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Title: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on August 29, 2019, 07:37:58 AM
We have threads for gardens, dogs, cats, and birds.  Perhaps we can use this one for wildlife sightings (& all the other interesting stuff) - not that I really mind having bats & coyotes on the bird thread, and rabbits & skunks on the things to tell people thread, of course!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on August 29, 2019, 09:21:49 AM
Glad you started this, that was me and the skunk on the "Tell Folks" thread...

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on August 29, 2019, 09:56:16 AM
I've only seen them a few times, but was pretty sure you were describing a skunk!

My recent critters include an about half-grown rabbit - a very silly one who is extremely fortunate that the patio door was closed when it hopped across the patio early the other morning.  Two predators closely observed its progress, gnashing their teeth in frustration all the while!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on August 29, 2019, 02:25:56 PM
We have had a few interesting (to me, not originally being from this area) sightings.  We had a strangely behaving little black and white furry creature set up shop on the patio last summer.  It did not seem to have any problems with the human folk being around, but we had some problems with his/her presence, naturally.  It led to some fun times trying to get rid of the critter.  Another appeared this summer but didn't make much of an impression.

I have also encountered three tarantulas this summer.  No, just no.  I am aware that they are not as "bad" as black widows (which we also have at the house!), but I can't see the black widows.  These three just appeared at various times on the patio.  They were gigantic.  No.

Husband had a brief encounter with a coyote last night while taking the garbage out.  He seemed irrationally calm when recounting the tale. 

We also had a pack of wild boars hanging around the neighborhood a couple months back.  They were large and apparently believed themselves to be in charge, but I guess they wandered off at some point to raise hell elsewhere.

The neighbors seem to have a goat.  At least that is something I am not afraid of.  We also have bunnies in the yard, doves who have made a nest on the patio (which led to a frightening scene with an owl last year), stray cats.  I love the cats.  When the boars made their appearance and were discussed on the neighborhood watch group, a neighbor apparently thought it was time to bring up their anger about the stray cats (several times!).  I like it when the cats visit.  Not so much the boars.  There have also been some rattlesnakes around, but I have not (knock on wood, never will) run into one yet.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: sinenomine on August 29, 2019, 05:32:42 PM
I’ve already posted on the bird board about my current stint farm sitting next to a nature preserve. Fauna-wise, I’ve been seeing a lot of deer, and while I haven’t yet seen them, I’ve certainly been hearing a LOT of coyotes.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on August 29, 2019, 05:43:09 PM
Re: boar: not here, but south of Paris, once, I was invited to stay with a British ex-pat who lived near Fontainebleau.

Actually, in a village near the King's Woods...which we had to drive through when she decided to go to a party some friends were giving, and asked me to go along. I was tired, didn't really want to go, but she insisted. She didn't really mind driving alone, but she needed me to do something for her.

Puzzled, I agreed.

I had no sooner gotten in the car than she said, "Alright, here's what you need to do. There are no lights along this road. There are wild boar in the woods. If they run into the car, they'll wreck it, AND I'll be fined.

So I sat shotgun, looking out for boar, as we rocketed through the Bois du Roi and back.

The party was OK, but I was very glad we had no close encounters with wild boar that night....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: hmaria1609 on August 29, 2019, 07:02:27 PM
Of late, I've seen deer in people's yards or crossing the road at various hours.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 29, 2019, 07:03:07 PM
Recently: lots of white-tailed deer, a couple sea otters, a few sea lions (California, I think), tons of harbor seals, orcas, bald eagles, turkey vultures, a mouse, a squirrel, and a small army of dead shrews and more-or-less intact lizards (European wall lizards and alligator lizards, I thinK). On the mainland, one cow moose and three black bears.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on August 30, 2019, 03:58:54 AM
Sadly, the doe and her fawn who've been visiting has been reduced to just the fawn.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on August 30, 2019, 05:01:00 AM
We have had a few interesting (to me, not originally being from this area) sightings.  We had a strangely behaving little black and white furry creature set up shop on the patio last summer.  It did not seem to have any problems with the human folk being around, but we had some problems with his/her presence, naturally.  It led to some fun times trying to get rid of the critter.  Another appeared this summer but didn't make much of an impression.

I have also encountered three tarantulas this summer.  No, just no.  I am aware that they are not as "bad" as black widows (which we also have at the house!), but I can't see the black widows.  These three just appeared at various times on the patio.  They were gigantic.  No.

Husband had a brief encounter with a coyote last night while taking the garbage out.  He seemed irrationally calm when recounting the tale. 

We also had a pack of wild boars hanging around the neighborhood a couple months back.  They were large and apparently believed themselves to be in charge, but I guess they wandered off at some point to raise hell elsewhere.

The neighbors seem to have a goat.  At least that is something I am not afraid of.  We also have bunnies in the yard, doves who have made a nest on the patio (which led to a frightening scene with an owl last year), stray cats.  I love the cats.  When the boars made their appearance and were discussed on the neighborhood watch group, a neighbor apparently thought it was time to bring up their anger about the stray cats (several times!).  I like it when the cats visit.  Not so much the boars.  There have also been some rattlesnakes around, but I have not (knock on wood, never will) run into one yet.

I'm going to push back, politely and diplomatically I hope, on stray felines.  Feral felines face a desperate life.  Moreover, they can breed incestuously which can produce deformed offspring, which lead extremely desperate and short lives.  Finally, ferals and strays can harbor diseases.  And, they kill birds.  Please do reconsider your affection for stray felines, especially ferals.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: aside on August 30, 2019, 05:12:34 AM
We have had deer as well on a fairly regular basis in our suburb, which is hardly rural.  They seem to be growing less concerned about being around human habitats.  We saw a gray fox once last year; it looked far less comfortable than the deer.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: polly_mer on August 30, 2019, 05:31:42 AM
We have bears and deer.  The bears are enough of a problem that the town is discussing requiring bear-proof containers for all residents.  The large businesses in town have already implemented bear-proof containers and have put up cameras so we can all enjoy the wildlife.

The schools haven't been in session long enough to have an animal-related lockdown yet, but last year, the schools had several animal-related lockdowns for mountain lions in addition to bears.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: hesitant on August 30, 2019, 06:23:37 AM
Having grown up in apartments in the city, spouse and I were ecstatic to move to our 1,200 sq ft house on an acre wooded lot. Oh, the giant old oaks and pines, the fall colors (maple), the deer, the chipmunks, the birds!

Six years in, we have learned that nature does not conveniently stay in the backyard but constantly tries to move in with you (carpenter ants, wasps, even lady bug infestations have happened more than once!)

One time, I found a pound of dirt on the inside of the attached garage as my husband was complaining that his hiking boots (also in the garage) were filled with bird seed. Turns out, our friendly chipmunk has dug a tunnel under the driveway and set house in the lower level, using the hiking boots as barns.

We have had a garter snake curl up on the rug under the desk in the  home office on the lower level (spouse had forgotten to close the garage door).

