this spring. Unknown if they are going to start breeding this year.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/Peacock061413_zps6461d4ac.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 15, 2013, 09:46:20 AM
Those and Guinea fowl have some pretty strange and annoying 'voices', IMO! >:(.    It's been said that it even keeps rats away from your place......wouldn't surprise me. :P

Nice photo, Ol' P! :)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 15, 2013, 10:25:12 AM
Those and Guinea fowl have some pretty strange and annoying 'voices', IMO! >:( .    It's been said that it even keeps rats away from your place......wouldn't surprise me. :P

Nice photo, Ol' P! :)
A male peacock with a mate is better than a pit bull for keeping stray critters away.  :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 16, 2013, 03:37:51 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/CoastalWalk025.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/CoastalWalk025.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 16, 2013, 07:45:14 PM
Nice^2!!!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on June 16, 2013, 07:48:08 PM
Those and Guinea fowl have some pretty strange and annoying 'voices', IMO! >:(.    It's been said that it even keeps rats away from your place......wouldn't surprise me. :P

Nice photo, Ol' P! :)

Guinea fowl are excellent watch dogs!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 17, 2013, 06:27:09 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings229_zps06b64f33.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings229_zps06b64f33.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 18, 2013, 04:26:31 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings115_zps83d84bad.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings115_zps83d84bad.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 19, 2013, 05:04:53 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wekiwa%20Springs%20State%20Park/WekiwaSpringsStatePark013.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wekiwa%20Springs%20State%20Park/WekiwaSpringsStatePark013.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 19, 2013, 04:00:32 PM
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/9d17264e.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on June 19, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
Brown thrasher on her nest:

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/7ed06e4d.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/imnukensc/media/7ed06e4d.jpg.html)

Baby Carolina wrens in their nest on top of the propane tank:

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/90449007.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/imnukensc/media/90449007.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 19, 2013, 05:51:06 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Bugs/HandgunsBlackWidowSpider002-1.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Bugs/HandgunsBlackWidowSpider002-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 20, 2013, 04:30:26 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge177.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge177.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 20, 2013, 06:52:05 PM
So CD, when are you going to publish your coffee table book on local fauna?  ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 21, 2013, 06:56:31 PM
So CD, when are you going to publish your coffee table book on local fauna?  ;D

Oh, I just enjoy being outdoors and taking pictures.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/009-1_zpsd31878c3.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/009-1_zpsd31878c3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on June 21, 2013, 07:30:21 PM
MR Duck!

Beautiful pic, CD.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 26, 2013, 08:37:07 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/Woodpecker004_zpsa71983dd.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/Woodpecker004_zpsa71983dd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 26, 2013, 08:57:59 PM
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Animations/Bravo_zps1aca0de2.gif)  CD, I hate you AND your camera!!!   ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 28, 2013, 06:42:06 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaPreserve172-1.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaPreserve172-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on June 28, 2013, 08:04:35 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/Woodpecker004_zpsa71983dd.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/Woodpecker004_zpsa71983dd.jpg.html)

Nice shot CD, Woodpeckers are great subjects!




I had no idea this thread even existed....but I'm glad I came across it, there are a lot of great pics from folks thru-out these 5 pg's.. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 29, 2013, 06:49:47 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/006.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/006.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on June 29, 2013, 10:16:37 PM
You guys sure have an abundance of unique bird-life down there CD.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 30, 2013, 04:38:41 AM
Yeah - this is the place where they come when everybody is playing in the snow. :fire2:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 01, 2013, 01:02:52 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/022.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/022.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on July 01, 2013, 02:26:16 PM
So many birds I've never even seen before, I'd have a field day down there with a camera.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 02, 2013, 06:07:13 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Huguenot/Huguenot044.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Huguenot/Huguenot044.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 02, 2013, 08:38:09 PM
Why does Alfred Hictchcock come to mind.....?    ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 03, 2013, 06:43:02 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Singletons014.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Singletons014.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Switchblade on July 03, 2013, 06:57:10 PM
A few older pictures from one of our trips.
 
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AvUTMZnYgIY/TD1Cgj93J4I/AAAAAAAAM7M/XPPpFeJKNIk/s800/100_9707.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Scv4uoV2Yd4/TDuvNlrWfyI/AAAAAAAAMt4/6cTMCdkmNsk/s800/100_9598.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4xeOLmJce84/TDuvROD_ynI/AAAAAAAAMuI/4HKTiakxRhY/s800/100_9695.JPG)

Everybody must read those signs in order to be current...  :D
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PfzUOEW_eV0/TDuvUp3-pPI/AAAAAAAAMuY/CenTMd1qdDY/s800/100_9829.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zI9D5gTZYoU/TDuxFvvdw-I/AAAAAAAAMvo/xteY4BGIgxs/s800/100_9886.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fYim00t4Kts/TDuvYKeLSLI/AAAAAAAAMuk/mm9l_1xxcTc/s800/100_9892.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bSO0VQ1SFiA/TDuvW2ZTXoI/AAAAAAAAMug/Qdl1pyGzXQk/s800/100_9879.JPG)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 03, 2013, 07:19:05 PM
Nice, SB! Thanks for those!

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 03, 2013, 07:21:58 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Singletons014.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Singletons014.jpg.html)


"A marvelous bird is the pelican,
His beak can hold more than his belly can,
He can hold in his beak,
Enough food for a week,
But I'm darned if I know how in he!! he can."
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 03, 2013, 08:16:41 PM
Shakespeare or Marlowe? :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: MnSportsman on July 03, 2013, 08:24:59 PM
Merritt
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 03, 2013, 08:36:32 PM
Sorry...Ogden Nash.
I quoted it from memory, and was a bit off:

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: MnSportsman on July 03, 2013, 08:44:42 PM

No matter to me, just offering the original author.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Lanier_Merritt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Lanier_Merritt)

It is often misattributed to Ogden Nash, and is widely misquoted, as the Wiki will say in the first main paragraph.
Enjoy your 4th of July.



II
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 03, 2013, 09:01:25 PM

No matter to me, just offering the original author.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Lanier_Merritt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Lanier_Merritt)

It is often misattributed to Ogden Nash, and is widely misquoted, as the Wiki will say in the first main paragraph.
Enjoy your 4th of July.



II

Well bless Ogden's lil' pea pickin' plagiarizin' heart!  Thanks for that MSN! Credit should go where credit is due! 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 04, 2013, 11:03:21 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/Racoon024.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/Racoon024.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 04, 2013, 12:07:31 PM
That's a treat! What did Momma think about all that?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 04, 2013, 04:35:55 PM
They were out wandering unsupervised.  I was keeping an eye out for her though.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on July 04, 2013, 04:51:43 PM
Nice raccoons! Keep the dog food locked up. My friend used to have them stealing his pet's food all the time.


Here's a couple of shots of a wildflower (wildlife, I guess) that popped up beside one of the sprinklers in a part of our garden we didn't plant with anything. This just popped up out of nowhere. I'm going to leave the sprinkler on to keep it watered.

(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/PWmain%201/random%20image%20dump/20130704_164456.jpg)
(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/PWmain%201/random%20image%20dump/20130704_164504.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 05, 2013, 06:05:57 PM

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/2789e452.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Butterfly072212011_zps075950c5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 05, 2013, 06:41:57 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0396.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/IMG_0396.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on July 05, 2013, 07:23:34 PM
That's funny how sometimes things just pop up unexpectedly like that flower, any idea what it is? has a very exotic look to it...

(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/PWmain%201/random%20image%20dump/20130704_164504.jpg)


This almost looks like a hummingbird O.P ...

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/2789e452.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 05, 2013, 08:15:28 PM
I'm betting the flower is one of several varieties of Columbine.  They reseed themselves all over my yard from the 3 plants we started with.

You're half right. It's a Hummingbird Moth. They sleep at night, and love pollen as much as the butterflies and bees.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 06, 2013, 03:43:10 AM
Love the pic of the hummingbird moth.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 06, 2013, 09:40:24 AM
Thanks! They're rare, but I got lucky.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on July 06, 2013, 01:40:03 PM
I'm betting the flower is one of several varieties of Columbine.  They reseed themselves all over my yard from the 3 plants we started with.

You're half right. It's a Hummingbird Moth. They sleep at night, and love pollen as much as the butterflies and bees.

Well I'll be...pretty cool
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 07, 2013, 04:40:46 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiverPark4040.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiverPark4040.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 07, 2013, 05:11:13 PM
What the heck is THAT thing? :shocked:


Nice photo whatever it is! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: MnSportsman on July 07, 2013, 06:22:44 PM
Very cool pic!
 :thumbsup:


I guess it is some kind of a variation on a "King" snake.... The head & some of the color variation has me a bit confused though....Maybe a "racer"?

 :-\ 


I can't see the tail details very well in the fine pic ya took crashdive123, but maybe a Dusky Pygmy rattler? Here is another pic of the D.P. rattler... {I was kinda interested, searched a bit. ;) } Looks close...
(http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/images/sistrus03.jpg)
Still dunno...
 :-\ 
Looks like one though..comparing the pics...


I'll be waiting to see the I.D.. I am not a snake guy, but have eaten them upon occasion... Tastes like chicken. Or Alligator... LOL
 ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 07, 2013, 08:13:22 PM
Yep, a Pygmy Rattler on the side of the trail.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 07, 2013, 08:23:27 PM
Beautify coloration. Too close.  :shocked: Good pic!   ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Kikstand on July 07, 2013, 08:24:20 PM
Great Pygmy photo!

~~Dave

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: woodsrunner on July 07, 2013, 08:37:23 PM
a few shots from last wednesdays 18 mile loop in the absaroka mnts
heres my hiking partner Dave he's pretty wild
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/015_zps1df4b10f.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/015_zps1df4b10f.jpg.html)

cow elk
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/002_zps8a8017e7.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/002_zps8a8017e7.jpg.html)

muley
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/005_zps4a957fc3.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/005_zps4a957fc3.jpg.html)

 (http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/003_zpsf7308fd2.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/003_zpsf7308fd2.jpg.html)

Blue flax
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/006_zpsf1d5e9a8.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/006_zpsf1d5e9a8.jpg.html)
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/007_zpsb80739bb.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/007_zpsb80739bb.jpg.html)

saw this yearling grizzly, it crossed the trail ahead of us and took off over the hill
fortunate for us mama griz did not make an appearance
but we were ready with the juice just in case...woods
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x362/woody115/016_zps3627c1a9.jpg) (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/woody115/media/016_zps3627c1a9.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 07, 2013, 09:08:35 PM
How far away and which general direction from the border of Yellowstone N.P. were you there in that first picture, Dave?   BTW, I'm ready to get out of here and see some of that country again and your pictures makin' me 'antsy'!   It's been TOO LONG! :(
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: woodsrunner on July 07, 2013, 09:47:27 PM
we were approx twentyfive miles north of the north entrance to yellowstone craig
i know what ansy feels like my friend...if you get over this way let me know...Please...and we can split a pot of coffee.
...Dave
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 07, 2013, 09:55:55 PM
we were approx twentyfive miles north of the north entrance to yellowstone craig
i know what ansy feels like my friend...if you get over this way let me know...Please...and we can split a pot of coffee.
...Dave

I thought that looked familiar!   BTW, better make me a whole pot.....I AM from Nebraska, ya know! :coffee: :rofl:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: woodsrunner on July 07, 2013, 10:08:56 PM
LOL...you Got It Craig!!!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 08, 2013, 02:24:51 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Huguenot/Huguenot099.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Huguenot/Huguenot099.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 10, 2013, 01:03:01 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree155.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree155.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 12, 2013, 09:26:58 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiverStatePark2124.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaRiverStatePark2124.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 12, 2013, 10:44:45 AM
The Blue Heron is one of my favorites, probably because it's the only heron we had where I grew up. We had a rookery about a mile from the house, but all my photos are on 35mm slides.  :(
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Spyder1958 on July 13, 2013, 03:26:30 PM
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n584/spyder1958/smokeys2012/SAM_0040.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Spyder1958 on July 13, 2013, 03:29:28 PM
(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n584/spyder1958/smokeys2012/SAM_0109.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on July 14, 2013, 02:54:19 PM
It looks like one of the kayaks hanging in my garage---

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/Wrens001_zpscf312174.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/imnukensc/media/Wrens001_zpscf312174.jpg.html)

But in reality, it's a Carolina Wren nest box!

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/Wrens002_zps05fa699e.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/imnukensc/media/Wrens002_zps05fa699e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 14, 2013, 06:00:40 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings170_zps6dfe6cb1.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings170_zps6dfe6cb1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 14, 2013, 06:40:33 PM
Outstanding! Thanks!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Switchblade on July 16, 2013, 08:59:22 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VJY_37b-MNk/Sno9FaCPEEI/AAAAAAAAIOs/73Lkk440NS0/s800/100_8691.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_u2Ot7yyGng/SnpIfXa8aAI/AAAAAAAAIWc/bLDDqXD9kUU/s800/100_4024.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3YPHydJkXoU/Sno98lCW7rI/AAAAAAAAIQ8/x7GyLYz_ZXs/s800/100_8944.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9Hq_VY7D5ic/Sno_pOVRSWI/AAAAAAAAIUo/1hxE1Rb5Zhk/s800/100_9300.JPG)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 17, 2013, 03:34:32 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge104.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge104.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on July 17, 2013, 09:56:42 AM
More nice bird shots CD....

The squirrel in the tree is a keeper switchblade, thanks for adding those.. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 17, 2013, 01:41:50 PM

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_u2Ot7yyGng/SnpIfXa8aAI/AAAAAAAAIWc/bLDDqXD9kUU/s800/100_4024.JPG)



THIS!!!!! ladies and gentlemen answers the age old question......"What kind of a knife does a squirrel use".
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 17, 2013, 09:50:04 PM
Missed another photo op today around 5 pm. Gotta make a neck sheath for my camera!!!!

I was painting one of the bedrooms, and a movement caught my eye in the window. There were two does standing next to my boat. A mature doe, and what looked to be her 2 year old. Then right beyond them was the cutest little spotted fawn you could imagine!  I swear that thing wasn't a week old. It was standing on the edge of the road, acting like it was waiting for the two older ones to show it someplace more exciting.  In just a few seconds, it scampered off down the road, leading its mamma and older sister off to greener pastures.

Pretty neat treat.....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 17, 2013, 09:56:41 PM
Must have been a good day for the moms to be out walkin' the kids.....I saw three hen turkeys with what looked like about 25-30 poults.   The littlest ones were REALLY little, like day old chickens.  Sure a lot more attractive than their mothers!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 17, 2013, 10:07:59 PM
Must have been a good day for the moms to be out walkin' the kids.....I saw three hen turkeys with what looked like about 25-30 poults.   The littlest ones were REALLY little, like day old chickens.  Sure a lot more attractive than their mothers!

Isn't that some sort of Universal Truth? I remember my Dad telling me when I got sweet on one cute young thing...."What does her mother look like?"   After letting it sink in, I ran like crazy....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on July 17, 2013, 10:22:24 PM
My dad told me that "beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone".....lotta truth there, too! :-\
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 17, 2013, 10:40:14 PM
My dad told me that "beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone".....lotta truth there, too! :-\

Drunk in bar: "Man, you're ugly!"
Woman in bar: "You're drunk!"
Man: "Yeah, but I'll be sober tomorrow."
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 19, 2013, 04:25:32 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge023.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge023.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wannabe on July 19, 2013, 05:59:46 AM

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_u2Ot7yyGng/SnpIfXa8aAI/AAAAAAAAIWc/bLDDqXD9kUU/s800/100_4024.JPG)



THIS!!!!! ladies and gentlemen answers the age old question......"What kind of a knife does a squirrel use".

Where can I get that knife? Is it a custom?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 28, 2013, 03:55:26 AM
Warning......sexually explicit photo.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Little%20Talbot%20Island%20State%20Park/LittleTalbotIsland2010.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Little%20Talbot%20Island%20State%20Park/LittleTalbotIsland2010.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on August 10, 2013, 03:30:18 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Bugs/bees004_zps6739e598.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Bugs/bees004_zps6739e598.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on August 10, 2013, 11:27:18 PM
Gonna toss one in here for a change... was down at the Niagara Gorge today doing a little hiking along the Bruce trail and noticed a bunch of Turkey Vultures soaring on the thermals. Wasn't able to get a clear enough pic until one perched into this old dead tree...

