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Re: Wildlife

Postby fawnfur13 » June 20th, 2012, 6:33:28 pm

TNHawke wrote:Horseshoe Bend? As in Horseshoe Bend, ID?!
The starlings and house sparrows have chased off all the cool wildlife from around my house. Of course, it hasn't helped that the trees are all being cut down (because they are sick and dead) in the field next door.
I'm vising Boise right now (actually headed home today) and have seen SO MANY American Goldfinches. They're cool, and bright and pretty and sing so nice!


Yup! :yey: We get a lot of goldfinches in our yard (when my mom actually puts food out, anyway xD) and lately we've had a meadowlark sit on top of our house and sing its meadowlark song X3


Oh, the other day when me and my mom went on a really long drive, we stopped at a gas station and I saw a male kestrel being dive bombed by dozens of kingbirds xD The poor thing finally gave up and flew away after a few minutes, but it was rather amusing to watch X3
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Cassowary » June 20th, 2012, 6:37:17 pm

I went on vacation a week ago or so, and saw plenty of wildlife. Of course, I was most excited about seeing all the giant bugs everywhere. Too lazy to type everything up again, so link to blog post - http://rheasbuggery.blogspot.com/

Oh, and for the more wildlife-saavy people here - any idea as to what this is?


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Re: Wildlife

Postby TxCat » June 20th, 2012, 7:58:00 pm

The butterfly garden we planted on the deck is now home to all sorts of creatures. S colony of monarchs laid their eggs in the butterfly weed and so we had the catterpillars and thrir crysalis and finalky butterflies again :D. Also, a small green anole lizard made a home in the giant morning glory vines and I have ladybugs too. The polyphemous moth is still hanging around on our front screen. I thought he'd died but he fanned his wings and displayed his eye spits when we went by.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby LightningDragon » June 20th, 2012, 8:00:53 pm

TxCat wrote:The butterfly garden we planted on the deck is now home to all sorts of creatures. S colony of monarchs laid their eggs in the butterfly weed and so we had the catterpillars and thrir crysalis and finalky butterflies again :D. Also, a small green anole lizard made a home in the giant morning glory vines and I have ladybugs too. The polyphemous moth is still hanging around on our front screen. I thought he'd died but he fanned his wings and displayed his eye spits when we went by.


D'aww, I love the green anoles. We have brown Cuban anoles here, too, and I think they eat green anole young, sadly.


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Re: Wildlife

Postby cuteAkogara » June 20th, 2012, 10:41:51 pm

BBkat wrote:@ Wolfcub
Did it look like this-

If it did, that would be a Cedar Waxwing.

that's the bird I am looking after :D

:( and I am very sad to say she passed away this morning she was starting to trust me and starting to eat.....I wish I done something different like kept her in a place that had clean air instead of the shead I am guessing the gas fumes killed her
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Re: Wildlife

Postby pegasi1978 » June 21st, 2012, 10:18:36 pm

Since I moved in with my fiance, I've been seeing a lot more wild life. We live in staff housing at a state park. I've been seeing a fair number of deer and the last two weeks or so when I am driving to work in the morning I've seen turkeys.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Chess » June 22nd, 2012, 3:47:30 pm

Whoa, turkeys? That's so cool. What do they do when they see cars and people?

We see deer constantly in our backyard, and they get very close to our deck and birdbath, but they always run away when we get too close. They eat our grass, too, and there's even a little baby deer! But other than that, there's nothing special in our neighborhood. It's a bunch of streets and houses with very little forest area. :derp:
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Re: Wildlife

Postby pegasi1978 » June 24th, 2012, 12:05:55 am

The turkeys that I've seen are on the side of the road as I'm driving past, so they just keep doing their thing, maybe move a little farther away from the road.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby TNHawke » June 25th, 2012, 4:24:17 am

From someone who has done wild bird rehab-
1st, when you find a sick, injured or orphaned bird, look for a local, legal rehab group. It's illegal to keep most native birds.
2nd, keep it warm and dark until it can be brought to, or picked up by a licensed rehabilitator, or brought to a veterinary clinic.