Deer and wild turkey  reign over our yard, and once I saw a (what looked to me like a) giant groundhog standing on the front lawn.

It was only last year that I saw my first fox, but it was gorgeous! Also, red tailed hawks like spying on potential pray from the big trees in my yard and landing upon the unsuspecting victim as it crosses the back lawn (which is really a clearing in the forest).

Overall, they are all quite enjoyable and I have made peace with the regular sessions of deer excrement collection I have to perform on the yard (5 year old kiddo loves running barefoot on the grass).  My warm feelings do not apply to  the ticks (I live in the NE, so no fun), which cost me 300 dollars a year in spraying and the wasps, who seem to love building 2 ft long nests under the steps of our deck (and who also cost me 200 bucks every two years or so in pest control).
 

 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on August 30, 2019, 10:07:56 AM
We have had a few interesting (to me, not originally being from this area) sightings.  We had a strangely behaving little black and white furry creature set up shop on the patio last summer.  It did not seem to have any problems with the human folk being around, but we had some problems with his/her presence, naturally.  It led to some fun times trying to get rid of the critter.  Another appeared this summer but didn't make much of an impression.

I have also encountered three tarantulas this summer.  No, just no.  I am aware that they are not as "bad" as black widows (which we also have at the house!), but I can't see the black widows.  These three just appeared at various times on the patio.  They were gigantic.  No.

Husband had a brief encounter with a coyote last night while taking the garbage out.  He seemed irrationally calm when recounting the tale. 

We also had a pack of wild boars hanging around the neighborhood a couple months back.  They were large and apparently believed themselves to be in charge, but I guess they wandered off at some point to raise hell elsewhere.

The neighbors seem to have a goat.  At least that is something I am not afraid of.  We also have bunnies in the yard, doves who have made a nest on the patio (which led to a frightening scene with an owl last year), stray cats.  I love the cats.  When the boars made their appearance and were discussed on the neighborhood watch group, a neighbor apparently thought it was time to bring up their anger about the stray cats (several times!).  I like it when the cats visit.  Not so much the boars.  There have also been some rattlesnakes around, but I have not (knock on wood, never will) run into one yet.

I'm going to push back, politely and diplomatically I hope, on stray felines.  Feral felines face a desperate life.  Moreover, they can breed incestuously which can produce deformed offspring, which lead extremely desperate and short lives.  Finally, ferals and strays can harbor diseases.  And, they kill birds.  Please do reconsider your affection for stray felines, especially ferals.

I do agree.  My interactions with the ones here have been limited and fine, but I'm sure they cause havoc for some.  I wouldn't want to encourage them.  I pretty much let them be but do not mind when they stop by and then get on their way.  My ex-MIL used to feed the stray cats in her neighborhood, and she ended up getting some not-so-polite push back from her neighbors.  I understand why! Cats are great, but for all the reasons you mentioned it does not seem wise to befriend ferals or strays or encourage them to stick around.  I guess it was more a comment that I don't mind them stopping by as much as some of the other creatures who have visited.  But, I do take your point.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Juvenal on August 30, 2019, 02:02:52 PM
Deer me!  So many mentions of the artiodactyl plague.  Some friends have given up on hostas.  Other friends have groundhogs to finish things off.  Bring back the wolves.  Die, "Bambi," die!  I speak dispassionately, having neither of these mammals anywhere close enough to affect my so-called "garden."
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on August 30, 2019, 05:13:59 PM
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The bears are enough of a problem that the town is discussing requiring bear-proof containers for all residents.

How do the residents get in and out of the containers???

<ducks and runs...>

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: polly_mer on August 30, 2019, 05:39:12 PM
Quote
The bears are enough of a problem that the town is discussing requiring bear-proof containers for all residents.

How do the residents get in and out of the containers???

<ducks and runs...>

M.
We have lots of engineers who are good with latching technology.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on August 31, 2019, 07:32:19 PM
Quote
The bears are enough of a problem that the town is discussing requiring bear-proof containers for all residents.

How do the residents get in and out of the containers???

<ducks and runs...>

M.
We have lots of engineers who are good with latching technology.

Well done.

;--》

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: sinenomine on September 01, 2019, 05:27:33 AM
I encountered a coyote, a fox, and a herd of deer this morning on my travels.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 01, 2019, 07:23:43 AM
One rabbit while walking the dog about dawn.  I wonder what size of home range a suburban rabbit would have?  We were far enough away from home that I doubt it's one of 'mine'.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: sinenomine on September 03, 2019, 05:10:30 AM
I can now add a very large skunk to my fauna encounters list. Fortunately, we each went our own way, amicably.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: waterboy on September 03, 2019, 12:29:03 PM
Came across an unfortunately deceased gray fox this morning. Common but rarely seen...like the bobcat I did see this summer.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on September 06, 2019, 04:33:27 PM
Lots of very interesting sightings! I am sorry to hear about the gray fox.  And I miss seeing deer (but not having a constant fear of hitting them at certain times of the year).  We used to have some in my neighborhood who were pretty funny.  I guess they were a deer family.  They'd come up from the canal/woods area in the mornings as a group, walk up the street and through a neighbor's yard, then return as a group in the evening and go back to the canal.  It's like they were going to work every day.  I don't know if I talked about this elsewhere.  If so, I might have mentioned that my oldest had to go to the bus stop very early in the morning (and no streetlights in the neighborhood) and would occasionally hear hooves clopping along behind her closer than she wished.

Anyway, my latest sighting is (thankfully, not mine! but the info was conveyed by a neighbor) a rattlesnake in our yard.  Woo hoo.  And our exterminator came for the quarterly visit and found hobo spiders.  I know their venom is not considered toxic to humans, but I would rather not.  They're over by where some of the black widows tend to hang out.  No new tarantula sightings yet.  Exterminator confirmed that tarantulas are not the "bad" spiders like black widow, brown recluse, and hobo, which I think are the top 3 arachnid villains, and tarantulas can be helpful.  But, he did say that I should watch out if one turns its back on me, because they shoot something out of their behind area (he said something about hair) that goes into the throat, nose, etc. of the enemy.  They apparently use this tactic on coyotes.  Lots to learn.

I have not yet (knock on wood) encountered a ringtail cat or a scorpion yet. 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 10, 2019, 12:20:20 PM
Monarch butterflies are now migrating through and one of them laid eggs on my milkweeds, so I have young caterpillars!  I haven't had much luck growing milkweeds - I buy plants in spring and they die in fall instead of being perennials - but that may be changing b/c some of the seeds sprouted.  They're not in desirable places and don't look like their parental varieties, but I'm keeping them anyways!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on September 10, 2019, 12:27:29 PM
Cool!

I remember going past a parking lot near a lot of tall buildings and seeing monarchs.

Looked a little closer, and there was a lone milkweed growing out of a crack in the sidewalk near the fence.

Urban butterflies do exist...

