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BLUETONGUE
12 years ago

Here is a bluetongue lizard that has taken up residence in my backyard:

http://www.ozpolitic.com/cgi-bin/album.pl?album=members/freediver/lizard

12 years ago
There are trees (about 20 feet high) in front of the building with berries (I don't know trees at all!).  They are pretty muched stripped now, but may return when the berries do.
Pine Grosbeaks
12 years ago

Kevin,

Maybe they will come back when the berries come back. What kind of berry bush do you have?

12 years ago
That was actually the first time I've seen them.  We just moved at the first of the month and noticed these birds eating the berries off the tree outside the window.  Didn't know what they were until I looked them up.  We don't get many birds with red in them here (and red is my favourite colour!).  They seem to be prone to hitting windows though.  One hit the building entrance and died and another hit our window, which is equipped with an "owl" hanging in the middle of it.  They have moved on now that the berries have been eaten.
12 years ago

Eileen - nice backyard you have!

Nice pics, Kevin - lucky - I haven't seen them in so long!

The other birds that I really miss in the backyard are the pine siskins.

Pine Grosbeaks
12 years ago

The Pine Grosbeaks are pretty birds. I would love to see them in my backyard.

12 years ago

Pine Grosbeak.  The red is the male and the gold is the female:

male1

male2

female

Frog
12 years ago

This summer I caught this frog peeping out of my pond. I thought he looked cute.

070907 Frog in backyard pond.JPG

12 years ago

I would like to join in here with this being my first post on Backyard wildlife. Besides the many birds I see, I also have tons of squirrels, raccoons, possum, rabbits, chipmunks and even a deer or two. I have a pond with goldfish and lots of frogs that have sometimes disappeared due to a hungry hawk,  a fox or a  groundhog. I can also hear Owls from my deck in the woods next to my house.

http://www.pbase.com/elwmbw/backyard_habitat

12 years ago

Kevin.

I can see the pictures now: the toucans - great shots, and the hawk moth - friendly indeed.

12 years ago

Well, we haven't had anything as big and exciting as toucans, but I did have a visit from a hawk moth. They are fairly common in autumn here, but I've never had one on my balcony before, and certainly never had one on my hand. Beautiful big moth, and a very friendly chap too

Hawk moth

12 years ago
Wow Anne Marie, that's amazing! What super photos of them too, thanks so much for posting these! 

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12 years ago

Those are great birds ... nice pics.

Yes, I did give the squirrel the peanut

12 years ago

Anne Marie

I can't see the picture, but I know they are amazing looking birds!



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Anonymous
Tucanos
12 years ago

Tucano

Tucano

Hi my Friends, I live in Brasil and one of the birds in my backyard is the Tucano. Hope you like the photos.

Blessings to all friends.

12 years ago

So cute. Did you give her the peanut?

12 years ago

A squirrel enjoying a peanut next to me on the balcony:

squirrel

12 years ago

Leanne. That is fantastic, and I'm so glad the landlord applauded your actions.

Hope your BC yard will give you as many joys.  

Anonymous
12 years ago

We get Prairie JackRabbits, here.  I love watching them at night.  Sometimes I'll find 3 asleep or preening on my front lawn.  I leave them carrots and they love it!  I also discovered that they like apples and pears.  I observed their eating habits for quite sometime so that I could find out what they enjoy.  One evening I saw them eating from the crab-apple tree and that's how I discovered their love for fruit.  They hate all veggies except carrots!  I'll be moving from here soon so I planted a large crab-apple in the front yard for them.  Unfortunately, we have one neighbour who complains about them.  He sends his children (4 and 5!) over to tell me to stop feeding them (can you imagine?).  We've explained that if they don't like it then the children should stay out of our yard.  Anyhow, I've also explained that we've taken over their habitat and we have a responsibility to care for them.  I was called a tree-hugger (you see, I'm originally from BC, so that's what they assume).  Anyhow, the funny part of the story - my landlord loves that I do this, he feels the same way about the habitat and he's going to ask the new tenants to continue feeding the rabbits!

We are now returning to where we lived in BC.  There was a lagoon in our backyard and we had every bird imaginable, blue herons, tree frogs, racoons, a squirrel, and ducks.  In fact, the Mommy duck used to bring her babies to me every morning and evening for food.  They would peek through our French door while we were having dinner - too cute!  I've missed them desperately.  I can't wait to return and see how those "babies" are doing.  Fortunately, in that location, everyone rejoiced in our local wildlife and cared for them.

Leanne

13 years ago

I looked on the net ... the sunbirds are fantastic looking:

SUNBIRDS

Leiah!

13 years ago
Despite a lack of proper feeders, we're getting a fair number of birds coming to snack on the fruit and seeds we leave out in the window boxes, mostly the usual common birds here - bulbuls, jay, laughing doves, collared doves, house sparrows and great tits, but every so often something comes along to surprise us, like the female kestrel who nested somewhere on the top floor of the building, and swooper down one day to catch a lizard racing up the wall...

This morning we had a beautiful Lebanon lizard (bright green and jewel coloured) scampering along the stone ledge - first time I've seen one of those on my balcony.

Most exciting lately though is the family of sunbirds that comes to feed at the morning glories. Sunbirds are very similar to hummingbirds, though slightly larger, and though quite common, they are a treat to behold.

I don't know exactly where the nest is, but it looks as though this "couple" have hatched a second brood this year, as it's late for fledglings to still be around like this.

Anyway, the male, two fledglings and the female were all hovering around the morning glories at the same time today and I was so sorry that I can't photograph
through my screen doors, and if I leave the screens open my toddler runs out to the balcony and in her enthusiasm scares the birds away... So frustrating!


13 years ago
Sea those pictures are priceless, thanks so much for posting them!




13 years ago

Oh ... absolutely, Bill! We would love to see some pictures ... sounds live heaven for wildlife!

Sea for sharing the pictures - precious! Really precious!

13 years ago

Just visited family in the UK - here are some pics of my father in law and the Vixen that visits every day.

Foxy _ Tony.JPG

Foxy1.JPG

Seated Foxy.JPG

13 years ago
Have seen  more  wildlife  living  on  my urban 2  acres  than  I  have  seen  in  my  years  of  growing up  on  my  parent's  Illinois farm.  I  live  in  the  center  of  Rolla,  Missouri,  a  university  city  of  about  16,000  or  more. Nearly  every  day  I  see  deer including  a  8  point  buck   and  a  doe  with  a  fawn.  There  is  a  family  of  racoon  that  enjoys  a  buffet  of  cat  food  on  my  front  porch every night.  I  have  seen  the  tracks  of  a  bobcat but  not  the  cat  itself.  There  is  groundhog,  possum, squirrel,  chipmonk, skunk , wild turkey  and  of  course  red fox,  one  which  I  have  named Freddy.  My  property  is  bordered on  the  north  and  east  by  graveyard  and  to  the  south  by  a  narrow  strip  of  woods.  I  try to keep  much  of  my  land  in  a  natural  state,  however  there  is  a  lack of  water,  thus  the  birdbaths  get  their  share  of  visitors. One  day  I  seen  one  of  my  cats  visiting  a  deer.  As  the  deer  lowered  its  nose  toward  him,  Junior reached  up  and  patted  it . Once  in  winter  I seen  4  deer  walk in  the  moon  light  on  freshly  fallen  snow,  a  true  sight  to  behold.  Starting  tomorrow  I  plan  to  start  putting  out  dry  dog  food  for  the  foxes .  I  truely  need  to buy myself  a  camera and  add  some  pics  for  all  to  see..  
13 years ago

Jen ... those funny squirrels ...

Sound like another 2 great backyards.

Last week, I had the pleasure of noticing a hummingbird at my nectar feeders! So great .... He didn't pose for the picture though!

13 years ago

In my backyard i get frogs/toads spadefoot,black birds,mistle thrushes,starlings,sparrows,black birds,pidgeons/wood pidgeons,sea gulls.

In small garden at front butterflys,bees,wasps,spiders wolf ect,lily beatles and so on.

In my parents backyard they get adopted sparrows they had from babies who fell from there tree theres a good hundred,and a brown squirel who steals the nuts for birds he or she takes the whole nut bag quite funny really they also have a urban foxes,rabbits.  

13 years ago

Margaret ...