(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb466/finigin/turkeyvulture4fn_zps86256ccc.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on August 12, 2013, 03:25:07 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Eagans%20Creek/EagansCreek041.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Eagans%20Creek/EagansCreek041.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: WesinND on August 12, 2013, 08:40:35 PM
A yellow-headed blackbird:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/Caroline94535/BushclassUSA/DSC02948_zps814a526a.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Caroline94535/media/BushclassUSA/DSC02948_zps814a526a.jpg.html)

A groundhog I came upon during a hike:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/Caroline94535/BushclassUSA/DSC03104_zps58e6e70a.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Caroline94535/media/BushclassUSA/DSC03104_zps58e6e70a.jpg.html)

A red-tailed hawk I helped a raptor researcher catch, band and release: (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/Caroline94535/Bushcraft%20USA/37c7c80d-37dd-48a3-bcab-18a8cd49f81c_zps0c2199c9.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Caroline94535/media/Bushcraft%20USA/37c7c80d-37dd-48a3-bcab-18a8cd49f81c_zps0c2199c9.jpg.html)
Moose Ive seen this spring while out and about:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/Caroline94535/BushclassUSA/DSC02795_zpsd245661f.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Caroline94535/media/BushclassUSA/DSC02795_zpsd245661f.jpg.html)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/Caroline94535/BushclassUSA/2013%20Grand%20Marais/DSC03013_zps6bf00a47.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Caroline94535/media/BushclassUSA/2013%20Grand%20Marais/DSC03013_zps6bf00a47.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 12, 2013, 11:52:56 PM
Nice moose shots, and I absolutely love that groundhog! He looks a bit grumpy.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on August 13, 2013, 02:26:07 AM
He reminded me of that gopher in "Caddyshack" ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on August 13, 2013, 05:14:02 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings056_zpse09e73c3.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings056_zpse09e73c3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 02, 2013, 02:19:34 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Little%20Talbot%20Island%20State%20Park/LittleTalbotIsland048-1.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Little%20Talbot%20Island%20State%20Park/LittleTalbotIsland048-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 02, 2013, 03:53:29 PM
Drove out to see some friends today. This little guy was waiting to greet us. He had a twin farther back in the bush. Interesting thing is on the 2nd of September, they were still both in velvet.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Deer090213002crop_zps8bd36483.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on September 03, 2013, 07:37:54 AM
Found this guy upstairs in the barn last night. possible hummingbird moth? Is that proboscis always in evidence or can they tuck it away. If not then this one probably isn't one, but the head looks similar.
(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a545/binalith1/IMAG0163_zps0e793f1a.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/binalith1/media/IMAG0163_zps0e793f1a.jpg.html)

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a545/binalith1/IMAG0164_zps9bd475b9.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/binalith1/media/IMAG0164_zps9bd475b9.jpg.html)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on September 03, 2013, 09:03:28 AM
I Googled 'hummingbird moth', went to 'images', but found no photos of one at rest. :shrug:  Turns out that you may have the only picture on the Internet of one NOT in flight, Bin!  8).   I think the proboscis coils up at the whim of the critter, though :P.  Nice shot! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 09:53:11 AM
The whole time I was photographing the Hummingbird Moth in my yard, I never saw it land, so I can't say for sure.
I did find several photos on the web of one at rest. The common image shows prominent antennae, which yours doesn't display. None of them show the proboscis extended. Not sure what you have there.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZX5f8L44NKg/UgboSZWqjsI/AAAAAAAAAW0/8HDk3VMaZYU/s320/DSCF1445.JPG)

(http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/hummingbird-moth-2-shirley-sirois.jpg)

(http://www.dalswildlifesite.com/m_ste_a2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on September 03, 2013, 10:20:26 AM
ya I think it's something else. thanks guys.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on September 03, 2013, 10:21:33 AM
Take a closer look Ol' P,  Binalith's pictures show the moth's antennae folded down.  Must be in a non-communicative mood. :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 10:39:43 AM
Yeah...talk about synchronicity! My wife just found an injured Hummingbird Month in the grass. I think your hummingbird-hunting cat knocked it down. I'll have the pix up in a few minutes.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 10:50:01 AM
This little guy was flopping around in the grass. Has a busted wing, and can't fly.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/Moth090313003_zpsa9645026.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/Moth090313001_zpsbe2d1ae9.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Hummingbird%20Moth/Moth090313002_zps7ce2f0bd.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on September 03, 2013, 11:57:42 AM
man they certainly look similar dont they. especially the 'real tree' wings

Just got into digital photography this morning haha. My friend has an extra Nikon and the the editing software on his comp. Here's my first editing attempt. Nothing can fix being a little out of focus though. Didn't realize at that point that you can move the focus grid around.
(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a545/binalith1/Dragonfly11of1_zps12162b5a.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/binalith1/media/Dragonfly11of1_zps12162b5a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on September 03, 2013, 12:04:32 PM
Good start  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 02:33:20 PM
Excellent!  :cheers:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 03, 2013, 07:00:56 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie150_zps0bcdf600.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie150_zps0bcdf600.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 07:07:51 PM
Where was THAT taken?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 03, 2013, 07:10:26 PM
Down around Merritt Island, Florida.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 03, 2013, 09:12:13 PM
Down around Merritt Island, Florida.
That road kill looks like a monkey.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 04, 2013, 03:15:46 AM
Down around Merritt Island, Florida.
That road kill looks like a monkey.

It does in that pic, but it was an opossum.  Here's another pic that shows a better shot of the opossum along with a  burst with another vulture coming in.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie159_zps71e5cffe.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie159_zps71e5cffe.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie155_zps658e01c7.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie155_zps658e01c7.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie156_zps94062bc6.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie156_zps94062bc6.jpg.html)

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie157_zps73b887fb.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie157_zps73b887fb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 04, 2013, 09:21:43 AM
Thanks! Nice series.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on September 04, 2013, 11:49:37 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/TripToDavie150_zps0bcdf600.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/TripToDavie150_zps0bcdf600.jpg.html)

Is that an attorney laying there?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on September 04, 2013, 04:31:59 PM
I think the attorneys are the ones STANDING there ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on September 04, 2013, 04:59:36 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 04, 2013, 05:25:34 PM
I think the attorneys are the ones STANDING there ;)


 :thumbsup: :hail:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Binalith on September 04, 2013, 08:51:44 PM
looks this one might be eh..ejecting something. didnt even notice that or the little mohawk until i upped the yellows.
(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a545/binalith1/Dragonfly2_zpsde6bad05.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/binalith1/media/Dragonfly2_zpsde6bad05.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 06, 2013, 11:03:47 AM
Our little 'black panther' not only hunts birds, and mice, she'll hunt anything!
She brought this home this morning. It's her 2nd one.

Tiger Salamander:

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/DSC02984_zps0586331d.jpg)


Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on September 10, 2013, 10:49:03 PM
I think the attorneys are the ones STANDING there ;)

I laughed so hard at your comment that I hurt my stomach.  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 12, 2013, 06:19:50 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/001_zps41761468.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/001_zps41761468.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on September 12, 2013, 06:23:01 PM
What the heck is THAT thing? :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 12, 2013, 06:27:01 PM
It's the underside of a Spiny Orb Spider.  It wouldn't cooperate and show me the other side which has some color to it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 12, 2013, 07:59:53 PM
What the heck is THAT thing? :shocked:

Invasion of the Space Crabs!!!!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Boreas on September 15, 2013, 10:09:03 AM
Good idea for a thread.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/312993_10150298936807153_1464305687_n.jpg)
A grouse hen I nearly stepped on.  Pretty good camo on these birds

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/374456_10151579755202153_1643546802_n.jpg)
Little Brown Bat I removed from a public washroom in a park

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/999107_10151629294442153_584381489_n.jpg)
My neighbor in the shack next door
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on September 15, 2013, 10:57:08 AM
This resides between the front walk and the house.  Probably around 6 or 7 others in various places around the yard, but none seem to eat as well as this one.

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/GardenSpider002_zps762c0930.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/imnukensc/media/GardenSpider002_zps762c0930.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 15, 2013, 11:07:51 AM
Nice pix, guys! Thanks!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 15, 2013, 01:59:17 PM
What the heck is THAT thing? :shocked:

Ran across another one yesterday.  The colors show a little better in this pic.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Bugs/PlanerBladeKnives005_zps3dcc0448.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Bugs/PlanerBladeKnives005_zps3dcc0448.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: U.W. on September 15, 2013, 03:53:31 PM
Here's lookin at you!


(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/9764563952_c111b7fa6c_c.jpg)


Kinda reminds me of a star wars character..


u.w.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 15, 2013, 04:45:15 PM
We can all be thankful that's not a life-sized picture.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on September 17, 2013, 12:24:27 PM
Hog huntin a couple weeks back and ran across this box turtle eating in a field

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/9787906563_d4b9a8e33d_b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on September 23, 2013, 11:52:12 PM
Mama and Papa Mallard go for a cruise around the pond...
(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb466/finigin/IMG_3515_zps7be21b7b.jpg)
Title: Eagle vs Deer
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 24, 2013, 11:30:17 PM
As if deer didn't have enough to worry about with coyotes, wolves, and human hunters.
Don't be scared of this freakish link. Just get it to highlight, and click.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KJke6Xc0JS8FQAgh2JzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTFxczYza3FiBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZAM4NzU1ZjJiOGFmYzM5NWViZGExNzZjNzgxZmQyNWM4YwRncG9zAzI-?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3F_adv_prop%3Dimage%26va%3DEagle%2Battacking%2Bdeer%26fr%3Dfp-tts-900%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=1200&h=900&imgurl=static4.businessinsider.com%2Fimage%2F5241aaa069bedde57dab8321%2Frare-photos-capture-a-golden-eagle-attacking-a-deer.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Fgolden-eagle-attacks-a-sika-deer-2013-9&size=285.2KB&name=...+%3Cb%3Eeagle+attacking+%3C%2Fb%3Ea+%3Cb%3Edeer+%3C%2Fb%3Erare+photos+capture+a+golden+%3Cb%3Eeagle+attacking+%3C%2Fb%3Ea&p=Eagle+attacking+deer&oid=8755f2b8afc395ebda176c781fd25c8c&fr2=&fr=fp-tts-900&tt=...+%3Cb%3Eeagle+attacking+%3C%2Fb%3Ea+%3Cb%3Edeer+%3C%2Fb%3Erare+photos+capture+a+golden+%3Cb%3Eeagle+attacking+%3C%2Fb%3Ea&b=0&ni=21&no=2&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=126me34ug&sigb=13jrfeuqt&sigi=13idatokg&.crumb=rS9n7ZrmsA.&fr=fp-tts-900


Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on September 24, 2013, 11:38:40 PM
Wow OP, that is interesting.  We have a lot of eagles here in the winter and I have never seen one go after a deer.  Saw them get pheasants and ducks and a skunk once but nothing bigger.  Thanks for that link (it was a scary looking link.)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 25, 2013, 12:57:12 AM
Wow OP, that is interesting.  We have a lot of eagles here in the winter and I have never seen one go after a deer.  Saw them get pheasants and ducks and a skunk once but nothing bigger.  Thanks for that link (it was a scary looking link.)
I'm sure you've seen the video of the Mongolians hunting wolves with eagles. In one still photo from that series, the talons on the eagle are twice the length of the wolf's fangs.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 29, 2013, 08:45:33 PM
We had a lunch guest up at my buddy's place again today.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Deer-092913007_zps204f78ac.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on September 30, 2013, 07:44:18 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings057_zpsb974bcfb.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings057_zpsb974bcfb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on September 30, 2013, 08:32:57 PM
Nice composition, CD!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 07, 2013, 12:42:18 PM
The annual feeding frenzy of the Bohemian Waxwings is in full swing. It's about 2 weeks behind schedule this year.  There are usually 100+ birds that descend upon this Mountain Ash come first snow. They stripped the top 1/2 of the tree of berries in less than an hour!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HqeTRQDbak
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on November 07, 2013, 01:13:21 PM
We are just on the edge of the Bohemian's winter range, but the Cedars were through here attacking our serviceberry & hackberry trees a few weeks ago.  We were commenting on the unusual circumstance of seeing only a half dozen or so in the serviceberry while we were practicing being old folks rocking in our rockers on the front porch one evening.  Heather commented that they must be 'scouts' for the main flock.  ???    When we went back in the house and looked out at the hackberry we saw the massive flight of the main flock leaving our yard and the main crop of berries completely gone! :P :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 07, 2013, 02:29:00 PM
Anther wave came in, and the tree is stripped now. My wife swears she counted at least 200+ birds among three poplars (waiting their turn at the Ash), and the power lines.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: forester on November 07, 2013, 08:05:12 PM
Anther wave came in, and the tree is stripped now. My wife swears she counted at least 200+ birds among three poplars (waiting their turn at the Ash), and the power lines.

Dang I think I missed them.  My neighbor has a nice mountain ash in his yard that looked like it got a visit.  Cool birds.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 07, 2013, 08:46:03 PM
Anther wave came in, and the tree is stripped now. My wife swears she counted at least 200+ birds among three poplars (waiting their turn at the Ash), and the power lines.

Dang I think I missed them.  My neighbor has a nice mountain ash in his yard that looked like it got a visit.  Cool birds.
200 birds and 2,000 berries. I'm surprised they could still fly! Must have been more than 200. I missed the picture, but it looked exactly like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on November 07, 2013, 08:50:48 PM
Be sure to put the car in the garage or you'll be washing it tomorrow! :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on November 08, 2013, 04:14:01 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MIWR064-1_zps388aee62.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MIWR064-1_zps388aee62.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 08, 2013, 10:51:57 AM
Here are some pictures from this summer around the place.  One of these is a quiz, find the elk in the dark picture of my dog...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uXlhy-9Gt3c/Un0gt49QR8I/AAAAAAAAARs/tI5ueXHuLrs/w644-h364-no/Bull+Elk.jpeg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-WzShQGWvgFU/Un0g0ZuMR8I/AAAAAAAAAR0/rbXRN5bUo6w/w644-h364-no/deer.jpeg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-PFn1p20M2ec/Un0goQIz3sI/AAAAAAAAARk/sfGAqKSn2yQ/w644-h364-no/bear.jpeg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-n-izuwREnYw/Un0g5ko8vUI/AAAAAAAAAR8/YuOQ1S7YFfM/w640-h480-no/IMG_0344.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4v9Th-Ym4gY/Un0hSMsw7mI/AAAAAAAAASE/8ChAHd_eKlw/w589-h525-no/2013-07-08_04-25-00.jpg

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 08, 2013, 11:43:23 AM
Ah...Pepe came to visit you, too! 

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4v9Th-Ym4gY/Un0hSMsw7mI/AAAAAAAAASE/8ChAHd_eKlw/w589-h525-no/2013-07-08_04-25-00.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 08, 2013, 11:50:55 AM
OP

A pretty cute little guy and he had gotten to be part of the gang, he would come by every night for dog food.  I haven't seen him for some time, and fear he may not have survived the pack rat purge.  I ended up having to put out poison for the rats, I had a real colony.  I put the poison in places where I was sure nothing bigger than a rat could get to it.  I have not seen "Skunky" since the poison. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: kanukkarhu on November 08, 2013, 11:53:57 AM
This one was 'lost' when I 'organized' photobucket:
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u496/kanukkarhu/KK%20pic/moose.jpg) (http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/kanukkarhu/media/KK%20pic/moose.jpg.html)

As was this:
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u496/kanukkarhu/KK%20pic/Untitled-3.jpg) (http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/kanukkarhu/media/KK%20pic/Untitled-3.jpg.html)

"Dead Wildlife" Thread???
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u496/kanukkarhu/KK%20pic/2012-12-05143823.jpg) (http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/kanukkarhu/media/KK%20pic/2012-12-05143823.jpg.html)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 08, 2013, 01:08:39 PM
OP

A pretty cute little guy and he had gotten to be part of the gang, he would come by every night for dog food.  I haven't seen him for some time, and fear he may not have survived the pack rat purge.  I ended up having to put out poison for the rats, I had a real colony.  I put the poison in places where I was sure nothing bigger than a rat could get to it.  I have not seen "Skunky" since the poison.
I wonder if eating a poisoned rat could have done him in?  My wife won't let me poison mice for fear of the cats catching "toxic" mice.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 08, 2013, 01:23:23 PM
OP

A real possibility, my other thought is that I changed brands of dog food at the same time and maybe he was not pleased with the selection on the "bouffant".

My cats seemed to suffer no ill effects, but they will only eat live stuff.

I kind of miss Skunky, he did gas us a couple of times but I think he was really starting to fit in.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 08, 2013, 01:24:36 PM
I have looked at all of the pictures in the thread and there is some very nice photography here...
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 09, 2014, 03:55:06 PM
Time to bump this one, since it's not only for wildlife photos, but any interesting tales of wildlife encounters.

Anyway, we had another meeting of the Bring a Buddy to Brunch Bunch.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/DSC083372_zps64a14293.jpg)

And this gentleman came to check out the apples, but wouldn't stick around for a proper portrait!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/DSC08334_zpsa3e8cc76.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on January 09, 2014, 04:35:40 PM
Is that a Downy?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 09, 2014, 04:52:19 PM
Is that a Downy?
No! Terrible angle. It was a Pileated about the size of a crow!  Wish he would have hung around another 2 minutes! Beautiful topknot.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on January 09, 2014, 05:22:04 PM
Is that a Downy?
No! Terrible angle. It was a Pileated about the size of a crow!  Wish he would have hung around another 2 minutes! Beautiful topknot.
Oh, of course......I just went back and read 'APPLE TREE', which would make that little berry on the tree an APPLE.  That, using my powers of elimination and scale for comparison of berry vs. apple, would make it either a mutated magnum Downy or, in this case, a Pileated. :rofl:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on January 09, 2014, 05:43:33 PM
We have never had any Pileated around here during our time at this place but a friend of mine in Pa. sent a photo of a huge pile of wood chips laying at the base of a big tree.  He said a Pileated did it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 09, 2014, 09:04:36 PM
We have never had any Pileated around here during our time at this place but a friend of mine in Pa. sent a photo of a huge pile of wood chips laying at the base of a big tree.  He said a Pileated did it.

Flickers can leave quite a mess, too. The power company hates 'em.  If the holes are big enough for a squirrel to climb into, it's a pileated for sure.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on January 09, 2014, 09:10:11 PM
We have never had any Pileated around here during our time at this place but a friend of mine in Pa. sent a photo of a huge pile of wood chips laying at the base of a big tree.  He said a Pileated did it.

Flickers can leave quite a mess, too. The power company hates 'em.  If the holes are big enough for a squirrel to climb into, it's a pileated for sure.

We have quite a few Flickers visiting the bird feeders this winter.  There are a few breeding pair here most of the time but I have not found where they are living.  They are one of my favorite birds to watch.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 09, 2014, 09:18:25 PM
We have never had any Pileated around here during our time at this place but a friend of mine in Pa. sent a photo of a huge pile of wood chips laying at the base of a big tree.  He said a Pileated did it.

Flickers can leave quite a mess, too. The power company hates 'em.  If the holes are big enough for a squirrel to climb into, it's a pileated for sure.

We have quite a few Flickers visiting the bird feeders this winter.  There are a few breeding pair here most of the time but I have not found where they are living.  They are one of my favorite birds to watch.
They will come readily to bird houses, but do your homework. I can't remember the specs right now, but I believe it is a 2" hole, and 20-30 feet off the ground. I may be wrong on the height.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2014, 10:28:17 AM
I had a rare treat this morning!  I looked out the window and had a Steller's Jay and a real live Blue Jay sitting in the same tree!  This is the second Blue Jay in 13 years. They usually don't come west across the Divide, but this guy must have been trying to get away from the Arctic blast this week. It's warmer over here (only -12F last night). They evaded my camera, darn it!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on February 04, 2014, 11:34:59 AM
I had a rare treat this morning!  I looked out the window and had a Steller's Jay and a real live Blue Jay sitting in the same tree!  This is the second Blue Jay in 13 years. They usually don't come west across the Divide, but this guy must have been trying to get away from the Arctic blast this week. It's warmer over here (only -12F last night). They evaded my camera, darn it!

Interesting.  I live along the SD and Mt border and we have three to five Blue Jays here most of the time.  Must prefer prairie and woodland habitat or we are just in the right lat. and long. for them.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2014, 11:57:07 AM
I had a rare treat this morning!  I looked out the window and had a Steller's Jay and a real live Blue Jay sitting in the same tree!  This is the second Blue Jay in 13 years. They usually don't come west across the Divide, but this guy must have been trying to get away from the Arctic blast this week. It's warmer over here (only -12F last night). They evaded my camera, darn it!

Interesting.  I live along the SD and Mt border and we have three to five Blue Jays here most of the time.  Must prefer prairie and woodland habitat or we are just in the right lat. and long. for them.
They're as common as Steller's Jays around East Glacier, but they don't seem to wanna fly over the mountains. The range maps show that's about the extent of their western range, too. Anyway, it was a treat to see one.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on February 04, 2014, 12:34:27 PM
Well, if it makes you feel better there are no Steller's Jays  here in Ontario, in fact I had never heard the term or scene a pic...oh yea, here's a pic..........

