JCC [Animals] What wildlife visited my yard today

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

  1. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Sounds like a riveting enclosure to view.
  2. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    Squirrel!! :D :D



    I love going to the butterfly house at our museum. A couple are bound to land on you.
  3. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    The flowers outside my bedroom often attract hummingbirds, so tonight I caught one on tape. While watching the Daily Show.
  4. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Cool! I bought a flip camera recently, so hope to do the same and upload clips too.
  5. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    And I did.

    Here's a Fantail fluttering around the front lawn this morning.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVWw5hafDyQ
  6. Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus

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    I will post the picture of the frog we saw outside our window at C5 because japes says I have to.

    This was a magical climbing froggie. He or she somehow got up to our railing on the 4th floor!

    [image=http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4900240946_50165d9923_b.jpg]
  7. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    :D

    It's also golden! Did any of you kiss it?
  8. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    More turkeys:

    [image=http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4915981443_e3285ab1df_z.jpg]

    [image=http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4916589544_82f0037183_z.jpg]
  9. Wylding Jedi Grand Master

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    Wow, wild turkeys that's awesome! I just have a skunk that visits my yard. He and my dog have actually become friends. The dog will come in wagging her tail and smelling a bit like skunk, but not enough to have been fully sprayed. The other day, I saw them eating out of the same bowl....very cute. Fortunately, my dog has all her vaccinations, so if they get even friendlier and begin to play together she won't catch anything from Mr Spock as I've begun calling the skunk.
  10. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    I was just thinking about posting the frog pic Beth. You did, but I can't see it. :( What kind of frog climbs up a building to the 4th floor? :eek:



    Love the video of the fantail jp.

    Turkeys are awesome Terr!

    Wylding, you'd better catch a pick of the Your dog and Mr Spock. lol
  11. Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus

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    Whoops... I think I messed up the Flickr privacy settings for my picture of the frog. Does this work now?

    [image=http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4900240946_e0da0cfeab_b.jpg]

    Also! We've got a trio of exotic birds far from home in our neighborhood now. I think they might be some sort of parrots, but I'm not sure. I haven't been able to see them well enough to get a picture yet.
  12. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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  13. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Not my yard, but where my horse is I found this massive spider. Idk what it is, but I am creeped out. I am hoping it will be turned around tomorrow so that I can figure out what kind it is.

    [image=http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k87/s65horsey/mms_picture.jpg]
  14. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    Other than really boring birds, Scorpions, Spiders, Crickets, Cockroaches, Toads and the occasional stray Cat, I don't get any interesting animals in my yard. However, a few miles from my house, near a friends house, I spotted a Roadrunner and an Owl in the same farm field.
  15. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    The thing is, we don't have the same 'boring animals' in our part of the world, so any sort of bird or bug can be interesting, even if they're common to you.

    Anyway, this Emperor Gum Moth landed on my car the other day. We caught it and brought it inside to identify it. It's huge, biggest moth I've ever seen outside of a tropical butterfly house. Australian species originally, either got blown here or caterpillars came in on imported wood, but they're not too harmful.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/gummoth.jpg]
  16. Im_just_guessing Jedi Grand Master

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    We got this motion sensor camera trap that we set up outside my parents cabin, every time we set it up it either catches nothing or gets set off constantly (literally constantly, like, you can set up the how long before the camera will turn the motion sensor back on once its been set off, and all the photos will be that length apart) until the whole memory card is full of photos of nothing.

    It sucks, I was going to have awesome photos of bears, and deer, and elk, and mountain lions, and the crazy people who live down the road and supposedly steal mushrooms off our property.
  17. tom Chosen One

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    that moth is pretty amazing.
  18. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    In that case, I'll post my local neighborhood fauna for you, in pretty pictures lifted from the internet.

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/StripedBarkScorpion.jpg]

    Bark Scorpion

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Bufo_woodhousii.jpg]

    Woodhouse's Toad

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Anaxipha_exigua.JPG]

    Swordtail Cricket

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Cockroachcloseup.jpg]

    American Cockroach

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Collage_of_Six_Cats-02.jpg]

    Housecat (stray in this case)

    Also, I'll include the two more interesting ones that I mentioned.

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Greater_Roadrunner_%28Geococcyx_californianus%29_2.jpg]

    Greater Roadrunner

    [image=http://bloodstar.net/owl.png]

    Rocky Mountains Great Horned Owl

    Also, I've read somewhere that Bald Eagles live or have lived in central Arizona, but after living there for 20 years, I haven't seen one.
  19. KissMeImARebel Force Ghost

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    It looks a lot like a spider I had living next to my front steps years ago. IIRC it was a harmless sort but still pretty creepy. Mostly he just sat in his web and ate.
  20. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    That spider looks sort of like a Grass spider. According to that article, they are poisonous, but it only says it can cause rapid paralysis in insect prey. Nothing about humans. Then again, I'm probably wrong about what it is in the first place, as I was merely comparing it to various spiders in the North American spiders category on Wikipedia. :p
  21. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    My son spotted this ~13cm (5") slug sliding its way down the outside of our house last week. Ugh.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/slug1.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/slug2.jpg]

    It's a Yellow Slug, introduced to New Zealand from Europe.
  22. zacparis VIP

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    I don't think I have enough caterpillars...

    [image=http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj75/MedievalSam/photos/DSC07118.jpg]

    Last count there are about 22 spread across 8 plants. More appear every other day. [face_worried]
  23. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    [face_hypnotized]

    That is insane! Are they always like that?
  24. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    Monarchs!!! How cool. I remember going out with my then 8 y/o daughter and gathering monarch eggs and watching them hatch to caterpillars and then to crysalis and then emerging as butterflies. So very cool.

    What is it they're feeding on, here it's always milkweed.

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Common_Milkweed_Asclepias_syriaca_Plant_2000px.jpg]
  25. zacparis VIP

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    Swan plant I think. [face_thinking]

    Not sure. It was originally my sister's project but she go fed up with it so unloaded the plants on me. There were five chrysalis(es?) originally, but then a few caterpillars appeared and it just exploded over the last couple of weeks.