Sounds like another wonderful backyard ... but we could all do without the mosquitos and black flies.

Anonymous
Hello
13 years ago
I live in central/northern Ontario up here in Canada..
I'm still getting used to it, I'm originally from England and only came here in 2003.

The wildlife in my backyard consists of... squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, fox, fisher ( a type of weasel, very vicious), black bear, deer, moose, elk, porcupine,  skunk....  and don't forget the indigineous insects, the carnivorous ones such as blackfly and mosquito.. we have a bumper crop of those this year.. yuck and I'm the new blood aorund here... lol
13 years ago

Nice backyards. Thanks for sharing! I wish I had your multitude ...

On a sad note ... this morning we discovered a raccoon dead under our porch. Don't seem to have any visible injury ... maybe old age?!? Not sure what to do with the body ... I'll call the wildlife services for advice.  

wildlife in my backyard
13 years ago

Hi all

As I live on a 100 acre horse farm as well as having lots of hay fields(we grow our own) and tons of trees we get all sorts of animals....

lots of birds...crows,ravens,blackbirds,starlings.pidgeons, and lots of barn swallows nesting in the barns... we also get canada geese and mallards visiting our pond...a couple weeks a go we had a pair of buffle head ducks...(i've never seen them before)

we also have a family of muskrats living in the pond...

I have also seen lots of deer, raccoons, opposums, coyotes, foxs, wolves, bunnies, grey,black and red squirrels,and other small rodents...

we also have lots of frogs and toads and red ear sliders....

so many animals on our property..

Jenn

13 years ago
As of late, we have 3 gray squirrels, one red one (no idea what kind it is), a chipmunk we affectionately refer to as "Chippie", several deer, and tons of birds! I'm quite the amateur when it comes to birdwatching - but I'm slowly learning! So far I know for sure we've identified a gigantic blue jay, a bluebird, a female redbird, two different kinds of woodpeckers, finches, titmouse, and some others I can't remember right now. My fiancé is really the one to ask about birds! I'm clueless! I have been taking photos, though, of the various birds that visit during the day. When Mike comes home from work, he looks at the pics and ID's the birds for me! That's how I'm learning who's who! LOL! Anyway, I have a photo album called "Backyard Shenanigans" (http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/87/564053178/Backyard_Shenanigans/) on my care2 page, if anyone is interested. Maybe you can help us identify some of them! (How do I upload pics to post using a Mac? I'm having trouble getting it to work.... just shows up as a blue box with a question mark!)
13 years ago
We saw a skunk in the backyard. S/he's back!!!
13 years ago

Great shot indeed! And for taking care of the bunny - that is sooooo nice of you!

And Tracy! Sounds like you have a wonderful, wildlife friendly backyard!

13 years ago
What a beautiful baby deer. Great photo shot.
What animals visit my backyard
13 years ago

It is a cooler, light snow winter here.  We feed the bird -seed and suet, the rabbits (we have a one eyed bunny, made a natural outdoor home for him/her), deer, grey squirrels..........

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We were taking down our fencing when this pic was taken.

My backyard wildlife:
13 years ago
Hello. I am new here and I would like to share with you all what types of wildlife frequent my yard! When it snows during the night, the morning reveals tracks from the visitors during the night, mostly deer, coyote and pheasant. I see the deer nearly every evening. I wish they weren't so afraid of me - they are plagued by hunters. I planted red osier dogwood trees which they love to nibble on. They like the wheat grain that gets spilled out near the chicken pen as well. Ring necked pheasants come and go continually. A large covey of California quail utilize our land as part of their range. I love to hear them and every once in a while I catch a glimpse of the whole group flying up into the Hawthorne trees to roost for the night. Sometimes coyotes come around. Many birds visit all year round: magpies, northern flickers, swallows, cassin's finches, goldfinches, robins, hawks, starlings, downy woodpecker, black-headed grosbeak, and more! There are also garter snakes, dragon flies, long-toed salamanders, prairie voles, bats.....
13 years ago

Wonderful visitors!

13 years ago
I forgot about our bats.
13 years ago
Chipmunks, Rabbits, Deer, Mourning Doves, Robins, Song birds. Skunk.
Anonymous
Pre Winter Freeze
13 years ago
BLUEBIRDS! and Juncos, and Goldfinch, oh my! Squirrels and Flickas, and Bluejays, oh my! Tinkleing windchimes, water dripping from the eaves, bird songs all in the trees. Friday will be in the teens and today we are gearing up. The bluebirds, which I rarely see at my feeders, are stocking up on the suet that falls to the ground,while the flicka sits on the suet feeder. BEAUTIFUL! Day here on the Cape! A little snow on  the ground. The sun is shining bright. and all is well here! Lite+ Luv...Paleidia
13 years ago
Oops sorry...Thank you to Elena for sharing the photos!
13 years ago

Awesome photos. How wonderful to have this deer family firmly established in your yard, or is it the other way around? Thanks for sharing the pictures. I truly enjoyed them.

Angela

13 years ago

With  Sandy has received 4 new, 51 total stars from Care2 membersSandy has been awarded 1279 butterflies for taking action at Care2 Sandy R.'s permission, I will share the beautiful story and pictures (the 3 posts below) I received in an e-mail from her this morning. Some of you might have seen it/them already!

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Pictures sent from a friend.  Some pretty smart deer and not as wild as one might think.

Please read the 4 explanatory paragraphs, and then look at the amazing pictures!

Our house was built in the deer's natural habitat in a remote rural area. Well worn deer trails cut through the property's abundant pine and sage. The oldest deer we've met (we call her Mama Rose) walked right up to us when we first arrived, sniffing and looking us over. We live in the middle of their foraging route, and so it seems okay to sometimes give them a few organic almonds out of our hands.

That's what we had on us when we first met Mama Rose, and the habit's stuck. Rose and her kin obviously think the yard belongs to them as much as anyone else, and they are just taking advantage of the wealth of natural foods growing everywhere. They especially like clover flowers, but it's amazing to see the variety of tasty flowers, leaves, twigs, nuts and berries they'll eat. They stay away from herbs and herbal flowers, but on occasion we've seen young deer eating the sweet medicinal berries of the Juniper tree.

Food is of course a major concern, but we also think they visit because they like our company. Often we see deer we don't know nibbling in the yard, but nearly every day some or many of Rose's extended family come by. All of the deer are likely to lay down on the grass and hang out, whether we know them well or not. Many of them know us personally, and while often running into the yard to greet us with their quiet enthusiasm, they will also swiftly shy away from strangers.

Although notoriously skittish, able to leap meters in the air in an instant when startled, a few deer we know, most notably Eva and her kids, will let us touch them as if we were family, letting us scratch them or pick something out of their fur. Eva even enjoys a hearty backrub! We've certainly learned a lot about how to act around them so as not to disturb them. We think they appreciate our efforts in fitting into their neighborhood.

continued - the actual pictures
13 years ago

Lisa ringing the front door bell with her nose





could be any afternoon










Mama Rose on the balcony



Young Ram practices the nose ritual with Rasa




well, come right in . .




young Ram


 
 
 

 
 
 
 

continued - the actual pictures
13 years ago


Freddy eating clover flowers
 

 
Rasa explaining the situation to Rosie




Lisa and Eva looking up to the balcony





young Ram with Marlis




young Ram





she doesn't care about the legs or the plastic rat -
after the photographer leaves
she'll eat one of those pumpkins by the tree


 








continued - the actual pictures
13 years ago


Eva in the pyramid


Freddy with his first big antlers


Marlis in the back yard with nine deer from Mama Rose's family



Mama Rose, the matriarch, she taught us the way of the deer,
in winter 2005 she disappeared, passing her throne onto Lisa






Lisa explaining the situation to Rasa





two women sharing a secret 

 
Rasa with Eva and her kids




13 years ago

With  Sandy has received 4 new, 51 total stars from Care2 membersSandy has been awarded 1279 butterflies for taking action at Care2 Sandy R.'s permission, I will share the beautiful story and pictures I received in an e-mail from her this morning. Some of you might have seen it/them already!

****************************************************

Pictures sent from a friend.  Some pretty smart deer and not as wild as one might think.

Please read the 4 explanatory paragraphs, and then look at the amazing pictures!