(http://www.birdinginformation.com/wp-content/gallery/steller-jay/stellers-jay-2a.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2014, 12:46:41 PM
Thanks, Z! They are one of my favorites. Always a treat to see. Like most jays, they won't come to seed feeders, but they like the suet blocks. They cling and feed like woodpeckers.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on February 04, 2014, 12:49:49 PM
Have you ever tried feeding them peanuts? I know the Blue Jays love them
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2014, 01:11:22 PM
Have you ever tried feeding them peanuts? I know the Blue Jays love them
No, but I'll give it a try. I don't have to worry about squirrels, so we'll see if it attracts the jays.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 10, 2014, 10:42:41 AM
This Mule Deer doe shows up in Feb/March, hangs around the house and eats hay the horses push out of their feeders in my horse barn

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xiXnvm_Oiu0/U0bIaxrlKNI/AAAAAAAAAUg/3Vl-D0AQ9Ac/w719-h539-no/IMG_0477.JPG)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2014, 11:17:57 AM
Neat, John, thanks for posting!

Not exactly 'wildlife', but I got a glimpse into some animal behavior yesterday.

I have kept a female Pekin duck segregated in the chicken coop all winter. Yesterday I got her section of the yard fenced off and turned her out.
There is a small portal gate between her pen, and the chicken yard. While i was setting up her house, and water, the chickens moved out of their yard and into the duck yard. They use that portal when I turn them out to free range and do yard clean up in the spring and fall, so they thought it was for them.
When I let the duck out, she headed for the portal, and crawled over the RR tie separating the two spots. In the middle of the duck yard is a cherry tree. At this point there were 10 hens and a rooster scratching around.
The duck immediately ran around the cherry tree in a circle, flapping her wings and squawking. She herded every one of those chickens back into their own yard through the portal, and then stood there cussin' a blue streak at them for invading her territory.  It was freakin' hilarious!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 10, 2014, 12:11:12 PM
OP

Animals are pretty incredible, when you get the time to watch them.  The little doe in the picture, has rounds she makes and is, I am sure getting fed in a number of places.   She was more leery of my cat than she was of me.

Here are a few more pictures, these are from my trail camera in my upper meadow.  If you look carefully you will notices that one picture is of Mule Deer and the others are Whitetails. The big guys should be obvious.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7pAYeeQpTEg/U0bWOR9TfJI/AAAAAAAAAVM/fWNlaEKRMPw/w958-h539-no/MFDC0400.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-z_ZgYOn3Pxc/U0bWOSpEB1I/AAAAAAAAAVQ/SVSD-tMdbQc/w958-h539-no/MFDC0208.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZECTdNdaysc/U0bWCeFa1wI/AAAAAAAAAVA/P7ty20c_nBs/w958-h539-no/MFDC0085.JPG)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wannabe on April 10, 2014, 12:17:40 PM
Sorry, I don't have any pics but I just finished watching a peregrine falcon devour a pigeon in a pine tree in my local park. This is in a tiny 10,000 sq.ft. park in a residential/industrial neighbourhood. Same tree produced a barred owl visit last year.

I swear at one point the falcon reared its butt to me and tried to crap on me. Luckily I was standing far enough away to get away un-pooped on. Grossest part was all the entrails, feet and little bits falling straight down onto the park's picnic table. Guess the raccoons will have a treat tonight.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2014, 12:26:39 PM
Sorry, I don't have any pics but I just finished watching a peregrine falcon devour a pigeon in a pine tree in my local park. This is in a tiny 10,000 sq.ft. park in a residential/industrial neighbourhood. Same tree produced a barred owl visit last year.

I swear at one point the falcon reared its butt to me and tried to crap on me. Luckily I was standing far enough away to get away un-pooped on. Grossest part was all the entrails, feet and little bits falling straight down onto the park's picnic table. Guess the raccoons will have a treat tonight.
Peregrines are pretty adaptable. I've seen several pix/videos of them nesting on the ledges of tall office buildings in the big cities.  Cool natural history moment you had there, Wannabe.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 10, 2014, 12:31:42 PM
I have an old hen raven that has a nest in a tree on the edge of my lower pasture she has a brood every year, and the "new kids" are fun to watch, as soon as they are out for "flying lessons" I will post some pictures.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 10, 2014, 12:34:38 PM
Zammer

I have a "horde" of Stellers Jays, they show up every morning to eat dog food off my front porch.  I also have Grey jays, but not as many.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2014, 01:02:39 PM
Zammer

I have a "horde" of Stellers Jays, they show up every morning to eat dog food off my front porch.  I also have Grey jays, but not as many.
Those "camp robbers" bet habituated in a heart beat! I've had one on each shoulder, and one on my hand all at the same time down in Yellowstone.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wannabe on April 10, 2014, 01:12:59 PM
Sorry, I don't have any pics but I just finished watching a peregrine falcon devour a pigeon in a pine tree in my local park. This is in a tiny 10,000 sq.ft. park in a residential/industrial neighbourhood. Same tree produced a barred owl visit last year.

I swear at one point the falcon reared its butt to me and tried to crap on me. Luckily I was standing far enough away to get away un-pooped on. Grossest part was all the entrails, feet and little bits falling straight down onto the park's picnic table. Guess the raccoons will have a treat tonight.
Peregrines are pretty adaptable. I've seen several pix/videos of them nesting on the ledges of tall office buildings in the big cities.  Cool natural history moment you had there, Wannabe.

Yeah, I have a friend who manages a skyscaper in downtown Toronto. He often gets into work before the city wakes up and says it is not uncommon to come across bird entrails and carcasses on the sidewalk from the many peregrines that call the towers home.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2014, 01:18:35 PM
Yeah, I have a friend who manages a skyscaper in downtown Toronto. He often gets into work before the city wakes up and says it is not uncommon to come across bird entrails and carcasses on the sidewalk from the many peregrines that call the towers home.

It's quite a lesson in ecology, and symbiotic relationships of "wild" species.  Everybody complains about pigeons ruining statues, and polluting the parks. But heaven forbid anyone suggest we kill off the dirty lil' disease spreading buggers. People ought to be thanking the birds of prey that are helping to keep the pest numbers in check, even a little bit.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 10, 2014, 01:31:57 PM
Some of those falcons have been "planted", they are very efficient in keeping the pidgin numbers manageable.   
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2014, 01:44:13 PM
Some of those falcons have been "planted", they are very efficient in keeping the pidgin numbers manageable.
I was pretty sure I'd heard rumors to that effect.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: xj35s on April 14, 2014, 07:13:28 AM
If you met him you'd know he is wild. Anyway I didn't find a better place for this so Here is another artistic attempt on 4-12-2014. Our thoroughbred Jimmy, he'll be 2 in August.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u173/XJ35S/DSC01971_zpsd081da1d.jpg)

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u173/XJ35S/DSC01974_zpsc5482582.jpg)

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u173/XJ35S/DSC01986_zpsfeeddf82.jpg)

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u173/XJ35S/DSC01978_zpsc57cc366.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 14, 2014, 09:24:23 AM
 xj35s

In the picture I posted one page back the last two horses in the parade are thoroughbreds.  The old guy behind my white mare was a race horse, he is enjoying his retirement as a mountain horse, he does very well out in the forest on trail rides.

Thoroughbreds have different needs than other horses, my other two can look at a bale of hay and gain weight, it is more of a chore keeping weight on the TBs through the winter.

Good luck with your little guy. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 15, 2014, 01:45:16 AM
Thought I'd post this again, in honor of all the guys chasing gobblers this Spring.
The favorite way to hunt them in our valley is a bowl of dog food, a 6-pack of beer, a lawn chair and a baseball bat.
Seriously though, most of the turkey hunters are bowhunters.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/7452b4b6.jpg)


Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 12, 2014, 11:42:19 AM
More photos, this one is my favourite, this little guy was pretty interested in the trail camera.  (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-niinJeBDjKk/U3DtQbEEozI/AAAAAAAAAWM/qfUWbUplRc0/w644-h363-no/buck.jpeg).. Is that neat face or what..?

A better picture of him.. (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FGWxs2QPDNw/U3DtmfpAs6I/AAAAAAAAAWg/oKuxyfZnGgs/w644-h363-no/buck2.jpeg)

Here is a small bull still in the velvet.  (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bQxGxNhJ4uY/U3DtxGY5WPI/AAAAAAAAAW0/3g4xARSkzvE/w644-h364-no/elk.jpeg)  I ran into his big brothers, yesterday morning, (5/11/14) one of them is still in velvet, and has antlers that are about 3' wide all ready. Unfortunately, I had my camera battery in the charger.

And one snowshoe rabbit in colour change, his feet are still white. (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U2vJahU98X4/U3DuXHyW3eI/AAAAAAAAAXc/B_z6TtMwRNI/w644-h363-no/Snowshoe.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 12, 2014, 11:55:06 AM
Thanks for posting those. I have a project for my tail cam, but just need to find the time to go set it up. A buddy thinks he has a cat visiting his place.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 12, 2014, 12:03:25 PM
My neighbour has a number of trail cameras, I just have one so far.  He has a couple of his set up in the "program" mode and they take pictures every 15 seconds.  He has large rechargeable batteries connected to a solar panels.  My camera is set in motion detect, mode.  When it dries out more, I will haul my old tractor battery, up into the big meadow at the end of my ridge and set my camera up there. I only have a few weeks left to do that, before the cattle are in here and I do not need a 1000 pictures of cows, or have one of them decide to eat my camera. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 12, 2014, 12:06:23 PM
By the date on the border, that last photo might have been of the Easter Bunny, John :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 12, 2014, 12:11:22 PM
When I was out yesterday morning along with the elk I saw a nice big fat cotton tail sitting out taking the morning sun.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on May 12, 2014, 12:14:37 PM
Reset up one of my trail cams in the backyard yesterday.  Thought I had seen a gray fox back there the other day, but the dogs saw it before I did and it was moving too fast for me to tell for sure.  Haven't seen one of those in the back yard in 6 years since the coyotes moved in, but I haven't heard them howling in the last couple years, either, so hopefully someone around here is taking care of them.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 12, 2014, 01:00:03 PM
Trail cameras can become a bit habit forming, it is amazing just how much wildlife there is out there that appears on your camera, that you do not see in the normal course of the day.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on May 15, 2014, 04:18:21 PM
Just a couple of not very good pics of momma bluebird.  First one is on the meal worm feeder and then up on the nest box with some worms in her beak for the babies.

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1220_zpsc3025846.jpg)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1222_zps5d86e651.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 15, 2014, 04:52:21 PM
imnukensc

I like birds, I have an old raven that has a nest over in one of the trees on the edge of my ravine every year. When she takes the "new kids" out for flying lessons, that is kind of fun.  I can hear them so they should be "out and about" soon.

I ran into a small band of bull elk on Sunday and of course did not have my camera with me.  The bulls were all in velvet, as luck would have it they walked by one of my neighbours trail cameras and here is one of them. 

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gUaFVFXm9d0/U3VDC5Gt0GI/AAAAAAAAAYU/B-hLe96irA8/w644-h364-no/Elk06.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolverine_173 on May 17, 2014, 11:43:45 PM
Alaska eagles, bears and fish o my

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovmfTqHD1CE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOYi-ZDSUeY
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on May 18, 2014, 05:33:55 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/TPC2014-2029_zps68865203.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/TPC2014-2029_zps68865203.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 18, 2014, 08:58:32 AM
Nice shot, CD, as always. I used to live near a blue heron rookery, but never got shots like that. Public entry was prohibitied, and viewing was from a couple hundred yards away.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 18, 2014, 09:48:46 AM
Nice heron shot. :thumbsup:   We have had many close up encounters with them while paddling around the ends of wing-dikes on the Missouri River.  They tend to 'fish' in the eddies just below the dikes & when they come into view they are sometimes as close as your photo shows.  Great surprised 'squawks', wing flapping and retraction of landing gear in the take-offs are exciting to view! :shocked: :shocked: :canoe:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 18, 2014, 10:16:45 AM
Back in WA my wife got real up close and personal with a big male that thought our koi pond was his personal buffet.  She was chasing him around a closed in arbor with her kitchen broom. :P  If I'd been home with a video camera, we'd be $10,000 richer! :lol:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on May 23, 2014, 05:36:19 PM
Sitting on the porch this evening and saw this little back yard visitor:

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1255_zps524ba123.jpg)

Very nice, docile little King snake.  About 3 feet long, maybe a smidgen longer:

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1256_zpsc777111c.jpg)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1257_zpsc49370ab.jpg)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1258_zps8c161217.jpg)

I asked Liz if I could keep him, but she said, "No!"   :(
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 23, 2014, 07:21:05 PM
Of all the potential snakes to keep as pets, the King Snake is a great choice. Very docile, as you say. White feeder mice might disagree,though. :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on May 23, 2014, 08:00:37 PM
Good shots... :cheers:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on June 11, 2014, 04:36:24 PM
The new kid in the neighbourhood.  (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Lwj5Uc3e3pg/U5jXssSAmVI/AAAAAAAAAY0/DYpGWC1Jm9g/w915-h564-no/MFDC0007a.JPG)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 11, 2014, 05:48:39 PM
:lol: He's probably wondering who the Red Eyed Cyclops is that's staring at him! 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on June 11, 2014, 06:46:36 PM
I like these little guys, and I have been putting some dog food out for them. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 11, 2014, 07:58:23 PM
I like these little guys, and I have been putting some dog food out for them. 
You don't have a sweet corn patch do you, John? :lol:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 11, 2014, 08:51:24 PM
I like these little guys, and I have been putting some dog food out for them. 
You don't have a sweet corn patch do you, John? :lol:
...or a rabid one rush you in a parking lot in broad daylight? :shocked:
They make great pets until they get about 25 pounds and the hormones kick in. :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 15, 2014, 08:25:32 PM
Went over to my buddy's place today to do some woodworking, and ran into this little guy and his momma about a mile from the house. It was high noon, and I don't think this guy had been with us very long. They were crossing a road, and the kid was zigzagging like a drunken sailor!
If I had to guess, I'd say he weighed under 10 pounds. Momma is between him and the trees, and wasn't about to leave him alone with me.
I wish I would have been off in a blind close by to see how she got him through that barbed wire fence.  ???

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/DSC033872_zpsf1dea780.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 17, 2015, 11:17:53 AM
I need to up load my new pictures, I had a young bull moose come through, nice to see him.  The wolf that came through a bit later was not as welcome.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: hiwa on January 17, 2015, 09:52:12 PM
Here's a pic of a deer my son and I were tracking a couple of years ago. There were a lot of people in the area and the deer was avoiding everyone and very skittish. He was being very careful trying to not be seen , but we were lucky.



(http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu297/ketodad/picturesfromNikon180.jpg) (http://s657.photobucket.com/user/ketodad/media/picturesfromNikon180.jpg.html)

We backtracked trying to figure out where he would come out and hid just off the trail. We were bang on and he came out right where we estimated.

(http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu297/ketodad/picturesfromNikon181.jpg) (http://s657.photobucket.com/user/ketodad/media/picturesfromNikon181.jpg.html)

I have a lot of fun with this guy.  :choptree:
Me and my tracker son, lol.

(http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu297/ketodad/SodaWinter2011andWolfLakeJuly2012036.jpg) (http://s657.photobucket.com/user/ketodad/media/SodaWinter2011andWolfLakeJuly2012036.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on January 17, 2015, 10:00:09 PM
That first picture is just beautiful! :thumbsup:    Good tracking skills passed on from father to son......how cool is that! :cheers:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: hiwa on January 17, 2015, 10:15:35 PM
Thanks Wolfy! I got to give him credit for spotting it first , but the old man figured out where she was going to come out on the trail.

If I was needing meat at the time , it would of been the perfect " ambush".   

The dude likes his knives also and knows how to use them pretty good. Thank Dad for that.  :)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: skandic on January 17, 2015, 10:32:38 PM
Here's some of my favourites.

A pine marten
(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_4171_zpsc20beb20.jpg)

Boo!
(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_4167_zps795ed68e.jpg)

Got places to go...
(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_4366_zpsf301f17e.jpg)

In the land of lakes, everything travels by water
(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_2123_zps9d4ae496.jpg)

(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_2124_zpsf874f2c0.jpg)

(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/oldbushrat/flora%20and%20fauna/IMG_2189_zpsd96b7bfc.jpg)


Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: hiwa on January 17, 2015, 10:41:07 PM
Awesome pics, Skandic !  Moose are very good swimmers. I've known them to go a couple of Kms. Don't see bears in the water much though , so that was neat.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: skandic on January 17, 2015, 10:45:58 PM
Thanks hiwa. I probably see as many swimming as I do on land, but only because on a large lake with lots of islands they're always swimming from island to island in their never ending search for food.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: hiwa on January 17, 2015, 10:55:54 PM
That's many years ago when I learned how far moose can swim. We were camped on an Island very far from shore and had a female visit us in the middle of the night and were amazed how she got there as the island was free of large animals the few days we were there.

 Out in the bush were I go  , there is tons of game like deer , wolves, bear ,moose and elk. Just usually never have my camera ready !
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 18, 2015, 08:22:06 AM
skandic

I spend a lot of time in the forest and have seen a little bit of almost everything, but I have never seen a pine marten, great pictures.  The swimming bear reminds me of a story, some guys from Wrangell, Ak. were going up the Stakine river, they saw a bear swimming in the river, they wanted to get closer for some pictures, when they did the bear climbed into their boat, they moved over to the other side of the river and the bear climbed out.   
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 18, 2015, 08:51:44 AM
More backyard pets..:)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8LoVM_serJc/VLvVn9w0RjI/AAAAAAAAAaU/QZCKXXPsEfc/w753-h565-no/STC_0006.JPG)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EYOQWwAWV6g/VLvVE56CwJI/AAAAAAAAAaM/7lbx81OLtBA/w644-h364-no/MFDC0140%5B2%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 11, 2015, 07:59:58 AM
Mystery solved..!  I have for the last few years heard a bird calling in the early hours of morning and evening, and could not figure out what it was.  I finally got a glimpse of the bird way up in one of the big pines in back of my house, just a little guy so I thought it was one of the thrushes.  Trying to identify a bird by it's call can be some what daunting.  After an inordinate amount of time spent researching bird calls I found my bird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehWxX-mLzg  This was the sound I kept hearing.  There was another bird call that I was sure was made by either a Palliated Woodpecker or a Flicker, well it wasn't, it was the little owl's other call. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEdH_BnSJYg

These are very small owls.  (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/84/274912801_4f522fdb0a_z.jpg?zz=1)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 11, 2015, 08:54:31 PM
Yup!  A 1 pint bird with 5 gallon lungs! LOL!

Speaking of birds, the waxwings visited my ash tree a couple days ago to pick over the freeze dried berries. More evidence of Climate Change. The waxwings usually come through here in October, and return in April-May.  This year they never migrated at all!  They visited the tree in December, and early February.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 27, 2016, 07:06:49 PM
I broke my own rule today about always carrying a camera in this country. Oh, well, no pictures. But....

