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i saw a geese

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imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:20 (two years ago) link

my dog saw a horse recently and has quite an obsession with them.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:43 (two years ago) link

also in my local park there is sizeable colony of feral parakeets. I know there are lot of them dotted around London but we have them too!

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:48 (two years ago) link

but he/she hasn't been able to play with horses yet?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:52 (two years ago) link

Your dog is a beaut, calz!

gyac, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:53 (two years ago) link

love that picture even if its foci are somewhat domestic

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:55 (two years ago) link

thanx gyac, he is a stunningly handsome dog even by labbie standards tbf

The only time Douglas has seen a horse in open space (with a rider) he froze and looked on in awe and kept a safe distance. But he's very curious and chill with them when there is a wall between them.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:00 (two years ago) link

Thought this fucker might be a hornet - not much longer than a wasp but way fatter - turns out it's a hornet mimic hoverfly

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:27 (two years ago) link

fucker? seems like a jolly sort of fellow

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:31 (two years ago) link

well now i know it's harmless, yeah.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:34 (two years ago) link

Last Wednesday I was wilderness hiking and saw a grouse walking on the trail ahead of me. It did not stop long enough for a formal introduction. Later, at lunch, I saw a kestrel fly past. I was on top of a mountainous ridge at 4600 ft above sea level. There was fresh coyote scat on the trail, too.

Lately we have had a few of the local deer (both does and bucks) wander through our back yard. They seem to get restless at this time of year and move about more during the day.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:37 (two years ago) link

wild deer started showing up in my area last summer. I wish I'd got a pic at least once, but seeing them is such an oddity for what is a semi-rural area that I'm always too lost in the moment to grab the phone when I see them.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:46 (two years ago) link

Came across this badass yesterday.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:01 (two years ago) link

(Florida Predatory Stinkbug)

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:03 (two years ago) link

all 3 of those words make me wince

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:06 (two years ago) link

me too! But apparently they are local to me and beneficial eaters of nuisance insects. Unlike the crazy invasive Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs that infest my house in winter time.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:09 (two years ago) link

I saw a deer on the isle of islay

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:11 (two years ago) link

Also, these weirdos

(a pupal ladybug and what I think is a lacewing larva carrying on its back a mixture of lichen, moss, and the corpses of its victims!)

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:18 (two years ago) link

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:19 (two years ago) link

some yummy caviar spider's eggs I spotted on my hedge this summer.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:53 (two years ago) link

“Hi we live in your yard” is also a good thred for this

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:17 (two years ago) link

I saw a white morph squirrel in a cemetery last month:

Although these squirrels are commonly referred to as "albinos", most of them are likely non-albino squirrels that exhibit a rare white fur coloration known as leucism that is as a result of a recessive gene found within certain eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) populations, and so technically they ought to be referred to as white squirrels, instead of albino.

It was the first time I'd ever seen one, but I dutifully reported my sighting to Untamed Science's white squirrel project. apparently there are towns where residents make an extra effort to feed and shelter white squirrels (even going so far as to trap and release grey ones outside of town to eliminate the competition), which boosts their population over time in what amounts to a sort of selective breeding program. Marionville, Montana is the white squirrel capital of the USA, though theirs tend to be true albinos.

chips moomin (unregistered), Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:58 (two years ago) link

it looks like Andover, Massachusetts (where my squirrel lives) is a known WS enclave:

chips moomin (unregistered), Thursday, 10 October 2019 03:09 (two years ago) link

That's great! I was just looking up albino squirrels recently after listening to Weird Al Yankovic's The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.

The scenery was just so pretty, boy I wish the kids could've seen it
But you can't see out of the side of the car
Because the windows are completely covered
With the decals from all the places where we've already been
Like Elvis-O-Rama, the Tupperware Museum
The Boll Weevil Monument and Cranberry World
The Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock
And The Mecca of Albino Squirrels

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 10 October 2019 08:49 (two years ago) link

somewhere out there is the captain ahab of squirrels, running the untamed science project

these are all gr8, mad props to that camouflage bark bug and of course our universal friend the dark dinosaur

imago, Thursday, 10 October 2019 08:52 (two years ago) link

pretty sure that was a coyote that ran in front of my car this evening. don't think i've seen one in an urban area like that before!

circles, Friday, 11 October 2019 03:09 (two years ago) link

Where are you/near what city?
There's a tract of "state trust" undeveloped land behind my house so I often hear a whole pack of coyotes going berserk in the middle of the night

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 11 October 2019 04:47 (two years ago) link

i don't see unexpected creatures very often but i hear them, especially at night

mostly i don't know what they are sadly, they can't all be horrible geese or urban vixens in heat

mark s, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:41 (two years ago) link

Heraclitus: 'Nature loves to hide.'

pomenitul, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:44 (two years ago) link

Coyote was in a semi industrial area in Kansas City. It is near a creek with railroad tracks that parallel it, so that might provide a good corridor for coyote movement.

circles, Friday, 11 October 2019 17:16 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

this afternoon I spotted a trio of white-tailed deer in the woods at the border of a condo complex:

they ran off when a lady with a dog walked by, only to reappear with seven of their friends in an adjacent field about 15 minutes later. I got a few more shots of them just before they raced around the perimeter of the field and back into the woods.