:--}

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on September 10, 2019, 12:32:47 PM
Hmmmm.  I should plant some milkweed.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 10, 2019, 12:44:04 PM
Hmmmm.  I should plant some milkweed.

I agree.  :)
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: fast_and_bulbous on September 11, 2019, 12:31:33 AM
Hmmmm.  I should plant some milkweed.
Butterfly bush is highly recommended as well. It also smells divine (to me).
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on September 11, 2019, 11:45:59 AM
I miss my butterfly bush! I second that idea. 

We had another black and white furry critter on the back patio last night.  Between these guys and the tarantulas and snakes, I feel validated for insisting that the patio light be on before we head out there.  This one had its tail up the whole time, nosing around here and there, under the grill, etc.  I'm glad we saw it before opening the door, as it was just about two feet away at the time.  I'm sure that would have been a fun surprise for all.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 14, 2019, 09:24:24 AM
If I'd been more alert a couple of days ago I'd still have two monarch caterpillars.  Instead, I have one.  Also, its abrupt increase in size led to some internet searching and I now fear that it's a cannibal.

The long story is both caterpillars were on a rather small plant.  I saw eggs laid on the larger plant, but have never seen caterpillars there.  One recent evening I noticed that there were only about 4 leaves left on the small plant.  Silly me assumed that four leaves was adequate food for the night and I could wait and move them to the large plant in the morning.  In the morning there was one much larger caterpillar busily eating the now-leafless milkweed stem.  I successfully moved it and have seen no sign of the other.

Live and learn, I guess.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on September 14, 2019, 12:35:40 PM
Nature red in tooth and mandible....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on September 16, 2019, 05:38:02 AM
Lots of deer yesterday.  Almost hit one, but wasn't going fast (curvy road) and slammed on brakes.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on September 16, 2019, 10:31:46 AM
I watched two chipmunks outside my office run headlong into each other 3 times in rapid succession, the scurry away.  I'd never seen a fight like that before.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on September 16, 2019, 01:35:30 PM
Fighting?

Or Alvin running into Simon,  who's lost his glasses?

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on September 17, 2019, 08:59:13 AM
Fighting?

Or Alvin running into Simon,  who's lost his glasses?

M.

I though it was just a silly collision (think Far Side "Nature Scenes We rarely See (https://imgur.com/t/garylarson/GJlK9)"), but the repetition led me to conclude conflict.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on September 17, 2019, 09:24:35 AM
Were they males? Was there a female nearby?

Stag fights?

Or over food?

(Now I'm recalling the Chipmunks with those reindeer antler things tied to their heads and butting away...don't mind me, I'm in editing mode at the moment...)

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on September 18, 2019, 11:22:38 AM
Were they males? Was there a female nearby?

I can't tell them apart from a distance.

Only they know the difference. (https://ifunny.co/picture/only-they-know-the-difference-DRvWDjOt5)
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: miss jane marple on September 18, 2019, 11:31:20 AM
If I'm recalling correctly, the female chipmunks wear skirts...
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Kron3007 on September 18, 2019, 01:59:57 PM
Wild turkeys everywhere!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on September 20, 2019, 03:33:31 AM
If I'm recalling correctly, the female chipmunks wear skirts...

..and bows, right?
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: hmaria1609 on September 20, 2019, 01:53:10 PM
Wild turkeys everywhere!
There was a wild turkey named Gus that roamed near my college campus.  Not sure how it got its name.  It was killed by a van on the local town thoroughfare.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: namazu on September 20, 2019, 03:20:20 PM
There is a tree frog who has apparently decided that our watering can, atop the rain barrel, is their personal (frogonal?) swimming hole or nap spot. 
I'm charmed.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 21, 2019, 08:38:12 AM
There is a tree frog who has apparently decided that our watering can, atop the rain barrel, is their personal (frogonal?) swimming hole or nap spot. 
I'm charmed.

So am I.  That sounds like the perfect spot - sheltered & humid.

I had to stop yardwork the other day to photograph a gray tree frog who was resting in the opening to an old birdhouse.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on October 31, 2019, 12:46:26 PM
According to spouse's hypothesis based on the evidence present at the scene, a coyote visited our back patio last night and may have played with one of spouse's outdoor shoes.  Maybe it was partaking in Mischief Night festivities.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on November 03, 2019, 06:30:24 AM
HUGE rat on my back stoop last night, courtesy of one of the barn kitties. Thanks! I didn't need for it to be dragged all the way up from the barn to prove your ratting prowess! The LGD (livestock guardian dog) was also very active last night - the coyotes must have been out and about. It's one reason I don't worry about the ancient barn cats - they are great protection for everything. I looked at the camera footage, though, and didn't see anything other than her pacing and the goats sleeping.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on November 05, 2019, 10:50:49 AM
That sounds both yuck and eerie, backatit!

We had a rather impudent fox last night.  We were stepping out onto the back patio when I spotted it a couple feet away, walking along our fence line.  It had been headed away from the house and looked to be crossing through the fence out to the street area, but it stopped and looked at us and hopped down and headed our way instead, as if we were intruding on its space! I kicked the door closed.  I don't know what its intentions were, but if I needed to go hand-to-paw with it I first needed to put my glass of wine down at least.  When we were somewhat mentally prepared to deal with the fox, we headed back out, but it had (supposedly) left the scene.  Maybe it was hiding, who knows.  It didn't show its surly and entitled face again last night, thankfully.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Puget on November 05, 2019, 11:53:50 AM
That sounds both yuck and eerie, backatit!

We had a rather impudent fox last night.  We were stepping out onto the back patio when I spotted it a couple feet away, walking along our fence line.  It had been headed away from the house and looked to be crossing through the fence out to the street area, but it stopped and looked at us and hopped down and headed our way instead, as if we were intruding on its space! I kicked the door closed.  I don't know what its intentions were, but if I needed to go hand-to-paw with it I first needed to put my glass of wine down at least.  When we were somewhat mentally prepared to deal with the fox, we headed back out, but it had (supposedly) left the scene.  Maybe it was hiding, who knows.  It didn't show its surly and entitled face again last night, thankfully.

Your neighbors may be feeding it--
Foxes make it very clear how domestication happens. We have a family cabin in the mountains that comes with a semi-domesticated fox (or foxes-- we took pictures of their markings this summer to try to figure out if there was more than one but couldn't agree) which makes daily circuits around all the cabins that feed it (including my grandmother, who gives it things like hotdogs she buys just for it, and toast with jam. We lost the battle in suggesting his might not be good for it). It has gotten to the point where if there isn't food out for it it will walk right up to the glass door and sit there looking at you with its head cocked in a way it must have learned humans find irresistible. I'm pretty sure if you opened the door and held out food it would trot right in.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on November 05, 2019, 12:34:02 PM
That could very well be, Puget! I would be a little surprised given all the push back around my area about "wild" animals, but you never know.  This one definitely seemed as though it would have been fine joining us for some wine or, maybe, enjoying the wine without us.  It's my first time being that close to a fox, so I guess it's good to hear if maybe it was just domesticated and not homicidal.  Just one more critter to keep an eye out for.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Puget on November 05, 2019, 12:47:09 PM
That could very well be, Puget! I would be a little surprised given all the push back around my area about "wild" animals, but you never know.  This one definitely seemed as though it would have been fine joining us for some wine or, maybe, enjoying the wine without us.  It's my first time being that close to a fox, so I guess it's good to hear if maybe it was just domesticated and not homicidal.  Just one more critter to keep an eye out for.

