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Chutz
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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Whether you live in a city or out in the country, everyone has wildlife of some sort around them. I'm not talking about the neighbor's loud parties til 3AM! Not that kind of Wild Life...lol But everything from small song birds and hummingbirds to deer, fox and bears. Describe the wildlife in Your neighborhood or area that you live in.

I'm out in the woods. We sit in the middle of acres of 160'+ tall fir, hemlock and cedar trees so there is plenty of wildlife. I feed bird from numerous feeders which means I have squirrels and chipmunks too. This year the Goldfinch have been so bright and at least 5-6 pair. On a deck post right outside our bedroom door is a nest box. Currently there are baby greenback swallows...probably 3. The babies peep and peep until they hear a parent coming with food and then they go wild!! shocked Yumm-O...bugs! They will leave the nest in another week - 10 days but I'm enjoying them so much right now.

In the past we've had black bear, deer, quail, grouse, and the compliment of mountain beavers, etc. There is a family of bunnies that feed on the grass over the drain field area. There are some unwanted birds and mammals that we discourage like the weasels who killed my chickens and the sharp shin hawks who snatch my parent birds. Caught one with a camera this spring...the no good varmint! But the noisiest are the coyotes. They must have the new pups out because the past week or so they have been SO loud at night. They are up near the house or maybe within 100' and they sound like they are at the open window...lol They seem to have no fear as they've come right up on the lawn where we have been working several times. If you move they run, but they are not afraid to scope out what's for eats.

What type of animals and/or birds live around you?
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golitho
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
We have possums. I live in the inner city but these guys are very adaptable even to come down and feed from the cat's dry food!!! We get lots of parrots too, white cockatoos and rainbow lorrikeets, really pretty. But very noisy! Best wishes, golitho :-)

straydog
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   Posted 7/14/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I get alot of possums and I am in the city too. But there is so much contruction going on I feel this keeps them stirred up. Of course my three dogs just go nuts when one shows up on the fence,lol. Its awful the racket these dogs make. My son has cotton tails at his house. I also have a couple of squirrels from a few doors down. It makes it all an interesting early in the am.

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White Beard
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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I live out in the country at small development around a small man made lake! We have an assortment of animals, from the usual brown squirrels, that live in a huge Oak tree in my back yard and as Chutzie calls them " bunny rabbits" they eat my garden so much I think of them as pest! To the the possoms and Racoons that frequently visit my bird feeder. I had to build a cage around my bird feeder to keep the racccoons from destroying it, but the birds can still get into the food! We have more deer than I care to mention, the big white tailed type. Across the street from my house is a small creek with a big ridge on the other side, and it is all wooded and covered with Hawthorn trees, perfect habitat for the deer, the other day I counted 14 of them walking along that ridge. Anyway if you have a garden beware, they love newly sprouted green beans and most other fare that you might plant! We have Red foxes all over and they frequently make their homes in the culvert pipes under ones driveway. Last year Momma Fox sat across the street from my house and her two Kits would run across the street and then run around my mail box and back again, over and over, they did this for well over an hour, and it was around 4 in the afternoon! Lots of fun to watch! The Coyotes are funny, every night when they hear the train whistle ( there is train track that just over a mile or so away) the train called the City of New Orleans travels from Chicago to New Orleans everyday and back not to mention all the other trains that ride on it. Anyway at night when the trains blow their whistle the Coyotes will howl and cry and they keep going and going! It is sometimes very eerie, especially if your outside and it is pitch dark with only the sky lit up with stars and then you hear the faint train whistle and the Coyotes start singing and crying with an occasional Bull Frog chiming in from the creek or the lake!

White Beard

One thing I failed to mention is the Canadian Geese, they come here in the hundreds if not thousands to nest and raise their young, and they are everywhere! They are noisey and messy and protected by law! One day a few years ago I had over 50 of them in my front yard! I let my dog out and they scattered rather quickly! But when I go outside, they just stand there looking at me, not moving an inch! I swear they are laughing and making fun of me!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
What type of animals and/or birds live around you?
 
