Sunday, November 30, 2008

Peanut Loving Raccoons

We were in the Northern Neck area for Thanksgiving, where these pictures were taken. The raccoons come nightly to get their regular serving of peanuts in the shell. The first night we saw a mother and 2 babies, and the second night we saw a mother and one baby.
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Visit with Camera Trap Codger

Luckily I had some musk perfume on hand, which Camera Trap Codger requested to use as a scent lure. He dabbed some on a twig which he placed on a stump. The raccoon found the scent, and a cat also came to the area.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Operation Turtle Rescue

Fifty percent (both of you) got the latest quiz right. That's a box turtle that I rescued from the pond. The water level is pretty low so it couldn't get out of the pond and was clinging to the ladder. At first it looked like a frog with a really long neck, or even a duck since its head was covered in duckweed. (I'll accept duckweed as an answer but that's not what I was referring to in the quiz). I used the pond net to get the turtle out. I left briefly and it had already climbed off the pond deck into the ferns, so we pulled him out again and poured a glass of water over him to expose his natural beauty. :) They say turtles are slow, but he was so fast when he was trying to get away that my pictures turned out blurry. After taking pictures, we put him back in the ferns.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Answer to the Quiz Question

It's been a week since I posted the quiz question, so I'm going to reveal the answer. I'm pleased to see that several people voted, which means that people besides my immediate family actually read my blog. ;) At the time I'm writing this, 75% of voters think that bats poop upside down. I thought it would be nifty to have a video showing the answer, but then again, I figured do people really want to see a video of a bat relieving itself? I'm assuming that the bat in our bedroom window has the same bathroom habits as other bats. I caught the bat doing #2 today, so I ran to get the video camera, but when I got back, he was done. So I'll have to just give the answer sans video, which you will probably be relieved (no pun intended) about anyway. Seventy-five percent of you probably thought, "Bats hang upside down, therefore, they must poop upside down". Well, you thought wrong. :) Think about it--if they pooed upside down, they would go on themselves, and who would want to do that. So, it was sort of a trick question. Our bat who hangs upside down all day, will turn right side up, poop (or pee), then turn back upside down again. I didn't vote myself, but the winners of the quiz (because I know how they voted) are Camera Trap Codger and my husband. Congrats. The winners will receive all the free bat guano they want, which the Codger tells me makes good fertilizer for houseplants. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pop Quiz (The answer will be revealed later)

Baby Raccoons

The quality of these photos isn't that good since the raccoons were not that close to the camera, or it was raining, but the babies are pretty darn cute.

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Young Fox

This (or these) fox(es) look(s) like maybe it (they) is (are) from this year's litter. I saw one the other day that had an injured back leg that it wasn't using. Poor guy.

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Got Milk?

I saw 3 spotted fawns the other day. There were no pictures of them, but this must be the mother.
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Velvet Antlered Deer

I saw a young male with velvet antlers, but his back right leg seemed injured. I'm starting to think all the male deer have bad legs, that it's a genetic problem. Maybe he's the grandson of the knock kneed buck. I've been remiss about leaving my camera out. It's been sitting inside for a while but I need to get it back out there.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bat Video # 2

Here the bat is crawling out of his hiding space and he plops out and flies off. He usually does this around 8:45 pm each night when it gets dark.

Bat Video # 1

Here the bat is scratching himself, and eating what he finds off his nails. Yum.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Return of the Bat

The bat is back, a month early this year! He showed up a few days ago, and the window is quickly filling up with guano. He had something on his face a couple days, which looked to me like an eyeball that had popped out, but it must have just been a piece of guano that he finally got rid of. He regularly scratches himself, then preens his nails, and licks his wings. We got him on video, which I will post soon.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Baby Wrens

This baby wren is in a nest on our porch. The parent comes and feeds it--at least I hope it still does, because it complained when it saw me taking pictures. You can see its eye, beak, and fluff. It looks like there might be more than one. I heard them squacking the other day.
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This also was not in our yard, but at a local nature center.

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Baby Snapping Turtle

This wasn't technically in our backyard, but it was in the general vicinity at a local park. It was on a trail and almost got stepped on but we moved it to safety.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008