I will just leave this here for anyone interested in fox domestication, genetics, and Soviet history (and who wouldn't be really?):
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/segments/91696-new-nice
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on November 05, 2019, 02:47:03 PM
That could very well be, Puget! I would be a little surprised given all the push back around my area about "wild" animals, but you never know.  This one definitely seemed as though it would have been fine joining us for some wine or, maybe, enjoying the wine without us.  It's my first time being that close to a fox, so I guess it's good to hear if maybe it was just domesticated and not homicidal.  Just one more critter to keep an eye out for.

I will just leave this here for anyone interested in fox domestication, genetics, and Soviet history (and who wouldn't be really?):
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/segments/91696-new-nice

That was pretty interesting all around, especially the end.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on November 16, 2019, 08:37:14 AM
If anyone follows earthquakes, there is an on-going swarm of small & shallow earthquakes just SW of Iceland, underwater, on the Reykjanes ridge.  It's been going on for about four hours now - so far, the largest was a magnitude 4.6.

https://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on November 16, 2019, 08:48:58 AM
Wow. I hadn't realized Iceland sits directly atop the mid Atlantic Ridge.

Talk about being on the growing edge of things....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Juvenal on November 16, 2019, 08:50:51 AM
Wow. I hadn't realized Iceland sits directly atop the mid Atlantic Ridge.

Talk about being on the growing edge of things....

M.

It's Splitsville for Icelanders.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on November 16, 2019, 08:57:36 AM
Wow. I hadn't realized Iceland sits directly atop the mid Atlantic Ridge.

Talk about being on the growing edge of things....

M.

Yep - growing from volcanism along one side and eroding away on the other!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on November 16, 2019, 02:45:25 PM
In the last few days, a pile of sea otters, some bald eagles, and a grey whale. Possibly a glimpse of seal.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: professor_pat on November 17, 2019, 07:45:41 PM
Woohoo, sounds like a nice submarine volcanic eruption off the Reykjanes Peninsula! Thanks for sharing that, Thursdays_Child.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on November 18, 2019, 07:04:14 AM
Wow. I hadn't realized Iceland sits directly atop the mid Atlantic Ridge.

Talk about being on the growing edge of things....

M.

Yep - growing from volcanism along one side and eroding away on the other!

Everything's so politicized these days, it wouldn't be too surprising to see a student protest with signs saying "Down with Vulcanism"....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Anselm on November 18, 2019, 03:51:11 PM
Iceland is lacking in fauna with only the Arctic Fox as its only native mammal.  Other things like reindeer were introduced by settlers.  An occasional polar bear lands there on its chunk of ice.  The locals believe that elves and trolls are hiding in the interior.  You can take a tour to where they filmed some scenes from Game of Thrones at the mid-Atlantic Ridge, specifically at Thingvellir.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on December 01, 2019, 12:45:36 PM
We had another couple of fox incidents.  One night while we were sitting on the patio, I looked to the left and saw a fox heading toward us not too far from where we first had spotted the first one.  Spouse scared it away.  Then, a few minutes later, I looked to the right and saw something through some tree leaves.  Something fox-sized! Sure enough, it was a fox.  At first, we thought the left side one had circled around the house to approach from the other side, but spouse said this one was bigger.  He chased that one off as well.  A couple nights later, I saw something perched on one of our fence posts (a square rock fixture).  At first I thought it was a cat.  It was not.  Spouse thinks it was the littler fox.  It just sat there looking at us while we tried in vain to get a good picture of it.  Once spouse finally remembered how to use his good camera, it hopped down and went wherever.  Oh well.  He thought he saw it ambling up the road a day or so after that.

I need to get a new phone (would love not to, but this one keeps crashing) and was trying to figure out how much storage is needed.  Spouse reminded me that I might need extra storage for the videos I take of cats.  Apparently, I am cat lady.  Not a surprise, but always interesting to hear what people think of first in these situations.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on December 14, 2019, 06:46:36 AM
The lake is frozen and has become a highway for wildlife.  One male deer crossed to check out opportunities to the west, then went back to collect his harem.

As in previous years, a fox crosses from west to east in the morning and returns late afternoon every day.

And otters are crouching by cracks in the ice waiting for fish.

My desk faces all this-- a great break from marking and writing.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on December 16, 2019, 03:30:08 PM
Sounds a lot cooler than most of what I get to see, Catherder!  Our local pond doesn't freeze over, for one thing.

I did recently have a rare up-close armadillo sighting.  It's amazing how those short-legged critters can try to bound like a deer when they're running.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Wahoo Redux on December 16, 2019, 04:00:39 PM
I never realized how beautiful fungus could be unless one looks at it.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on December 17, 2019, 05:28:24 AM
Sounds a lot cooler than most of what I get to see, Catherder!  Our local pond doesn't freeze over, for one thing.

I did recently have a rare up-close armadillo sighting.  It's amazing how those short-legged critters can try to bound like a deer when they're running.

An armadillo is pretty cool!

The fox that crosses the lake is a grey fox, the one that keeps trying to dig its way into my shed is red.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on December 17, 2019, 06:07:56 AM
My cats are launching themselves at windows trying to get to squirrels on feeders.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on December 30, 2019, 09:29:07 AM
Several days ago I was watching the sunset from a semi-open utility pipeline cut area behind my parents' house (they live well out of town), and saw a bat flying overhead.  I watched it pass back and forth for quite some time.  They definitely don't move like birds.  The aerobatics they make are amazing.  The only sound it made that my human ears could hear was the occasional flutter of wings.

Several days later Dad saw what he thinks might have been a pair of bears some distance down the pipeline.  He didn't have binoculars handy to make a positive identification.  Bear sightings where they live would be plausible, though.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on December 30, 2019, 04:39:12 PM
my father has a fish pond. He feeds the fish about 5 pm everyday.  About 510 every day a great blue heron lands a bit away and then walks to the spot that my dad feeds the fish.  Im not sure how successful he has been but I did see him with a pretty big fish earlier this week, but it was much earlier than feeding time and he was at the other end of the pond. 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on December 30, 2019, 04:43:37 PM
my parents live in a rural area.

While driving to civilization, I drove past 3 turkeys (toms) .
On the way home, on the other side of the road, I passed 3 pigs!  (probably yearlings, as they didnt look like they would be much bigger than 50 pounds or so.. ... (the right size for eating!!)
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on January 06, 2020, 11:39:00 AM
Be wary of feral pigs, Clean.  They're highly destructive and should be killed whenever possible, but they're also known to attack humans and to carry some nasty parasites.

