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What animals are in your yard or local region?

Alien J

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I saw a pilated woodpecker tonight. Well I heard it first. Unfortunately it flew away before I could get a picture.
I finally got a picture good enough to get a positive ID on Merlin of a pileated woodpecker I've been "talking" to since we moved here! I call him Later. 1713553900633.jpg
 

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Some of the recent critters I've crossed paths with :)
A chipmunk
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A groundhog
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A bird of prey I'm not sure what kind
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And finally a raccoon who was super interested in my neighbors birdfeeder
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I admire the gumption & ingenuity of the raccoon. :D

Here’s a black squirrel with a red tail. There seem to be several like this in the park.
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Male Kestrel from the Raptor Photo day. He maybe captive but I've seen this species several times in the wild locally but unfortunately they are always perched on wires as we're driving too fast to stop for a pic.
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Had another vistor today. Unfortunately she move too quickly for me to get a good picture. I'm pretty she's the same raccoon I see most of the time. There are alot around. But she has a walk and a couple physical features that makes me believe she the same one. Here's are a couple pictures. 20240518_195403.jpg 20240518_195358.jpg
 

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Had another vistor today. Unfortunately she move too quickly for me to get a good picture. I'm pretty she's the same raccoon I see most of the time. There are alot around. But she has a walk and a couple physical features that makes me believe she the same one. Here's are a couple pictures. View attachment 446765 View attachment 446766
She's gorgeous!!! Oh Id love to see an adorable Raccoon on a regular basis.
 

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A few of the critters I've encountered in the last week or so.

A 13 year cicada.
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Another Black Rat Snake seen exactly one year to the day that we saw our first one!
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A Timber Rattlesnake
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Possibly a Brown Widow
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A Ghost Spider
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A grasshopper
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A lizard (Common Blotch Sided... I think)
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A few of the critters I've encountered in the last week or so.

A 13 year cicada.
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Another Black Rat Snake seen exactly one year to the day that we saw our first one!
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A Timber Rattlesnake
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Possibly a Brown Widow
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A Ghost Spider
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A grasshopper
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A lizard (Common Blotch Sided... I think)
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Ooh that Timber Rattlesnake so cool! I'd be positively giddy if I saw him in person! The Brown Widow not so much though :depressed:
 

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A few of the critters I've encountered in the last week or so.

A 13 year cicada.
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Another Black Rat Snake seen exactly one year to the day that we saw our first one!
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A Timber Rattlesnake
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Possibly a Brown Widow
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A Ghost Spider
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A grasshopper
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A lizard (Common Blotch Sided... I think)
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Wow! We discovered that we have a rather large brown snake hanging out somewhere in our back yard so I am trying to do what I can to move it on safely before my dopey dog finds it and ends up in a bad way (not too many dogs make it long enough to even get to the vets after a bite from a brown snake). She has a habit of way too closely investigating any unknown visitors to the yard which usually is not a problem unless she finds the huge bluetongue who has bitten her more than once for being too nosey lol
 

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Wow! We discovered that we have a rather large brown snake hanging out somewhere in our back yard so I am trying to do what I can to move it on safely before my dopey dog finds it and ends up in a bad way (not too many dogs make it long enough to even get to the vets after a bite from a brown snake). She has a habit of way too closely investigating any unknown visitors to the yard which usually is not a problem unless she finds the huge bluetongue who has bitten her more than once for being too nosey lol
Our neighbor came and killed it with a hoe. I wanted to just scare it away (though I was worried about my dogs). I tried to convince him not to kill it, to no avail. One of his cats recently was bitten by one and died. They say you hardly ever saw them around people's homes (but be ever so careful in the woods) until they started a strip mine in the near vicinity that must have disturbed a large population because now they're seen quite frequently.

I had them read this to try to change their minds.

"She asks me to kill the spider.
Instead, I get the most
peaceful weapons I can find.
I take a cup and a napkin.
I catch the spider, put it outside
and allow it to walk away.
If I am ever caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time, just being alive
and not bothering anyone,
I hope I am greeted
with the same kind
of mercy." visit Inspirations kindness viral
― Rudy Francisco, Helium

Photo © Javier Rupérez. Jumping spider Macro shot.
 

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I thought he was gorgeous.
He is a good looking spider I just wouldn't want to be that close. I'm not a big spider fan but I appreciate what they do.
 
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