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Wildlife: Critters Big and Small Vol. 10

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8720588

We come from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1190532/

C'mon folks..everybody post up them critters...BIG or small. Have a great day!!

Here's a Cloudless Sulphur to start us off

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2011
10:42 AM

Post #8721047

Here's another critter..
Great-Crested Flycatcher with breakfast for the young'uns

Y'all post some of them critters...I know ya got 'em (~;

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8721968

A big snapper along the road. My son will pick up almost anything, but he wouldn't attemp this guy. I don't know if he could have lifted him anyway.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8721971

Hit the window, he shook it off and flew away.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8721976

This guy was very agressive. Wouldn't let my son pick him up.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8721984

Bluebird

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8721992

Found this gal on a walk in the woods. We disturbed her meal of fungus, which is still hanging out of her mouth.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8722003

A young red newt.

Before everyone gets upset, my son has been taught:

Which animals he can pick up and which ones not to
For the more agressive ones, to be ready to be bit and if you get bit, don't rip your hand out or throw the animal. It's a chance he is willing to take
To be gentle with them
To put them back where he found them
To wash his hands when he gets back home
He has been bit by garter snakes, crayfish, bugs, etc., but it hasn't slowed him down
He knows how to tell a poisonous snake from a non
etc.
etc.
He loves animals
His name is Asa

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8722006

Salamander

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8722011

I wouldn't let that slimy thing crawl on me. He watched it crawl around his hand and arm for over an hour! He needed a shower after that.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8722026

Black Rat snake, almost six feet long. When startled they make their body all kinky and mimics a rattlesnake by shaking his tail real quick in the dry grass and leaves. This guy did both. My son was at a friends house and wasn't home or I would of had a picture with him holding it.

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2011
7:42 PM

Post #8722059

That's a big ol' snapper right there!!!! Your son reminds me of myself when i was his age. The grace of God that I lived this long, because I would catch and pickup critters and bring them home...such as snakes, lizards, baby coons, opossums, skunks, etc. Your pics bring back a lot of my childhood memories, Thanks.
NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2011
7:52 PM

Post #8722081

I've got 25 more to post, but it's bed time.
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8722088

I am looking forward to more critter adventures with Asa! (~;

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8722556

NativeVA, how wonderful to see nature through Asa's currious eyes! Please keep those pics. coming. Like DWM, I'm looking forward to seeing more. Male cardinal sunbathing;

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8722594

Sounds like Asa is a born zoologist or vet!

NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:10 AM

Post #8722613

Dragonfly

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:13 AM

Post #8722618

I'm not good at many butterfly IDs. If you see any of these pictures that anyone can make a better ID on, please feel free to shout it out.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8722622

Looks like a stealth jet fighter.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8722629

Big spider, thats a quarter beside him.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:16 AM

Post #8722633

Another big spider.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8722638

Mom and Dad out with the teenagers

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8722644

Big moth.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8722654

Crayfish or crawdad. Depends where you live.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8722658

Cricket with a spear!

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8722662

Another salamander.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8722669

Big beetle!

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8722680

His colors tell the would be killer, "Leave me alone"

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8722685

Thanksgiving?

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8722689

Another big beetle.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8722694

Moth laying her egg case.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8722699

Another moth.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8722702

Hummingbird.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8722711

Nice tongue shot.

That's my Dad in the back on the right. He hates snakes!

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8722714

My wife doesn't mind snakes as long as they don't startle her in the grass.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8722719

Fake eyes.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8722724

Real tiny frog!

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8722728

Toad

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8722738

Big Praying Mantis. Asa likes watching these and have them crawl all over him.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8722740

Furry moth.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8722750

Assassin bug?

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8722756

Monarch. We have raised many of these from eggs and watch the changes.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
6:41 AM

Post #8722773

That's it for now, but we are constantly taking pictures, so I'll be back with more. I had a great one with Asa and a beautiful 4 1/2' Milk Snake, but I can't find it on my computer.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 29, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8723379

DWMike, thanks for starting a new thread, love your Flycatcher shot with it's meal, very nice.
Native, thanks for posting sure an interesting variety of critters. You have taught your son well. I believe, kids should learn to respect and appreciate nature at a young age. It make them more aware of the world around them.