I had a treat this morning. I had to go into town, and on a stretch of road between two pastures, I spotted what I thought was a flock of ravens, probably scoping out a road kill.  I got closer and couldn't believe my eyes. I was able to stop and count 14 Bald Eagles all in an area half the size of a football field.  Two more a couple hundred yards down the road.  I was so busy watching them I didn't notice what might have attracted them. BTW, everything there is still covered in about 12" of snow.
On the return trip, about 3 hours later, all the eagles were gone. Now there were 7 Black Vultures working on the carcass on the side of the road.  16 eagles and 7 vultures, up close, all in the same mid-day. Pretty cool.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 29, 2016, 06:43:10 AM
I have the occasional bald eagle, but mostly golden eagles, I see a few osprey down on the river, and vultures seem to be a sumer time bird here.  I need to sort through my photos, I have a pair of bob cats, probably litter mates, more of the resident mountain lion and my favorites this last summer were the black bear and her cub, that were real regulars.

Title: Mountain Lion
Post by: RDStone on February 01, 2016, 03:42:12 PM
Back in September I was hiking with my three grandsons on one of the local San Juan Mountain trails.  I'd been up this trail many times.  I'd seen mountain sheep, bears, but never a big cat.  In fact, with 45+ years of hiking in the Colorado mountains, I've only seen 3 or 4 lions.  I'd seen their tracks on this trail before, but today was our lucky day.  This guy passed within 50 yards of us right across the trail.  My youngest grandson spotted it first, and I had to "draw" the camera really quick to get a shot.  It's not the best, but it's the only one I got.  The cat was quite a hit during the day as we met other hikers.  Somehow word spread (grandsons) that we had seen a lion and everybody had to see the photo.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/24392449729_773258dd39_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DatFu6) (https://flic.kr/p/DatFu6)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on February 01, 2016, 04:06:20 PM
WOW.......you were lucky to get to the camera quickly enough to get that shot!   Nice picture. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: RDStone on February 01, 2016, 04:11:28 PM
WOW.......you were lucky to get to the camera quickly enough to get that shot!   Nice picture. :thumbsup:
They're so cotton-picking elusive it amazed me this one was out in the middle of the day like this.  It was sure special for the boys....and me!  Thanks for lookin Wolfy!
Title: Giddy Up Elk!
Post by: RDStone on February 01, 2016, 04:14:27 PM
This is a pretty poor photo, but I thought it was funny seeing this magpie "hitchin-a-ride"!
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3675/12640404054_000cc9c176_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/kfZnJW) (https://flic.kr/p/kfZnJW)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 01, 2016, 04:21:05 PM
Good catches, RD! Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on February 02, 2016, 07:38:02 AM
My resident mountain lion, is probably a big male, he comes through on about a six week schedule, that gives me an idea of how big an area he covers.  He is wary of humans, but is not too concerned, we have trail camera pictures of him moving around in between pictures of my neighbor and I when we were trying to move some unwanted cattle.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on February 02, 2016, 08:13:03 AM
We have a lion around our place too.  It is living on the north side of the river in a pretty thickly wooded area.  It's tracks show up every week or so if it is muddy or we have snow.   He may be the one that was in the neighbors barn last year but, of course, we don't know. 

The fox are making a comeback in this area too.  Mange wiped them out about twenty years ago and they are just now starting to be seen with some frequency.  Saw one three times (or three one time) last month and there were tracks all the way from the country road up our driveway to the hay yard last week. 

Coyotes are starting to come all the way in to farmstead instead of lurking on the edges.  We haven't seen any cottontails for a couple of months and I blame the coyotes.   

I ought to put the trail camera back out and see if I can catch a photo of the lion.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on February 02, 2016, 09:57:20 AM
Stan

I must admit I kind of like having the lion around, I have some pretty aggressive dogs, that let me know if anything moves in the immediate vicinity.  My concern is my horses, but a 150-200# cat would have to think a long time before going after a 1300# horse, and that is my small horse.  My mare, is just over 1300# and has a real attitude, she goes after anything that is not supposed to be in her pasture, she has no tolerance for my dogs.

The wolves are a different matter..

I have an acquaintance that lives in BC, he is fond of saying that "there is no health care in the forest" wild animals know this and are a bit circumspect about what they attack.. 

We are probably into the "slingshot" thread, but in the last couple of years I have shot more predators with my slingshot than anything else.  Must be getting old, I dislike killing anything I do not absolutely have to.. "Meat is cheap" at the grocery store.. Anyone that thinks hunting saves money is not very good at math.... J
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Quenchcrack on February 02, 2016, 01:36:29 PM
I heard a ruckus outside one morning when we lived in CT and went to see what was the cause.  I found a muskrat with his head stuck in one of the squares formed by a chain link fence.  I went back in and got a set of bolt cutters and cut one side out of the square that trapped him.  I expected him to run off but he just slowly backed up, turned his head to look at me, and waddled off.  I am pretty sure if he could talk, he would have F-bombed me.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 02, 2016, 02:04:14 PM
Over the months I've posted quite a bit on the Big Cats in our area. I don't have any personal photos of cougar other than post-hunt photos which are not appropriate in this thread.
Suffice it to say, we have a lot of cats. A couple years ago a posse chased one around the local high school while a basketball game was in progress.
One big tom had to be 'removed' after it started hunting along a local foot/bike path almost within the town limits.
Around the same time as the school incident, a close neighbor lost their terrier from the back yard. Just about a mouthful for a hungry cat.

My favorite experience with one of these magnificant animals happened during a deer hunt.
I was on stand, hunting with my .44 Ruger. I was on the south side of a small revine watching the heavily used deer trial that ran down the bottom. I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye, and caught a quick glimpse of a cat moving through the brush across the revine, about 50-75yds away.  I watched and never saw it pass beyond a thick cover directly across from me. He was hunkered down, watching the same trail as I. I spent the better part of an hour focused on his hiding place, oblivious to any deer traffic in the area. I was going through all sorts of scenarios in my head, wondering if he might get tired of waiting for venison, and decide I might taste good instead.
After a bit over an hour, I caught more movement, and just saw his shoulder as he left his station and moved out of sight over trhe ridge away from me.  I've never had a cougar as a hunting partner, and not sure I want to again.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: RDStone on February 02, 2016, 03:25:47 PM
Over the months I've posted quite a bit on the Big Cats in our area. I don't have any personal photos of cougar other than post-hunt photos which are not appropriate in this thread.
Suffice it to say, we have a lot of cats. A couple years ago a posse chased one around the local high school while a basketball game was in progress.
One big tom had to be 'removed' after it started hunting along a local foot/bike path almost within the town limits.
Around the same time as the school incident, a close neighbor lost their terrier from the back yard. Just about a mouthful for a hungry cat.

My favorite experience with one of these magnificant animals happened during a deer hunt.
I was on stand, hunting with my .44 Ruger. I was on the south side of a small revine watching the heavily used deer trial that ran down the bottom. I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye, and caught a quick glimpse of a cat moving through the brush across the revine, about 50-75yds away.  I watched and never saw it pass beyond a thick cover directly across from me. He was hunkered down, watching the same trail as I. I spent the better part of an hour focused on his hiding place, oblivious to any deer traffic in the area. I was going through all sorts of scenarios in my head, wondering if he might get tired of waiting for venison, and decide I might taste good instead.
After a bit over an hour, I caught more movement, and just saw his shoulder as he left his station and moved out of sight over trhe ridge away from me.  I've never had a cougar as a hunting partner, and not sure I want to again.

Years ago I was hunting here in western Colorado.  It was a very remote canyon area, which the cats love.  I walked by a large juniper with low hanging branches and heard what I thought was a hiss.  I moved back and peaked under there, with gun at my shoulder and it was a mountain lion kitten.  It was not very big (about the size of a bobcat) and obviously had never seen a human before.  I immediately got concerned that mom was nearby watching, and turned around and headed back down the trail.  I kept looking back and to the sides. I admit that I was a little bit scared at the situation.  A 30-06 means nothing if you can't get it up to your shoulder quick enough.  That kitten actually started following me down the trail.  I then started yelling "go on, get out of here" and it turned and walked off in the brush.  It was a long walk back to the truck that evening.  Plus, no deer!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on February 02, 2016, 06:38:03 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on February 02, 2016, 06:39:27 PM
HOLY CRAP......that scared the heck out of me when it opened! :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 02, 2016, 07:41:08 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg.html)

"Hey! You talkin' to ME?"
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 02, 2016, 07:42:05 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg.html)

"You better have my daughter home by eleven!"
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2016, 03:32:32 AM
I am smiling.

Awesome shot!


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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: RDStone on February 03, 2016, 07:41:11 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg.html)

"You better have my daughter home by eleven!"

Hehe - prefect caption and perfect shot!!!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 17, 2016, 08:43:37 PM
Not too many places except NW Montana where traffic on an Interstate Highway stops for jay-walking wild turkeys!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/J-walking%20turkies_zpsrynxuz33.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on February 17, 2016, 09:20:52 PM
When we came home from church on Sunday we had to stop to let about 60 of them cross the gravel county road about a mile from our farm.  Quite a sight this time of year isn't it?  I gotta start carrying a camera all the time.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on February 17, 2016, 10:24:54 PM
Spied a herd of about 50 whitetails about a mile and a half from town yesterday.....no camera, of course! :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 18, 2016, 12:45:48 AM
I don't even go out to feed my chickens without a camera. Never know what the heck will show up.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: RDStone on February 18, 2016, 09:29:04 AM
Not too many places except NW Montana where traffic on an Interstate Highway stops for jay-walking wild turkeys!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/J-walking%20turkies_zpsrynxuz33.jpg)

Haha - especially walking right through town!  Gotta love it!
Title: Re: Mountain Lion
Post by: vallehombre on February 18, 2016, 09:46:30 AM
Back in September I was hiking with my three grandsons on one of the local San Juan Mountain trails.  I'd been up this trail many times.  I'd seen mountain sheep, bears, but never a big cat.  In fact, with 45+ years of hiking in the Colorado mountains, I've only seen 3 or 4 lions.  I'd seen their tracks on this trail before, but today was our lucky day.  This guy passed within 50 yards of us right across the trail.  My youngest grandson spotted it first, and I had to "draw" the camera really quick to get a shot.  It's not the best, but it's the only one I got.  The cat was quite a hit during the day as we met other hikers.  Somehow word spread (grandsons) that we had seen a lion and everybody had to see the photo.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/24392449729_773258dd39_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DatFu6)
 (https://flic.kr/p/DatFu6)

Rare shot indeed. Congratulations. Seen sign in that area but never a cat. Only one I've seen in the wild was in AZ many years ago.  Never forget it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Punty on February 18, 2016, 11:46:30 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/096-1_zpse024853f.jpg.html)
Vote for me, I am more Hawkish than the other candidates!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on February 18, 2016, 01:06:35 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree161.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree161.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 18, 2016, 01:26:37 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree161.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Mammoth%20Cave%20Jamboree/ThirdJamboree161.jpg.html)

"Hey, Mom! How big do squirrels get?"


(Nice photo!)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Orbean on February 18, 2016, 05:38:16 PM
Great picture of the mt lion. I have only seen one, it was on a logging road outside of eureka mt. I heard them before, worst sound I have ever heard.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 18, 2016, 06:05:17 PM
Some great shots ... and captions!

Regarding cougars/mountain lions/wampus cats... There have long been stories, rumors, legends and so on about big cats in Tennessee but the wildlife resource agency has always dismissed the sightings as mistakes, bobcats, and what not. Now it looks like there have been some confirmed sightings in the state.

http://www.tn.gov/twra/article/cougars-in-tennessee
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on February 19, 2016, 03:49:43 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/079-1_zps7d274527.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/079-1_zps7d274527.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Punty on February 19, 2016, 11:55:33 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/079-1_zps7d274527.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/079-1_zps7d274527.jpg.html)
''Soylent Green Is People!!''

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zAFA-hamZ0
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 21, 2016, 11:35:55 PM
Thought y'all might like this. Not only funny video, but pretty exciting.

Like I've said before, entertainment is slim up here in the sticks. We'll bet on anything. I think these guys were betting on who's car would get trashed. Not what you'd expect to see in your driveway on the way to get the morning paper!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Videos/th_Moose_zpshzcmtkoe.mp4) (http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Videos/Moose_zpshzcmtkoe.mp4)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Punty on February 22, 2016, 09:09:47 PM
  Got to be honest....when I applied for my firearms license, I listed one of the reasons is protection from bears when I am in the woods.

   The truth is, I am not the least bit frightened of black bears....but I am horrified by moose in rut. I've seen it a little too up close and personal, and I was terrified. If there was a bear around, I would have hugged it for security. Just sayin.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 23, 2016, 10:13:29 AM
  Got to be honest....when I applied for my firearms license, I listed one of the reasons is protection from bears when I am in the woods.

   The truth is, I am not the least bit frightened of black bears....but I am horrified by moose in rut. I've seen it a little too up close and personal, and I was terrified. If there was a bear around, I would have hugged it for security. Just sayin.
One of the scariest things I ever encountered in the woods was with a friend calling in a bull elk in rut. A 6x6 suddenly busted out of the brush into a clearing not 30 yds from us, and he was lookin' to rip up a rival. He uprooted a small fir tree, pawed the ground, steam snorting from his nostrils...not sure, but I may have peed a little.... :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on February 23, 2016, 05:48:16 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/231.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/231.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 27, 2016, 08:39:36 AM
The business end of a gator!

Great shot!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 08:16:21 AM
I sorted through the hundreds of photos from last year and here is what I have to share.  (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dbMd8Fu8cHzLSWfHnuFYu3_eE3ISpSsUNGkYJi5dwj0Ix-tIwfHZP0nYJKHCprTFXsCFWH4HhZ7nAmlShV9CUI-CWHmdYGz9KcfqoTh0KUz3OQ7zuWbYHq3lpGDX1V8PeYoBy-GAosfSEf0U4_vaCSoWFOjbLX9y8waH38XrOcQIlNNZukEyWnjybWuPMsKq9LPiZY7533DO9QOyFdGnR5_9Sg-XEd1uXKjlA0y-t6yxQDrOMEBAuAg0UdwvYJV3AOa-1KIsOAB_VFzj-02H9wVwJylqxdiK8QpvXkyX2aPIwGfD64PCDENui4GmgYRUk2gXoDm3xJq83I79ADY9PT9uld7kaRD2ELn1F9ij_9cA0y8G71UP3coKLlkQyWO_FO8DhP-SBFCXEofDu9hYvlYlObJPGbMars7aG3zG4DURAz03hRH8JrSfnVI8qMCEZHB_mtFyHc6DZ4jC6eJ4vtMuObI_k7C8lDdx1M6ghUW1834akQXpXmltmHij4xx8xsyNEwM2eFGMg3r8zmBPy-s7Lsr8lv-rGLN8dPoN7k4ckH4uy7PdMDgXGMjdRqk=w850-h637-no)

The date time stamp is wrong, this was last summer.  The sow and cub were regulars most of the summer. 

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 08:18:21 AM
These little guys are probably litter mates.  (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/SNlTfZaJ6JvqRf0zQ1HVhQbsim7xK2_BdgvADNl83NxJwy2cH8vdul4lp_Qa33MNxClrFvVbntIbN_B479Z6B9SPsBn-ITXc4aGcJGFyMEECTwb1Qnv8UTf0LKzwG8rTpzTjYFZgIAxJVbgKe8PLe7O1AKQ3RqMld4DWfIrT9-JVbJAaa-oTRvIyw6uZHQ7mGcQ9qZDi9kOqPOX__HPcNPDqYA_q6Ba6rhhleJ3plRLDh9tEsKtaU9piAc2d_LJt3EjE5ur0ipbl0XSlw3YyenkOc4-3TPt_YZwtor2HwOgzh6zESejUEN0fYCAvMbWeGHl6XwaPM_6J7ieDwXOXdWvi3iGlfI3nntK9yoR7vOTQsiugtlqJkQgfJaBfpnzkWKtwZWNyUT0cdPviZ89KL7yWd9rnZkZxDNA0uaqCsgXtMvT-EU9I6HUyLrNWAWGBndfCeNhSBFpp6wEzNaSksEmjoulIdutw672Np1z2vN-4A_xpmEqvkH9m8hGgMyLNXj4SWH_hSgNqKfO3cQ-ixXfTevRtTQLFNv8B8y_YCVnyu8UmwLX45YJVVdwE0_M=w850-h637-no)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 08:21:08 AM
The first pic showed up fine. Not seeing the 2nd one.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 08:23:29 AM
Rex makes friends easily.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXs58xjJr6px3vPuq0Dg6xRVlOhGnAhTpDrl5xkpjopG8a8seS6EldVMRaLsJNzj2n5SywaNhDcVIuZkmrMiBn8SlFHvwW0EuijappQxt4Gss-o67i0sQEKlfEIPYqnD7xePrpkqvuK0jwkptrtXXWTfLiE-JqXpOF53jOJ53hJPGYgGNHpPGlZNQ1e2z_TXftjsBF2F5NCZ-ATj9-almt0MZ1NDzkXAP0gREbPaYbbAl4aYNl7OUWnfY8yeAZWToKpFJTcW-56qkvKT8NlWUvVh3L9YIV8WD5yi46soCR5C3D1m6bl0QcKHehhEs6EtqAtByDzcasyyzx3o7epiWyUSSv0iLK50Q1PBNyGqSzLtWB55F0a9eNz3NPhdtQ2ChXut7JV0hnATgC2ebiK261BV7N5ubE1RBvgIwlc1lS2_xhkOtTolnHZB7sUqb4V0etG80yplSiTC8UgcRHQX-VohLQ5yUhPVCZP-V_CBZb611-sk4Aao6ZwyrqZlZ1JbpcjOIdqUwh-Jp2d9s4LWGX-ZXgWlYybR1UhqIPQ_ApU9eBkyUxh3CKI8ODx3MA=w1133-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 08:27:53 AM
Some problems getting photos to up load from Google pictures.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 08:47:14 AM
Some problems getting photos to up load from Google pictures.
Yeah.  I can't see the litter mates, or Rex.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 09:01:04 AM
Now the first pic of the sow and cub disappeared! I could see it, now I can't.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:52:31 AM
When I am on this page both of the pictures show up, not sure what is going on.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:53:46 AM
Try this 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VoO4BSQQYqYAnyrdLDT3VWe1ldE1sfqu8o7uxF1FawsU-vAE9Xs7IzHIlP27xVGJqGZ-aZoysYfaYboXrcwKXaJMpNOP9OdqE7UomDbs1aWO2XWX7XF7xAWp5uepmsSBCliJ57884MkYUMDwyJWF6z5iqmhRufwEcZmCrsHJRwoWCEAgU-DwLVSV_F7KKGX9g0Co6bjOpA-QcTctpSBnGI0On-sebypW7LKcLD6IEi-bOOmYDAOVm98IBSS5IvI7p7oTY2OvzlGPSiZdHiOdqNnANPcTxaz4lfVarjxCl7v2duH0dUN0dY7q7NoXL1auYtg_Xai388cInNDAJT1PuxzauWUFECci6szJ0m9uLp3c_9wvkUunE4-j-ZvNVesCSqT6N34o557aGABx6VWaxBz-1gFGFLNGEA_XNUohwu_BCBcrwCSZWbaFaXXFRczy9dAkwqypdV6BY2IijwdAU-8ywgY8A0Lli7cGDmw8GTxOvI2DiBEQy8A2BXJ1yPte5b7JV8Ts6MtSN1cz9M3wpoH_2MYYIAWfY4lqOfmYLFUEstHXb9UL2A8XoWUWWmw=w850-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:54:27 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/LXTP15ja5oSkG8nMJOoCQPkhs1-2PUKZtqsMa_dE_b2f5NMLX2gMeKXJx_fx2Xcm2hOFwMQ0V3oYlOg2SdGFsQiMaR70lrlfIS7qmx26WOphk6doWbDVAKwLa7LYcKyTgqvXv48VOyTlhEF8nBtQMd4c02VlV0Y6KQ_awL12FiAip9ITJjy8nrOUqQpyAIaDXhjPMXVuJ2a8_dM06wngIooS_M7n6mI2hoyPNZALwKdsy5UIZkS1pc0PxkOScTN0z5oh1OoQqweN63TkNLxxtWe5Bui-ty9-4LXUs4pybs86WqUzxf39zQzcVU8CO07sG8wEZa-gw2TG069d2e9wtknCyAcy2y6SREFw02f82QeXnrN1OW45uI2B7oHORjs5p38m_MK_zdzSWIPFDN47FE2th_W9R2aSHBBA7pWV8xuuOAktir-uJzavlUxGOiyPZClfDEv0UW0Yd9NF8BwIivF-37rDO1YeUO-6odcqh7NG4x__2Ei91ARXkXn3g4Zpzz_AOTRVb6KExzhy-LuethvyH0-GAIPRQYkTjURTltlp_E6dJC8ZA20t4JvoVbk=w1133-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:55:14 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6rTC6smROtfs5H_mV_yCMl3ymTqLd4DC1NGHxfXOaYIkws1Rdbv3GjAiMf43OAjug7ZTapX4tZ_TFhZ2ZDW29D1HXfcIscnTjuopOl8BTBr79bDdTE_vY5O0PrA-gN9tur1uWrDerNtReQL2GSNZEXHI0BSvX8ebst9_FOfaSLOIeFjndROo1HnOP2fYcfh_AIH2LA-qywzxkLZVEFdbs-VSSw1BVHSqBzNTjKCPEAjieSM49YI7IPGjOdlD4ygz96bFZ4G9-ydoRIs2mJfwk95jqDIps8FNJICAAj3Fr2Q-PwdB_eei7XthaL8iYukGx9b5KrPcQ0WUUlIj0CDfNZSCLgm2aDZ-9KS700gLiABW3qntQbQPySJfNf9Xrk0j_nxpX4HcFt8abV3EOzNJuSh4TJkmmRNwnIzJfzA9jvoTc19J95oONoIR-uFpDOBLWLMcg4VvvJES40sG25fJX36c35QAIYZ2XTSxVJcP_IrmxqNWkT1BSqJOYobJxNZ9Y3t2SCbsrEV0KcK22LtMFwiKbBu5i3Q5mnrU90svPusIdhaqS9xAJMrcoe8nrn8=w1133-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:57:10 AM
Here are the bob cat twins

