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Re: Wildlife

Postby TNHawke » February 28th, 2012, 5:11:32 pm

And if not Cedar, a Bohemian waxwing. Looks very similar, but lives in different areas, and if I remember right, it's slightly larger.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Chanilove » February 29th, 2012, 2:25:55 am

Wolfcub wrote:My dad is the same way. He loves to hunt, but he always had a respect and admiration for nature. He can't stand poaching, especially when he found a big buck that someone had killed and not bothered to track down. The meat had already spoiled and gone to waste.

Today I found the body of what I think is a female cardinal, it was probably killed by my cat :headdesk: However, it had bright yellow on the tips of it's tail feathers. Does anyone know what bird that is?

Our dads really do sound similar! My father disliked poaching, too, though it's not a huge issue where we live. Our conservationists in this area are super-strict, so most of the local hunters know better than to game out of season.

And yes, that'd be a Cedar Waxwing. It's strange. They're supposed to live here year-round but I haven't seen a single one in over a year. That might be due to the fact that I no longer have a bird feeder and don't bird watch very often at all. I'll have to grab one for the spring. ^^
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Re: Wildlife

Postby TNHawke » February 29th, 2012, 1:27:49 pm

That's pretty common, to know that something is listed as being in your area year round, but only seeing them seasonally.
I remember one year when we had a bird feeder up- and it had been up for a few years, we were inundated with Lazuli Buntings and Evening Grossbeaks. Both VERY beautiful birds. After that year, I've almost never had them at a feeder again. I've only seen one Grossbeak, and it was at a park, and a couple of years ago I had a pair of the buntings at the feeder for a few weeks, but usually I see them while hiking, and even then, rarely.
Juncos supposedly live in my area year round, but I only ever see them in fall and winter and early spring. They disappear for the summer.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Chanilove » February 29th, 2012, 8:07:48 pm

I really do hope they come back for the spring. If they do, I'll take some pictures and share them with you all. This thread has inspired me to get back into bird watching. I don't have a really good camera anymore so the quality of the pictures will be limited. D: They have this lovely park a few miles outside of town with a nice hiking trail that I'll have to visit when my foot's fixed. ^^
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Re: Wildlife

Postby FennecFyre » March 18th, 2012, 3:23:42 pm

Yeah, that picture looks about right. Thank you!
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Re: Wildlife

Postby alyssawillome » June 7th, 2012, 10:46:46 am

Every year me and my sister go fishing (Catch and release) and for the past three years every time we have gone my sister has caught something Wierd first she caught a large golden carp, then a Wierd giant perch bass...mix thing..then this time she caught something that looked like a giant tank ment cichlid.....My grandpa told her 'You always catch the Wierd stuff....'. xD I believe him!
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Re: Wildlife

Postby fawnfur13 » June 19th, 2012, 9:55:04 pm

A few days ago/last week, me and my mom took a slightly scenic rout home from Horseshoe bend and on said road I saw a Cedar waxwing, it was the first one I'd ever seen but was unable to get a picture of it :derp: Also along that road I saw two male Western tanagers, they were so beautiful, but again, unable to get pictures Dx

We also had a young marmot in our front yard a few days ago, though it ran under the big dumpster we have before I could see it, apparently it got spooked by our cat xD


I think my most recent encounter was with the little gopher snake that somehow got into my room o_o I think it was attracted by all the mice I'd had in there, though it makes me wonder just how long it was there to begin with...


And one of my most memorable wildlife encounters was in Yellowstone, we were on the afternoon wildlife tour and came to an area that had a pound, and one of the guys on the tour pointed out a black bear, so we stopped and watched it and it went into the water and started splashing and playing around xD It was wonderful~


Heh, I also remember back in San Diego when I was little, I liked to put on a pair of gloves (which probably would have been useless if I had gotten bit X3) and catch the alligator lizards in the big wood pile in my cousins backyard xD



Erm, ahem, I think I got a little excited there xD
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Re: Wildlife

Postby TNHawke » June 20th, 2012, 5:17:44 pm

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!
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Re: Wildlife

Postby LightningDragon » June 20th, 2012, 5:23:07 pm

TNHawke wrote:
LightningDragon wrote:Owls seem to like my neighborhood. Just last night, my mother and I were getting back from a walk when we heard an owl hoot from behind our house. Lo and behold, two others answered it from the woods across the street. I'm not sure what they were, as I'm not very used to classifying owls by their hoots.

If you live in North America, check out this site http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse?shape=43,13 Click on each owl's call and listen through it. Many are very unique. When you hear one that sounds similar, click on the link and take a look at where they normally live and you should be able to get a good guess as to what you had visiting.
Watch out for the barn owl, their calls are creepy. You'd think that's what a 'screech' owl would say, but nope!


Thanks for this! We definitely heard some great horned owls. I wish I could've seen them, though.

EDIT; We also have Chuck-will's-widows and nighthawks. This was really a helpful site.


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Re: Wildlife

Postby cuteAkogara » June 20th, 2012, 5:37:02 pm

I am taking care of a injured cedar waxwing her wing is broken and she was found in the road and almost hit by another car. I think this was how her wing was broken. I am feeding her and making sure she is healthy. I couldn't leave her in the road she would of been picked off by a car or a cat who was hungry enough and she would of been a perfect target for a cat where she is unable to fly. I done some homework on the type of bird and they are apparently clumsy flyiers but the delimma I am in is her cage... far to small. I am only going to have her for a month or 6 weeks should I take her food out and leave her the water at night to give her room or should I poke around for a bigger cage for her?

anyone with helpful advice is free to message me. Also I would like to know if she can eat seeds. I know their diets are strictly on fruits and insects but will it be safe for her to have bread in small portions and seeds.
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