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Old 06-06-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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My request for a nature forum was turned down, was told to post in science....but no one posts bird, animal, rock, tree, etc posts there!

Today I saw a Yellow-billed cuckoo...brown w/long tail that has tear-shaped white spots...very secretive bird, I was happy to see one.

And: pair of Downy woodpeckers and 2 juvenile Red-bellied woodpeckers cavorting in the trees. Dragonflies galore.......lots of yellow-orange-red blooming lantana in my area now.

What have you observed recently about our natural world?

gbh
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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I walk every morning, right around sunrise here in SW Florida. Lately, I've had the honor of being joined by possums mating, racoons, rabbits, a gator or two, tons of turtles and fish, all kinds of cranes, herons, a pair of ducks, a trio of cardinals, bluejays, mockingbirds, blackbirds, red headed woodpeckers, oh, gosh, all kinds of various animals and birds. What a joy. Oh, squirrels...can't forget them!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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...and a partridge in a pear tree.



Ok ,...so it's a woodpecker!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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My request for a nature forum was turned down, was told to post in science....but no one posts bird, animal, rock, tree, etc posts there!

Today I saw a Yellow-billed cuckoo...brown w/long tail that has tear-shaped white spots...very secretive bird, I was happy to see one.

And: pair of Downy woodpeckers and 2 juvenile Red-bellied woodpeckers cavorting in the trees. Dragonflies galore.......lots of yellow-orange-red blooming lantana in my area now.

What have you observed recently about our natural world?

gbh
Godd thread, gbh. I also love mother nature in it's simplest, most natural form.

I like sitting outside at night and telling myself to close my eyes and identify every sound I hear. One night I heard four distinct packs of coyotes, deer sounding the alarm call, countless frogs, etc. Once I had a cottontail come up and sit and watch me for what seemed like an eternity at around 2 AM. My dog was sound asleep and never caught his scent.

A few weeks ago, late at night, I pointed my flashlight skyward, and by coincidence a large owl flew right through the flashlight beam! Awesome.

Or as we NDN's say, Good Medicine.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Awesome!

Love S Fla....I live on the coast as well-one reason: my area is in path for migration

Kudos for you getting up so early, best time for birds/animal sitings

Thanks for posting

gbh


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I walk every morning, right around sunrise here in SW Florida. Lately, I've had the honor of being joined by possums mating, racoons, rabbits, a gator or two, tons of turtles and fish, all kinds of cranes, herons, a pair of ducks, a trio of cardinals, bluejays, mockingbirds, blackbirds, red headed woodpeckers, oh, gosh, all kinds of various animals and birds. What a joy. Oh, squirrels...can't forget them!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Well these critters are just everywhere here.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Aren't those black/white stripes amazing? And then a touch of red??

Thanks!

gbh
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...and a partridge in a pear tree.



Ok ,...so it's a woodpecker!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Outside at night, no lights-great!!

4 pks of coyotes, wow....and seeing an owl is special! I love frogs too....my last neighbor had a pond (we all had several acres) and at night they were so loud, almost deafening!! Last evening a tiny frog was on my deck furniture-the little darling

It is during these times that I feel really serene....all is well.

Thanks, enjoyed your comments!

gbh

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Godd thread, gbh. I also love mother nature in it's simplest, most natural form.

I like sitting outside at night and telling myself to close my eyes and identify every sound I hear. One night I heard four distinct packs of coyotes, deer sounding the alarm call, countless frogs, etc. Once I had a cottontail come up and sit and watch me for what seemed like an eternity at around 2 AM. My dog was sound asleep and never caught his scent.

A few weeks ago, late at night, I pointed my flashlight skyward, and by coincidence a large owl flew right through the flashlight beam! Awesome.

Or as we NDN's say, Good Medicine.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Is that a juvenile possum? Cute~

Ours around here get rather big but not as big as raccoons!! (bandits fumble around on my deck at night and my indoor cats go nuts)

gbh


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Old 06-06-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Is that a juvenile possum? Cute~

Ours around here get rather big but not as big as raccoons!! (bandits fumble around on my deck at night and my indoor cats go nuts)

gbh
Yes, it is a young possum probably living in my backyard as many have. I saw him a cross the street though and sort of herded it up a tree in my yard. You say cats??



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