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JCC [Animals] What wildlife visited my yard today

Discussion in 'Community' started by jp-30, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. xblackout

    xblackout Jedi Master star 4

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    We have lots of toads. I wouldn't call them interesting, but I love them! I used to catch them as a kid. No real interesting bugs, either. Lots of small spiders, crickets, ladybugs, things like that. I wouldn't be able to deal with larger spiders. I can handle other bugs but spiders [like some of the other ones pictured in this thread] give me the heebie jeebies.
     
  2. FlareStorm

    FlareStorm Jedi Master star 6

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    Raccoons are not cool. They are mean and disease infested. Urbanesque ones will fight you when you try to shoo them away from your garbage cans.
     
  3. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Of course toads are interesting! Try and get a photo and post it here next time you see one.
     
  4. Whitey

    Whitey Jedi Master star 6

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    The toad is a good creature but I have only seen 2 in the past few years. I think pesticides mostly wiped them out. :/
     
  5. xblackout

    xblackout Jedi Master star 4

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    It's far from being toad season, but I'll keep that in mind :)

    I'd have to say I think raccoons are cool from a distance. I'd never mess with one. We had one that lived in our garage for a while & it chased my dad into his truck once. Mean little buggers, but I think they're adorable. Then again...I find most things with fur and four legs cute.
     
  6. beezel26

    beezel26 Jedi Master star 7

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    See deer in the backyard all the time. But last year had a porcupine walk out into the local road and just kind of look at us. Stopped and didn't drive at all. Then just walked back into the woods.
     
  7. -G-O-A-T-

    -G-O-A-T- Jedi Master star 3

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    [image=http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/8318/imagexw.jpg]
     
  8. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Cute little skink.
     
  9. Whitey

    Whitey Jedi Master star 6

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    I like the word skink.
     
  10. Miana Kenobi

    Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Almost ran over some of these the other morning. They decided to just sit in the road and didn't move for a few minutes.

    [image=http://www.gan.ca/images/hooks/raccoons.bmp]
     
  11. Terr_Mys

    Terr_Mys Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I'm not sure why she never mentioned this to me, but my Mom took this photo of two black bears in our yard earlier this month. Thankfully she has very carefully labeled the photograph.

    [image=http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs483.ash1/26433_1384452812588_1270048460_31118237_5021889_n.jpg]
     
  12. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Great photo, and even better labeling! That's on hell of a back yard you have.





    This native owl (also found in Australia and the South Pacific islands) called a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Boobook]Morepork[/link] in NZ due to its [link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4QWKo_7IN4]distinctive 2-note call[/link] was sitting on the power lines outside our house last night.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/morepork1.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/morepork2.jpg]
     
  13. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    I'm always surprised how damn big raccoons get, at least around here. II think it's some dog in the park across the street and then I get a closer look!

    A couple of bears in your mom's yard... I'm one of those people that would try and feed them.

    jp, that is a very cool owl. I watched the video and more and decided I want one. Do they eat spiders?






     
  14. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yes, they eat spiders.


    And weta.
    [image=http://www.ngamanuimages.org.nz/images/hres/p31647.jpg]

     
  15. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Now that's my kind of pet.


    That and the coconut crab I really want.
     
  16. Terr_Mys

    Terr_Mys Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Cool owl ;)

    Here's a luna moth from last summer. I should've put my finger closer for scale, but I, like a small girl, am easily frightened by icky bugs.

    [image=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3503/3733360769_b0945d9b39_b.jpg]
     
  17. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Nice captioning, and that's a beautiful moth. [face_love]

    How wide is it approx from wingtip to wingtip?
     
  18. Terr_Mys

    Terr_Mys Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I'd say probably around 10cm, which is definitely bigger than most moths around these parts.
     
  19. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    There's nothing icky about that moth, like jp said it's beautiful. I've always wanted to see one.
     
  20. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    I work in London Zoo and they have an Atlas Moth (generally considered the world's biggest Moth) which I don't normally go too close to [face_worried]
     
  21. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    My son rescued this [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Gerygone]Grey Warbler[/link] from one of our cats. They're NZs 2nd smallest bird.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/greywarbler.jpg]

    And this [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Blackbird]Blackbird[/link] (an English import) was on our front lawn this morning.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/blackbird.jpg]

    And another import, this time from Australia, an [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Rosella]Eastern Rosella[/link] parakeet in the front garden.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/rosella1.jpg]

    Terrible photo, sorry. Much better views at the wiki links posted.



     
  22. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    I was curious about the Atlas Moth.

    [image=http://www.bugman123.com/Bugs/AtlasMoth.jpg]

    Awesome, but have to admit, I'd duck at the least if that did a fly by. [face_blush]


    Also checked out the Eastern Rosella link. What a beautiful bird. [face_love]
     
  23. s65horsey

    s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [image=http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k87/s65horsey/2010_0502Random0007.jpg]
     
  24. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Nice squirrel!
     
  25. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    So would I. Although they don't really fly that much due to their size, females usually sit around and wait for a male. The male may flap a bit from tree to tree in a butterlfy-like flight rather then the rapid erratic sort of hummingbird-style that other moths do.

    I am fortunate that in the London Zoo butterfly house the Moths never do anything except sit still and sleep.