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A pair of bold jumping spiders.

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A young gray tree frog.

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An orange mint moth.

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Crappy cell phone picture taken through the windshield of my car of the reason to drive carefully this time of year.
 

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Deer are bad enough. I imagine a moose could take out anything short of an 18-wheeler.

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Common buckeye.

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Cricket.

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Bold jumping spider.

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This little guy fell down the chimney in a part of the house that isn't used much and couldn't climb back up. By the time I figured out that the occasional shrieks were coming from the house and not the roof he must have been there for several days.

He wasn't happy about being crowded into a box, but you should have seen him shinny up that tree!

Sorry about the photo quality. I think he's a young brush tailed possum.
 

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Eastern phoebe.

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Eastern bluebird.

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Funnel-web spider. (US version, pretty much harmless.)

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Laying on my back in the weeds, hanging with my best bud... not exactly "wild" life, but ... life.
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A bark centipede.

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An eastern bluebird.

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A blue jay, camouflaging well against a gray sky.

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Get a look at that bee - it may be one of the last you'll see.


That's highly implausible - honey bees are not particularly endangered or at risk.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bee-species-endangered/


Bees are attracted to certain chemicals that do not exist naturally... Antifreeze, for example, tricks bees into thinking they are getting a good sugar source, but ultimately it poisons their honey production and kills the colony. Urbanization is certainly damaging the bee population. Don't eat the blue honey!
 

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It's a dullish female shot at the wrong angle to show any blue.

Now if you want to talk red-bellied woodpeckers --

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There is a faint reddish patch on the belly if you catch it at the right angle. It's by no means its most prominent feature; they could have called it the red-capped woodpecker, or something similar.

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There is a faint reddish patch on the belly if you catch it at the right angle. It's by no means its most prominent feature; they could have called it the red-capped woodpecker, or something similar.

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Red-capped woodpecker would be a better name given that red-headed woodpecker is already taken.
 

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LOL. I wouldn't mind if Trump found a way to humanely deport my invasive starlings and a Japanese bittersweet.
 

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Organizing my 2018 photos for safe storage I thought that I'd post some that I didn't get to posting at the time.


A house finch in my front trees in July
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European Sterling in my back yard from October
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Wild Turkey chicks from July
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White-cheeked Starling from June in Japan
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In December I got rid of a paper wasp nest that was on the wall the upstairs of my detached garage
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I wasn't happy with how the house finch turned out so I made some edits on contrast and highlights.2018 07 26 15 47 38.JPG
 

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The Dark-eyed Junco's have returned.

Many have swarmed in over the last couple days. They will be abundant in my yard until around March, when they will go north.

So far as I can recall, the Junco is the only yard bird around here that comes to stay the winter before going north again in the spring.

They are not so easy to photograph. They like the ground or being close to the ground to forage for seeds and such. They frequently stay in my shadows or in the shrubs making them sometimes hard to photograph. On the other hand they are social birds and so when there's one, there are probably at least 6 others. This morning there were probably around 15 in the general vicinity when I was photographing and then all of a sudden, they all moved somewhere else.

My first attempt to get some good Junco pictures this morning. I had to brighten them some as they were in the shadows.

I'll continue to try to get some clearer shots.

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I was able to get out for a bit today.

Common Goldeneyes. I don't have a lot of good pictures of them and these are not so good. They were a long ways away and I had to crop to make them larger.

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A mute swan having come in for a landing. Again I had to crop this.
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Hairy woodpecker. These are not cropped.
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Some excellent shots there. I'm particularly impressed with the hairy. I've yet to get a rally good shot of one.

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Some people identified these as goats, some identified them as bighorn sheep. In either case they were very bold--when I started taking pictures I was about 50 feet away, they were slowly moving in my direction while browsing and got to about 25 feet away without seeming to care--although when I left and someone else came to the same spot they looked wary. (This was in a state park where there was no hunting.)

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Three northern cardinals.

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A male and female hooded merganser.

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Carolina chickadee.

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One of several attempts to get a good photo of a black capped chickadee. None were very successful. They hardly ever sit still.
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Usually red-bellied woodpeckers are not so hard to photograph but this one was way in the woods and many twigs in the way. The best of the bunch even though it's beak is cut off
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At a pond this appears to be a "wild" domestic Swedish black duck. It was happily hanging with a pile of mallards.
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A mutt / hybrid Mallard
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I threw outside a molded bagel. This gray squirrel seems to like it.
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White-throated sparrow.

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Redheads.

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Carolina chickadee.

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Only my second sighting of an opossum. It was this morning by the garage. It had discovered and enjoyed very much the paper wasp nest that I have removed from the garage attic last fall. These photos taken from perhaps 30 feet away but it let one of us walk as close as 10 feet. It finally spooked when it heard a red-tailed hawk screeching up in the air.

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I said in the text opening the post. It's eating a paper wasp hive that I had dislodged from the garage attic and let lie on the ground all winter. I expect that there are lots of dead wasp eggs inside.
 

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Cool series of shots of the opossum. I have yet to see one, alas.


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A female greater scaup.

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Two bald eagles flying overhead.

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And not a great shot, but a lifer form e: A horned grebe.

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A pine warbler taking flight.

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i believe a red-eared slider, ut I'm not entirely sure.

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And a distant house finch.

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Blue-gray gnatcatcher.

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Pearl crescent.

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Six-spotted green tiger beetle and prey.

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