I have a fledgling that landed in my flower box. A young baby Robin.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 29, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8723385

Lily, your damselfly was very cute with the yellow flowers.

Mike do you know this one?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 29, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8723393

A Skipper on clover.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8723413

[quote="burn_2007"]Lily, your damselfly was very cute with the yellow flowers.

Mike do you know this one?[/quote]

Looks like a type of Mayfly.

DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2011
1:50 PM

Post #8723613

[quote="NativeVA"]

Looks like a type of Mayfly.

[/quote]

I agree it is of the order of Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) but genus and species I could not say...
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8723620

[quote="NativeVA"]

Looks like a type of Mayfly.

[/quote]

I agree it is of the order of Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) but genus and species I could not say...

Great pics y'all...and it's so good to see kids doing something besides playing stupid video games!!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8725236

Hi Native! I am from Newport, and kin to all the Huffmans in Craig Co.!
Love your photos... my kids are the same way!

Saw some critters while on vacation last week...

Hare is a doe crossing a marsh at sunset...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:29 AM

Post #8725239

Muskrat foraging the grasses...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8725240

Big beaver...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8725252

Dragonfly in blue... (no I did not adjust colors)
Slaty Skimmer

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8725256

A Cedar Waxwing...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8725259

Ebony Jewelwing...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8725260

A moth I could not ID... but very pretty! Love the "sword" on it's wings!

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2011
9:47 AM

Post #8725261

[quote="VA_Wild_Rose"]Hi Native! I am from Newport, and kin to all the Huffmans in Craig Co.![/quote]

Shelby is our neighbor.

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8726348

WR, wonderful wildlife photos. Your beautiful moth is: Leconte's Haploa Moth (Haploa lecontei) http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/2250/
And thanks for posting the Ebony Jewelwing. I've posted one on the last thread and didn't have a name for it.
Thanks for the Identity of the Mayfly guys.

I saw quite a few deers today, but this one was priceless. It just stayed by the side of the road, while I took her picture. It was just a few feet away.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8726353

No cropping done on either.

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ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
7:35 PM

Post #8726364

I don't have time to get here very often but tonight I can.

Wonderful shots. I actually have a couple.

Fledgling Cedar Waxwing. I actually got to hold it as it couldn't fly real good yet.

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ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8726367

Frozen in place?

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ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
7:41 PM

Post #8726370

Can't see me now!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
7:57 PM

Post #8726400

What's a nice a variety of wildlife everyone. ves522, cute! How sweet and wonderful to see Cedar Waxwing fledgling in your area.

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 30, 2011
8:36 PM

Post #8726452

The first one I have ever seen. Plus I saw the parent. Have lived here 37 years. So was quite excited about it yesterday.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8726933

Living at the same place for 30 something years? Wow, it's all the more the for the excitement finding a fledgling for the 1st time! I love those mysterious looking birds! They only passing through during migration. Thank you, for sharing pics.

Not sure what I've got here, but these little ones love to congergate on my milkweed's seedpods when young.

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ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 31, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8726950

My pleasure. Just wish I had more time to check out different things.

Lily not sure what you have there either. Bugs not my cup of tea! LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8727081

Thanks ves522 for looking. Ain't mine cup either. lol I hope this pic. is better than the last? I need to use my monopod more often when I walk around and snap pictures of things in the garden. Grasshoper on my plumeria flower stalk.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8727736

Okay, okay, no one is particularly thrilled with grasshoppers! A reason I can fully appreciate. lol

How about this fella? I get to hold this little creature in my hand while it recovered from a collision to a reflecting glass window. I heard a big "thung"! As if a bird a size of a duck has flown into the window. I yelled Oh No ! And found him dazed, and remained so for at least 8 mins. before he regained his equilibrium and flew off to freedom. Ah, btw, it was a similar incident years ago when I witnessed such incident that prompted me paying more attention and became interested in birds watching.