Eva in the pyramid

Our house was built in the deer's natural habitat in a remote rural area. Well worn deer trails cut through the property's abundant pine and sage. The oldest deer we've met (we call her Mama Rose) walked right up to us when we first arrived, sniffing and looking us over. We live in the middle of their foraging route, and so it seems okay to sometimes give them a few organic almonds out of our hands.

That's what we had on us when we first met Mama Rose, and the habit's stuck. Rose and her kin obviously think the yard belongs to them as much as anyone else, and they are just taking advantage of the wealth of natural foods growing everywhere. They especially like clover flowers, but it's amazing to see the variety of tasty flowers, leaves, twigs, nuts and berries they'll eat. They stay away from herbs and herbal flowers, but on occasion we've seen young deer eating the sweet medicinal berries of the Juniper tree.

Food is of course a major concern, but we also think they visit because they like our company. Often we see deer we don't know nibbling in the yard, but nearly every day some or many of Rose's extended family come by. All of the deer are likely to lay down on the grass and hang out, whether we know them well or not. Many of them know us personally, and while often running into the yard to greet us with their quiet enthusiasm, they will also swiftly shy away from strangers.

Although notoriously skittish, able to leap meters in the air in an instant when startled, a few deer we know, most notably Eva and her kids, will let us touch them as if we were family, letting us scratch them or pick something out of their fur. Eva even enjoys a hearty backrub! We've certainly learned a lot about how to act around them so as not to disturb them. We think they appreciate our efforts in fitting into their neighborho

13 years ago

Nice visitors! Specially the robins!

No robins in my backyard, but the racoons have been out in full swing, and due to the warm weather, I think I have a pair of pigeons mating! I hope not though, since the weather will eventually change back to winter (it is only January!).

13 years ago
Oh and....Yesterday my car was completed bird poop bombed and I couldn't figure out why. Thought it must have been the grackles. I just looked out side and saw dozens of robins. They usually migrate her to Texas from the north each winter. They're here!
13 years ago

When I sat down to think about it I realized how many animals come to visit. Along with the regular common birds we have cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and wrens. There is even an owl that comes by a few times a week to sit at the top of our pecan tree. I have also seen a hawk trying to catch sparrows that live in our wood pile. Too many grackles to count.  

We have an annoying skunk that comes around to fumigate us from time to time. There have been opossums, geckos, lizards, garden snakes. Squirrels! Do we have squirrels! They come for the pecans. I think one is living in our attic right now. Little buggers chewed our phone lines up twice!  

13 years ago
There is a strange animal that walks around in my backyard now and then, seemingly aimlessly.  Someone told me he is called a "landlord" 
Anonymous
LOTS OF BIRDS
13 years ago
New Years eve day, I was sitting out on my porch having my coffee,as usual. I sit here to watch the sun come up or greet the dawn each morning. It started out pretty quiet around the feeders and then all of a sudden a flock of robins came in. Then a flock of grackles. Soon I had 2 downey wookpeckers, a red-headed woodpecker, a flicker, chickadees you name it. It was strange, because it was dead quiet and this all happened within 5 min.lol
13 years ago

Here is a couple pics I snapped this morning from my apartment balcony.  With the Blue Jays, chickadees, squirrels, deer, crows, etc. it looked like a scene from Bambi!  Unfortunately it was overcast ... not sunny as it is now.

Deer

Blue Jay

Anonymous
A bluebird visited my backyard last week November 01, 2005 8:16 PM
13 years ago
I think this is a blue Jay, This visitor is very frequent in my back yard
Anonymous
my yard and neighborhood
13 years ago

Hi, All! We get grey squirrels, chickadees, bluejays, cardinals, sparrows, titmice, grackels, finches and had a family of wrens in our bird box couple of summers ago.  A big pine tree 2 houses down holds a crow family, and across the street, behind houses is a big pond. We can hear the ducks, geese and gulls over there sometimes.

In early spring, Fred & Ethel (a mallard pair) visit our backyard. It floods, so they have a private pool for a couple weeks. Just the other morning, early, we saw a cottontail rabbit hopping with motivation UP the street, right towards us. Suspect he was going to the neighbor's yard where he feeds the ducks corn.

Have also seen raccoon and skunk, but mostly just evidence of their feeding. Also, saw Golden Eagle last December, which was a magnificent surprise! I live in a city in New England!

13 years ago

Lots of visitors!

Here's my buddy the raccoon - yawning .

Racoon yawning

13 years ago
Scrub turkeys during the day and possums at night are the most common. We also get geese from down the road. We get a lot of minah birds too and a few others getting stuck into the wattle flowers. We have a lot of blue tounge lizards and other smaller ones.
Millions - it's cool!
13 years ago

I'm feeding a family of raccoons - far from the house! There's also armadillos, opposums, skunks, squirrels, deer(7 babies this year with 2 sets of twins), turkey, variety of songbirds - I've seen lizards and snakes of all types too - frogs and toads. Can hear an owl on some nights, but haven't seen him. Friendly crows and also a resident hawk.

My most memorable visitor was a young porcupine that wandered up onto my backporch one night. Very nonchalant - haven't seen him again though.

My barn cats have chased off the rabbits - I miss them.

LOL I completely love a reason
13 years ago
    to show my photos..
These are ducks and a guinea fowl.. The fowl were at one time raised here, and now, several generations later gone to wild.. This one flew in and liked the grasshopper pests in my back yard.. and I liked his intervention.. it was a match made in heaven..
THe last two are wildlife that we had indoors..
 My sister, Rebecca and I are with the Nebraska wildlife rescue team.
This summer we played host to numerous critters, some of them very tiny and others adult..
This rabbit was about two days old when we got him and about 5 weeks when he was let go.. the raccoon is in this photo about 4 weeks.. at 3 months he was released on the wildlife preserve.. We had such a good time with them this year..   we bottle fed about 7 raccoons all told over the summer.. a couple of birds and two rabbits.. Its a lot quieter without the raccoons around..





13 years ago

First time sighting in the backyard - not the best picture (little blury), but here it is:

Bunny

Sooooo cool!

13 years ago
Yes, I listened to her to stop and look, but she understood when I said we probably shouldn't draw too much attention to him; someone might interupt his meal
Anonymous
13 years ago
Cats!  Bloody cats!  Bloody bird-killing cats!
13 years ago
Hi.  My mother has a wonderful backyard habitat in the middle of Tacoma WA.  We get raccoons, squirrels, goldfinches, chickadees, little titmouse birds, plus
13 years ago

Sounds like your Eagle was so desperate to feed he's come into the city and taken risks, poor thing.

Another reason why humans should stop increasing the size of their habitation and let the wildlife alone.

Sorry, the subject makes me so upset and angry.

Glad you listened to your wife!!!

13 years ago

Mike ... I bet! Maybe he is used to people, which may be a sign of our times! Nevertheless, great experience! Thank you again for sharing it with us!

Linda: for more info on a wildlife/ bird friendly backyard, take a look at our archived threads. There's a lot of info there you may be able to use to attract your favourite birds. Here are two examples of such threads (many more there):

Landscaping For Backyard Wildlife
 
Tips For Making Your Backyard Habitat Wildlife Friendly
Hope that helps!
13 years ago
Elena, sorry to take so long to get back to you, yes the experience had me high as a kite for hours.  He was sooo neat. But almost too trusting of our presence.
Anonymous
13 years ago

You mean Squirrels like nibbleing on vegetables too?.....Squirrels scurry across our fences quite often and it's fun to watch our dark bark and have a little fun,and when our dog is inside,the squirrels seem to have eaten up our walnuts and almonds.  We don't seem to attract enough birds,except for a couple of BlueJays(occasionally.)and an ugly swarm of bees.  What kind of plants should I grow to attract a larger variety of birds?

13 years ago
Really cool! What a treat!
Oh one more thing....
13 years ago

This isn't a picture of him, but it looks a lot like him...here is the link to the picture: Eagle Pic similar to the one we saw

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What a THRILL my wife and I had !
13 years ago

Dispite being near a city, we are seeing more and more wildlife every year.

Last weekend, we were coming home from eating out, and my wife made me pull over onto a back street "because she saw something": after much protesting, I did, and man am I glad I did.

We pulled up along side a golden eagle feasting on a vole.  He was on one side of the road, and we on the other, not more than 10 feet away (always when we DON'T have a camera)j.  We watched him for a few minutes, but didn't want to attract too much attention to him (there was a bit of traffic there), so we moved on.

