A Raccoon, Bonnie? Ahhh, I haven't seen many raccoons around, but squirrels yes. The suet was hung with a gain feeder suspended on a string 8-10' off the ground. I see 'Percy' hung upside down on the feeder all the time. It has got to be him. lol. Oh Percy is one of 3 squirrels that have previledge here all the time.
I found one of these fellas that almost drown in a bucket I kept in the back yard. I rehab(ed) it for half a day. Now it's happily competing with the squirrels. The fella may be imprinted on a squirrel y'all. I saw it practically climbing trees with the squirrels as if they (the squirrels) were its surrogate parents or something.
No, Bonnie, it is not okay. Cracked corn, most grains, leafy veggies, even fruits are okay...think of anything that they may see in the wild. Also, most likely if it is bad for us, it is really bad for them ;o) In other words, no fries, no chocolate, etc.
Charlotte, it has to be very frustrating with the missing fish food container. Bonnie, it's apparent that my furbabies/gardener's helpers are color-blind. They can't see chipmonds running right in front of their noses. But, my adopted furbabies the Golden Retriever (posting previously) she's one hunter. No chipmond or rabbit is safe with her. I beginning to wonder should I chain her up.
Kim, these B. T.s are really working feveruously to build themselves a new nest. This maybe a second clutch, or another couple. But they worked from dusk to dawn. They are still out there working (picking up nesting materials) as the sun was set for the day. Amazing!
I have to confess!!! I was back in my work area tonight and discovered my fish food! It appears I failed to put it back on the shelf before I walked back to the back and then got involved in something - set the container down and forgot it!!!! At least I'm glad to have solved the mystery.
I'm glad you're okay. DH is an electrician. He's pretty handy around stuffs like heating/cooling wires and such. One incidence where we've had problem with one of our two water heaters. (He decided to have two of hot-water heaters in case if one fails to work at any given time) He messed around with them when we've a minor leakage. The following day while he was at work. I turned the shower on, there was no cold water access but hot, I meant HOT water came out from both hot and cold valves! Needless to say, I resorted to a sloppy sponge bath. Until he got home to re-fix the problem!
There I was -- standing at the kitchen door, looking out on a cloudy, windy afternoon. I heard a small noise. A minute of so later, I heard it again. I began to look around to see what it was.
It was a baby bird on my railing, just outside the door knob! I began talking to it through the door and then gently opened the door. It was just a few inches from me but didn't seem afraid. It preened its feathers and looked at me just as curiously as I looked back.
Duckmother, I'm glad to hear that. I just made a really watery mush out of a whole grain bread crumb and some water. When I extended my finger to him, he gobbled up the mush. I hate that all I had was bread to work with (now where IS that can of worms I've been opening all my life!?) but he seemed to enjoy it. I guess I'll back off and let nature take its course. He's just TOO adorable!
Awww, best wishes sending your way HMM. Thanks Kim. I believe my Carolina Wrens have some fledglings. I saw three of them, two parents and a fledge maybe? I'm supplementing the feeds with mealworm for the time being. They waisted no time to get to the feeder with the mealworms.
Awwww, I love the heart shape those two young'ns in the middle made! That's indeed a precious photo.
My baby Robin kept inching the wrong way on that rail and wound up sliding down. It hit the patio but, when I tried to come out the door, I was approached by two very loud Robins, swooping down toward me. The baby took off toward the middle of the yard and reached my rose garden where, I hope, it will find safety for the night.
Help - thought ya'll might be able to help me have some ideas on how to solve my mystery and CATCH my thief! I have something stealing the eggs from my chicken house... I thought it was probably a black snake but now I don't think so. My husband usually opens the door to the chicken house when he leaves for work- I told him to leave it shut and I would open it when I left for the doctor - (thinking I could gather the eggs and put them away before anything had a chance to get them)...but there was a hen on the nest when I left at 9:30 so I just let her be. When I returned that afternoon (about 3:30) I went straight to the chicken house hoping to gather my eggs - there were NONE to be had. We have not had an egg in over a week - BUT, there was a partial egg shell (about 2/3) on the ground in the middle of the chicken house. Because of the egg shell, I decided it wasn't a snake because they swallow the eggs whole. Then when my husband came home I went to show him the piece of shell and it was gone ??? What would come back just to eat an egg SHELL??? Suggestions?? and HOW do I stop it (whatever it is?) I have wondered if it might be a stray dog, or a coon - but I wasn't sure if coons moved about much in the daytime?? Any other ideas???
PS By the way - love the pic of the baby robin...precious!