I didn't know my yard had deer mice - and had forgotten how much prettier than other mice they are.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Aster on January 06, 2020, 12:40:00 PM
Feral cats are both my joy and my bane.

Feral cats are so cute. Feral kittens are super cute.

But feral cats kill every other wild animal larger than an ant, so I am sad. No birds. No frogs. No squirrels. No rabbits. No lizards. No beetles. Cats are like the atomic bomb of invasive species.

Feral kittens got into my outdoor pots last week. What a mess.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on January 06, 2020, 12:56:04 PM
A few years ago a small feral cat was visiting our back door--we named her LBK for "little black kitty".  I asked the local animal shelter for advice, and they said they could take her if I could at least partially "socialize" her.  After a few weeks of my putting out food and treats, LBK would let me stroke her and check her for parasites.

Then one day she showed up during a horrible sleet storm, so I reached out and pulled her indoors. She went nuts, climbed all the walls, landing on the stove, the washer and the microwave, and finally fled out the door when I opened it.

She never came back.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on January 06, 2020, 03:00:54 PM
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Be wary of feral pigs, Clean.  They're highly destructive and should be killed whenever possible

I used to really enjoy pig hunting, when I had a place to do it.  They can be very tasty when less than a year old... big enough to have some meat on them, fat enough to be flavorful, but not mature enough to be gamy (if male) or have piglets if female (and lose all of the fat when nursing)
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on January 06, 2020, 03:02:48 PM
Coyote problems!!  At the Airport!!!

My last flight out of my current town was delayed because a coyote was too close to the runway!  They had to use a John Deere Tractor to chase it far enough away to not be a problem for the plane!!

Not a Big City Problem (usually, anyway!!) but coyotes are now Everywhere!!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on January 06, 2020, 05:57:51 PM
Strange that - we had a BIG coyote walking down the road today. I wish I could keep the small dogs in for a few days till he makes his way out of the neighborhood (till his next round - he seems to come by every couple of weeks and he's bold as brass). I need to get them coyote vests.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 07, 2020, 07:33:47 AM
Coyote problems!!  At the Airport!!!

My last flight out of my current town was delayed because a coyote was too close to the runway!  They had to use a John Deere Tractor to chase it far enough away to not be a problem for the plane!!

Not a Big City Problem (usually, anyway!!) but coyotes are now Everywhere!!

I've seen that happen with a plain old stray dog before.  While waiting for our flight we saw the spectacle of a guy in a pickup making several passes at it to run it off.  Don't know whether it delayed any flights.  Ours wasn't.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on January 07, 2020, 08:37:46 AM
Our new Kitten, Orestes, is a natural hunter.  This morning Smolt found him playing with a (now dead) mouse.  Impressive that he caught a mouse when he never goes outside.

Hmmm....now I need to find out where they are getting in.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on January 07, 2020, 09:23:53 AM
Our new Kitten, Orestes, is a natural hunter.  This morning Smolt found him playing with a (now dead) mouse.  Impressive that he caught a mouse when he never goes outside.

Hmmm....now I need to find out where they are getting in.

Best mouse deterrent ever:  soak cotton balls in peppermint oil (available in health food stores) and toss them in the bottom of all your cupboards, or in any suspicious crevices.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 07, 2020, 10:54:31 AM
While taking my morning walk I found a dead rat lying in the street.  It's the first time I've ever seen a rat in any condition in the street, anywhere.  I hope it isn't a bad sign.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: aside on January 08, 2020, 01:20:00 PM
While taking my morning walk I found a dead rat lying in the street.  It's the first time I've ever seen a rat in any condition in the street, anywhere.  I hope it isn't a bad sign.

It was for the rat ...
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on January 08, 2020, 01:31:37 PM
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Quote from: apl68 on January 07, 2020, 10:54:31 AM
While taking my morning walk I found a dead rat lying in the street.  It's the first time I've ever seen a rat in any condition in the street, anywhere.  I hope it isn't a bad sign.

It was for the rat ...

Ive seen news where a bird drops a fish.  The last I remember was a bird that dropped a fish and broke someone's windshield!

So it may have been a bad sign for the bird that may have lost its meal!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on January 08, 2020, 03:40:34 PM
I was travelling last week and saw: pronghorns, elk, coyotes, a red fox, bald eagles, some kind of small eagle or perhaps a hawk, and ubiquitous ravens and crows.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 09, 2020, 08:33:07 AM
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Quote from: apl68 on January 07, 2020, 10:54:31 AM
While taking my morning walk I found a dead rat lying in the street.  It's the first time I've ever seen a rat in any condition in the street, anywhere.  I hope it isn't a bad sign.

It was for the rat ...

Ive seen news where a bird drops a fish.  The last I remember was a bird that dropped a fish and broke someone's windshield!

So it may have been a bad sign for the bird that may have lost its meal!

It never occurred to me that some raptor might have lost its lunch there, so to speak. 

I have seen a hawk take a squirrel, on the edge of Vanderbilt University's campus no less.  I also once saw a bird repeatedly try to grab a cicada that still had a lot of fight left in it.  After the third try the bird decided it wasn't worth it and went looking for a less combative meal.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on January 09, 2020, 09:26:40 AM
Yes, likewise, twice: Once at the site of the first known Maypole in the colonies: I was scaling the knoll up to the top of the hill and a big rush of breeze and a loud flapping sound startled me into looking up....to a very bloody rabbit being lifted up and away by a huge hawk.

The other was outside my back deck, when I had a deck. A Red Hawk had located a chipmunk for its lunch.

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: marceltr on January 10, 2020, 06:26:57 AM
I prefer grow some mj in litlle boxes:-)
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on January 11, 2020, 05:54:16 PM
I have seen hawks on campus (a little scary at times), but I have thankfully not seen a rat anywhere in person yet (except in a psych lab).  Today I did see what I can only assume is a peacock on the side of the road.  I'll have to look it up, but spouse seemed nonchalant about its presence, so I guess there are some around here.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on January 12, 2020, 05:34:54 AM
Last night sitting at a beachside restaurant with some friends, and a rat ran across the fence above our heads. Not surprising, given the area, but funny.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Wahoo Redux on January 15, 2020, 10:18:50 AM
I have seen hawks on campus (a little scary at times), but I have thankfully not seen a rat anywhere in person yet (except in a psych lab).  Today I did see what I can only assume is a peacock on the side of the road.  I'll have to look it up, but spouse seemed nonchalant about its presence, so I guess there are some around here.

We have peacocks in my childhood neighborhood, non-indigenous.  A local farmer used to raise them.  I guess the farm died or he let them go or they escaped.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on January 15, 2020, 03:24:29 PM
Our university meeting with the president was today.  The important issue for this forum is that in December 16 critters were relocated (to someone else's neighborhood I suppose).