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ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 31, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8727743

What is he? Well besides a bird. LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8727760

LOL, ves522 One can easily tell. I haven't recovered from the excitement of the event. I forgot to tell. It's a Belted Kingfisher, unsure if it's a male or a female. It has a crest that stands up like that of a Northern Cardinal often seen when it's fishing by the waterfront. The crest was raised when he came-to and noticed the funny human with the camera on one hand, and... and the other hand was serving as a perch. lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8728330

wow, I didn't know kingfishers got close to houses!

Dragonflies are numerous right now… loved this green one.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8728528

I took this photo last week about 7:45 p.m. in the evening, so the lighting was getting a little poor. We have a small park about 3 miles from my house that I visit periodically. I only had a 105mm lens on my camera but it sure was a lot better than not having a camera at all. I haven't seen three buck together in a long time

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8728536

Here are the two bigger ones, an 8-pointer and a 4-pointer ...

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2011
7:41 PM

Post #8728617

And, this Doe has been in my backyard recently on several occasions. I've seen her in my daylilies and also saw the tops of my Sedum plants were cut off.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 1, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8729748

Mrs-Ed, hey, great green one.
Lily, that's one way of getting a closeup of a Kingfisher. ;) Tried so many times to get a good close shot of one, and didn't succeed yet. Glad he made it.
Good little creature to have around, Ves. He'll keep your yard, under control of pest.
Great Buck shots, Linth.

The Caterpillar of a Polyphemus Moth, that I'm raising (Silk Moth)

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 1, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8729756

The Polyphemus Moth.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 1, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8729849

Burn, congrats on the eclosure of the Poly. Moth. What's a find! Nice job on raising the caterpillar. Wow. Wanna a close up look of the B. Kingfisher?

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 1, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8730666

Caught this guy while in Fredericksburg over the weekend. A little camera shy!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8731236

Lily... what an encounter with the Kingfisher!

Charlie... great shots of those bucks!

Burn... love your Polyphemus Moth. I raised some of those a few years ago. I had better luck with the Lunas though.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2011
9:20 PM

Post #8731239

Yesterday evening, I was at my "secret pond" location. My Green Heron kids had already fledged, and I wasn't getting any shots of them around the pond. I was taking pics of dragonflies, and had walked back one last time to the GH nesting tree to see if they would return there to roost. I saw a bird in the tree, and was trying to get a closer look when something flew in from my left and hit the bird on the limb! There was a splash, and I was thinking that two GHs just hit the water. I moved a few feet to my right to get a better look... and this guy landed on the bank at my feet, not more than eight feet away! He was stunned... I was stunned! I managed to get this one shot before he flew off (full frame). I did manage to see that the bird he had in his talons was too small to be a Greenie. A few minutes later, I spotted an Eastern Kingbird calling and calling in distress from the top of a tree nearby. I think she lost her mate, or an offspring in the encounter. I've ID'd it as a Cooper's Hawk.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 1, 2011
11:38 PM

Post #8731404

Great shots of all your critters everyone! Some of my critters as of late.
Stumbled upon a 11pt Whitetail buck at Pickerel Creek WA

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 1, 2011
11:40 PM

Post #8731405

Looks like he's getting some good minerals with a rack like that...if he makes it through a couple more hunting seasons he will be quite a buck!

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 1, 2011
11:41 PM

Post #8731407

a dragonfly

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 1, 2011
11:42 PM

Post #8731410

lastly a dragonfly with a spider hiding right below.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8731523

Wild Rose, I saw quite a few hawks down here. I'm so grateful there are lot of shrubs that birds in the garden can hide when the Hawks visit. Kingbirds are very astute hunters. It's sad that they can also be hunted as well. But it's nature of things. Burd, love those shots of the dragonflies.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8731710

Burd... gorgeous buck! Love that first shot!
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 2, 2011
11:17 PM

Post #8733519

Thanks VARose!...Ive entered that shot into a contest...my first.
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 4, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8736162

Burd_Fotos...What a buck!!! Sweet shot!!!

Mrs_Ed...Nice dragonfly shot!! I think that is an Eastern Pondhawk.

