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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  2. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    We've decided to call it, "Steve". I think it may be a girl, though.
  3. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Call it Stevie & you can't lose.

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  4. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    she says Hi to the JCC -

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  5. zacparis VIP

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    I was walking through the kitchen around midnight last night and totally by chance I spotted a big spider outside the window, so I turned on the outside light to take a closer look and suddenly spotted a huge fox in the garden. :eek:

    I went upstairs to take a better look, and there were two of them, a fox and a vixen probably. One of them was huge, one was smaller. I managed to get a quick shot in, this was about as good as I was going to get it.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/zacparis/scraps/19-10-2007.jpg]

    I've seen foxes out on country roads in the middle of the night before, but I've never seen one so close as last night. :D

    Are there any fox experts here? Is it normal to see two of them in the middle of a suburban town? [face_thinking]
  6. kartsgurl Jedi Youngling

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    Back at my parents house you don't get any animals in your backyard except your average housepet. Then I moved up to Oregon. We get squirrels. That's about it. That's pretty common though.

    The squirrels are strange though, they roam city streets. (I've never seen anything like it!) :p I was walking with a few of my friends in downtown Portland and this squirrel darted between my feet and ran around them a few times. It was like it was dancing (it probably thought I was a tree. :( ). It darted off after that. *still feels used over the whole ordeal*

    I wish more animals visited my backyard...

    Well, I guess back in Phx. we got snakes now that I think about it. On occassion. That's always a scary time. :p
  7. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Sweet!
  8. TheGuardianofArlon Jedi Master

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    I got home from school one time and there was a huge black pig in my yard with a baby pig.


    we called the animal control and they came and took them away...but geesh...
  9. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    I spotted two lovely goldfinches feasting on my unmowed back-lawn today!

    Unfortunately the photos are terrible.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/gold1.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/gold2.jpg]

    But this is what they look like when photographed properly;

    [image=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2189/2418502097_502824ec95.jpg]


  10. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Took a couple of photos of some birds sitting on the powerlines outside my house. Unfortunately my camera is crap, so I've added an inset of someone else's decent photos of these 2 species.

    Firstly, the Shining Cuckoo. A migratory bird that comes here to breed in the spring. It heads off to the Solomon Islands and other Pacific Islands for the winter.

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

    And secondly the rather lovely Kingfisher.

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

    Both these birds are also found in Australia.
  11. Darthkat76 Jedi Master

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    I saw a raccoon for the first time last week, I almost ran over it. :p

    I always get excited whenever I see wildlife lol. I grew up in Chicago, so I've led a sheltered wildlife life until the past few years.
  12. Whitey Jedi Master

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    Last week on my way to work I saw six turkeys crossing a suburban street into someone's driveway. I was like "what."
  13. SITHGUNSHIP Jedi Youngling

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    Ran over a skunk the other day, boy it smelled.
  14. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Here's my daughter holding a cute little Stick-Insect that I think came in on the Christmas Tree;

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/si1.jpg]

    And here's a Monarch Butterfly - they're presently laying eggs on our Swan Plants.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/mb1.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/mb2.jpg]

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  15. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Since our flaxes started flowering, we've had lots of visits from the native Tui (pr. too-eee) eating the nectar from the flowers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tui_(bird)

    Beautiful birds - the iridescent sheen isn't so noticeable in the photos, unfortunately. They're about 30-35cm long and have a distinctive whirring wing sound in flight.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/tui1.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/tui2.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/tui3.jpg]

    They have a lovely song too, though about half of it is above human hearing range. You can see them singing away with their distinctive white throat feather bobbing around, but half the time can't hear a note.

  16. Daft-Vader Jedi Master

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    Don't have much interesting wildlife here in the UK, but here is something rather unusual, an Albino Squirrel I saw a few years back

    [image=http://i39.tinypic.com/25txl03.jpg]

    [image=http://i43.tinypic.com/2wmgeqa.jpg]

    Daft-Vader


  17. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    I like it!


    Here's a cute little spider I found on our flax bush yesterday.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/spiderflax1.jpg]

  18. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Cute and spider don't belong in the same sentence!
  19. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    I'd have to agree with that.
  20. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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  21. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Thanks Tim.

  22. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    This bumblebee flew into the house, it was huge (almost 2" from head to tail)

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/bumblebee.jpg]
  23. JediYvette Pacific RSA emeritus

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    That totally freaks me out. [face_plain]
  24. TheGuardianofArlon Jedi Master

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  25. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    No, I opened the window and directed it out.