The list included:
8 skunks!
6 coons
2 opossum

One of the biggest (most divisive) issues on my campus is the cat population.  I have stayed out of it, but there is an organized (!) effort to feed them (but only at specific locations and for limited times to limit the food available to attract the more unwanted, less controversial critters like the 16 removed).  The cat group also traps some of the cats, have them 'fixed' (though I would suspect that the cats didnt know that they were 'broken'), and then they are returned and released back on campus. 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 16, 2020, 12:08:19 PM
That's an awful lot of skunks!  They do come in batches sometimes, though.  One of our staff members had repeated skunk invasions at her house a while back.  The poor lady seemed at her wits' end for a while there.  They think they've finally fixed the problem now.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on January 16, 2020, 04:51:45 PM
I teach late in the day ( not exactly by choice) and I often leave when it is dark.  I have often seen skunks.  And there have been many that didnt quite make it across the street as well!!  I doubt that 8 is the total skunk population! 

All I can say is that they aint cats and when I see one, I allow them the right of way! 

Given that the president's remarks on the topic included an apology to a faculty member and a remark, "i wish we could have done this sooner" I suspect that someone was on the bad end of one of those skunks! 

I wonder if that may trigger a 'workman's comp' response? 
AS they are carriers of rabies, I wonder if their presence posed a liability issue for the campus? 

Any thoughts? 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on January 17, 2020, 04:14:20 PM
I was once 6 inches away from patting the back of the "nice kitty" that had crossed my path on the quiet, twilit sidewalk in front of a student's home....

Then I saw the white stripe and just as quietly backed away....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on January 18, 2020, 03:49:49 AM
LOL, that would have been dire!

I'm visiting one of the grown kids, and they live near a canal in Florida. We've been walking down every day to see the piles (herds? What do you call a plethora of them?) manatee who are congregating there. Usually they do it when it's cold but it's been in the 70's. The babies look like fat ticks with their undersized heads :).
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 20, 2020, 08:41:30 AM
I was once 6 inches away from patting the back of the "nice kitty" that had crossed my path on the quiet, twilit sidewalk in front of a student's home....

Then I saw the white stripe and just as quietly backed away....

M.

The old Pepe Le Pew error, only in reverse!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Anselm on January 20, 2020, 09:38:08 AM
LOL, that would have been dire!

I'm visiting one of the grown kids, and they live near a canal in Florida. We've been walking down every day to see the piles (herds? What do you call a plethora of them?) manatee who are congregating there. Usually they do it when it's cold but it's been in the 70's. The babies look like fat ticks with their undersized heads :).



An aggregation.

https://www.livescience.com/27405-manatees.html
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on January 21, 2020, 08:06:39 AM
The lake is frozen solid again, and deer are cantering across, white tails flapping.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on January 21, 2020, 08:25:54 AM
It's scarcely gotten cold enough around here for a mud puddle to freeze over during the past several years.  I did have a close-ish encounter with a deer near the park pond before sunrise this morning.  I assume that's what I heard snorting and dashing away in the dark.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: hmaria1609 on January 30, 2020, 06:57:53 PM
Got a photo of a squirrel enjoying a nut on the exterior window ledge at my library the other day.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on January 31, 2020, 08:35:58 AM
Thinking of one of our forumites' names, I was interested to discover that cat cafe's in Japan now include Capybaras among their furry, friendly denizens.

I always wondered what that forumite might look like...

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on February 01, 2020, 09:16:46 AM
If anyone follows earthquakes, there is an on-going swarm of small & shallow earthquakes just SW of Iceland, underwater, on the Reykjanes ridge.  It's been going on for about four hours now - so far, the largest was a magnitude 4.6.

https://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes

And it's still going on, both there and along the R. peninsula - rather vigorously recently.  There is apparently a "very small" amount of magma intrusion (1 million cubic meters doesn't seem small, but the volcanologists should know what they're talking about) ongoing under Mt. Thorbjorn.  An eruption isn't considered imminent.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on February 02, 2020, 01:36:01 AM
The song, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," comes to mind...

Stay safe!

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on February 04, 2020, 11:13:39 AM
The first otter I've seen this winter is perched, fishing, on the ice at the edge of open water on the lake. 

On firmer ground, a variety of squirrels, black, red and grey, are dashing around the lawn.  All, including the otter, are engaging in a lot of tail-flicking.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on February 04, 2020, 12:40:03 PM
I saw, what I believe to be, a red-shouldered hawk in my backyard last week. It was perching in a tree about 25 ft. from my kitchen window. I also witnessed a hawk (red-tail maybe?) swoop down from a tree and grab something on campus.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on February 04, 2020, 02:25:04 PM
The first otter I've seen this winter is perched, fishing, on the ice at the edge of open water on the lake. 

On firmer ground, a variety of squirrels, black, red and grey, are dashing around the lawn.  All, including the otter, are engaging in a lot of tail-flicking.

Otters are some of my favorite animals. I've seen them in my neighbor's pond but ours is a little too exposed for their taste, I think. I used to work on a big cattle ranch when I was a grad student (I was developing a program to count and track purebred cattle herds) and right down the road from the office was a creek, and the otters LOVED that area. I'd take my lunch down there and sit with them, and some of the babies got quite used to me during the couple of years I worked there, and would sit near me, hoping for a bit of tuna.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on February 04, 2020, 03:02:09 PM
Before the property next to mine was sold and landscaped, there was an otters' burrow in the creek bank within sight of my desk.

In winter the young otters would play, sliding down the creek, and in summer they chased each other right under my window.

Sadly they are scarcer now.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on February 05, 2020, 06:21:15 AM
Before the property next to mine was sold and landscaped, there was an otters' burrow in the creek bank within sight of my desk.

In winter the young otters would play, sliding down the creek, and in summer they chased each other right under my window.

Sadly they are scarcer now.

Sad.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on February 05, 2020, 06:40:26 AM
That IS sad. I saw the herd of red deer at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire on a hike this winter. That was the high point of my winter trip to visit family there. I saw a rather large herd at the barn the other day, too, though, which was cool. American deer are huge!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on February 05, 2020, 06:44:43 AM
Before the property next to mine was sold and landscaped, there was an otters' burrow in the creek bank within sight of my desk.

In winter the young otters would play, sliding down the creek, and in summer they chased each other right under my window.

Sadly they are scarcer now.

Sad.

On the bright side, the new owner got a $10,000 CDN fine for destroying habitat. The creek and lake shore along his property belong to the local conservation authority.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on February 08, 2020, 05:33:11 AM
That IS sad. I saw the herd of red deer at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire on a hike this winter. That was the high point of my winter trip to visit family there. I saw a rather large herd at the barn the other day, too, though, which was cool. American deer are huge!

We have (basically) two kinds:  white tailed and mule.  Mule deer are larger.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on February 08, 2020, 05:33:37 AM
Before the property next to mine was sold and landscaped, there was an otters' burrow in the creek bank within sight of my desk.

In winter the young otters would play, sliding down the creek, and in summer they chased each other right under my window.

Sadly they are scarcer now.

Sad.