  I have seen a lot of hawks and falcons in the area, but this is my first eagle up this close.  He was soo beautiful too.

13 years ago

Since it has gotten a little cooler in the morning and eveing, I have about 40 or so doves waiting for me and my hubby every morning/evening to get their treat! They are so, so cute!

Here's one of them:

dove.jpg

my backyard
14 years ago

I also have squirrels, chipmunks, varieties of birds, and bats visit my backyard everyday. ........

14 years ago
What an awesome way to greet the morning, Whisper!!  Sharing it with God's creatures!!  Have a blessed day!
14 years ago
update:  my tad pole friends now have huge backlegs and i think i noticed little front ones on the smaller friend, and this morning we were watching the birds out back and mama hawk flew bye with her young the sound of their cry is breath taking ( I am partial to them, they are my native american clan! ) awesome morning love and light, great phesant picture Anne!  MORNING ALL WHISPER
14 years ago

Whisper! Keep us posted!

Very cool, Anne! I wish I was that lucky!

Smile S.!

14 years ago

Afternoon all,

One animal that visited my back garden once was a bird called Liz, proper beast/animal she was!

Anonymous
14 years ago

Elena, the pheasant I think made his way to my garden because I moved in to this house last Winter and straight away was putting up feeders for the birds Beside me both ways are woodlands and I used to hear it in the woods. Within no time he was in my garden nearly everyday feeding.

What amazed me was that I had a fox and a pheasant in my garden a few times, happily feeding next to each other, not bothering each other at all.

I have got quite close to the pheasant. Below is a picture of me topping up the bird table with food and the pheasant next to me. When I am out in the garden as soon as I start throwing seed on the ground, he literally comes running towards me. He is so funny and lovely to watch. I feel really honoured that he comes so close to me.

pheasant

14 years ago
ACTUALLY I LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING BECAUSE I AM DISABLED WITH MY HUSBAND AND MY TWO YEAR OLD, BUT WE ARE IN THE HEART OF AMISH COUNTRY IN MIDDLEFIELD OHIO, GEAUGA AND OUR BACK YARD RUNS ON THE WOODS IT IS SO AWESOME TO WATCH ALL THE BABIES! AND MY HUSBAND BUILT ME A POND SO THEY WOULD ALL COME CLOSER FOR ME TO WATCH, HE IS THE AWESOME ONE THAT GUY!  WE HAD WILD TURKEYS OVER ON OUR FIRST DAY HERE THEY JUST WALKED INTO THE YARD AND ENJOYED WATCHING US MOVE IN. I LOST A FEW FRIENDS TO THE FLOODING LAST WEEK AND MOST OF THEIR VEGGIES THEY SEAM TO THING WE PLANTED FOR THEM,LOL.  BUT THE SCAVENGERS NEED TO EAT TO SO THEY WILL CONTINUE THE CYCLE GOOD BYE TO THOSE LOST.  I HAVE DONE ANIMAL RESCUE FOR YEARS AND NOW CAN'T BECAUSE WE LOST OUR HOME BUT I HAVE SO MANY MEMERIES OF COONIES AND COYOTES I'LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THEM LATER, GOT TO RUN NOW, SO HAPPY TO FIND FRIENDS HERE! THANKS WHISPER
14 years ago

I'd say so too, Whisper! Do you have a room for rent?

Anne: Pheasants - do they just come by, or you have some goodies for them?

14 years ago
Whisper you live in Heaven!!!!  What a wonderful assortment of animals!!!  I adore frogs and butterflies (we have so few anymore) and of course squirrels!!  Oh heck, I love the ALL!!  LOL   Do you ever see lightening bugs?  I rarely see those anymore either.     I'm sorry you aren't seeing any coons; I haven't coons or oppossums in my yard since Katrina.  Very sad.  
Anonymous
14 years ago

Field Vole

Rabbits

Fox

Pheasants

Squirrels

Many Birds

14 years ago

I my name is whisper and I'm new to  backyard wildlife! I live in the country so I have a few friends (furry and feathered and finned and scaled). We have a small pond and 35 fish two tadpoles Who are growing very BIG! Alot of frogs of various types, tree frogs dirt dudes, water frogs and lots of toads. Two very little baby toads who were born in my flower bed and now live in my flower pots.  We have had a few snakes I'm not to sure what types, but two like water.  Deers, skunk, rabbits that i argue with every night that those sweet peas are MINE! opposums, no connies though, very disapointing, coyotes,wolves black bears.  Wild turkeys, geese, ducks, phesents,  chipmunks a few squirels, doves, robins, golden finches cardnals blue birds and bluejays, owls, hawks, buzzards, eagles, and many farms animals, a few buffalo ,llammas, quails, muskrats, wood chuck ground hog dudes. Stone birds, they fall down and start screaming and flapping their wings and when you go over to help them they fly away ,their actions? to save their babies, that you didn't even see run the other way with the other parent, i call them stoney birds cause they are always around little stones and their eggs look just like the stones. A bird that sounds like a cat. Turtels in many shapes and sizes. marlins sparrows crows ravens black birds humming birds and blue herons, storks, swans. We also have many butterflies night butterflies that are so beautiful they take your breath away, dragon flies and damsil flies

That's all I can think of I don't know all their names, but as I learn them i will pass it on to you or maybe you will know and you can tell me. Oh ya and a beaver. Ferrits and foxes. Porquepines. Shrews and of cause moles, and a very cranky badger.  He is very tempramental!  Goffers, mice all shapes and sizes.  One huge snapping turtle that wouldn't mind bitting you in the but if you stick in her way. Oh just so you know the buffalo and the llama belong to the farm up the street, and get loose every now and again!  but the black bears are wild.  I do miss my coonnies though they are one of my favorite, there are plenty around they are just very busy. hope i see something new.

14 years ago
A friend of mine from Ohio has a family of skunks in her back yard and she says they are not afraid of her at all!      My squirrels have disappeared so I guess they are nesting now although I thought it would be later in the season.  With all this crazy weather maybe they don't know when to have babies anymore.   I have seen very few butterflies but quite a few hummingbirds!   I have an abundance of birds (both adults, babies and juvies).   These include red belly woodpeckers, brown thrashers, eastern sided towhees, cards, bluejays, titmice and I think a few chickadees are wandering back.  I haven't seen oppossums or coons in a while and I sure miss them.  I try to keep water on the ground for them although I do have water up higher (which I still think they have access too).  BTW, I live in Mississippi.
14 years ago

I still have not seen a skunk in my backyard this summer, and I have not smelled one in the neighbourhood either! I wonder what's up with them! And I kinda miss them!

But the coonies are present every night, which is nice. They have their own water dish, specially with the temperatures we've been having! I change the water outside at least twice a day! And the solution in the hunnimgbird feeder once a day!

Any news from your backyards?

14 years ago
Sounds like a very, very busy backyard! Some of the species you have mentioned I've never really heard about!
Perth, Western Australia
14 years ago

I live on a small house block with a small backyard in the middle of the city of Perth. However the backyard is pretty wild and unkempt and has many flowering bushes.

Birds are the most obvious visitors to my backyard in Perth.  My regular visitors are Rainbow Lorikeets, Galahs, Twenty-Eights (Ringneck Parrots), Kookaburras, Magpies, Crows, Owls, Willy Wagtails, Pee Wees (mudlarks), and various as yet unidentified small Honeyeaters, Wattlebirds (large Honeyeaters), Barking Owl, Laughing Turtle Dove (introduced pest from overseas).

Mammal species are rarely seen in my backyard (except neighbours cats - not welcome!) during the day. I have a resident possum that lives in the roof at different times of the year.  Also rats (introduced pests) and house mice (also introduced pest) are around but rarely seen.

I obviously have many lizards in my backyard as I have seen the kookaburras hunting in my backyard during the day and the owl in the evening.  However, I have not actually seen them except for the very small skink I know as a 'jimmy lizard' and one small gecko.

Creepy crawlies rule the roost in this house and backyard.  It is a very old house with gaps in the floorboards.  Depending on the season I can be inundated with insects.  Cockroaches (not my favs let me tell you), ants, crickets, moths, slaters, worms, beetles, spiders, aphids, praying mantis (my fav), ladybirds, butterflies, flies, mosquitos, snails (introduced pest), slugs, etc, etc.