When that can't happen, for what ever reason...

for a bird with a broken wing, a smaller cage is actually good. The less they try to move the wing, the better. If you can get some vet wrap (Walmart actually sells it, or you can find the human version in the 1st aid section) carefully wrap the wing so that it stays closed and close to the bird's body. (this can be freaking difficult with small birds)
Do not feed bread or worms or bugs you find outside. Wild worms and insects may have traveled through an area treated with chemicals that can be fatal to a bird. You're trying to help it, not kill it. Bird seed, fruit sold for humans, well rinsed, meal worms from a pet store, those are ok. If it's a baby bird, a syringe or eye dropper and a mix of mixed vegetable and chicken or turkey human baby food actually works really well for pretty much any species.
At night, leave them in the dark. They'll stay still as long as it's quiet and dark. Baby birds sleep through the night, unlike baby mammals who need fed.

If there were gas fumes, yes, they did possibly kill the bird. Birds have very sensitive systems, especially to airborn chemicals.
However, infection from the break, or, any time a cat is involved, a bacterial infection is likely to set in and kill the bird within 24 to 48 hours. (Usually if they make it a week, they'll be ok) This is one of the reasons to get them to a vet. The doctor can get them on antibiotics- not to mention set the wing properly.

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Re: Wildlife

Postby TNHawke » July 16th, 2012, 10:29:40 am

This morning, I got a very cool surprise. I went to let the dog out to pee, and a big ol' Swainson's Hawk was sitting in a nearby tree. A flock of house finches was chirping up a storm at him, and he flew to a slightly farther away tree. Then, as I'm standing there watching, a Red-tailed Hawk flies up into another nearby tree! The finches leave off pestering the Swainson's to chirp all around the Reddy.
Then I got my camera.
I'll post pictures tonight. I just had to share because what a cool thing to wake up to!

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I'm back, and after looking at the photos I took, I realized that I had seen a dark and light phase Swainsons! For a little bit I thought maybe the light one was even a juvenile, but I've finally decided they must both have been adults, and likely a mated pair. Very cool to get to see the light and dark phases right next to each other.
now, photos! Apologies for the shoddy quality, I zoomed as best I could, but the pictures got pixelly.

First, the Light Morph Swainson's Hawk



My pictures of the Dark Morph didn't come out as well because he was farther away.



Lastly, I got a couple of very nice, but silhouetted shots of the light morph while he was flying from tree to tree.



Lastly, after work today, I took my dog out to my favorite hiking spot- we can finally get in there again, all the construction that had the road blocked is finished- YAY!
We saw lots of indeterminate brown and grey birds, heard even more birds, including something that said, "WERK!" I have no idea what that was. We saw and heard lots of kingbirds, some kind of oriel, finches and sparrows, a couple of hawks and pelicans, a kestrel, A female blackbird of one kind or another... And we saw a marmot and a few cotton tail rabbits, including young bunnies!
But the coolest thing- the thing that made me wish I'd known I was going for a short hike and brought my camera...
I had my dog, Rosco, with me, and he was ahead of me a bit, and he went off the trail and into the brush, and suddenly I hear a yip and a snarl and barking. I called Rosco back to me, and he came, like a good boy. I wasn't sure what he'd encountered, but he didn't have any porcupine quills, or smell like skunk. We walked a few yards farther, I kept Rosco near me, and then we saw her.
A BEAUTIFUL female coyote! At first, she was very shy and frightened, had all her hackles up in a full mowhawk, because Rosco had scared her. I think what happened was he thought she was just a dog and he ran over to say hi, and she panicked and that was the yip, or maybe she objected to him trying to sniff her butt and it was him who yipped. Either way, either she ran and he snarled and barked and gave chase, or she bit at him first and then he went after her for her rudeness. He wasn't hurt at all.
After that, she paced alongside us, only a few yards away, in the brush. I got to see her very well, several times. Once she knew Rosco wasn't going to chase her any more, she would pause when we did and just watch us, her ears up, her bright brown eyes looking at us, her tongue hanging out with a bit of a doggy smile, her hackles back down and her tail relaxed. Her fur was reddish brown and looked so soft and plush. She had great weight on her, not thin and not fat, she looked like probably a pup from last year who hadn't had pups of her own this year. No sign of mange or anything, she was a picture of health. I've never gotten to see a wild coyote so close for so long. Even the captive coyotes I've seen in zoos and such didn't look as amazing as she did. She was SO COOL!
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