On the bright side, the new owner got a $10,000 CDN fine for destroying habitat. The creek and lake shore along his property belong to the local conservation authority.

Karma!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on February 08, 2020, 05:51:57 AM
Yes, but will the otters come back?

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on February 08, 2020, 01:11:37 PM
I just stopped my car to let a coyote cross the lane in front of my house--first one I've seen in a couple of years.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on March 04, 2020, 07:34:39 AM
 Two young otters just trotted across the lawn to the lake.  And two handsome foxes are using the lawn as a throughway, and a place to case squirrels.

I repeat: spring just might have arrived.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 04, 2020, 06:42:01 PM
Glad some others are back.

But do two others a spring make?

;--}

M.

Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on March 05, 2020, 10:26:17 AM
Treefrogs are out and about around here.  One hopped across the patio the other evening and then scaled a brick wall (with some help from me when it got stuck at an apparently slippery spot near the top) and vanished into a tree.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 05, 2020, 06:16:58 PM
It's early for this but there are places near a large pond where the town sets out driving recommendation for times when the spring peepers have to cross the road for breeding purposes.

That earlier note was intended as "two otters" by the way. Auto-correct needs to be taken down a peg!

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 08, 2020, 08:29:34 AM
Treefrogs are out and about around here.  One hopped across the patio the other evening and then scaled a brick wall (with some help from me when it got stuck at an apparently slippery spot near the top) and vanished into a tree.

My good feel for the day!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: paultuttle on March 08, 2020, 03:27:45 PM
We were walking in Greensboro's Revolutionary War battlefield park--along with lots of other people and their dogs--and saw a rather fast-moving young deer run across the road about 1.5 football fields ahead of us, very near some young women from one of the local colleges.

It was moving--sproing, sproing, sproing, and then gone into the newly green underbrush.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on March 08, 2020, 03:39:49 PM
Somebody saw a pod of orcas in one of the bays this morning. All I've seen are ducks, cormorants, and a couple seals.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Puget on March 08, 2020, 04:50:16 PM
Two signs of spring at the local wildlife refuge today-- the muskrats are back up and doing, and the redwing blackbirds are back.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on March 08, 2020, 04:57:27 PM
The weeds in my front yard have already gone to seed.  The little seed pods follow very small,pretty little purple flowers. I made the mistake a few years ago of mowing them rather than pulling them and now I have to pull the weeds a few times in February and March just to keep them somewhat controlled the following year. I doubt that I will ever get on top of them again.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 09, 2020, 09:16:46 AM
A No Dumping sign
The redbud bloom above it
Draws my gaze upward
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 10, 2020, 11:43:41 AM
The blooming clover
Makes lawns white like the snowfall
We missed this winter
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 10, 2020, 12:52:11 PM
The blooming clover
Makes lawns white like the snowfall
We missed this winter

Lovely!

Enjoying the random acts of haiku.

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 11, 2020, 07:44:17 AM
Such a delightful relief to come here after reading the Covid 19 news.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on March 11, 2020, 08:09:12 AM
Such a delightful relief to come here after reading the Covid 19 news.

So true.  If it cheers you up any, I had a young fox trot right under my window. "Fox!" I exclaimed, and I swear he chortled "heh, heh" as he passed by.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 11, 2020, 10:36:25 AM
The blooming clover
Makes lawns white like the snowfall
We missed this winter

Lovely!

Enjoying the random acts of haiku.

M.

Thanks!  I hadn't composed any haiku in a long, long time.  Now my mind is finally thinking haiku-shaped thoughts again.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on March 14, 2020, 10:18:31 AM
Yesterday my cat noticed the teensiest - maybe an inch long, but I doubt it - box turtle I've ever seen!  It has to be from last year's hatch.  Last summer had so many hot dry spells that my first thought was of the improbability of it's survival.  Then I remembered that the shrubs where it was found are among those where I put a little sprinkler for the birds during hot spells.  Teeny is now in protective custody because I need to do some yardwork around and under those shrubs.  Also, my first act will be to very carefully remove all leaves and thoroughly check for siblings!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: namazu on March 14, 2020, 02:57:10 PM
Yesterday my cat noticed the teensiest - maybe an inch long, but I doubt it - box turtle I've ever seen!  It has to be from last year's hatch.  Last summer had so many hot dry spells that my first thought was of the improbability of it's survival.  Then I remembered that the shrubs where it was found are among those where I put a little sprinkler for the birds during hot spells.  Teeny is now in protective custody because I need to do some yardwork around and under those shrubs.  Also, my first act will be to very carefully remove all leaves and thoroughly check for siblings!
Ooh!  How exciting!

Our chipmunks have reemerged.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 16, 2020, 10:47:50 AM
Among the grey trees
A spray of bright white petals
The year's first dogwood
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 16, 2020, 11:13:03 AM
Among the grey trees
A spray of bright white petals
The year's first dogwood

Oh, yes.

Reminds me of this:

   https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/objects/dogwood-and-oak-trees

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 16, 2020, 05:49:14 PM
Among the grey trees
A spray of bright white petals
The year's first dogwood

May I copy and paste to my FB page?  How do I credit you?
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 17, 2020, 07:05:35 AM
Among the grey trees
A spray of bright white petals
The year's first dogwood

May I copy and paste to my FB page?  How do I credit you?

Sure!  I guess you can just credit it to somebody you know online.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 18, 2020, 05:49:44 AM
Among the grey trees
A spray of bright white petals
The year's first dogwood

May I copy and paste to my FB page?  How do I credit you?


Thank you!
Sure!  I guess you can just credit it to somebody you know online.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Thursday's_Child on March 22, 2020, 07:29:56 AM
First butterflies a few days ago; first firefly yesterday evening.  Spring is springing early and fast this year.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 25, 2020, 07:39:50 AM
Beneath a grey sky
Great outbursts of new color
Fragrance in the air
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 25, 2020, 07:43:33 AM
First butterflies a few days ago; first firefly yesterday evening.  Spring is springing early and fast this year.

We don't seem to get fireflies here; I remember whole fields of them, growing up...

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 25, 2020, 10:01:12 AM
We still have them out near my parents' house.  I can walk down the road there in the summer and it looks like all the stars have come down to our level.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on March 25, 2020, 10:25:13 AM

We don't seem to get fireflies here; I remember whole fields of them, growing up...

M.

Yeah, we don't seem to have them here on the west coast, either. Growing up back east, though, there were loads. I miss them.


