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Usually we have hawks and eagles in the area, but they’ve scoping our neighborhood more often now.
I've got a photo of a hawk on my phone somewhere. It was on a power line around the corner from my house.

Someone in town caught a photo of six bald eagles in a tree in the island park in the center of the city. Nice to see them making a comeback in the area.
 

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I like how this new software makes posting photos easy. Be sure to click on an image to open it.

Last few so far this month.

Female brown headed cowbird and the male second.
Gray Cat bird
Yellow bellied sapsucker

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Most of the recent pictures are from my yard but some are other close by spots. Pond ones are other spots

There are tons of robins and cardinals in my yard but I have so many pictures of them I don't really try for photos. The lawn is full of robins and cowbirds

It seems that my yard is full of animals. Maybe it's just that it's my first spring retired.

The turkeys are all around. They wander all over my road. There is a lot of woods here.

White tail deer. I see and hear them but haven't gotten close yet this year.

Chipmunks all over the place.

Red and gray squirrels

Lots of blue jays. Over the years I have more and more.

Lots of woodpeckers. Mostly red bellied.

I almost never see house sparrows any more. My yard was infested with hundreds it seems 10 years ago.

In January I did get a lifer. Yellow-bellied sapsucker. We are at their northernmost range in the winder. They are woodpeckers but they dig a hole in the tree suck the sap. Literally.
 

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Spiders aren't monsters. Just misunderstood.

Have you read Adrian Tchaikovsky's excellent Children of Time? If not, you should.

Sounds like Hagrid about Aragog. Spiders are misunderstood. So are dragons. Especially the Hungarian Horntail.

No I haven't. Haven't heard of it.

I read to my kids all the Thornton Burgess books on animals. They are great intros to animals for kids. At least US northeast coast.
 

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Tomorrow if my plans aren't spoiled I'll be going over to my parent's (my other) house. There are different birds there. It's about 35 minutes away.
 

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Ik spiders. They are the monsters of the insect world. Fascinating but Ik.

I like birds most.
Oh birds are nice. I like them too.

So does Mayhem.

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Don't worry about her noshing the occasional honeybird. The species is nowhere near endangered. The birdbath is a popular hangout.

 

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Afraid the trip to my parent's house wasn't a blockbuster. Not much going on at the house other than robins and catbirds. I should get the feeders going. I pretty much check out the house once a week

There is an old reservoir and conservation land across the street about 10 minutes walk.

Been playing here since around 1965. Fishing is sunfish and horned pout (small catfish).

Anyway
Looking down the long pond
Land bridge between two ponds
Red-bellied woodpecker
Grackle checking out the mud
A robin in my yard later
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A Northern Flicker was very very interested in the cracks in the driveway. I took some pictures and then went to see what was so interesting.

It turns out that it had discovered an ant nest. Flickers are interesting woodpeckers. They are woodpeckers but instead of pounding on trees to find bugs they scuff around on the ground. They have an almost identical build as a red-bellied woodpecker but totally different coloring and behavior.

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More photos from the last few days.

American Robin. On the cat fence

Chipmunk. I have a lot of these. I wish some would move away.

Wood Frog at my parents house

Canadian Goose at the conservation land by my parents house.

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Today's wildlife in the yard.

The turkeys are still walking around in the yard

I knew that there was a spider in the Yakima car rack pole on my wife's van

The Northern Flicker is hanging around still. It likes my ant holes in the driveway. I have not been able to observe many flickers before so it's very cool

I see this bunny, Eastern cottontail, most days now. It hangs out in the grass and shrubs by the garage and the lower side yard. It's getting a bit used to me. If I walk not at it but diagonal so that it can see it will pass by it will let me pass without running. I'd say right now I can get about 20 feet from it without it getting spooked enough to run. I was pretty close in the picture below and eventually it laid down as in the photo

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From today

I think that the first photo is a young chipmunk. Perhaps born this spring. I've never seen one with the very light markings on the fur like this one in the shadows. I should read up on Chipmunks. There are so many this year.

Two photos of an adult chipmunk.

A gray squirrel. They are mostly staying in the woods. Visit to the front yard is not too common right now.

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Here’s a birdie (turkey vulture) warming his six foot wingspan in the morning sun.

We have lots of turkey vultures flying around but I haven't ever seen one on the ground except strangely near the bridge separating Ontario from New York state about 10 years ago. And then they were far away. I'd like to experience the hugeness of one some day.

We also regularly have red tail hawks around. At least them I've seen sitting on tree limbs.

There is a tiny black dot in the sky in the center of the photo. Very hard to see. You may need to zoom in to see it.
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Zoomed in it's a Red Tail
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It was a fabulous day for weather. Sunny. Around 73 in the sun and 68 in the shade I'd guess. Pleasant breeze. Low humidity.

It's strange that though I went out with the camera many times very little wildlife activity was going on today. A few chipmunks and robins. Fewer than normal. Odd for such nice weather.
 

