NFR backyard wildlife

long_rod_silvers

WFF Supporter
Get tons of them, but they always look like this. Never sure if they are anna's or Calliope. Looking forward to a few more weeks when they'll be a daily occurrence in our backyard (I think last year they showed up around mid May and were around until end of September when the last of the Salvia blooms).
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Canuck from Kansas

WFF Supporter
Get tons of them, but they always look like this. Never sure if they are anna's or Calliope. Looking forward to a few more weeks when they'll be a daily occurrence in our backyard (I think last year they showed up around mid May and were around until end of September when the last of the Salvia blooms).
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Looks more like Anna's to me, but they are very similar, so I could be wrong, just think Calliope has more significant/broad throat coloring.

cheers
 

tallguy

Active Member
Now that I live in crowded western WA, my backyard wildlife isn't so great anymore, but I used to live out on the edge of town in the mountains west of Reno.

Highlights were a big ass bear on the porch staring inside at us one night, a golden eagle flying 6 feet away from our picture windows, two golden eagles team hunting our hillside at dusk by terrain flying 6' above the ground at rip the air apart high speed, and seeing the locked talons, fall to the earth in the mating death spiral and break apart just before hitting that eagles do. Winter herd of 67 mule deer hanging in the little valley about 200 yards from the house, lorded over by a monster monster trophy buck. Lots of cool little other birds and animals too over the years.

My favorite though was the boss, 160-180 lb class 4 pt muley buck the local mountain lion killed and hung by its neck in a mountain mahogany tree about 40' behind my garage. I left it there once it was done eating and let it go skeletal, so cool. Might have a picture around of that one.

Loved, loved, loved that house. Wish the job worked out, but alas, I couldn't make it work.
 
I live in a 5th floor apartment near the center of Rome, so not much of a backyard to speak of, but my parents live in a house with a 2-acre backyard, almost a forest, in tropical South-east Asia, so they get wildlife galore. A very small sample, otherwise this post will take forever to load!

A part of the backyard, with wildlife-viewing platform (my dad's idea, which I think is brilliant):
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Hungry critters
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Horny critters
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House guests
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Genetic cousins (the first photo is of a great friend of my mom's. Truth!), and a distant relative
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Thanks for looking,
Kenneth

EDIT: Fixed image links
 
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Gyrfalcon21

Honoring Vets
Those are some spooky creatures in Australia and Asia! Soap Lake crabs are about my only concern in this state. Crab Crk jumping scorpions, close 2nd.

This was not even backyard-this is what lives under the house here ! I have heard some big noises in the walls here recently. Thought is was a rat. I did notice that the mouse traps went empty early this year. Now I know why.

Yesterday, I saw a fresh killed Meadow Vole sitting right off the steps. I figured the cat got it so I decided to toss the corpse on a shed roof so someone could enjoy. A few minutes later, I was outside again and I saw a weasel looking frantically all around where the vole was. It was running here and there, on the deck, under the deck. Zipping around like a lightning bolt. Then it stopped and saw me and climbed up on it's hind feet.

Uh oh. Busted !!

Luckily, I had the camera and took a couple quick shots and then knew I needed to get the ladder and retrieve the meal.

I put the vole back right near the trap door and checked back. It was gone within minutes !

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"Did you steal my vole ?!?"

She is the smallest weasel I have ever seen. Looks likes she is nursing.
 
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Canuck from Kansas

WFF Supporter
Those are some spooky creatures in Australia and Asia! Soap Lake crabs are about my only concern in this state. Crab Crk jumping scorpions, close 2nd.

This was not even backyard-this is what lives under the house here ! I have heard some big noises in the walls here recently. Thought is was a rat. I did notice that the mouse traps went empty early this year. Now I know why.

Yesterday, I saw a fresh killed Meadow Vole sitting right off the steps. I figured the cat got it so I decided to toss the corpse on a shed roof so someone could enjoy. A few minutes later, I was outside again and I saw a weasel looking frantically all around where the vole was. It was running here and there, on the deck, under the deck. Zipping around like a lightning bolt. Then it stopped and saw me and climbed up on it's hind feet.

Uh oh. Busted !!

Luckily, I had the camera and took a couple quick shots and then knew I needed to get the ladder and retrieve the meal.

I put the vole back right near the trap door and checked back. It was gone within minutes !

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"Did you steal my vole ?!?"

She is the smallest weasel have ever seen. Looks likes she is nursing.

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Liked, I think - she's in the walls, not sure I would like that.

cheers
 

Gyrfalcon21

Honoring Vets
We aren't blessed with many colorful songbirds in western WA -like many parts of the US and world are, but we still have a few. Today was a rare local sighting (for me) of a beautiful Black-headed Grosbeak.

Most everyone sees the American Goldfinch which are always common in season.

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