     Dear Chutz,
 
   We have jack rabbits, roadrunners (actually very mean little meat eaters), and coyotes. Those are the three main ones. The road runners will do whatever they want But! the do have a good pourpose as they will literally eat anything. Even small snakes. Coyotes are beautiful... But again, will eat anything, deomestic or wild. When a pac of coyote is found, best turn around slowly and head back the way you came. They arnt "viscious" but this is the desert, and they have a keen sense of survival.  Thanks to the coyotes the jack rabbits arnt out of control, but there are a handful in each neighborhood....spreading their little peddbles of goodness shocked
 
*huggs*
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/14/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in the suburbs but it is literally across the street from national forsest land.  We don't have a "forest".  We live on chapparal grassland.  There are lots of sycamore and coastal live oak trees.  We have barn owls, and great horned owls and the assortment of song birds, finches, red-tailed hawks, cooper's hawks and jays.  We also have coyotes, there is NO hope of having an outdoor or even an indoor-outdoor cat.  We have opposum and racoon.  We have deer and rabbits.  We have bobcat.  We also have the occasional mountain lion.  The mountain lion always create quite a stir. 
 
I love the critters we have here. 
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/14/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Bobcats??? shocked

Mountain lions???? smhair smhair smhair

Gretchen, you do have outdoor cats!

I thought I was used to country animals, but I can't compete with any of you. Have lots of 'bunny rabbits" in my yard and way too many chipmunks and squirrels which over the past year have managed to find ways into place they shouldn't be (like INSIDE).

Lots of birds. And nightlife like racoons and possum but no LIONS! I just want an indoor kitty cat!

PaLady smilewinkgrin

White Beard
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   Posted 7/14/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   

PALady

LIONS, TIGERS, and BEARS O'MY! smhair smhair smhair   and a little Kitty Cat too! yeah

I just couldn't resist smilewinkgrin

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skeye
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   Posted 7/14/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, here I go: squirrels, birds, birds, birds, chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, frogs, toads, white-tailed DEER!, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, wolves (The state denies this, but radio-tagged wolves have been shot on farms in the next town over & we always see several wolves w/in the nature preserve near my house each winter. The wolves are apparently coming down from Vermont), mountain lions (the state also denies this, but we have also had them stalk & attack farm animals in my town within recent years, especially this time of year), snakes (the copperhead & the timber rattlesnake are the only two poisonous ones in the state), turtles, fishers, river otters, beavers, elk, black bears...

I think that about covers it. As you can tell, I live in the middle of nowhere!

Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/14/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Animals! I grew up in Montana and animals were meant to be shot. That sounds mean but the pestered live stock, ruined crops and messed with the good animals, pets. So, on the farm, we always ate wild game. When it was time to plant the garden, my grandfather would take us fishing and we would have fun catching garbage fish, shad and suckers, and then take them home in gunny sacks and granpa would bury the fish in the garden. I can also tell you we had lots of cats. He had over 100 cats at one point.

Now, it is great to see live animals and know that they will hopefully be alive tomorrow. We once had a racoon family living in our fireplace. i won't tell you how that one ended as there was ne easy way to get them out. Them critters can get mean.


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   Posted 7/15/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
 
I laughed out loud at your post.  I can imagine that racoons in a fireplace would be horrible!! 
 
I work at a nearby elementary school and we had a racoon that was raiding the lunch area even in broad daylight.  Well animal control came out and yes, had to put it down.  A day later I heard a strange noise in the shrubs near the computer lab.  There was a baby racoon.  He was pretty little.  His eyes were still shut and he would just about cover up a dollar bill.  I took him home and fed him Kitten replacement milk off my pinky finger while I waited for a racoon rescue group to come get him.  I fell in love with him those three short hours.  I nice young lady came and got him and nursed him up to adulthood and released him way out in the woods. 
 
PAlady,
 
The mountain lions here are sorta scary.  We had a poor woman tackled by one while she was mountain biking.  She was rescued by some other bikers but suffered horrible injuries.  When animal control went hunting for this lion, they found that he had killed another mountain biker.  It was very sad!!  I consider myself very luck to have seen one once while riding my horse.  He was actually blocking the trail back to the barn.  He was a young adult and didn't quite know the rules.  I back tracked and picked up a rock.  When I got near him, I tossed the rock near him and hit shot straight up in the air and took off running.  He did look just like a house cat when spooked.  It was hilarious.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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