Beautiful shots everyone!! Keep 'em coming! I am busy, busy right now..had a kidney stone Tuesday finally passed it about 11pm Tues. night. Trying to get some new chicken pens and nest boxes built, had to put a fuel pump in one of our trucks last night, my son and I had to take the bed off of the truck to repair the in-tank fuel pump..whew!!, did'nt get finished with that until after 9pm and he had to start back to school today and etc...We like others had a 116 degree heat index yesterday with a predicted 120 degree index today (gonna be a nasty one) ...Hope to be able to slow down some soon and get back to the site more often. Y'all have a good 'un!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8736207

DWM, 116-120 heat index!!! Whew, it was hot here too, not sure what the index was but it feels like I can cook an egg on the sidewalk. DH and I were zapped yesterday with the heat. Please all of us take good care and keep ourselves hydrated under this terrible heat wave.

It's slightly over cast today secondary to Emily tropical storm effect. Looking forward to other fabulous posting from y'all.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8736618

Found a 'special' housekeeping helper. We're surrounded with woods and water, so little mice are sometimes found around the house. A non-poisonous snake of some kind. He was found in our basement. DH has a day off today to work in our garden. He found the snake, helped removed the snake and dropped it off to the woods.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8736640

Looks like he's been cleaning cob webs for you too!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8736668

I'm ambarress to say, it did lot of cleaning. Thus my helper.
NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8736713

I'm sure he found places you haven't been in a while or don't even want to go. A lot of basements are like that.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8736888

Glad you were kind enough to set him free Lily!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8736943

I have come to appreciate wildlife more than ever before. A benefit of learning, I suppose. Thanks all for your thought. What kind of snake that would mimic rattle snake when threatened? This fella was just "rattling" his tail as we approached him/it.
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 4, 2011
2:49 PM

Post #8737027

Lily_love...I think your snake is a Kingsnake... Was it black with yellowish or whiteish bands and/or specks and dots? If it is a Kingsnake, keep it around.
Kingsnakes are resistant to the venom of pit-vipers and they readily eat copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes. Although they frequently rattle their tail, release musk, and bite upon capture, they generally tame quickly and are often kept as pets.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8737499

DWM, thank you so very much for the added information regarding the nature of Kingsnake. Fascinating that they're resistant to venom of pit-vipers. DH appreciated you passing on that knowledge to us and others. Once again, many thanks.
NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8738180


A Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantherophis_obsoletus will also do the rattlesnake mimic. The picture of the 6 footer I posted on July 28 in this thread kinked up and shook his tail and it sounded pretty realistic. Especially in the dry leaves!

From the above link:

"When startled, they may freeze and wrinkle themselves into a series of kinks. If they feel further threatened, they may flee quickly or vibrate their tails in dead leaves (a form of mimicry, which makes them sound like rattlesnakes). They are also capable of producing a foul smelling musk which they will release onto a predator if picked up. They spread the musk with their tail in hopes of deterring the threat."

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8742019

Some kind of assassin bug in the garden;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8742047

Red-banded Hairstreak and friend.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8754787

Some more deer photos... a watchful doe

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8754790

Crossing the Big Meadow...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8754792

Up close and personal...

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ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8755395

Outside my kitchen window.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8755827

How awesome is that??? Sandcranes in your yard!

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8755848

Every morning at 6 o'clock like clockwork! I am just not always up at that time. There are actually 4 of them. The parents and they raised 2 this year. Has been so much fun watching them grow.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2011
10:27 AM

Post #8755855

Nice shots Wild Rose...love the meadow shot. I have not seen our doe for over a week now. The last time I saw her she was limping and I did not see the fawn with her.

ves52...how awesome is that!! :)

So many people let their cats run loose out here which is one of my pet peeves...for the cats safety and health as well as the animals and birds they prey on. Spotted this one while walking one morning.

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 16, 2011
6:55 PM

Post #8760219

[quote="Lily_love"]Living at the same place for 30 something years? Wow, it's all the more the for the excitement finding a fledgling for the 1st time! I love those mysterious looking birds! They only passing through during migration. Thank you, for sharing pics.

Not sure what I've got here, but these little ones love to congergate on my milkweed's seedpods when young. [/quote]

Hard to give a definite ID from your pic..but could be (Oncopeltus fasciatus) - Large Milkweed Bug nymphs or (Zelus longipes) - Milkweed Assassin Bug nymphs.