It seems I was wrong about absently mindly setting down my fish food container. I'm pruning my azaleas under the windows in the back of the house and I found my container of fish food again and this time the flip top lid was open and lots of teeth marks all over the container. Now tell me how the critter knew there was food in a sealed container? Guess I'll start having to take the container inside!
Charlotte, all animals have a better sense of smell than we do! They know exactly where to go for the scent. Cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and just about any other critter will seek out your fish food. Don't think you don't have these critters because almost all, if not all, have learned how to survive around humans. So, it is important to keep cat food, dog food, fish food...even duck food ;o) indoors or in a container that cannot be opened by little paws or chewed open by little mouths.
Well said Kim. Good lucks Genna. Charlotte hope it all works out. I've good news, my Carolina Wrens have fledged. I was feeling the blue of empty nest. Then I heard them across the yard from the neighbors' propery. But apparently the parrent still come back to my mealworms feeder and the grains feeder to take food to the chicks.
Thanks for that link Kim, but I am pretty sure that it is another animal getting the eggs. We have managed to check often during the day on the weekends and are getting the eggs... and I have seen claw marks in the ground inside the chicken house so I am pretty sure it is not a chicken snake - although we usually have at least one of those per year! I may end up having to set up a trap to try to see which animal it is!
Yes, she is, Lily_love. Here's one I got from inside my door this afternoon and it's not extremely clear. I'll try to get a better one from the porch if I can but, from the looks of things, I'd better not dilly-dally. I think they're about ready to take off any time now. Count the little yellow beaks...looks like Junior and Junioretta have a partner!
Yesterday while we were helping Alex move from one apartment to another - only about a block apart... he noticed a cardinal sitting in the street. I walked up and picked it up to see if its legs or wings were broken - as it had obviously been hit. We decided he was just stunned and when I went to put him on a tree limb to get him up away from the cats and out of the street - he flew off to a bush across the street.
I was wishing I had had my camera to show him off to ya'll...
They really are cute. I'm sure they'll be off and gone shortly. Mama Starling is coming and going all day getting food for those babies -- I'll bet she doesn't suffer from Empty Nest Syndrome after they're gone!
Crissyr, you're right about that -- another inch closer than I'm getting and I'd be attacked for sure. BTW, I have an aunt and uncle in Malvern. I don't often run across folks from your town.
I had never seen one until we moved where we are now - and I grew up out in the country. They seem to like our overgrown field for nesting I think... so I won't let Leigh bushhog this time of year! :)
Thank you Chrissy...My daughter is on the left and my youngest son is in the tree. The one on the front is Clara, our exchange student from Italy, and in the back is Louise, an exchange student from Germany who spent last weekend with us.
Awww, those butterflies! As if spring is not beautiful enough. Butterflies add on to this its beauty! I think I saw a red admiral the other day. I'm unsure though, hard to differentiate RA and American Lady.
Lily_love, I feel like I've been watching one of those old Disney movies or something -- it's been so much fun watching this little family come into existence, grow and move on. My front yard is quite a bit quieter now but it seems the trees all around are full of life!
HMM, yes the trees all around are full of life! I've a family of Carolina Wrens that fledged recently. Brown Thrasher family first clutch has fledged, and now they're working on the second. Not to mention Chickadees and Cardinal, Titmice and many other resident birds such as the Mockingbirds and Blue Jays, Eastern Blue Birds ect. May is a beautiful time of year!
I think you may be right. my female matches the purple finches description.
Female Purple Finches have no red. They are coarsely streaked below, with strong facial markings including a whitish eyestripe and a dark line down the side of the throat. Cornell says we have the purple finch here during winter non mating.
Well, I hate to be the spoiler but they are in fact, house finches. Male HF have brown cheeks (I call them sideburns lol). There are other differences too but that one is easy to see. The females do look very similar. But what gives it away the most...Purples are only in the south during the winter or non-breeding times.
Many times the maps for bird locals are outdated before the book (or website) is even published. If you look at some information on the Eurasian Collared Dove, many publications will show them only in the gulf coast region. However, they are very common in most if not all southern states and have been seen as far north as North Dakota.
Thanks Cindy, I'm glad you've enjoyed the video. Housefinches are residential birds here. I do believe. Kim, thanks for the tips on trying to see the differences in b/w the two species of finches. Watching them care for their youngs; human beings can perhaps learn a thing or two from them -- litterally.
While gardening this morning I happened on this newly 'hatched' (eclosed ?) dragonfly. It sits in place to dry up with the morning sunlight before I spooked it off the edge of the pier and went on its way into the garden.
Cindy, it's! Should I alert those farmers? We were watching Bald Eagles' Nest when we discovered this sight! We haven't been there a little over a week. And these wild flowers sprouted up like 'shrooms' (as Peggy would call 'em).
