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    Backyard Wildlife

    I have an urban/inner ring suburb lot but I still get lots of great wildlife visiting. I thought it would be fun to have a photo and/or anecdote thread about "backyard wildlife" or really, any wildlife on one's property whether that property is small or large.

    I get a lot of birds, have had several seasons of nesting bunnies, and its not unusual to have a visit from a small harmless type of snake (which the dogs seem to think is an interactive stick...)

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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    We get quite a few birds, thanks to years and years of my MIL keeping multiple bird feeders full. We mostly get robins, back-capped chickadees, house sparrows, blue jays, and there's a murder of crows that lives near by. Squirrels. Once it warms up some more and the bugs come out, we usually see woodpeckers (both downy and pileated) and red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches. I've also had finches and juncos in my yard, and the ubiquitous magpies.

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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    We're rural, so lots of birds, deer, raccoons, rabbits, possums, skunks, snakes, turtles (box, snapper, slider) and a pack of coyotes that swing through every few weeks. We're also in the flight path for migrating snow geese - kinda cool to see the huge flocks go by in the fall and spring.

    Have a couple of pairs of barred owls living in the pasture woods. Riley objects to them talking.


    Blue grosbeak (not a common occurrence), usually get the rose-breasted grosbeaks.


    Indigo bunting


    Darned raccoons are a pain in the neck, they'll go after the barn cats' food, or even the horses' grain. A well aimed shot of water from the hose sends them packing.


    This fellow gave me a 3 sec. cardio workout (aka, leaping and shrieking). The chair that I usually sit in is right next to that window.


    Spider alert!


    Nearly walked into this, it's the doorway to the feed room in the barn. All those dots are spider babies. In the spirit of George Foreman and his offspring, we named all of them George.

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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    Shell: Interactive stick..lol

    These two geese have been coming for last several years.
    They seem to enjoy walking the roof line of the barn.


    I get the same birds as gingerkid. Adding owls, pigeons, ducks and geese.
    Wildlife I see regularly on walks, coyotes, foxes, moose, deer, rabbits and beavers.

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    We get lots of Stellar's Jays and mountain chickadees. The bluebirds have come back early this year. I have seen owl's but not recently. Coyotes are a regular pest and I have to be very careful walking Mesa in the early morning and evening. There is a black bear that lives in the woods behind my house. I usually see him (her?) once or twice a summer. There are also bobcats and raccoons.

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    We have had the occasional small snake (ring-neck) get into the basement, and one of our cats took great delight in catching it, carrying it like a writhing stick (we call them wild spaghetti) upstairs and spitting it out so she could chase it again. After 30 sec. of shrieking, it was grab a bucket and broom and get the snake out of the house.

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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    Hahaha - I just came to Off Topic to start a post about bird watching.
    Awesome pics, Shell and SnarkHunter (except for the George's - eeek!) I need to become reacquainted with my good camera again.

    I've been more into the bird-watching this year....mostly to take my mind off of Bella's cancer, but I've seen some birds I've never noticed before. Mostly migratory like the rose-breasted Grossbeaks and black-throated warblers.

    I've been trying year after year to get the orioles to my feeders, but they are really difficult to coax down! They'll "talk" back to me from way up in the trees, but never come down that I've seen.

    I also have some long conversations with a couple white-crowned sparrows. They are so freaking puffy-cute! I love them


    As for pics, these are all I have. Some were taken a couple years ago - wish I had more!

    Turkey pics taken from the safety of the basement - those guys can be mean!
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    Geese in a business complex parking lot
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    Horrible cell pic of pretty bluebird
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    Chippers in the Pipe. These guys are a bit of a pest, too.
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    One of these days I'll invest in a game cam to try and find out what is actually picking up and *removing* my feeders from the hooks they hang on. They are plant hooks, so they're pretty deep. Probably a large raccoon is all I can come up with.


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    Those turkey shots are great! Most of the turkeys around here run/fly the other way, they don't stick around for humans. I agree about the orioles, I had to hide in the house, behind a curtain, to get a shot of them coming to a plate of jelly on the porch railing. They didn't come back this year, sigh. We've got a couple of pairs of Eastern Towhees (drink your teeeeaaaaaa!) hanging around, and the Summer Tanagers are back, too.

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    I guess I'm kind of a bird-watcher... and butterfly watcher... and dragonfly watcher... wildflower gazer; mostly I want to know what I'm looking at, so I try to get photos of whatever it is. Sometimes successful, most times not - darned birds just won't pose, although some dragonflies will.

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    Wow - those are great captures! I love dragonflies, too.

    My neighbor was outside this morning "shooing" the turkeys away - she's brave - or crazy! They've been known to attack people. I won't even go outside when they're in the yard. They fly at ya with those spurs and you're gonna be hurtin'!

    I can hear the towhee's in the swampy area across the street - haven't seen one yet. The leaves are almost done coming in, so it will be harder to catch a glimpse of any.

    Then there's the pair of catbirds squakin' and carrying on outside my window all night last night again.


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    Man, i'm glad our turkeys are cautious about humans, but then again, a lot of people around here hunt, so not really a surprise. Michaela is pretty sure she can take them, I'm pretty sure I don't want her to try.

    The towhees around here spend a lot of time on the ground, kicking around in the leaves. Sometimes it sounds like some critter coming through, and then this bird hops out of the brush. We don't have catbirds, but there are now TWO whippoorwills who NEVER shut up at night. I hope they move further down the road.

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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    Love those dragonfly pics.

    Half of me is jealous of people with truly "wild" animals around for the viewing opportunities and then the practical half of me jumps in to say its a good thing not to have too many wild animals in the backyard

    My current photography goal is "in flight" pics of the birds. Dang they are speedy things






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    Re: Backyard Wildlife

    Well, this thread definitely caught my eye! I love all the pics! Taking photos of my backyard critters is a bit of a hobby/obsession for me. If I can figure out the right link codes here are a few of my recent ones:




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