Photo of Rainbow Lorikeets (regarded as a Pest species as they are not native to Western Australia but introduced from the East coast of Australia - the prettiest pest I know )

Rainbow Lorikeets Photo wikipedia

14 years ago

"Did you know that rehabbers stop and check oppossums they find dead on the road because if they are carrying babies in their pouches the babies can live for another 1 or 2 days."

Thank you for the info! I did not know that! I wonder if all rehabbers do that!

And ... on another note ... the one creature I have not seen in my backyard for quite a while now is a skunk! We used to have a few visiting, but not lately! I have lots of racoons (with their babies) and possums - which is still nice to see!

Happy day everyone!

14 years ago

Oh Mike how wonderful you got to see her walking and that she made it across the road without anyone hitting her!   I hate to think that people would hit an innocent, slow moving animal crossing the road on purpose.  Did you know that rehabbers stop and check oppossums they find dead on the road because if they are carrying babies in their pouches the babies can live for another 1 or 2 days.  It really makes me sad when I see a dead one on the road; wondering if she is a mommy with live babies still in her pouch.  I wished you could have taken some pics but at least you posted a visual story.   Thanks!

Awww
14 years ago
I had the wonderful privelage of watching a momma 'possum crossing the road last night on my way home.
 I slowed down (she wasn't in a big hurry...didn't want to jostle her load loose or anything).  She looked at my approach (I was driving) and hissed once, then continued on her merry way.  The little uns were soooo cute.  Wish I'd had a camera with a zoom lens (she wouldn't have left me anywhere near her brood ).
14 years ago
Thanks, Vicky.  You are sooo right.  It used to anger my ex when I used to talk about the needless development in this area (it angered her because one of her best friends family makes a, most unfortunate, very good living by putting up new apartment buildings when there is anything but a housing shortage in my city).  I looked at the link, but it appears it is strictly American.  Again, thanks for the input though.
14 years ago

Kevin, another sad tale of urban blight.   I am so sick of seeing human faces everywhere in place of wildlife.  It makes me sick.  We need to control population  not keep  multiplying.  It is destroying our eco system and the wildlife habitat, which results in loss of wildlife.   Here is a link that maybe can help with the loss of lands in your area.  I'm not sure.  I wrote them about parks in Mississippi that may be on the chopping block (WHAT are people thinking?) but haven't heard back from them.   Good luck and I hope for the sake of the poor animals that they will leave the few remaining trees intact.  

http://www.tpl.org/

14 years ago
Let's see ... we are now in an apartment in the city, but it is a small amount of trees behind us (for now, it sadly looks as though they are prepping for more developement) and there are tons of squirells, three deer, and last night one of our kitties spotted a racoon for us
Anonymous
West Chester , OH
14 years ago
Let's see; chipmonks, possums, birds, racoons, squirrels, cats and dogs!
14 years ago

Thank you Leiah; your post is very informative and uplifting knowing other cities as well are trying to conserve habitat!  Have a blessed day!

Vicky
14 years ago

There are some animals and habitats it's hard to build around - especially habitat for bigger mammals - jackals, hyenas, wild boar  - in particular the latter, which are big, dangerous animals, and even in rural areas they can be very destructive, damaging trees and ripping up fences of farms and villages.

Medium sized animals like porcupines, foxes, wild cats, badgers and the like, even jackals, can sometimes find a place around the outskirts of town, sometimes even within it, but it isn't easy. It's hard for them to find a place in a city, even with lots of parks, especially as people are afraid, of the foxes in particular, that they pose a rabies risk. The municipal veterinary services do have innoculation programmes for local wildlife, but still.

Porcupines also have a bad rap - people believe they are malicious and can "shoot" quills, not true, but hard often to convince people that having a family of porcupines in the yard of your apartment building is fine, even beneficial, as they help to keep some pests away.

I agree that it's a shame so much habitat is damaged or destroyed when cities expand, actually the place I live was designed with a lot of green areas, lots of parks and gardens - great in particular for the birds and small mammals such as fruit bats and hedgehogs. One thing many local people have done right is to plant native species in their gardens, and in many of the parks.

There is though, as I said, a hill near my home which to date is a designated nature reserve/archaeology park, and there are local conservationist groups fighting to get similar designations for other sites as the outskirts of town develop into new neighbourhoods. The area around town is still mostly rural: small villages, woods, scrubby hills and farmland.

14 years ago

Leiah, great pics of the gecko and tortoise!!   It is so sad that people don't realize the losses we will suffer by destroying the wildlife habitat.  It makes me so angry and depressed!  To not hear or see some animals again due to construction is totally unnessary.   They should build AROUND the habitat, NOT destroy it.   There has to be a better way.   Sorry I got off on this but it makes me so frustrated.

Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise
14 years ago

turtle

In a neighbour's yard...

Wow
14 years ago

First I just wanted to say how much fun it is reading your posts about all the great mammals you get in your backyards - that's what I enjoy most about visiting the States, the huge variety of mammals that come and visit people's gardens - I love watching cottontails and chipmunks on my in-laws' lawn!

Here in Israel I don't have a backyard - just a balcony, so most of our visitors are birds (and bugs). I love balcony bird watching, and I love the praying mantis too, must be my favourite bug, something so uncannily human about them and some of them are a wonderful bright green colour.

We do get some lizards - little pink Mediterranean geckos sometimes come inside too, very cute. I took this photo a couple of years ago when this little fellow came through my kitchen window and crawled into a container on my counter... Shmamit

The garden below us gets mostly cats - perhaps that's why they don't get much else. Have seen Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoises there though, they come out in spring and are amazingly fast considering they are tortoises!

At a wild area on the outskirts of town, about 15 minutes walk from my home, we find porcupine quills, and I've seen foxes, gazelle, voles, molerats and mongoose, also a snake and a hare.

Though I've rarely seen them, in the wee hours of the morning during the summer we still somtimes hear jackals cackling, but now that this town has grown and the region is more built up that sound is getting rarer.

Anonymous
14 years ago

What great visitors we all have...

Tonight I found a little toad in the back yard while I was starting to dig up the garden.

14 years ago

Katrina, you are so blessed to have kitties that will bring furbabies to you.  I wonder if they steal them from the mom's dens or if they were desserted for whatever reason.   Regardless, you are wonderful for taking them in and giving them love!!

My kitties bring them
14 years ago

I was surprised at first but now I never know what I will see.My tamed ferals bring me otherssss to look out for.We are 1 big happy family.As it stands now we have 4 possums that are now on their own.

My kitties bring me anything with fur so now I have food,water and shelters of all kinds and now nothing surprises me

14 years ago

Katrina, that is an adorable pic of the oppossum in the cat bed!!!  How surprised you must have been (and pleased, too)!!

I never know what I might see.
14 years ago
possum sleepingThis is a possum that took over 1 of the many cat beds in the carport.possum eating with kitties
14 years ago

Hammy LOL!!!  I did see the footprints but I was waiting on a whole menagerie of animals/critters/birds!  hahahahaha!   Thanks for setting me straight! 

14 years ago

Oh it's so wonderful to hear about all the creatures you are all getting to experience and share your space with!  I must confess...I'm a tad envious!

I so miss living in the country right along a forestry preserve.  I was fortunate enough to encounter such a wide variety of creatures both big and small.

Still, this little suburban lot sees some action from the usual suspects and hopefully with all that I'm learning here, some hard work and some fun of course, I'll increase the variety and number of critters that visit our little place on the planet.

I love the pictures guys and the stories!!!  Thank you so much for sharing them. 

Peace,

Jenny

Anonymous
14 years ago
Vicky, you must be an inexperienced tracker.  C'mon over to my house and I'll teach you.  The footprints show up just fine on my computer.  Bring a pizza with you.  And root beer.  Bigfoot big hungry.
14 years ago

Thanks Leslie!! 

Kate, what are those yellow and red nibblies?  Bell peppers?  Cute pic by the way!! 

Hammie, no pic showed up. 