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I love our raptors!
We’ve had red tails, Coopers Hawks, Sharp Shinned hawks, Bald Eagles, Kestrels (my personal favorites to watch) all nesting on the property, along with an assortment of owls. It amazes me that there are still rabbits, what with the menace from the skies combined with coyotes, bobcats and big bull snakes on the ground. But there they are. They must breed like … rabbits.
 

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We have lots of turkey vultures flying around but I haven't ever seen one on the ground except strangely near the bridge separating Ontario from New York state about 10 years ago. And then they were far away. I'd like to experience the hugeness of one some day.
Turkey vultures are common around here in rural areas. I was making a delivery in farm country east of the city and came upon three of them feasting on some road kill. Birds will almost always fly away when a car approaches. Not these guys. They gave me a look like "WTF are you lookin' at?". I had to drive around them.
 

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Sitting on the porch yesterday morning and a big fat groundhog came rambling across the street.
 

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Sitting on the porch yesterday morning and a big fat groundhog came rambling across the street.
They are rare to spot here.

Ground hog
Woodchuck
Whistle pig
Not uncommon here. I think he lives under the next door neighbor's back porch. Or it could be a completely differant porker.
 

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Some critters from today so far.

A gray squirrel was on the deck railing resting like Walle might do.

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A nuthatch upside down as usual

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A chipmunk collecting dried leaves and took them to it's hole in the ground

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It's now showering outside. Hopefully it will get nicer later.
 

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Porky came back today to rummage in the next door neighbor's garbage.

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Porky came back today to rummage in the next door neighbor's garbage.

Fun to watch. Especially in daylight. I wish I would see one more often. I think I've seen 4 in the last 25 years. But two of those I got good photos.

I'd like to see more of our larger animals. Turkey and Deer are pretty common to see but raccoon, skunk, opossum, coyotes, I can tell they come around by night. But few sightings or photos though.

I got proof today that there are at last two bunnies in the yard. I haven't seen any babies yet. It's a little early.


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I hope these two bunnies are a little smarter than the two I had last year. Last year the bunnies made their nest in a hole in the grass in the middle of the cat fence. All of the babies got killed in the nest.

Saw a juvenile Robin though. They are keeping to the shadows. Not a good photo but you can see the white spots on the back that shows it's a juvenile.
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Beautiful day today. Not a lot of action though.

Gray squirrel by the cedar tree by the driveway

Several photos of the juvenile Robin. It was with a parent learning to find food. A couple times the parent fed it but I couldn't get shots of that. It looked like it was fining food itself for the most part. It looks like it can fly short distances.

Chimney swifts have been flying around. I need to work on getting a better photo. I cropped the photo below. I almost never crop. These birds spend most of their lives flying. The only way to land is to hang vertically. They can't sit around, hop or walk like other birds. Amazing things.

Gray catbird in the shade

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Animals in the yard today

Chipping sparrow. It was in the shadows so I brightened this image.
Garter Snake. One head in focus. Another with its tongue out and focused on the grass
Baby bunny. So there is at least one baby bunny down where the adults mostly hang out. The baby bunny is a bit larger than a chipmunk. Smaller than a red squirrel.

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I think that there are at least two baby bunnies and maybe a 3rd. I saw this one around 5:30pm today. I saw one on the other side of the back yard about 45 minutes later and one ran into some prickers before that.

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I think they live in here. A once garden between the house and the garage this is now a small forest. I need to get on this.

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I was at my parents house for a while today. I was sitting at the dining room table and out the window across the yard this white tail deer approached. I took these through the window.

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This was interesting. This small (less than 6 inch shell length) snapping turtle crossed the same yard. It was coming from a swampy area in the back side of my parents property and headed the right direction towards a very nice pond across the street. At the time I had not though of that but I've read that it's usually wrong to assume a turtle doesn't know what it's doing and are best left to do what they are doing. So I took pictures.

The turtle is in the middle of the photo nearly hidden in the grass. It moved quite quickly when it decided I wasn't looking.

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This gray catbird

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sits in this over grown garden

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And goes YACK YACK YACK ALL DAY LONG!

YACK YACK YACK YACK.

I hear it in the basement.

I hear it in the kitchen.

I hear it in the bathroom

ALL DAY LONG! YACK YACK YACK!
 

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On gray catbirds,

"Male Gray Catbirds sing a long, halting series of short notes collected into "phrases," which combine to make a song. One whole song can last many minutes. Sounds include whistles, squeaks, gurgles, whines, and nasal tones. The notes often are imitations of other birds as well as of frogs and mechanical sounds. The series of sounds is random, but certain notes are often repeated."

And when you hope the song is over, it starts it's next song. It can go on for hours. The bird has I think finally stopped. 8:18pm and it's more night than day.
 

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Yep. There's a bird in my neighborhood who tweets all night. This has been going on for months. Drives me nuts and has meant lots of lost sleep. I don't care for guns, but this if there was ever a reason for me to get one, this is it. I wish some female bird would just do everyone a favor and give that poor avian incel a hand (wing?) job.
 