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/0R8i3_lrGOakZsuEoJWSavA_6xJEonCcBuFZ-HGcanWAJgaVqIIWMmWfVCh2b-i5b-NoHcvpu4X7PkY7em8lZXVRP2V6OnX_4wyRk5spPdeYZlBNcw5wl9yRDDwXr_LDsZ54h26TCcfhXqdAniVscrnzHU8USZXe2Ce7GH319F4esm9vBx_UZMr2_v8dAmfYqrPsOBOxe7B9PQKtY3m1ycRVt3agJcCxQnnObLXQbl3z-6w9TJC2rocpa2-7nHsBxhwoaiC06XefphG7YODeMKBld_Oi1eA-P14DFZqab1nrpiasBgPZMhjRDmjvy4c4EC0CnD7d4oyro78NBI06oR5Nwqh1Npr-e7c_mOzJ12qv12PwIMnKyxXAAis5PR1NzqdYiA4G8YY3Vx7tBOzmaKEGECeqKlrgPSeKsjAuLdtGSZfUgrjkJDg_JU_ZOagcKXL3EralTKzsJb_IRsObsVnZD0Eq0Z-M9dYdhiRZ3S_kWCiy0H4pmONmF2H7rHCZn5edO4eY6TfbQfr1ctFIj_qh8wIV4ZSaGdjsycUeV8ADV2v64QY2NNlF8qwzFrc=w850-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 09:59:41 AM
I had lots of elk through last year, but mostly enjoyed the bears, I watched the cub grow from just a very little guy until he was about half as big as his mother. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 10:01:03 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bs9Wxpsop9UrP0FmKupwM4f7BWzsEIHMEVP8TAOoHTVC5QyJ8oE6Lf4l71ynIU168HoE-jg5B7zixUR-Dm5sP3cf111cXh3WDgqgHsX2dk2AKrlx9PDdWrzXwAdQieklgT77zumuVbweGyjsKTGZLnqYroAy7WfBOoJ__uSEhysc5zIWJjUDNlYPOF7p-x4hMOmymhGhEwFfez25OXm85y64aTPcdmHIelOfKFvtNiK7v9Vj1iq5WlQ3JAFgdFBVJH5WL5XmULATxKgSWx-CimmoEnxryV7gZ9uVosKSFKr55enj6Oq8zeVeM0S69wZkbRrUaxi7hI4e9RrOVfX1tEcY0FtrsDrDH901mFVNDMpiDp9VFg_3dAAw-Mw0fnF50JLOMTzs_mL24c4z_BhQeMuUG51Zlr7pUcgs1YL_CQxYP0-SN8fxVhQJqCmCOxNRC13O8TpzgTctX_1ukbLDs0MYvAt6FZtZ5iAtSc0jVoqmmsnlkyuUm_jSGyy4AoSmDWhdY1KgF7xBic3xqTDhUpS-tgszTn7s4KE5_i0WB5-dFVmqlq0c6KOE2ZLN7Es=w1133-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 10:01:42 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lV-h21Q4LoiXC8A2JafER3vnu7OV0Luq1hnHLr2QCwsuwyl23aJwz-E_ySRqauQfHUK9QS8AhlA9lLteep2pTaZ8qhWn1PuaclMshGZOFwH4Uefs3iMfSgJ3k1Mr4ESS6lrWx_jZKNboWr9dL13tYps3M60RXToMm4xEhbWmvCJIG-A3EWU92YJn5bKBKH0Vqgkd1qcNK57Szj86AoFfTuM-ph40Az-ZSBi-ZZnRyIu1puW4r5IFofYIjrDXocECBKSzjTxPq0OW7oYu1IqYAYyLV9DdNAPkl6i79w_iccvz_J4Y73w89XqFu5lw477pswRSFnymFgJ2-fc1lSJoMWUfrq2rv2NP5YEzUyhww5C7jbVYyVnPsUmnfwPp6EVrGI5xWyPBXpXhSyMNTP_D9g00Rsq3a8_kz7c0-f56YIo4_hl8uymTtXAJAo-Iqotalhv5HFGbWw1HZY6tOkv9-vnU5-FSIWXrsiCtJi3ATmORm3kb85S9LzdXmZlT3ISoRwKQAXzEJ47xQSX-Xdv2Qu5KsvH0srG28MAtwazVFaH9PYRqyZLscAjbrA4kJC0=w1133-h637-no
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 10:06:33 AM
Punty

More people are attacked by black bears than almost anything else.  There was a study done by the biologists managing the Algonquin National forest in Canada, there were several accounts of black bears actively stalking humans.

Moose can be a problem, and I have been chased more than one by irate cow moose, but like any other cows, if you can get a tree between you and them, they soon loose interest.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 10:34:56 AM
Punty

More people are attacked by black bears than almost anything else.  There was a study done by the biologists managing the Algonquin National forest in Canada, there were several accounts of black bears actively stalking humans.

Moose can be a problem, and I have been chased more than one by irate cow moose, but like any other cows, if you can get a tree between you and them, they soon loose interest.

That is, if you can find a big enough tree!!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Moose%20in%20Maine_zpskkni2jbn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 10:37:18 AM
Try this 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VoO4BSQQYqYAnyrdLDT3VWe1ldE1sfqu8o7uxF1FawsU-vAE9Xs7IzHIlP27xVGJqGZ-aZoysYfaYboXrcwKXaJMpNOP9OdqE7UomDbs1aWO2XWX7XF7xAWp5uepmsSBCliJ57884MkYUMDwyJWF6z5iqmhRufwEcZmCrsHJRwoWCEAgU-DwLVSV_F7KKGX9g0Co6bjOpA-QcTctpSBnGI0On-sebypW7LKcLD6IEi-bOOmYDAOVm98IBSS5IvI7p7oTY2OvzlGPSiZdHiOdqNnANPcTxaz4lfVarjxCl7v2duH0dUN0dY7q7NoXL1auYtg_Xai388cInNDAJT1PuxzauWUFECci6szJ0m9uLp3c_9wvkUunE4-j-ZvNVesCSqT6N34o557aGABx6VWaxBz-1gFGFLNGEA_XNUohwu_BCBcrwCSZWbaFaXXFRczy9dAkwqypdV6BY2IijwdAU-8ywgY8A0Lli7cGDmw8GTxOvI2DiBEQy8A2BXJ1yPte5b7JV8Ts6MtSN1cz9M3wpoH_2MYYIAWfY4lqOfmYLFUEstHXb9UL2A8XoWUWWmw=w850-h637-no

Still nothing. If YOU can see them on this page, then it probably has to do with your privacy settings in Google.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 25, 2016, 10:37:55 AM
Great shots, John! :thumbsup:    I'm curious about the seemingly universal fascination with the little depression by the waterhole......did you have a salt-block out there at one time?   The reason I ask is that we have a similar area at the farm where the deer continue to paw and lick, decades after the actual salt-block disappeared.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 10:40:06 AM
Great shots, John! :thumbsup:    I'm curious about the seemingly universal fascination with the little depression by the waterhole......did you have a salt-block out there at one time?   The reason I ask is that we have a similar area at the farm where the deer continue to paw and lick, decades after the actual salt-block disappeared.
So, Craig, I take it you can see his photos.  Grrrrrrr.....  Hang on, it actually might be on my end.

Nope...I switched browsers and still nothing. WTH?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 25, 2016, 11:39:10 AM
 :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 05:02:51 PM
Craig

I always keep a salt block by the pond for the horses,  I have to keep the camera out of the pasture of my big red horse will play with it.  So it is aimed a little hight to see over tthe fence, I have short things walk by, from the tracks I find, that are under the camera.  Last winter I had a bob cat walk through the pasture and then he laid down on top of the snow to take the morning sun, all I found was tracks and the impression of his body in the snow, he was below the camera. 

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 25, 2016, 05:04:25 PM
Punty

I would be interested in the origin of the moose picture, I spent the best part of 23 years in Alaska and never saw a moose that big.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 05:07:21 PM
Punty

I would be interested in the origin of the moose picture, I spent the best part of 23 years in Alaska and never saw a moose that big.
It was I who posted the monster moose pic. It was supposedly taken in Maine, but I have no info on the location, date, or the photographer.

My son is an avid hunter, and has taken more than his share of deer, but his reaction to those pix was, "It would be a crime against Nature to shoot something like that!"
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on March 25, 2016, 07:04:52 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaWildlifeMgmt039.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Guana%20State%20Park/GuanaWildlifeMgmt039.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 25, 2016, 07:17:01 PM
I think he knows you're there, crash. :shocked:

Nice shot! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 07:46:36 PM
Nothing to compare to the two previous bird photos, but this sharp shin hawk decided my bird feeder was a buffet for him back in '14.
That thing by his feet is what's left of a slow house sparrow.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/cf72b154-199d-4197-9074-cf463c8adf14_zps28e20ed1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 25, 2016, 08:02:42 PM
Those damned things built a nest to raise their young about 25 yds. from our main bird feeding stations.  It proved to be a virtual smorgasbord for them.  I was tempted to commit a Federal offense. :pissed:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 08:08:24 PM
Those damned things built a nest to raise their young about 25 yds. from our main bird feeding stations.  It proved to be a virtual smorgasbord for them.  I was tempted to commit a Federal offense. :pissed:

It's only a federal offense if they can trace the M-80 residue in the nest debris.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on March 25, 2016, 11:01:50 PM
Last summer this guy chose to use our bluebird house as a breakfast station one morning. This was his second snake in 15minutes.

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/IMG_0805_zpsah4jnx4a.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/IMG_0805_zpsah4jnx4a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 25, 2016, 11:31:41 PM
Nice shot!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 26, 2016, 01:43:46 AM
Yes, it is. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 26, 2016, 08:13:15 AM
(http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t591/meacham2013/STC_0024a_zps54kazca3.jpg)

From my new camera, this guy is a regular, he comes by to hang out with my dogs.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 26, 2016, 08:15:20 AM
(http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t591/meacham2013/STC_0045_zps6fhc1woi.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 26, 2016, 08:18:03 AM
Everyone has a big bird picture here is mine...

(http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t591/meacham2013/MFDC0004_zpskvnfkzqi.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 26, 2016, 08:34:01 AM
Here is a night time picture with my new camera, it has a white flash, so you get color pictures at night, my other cams have and infrared flash so all of the night pics are black and white.


(http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t591/meacham2013/STC_0081_zpsq3kuwmfw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 26, 2016, 08:46:38 AM
Nice capture of the owl, John! 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on March 26, 2016, 09:13:22 AM
Yeah, it sure was!   That yodel-dog picture is nothing to sneeze at, either!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on March 26, 2016, 09:15:34 AM
Can't see them either   :(
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 26, 2016, 09:44:24 AM
Can't see them either   :(
I can see the new pix uploaded from Photobucket. I still can't see the first ones uploaded from Google. ???
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on March 26, 2016, 09:56:11 AM
I am not sure what the story is with my pictures on google, I checked all of my settings and they should be posting.  I will probably move everything to photobucket, it seems less cumbersome.

I see the owls often and get pretty close to them, the don't seem to mind me, but do not like the dogs.  I ran into my little "gray dog" this morning, he ran down through the ravine just West of here and went to the top of the next ridge, found a sunny spot and sat down to watch the dogs and I.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 26, 2016, 11:08:37 AM
I am not sure what the story is with my pictures on google, I checked all of my settings and they should be posting.  I will probably move everything to photobucket, it seems less cumbersome.

I see the owls often and get pretty close to them, the don't seem to mind me, but do not like the dogs.  I ran into my little "gray dog" this morning, he ran down through the ravine just West of here and went to the top of the next ridge, found a sunny spot and sat down to watch the dogs and I.

PB has had some growing pains, but they seem to have stabilized now. I notice now that I'm running Ad Block things are a bit faster on their site. Comes as no surprise.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on March 26, 2016, 11:37:40 AM
I can see them now, thanks...Owls always look so cool
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 01, 2016, 06:57:47 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/012-1_zpsb5d4bafa.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/012-1_zpsb5d4bafa.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on April 02, 2016, 10:40:15 AM
You live in a bird paradise Crash... 8)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 02, 2016, 02:29:09 PM
What birds don't like Florida?  OK, maybe penguins not so much.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on April 05, 2016, 04:24:26 PM
One from last aug up at wasaga beach ont...

(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb466/finigin/Monarch%20butterfly%20wasaga%20beach%20aug%202015_zpsexbuk7se.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 05, 2016, 05:04:28 PM
WOW.....that's a good one, zamms! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on April 05, 2016, 07:07:59 PM
WOW.....that's a good one, zamms! :thumbsup:

Thanks Wolfy, with 19F and snow on the ground this morn...I was needing some colour  8)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 06, 2016, 04:41:27 AM
Awesome capture.  I usually have to wait till they land to find them.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on April 06, 2016, 08:34:21 AM
Terrific pic Zammer. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 06, 2016, 01:19:02 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Out%20And%20About/CoastalWalk015-2.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Out%20And%20About/CoastalWalk015-2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on April 06, 2016, 03:11:01 PM
Awesome capture.  I usually have to wait till they land to find them.

My grandson found this guy for me and went over to poke it...lol, when it settled back down I snapped the pic


Is that an egret in the tree?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on April 06, 2016, 03:12:19 PM
Terrific pic Zammer.

Thanks Stan, every once in a while I find an old pic that I forgot about
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 06, 2016, 04:25:45 PM
From 3 weeks ago, taken between the Clark Fork River, and Libby, MT along the Bull River.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/DSC03959_zpsljmmq6cc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 06, 2016, 06:24:12 PM
Awesome capture.  I usually have to wait till they land to find them.

My grandson found this guy for me and went over to poke it...lol, when it settled back down I snapped the pic


Is that an egret in the tree?

Yes - an egret in the tree.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 06, 2016, 06:25:31 PM
Cool pic OP.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on April 06, 2016, 10:24:30 PM
The bluebirds are nesting, papa blue in getting mrs. blue her lunch. We have at least two pairs that have nested already. All the females stopped coming in to the feeder a couple days ago and the males are packing mealworms back to the nest boxes for them.  The box on the left is the feeder, it was empty this afternoon so I spread a few mealworms on the rail so they would see it had been refilled.

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/1d5e8858-694b-48e2-9c3b-f4b160e7447f_zpsjd4gqvoq.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/1d5e8858-694b-48e2-9c3b-f4b160e7447f_zpsjd4gqvoq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 08, 2016, 04:28:07 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings117_zpse2d31fe8.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings117_zpse2d31fe8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 15, 2016, 04:06:06 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings056_zps3f2391c3.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSprings056_zps3f2391c3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Yar on April 17, 2016, 02:20:20 PM
Wolf spider I almost sat on in the woods

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160417/2be9030d85036e380e34d6e56190332a.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: U.W. on April 17, 2016, 02:48:19 PM
If that's a 2x4 the spider is on, it's a decent sized one.  I've seen 'a few' 'bout that size myself.


Nice first post, and nice photo of the wolf spider  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 17, 2016, 04:13:13 PM
The WOLF spider Is MY favorite spider. :spider:

EDIT:.     HEY, I just noticed that was my 15,000th post! :banana:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 17, 2016, 04:47:03 PM
If that's a 2x4 the spider is on, it's a decent sized one.  I've seen 'a few' 'bout that size myself.


Nice first post, and nice photo of the wolf spider  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Looks like the edge of some plywood. Nice shot!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on April 17, 2016, 05:56:47 PM
The WOLF spider Is MY favorite spider. :spider:

EDIT:.     HEY, I just noticed that was my 15,000th post! :banana:

You da man Wolfy.  Your cousin on that 2x4 is pretty neat.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Yar on April 17, 2016, 06:05:36 PM
If that's a 2x4 the spider is on, it's a decent sized one.  I've seen 'a few' 'bout that size myself.