Anonymous
14 years ago

In descending order of frequency, several varieties of birds (I'll make up a list later), feral cats that the neighbor feeds, deer (one's a John), a pheasant on a couple of occasions, a dislocated frog, a horse once, a helicopter--oops, no, that was the house next door whose back yard is right beside our house (he's a pilot), a surveyor, and Big Foot.  We've never seen Big Foot, just his tracks.  Oh, wait a minute.  What do you know, those are my size 12 tracks.  Darn!footprints.gif

14 years ago
Yes Jenny and Vicky I am lucky! We are exploring water plants and do want to add a few fish. Hopefully I'll get some frogs! All the neighborhood critters  around me have found the pond!! What a joy it is to be able to look out my den window at all my feather and furred friends at the same time I talk to my Care2 friends!! Thank you Vicky for letting me know you've had a hummer and the pic was great. peace and hugs to you all!
Anonymous
14 years ago

Backyard is always busy with furs and feathers alike.  Today there was a groundhog and the chipmunk & squirrel were very curious.   In one pic you can see a junco. Just the head of the groundhog appears

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And Yes I put lots of nibblies out for them too..

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14 years ago

Leslie, how wonderful you and your husband both love wildlife and birds, etc.  How sweet he built you a pond.  I hope you have fish and frogs, too!!   I, too, feed many squirrels and birds (sometimes oppossums and raccoons) in my yard and enjoy each and every one!!   I am in heaven when I can sit on my back deck and watch them eating together.  Except the oppossums and raccoons come out late at night.    Here is a pic of one of the hummers that have started coming.  I can't wait til they are here in full force!  Click on the pic to enlarge it.

14 years ago

to put it simple:

squirrls, squilrrls, and more squirrls. they are useful as alarm clocks because almost everymorning we here 1 trying to crack a nut on out skylight. we call the squirrl that wakes us up everymorning "deenameetae" (dynamyte). if anyone here has seen the movie "Hoodwinked" then youll know what i mean.

14 years ago

to put it simple:

squirrls, squilrrls, and more squirrls. they are useful as alarm clocks because almost everymorning we here 1 trying to crack a nut on out skylight. we call the squirrl that wakes us up everymorning "deenameetae" (dynamyte). if anyone here has seen the movie "Hoodwinked" then youll know what i mean.

14 years ago

Ah Leslie, it sounds as though you have a wonderful wildlife habitat! 

So many lovely birds and so fortunate to have someone who so obviously appreciates them and takes the time to provide them with the things they need to thrive!!! 

It's wonderful when we can appreciate the beauty of the outdoors right outside our own front, or back door.  I love the fact that your family knows of your love for nature and is so supportive! 

Peace,

Jenny

14 years ago
whoops! I mean a hummingbird sighting! thanks
14 years ago
Hi everyone!! I also live "in town" but try hard to attract my wild friends to my yard. We have quite an assortment of birs vistit and some stay!!! We have resident cardinals, beautiful house finches, goldfinchs, a couple of nuthatches(my grandsons favorite), downy and redbellied woodpeckers, starlings ( of course), blackbirds, blue jays, mourning doves, chickadees,carolina wren and more!!! My husband is so supportive of my love he recently built a pond for me with a small waterfall. My family always knows what to give me with my love of the outdoors. I keep several birdbaths and many feeders. We have several resident squirrels and several neighboring ones as I put out sunflower seed,corn and peanuts for them everyday. I strung the seeds down my sidewalk one day and had seven squirrels about a foot apart each! I'm anticipating my little hummingbirds and have some feeders out already. I live in central IL and would appreciate hearing from anyone with a sitting near me!!! peace and hugs
14 years ago

Since I've been digging new garden beds, I've been swamped with happy robins eating up the worms and thankfully the slugs! 

There also seems to be a larger than usual number of bluejays.  Although they are beautiful, their er...singing...leaves a bit to be desired!

We're also getting quite a few mourning doves.  I just love listening to them.  Now if I could get my daughter to stop chasing them away!

Peace,
Jenny

14 years ago

I think I'll have ducklings visiting me soon, the males and females have been vigorously mating (poor females, the guys are rather rough) and I have only had one or two visiting me the last 2 days, I assume they are nesting.

My little bay keeps me very occupied with plenty to see, I'm very fortunate, although it's very hard going to work each day, I just want to sit out on my porch and watch all the action.

14 years ago

Oh Nicola, I bet that is so cool getting ducks everyday in your backyard!!   I didn't have my camera the other day when I saw a mama and her baby ducklings cause it would have made an adorable photo!  Nice pic and nice backyard!   (BIG swimming pool)

14 years ago

This is my backyard here in Bermuda, the ducks visit me every day for food.

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EVERYONE
14 years ago

Looking back, I didn't realize there were so many delightful stories of so many animals posted on here!!  That really lifts my spirits to know there are so many animal lovers out there and so many animal visitors!   These stories have made my day and the photos, too!!  I can never hear too many stories or see too many photo's of these wonderful creatures!!  THANK YOU!!

Jenny and Kat
14 years ago

Jenny - you tell a wonderful and funny story about your animals!!  You are so fortunate to have all of them and in those numbers, too!  That is an exceeding blessing!  Thanks for sharing and please post some pics!!  I would love to see them all!!

Kat - that is so hilarious about the raccoon taking his paw and wacking the skunk!!  Brave soul he is!!  LOL  I think it is wonderful that they dine together and I hope you can get a pic of it one day and share!!   Now THAT would be a pic and a half!! 

BAHAHAHAHA!
14 years ago

Oh dear!  The image of a raccoon wacking a skunk over the head just about had me sputtering coffee out of certain facial orifices!!!

It's strange, where I live in Ontario Canada, we're in a zone where the black squirrel is the most common.  Frankly, when I was a child, I thought all squirrels were black.  It's a treat for me to see a grey squirrel and I love walking through pine stands and seeing the red squirrels. 

Yep, but around here it's the pudgy black fellows.  I'll try and capture some pictures for you.

Jenny

Anonymous
14 years ago

Jenny!  You certainly have quite the visitors to your yard!  And I would LOVE to see a black squirrel in person!  I have never seen a black one (or a white one) around here...ever!  I've seen photos, and I think the black ones are absolutely adorable!!! 

I love the name 'Tumbleweed' for the skunk!    That is so cute!  I have about 4 different skunks visiting my yard at night, and I always keep my fingers crossed that they don't go and get "stinky" in the yard from a disagreement!  I've also counted three raccoons, and they eat side by side with the skunks without any big quarrels.  I saw a raccoon wack a skunk on the head with his paw one time because the skunk got too close to where he was eating, but the skunk didn't spray.  It's quite comical watching them! 

14 years ago

Hmm...for a small suburban lot, I have a great group of little inhabitants!

Firstly of course, black squirrels...everywhere!  Completely bold, unafraid and hilarious!  Despite the long winter, they're still so pudgy they can hardly walk.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with all the food they get from myself and the neighbors. I aso see the occasional grey squirrel hanging about.

There are a small group of rabbits around the area.  They seem to like our home as evidenced by the er...pellets!  They're so tame that you can just walk right up to them, a foot or so away and squat down and have a nice little chat.  I'm not sure where they're staying permanently yet.

I have my evening visit by "Tumbleweed", the skunk.  I think my patio is a part of his regular route as he trundles on through, walking right under my chair without a care in the world.  Remarkably and oh so thankfully, he and my dog seem to have a mutual agreement to keep their distance.

I have my morning coffee with a large murder of ravens that have decided that my home and the ones surrounding mine are their turf!  I happen to love ravens despite their loud clammering so they are always a treat.

Occassionally in the evening I see the odd raccoon trotting down the street and through the yards.  Crafty little ones!  We have an ongoing competition over my trash!  I come up with a new system to keep them out, they develop a new way of outwitting me. 

As to birds, wow, I can't keep track of them.  We have a good collection of chickadees, goldfinches, sparrows of all makes and models, blue jays, cardinals etc. and come summer a pesky bunch of starlings. At the moment, some group of birds have managed to stave off the worst of winter by congregating in my bathroom ventilation fan.  That despite an upside down external opening, with screening designed to keep birds out.  Ha!!!  My daughter loves taking a bath though and hearing them all fluttering and chirping above her.  It'll be a nasty clean up for me come spring.  Meh!  It's worth it.

Next come all the neighborhoood cats.  I can't go out without someone showing up for a good scratch.  A few of them are constantly trying to sneak in the house along with me.  Wouldn't they be surprised to walk in and come face to face with my dear dog Briar.  She's a Newfoundland and a tad large, shall we say!

