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i saw a geese

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imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:20 (one week ago) link

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

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:43 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Your dog is a beaut, calz!

gyac, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:53 (one week ago) link

love that picture even if its foci are somewhat domestic

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:55 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

fucker? seems like a jolly sort of fellow

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:31 (one week ago) link

well now i know it's harmless, yeah.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:34 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Came across this badass yesterday.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:01 (one week ago) link

(Florida Predatory Stinkbug)

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:03 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:19 (one week ago) link

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

calzino, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:53 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Heraclitus: 'Nature loves to hide.'

pomenitul, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:44 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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