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
He loves animals
His name is Asa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Lily_love wrote: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.
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..
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
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?
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.
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...
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).
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
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.
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. :)
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...:)