Nice first post, and nice photo of the wolf spider  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Looks like the edge of some plywood. Nice shot!

It's a 2x4. It's a bench in the woods.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 17, 2016, 06:32:11 PM
Yo, Yar.....when you get a chance, go to INTRODUCTIONS and tell us a little about yourself.  Interests, general location.....stuff like that.  Lots of us would like to meet you! :cheers:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 18, 2016, 03:48:39 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/Woodpecker006_zps70edfb5a.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/Woodpecker006_zps70edfb5a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 18, 2016, 08:14:22 AM
Ladderback? :shrug:

Nice photo, too! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on April 18, 2016, 08:55:31 AM
Ladderback? :shrug:

Red bellied

And it is a nice photo!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 18, 2016, 10:28:23 AM
Ladderback? :shrug:

Red bellied

And it is a nice photo!
You're right......I get them mixed up. :-[    It's the ladder-backed peckerwood that has the black stripe across its eye.  We have both kinds here in NEBRASKA. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on April 18, 2016, 12:00:32 PM
I should've put "red bellied, I think" since I don't know where the photo was taken.  I made the assumption, since it was Crash's photo, that it was taken in Florida or at least the southeast and we don't have the ladderbacks here.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 18, 2016, 05:58:58 PM
Yep, taken in Florida.  Tree in my front yard.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on April 18, 2016, 07:05:57 PM
I don't think we have any of those in the western part of SD.  Ladderbacks and Downy is about it.  Lots of Flickers though. 

That is a pretty bird.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 18, 2016, 07:14:59 PM
Downy & Hairy woodpeckers are especially difficult for me to keep straight. :P

https://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-hairy-woodpecker-downy-woodpecker
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on April 18, 2016, 07:36:30 PM
Yeah, that would be tough in the woods.  I go by size I guess.  6" is a Downy and I have never seen a large bird like the Hairy around our place. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: U.W. on April 18, 2016, 11:04:27 PM
Yeah, that would be tough in the woods. I go by size I guess. 6" is a Downy and I have never seen a large bird like the Hairy around our place.

I always thought size didn't really matter??   :lol: :doh:


u.w.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on April 19, 2016, 01:33:46 AM
Nice Red-Bellied pic, almost all of my birds are at feeders, not quite as natural.

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/IMG_0304.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/IMG_0304.jpg.html)
Hairy
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/IMG_0287.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/IMG_0287.jpg.html)
Downy,  about half the size of the Hairy
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/Woodpecker.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/Woodpecker.jpg.html)
Pileated, at the limits of my camera's range
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/IMG_0237.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/IMG_0237.jpg.html)
Red-Bellied
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/IMG_0044.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/IMG_0044.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 19, 2016, 03:32:10 AM
Wow.......nice pileated woodpecker shot!   We don't have them here, but I did get to see ONE on a canoe trip one time......they can really make the rotten wood of a dead tree fly.  BIG suckers, too! :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 19, 2016, 03:58:43 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSpringsandTripHome150.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSpringsandTripHome150.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: U.W. on April 19, 2016, 07:20:16 AM
Cool Pileated shot Apercula. We have them all over the place 'round these parts.  Big, Loud, and Very Cool!


Nice shot of the Anhinga crashdive. That shot does a nice job of showing why it has the nickname "water turkey".


u.w.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on April 19, 2016, 10:37:43 AM
Didn't quite know where to put this.  I have several of these (amaryllis) in various places planted by the previous owner, but they rarely ever bloom so I was happy that this one decided to provide some color.

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/IMG_1974_zpsibdadpxn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: PetrifiedWood on April 20, 2016, 02:27:06 PM
Saw this guy standing on the side of the road snacking on a roadkill rabbit. I turned around and drove by and he flew up into the tree. This was just after sunset, and using my phone, so the  picture is backlit and has a really narrow dynamic range. Still, I thought it was neat to see. I believe it is a red tailed hawk.

(http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff485/ThePetrifiedwood/2015%20misc/IMG_20160419_195516.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 20, 2016, 04:15:48 PM
Good one, PW! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 20, 2016, 06:48:53 PM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 21, 2016, 06:20:44 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSpringsandTripHome035.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Blue%20Springs%20State%20Park/BlueSpringsandTripHome035.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 21, 2016, 06:48:02 PM
Nice shot, crash!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:       Go Big Blue :banana:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on April 28, 2016, 04:19:35 PM
The terrifying reptile that everybody gets so worried about in the largest spring in the world.  He just wants to get away from the weirdo with the camera and bubbles coming out of his head.

https://www.facebook.com/RainbowSpringsAndOcklawahaRiverAPs/videos/474682909403121/
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 28, 2016, 04:29:56 PM
Wow.....the water clarity is amazing! :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on June 12, 2016, 10:23:49 AM
Our Eastern Bluebird pair just had their second nesting of the season fledge out. I think there must still be at least one in the box because the parents are still feeding there, I saw at least two fledglings in the yard.

Terrible picture, my camera is limited in the range I can get detail in the pictures. I had to resize and crop a few times to bring the bird close enough to see.
(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/af90b636-c44b-42f3-8265-624e8ff82a56_zps7aei2f9r.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/af90b636-c44b-42f3-8265-624e8ff82a56_zps7aei2f9r.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on June 16, 2016, 07:06:23 PM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Wildlife/215.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Wildlife/215.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on June 17, 2016, 06:16:56 PM
I consider this little guy (or gal) to be a miracle. Last year it's mother raised twins, not unusual for a deer, but the mother is three legged. Her left rear leg ends just below the achilles tendon. She has managed to not only survive two winters minus a leg, but carry fawns to term both years.

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/41d58a96-17af-4357-a054-c5607f7c153e_zpscezmulvw.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/41d58a96-17af-4357-a054-c5607f7c153e_zpscezmulvw.jpg.html)

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii150/Ganrin/fc7288c4-fa38-48f3-8ddb-e741b9a2810d_zpsd3w66rhy.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/Ganrin/media/fc7288c4-fa38-48f3-8ddb-e741b9a2810d_zpsd3w66rhy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on June 17, 2016, 06:36:51 PM
They are resilient beyond belief at times.  We get a few of them who have had a limb amputated as fawns during the hay season.  The mothers plant them and they won't move and cannot be seen from the seat of the swather or the hydro-swing.  Some of them have made three or fours years at least.  I used to see one mother like you describe every year along the creek that runs through our farm.  She would usually have a fawn with her.  Oddly enough I have not seen any of the three legged deer for about four years, which is a good thing.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 13, 2016, 03:23:52 PM
Since this thread isn't just about pictures (breathtaking as they are), I thought I'd share this.

Probably not something most of you have to worry about in your backyard.

Quote
A Message from the KNF/USFS

DEEP CREEK TRAIL #311 CLOSED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

LIBBY, Mont. July 13, 2016 ? Forest Supervisor Christopher Savage has signed a closure order for the Deep Creek Trail #311, located approximately 7 miles east of Fortine, Montana. A dead cow is laying just off the trail approximately 2 miles from the Deep Creek Road trailhead.

The order prohibits anyone from being on National Forest System Trail (NFST) #311, the Deep Creek Trail, from its junction with the NFST #72, North Fork Deep Trail, to its junction with NFST #26, the Whitefish Divide Trail.

Dead animals of any kind are known bear attractants and the carcass has created a clear threat to public safety by significantly increasing the potential for a negative human and bear interaction near that food source. There is no practical way to remove the carcass. Because of the threat presented by this situation, the Forest Supervisor has acted with public safety in mind and has temporarily closed the trail until the threat has subsided.

The district will post the closure order on both ends of the closed segment of trail as well as all major trail portals from which the public can access the closed trail.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 05, 2016, 01:02:54 PM
Thought this worth sharing.

Not a good day to be a wolf!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Moose%20vs%20Wolf%20Yellowstone_zps6ftzuxey.jpg)

The largest wolf pack in Yellowstone numbers around 20. That pack can produce a dozen pups per year. A moose only has one (occasionally twins), if she's lucky.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: U.W. on August 05, 2016, 02:40:52 PM
Thought this worth sharing.

Not a good day to be a wolf!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Moose%20vs%20Wolf%20Yellowstone_zps6ftzuxey.jpg)

The largest wolf pack in Yellowstone numbers around 20. That pack can produce a dozen pups per year. A moose only has one (occasionally twins), if she's lucky.


Hmmmm.....


A bit more info to share about that photograph...  A very quick check of google for that image, and of the name next to the copyright symbol on the bottom right of the photograph turns up:
The photographer, a Mr. Patrick J. Endres, took that photo in Danali National Park - which is in Alaska of course. 
Quite the wold class photographer, in my humble opinion.
He has that photo, along with a whole lot of other truly amazing and magnificent photos, taken of that (among others) event, for sale on his website.  Here is a link to the page that has that photo, along with many others:   LINK (http://alaskaphotographics.photoshelter.com/gallery/Wolves/G00004u7iVLmdu00/C0000EZKo7bpVEFs)

And...  for what it's worth, according to the info shown with Mr. Endres's photos, for that wolf anyway (and the pack it belongs to) ................... ................  it was a good day to be a wolf.  The wolf(s) did end up getting the calf.
It was not a good day to be a moose calf, or a mom moose.
The wolf was/is one of many that belong to the Grant Creek wolf pack, in Denali National Park Alaska.....


Again, it is an outstanding wildlife photograph - in my humble opinion. 


And, thanks for sharing that interesting info on how many offspring a moose can have each year, in addition to the wolf pack of 20 that lives in Yellowstone National Park...  Good to know  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on August 05, 2016, 02:51:07 PM
I don't lay claim to that branch of the family.  >:(
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 05, 2016, 03:33:27 PM
Thought this worth sharing.

Not a good day to be a wolf!

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Moose%20vs%20Wolf%20Yellowstone_zps6ftzuxey.jpg)

The largest wolf pack in Yellowstone numbers around 20. That pack can produce a dozen pups per year. A moose only has one (occasionally twins), if she's lucky.


Hmmmm.....


A bit more info to share about that photograph...  A very quick check of google for that image, and of the name next to the copyright symbol on the bottom right of the photograph turns up:
The photographer, a Mr. Patrick J. Endres, took that photo in Danali National Park - which is in Alaska of course. 
Quite the wold class photographer, in my humble opinion.
He has that photo, along with a whole lot of other truly amazing and magnificent photos, taken of that (among others) event, for sale on his website.  Here is a link to the page that has that photo, along with many others:   LINK (http://alaskaphotographics.photoshelter.com/gallery/Wolves/G00004u7iVLmdu00/C0000EZKo7bpVEFs)

And...  for what it's worth, according to the info shown with Mr. Endres's photos, for that wolf anyway (and the pack it belongs to) ...................
................  it was a good day to be a wolf.  The wolf(s) did end up getting the calf.
It was not a good day to be a moose calf, or a mom moose.
The wolf was/is one of many that belong to the Grant Creek wolf pack, in Denali National Park Alaska.....


Again, it is an outstanding wildlife photograph - in my humble opinion. 


And, thanks for sharing that interesting info on how many offspring a moose can have each year, in addition to the wolf pack of 20 that lives in Yellowstone National Park...  Good to know  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Thanks for vetting Mr. Endre's photo, U.W.  I didn't post his photo credit because it was embedded in the photo.
This is where I was misled:  https://www.facebook.com/yellowstonewolfworld/photos/pb.659815820793517.-2207520000.1470422767./961295590645537/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/yellowstonewolfworld/photos/pb.659815820793517.-2207520000.1470422767./961295590645537/?type=3&theater)

The last info I found on the Grant Creek pack was 30+ members.

Not that I need to go to Yellowstone, or Alaska. We have 11 packs right here within a 30 mile radius of the house.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: zammer on August 07, 2016, 10:16:59 AM
Been away for a bit but here is a little something I got the other day...

(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb466/finigin/osprey1%20near%20rickity%20bridge_zpsela0pwtn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 07, 2016, 10:19:14 AM
Good shootin'!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 17, 2016, 09:39:20 PM
You'll enjoy this, if the link works. It might be restricted access, though. Let me know.

Cyclist meets skunk family.

https://www.facebook.com/Unexpected.Entertainment.Net/videos/615272888642375/ (https://www.facebook.com/Unexpected.Entertainment.Net/videos/615272888642375/)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 08, 2016, 02:25:39 PM
Since we've been discussing deer in the Shutterbug thread, thought I'd post these crappy pix of my "neighbors". I've watched these two grow up since they were spikes.  Lousy pix with my point-n-shot camera, but you get the idea.
The deer have just about cleaned up under my apple trees, and are still nightly visitors.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Big%20bucks_zpscvabyat4.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Big%20buck1_zpsdgcfzaxq.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 08, 2016, 03:18:19 PM
Speaking of wildlife, we're still not sure who "owns" this town.  There is a groomed nature trail down by the river that was recently taken over by a big male cougar stalking a resident's cow.  Then we had 3 other visitors.
These aren't my pictures, but a couple of residents recorded these guys. The picture of the one crossing the street was taken 75 yards from the grade school playground. The other was in a backyard in the middle of town.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Bear%20in%20town%20101316_zpst3m5jckp.jpg)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Bear%20in%20town%202%20101316_zpsama70cly.jpg)

Welcome to the Wild West! :lol:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 08, 2016, 04:44:45 PM
In the picture of the cow moose, calf and wold.  If that cow gets a foot on the wolf it is all over.  I was trying to get a moose off the road in the suburbs of Anchorage one evening, a cow with a calf, I went after her and threw an M-80 in her direction, she turned around and put me right back in my car, the wind shifted slightly, and the sound of the M-80 had no effect but the smoke in the air, is what moved her back into the trees.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 08, 2016, 04:53:51 PM
In the picture of the cow moose, calf and wold.  If that cow gets a foot on the wolf it is all over.  I was trying to get a moose off the road in the suburbs of Anchorage one evening, a cow with a calf, I went after her and threw an M-80 in her direction, she turned around and put me right back in my car, the wind shifted slightly, and the sound of the M-80 had no effect but the smoke in the air, is what moved her back into the trees.
I have a story about a rookie MP on Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, and a cow moose with a calf.  I'll save the whole story for another day, but he found out whacking a cow moose on the nose with his PR-24 was NOT the way to chase her off..... :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 09, 2016, 06:16:37 AM
I have a wolf story from this summer, not very exciting, I walked to withing 30 yards of a wolf that was just sitting in the tall grass watching me, I cold see the wold, and through the grass just thought it was one of my dogs, until it jumped up and ran off and I got a good look.  I have had a number of wolves here. one with a tracking collar the rest without.  My close contact with a mt. lion was a bit more interesting, my dogs were making a big fuss in the ravine just below my house, the cover is very thick, I was working my way through some vine maple and looked up to see a mt. lion in a tree above me.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 09, 2016, 07:42:15 AM
Hope you gave those dogs a big hug and extra rations for giving that cat the incentive to stay in the tree.  ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on November 09, 2016, 09:04:06 AM
Actually there was some incentive for the cat to some out of the tree.   I think he had a heart attack right after the loud noise. In an area of about 10 square miles there were seven mt. lions this summer, my deer herd has taken a real beating. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 09, 2016, 10:49:32 AM
Actually there was some incentive for the cat to some out of the tree.   I think he had a heart attack right after the loud noise. In an area of about 10 square miles there were seven mt. lions this summer, my deer herd has taken a real beating.
That's getting crowded, especially since a tom can have a 50 mile range!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 26, 2016, 09:14:43 PM
I had an interesting afternoon a couple days ago.
I was out chopping wood when I heard a gawd-awful ruckus coming from the chicken yard. It was worse than when we had two roosters!  I got around the corner of the greenhouse just in time to see Morpheus (my 2-foot-tall Australorp rooster) knock a Cooper's Hawk off the back of one of the hens.  :shocked:
The hawk escaped and flew up onto the top of my chain link fence, visibly shaken.  I watched it for about 30 seconds until its attention was drawn by my little hen duck right below it in a separate pen.  The duck was smaller than the hen it had tackled, so I guess it figured, "What the heck." and made a swoop down to her.  She was hissing and flapping and the hawk was trying to get a hold on her.  He never noticed the 12 pound Muscovy drake bearing down on him like an NFL linebacker!  Strike two!  Face plant in the dirt,  again escape to the fence. Rats!
I went around back to get into the chicken coop where all the chickens had taken cover, and then heard the flapping of wings over my head in the ash tree.  The hawk was now in pursuit of a house sparrow.  More his size, I guess.  They whistled through the branches for a few seconds and then the sparrow flew down and did a crash landing inside my firewood lean-to, scrambling all the way to back top row under the metal roof.
Things were pretty hectic, and all I got was this quick shot with my pocket camera.  I could almost hear the hawk thinking, "Maybe I should just go look for a sleeping field mouse...."

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/Birds/IMG_1448_zpsa75xjp5m.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on November 27, 2016, 09:28:52 AM
 :lol:   That reminds me of the basic rule of thumb, "You got to start small & work up."  :coffee:

https://youtu.be/d84KcSDUz6M
Title: Boy Meets Girl
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 23, 2016, 02:31:50 PM
We put a pine cone with peanut butter and bird seed outside the window so our grandson (age 10 mo) could get a peek at the birds.
No birds yet, but this doe was certainly interested!
(Terrible lighting conditions, but you get the idea.)

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Wildlife/IMG_1544_zpsi41le8iw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on December 23, 2016, 02:59:25 PM
Pretty nice doe.......is he getting his first .22 this year? :drool: :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 23, 2016, 03:18:57 PM
Pretty nice doe.......is he getting his first .22 this year? :drool: :shrug:
Considering the arm he's already exhibiting, he'll be more of an atlatl kinda guy....  ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on December 24, 2016, 05:56:32 AM
Cool picture.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on December 25, 2016, 12:14:33 PM
How many Mt. Lions..? 

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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on December 25, 2016, 12:15:48 PM
Kittens..

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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on December 25, 2016, 12:18:30 PM
I believe that these are pictures of the same bear, a young brown phase black bear.

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2kT8cLMaCEJFSqgJxl_eaKx0PoVObyyYMDPg-zbzaGhT8zKQjWIy2ubvjsCL9aA-H-hWc1-2NHrHljRLYLexmKF1yctb3Tz0oYAMF2O0q1JubVEO4GEJWi-B8S1RVVDp0lS_-a62aRfdPBlaWHrtQbFHaTfKssC8TwrLbuioRAVe7P9eEcnBLvxg2n6zXdnOeIvsm-LuLC5hy5Yed0gIq0CrG8IE4lQPLhQix9HHhe3jmmSSA_VJcYtXoKPqIvwqWnhlmu17R4FBFFukxPJEYJYah8J6eF8g3MYZkAAdjbnrwH7jGbOeUn_h0AMZzDRatoXA86eTrPkxPvoidSLjBW1Gb6geVmAcyp8NHsT9eVs4UFyMYsod1_bMnQvOVr_-fKgLBakQd90FfATIzqMNSikc_5claWmFyJNSB7sYWbDpGQWU_TKJMPrCLZ1xEI3V0u2F8FeDopZakGGjShHho__JwasZIRyNiY6bNXG0L6Rptm1kjj5XLe4nqO85avyqufGlJPbF3zxd1ItY6nIq8OLxM8JkCXGg_VdgsRTbyruN8fJNv9mK6rcIgfBdZ_NV9UIJvWqJYnXEftHa2Cpc99l4vq56aiRoUCuykvio2ZqkdA=w863-h647-no)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on December 25, 2016, 12:20:27 PM
This guy is a regular and a pretty good sized black bear. 