Wow there are more but my hands are cramping so I'll sign off now.

Cheers!

Jenny

Annastasia
14 years ago
Thank you for your compliments on my pics.  I hope you get a digital camera soon.  I know you will have lots of fun with it and I can't wait for you to post pics of your animals!!!  
vicky
14 years ago
Wow they are just gorgeous.  I didn't expect an armadillo to have such a beautiful soft expression on it's face.  It looks so innocent.  I have never seen one in real life before.  the possum or oppossum was it?  it looks very different from our possums here.  very cute too.  Unfortunately i don't have a digital camera yet.  I"m a bit behind the times lol.  Even if i had a scanner i could scan some pics of our possums.  But unfortunately i'm just gonna have to wait until i get a camera   thank you for sharing your pics
Some of you may have seen these already.....
14 years ago

But here is my armadillo and oppossum visitors.Image

Anasstasia
14 years ago
Oh, I would love to see pics of all of your wonderful animals, too!!!   Please share with us!!  Thank you.   Vicky
14 years ago
Man you all get some wonderful creatures in your back yard.  I would love to see a Chipmunk, squirrel, groundhog, armadillo, mole or a bear in my yard but in Australia I see quite a different bunch.  We get ring tail possums, sugar gliders, bats, occassionally kangaroos, galahs, magpies, butcherbirds, lorrikeets, cockatoos, rossellas, lots of birds, dingoes, a few snakes, some of the snakes are harmless, Wild Hairs (like rabbits), bandicoots, foxes, and sometimes koalas around our area but i've never seen one in our yard.  I guess you have all heard of Steve Irwin (crocodile hunter), well his zoo and his home is only a 15 minute drive from where i live.  I have a yearly pass to go to his zoo and i've seen him do his show there too.  IT's a wonderful zoo with tigers, elephants, crocodiles of course, koalas you can pat, kanagaroos you can pat and feed, wombats, tasmanian devils, otters and heaps of other animals from around the world just thought i'd add that in.  I loved reading about your visitors in your yard so thanks for sharing.
Anne
14 years ago
I love the pics of your pheasant!!  Vicky
Greetings, fellow animal lovers!
14 years ago

Hi all!  I have SO enjoyed reading this thread!  I'm a newcomer, so a quick intro:  we live in a suburban/rural area on the outskirts of a small town (approx. 34,000 residents).  We have 6 cats, 19 birds (all inside).  Our outside visitors have been various birds such as towhees, titmice, house finches, goldfinches, nuthatches, flickers, mourning doves, cardinals, bluebirds, downy, hairy, red-bellied, redheaded (and one pileated!) woodpeckers, chickadees, song sparrows, house sparrows (of course!), Eastern bluebirds, mockingbirds,  an occasional meadowlark, redwing blackbirds, grackles, brownheaded cowbirds, starlings... hawks *I would REALLY prefer they not hang out at my feeders...

    We also have raccoons (who have had the audacity to not only empty, but to TAKE OFF WITH the last two new birdfeeders I bought.. LOL!), 'possums, squirrels (grays, no fox squirrels that I know of), the yellow and white cat who lives under my house but thinks I don't know he's there... , and the occasional neighborhood mooch who knows a soft touch lives here.  We've had deer (5 at one time) come bed down in the tall grass just beyond where we stop mowing (we have about 5 1/2 acres but only mow the main field once every year or so), mowing just the approx. 1 acre when the house and fruit trees are.  I love all creatures, and love to feed them and watch them go about their lives, being who and what their Creator designed them to be! 

    Looking forward to getting acquainted with you all.

    Regards, Suzanne S.   aka tootsiebird, in honor of our first (recently departed, forever loved) cockatiel

Wow!
14 years ago

So many animals!  That is just great!  And Terrific pics Kerri, Vicki, and Anne !  Thanks for sharing!

I have various birds in my backyard: squirrells,raccons, opposums,skunks,cats unfortunately ( I LOVE cats, but they are such predators),and I used to have bunnies but they moved across the street (cats) and I once saw a peacock.  Oh, I also have a groundhog (Horatcio as in the play Hamelet) who lives in my garage and nibbles in my backyard.... and of course he nibbled my tomato plants in the side yard last year as well...who can blmae him, they were good 'maters!

14 years ago
My deer are still here. Couple weeks ago I saw a herd of them go across the back of my property. I counted seven. Early yesterday morning at dawn I saw a raccoon running down the trail towards my house and then he crossed to the side pond. I think he was in a hurry to get home before daylight.
Anonymous
14 years ago
I also see many foxes, squirrels, rabbits, shrews? Owls I hear at night, but have yet to see them.
Anonymous
Pheasant
14 years ago

A couple of months ago I moved to the countryside and am lucky to have woods in my garden and have forests either side of me

The other day I was on the phone and I saw a pheasant walking up and down the patio area. I have never seen or heard pheasants until moving here and now see them quite often.

I saw a Great Spotted Woopecker for the first time ever the other day too, feeding on my bird feeder. I've now seen him 3 days in a row, but haven't got a photo as yet.

Below are a couple of photos of the pheasant I took whilst on the phone!

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Mike
14 years ago
That is so funny Mike that one crawled across your leg for a peanut.  Even mine that I feed everyday are scary of me (or most of them) and shy away when I get too close.  That little guy must have been real hungry and real brave to cross your leg!  LOL     Vicky
14 years ago
Yes, they are, the local park (Long's) has lots of them, and some of them will come up to you and take food.  Once one crawled up my leg, across my shoulders and onto the picnic table to get to a peanut.  We go there to see the ducks, geese and swans too (oh and can't forget the Koi fish ).
Squirrels
14 years ago

My favorite animal that frequent my backyard are the squirrels.  We raised JoJo (in this pic)  and released and here she is standing up waiting for me to give her her peanut.  They are so much fun to watch and so smart, too!!    Vicky

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I have a family
14 years ago

of Florida Mice.  They are very endangered, and I'm so happy to have them at the birdfeeder.  They have a beautiful coat:  Multicolored with longer hair than other rodents.  They have a very long tail.  Since it is segmented, I thought at first they were baby opossums.  the Wildlife worker told me what it was when I sent a picture.  Apparently the reason why they are so endangered is that some people are wearing them as part of a Fur coat! 

They are highly social creatures.  They eat side-by-side with the ring-neck trutle doves and the squirrels.  The come out only during the day.  They adults are smaller than a rat, but larger than a field mouse.  I wish I could pet one-they're coats seem so soft with black, brown, white, and a little rust through it.  They're very good climbers, too.

I have a family
14 years ago

of Florida Mice.  They are very endangered, and I'm so happy to have them at the birdfeeder.  They have a beautiful coat:  Multicolored with longer hair than other rodents.  They have a very long tail.  Since it is segmented, I thought at first they were baby opossums.  the Wildlife worker told me what it was when I sent a picture.  Apparently the reason why they are so endangered is that some people are wearing them as part of a Fur coat! 

They are highly social cretures.  They eat side-by-side with the ring-neck trutle doves and the squirrels.  The come out only during the day.  They adults are smaller than a rat, but larger than a field mouse.  I wish I could pet one-they're coats seem so soft with black, brown, white, and a little rust through it.  They're very good climbers, too.

14 years ago
I'm lucky to have had several visits from deer on my property this year. I had three come right on my front lawn and in the orchard eating the apples. I'm hoping I will see them again. It hunting season this week and I heard three shots so I'm hoping it wasn't them. I don't allow hunting on my property, so lets hope thats where they were.
Anonymous
14 years ago

Amanda!!!

I'm very happy to hear you like the group!!!  And what a backyard you have!  It's great to hear about you having bathouses!  So many people are frightened by bats and don't realize just how helpful they are!!!   