For my part: loads of hawks and bald eagles these days. Will go check out the seals this evening.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on March 25, 2020, 10:37:45 AM
We have them here in Ontario, but yes, there were lots more on the East Coast.  I have fond memories of my cat leaping up trying to catch them there.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on March 25, 2020, 04:53:57 PM
I miss fireflies, too.  I grew up in the mid-Atlantic US, and there were so many at times lighting up the backyard.  None here, unfortunately.  It was weird to get used to.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Parasaurolophus on March 25, 2020, 07:50:31 PM
Our seals were complemented by a single passing sea lion just as we left.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on March 26, 2020, 10:14:08 AM
Found one of the Thundercats in my office chair low-growling out the window where she is usually chirp-watching the bird feeder.    Under the feeder, a fox basking in the sun.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: ab_grp on March 26, 2020, 10:16:25 AM
We haven't seen our foxes around recently.  There was a cat on the patio last night, though.  And a bunny or two has come back to the yard.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Catherder on March 26, 2020, 10:26:10 AM
The last fox I saw crossed the ice on the lake two days ago. Before he made it all the way east the ice sheet he was on  tipped and he scrambled for land.

Haven't seen one since, and yes, the rabbits are back here too.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: Morden on March 26, 2020, 04:13:09 PM
Bobcat snoozing in the back yard; hares in the front.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 27, 2020, 05:16:07 AM
Bobcat snoozing in the back yard; hares in the front.

WOW!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 27, 2020, 06:40:03 AM
Do they know about each other, I wonder?

Or perhaps they're practicing social distancing....

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on March 27, 2020, 07:17:16 PM
Quote
Do they know about each other, I wonder?

Or perhaps they're practicing social distancing....

M.

Perhaps they are segregationists!  (rabbits can be such racists!) 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 28, 2020, 05:44:03 AM
To be nearer my 91 year old mother, I am staying on a coastal island where idiot tourists and stupid residents feed the deer.  Two of them stood expectantly off the back porch this morning, as my dog barked madly, assuming food was coming.  Bipeds ....grrrrr.....
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on March 30, 2020, 07:54:29 AM
On an old house place
Jonquils still bloom long after
The planters are gone
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on March 30, 2020, 08:32:36 AM
On an old house place
Jonquils still bloom long after
The planters are gone

Don't know whether it was intended, but I like the wordplay with "planters."
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on March 30, 2020, 09:56:29 AM
On an old house place
Jonquils still bloom long after
The planters are gone

Don't know whether it was intended, but I like the wordplay with "planters."

+1

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on April 01, 2020, 05:34:18 AM
I have, for the duration, relocated to be nearer by mother.  My abode is on a coastal island with far too many deer who are accustomed to bipeds and handouts.  When I walk onto the porch, said deer will look up expectantly, undeterred by the madly barking dog next to me.  If I see bipeds feeding deer, I explain (from 6 feet away) that it's unhealthy...yaddayaddayadda.  However, it's when I mention ticks that the bipeds take note and move back.    Deer health unimportant.....
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: statsgeek on April 02, 2020, 06:59:51 AM
StatSpouse and I spent a significant amount of time yesterday watching the squirrel vs. bird feeder drama unfolding in our yard.  The best part is, we didn't intentionally squirrel-proof this one.  (We usually just accept that they can have some, too.) 
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: paultuttle on April 07, 2020, 11:47:39 AM
A rather large hawk just landed on my front porch railing, looked around, saw me through the window, and took off again.

Now I know why there was a quick uptick in noise from the other birds, just prior. The whole thing was a nice break from work.





Okay, signing off and getting back to it.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: clean on April 07, 2020, 04:46:16 PM
I saved a squirrel's life today!
I had to go out (I know...)  to get syringes for my allergy shots. 
On the way home I slowed down because a squirrel was running down the street heading for a tree.  Off to the right running right at him was a cat!  The cat was startled to see my car and broke off the chase, otherwise im sure it would be Kitty 1, Squirrel  supper!!
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on April 08, 2020, 05:21:42 AM
Turtle rescue question:  I am in a place where I can safely ride my bicycle.   Twice within a week, a turtle (not the same turtle) was heading toward the sidewalk and the road.  Both times, I moved the turtle to the other side of the road....the directions in which each one was headed.  A body of water is on the other side of the road.

When I am able to do so safely, I rescue turtles who are crossing a road/highway, but these hadn't yet reached the road.

Did I do the right thing?
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on April 08, 2020, 05:32:29 AM
Yes. I've done the same in a couple of cases.

I think turtles, like turkeys, have a kind of one-track mind about where they are going and don't realize how fast other things (like cars) move.

Much kinder to prevent them becoming turtle soup.

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: apl68 on April 08, 2020, 07:01:09 AM
I've rescued turtles in the road whenever possible as well.  When I was younger I accidentally drove over a couple of them (Once, while driving a large, unfamiliar car with the window down, I tried to miss a turtle and steered right into it instead.  I've never forgotten that sickening crunch....).  My turtle rescues ever since have been an effort to atone for those accidents.  I've long since lost count, but I know I'm out ahead now on rescues.

Several years ago I encountered what looked remarkably like a turtle migration.  I found them around almost every bend on a winding road.  There was nowhere to pull over to try moving any of them out of harm's way.  I had all I could do just to miss all of them.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: FishProf on April 08, 2020, 07:43:51 AM
Turtle rescue question:  I am in a place where I can safely ride my bicycle.   Twice within a week, a turtle (not the same turtle) was heading toward the sidewalk and the road.  Both times, I moved the turtle to the other side of the road....the directions in which each one was headed.  A body of water is on the other side of the road.

When I am able to do so safely, I rescue turtles who are crossing a road/highway, but these hadn't yet reached the road.

Did I do the right thing?

Yes.  If you moved them along their path, good work. 

Unless it was a snapping turtle, then, count our fingers.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: mamselle on April 08, 2020, 01:24:03 PM
A rather large hawk just landed on my front porch railing, looked around, saw me through the window, and took off again.

Now I know why there was a quick uptick in noise from the other birds, just prior. The whole thing was a nice break from work.





Okay, signing off and getting back to it.

Join us on the bird thread!

We are becoming hawk experts.

You can add your knowledge.

;--}

M.
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on April 08, 2020, 09:57:28 PM
A rather large hawk just landed on my front porch railing, looked around, saw me through the window, and took off again.

Now I know why there was a quick uptick in noise from the other birds, just prior. The whole thing was a nice break from work.





Okay, signing off and getting back to it.

Join us on the bird thread!

We are becoming hawk experts.

You can add your knowledge.

;--}

M.

Yes. Join us. Reminds me of a movie...

So, what kind of hawk was it?
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: backatit on April 09, 2020, 05:00:03 AM
Caterpillars.

I hate them.

They are eating my spinach.

I've tried soapsuds sprayed on them, and they laughingly blow bubbles at me. I am apparently not cut out for farming, as I've managed to lose an entire container garden INSIDE A SCREENED ENCLOSURE. Help?
Title: Re: Fauna and other natural things
Post by: nebo113 on April 09, 2020, 06:06:27 AM
Caterpillars.

I hate them.

They are eating my spinach.

I've tried soapsuds sprayed on them, and they laughingly blow bubbles at me. I am apparently not cut out for farming, as I've managed to lose an entire container garden INSIDE A SCREENED ENCLOSURE. Help?

LOL because that's me!!!  Fortunately, I have kinfolk who have large gardens and take pity on me.