Great critters!!! Love seeing the newt, I haven't seen one in so longI live in the Pacific Northwest. We have a lot of interesting wildlife around here. Deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, and a wide variety of small birds are the most common backyard visitors that I see.
Here are some of the better pictures I've taken over the years.
A songbird nest I found in one of my hanging plants. They were chickadees based on the parents:
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A baby snake
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Another baby snake, very tiny:
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A newt hanging out near my pond:
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A little treefrog:
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A giant moth:
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A fuzzy caterpillar:
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A wild turkey:
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A baby nutria or woodchuck:
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A pair of baby deer in my driveway:
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A black bear up a tree, two houses down the road from my place. Notice the horse in the bottom left. That's my neighbor's horse pasture. The bear was just chilling up there until nightfall:
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Not intentionally, but they wander through my backyard looking for food sometimes.You got so close to that turkey! Do you feed them?
Nutria are relatively common in my area, but I don't believe they are a native species. My understanding is they were introduced from South America and they are considered an invasive species. They are sort of like beavers - semiaquatic rodents which are sometimes hunted for their pelts. People tend to view them as pests, since their burrowing along streams/rivers causes erosion, they can get aggressive sometimes, and they compete with native wildlife.@Destiny, thank you!! I love the newt and the nutria- the nutria I definitely haven’t seen or heard of before. I don’t know anything about either of these creatures and can’t for the life of me even work out why I know the name newt when I really know nothing about them. I’ll have to Google some information about them.
I have seen many gopher tortoises here. I've never seen 2 together. What an awesome encounter!
It was incredible to witness!! I never knew they could throw down like that! Were trying to flip each-other! I'll attach a pic of female. She was uninterested and grazing.I have seen many gopher tortoises here. I've never seen 2 together. What an awesome encounter!