My backyard buddies...
14 years ago
  Hi everyone, this is my 1st post to the group.  I feel right at home!  Let's see.  In my backyard, you can find bats   (I have built bat boxes - they are great insect controllers), possums, white tailed deer, wild turkey, skunks, raccoons, gray squirrels (no red ones, but I have seen 1 albino), groundhogs  , rabbits, crows, tufted titmice, blue jays, cardinals, blue birds, goldfinches, sparrows, mourning doves, humming birds in the summer, butterflies   (I plant plants they seem to like in my front/side yards) and many other birds that I do not know the names for, and various frogs (one lives year round in my heated basement)  .  I live in WV, off of the highway, so there is protection for my backyard buddies and my 3 feline children      (all rescued - 1 suffers the consequences of lead poisoning during kitten-hood...mental retardation, stunted growth, inability to put on weight - she is a Maine Coon mix and only weighs 5 pounds.  She is so fragile!  My other 2 children actually look out for her.  My tabby alley cat bathes her daily.  She doesn't have the energy to bathe herself some days.)  Sorry, I got WAY off topic.  I just get excited about my kids.    Anyway, those are my backyard buddies.  I think I included all of them.  I think this is an excellent group!!  BRAVO!!
14 years ago

I'll have to go with the "front yard" or whatever that little space is called where there's some brown grass in the summer and snow right now.

I have seen:

-squirrels

-turkey vultures

-sparrows

-ducks (I think they got lost and ended up nesting in a tree that is gone now )

-mourning doves

-nuthatches ( soooo cute!)

-tuffted titmice

-bluejays

-cardinal

-crows

-downy woodpeckers

-chickadees

That's all that I can remember seeing or hearing.

Then there is also:

-neighborhood children

-neighbors' dogs and cats

Anonymous
14 years ago

  I love reading about all the different wildlife in everyone's backyard!!! 

Tess, sounds like you have an awesome backyard!!!

Nicola, what a fantastic experience to be that close!!!   

My backyard!
14 years ago

Actually, we get the most in our front yard, due to the birdfeeder and all the trees. We have white-tailed Jackrabbits (which are actually hares), red squirrels, field mice, red and white breasted nuthatches, black capped chickadees, downy woodpeckers, bohemian and cedar waxwings, and blue jays.

Today we saw a boreal chickadee too... a unique sighting!

14 years ago

I had a lovely treat this morning whilst feeding the local group of ducks on my little beach, a beautiful young grey heron decided to drop by and investigate, it stood only 5 metres away from me. I guess it thought the feeding might attract a few fish for its breakfast.

Experiences like this help me get up in the morning!

14 years ago
Kat,I don't feed the roadrunners myself but I hear they eat bugs and worms. People who have been able to handfeed them give them raw meat.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Terri!  There are sure a lot of visitors to your backyard!!!  That is so cool that you get roadrunners!!!  What do you feed the roadrunners?  I love cottontail bunnies, but I haven't seen any in my backyard yet.  Just tons of raccoons, skunks, and deer at night, and squirrels, chipmunks, and birdies during the day!   
14 years ago
I have a huge family of cottontails that convene in my yard at night and can sometimes be seen during the day. They are beautiful and I love having them there. I know they feel safe in my yard. I also have a covey of about 100 pigeons that we feed every morning. Other birds too, including sparrows, redwing blackbirds and roadrunners as well as some I'm not familiar with. We've had some kangaroo rats and field mice too. A lot of lizards, including tiny baby ones.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Kerri, awesome photo!  I love bird photos!!! 
Anonymous
14 years ago
It seems a lot of birds have grown scarce!  I still have quite a variety of birds, but the numbers are getting less and less.  But one bit of good news!!!    About four days ago, I actually for the first time in my life saw a pileated woodpecker!!!  Our yard is the perfect habitat for them because we have a lot of dead birch trees that they love!!!  It was such an awesome site!!!
14 years ago
Oh how pretty.   I saw a sight a few months ago I haven't seen for years...an Oreole...how sad that they have become so scarce.
A bluebird visited my backyard last week
14 years ago
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14 years ago
I forgot about the bunnies...sadly they rarely last very long as the city has it's second most populous resident, stray cats roaming about.
14 years ago
Living near the border of the city, I miss the wildlife I had when I was in the country also.  But I still enjoy the sounds of the mocking birds singing throughout the day, the squirrels and occasional chipmonk, the oppossums and grounhogs (woodchucks), the little moles and voles and a few mice now and then.
balcony wildlife
14 years ago

Hello everyone, I was invited to this group and I love my animal friends, so here I am. I live in an apartment, but there is a strip of woods right behind us.

I have set out food for possums and racoons, we have a big armadillo also that comes up to feed.

I put the food out a little distance from the edge of the woods, so that we can set out on the balcony and watch our animals.

Have had one coyote come up and watch us, too!

A bow-legged squirrel comes up to my balcony each day and I leave him pecans if I am not home. If I am here, I have left the patio door open and my squirrel comes inside to eat. He is so cute and I nick named him "Haus".

Also have a hummingbird feeder and have nick names for the hummingbird regulars that come to eat out of it. One of them is named "fusser" because he makes a fussy noise if I am sitting there by the feeder. They have come up very close to our face and just hovered and stared us in the eye. 

I miss living in the country but we have found some wildlife in the city.

Hope all of you and your animal friends are doing good!

Sherry 

backyard buddies
14 years ago
I did have loads of backyard buddies until the neighbor let her 6 cats outside.  But once in a while Ill see squirrels, chipmunks, some birds.  Up at my boyfriends house(on a mountain top) he has turkeys, white tailed deer, opposums, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, birds both little and big including crows, red tailed hawks, turkey vultures(kinda scary), cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers and so many more, but the one animal he has that scares me the most up there is the copperhead snakes.  All the others are cute and fun to watch especially those funny turkeys. 
Anonymous
14 years ago

PJ!!!  I was thinking the same thing!!!   

We get coyotes, foxes, and I have heard several reports of moose and bear here in my area!

14 years ago
We Have bunny rabbits.All sorts of sizes and colors.They are all wild , but sometimes you can get close to them and feed them.That is about all that we have in the back yard we live in the city on a very busy road.YUK!! Hopefully soon we can live somewhere quiet with lots of animals!
14 years ago

LOL! Elanore, with all those -tit's you should make a huge bra-shaped feeder!!! LOLOL!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist!

PJ

14 years ago

Oh, and coyotes galore, right about 9PM every night, and they're quite noisey!!

PJ

14 years ago

We have a large variety of birds that come to the feeder on the side of the house. Then in the back yard we have deer, squirrels, chippies & groundhogs. We have tons of moles, LOL! But I can't seem to catch a peek at them, the darned little buggers, tore up the whole backyard!!!!! GRRRRRR! Then there is at least one bobcat which I have seen, but haven't managed to grab a camera fast enough for a picture. And there are the neighbor's dogs and cats running thru constantly.

PJ

Birds!
14 years ago
I get blue-tits, coal-tits, great-tits as well as the sparrows, starlings and my beautiful blackbirds.  Blackbirds nest every year in my garden - and I have to be so careful because I have so many cats.  Blue-tits come every day in the autumn and throught the winter.  It depends how cold it is for the more unusual birds to come.  I hang out seeds and nuts and make food out of scraps, oatmeal, seeds and vegetable oil.
14 years ago
We occasionaly get a possum or is opossum?Anyway that wanders through,lots of birds,though the squirrels avoid the yard due to Rocky and Brandie.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Charlene, your backyard sounds wonderful!!!  I put out breads, veggies, seeds, grains, and various yummies for the animals too, and it's amazing how many different things the animals will eat!!! 
14 years ago

I live in an oasis in the middle of freeways. A quiet forest setting-we have huge fox squirrels-two of which we've named, tiny pine squirrels with those cute ears, chipmunks, groundhogs, raccoons, red foxes, red tailed hawks, rabbits, opposums, silly bluejays and one of my favorites, a big crow that I have named Edgar. Edgar brings me presents and puts them on the front porch. I have a large collection of pinecones amd carcasses(ugh) . Our friends own a bakery so the animals get all of the leftover bread and pastries(I know, but they do like them) we have a salt lick in the yard and put out sunflower seeds and veggies. One nice thing-the area is designated as a haven-so no more development!

Anonymous
14 years ago
Mary!!!  Sounds like you have a wonderful backyard!!! 
What animals visit your backyard??
14 years ago

I have 20 squirrels, both grey and red. There are chipmunks, turkey, deer, a baby bunny, racoons, skunk, toads, and amazing birds.

Anonymous
What animals visit your backyard???
14 years ago
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What animals visit your backyard?

I have tons of squirrels (Grey and Red), chipmunks, tons of different birds, deer, skunks, raccoons, and a sweet groundhog I named "Chuck".  I have my backyard set up like an oasis for animals, and they all have tons of various foods to munch on!!!