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:30 (one year ago) link

A couple of days ago a bunny darted away from me as I came out our basement door. It flashed away so fast I thought it was just one of our neighborhood squirrels, except it ran into our garage, which is where I was going. When I came through the garage door I saw it hunkered by some flower pots, trembling, so I spoke to it reassuringly and left quietly.

I often see them in our yard, because they live in the empty woodlot across a dead-end one lane road that adjoins our yard. They come over to eat the dandelions. It's rare to see one this early in the year, though.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 14 February 2020 02:11 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Saw what I’m pretty sure were three turkey vultures sitting in a tree this morning while I was driving to work

circles, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 03:18 (one year ago) link

Was it a dead tree?

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:39 (one year ago) link

Probably not, but none of the trees have leaves yet, so it’s hard to tell at a glance

circles, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

Sorry, that was an obscure campfire song joke:

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:58 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Took a walk with my daughter down to the river on Saturday and the gorgeous weather this weekend brought out all kinds of animal life, most of which I wasn't able to take a picture of.

  • There were a couple things out of the corner of my eye that I believe were some kind of salamander, dropping off of dead tree branches into the water.
  • Saw a turtle head swimming across the water.
  • 5 chickadees in some sort of tumultuous fight. Mating or territorial behavior, I'm guessing.
  • This little guy, a northern water snake. They are common around here and frequently confused with copperheads, but are totally harmless.
  • The best thing I saw though was a muskrat, which I've never seen before. The kid and I both noticed it swimming quickly toward us, on the banks of the water. It jumped out of the water right in front of me and hit the bottom of my shoe. It turned out that the entrance to it's burrow was underneath the riprap we were perched on.

🔫 (peace, man), Monday, 4 May 2020 11:39 (one year ago) link

In a smallish park (about 200 x 800m) in the middle of suburbia (though linked to other open spaces) a muntjac deer dashing not particularly quickly across the grass between two wooded areas. Then a heron flying overhead and landing in a stream about 20m away, later standing and watching while we were about 10m away, before flying off. Also cabbage whites, a speckled wood, orange tip, and brimstone.

a slice of greater pastry (ledge), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 18:33 (one year ago) link

very grand!

two weeks pass...

I've found a couple of monster stag beetles in the garden over the last few days. We've got railway sleepers in a few places, a couple of which have rotted, so I wonder if they've been nesting in there. One is easily the biggest I've seen and christ he was strong - was properly trying to have me through my gardening gloves. Awesome. The downside is my idiot cat who keeps hassling them: he's tried to bring two in, in the last two nights, and I don't really know what else to do - 'they're endangered, you hairy idiot!' isn't working.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 25 May 2020 19:46 (one year ago) link

Just to follow this up, I'm sat outside tonight (amazing stitch of a new moon just above the horizon) and there's a symphony of stag beetles buzzing and clattering across the purpling sky - maybe 4 or 5 different specimens and they're such awful fliers, like helicopters in a hurricane. They keep crashing into the back door, or landing in the hosters - each time throttling the wings and sounding entirely confused about the whole endeavour. What a daft, magnificent creature.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 25 May 2020 20:57 (one year ago) link

brings me back to my youth scampering about nature reserves :) i didn't know they were that endangered! but like greenfinches or frogs i guess there's a reason i rarely see them nowadays

imago, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:24 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

today i saw a couple turkeys in a park where i had never seen them before. they were running too fast to get pictures, and one of them took flight before i lost sight of it. they definitely seem more like small dinosaurs than most birds do.

circles, Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:54 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Does anyone fuck with the iNaturalist app? I just started in the last week or so and haven't totally got the hang of it. But it's like having a Pokedex in your pocket - does automated lookups of pictures that you upload. It isn't always correct, but then there's a social component where other users can check out your pics and suggest identifications.

peace, man, Sunday, 6 June 2021 18:21 (four months ago) link

This little guy, a northern water snake. They are common around here and frequently confused with copperheads, but are totally harmless.

Also, learned that "totally harmless" isn't the best descriptor for northern water snakes, since they are pretty aggressive and will bite if you fuck with them. But they are non-venomous.

peace, man, Sunday, 6 June 2021 18:24 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Sweet! I saw one of those once - was very confusing, like looking at a platypus.

peace, man, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:42 (three months ago) link

Jealous of you both, having just learned of the existence of hummingbird moths a few weeks ago.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 14:00 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Ha saw hummingbird moth for first time ever few weeks ago. In Creed CO. Got a great "live" pic of it feeding on flowers. Didn't know that's what it was til now.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:48 (one week ago) link


A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:48 (one week ago) link

1st one came and drank and fed on spilled bird seed and left. 1/2 hour later came back with a friend!
Peccaries aka javelinas

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:50 (one week ago) link

Cool! I saw a snowberry clearwing this summer (on a trip to Six Flags, of all places).

peace, man, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:10 (one week ago) link

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