Great pics everyone!!! Been really busy, hope to be able to get back soon..

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 16, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8760486

Lovely shots everyone.

A Purple finch

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 16, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8760510

A Mallard, that was very friendly.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 17, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8761945

Thank Mike for the attempt to i.d. those bugs. By far I don't see any damage from those bugs so I stood back and enjoy them. Bernadette, nice one of the purple finch and the friendly Mallard.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 17, 2011
10:32 PM

Post #8762338

Great shots everyone! Leopard Frog's are everywhere at Pipe Creek...lol

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8763323

saw 2 of these caterpillars in the yard today...not sure which moth it is yet. Gus wanted to play with this one so I removed it from the back yard for its own good!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 21, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8769550

Great details on that Leopard Frog Burd. Good for you Nan, I can't see how either Gus nor the caterpillar will get any 'fun' from playing with each other. lol
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 21, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8769592

Great frog pic, Burd.

Nanny, Your caterpillar, is in the tussock moth family.

Babies are so cute.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 21, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8769601

Plenty of Cabbage white butterflies, but couldn't any of the others.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8770546

Hey...thanks burn!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8770900

Dragonfly.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8772717

This from back on July 28...thingsa got crazy here and I forgot about some photos. This was on the Greencastle People Path. I bet they eat very well here since this part is right next to the farm fields! lol

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8772725

This was when we were having extreme heat and the cows were packed into the water hole!

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ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8772780

Oh those poor cattle!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8773132

hard to tell but they really can get in & out easily...they really like it in there!
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

August 23, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8773161

Shame - even I can see it must have been pretty hot!

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8773207

I can see why they like it in that heat! Reminds me of the time we were raising a few steers. They got out traveled down the road. Through the woods. Down another road to the neighbors lake where they cooled off their hot little feet! Wonder how long they were planning that escape?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8773450

Oh that is funny!! :)

Chippie spotted on my walk this morning. They must be getting ready for winter. I have been seeing them often the past week in the mornings when I walk.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2011
6:00 PM

Post #8773697

Up in the mountain 10,000 feet elevation! In Albuquerque N.M. I found this chipmond getting ready for seasonal changes too. :)

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8773750

Ha, the chippies are out and about again! I don't know what happen to the one I had in Spring. I haven't seen him, and the squirrels all Summer . I wonder if the fox, that was hanging around got them.
I do however, have something that's been digging around my window well.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8773754

I found these 3 deers, in a field this evening.

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NativeVA
Craig Co., VA
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8774241

Found a beautiful Gray Fox dead in the road this morning. It didn't have much damage, just looked like it was sleeping. (I didn't think anybody would want to see a picture.)

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8774444

Awww...shame about the fox. :(
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 25, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8776642

Aww that is a shame. They are not that common either.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8778654

I found a Walking Stick today outside the sliding door! I haven't seen one of these in a long time!!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8778692

That's so cool the walking stick, I haven't seen one in a long while. I took a pix of a yellow and black Writing Spider, but can't find the pix at the moment.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2011
6:48 AM

Post #8780827

I am back from a 4 day bundu bash covering all the foreground, background and hills in far back ground...this is a taster, just arrived 3 hours ago, so excited, animals, lots of plants and birds...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8780979

Oh what beauty nature has to offer one there. Rian, bundu bash?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8781013

Sorry, thought it was a known expression - driving off-road (gravel) with a 4x4 or walking through the bushes - in other words places you would normally not go with a road vehicle (car)! LOL! Exploring off main roads...

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8781426

Must be something to see elephants when doing some off road driving.

This is some of things we see here in Florida while out hiking in the bush...LOL

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8781432

I imagine he can move pretty fast if he wanted to

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 28, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8781962

Amazing Elephant shot, awesome, what else do you have in store for us, Rian?
Sunkissed, must be unnerving to come upon something so big, and ferocious. Were they having their siesta?

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8782220

Will do my best burn, lily. Sunkissed, I did not see hippo or crocks, to much of a charge and could not spend time in any one place for long, but did go into a cage with crocks at the rehab centre, after I was assured they were still slow (early morning).
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:06 PM

Post #8800790

Had my last summer vacation a couple weeks ago. Saw so many birds and other wildlife... thought I'd share a few!

