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Old 05-19-2024, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Seeing my first fireflies tonight.

This is at least a week earlier than usual, maybe even 2 weeks. But it's been very warm the last few days so maybe that inspired them to fire up a bit early.
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Old 05-19-2024, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Saw a black vulture in the parking lot at DH’s office last week. It landed on the roof of one of the buildings very briefly and flew away. I was so surprised I didn’t even think to try to take a photo.

Used to see them often feeding on road kill when I was a kid. It has been decades since I previously saw one.
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Old 05-20-2024, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Seen on hike in Fort Macon State Park, near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Cacti are normally thought of as desert plants; not always, obviously. My wife and I saw this on a hike on Saturday, May 11, 2024, the day after a torrential downpour (through which we drove).
I had a prickly pear cactus for five years at a property in Southern New Jersey. A very wet year killed it.
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Old 05-20-2024, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Seeing my first fireflies tonight.

This is at least a week earlier than usual, maybe even 2 weeks. But it's been very warm the last few days so maybe that inspired them to fire up a bit early.
I never see them before June.
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Old 05-20-2024, 10:24 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The Orioles already had their babies fly off. I hope they try for two batches this year.
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Old 05-21-2024, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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This little Kitty savoring a squirrel. Then he went after a rabbit.

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Old 05-25-2024, 05:42 PM
 
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I'm watching a robin kill a small snake. He is just pecking, grabbing, shaking, dropping over and over and over.
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Old 05-27-2024, 07:33 PM
 
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Sandhill cranes:

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Old 05-28-2024, 03:09 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Sandhill cranes:
Awww, great shot! Haven't seen any colts (proper term for a crane chick) here yet, but things seem to be running late around here.

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Old 06-01-2024, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Just saw a Red-shouldered hawk on one of my bird feeders, eating something it had just caught (couldn't tell what it had, though, probably a bird). I had suspected there were Red-shouldered hawks around here but had never seen one for certain until now. Big, beautiful majestic guy! However I scared him away when I went to get a good look at him out my window.

In my lowly suburban yard (albeit with lots of woods and fields nearby) I've seen:

- Cooper's hawks (the most common one)
- Red-tailed hawks (almost as common as Cooper's)
- Red-shouldered hawks
- Sharp-shinned hawks
- Barred owls
- Turkey vultures fly over my house frequently

Plenty of birds of prey around here. My 10-year-old self would have thought this was awesome.
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