Kim when I looked it up it says milkthistle with yellow flowers. I guess that thistle is ok. I just know my husband doesn't let any of them grow in the cow pastures. Cow will eat things that are not good for them if it is there most horses won't.
Nice pix! I have been out of town and saw so many animals...zebra, buffalo (bison), camels, alpacas, llamas, etc. I took my little point and shoot camera and the batteries went dead after one picture! I did ask someone to email theirs to me...I hope they do!
Kim, how long do ducks set if they are nesting? My female has been missing for about 5 days now and we hope she is nesting on the lake somewhere but we can't find her. No sign of feathers either like something got her, but that doesn't always mean anything. Even though she has a lot of white on her she would be hard to find on our lower lake since the grass is so tall. Now Ray is afraid to bushhog! lol
Terrye, she should stay on the nest for about 28 days. You may be able to see her right before dark for about 10 minutes and possibly the same at daybreak...but not likely. You are right, she will be very hard to see and will not make a noise...she may jump off the nest when you approach but she may not. Not mowing is probably a good idea but he will have to wait a loooooong time ;o)
I have not found very many ducks that are not expensive! LOL Yes, I think it had me written all over it too. If I would have known, I would have begged you to buy one for me!!!! I would have paid you back, of course :o)
The family of ducks around the corner from me are still in the pond. I hadn't seen them in a couple of weeks and was worried that the owners of the pond got them or something, even though they had a family there last year. The babies are no longer yellow, but gray, and they are growing! They were in the pond, single file. Way cute!
Thanks, Kim. We'll just have to let the lake grow up!
I wish I could get a picture of mine flying. When they are on the lower lake I can ride the 4 wheeler over the levee and call them. They'll come flying about head high up the hill and follow me to the upper lake. it's amazing to look over and see something that big flying by your head!
Terrye, that would be nice if you can pull that one together in the Fall. Did you make it to Lousiana this spring to see Jeri and our group? I missed out. This time of year is too busy, busy a time for me to go anywhere.
Charlotte, I was looking forward to the trip too, but like Terrye, I had family obligation then. Hopefully we'll have another opportunity. I'd love to meet Kim (duckmother) in the near future as I'm looking forward to meeting you and Marilyn, Kathy_Ann and many others that I haven't yet meet. Terrye, please keep touch. Jim and I still very much interested to learn linedance with your family.
Kim, pekins are not very good mothers. They have been domesticated for over 2000 years, and in that time, they have lost their coloring and (unfortunately) their mothering skills. They may become broody, lay an egg or two and may sit on them for a few days. But in time, they lose interest and leave the nest. They may do this a couple times a year. The good part about their domestication (as they were raised for meat) is they become big quickly...which is why they cannot fly. All ducks can fly at one point but then most domestics get too big and their wings stay the same size...which is why they should not be released into the wild...they cannot escape a predator.
HMM I love those 'Mockers'! Kim, thanks for sharing the above info. regarding the Pekin ducks. Poor ducks, now the word 'domesticated' takes on a new meaning--at least for me.
I've heard similiar loss of ability to rear their own in domesticated Pigeons. Wouldn't that pose a real danger of them (the species) becoming extinct?
Well, yes and no, Kim. Farmers will take pekin eggs and place them under a broody muscovy. Though, they are also domestic ducks, they are excellent Mommas. They will hatch the eggs and raise them as their own. Or, the eggs can be hatched in an incubator. Once in a while, a pekin will be broody and raise a family. But, I would guess that if these ducks were all released into the wild, we would have a bit of trouble getting them to survive.
On the way to work this morning, a momma woodie and her one baby were walking across the on ramp! Needless to say, I stopped and made all of the other cars stop, too. They slowly walked across to the side of the road and into the grass. I am certain I was being called all sorts of names by the other people but I didn't care! I hope she made it to the lake...it was quite a long walk. I called Jeff and asked him to go check on her and/or pick them up (good luck with that lol) and carry them to the lake but he never saw them.
Is there such a thing as a dark brown almost black squirrel? I went out to Wildwood this afternoon to leave some plants. I was driving down a service road and this critter that I swear looked like a squirrel except it was dark brown and smaller ran into the brush. I stopped and looked for a while thinking it might run out again but it didn't.
I'm so used to seeing the big grey squirrels! He was a really cute critter!! I saw something else run across just before I left. I didn't get a real good look but I think it was a rabbit. The park is out in the woods (on about 113 acres) and has a pond. I was the only person out there but I think critters are skiddish around people. A great restful place! I need to go out one day with my camera. I bet I could get get some great photos.
What a place to build a nest, Lily_love -- a rose bush! Talk about security bars!