Chincoteague is known for their ponies, but they are also known for the Sika Elk that live there.

Here is a doe and her fawn...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8800792

A closer look at the fawn...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8800797

Always some White-tailed Deer around too.

Here is a doe...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:09 PM

Post #8800803

And a close-up of one of her twins... she's checking me out!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:09 PM

Post #8800806

A spider and her fly...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8800810

An Eastern Six-lined Racerunner... (say that five times fast!)

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8800812

Black Rat Snakes...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8800813

How sweet a pix, Wild Rose. Love the Doe and fawn, the babe is almost an exact image of momma!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8800816

Just one of the many birds we saw...

Black-necked Stilts... juvie in front and Mom in back.

More of my birds can be seen on the latest Bird Watching Daily Bird Pics thread... Vol. 413... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1217794/

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8800818

Thanks Lily!

And finally, the highlight of our vacation! A dolphin watching boat tour was very successful!

Here is one of the calves...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8800821

How can you not smile back?

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8800823

Following the boat...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8800825

The wave runner...

Thanks for looking! Have a good weekend!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
12:19 PM

Post #8800827

Wow, what's a nice series there Wild Rose. Thanks for sharing. I'm not sure what I've gotten here. A Praying Mantis nymph?

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

September 9, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8800892

Love the pics VARose - dolphins always close to my heart - we miss them immediately if we do not see them on a particular day! Should be great to get so close.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8801027

Two strangest critters but also sweetest ones you will ever meet. The pair were taking advantage of the cooler temp. (which has been rare) all through summer to sun bath.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8801624

Aahhh... I've said it once, I'll say it again...
I just love that dock Lily!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8801904

Thank you Wild Rose. You're cordially invited to come and visit.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 10, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8802655

so pretty...and them critters are really cute!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 12, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8805856

Wild-Rose, love your dolphins shots. Wish I could see them in person. A great variety of wildlife as well. All very lovely.
Kim, your furry friends seem so content on your dock, but then, who wouldn't be. Great setting.

Just dropping in to say hi to everyone. I'm on my DH's computer, my laptop gave up on me. It will be a while before I can get another one.:(

Since I can't upload my SD card, I'll share a few That my GDs took this Summer. Checkerspot butterflies

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 12, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8805859

And a White Admiral butterfly.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 12, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8805864

I took this one a while back, of a Broad-winged Hawk.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8806412

Nice ones burn, hope you'll get your laptop back soon.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

September 13, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8806497

Love the hawk!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 18, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8813104

Feeling a bit crabby...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8813108

LOL, sunkissed! Just imagine getting all that sands into one's eyeballs. One would feel "crabby" too.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8813347

Love it!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8814042

Sorry folks, I cheated a little bit here. It's not a real living critter, but ... it's worth a look. "Anybody home?" is the tittle for the scene. Oh the turtles are real. Pic. taken at a local botanical garden.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 18, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8814080

Love the crabby crab, he's very cute.
Kim, they are still Critters. I use to have some as pets.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8814490

Tehehehehe, Bernadette, I was 'looking' at this critter. ^_^

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 19, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8814657

Oh I like that LL, especially the caption on the sign. I love turtles, tortoises, sea turtles...always have since I was in high school...not sure why. You should see all the turtles everyone buys me now, my garden is so full of turtle statuary that anyone who enters knows instantly that I love turtles. The dog and turtle would fit in quite nicely. :)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8817544

Yes, the statues of the dog and turtle is adorable who could resist? Thanks sunkissed for sharing your joy. Here is a brain-teaser. Can you find the molting lizard in this pix? lol

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ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 21, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8817546

Yep@ Saw it right away!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 21, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8817571

It does blend well with the background.


This Ruddy Turnstone and crab gave us some entertainment at the beach fighting over a dead fish. The crab finally gave up when it couldn't get the fish down its crab hole. They were at it for well over an hour. Wished I had a video of it...:)

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8844917

Thought I would go ahead and start a new thread. Will be back with a link.

Here we go! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1224954/

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