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I went down to a local pond today for about 30 minutes.

There were many families of mallards with chicks.
Red wing black birds
Mute swan
Best of all a muskrat. I don't have many pictures of muskrats. It was a bit bigger than a gray squirrel but not by much. Adults are only 8-10 inches long.


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I went down to a local pond today for about 30 minutes.

There were many families of mallards with chicks.
Red wing black birds
Mute swan
Best of all a muskrat. I don't have many pictures of muskrats. It was a bit bigger than a gray squirrel but not by much. Adults are only 8-10 inches long.
Do you use a real camera or do you use your phone?
 

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Do you use a real camera or do you use your phone?

Canon Powershot SX70

It's a point and shoot camera with a humungo zoom.
Yeah, the only real use for point-and-shoot these days is underwater and superzoom. Isn't that a bit of overkill, though--1,300mm at the far end is going to be awfully hard to handhold! I find the far end of my 25-600 very difficult to use. At moderate range I would think there's an app somewhere that can give me just about as good capability on my phone (the stock system doesn't have things like image bracketing) but for distant targets the phone just doesn't cut it.
 

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Isn't that a bit of overkill, though--1,300mm at the far end is going to be awfully hard to handhold! I find the far end of my 25-600 very difficult to use.

Probably at least 50% of the animal photos I've posed are at maximum optical zoom and then x2 digital. Like this bluebird. It's not cropped or edited in any way.

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Do you use a real camera or do you use your phone?

Canon Powershot SX70

It's a point and shoot camera with a humungo zoom.
That's what I figured. I've got a Sony Cybershot DSC-WS70 but the wife "put the (proprietary) battery charger away" which means she just stuffed it anywhere she could and then has no idea where she put it.
 

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That's what I figured. I've got a Sony Cybershot DSC-WS70 but the wife "put the (proprietary) battery charger away" which means she just stuffed it anywhere she could and then has no idea where she put it.

I learned long ago not to let my wife borrow anything because when I want it she will not know where it is.
 

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Isn't that a bit of overkill, though--1,300mm at the far end is going to be awfully hard to handhold! I find the far end of my 25-600 very difficult to use.

Probably at least 50% of the animal photos I've posed are at maximum optical zoom and then x2 digital. Like this bluebird. It's not cropped or edited in any way.

Canon has amazing image stabilization.View attachment 39012
You can hold it stable enough to get that shot?! What are you, a sniper?
 

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Some photos from today

Baby bunnies are still around the yard

I went to the pond down the street where I saw the muskrat the other day

Mommy mallard with chicks
Snapping turtle crossing the road
Red Wing blackbird
A double crested cormorant flying. It's very rare to see one around here.
The mute swans are bold. I walk by it and it looks at me and I look at it. Passed about 3 feet to it
Male mallards
I was hoping to get more photos of the muskrat. I saw it or several of them several times but this is the only shot worth keeping. It's got a pile of lily pads in it's mouth coming at me.


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I think mission accomplished as far as the muskrats are concerned. I went down a little later today and 5 were out and about in the reeds and one on the grass. I don't know if the first one is an adult but its coat looks different than the one in the grass. The one in the grass is probably smaller than a gray squirrel. No idea how big the fist one is.

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Saw Porky again today. Pulled in the driveway and there he was right in the middle by the garage. For a fat guy, he can move pretty fast.
 

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Saw Porky again today. Pulled in the driveway and there he was right in the middle by the garage. For a fat guy, he can move pretty fast.
So it's hanging around. That's cool.

Yesterday I pulled into my parents house around 6:45pm and a ground hog ran across the field and went under the wheelchair ramp by the house. I think there is a good chance the hole is there.

My sons were watching some car races on TV today. I don't know what but not NASCAR. They report a ground hog crossing the race track during a race and that it made it across OK.
 

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There is a cooper's hawk in the area that I see in the yard from time to time.

From yesterday. In the trees by my driveway. It sat here for a bit never giving me a good angle. It left after a bit and landed about 200 feet away in the neighbor's yard.

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It's likely it's the same cooper's hawk I posted from May 8
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Probably the same hawk as this from a week ago.

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On the top photo from yesterday. I was in the driveway and was alerted to the hawk when it chirped. It wasn't being quiet. I could see two chipmunks from the same place that I photographed the hawk.

This chipmunk was right below the hawk and right at its hole. I know where most of the chipmunk holes are. The hawk could only get this chipmunk if the chipmunk quit paying attention to the hawk.

The second chipmunk is on the steps up to the cat fence. It was right next to a huge batch of pricker bushes. (wild black raspberries)

Chipmunks and bunnies are really good at patiently staying completely motionless.

I wonder if I foiled the hawks plans by blundering onto the driveway from the basement with my camera. Maybe the chirping was it swearing at me for screwing things up. Or maybe not. I wonder if the chipmunks considered my appearance as a good thing.


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