Well lately I've been wishing I could see something on the feeder besides Sparrows. Sparrows all day long. Brown on brown on brown...
This afternoon, we had a brief thunderstorm and, afterwards, I glanced out at the feeder. I couldn't believe my eyes. On and around it were lots of Sparrows (of course), several Mourning Doves, a Eurasian Collared Dove, a male and female House Finch, a male and female Cardinal and a Northern Flicker.
We should go out to Wildwood one day and do some bird watching. There is all kind of nature out there. There were some swans and for some reason they got sick and I'm not certain if the last one is still there are not.
Know one that of that!! Our co-chairman bought them somewhere out of state and they had been there for a couple of years and then all of a sudden they got sick. I'm sure people coming to the park feed them all the time.
We finally saw our female duck! She is setting but she is on Ray's cousin's lake which down across from our lower lake. lol She has been eating when he feeds his fish. We went down this evening to look for her and she was already out on the lake. Her nest is up in the top of his tractor shed about 20 feet off of the ground.
Kim, do you think she will move the ducklings back up to our lake with the other ducks or stay down there?
Wonderful news! She will most likely move back to her home lake. You know about how many days she has been missing, so most likely that is how long she has been sitting (full time) on eggs. Once you are close to 28 days, begin to watch for babies, which usually happens in the morning hours...after sunrise but before noon. Try to go down and help her get babies back to your lake. This is a terrible time for babies. They are out in the open and begging to be grabbed by a predator...snakes, birds, dogs, cats, etc. Hopefully, she and the ducklings will be fairly safe once they return home...hopefully.
I had a strange thing happen while I was out making my morning walk around. A bird came up to be from behind and actually briefly touched down on my shoulder. It startled (Iwasn't sure what was happening) me so I started moving my arms and it flew off still right next to me! It was a black medium size bird with some kind of marking around his neck (I believe) . He then flew way up in a tree and I couldn't see him good. What on earth was going on??? I've never had that happen before. If he had come to me from the front I don't think it would have startled me so!
There are two main reasons it could have been flying around you. 1. You were too close to the nest. 2. It wanted a piece of your hair to build its nest. There is two more possible options but not as likely...3. It was hand raised and thought you looked like the human momma.
4. It liked you and wanted you to know it ;o))
I fancy the last option. lol Charlotte, I had a similiar experience one evening as the sun ready to set I was walking out in the garden. Two presumably juvenile birds landed at my feet, got startled (both birds, and me too). Then they flew off.
No I'm not positive! I had the sense it was trying to attack me and I was so startled I didn't get a good look. At first I thought it may be a Robin but I couldn't tell for sure. I could only see the back as it was flying away. It may have been a robin. They always in the yard and have gotten very used to us being around. They will continue hunting for worms while I'm around. I was standing in the middle of my brickwalk just standing still looking when it happened. I repotted my lambs foot fern yesterday and discovered a bird had used it as a nest. No extra material had been added but in the middle of the fern were 2 eggs that were broken.
Ooooh, my Brownheaded Nuthatch just returned to the feeder as I type. I'm so happy, the birds were gone for a couple weeks. It's rainy and cloudly out there so no new pix today. Yesterday, was beautiful. These Canadian Geese brought 2 of their goslings to the neighborhood.
I'm glad you all enjoyed the Herons. Somehow they remind me of "Fooman Chu". You know an image of an old Chinese man with a long pony tail. And I said that with respect. Provoke good feeling kinda scene.
I've heard of laying low -- this little fella seemed to have it down to a fine art. He skulked along on his belly trying to find any seed the birds may have dropped. He crawled around like that until I turned the key in the lock, when he jumped to his feet and scurried off for the bushes!
Two of the turkeys are males, one is a female, named Archibald, Eugene, and Hennypenny. The two were poofed up and I tried to get a pic but by the time I got back outside with the camera they were back to eating. Oh well.
Charlotte you know how our stairs come up under the porch so you will know what I am talking about. Jimbo was coming up the stairs and when he got eye level with the porch he caught some type of movement. He looked to the right and this snake was about 8 inches from his face. Yuck is right.
Double yuck, did he kill it or just knock it off the porch?
Is anyone else having an abundance of fleas this year? I had to put the cat outside, she has been treated with Advantix and still has fleas and the kittens too, Ruth said she was having a problem keeping them off Sam this time too and she uses Frontline on him.
I bet that even startled Jimbo! Face to face with a snake is not what I want to do.
I've actually had less trouble with fleas this year than last. I use Advantix on my dogs and that is the best that I have found. Starting in the early spring I use it every month but usually see a few fleas just before it is time to put it on them again. I think the squirrels bring them into my yard.