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Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 29, 2016, 08:57:27 PM
Nice shots, John. What model Moultrie do you have?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on December 30, 2016, 07:06:43 AM
The moultrie was my neighbors trail cam, the bob cat kittens were with a stealth cam and the bear in the tree was with my cannon camera.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 30, 2016, 01:27:10 PM
The moultrie was my neighbors trail cam, the bob cat kittens were with a stealth cam and the bear in the tree was with my cannon camera.
The reason I asked to model is that I'm not super pleased with my SpyPoint cams, even though they have lasted 3 years with daily (!) use.  I bought a Moultrie i800, returned it as defective, and then returned its replacement. POS that wouldn't take the same picture twice the same way.
I'd really like one that took good pictures under most conditions, without paying $200+ for it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 07, 2017, 03:18:13 PM
$5,000 Husqvarna lawnmower meets hungry moose.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JpKZ9ZK1xo
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 08, 2017, 08:10:26 AM
I bought a couple of stealth cameras, a package deal two cameras for just over $100.00.  They take decent pictures in the day time but are a little short on flash for night shots, one of those failed last spring and the other is going strong.

I am not quite as concerned about high quality pictures as just knowing what is wandering around in my pastures when I am not.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 29, 2017, 09:43:44 AM
Starting to feel like spring in spite of relatively low readings on the thermometer.  In the last couple of weeks I have had 200+ elk moving through on their way to the higher country, the day before yesterday, one of my dogs had a minor dispute with a bear, and yesterday when visiting one of my haunts in the national forest I spotted a wolf. 

No sign of my resident mt. lion, but that only means he has not walked past any of my cameras, not that he isn't there.

And I have hummingbirds...
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 29, 2017, 11:20:21 AM
The deer have found my raspberry shoots...again. Time to repair the deer fence last winter killed.
Deer are still coming into the yard, nibbling on the clover sprouts.
Some of my fruit trees are starting to show signs of life.
Thankfully, no skunks have shown up...yet...looking to den under my sheds for their annual rearing cycle.
John, I envy your wildlife parade.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Moe M. on April 30, 2017, 06:48:10 AM

 Our house is in a fairly residential area of town, but the town is about 70% forest land,  over the last decade we've seen a big influx of coyotes in this part of southern New England,  my theory is that the explosion of wild turkey ever since they were reintroduced here in the late '80's has drawn in the coyote.
 Because of it small game and upland bird species are suffering population wise,  because of the coyote threat my back yard has become a sanctuary for a family of rabbits, a skunk, and a couple of gophers who all manage to peacefully share the space under the two 10'x12' sheds in my back yard,  and I have a squirrel that's taken up residence in my trash dumpster.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on April 30, 2017, 07:10:52 AM
For years, I have very seldom seen any quail or a lot of rabbits here.  I too blame it on the coyote population.  Even in town.  But we have begun seeing more quail and rabbits and we have a local bunny in our yard.    Max isn't much of a hunter.  As long as I kinda check and spook our resident bunny back into the palms he's safe.  In the front yard.  The backyard is Max's territory.  He protects it with a vengeance.  The doggy door gets a workout.

.. I wonder where those cats went that kept pissing on my stuff and killing my wild birds?
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 30, 2017, 09:07:21 AM
Elk in my upper horse pasture this morning, and one coyote, on the other end of the same pasture.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on April 30, 2017, 09:12:51 AM
Domestic cats >:( .......if I had my way, owners would be required to neuter them & keep them chained to a stake in the front yard when they are out of the house!   We have neighbors on both sides of us that 'own' cats that are allowed to roam freely.  Consequently, they spend all their 'free' time lurking in our landscaping waiting for birds to appear at our feeders, singing 'love songs' to each other under our bedroom window at night and using our front door & door mat as a scent-post. :chopwood:

Fur prices are in the tank, so trapping & hunting furbearers has been less profitable these last few years, so there are fewer hunters & trappers to keep them in check.  The raccoon & coyote  populations have soared, creating a problem for nesting game birds.  Raptors are protected under Federal law, so their numbers have increased exponentially, too.  We used to have a LOT of pheasants and quite a few bobwhite quail around here, but for quite a few years we had a redtailed hawk sitting atop every light pole and perched in every tree along every creek waiting for a pheasant dinner.   I have witnessed a pair of red tails wipe out a hen pheasant and her entire brood of chicks in less time than it takes to tell about it!  Where there used to be flocks of 30-40 ringnecks flushing at a time, we rarely see even one bird these days.  The red tails have now mostly left for greener pastures, also. 

A lot of this can also be attributed to modern farming practices.  There is no cover left for wildlife to reside in.  It's all about money, you know.  HUGE specialized grain farms make for fewer farmers and lower grain prices (due to oversupply and governmental meddling) and that creates a 'catch-22' situation where there are fewer weeds, more land cleared, more fence line plum thickets removed......all for even more grain produced per acre to offset the lower grain prices.  A vicious circle/cycle with no end in sight that I can see. :-\
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on April 30, 2017, 09:16:34 AM
(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii67/crashdive123/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge177.jpg) (http://s261.photobucket.com/user/crashdive123/media/Merritt%20Island%20National%20Wildlife%20Refuge/MerrittIslandNationalWildlifeRefuge177.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on April 30, 2017, 11:17:45 AM
I had a pair of wild turkey hens come up the old lane that goes back into our woods this morning, the first I have seen in a while. The bluebirds won the battle for the main nest box again this year and she appears to be sitting on eggs. "Limpy" the three legged doe has survived her third winter since her injury. We had a towhee at the feeder a couple days ago, a first spotting for me. Multiple cardinals, grosbeaks, finches and other small birds at the feeder constantly. I see rabbits and deer almost nightly when I leave for my midnight shift at work. A couple weeks ago our little dog escaped the yard, and at dusk while we were hunting for him I heard a couple coyotes howling in the woods out back.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 01, 2017, 07:00:20 AM
OP

I see a lot of different wildlife here, the density of small game is a bit low.  I suspect because of all of the large predators, bears, mt. lions, bob cats, coyotes and wolves, oh my!!  In spite of that my turkey "herd" seems to be thriving, the grouse population fluctuates considerably from year to year.

The cost of elk in my horse pasture is having to check the fence twice a day. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 01, 2017, 07:21:08 AM
Wolfy's comment about cats is pretty close to the mark, feral cats have taken a real toll on bird populations, and small game.  We may need to define the term feral, a feral cat is any cat that is more than 10 feet away from where it lives.

How long does it take for a domestic cat to go wild..?  About five minutes.  That cute fuzzy rug ornament, as soon as it is outside is a predator.  I have cats, and they pretty much earn their keep killing mice and pack rats.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 01, 2017, 08:29:11 AM
I had been 'stinging' these cats that frequent our bird feeders with a well-placed BB from a Daisy pump-up type air rifle.....'bout 3 pumps gave sufficient power to scare them off. ;D   Then I made the mistake of trying my newest unproven toy on one of them.....a cheap Chinese, single-pump .177 pellet rifle. :-[    It proved to be a little TOO effective! :shocked: :doh:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on May 01, 2017, 08:54:07 AM
We have a lot of feral cats around here.  Townies drop them off a lot, sometimes as 6 week old kittens.  Some neighbors don't believe in spay and neuter.  We have a couple of barn cats and one house slug.  No mouse goes unchased around here.  We get transient cats all the time and they don't usually get a chance to leave.  Harsh world in the country.  I feel bad for the abandoned cats and dogs but we cannot take care of them all. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 01, 2017, 10:17:36 AM
A lot of studies have been done on the predator-prey cycle, and it does appear to be a cycle. Increased populations of game birds and rabbits attract large numbers of predators. When the pickin's get thin, they move on, and slowly the populations increase again.
I doubt we'll ever see the great gatherings of pheasant or quail again in our lifetimes, mainly because of the habitat issues Wolfy outlined. If we can ever get the 'animal rights" folks to swallow a big dose of reality, maybe we'll see some places return to a bounty system for coyotes.  Man and wolf are about the only predator of coyotes I can think of.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: imnukensc on May 01, 2017, 10:30:25 AM
My cat is an absoluter murderess.  If it creeps, crawls, slithers, skitters, flits, flies, hops, skips, or jumps she'll kill it.  During the spring and summer we keep an electronic collar on her with transmitters near the bird feeders and blue bird boxes to keep her away from them.  Everything else is fair game.

Coyote season here is 24/7/365.  The DNR recently released 16 tagged coyotes, 4 in each game zone, with a $1000 bounty on each of them to encourage folks to kill every coyote they could.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 01, 2017, 11:35:05 AM
Usually I have one or two coyotes, but occasionally I have and entire pack come through, such was the case last night, and they do not seem to be intimidated by my dogs, lots of coyote "singing" and dog barking for a fairly large segment of the night.

I can see a laser sight for the accessory rail on my new polymer frame 9mm, looming up in my future.  The point that absolutely boggles my mind is that I can get a laser for less than $100.00 but a hight intensity rail mounted flashlight is three times as much..????  A good hight intensity flashlight can be had for $30.00 or less. 

The answer to the flashlight scenario seems to be a mounting bracket for one of the very bright LED lights I already have.

I think that a laser sight would be just the ticket for night work on coyotes. "OR" feral cats... >:D

 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on May 01, 2017, 12:17:27 PM
I need to start coyote hunting. 

..and thinning the monkey population out in the forest.. Just got told another monkey story today by my electrician.  30 of them.  Who says we civilians don't have a use full auto.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 01, 2017, 12:54:48 PM
I need to start coyote hunting. 

..and thinning the monkey population out in the forest.. Just got told another monkey story today by my electrician.  30 of them.  Who says we civilians don't have a use full auto?
Monkeys who are members of the Democratic Party? :shrug:

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on May 01, 2017, 01:00:53 PM
If someone attacked me in the street dressed in black with a black mask on and what might be a weapon in their hand... well...
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 01, 2017, 06:53:35 PM
Usually I have one or two coyotes, but occasionally I have and entire pack come through, such was the case last night, and they do not seem to be intimidated by my dogs, lots of coyote "singing" and dog barking for a fairly large segment of the night.

I can see a laser sight for the accessory rail on my new polymer frame 9mm, looming up in my future.  The point that absolutely boggles my mind is that I can get a laser for less than $100.00 but a hight intensity rail mounted flashlight is three times as much..????  A good hight intensity flashlight can be had for $30.00 or less. 

The answer to the flashlight scenario seems to be a mounting bracket for one of the very bright LED lights I already have.

I think that a laser sight would be just the ticket for night work on coyotes. "OR" feral cats... >:D

Gorilla Tape.....
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 02, 2017, 07:07:54 AM
OP

Is that plain Gorilla tape or the more expensive "tactical" Gorilla tape. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: greyhound352 on May 02, 2017, 04:48:51 PM
http://www.24hviralphotos.com/photographer-finally-snaps-perfect-shot-of-diving-kingfisher-after-6-years-and-720000-photographs-7-pics/
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on May 02, 2017, 05:50:14 PM
Man.....talk about DEDICATION! :hail:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 03, 2017, 06:33:11 AM
Off on my morning walk yesterday, I was out on the end of the ridge, it was cool overcast and foggy down in the canyons, I was taking the morning air and looked out across one of the canyons just as a cloud bank was moving through, when the mist cleared there was a band of elk lying in the meadow, also taking the morning air.

The day before yesterday part of my pasture fence was down, I had a couple of cow elk in there, and thought that they were responsible, I checked my trail cameras yesterday, and there had been an entire herd I had about 300 pictures of them, they according to the time stamp, were there almost all night, right along with my horses.

There were a number of bulls just sprouting new antlers. 

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on May 04, 2017, 11:55:21 AM
On our hike this morning we ran into 3 snakes.  The first is an Eastern Ribbon snake I think. 

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/little%20snake_zpsvhgolttc.jpg) (http://s905.photobucket.com/user/madmaxx3/media/little%20snake_zpsvhgolttc.jpg.html)

Max soon caught on that when I stopped and whipped out the phone there might be something to see so I missed the shots of the teensy ringneck and the blur that was a black snake of some kind.  Fast.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 04, 2017, 08:39:56 PM
I like snakes...and respect the ones that can do me harm.  But the funniest thing I ever saw was a little 'garden snake' (Garter snake...We called this variety 'red racers' when I was a kid), that I cornered in the rockery.  He actually coiled up and acted like he was ready to do battle, assuming his best 18-inch King Cobra pose. I'd never run across a feisty one before.
Title: !!
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 04, 2017, 08:46:20 PM
OP

Is that plain Gorilla tape or the more expensive "tactical" Gorilla tape.

Ha! I just repaired the winter damage to my greenhouse with the new clear Gorilla Tape.  The roll comes with tiny serrations along both edges so you can tear off a strip. You can't tear it otherwise!  In typical Gorilla Tape tradition, that stuff is STICKY!!!  Trying to get it stuck where >I< wanted it, instead of where >it< wanted to stick made me think of "Marcia the Mummy" (Woodswoman) and her experience with plain ol' duct tape. Hahaha!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 31, 2017, 05:35:06 PM
Haven't had much to post in here the past few months. Deer in the yard cleaning up the apple drops every night.
But I set this up on the base I had outside my window for the A/C unit. It has proven popular.
The photos are poor because there is a sheet of reflective 'privacy' plastic on the window. The up side is all the critters can see is their own reflection. I had an English sparrow try to pick a fight with himself a couple days ago. ROFLAO!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4597/38704551794_27cb786b6d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21YbWNw)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4597/39382752552_409a049c37_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2317Ug3)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4684/39382719962_191a5c1055_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2317Jz9)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4689/25542623658_a2fb1ea5ac_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EV7C85)


P.S. The cat loves sitting on the window sill and drooling.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: woodsorrel on December 31, 2017, 10:09:56 PM
Old Philosopher, I love that Northern Flicker!

  - Woodsorrel
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 31, 2017, 10:17:32 PM
Funny thing is, during the summers we might see 1 Bluejay once in a month. Suddenly I had FIVE of them fighting over this feeder.  As a matter of fact, the first Bluejay we saw up here was only 5 years ago.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 01, 2018, 06:36:17 AM
OP

Looks like you have more snow than I do.  I had four days of +40 deg., and rain, that reduced my snow from about a foot down to 4" in the open and bare ground under the trees.

I had a big herd of elk through day before yesterday, It was a big herd I could see the swath they cut through the snow on the next ridge over from a mile away.  They cut across the North end of  my ridge moving off to the SW.  They might be headed down to the low country, to hang out in the winter wheat, no snow down there at all.  Last week on my way back from town I saw a couple small bands of elk "lounging" in the wheat fields.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 01, 2018, 08:32:30 AM
John,
The only place I can even SEE grass is where I've run the snow blower down to the sod. Haha!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on January 01, 2018, 10:44:52 AM
I had to mow the grass a couple of days ago. :shrug:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 01, 2018, 01:02:34 PM
I had to mow the grass a couple of days ago. :shrug:
How many scorpions and rattlers did you run over?  :taunt:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on January 01, 2018, 05:21:30 PM
Well.....back to the wildlife stuff....

From Christmas Day.

(https://i.imgur.com/TsI5oBU.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on January 01, 2018, 05:42:59 PM
NICE SHOT! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 02, 2018, 08:58:41 AM
Outstanding, as usual, CD!  I'd kill for your camera! Haha!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on January 02, 2018, 05:35:40 PM
Here's another picture from the same trip.

(https://i.imgur.com/cdWAeQl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 02, 2018, 05:39:10 PM
Crash, have you ever thought about submitting any of your bird pix to Peterson's Field Guide, Audubon Society?  I've seen a lot worse get published.
Back in WA we lived 1/2 mile from a Blue Heron rookery. Took a lot of pix through a 200 mm lens on a 35 mm camera, but nothing to match yours.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on January 03, 2018, 04:22:41 AM
I haven't.  For now it's just a fun hobby.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 06:21:03 AM
Here is a wolf from my least favorite trail camera, I found the tracks the following morning and this is what I had when I pulled the card from that camera, this guy is not very big but he has a track the size of a coffee cup.

(https://i.imgur.com/tyUXPSr.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 06:23:38 AM
Not very wild..

(https://i.imgur.com/spFB7Yd.jpg)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 06:26:49 AM
Every winter I see a Great Blue Heron, down on the edge of the road. when I make my trip to town.  I am sure he is living on mice until it is "frog" season again. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 07:21:41 AM
On a hot day there is nothing like a nice dip in the water trough..I used to do that when I was a kid on the farm..It appears that this is  universally accepted..

(https://i.imgur.com/KoiZpy6.jpg) 

(https://i.imgur.com/qlsETJ6.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 07:26:11 AM
A few of the critters from last summer..

(https://i.imgur.com/7vK8KIi.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/epqH7mZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dmoJgOa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Otwo7fk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 03, 2018, 09:16:53 AM
Nice backyard ya got there, John! :cheers:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 03, 2018, 11:53:59 AM
OP

And that is not counting the elk pictures, I need to sort some pictures I had a band of elk in my upper pasture this spring, all bulls any one would have been a trophy.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 14, 2018, 07:24:09 AM
Here are some "guys" that hung around for the best part of a week, last summer. 

(https://i.imgur.com/2YNR95s.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 14, 2018, 09:18:11 AM
Nice neighbors, John!  :cheers:

I missed some good shots day before yesterday.  I was up the mountain visiting an acquaintance and ran into a herd of 18 whitetails. There I sat with a dead battery in my camera.  :-\
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 14, 2018, 11:58:35 AM
I frequently miss good shots due to a severe lack of camera... Out on the morning patrol, it was just lovely, most of the snow is gone the high meadows are greening up and the sun was shining, I looked down into the big canyon below my ridge and it was full of clouds..

The elk seem to get on just fine with my horses.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 16, 2018, 04:32:17 PM
Beautiful animals. Wish we had them around here...
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 16, 2018, 07:01:13 PM
kanukkarhu

I sure like seeing them, I had a discussion with five cows that were chasing one of my dogs one morning, they are really neat animals.  The cows are in charge of herd security, sneaking up on a big bull is not that difficult if you can get past the cows.  A few year back, before I built my hay barn, I had to make due with out door hay stacks, there was one old cow elk that would come and eat out of the stack, and "heaven" help the dog that though he would run her off.

Life is good in the mountains... ;)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 16, 2018, 08:51:20 PM
kanukkarhu

I sure like seeing them, I had a discussion with five cows that were chasing one of my dogs one morning, they are really neat animals.  The cows are in charge of herd security, sneaking up on a big bull is not that difficult if you can get past the cows.  A few year back, before I built my hay barn, I had to make due with out door hay stacks, there was one old cow elk that would come and eat out of the stack, and "heaven" help the dog that though he would run her off.

Life is good in the mountains... ;)
Sounds like the life! They're beautiful critters and you're lucky to be neighbours with them, I think.

KK
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 17, 2018, 06:43:31 AM
I have white tail deer mule deer and elk coming and going in and out of my horse pastures.  The only ones that ever knock my fence down are the mule deer, they are just not graceful.

Last week while out on my morning stroll, I saw a bald eagle working one of the big meadows, I usually do not see them up this far. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on January 17, 2018, 12:39:16 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/wPybuJw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 18, 2018, 12:02:29 AM
I have white tail deer mule deer and elk coming and going in and out of my horse pastures.  The only ones that ever knock my fence down are the mule deer, they are just not graceful....
Mule Deer: "Four-legged carp".  The saying goes, "You are what you eat.", and mule deer taste like pine needles, IMO.  :lol:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 18, 2018, 12:03:05 AM
Nice one, Crash!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 18, 2018, 07:06:09 AM
On one of my hunting outings in the Northern Territory in Australia, I was working my way along a waterway, lots of very tall grass, just over the top of the grass I could see the top 1/3 off a white egret. The bird was moving, most birds when they walk there is a certain amount of head movement, this fellow was pretty much motionless except for the horizontal motion, I watched for a few minutes, as the bird was headed toward a break in the grass.  The bird was not moving a lot because he was perched on the back of a water buffalo.   
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 18, 2018, 09:08:47 AM
We had a closeup encounter with a Pileated Woodpecker yesterday.
We have a hanging basket outside the front window that we never took down with the approach of winter. I have been scattering wild bird feed in it to help the sparrows, chickadees and collard doves. Yesterday we caught some movement and found a Pileated Woodpecker munching away, less than two feet from the glass. He didn't hang around long enough for me to get a pic of him, but it was quite a surprise.

Just to illustrate how rough the winter has been for birds around here, we've now had two different species of woodpecker visiting out bird feeders. Something I've never seen in over a decade.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on January 18, 2018, 09:26:44 AM
That's GREAT, Ol'P......I've only seen ONE Pileated Woodpecker in my entire lifetime!  We don't have them around here, but on a canoe trip up in the BWCAW, my brother and I saw one destroying an old & rotted, but still standing pine tree.  He reminded me of a jackhammer with wings.....big hunks of bark and wood were flying in all directions. :chopwood:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 18, 2018, 01:24:37 PM
I see the big wood peckers on an almost daily basis, which is not a good thing, they are working the trees infested with timber beetles.

Nice to see them, but not for the reason they are so plentiful here..!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Unknown on January 18, 2018, 02:05:34 PM
We've got big ones and little ones here. Woodpeckers. They are cool. Cartoon Woody, not too far from what they sound like lol.
 I'm not sure I like seeing them pecking on some of my favorite trees though.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 09, 2018, 06:25:15 PM
Crows are pretty smart. They can talk, they can count, but they ain't THAT smart.

We had a crow take over our songbird bath.  He thought it was his own private foot soak and garbage pail.
I dug out my Great Horned Owl decoy and stuck it next to the birdbath.  He dive-bombed it until he knocked it over.  I put it back up, he knocked it down again. After figuring it wasn't going to eat him, he landed on its head an used it for a toilet.

The war was on!

My wife would bang on the window, or rattle the porch door to scare him off.  We sent the dog out on patrol.  As soon as everyone left the yard, he was right back again.  Potting him with my pellet rifle was ruled out.  Whirlygigs and bird tape would keep even the good neighbors away.

In a blinding flash of the obvious (BFO), I got a sheet of heavy black construction paper and cut out my best rendition of a life-size crow, head down, wings spread out like a cross.  It looked as close as it could to the dead crow I hung in my garden back in WA to get rid of the crows.
The next time he showed up, he started fussing. Wailing, moaning, flying in circles....and that was the last we have seen of him.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on June 09, 2018, 07:28:05 PM
Remember the word "smithereens"?  That crow needs to visit that place.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2018, 01:40:54 PM
"Through a dirty window...darkly."  (Still working on being smarter than my camera.  :-\)

American Goldfinch

(https://i.imgur.com/XQP1gbR.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on June 12, 2018, 02:45:31 PM
Like those birds.  They come through in the Spring and look like easter eggs with wings.

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2018, 03:03:47 PM
We had our 3rd visit ever from a Western Tangier a few days ago.  I'm hoping I can get him on film. THAT is one beautiful bird!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 12, 2018, 04:45:33 PM
I think you mean 'tanager. ' Tangier is a city in Morocco  :lol: ......but YES, they are a beautiful bird.  We have finch feeders and the Goldfinches are thick at this time of year.....the Western Tanager migrates through here, but sighting them is not an every-year deal in our neck o' the woods. :-\
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2018, 05:54:24 PM
I stand corrupted, Wolfy. My proofreader was in the restroom...

We have only seen 3 in 18 years. Doubt he'll come back to pose any time soon.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 12, 2018, 06:03:20 PM
3 in 18 years.....you sound pretty sure of yourself, so I must assume either you have a photographic memory OR you record sightings of 'never seen before' or 'only one other that I can remember' in your bird books like we do. ;D
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2018, 08:29:17 PM
3 in 18 years.....you sound pretty sure of yourself, so I must assume either you have a photographic memory OR you record sightings of 'never seen before' or 'only one other that I can remember' in your bird books like we do. ;D
No, and yes.  Seeing a Western Tanager in our backyard is THAT rare, and I do keep a log of unusual visitors, like the hummingbird that wasn't supposed to range east of the Sierra Mountains.
That's not to say the place isn't crawling with tanagers, just that I haven't seen them.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on June 12, 2018, 09:33:03 PM
They are supposed to be in western South Dakota but I have never seen one.  Probably because in the area I am there are few coniferous trees. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 12, 2018, 11:25:49 PM
They are supposed to be in western South Dakota but I have never seen one.  Probably because in the area I am there are few coniferous trees.
My understanding is they are 'flycatchers' with 80+% of their diet being insects/larvae.  They prefer old growth Douglas Fir, but they'll take anything high, foraging in the treetops most often.  They rarely feed below about 12-15 feet from the ground, although they'll eat berries and come to bird feeders when times are tough.  They've been found in aspen and oak forests.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on June 13, 2018, 08:21:17 AM
I figured they liked berries because the second one we saw was in our hackberry tree.  It must have gotten there prior to the annual hord of cedar waxwings that invade in a sizable flock each season...... generally, we'll spot a waxwing 'scout' the day before the main body of them come and strip the abundant fruit off the hackberry in less than a half hour.  They're a handsome bird, too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 13, 2018, 09:02:51 AM
We have a 20' ash tree in the back yard.  We get the Bohemian Waxwings.  A flock of about 100 birds will strip that tree of berries in under an hour.  I don't know how each bird can hold that much!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 18, 2018, 12:57:37 AM
We have an average of 3 different pairs that raise a family each year in this choice real estate.


(https://i.imgur.com/VIQuY7A.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Phaedrus on June 18, 2018, 12:58:49 AM
Great pics!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 21, 2018, 10:04:16 PM
The one thing I love about wildlife photography is how much you learn about their behavior.   
While waiting for the 'money shot', I found the female bank swallow would wait at the entrance of the birdhouse for the male to bring her food so she wouldn't have to leave her eggs.  She'd position herself just like a fledgling, waiting to be fed.  If he didn't bring her enough in a timely manner, she'd leave the nest and he would take her place on the nest, waiting patiently for her return.
Animals and humans...what's the diff?  LOL

(https://i.imgur.com/CF52N5z.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Apercula on June 22, 2018, 12:07:38 AM
I had a first for me wildlife spotting today.

About 5 miles from home I crested a hill and standing at the side of the road was a piebald whitetail deer. I had heard that there have been some in our area in the past, but I had never seen one before, and I see deer every day either in our yard or on my way to work. She was almost all white with hand size brown patches. Since I was driving there was no chance to get a picture.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on June 22, 2018, 12:29:14 AM
I had a first for me wildlife spotting today.

About 5 miles from home I crested a hill and standing at the side of the road was a piebald whitetail deer. I had heard that there have been some in our area in the past, but I had never seen one before, and I see deer every day either in our yard or on my way to work. She was almost all white with hand size brown patches. Since I was driving there was no chance to get a picture.
I grew up on Whidbey Is in Puget Sound in Washington.  The resident deer were Coastal Blacktails.  In a very short time, the population got out of control on the island.  They used to keep a huge record board at the ferry landing where the Game Dept had their check station, since a lot of mainlanders hunted on the island.
Because of the game density, the season on the island (only) was 30 days, either sex.  I remember seeing the records of 4-point bucks (that's 10 pt Eastern Count) weighing in at 60 pounds. Most of the deer on the island were the size of a Great Dane. My first deer was a fork-horn (4 pt Eastern) that my grandfather weighed at 35 pounds, guts and all.  :-\
The point of my story is that we'd go out year around spotting deer just to see how many we could count. The record was 120 deer in 2 1/2 hrs. 
At least 20% of the deer on that island in those days were piebald.  They looked like pinto ponies.  The game department said it was caused by a combination of poor nutrition, and in-breeding.  Whidbey Island is 70 miles long, and 16 miles at it's widest point, but no point is more than 2 miles from the Sound.  A census they took in the 1950s estimated 100,000 deer on the island.  That's when they extended the season and made it either sex. 5 years later they took another census and the count was up to 200,000 deer!  Oops...
So the Game Dept brought 15 mature mule deer bucks in from Eastern Washington and released them. I only heard of one ever being shot, and the guy thought he'd shot an elk!  It field dressed just over 200 lbs.  Within another 5 years, the game census at the ferry dock was showing 3-pt bucks (8 pt Eastern) being weighed in at 130-150 lbs. Those ol' mule deer musta thought they died and went to heaven. :lol:  In 15 years, the deer population was cut by 70%.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 15, 2018, 11:33:16 AM
We had a surprise, and a treat yesterday morning.  About 10 am we saw a doe with a couple spring fawns by the north gate to the yard.  When my wife went out onto the porch, they showed no sign of being skittish.  Then she realized they were not only mule deer, but the doe was tagged! 
I got out there with the camera, and the doe just looked at me like she was trying to see if she recognized me.  She had a tag in each ear, and a collar (no radio).
They hung around scrounging the last few apples that had fallen, and then just wandered off.
We have whitetail deer in our yard on a daily basis, but I haven seen a mule deer come right into town in the 20 year I've been here.
I tried to find out where to report the sighting, but the last mule deer study I could find was on the East Slope for a small herd of deer there.  I have no idea how long since she was last tagged, but the most recent study I can find anywhere is from 2015.  The "mule deer distribution map" was published in 1998!!! 

She looked like she just wanted me to come over and pet her!

(https://i.imgur.com/USC5b4w.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on November 15, 2018, 03:13:11 PM
That is pretty cute OP.  Nice photo.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on November 16, 2018, 03:58:03 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/hkVd5tw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on November 16, 2018, 10:18:30 AM
That photo really shows a lot of detail on that Heron.  Nice job on that Crash.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 16, 2018, 10:52:16 AM
Great photo, as usual, Crash!  I just got a new bridge camera, so I shouldn't be fretting, but after realizing it's limitations, I am.
Tell me again what system you're using...I forget easily these days.  :P
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on November 16, 2018, 06:05:43 PM
This one was taken with a Nikon D3300 with a 70-200mm zoom.  I have several cameras, buy pretty sure that is what I used for this.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 16, 2018, 10:20:48 PM
This one was taken with a Nikon D3300 with a 70-200mm zoom.  I have several cameras, buy pretty sure that is what I used for this.
I was seduced by the 50x zoom and didn't pay attention that the sensor was the size of a holiday postage stamp!  Not the best set up for long night exposures.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on November 17, 2018, 05:05:48 AM
My bridge camera (83X optical zoom) has a small sensor as well.  Knew that going in, but still had to have it.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sundance Creek on November 17, 2018, 06:26:46 AM
cpl weeks ago I saw my first silver fox

it was a crossing the road

got our deer last week and in the morning looked out to the gutpile, and there was the silver fox

no idea if he has always hung out in these parts, but its been frequent peeks since the first time I seen him

have an 11 point buck (2 spikes) on my game cam
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sundance Creek on November 17, 2018, 06:32:49 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/hkVd5tw.jpg)

holy smokes

you got some weird looking chickens
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 27, 2018, 04:23:39 PM
Winter approaches, the larch are dropping their needles, and the bears are out and eating everything in sight to fatten up for a long sleep.
This was taken yesterday up in the Yaak in NW Montana.

(https://i.imgur.com/sp2rEa7.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on November 27, 2018, 05:09:32 PM
 :shocked:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on November 27, 2018, 05:58:05 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/MN5EW9O.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wolfy on November 27, 2018, 06:50:01 PM
Nice captures, gentlemen! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Sundance Creek on December 20, 2018, 12:00:01 PM
We had a closeup encounter with a Pileated Woodpecker yesterday.
We have a hanging basket outside the front window that we never took down with the approach of winter. I have been scattering wild bird feed in it to help the sparrows, chickadees and collard doves. Yesterday we caught some movement and found a Pileated Woodpecker munching away, less than two feet from the glass. He didn't hang around long enough for me to get a pic of him, but it was quite a surprise.

Just to illustrate how rough the winter has been for birds around here, we've now had two different species of woodpecker visiting out bird feeders. Something I've never seen in over a decade.

I have about 4 downy woodpeckers at my feeders this winter

they are so used to me coming outside, they let me get within a ft or so

unless I make some noise

got 1 little sparrow who hangs around on my woekbench

I thot sparows were gregarious? (travel in packs)

after I feed/water the chickens every morning, I make sure this guy (jack sparrow) gets his breaky
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on December 27, 2018, 04:56:20 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/00Va7rz.jpg)

Christmas day, 2018.
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Post by: madmax on December 27, 2018, 05:02:11 AM
Print and frame that one.
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Post by: wsdstan on December 27, 2018, 09:28:33 AM
Reminds me of the Gypsy Rose Lee of the bird world.  Great shot.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 18, 2019, 08:11:26 PM
When I started this thread back in 2012, it was not just for posting photos. I was hoping there would be other content that celebrated all wildlife, and our relationship with them.

Hope you enjoy this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx8un7mPs1I
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on January 19, 2019, 08:45:35 AM
Well that is a good start to the day.  Pretty cool.
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Post by: imnukensc on January 19, 2019, 09:04:41 AM
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 16, 2019, 10:02:55 PM
Hope you guys can see this video, one way or another.


https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountySheriffMontana/videos/746455445748899/?v=746455445748899 (https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountySheriffMontana/videos/746455445748899/?v=746455445748899)

Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on April 17, 2019, 06:54:14 AM
My first guess was a coon.  But I don't get why a coon would drag a small tree across the road.  Second guess is a beaver.  I could see that happening.  But I can't quite make it out.  Maybe it's the rare beavoon.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: woodsrunner on April 17, 2019, 07:52:58 AM
Yup!...Beaver :)...good find Ol P :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on April 17, 2019, 08:26:33 AM
Being in Lincoln county Mt.  I expected to see a bear.  Beaver dragging tree branches is not uncommon on the rivers but that is the first one I have seen dragging one across the highway. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 17, 2019, 09:59:47 AM
I thought it was a pretty cool catch, too!  Probably "Only in Montana" would you see a Trooper turn around and use his light bar to act as a 'crossing guard' for a hard working beaver! LOL!

Unfortunately, most of our 'town beaver' got run out a couple years ago by domestic dogs and big cats.  Here's one of their better construction jobs (in Town):

(https://i.imgur.com/t9fqfJA.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: crashdive123 on July 16, 2019, 06:19:02 AM
From my July 4th walk on the beach.


(https://i.imgur.com/aKl6M4A.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 16, 2019, 08:09:01 AM
Nice!
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Post by: wsdstan on July 16, 2019, 08:26:06 AM
Great shot Crash.  Light is perfect.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Phaedrus on July 16, 2019, 09:56:01 PM
Wow!  Nice shot, Crash!
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Post by: wolfy on July 17, 2019, 08:31:19 AM
You copied that picture from a bird book, I think. :lol: :thumbsup: :hail:
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Post by: woodsorrel on July 17, 2019, 08:32:43 AM
Gorgeous shot, crashdive123!

  - Woodsorrel
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 06, 2019, 09:41:01 PM
A few encounters this week.

(https://i.imgur.com/dC1dm3Y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DMBhQG3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Fyjpvfe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hPyM6uE.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on August 07, 2019, 09:21:39 AM
Nice subjects OP. 

I miss seeing the hummingbirds we used to watch up on the Clark's Fork around Trout Creek Mt.  Sitting in the outside seating at the local restaurants watching the feeders was enjoyable.  Eating spaghetti at a friends cabin while playing classical music and watching the hummingbirds was even better. 
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on August 07, 2019, 10:56:14 AM
Our birds at the cabin in NC are getting quite bold.  This little guy was lining their nest with my hair.  He really yanked them out.  Naturally it was taking hair from that one spot that is thinning.  He came back  3 or 4 times.  Finally Kelly cut my hair and made an offering to the bird gods putting hair in the trees.

(https://i.imgur.com/mR63Bl5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 07, 2019, 03:04:18 PM
Hahaha! Awesome!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on August 07, 2019, 03:49:16 PM
There is a new definition of bold.  LOL!
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 07, 2019, 04:40:07 PM
IMO, that's just a great example of harmony with nature.  I stopped and had a conversation with a downy woodpecker from about 2 feet away for several minutes.  In my younger, frenetic days, most critters gave me a wide berth.  I must have better 'vibes' nowadays.  8)
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: madmax on August 07, 2019, 05:11:53 PM
We have to walk underneath their nest to go inside our cabin.  There was a hornets nest even closer to the door.  Wasps,  and butterflies land on us.  The only thing I have a war with are carpenter bees.  Ok.  Yellow jackets suck too.

I think our wild turkeys purposely make noise early in the morning to tease Max to jump up and charge.  He's never even got close.
Title: Re: The Wildlife Thread
Post by: wsdstan on August 07, 2019, 07:00:03 PM
We love most birds, Grackles and Starlings are excluded.  No love for wasps and hornets, mice in the house or barn, Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders, Rattlesnakes, raccoons, coyotes, and a few others are on a permanent stay away list.

We have all of the above except Brown Recluse and Rattlesnakes and do out best to keep them away. 

We have lots of neat birds like house wrens, gold finches, finches, and Flickers.  Many others but you cannot list them all. 

Snapping turtles are also on my list of unwanted denizens.