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  •  Hummingbird (no idea what kind) Outside (19+ / 0-)

    my computer room window this AM.

    Marsh hawks returning with end of wet season.  I don't know how they're successful hunters as they call constantly when in flight.  Even while perched they're raucous.

    Flocks of blackbirds enjoying our 3 birdbaths.

    Grackles sitting in the oak tree hurling insults.

    Mockingbirds kept me awake last week during "moon over Miami" platter-sized full moon.

    Some kind of little blue/blue-gray warblers flitting -- nervous twitching -- in the smaller trees.  Can't identify them.

    Bluejays don't like anyone to visit "their" oak tree -- especially grackles.

    There's also a loggerhead shrike (and descendants?) who's taken up residence in our grove.  Sometimes he flies up next to the house in order to perch on the purple martin houses, now uninhabited as those birds have returned to the coastal mangroves after breeding in our apartment complex.  Now and then I see shrike evidence when I spot a lizard or gecko spiked on a bougainvillea thorn.

    The mourning doves grieve in our almond tree.

    Cardinals scold our cats while sitting in and munching on the tiny seeds of the euonymus bushes.

    And butterflies are almost as prolific as the frogs. LOTS of frogs this year.  Very noisy!

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    by Limelite on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 06:31:12 AM PDT

    •  sounds like you have a nice yard! (14+ / 0-)

      Impressive variety in your flock. Where are you located?

      “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

      by tgypsy on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:35:33 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks -- Edge of the Everglades (10+ / 0-)

        3.5 miles from park's eastern border.  We are a certified wildlife habitat with only 2.5 acres.  But we have lots of trees of varying heights, spacing, crown density, and leaf shape as well as blooming shrubs of several kinds, and we keep the grass mowed for the bug-eaters.

        Living here puts us in the path of many migrant birds and of the inadvertent accidentals that the trades or hurricanes blow ashore, so I not infrequently see birds that aren't in my old Peterson's field guide.

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        by Limelite on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 09:45:35 AM PDT

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        •  What kinda animals do you get in your (6+ / 0-)

          yard...since you are so close to the park down there...

          •  Hee Hee Obiously You Haven't Seen (4+ / 0-)
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            my many historical posts when I've revealed what I've actually SEEN in my yard over the years.  Your loss. ;^)

            I'll try to summarize. . . and in no particular order:

            Red tail hawk -- eyeball-to-eyeball when I walked up on it back in the day when we had a lime grove operation.  The bird was perched deep within one of our Persian lime trees about 6' off the ground and I got within 10 feet of it before we both realized what it was we were seeing.  He took off with a whoosh of wings and a clatter of branches.  Never experienced anything like it before or since.

            A python in the garage that took three men (two of them FL wildlife officials who keep records on them) to dispatch the creature, as in making it dead, dead, dead.  It probably wanted to make a meal of one of the dogs who sleep in the garage at night, so it was lying in wait for the moment to come.  Various other snakes any day of the year.  They often shed their skins by squeezing under the panes of our awning windows.

            Marsh bunnies that, before the python infestation were so numerous we created "bunny underpasses" at the base of our chain link fence using cement blocks for their easy ingress and egress.  Most of them have been decimated by pythons, but are beginning to make a comeback as the Wildlife folks have worked hard to kill pythons around here.

            Bald eagles, who used to alight at the top of our 60' tall bushovia tree.  But that was back before Hurricane Andrew, the storm that laid the tree down right next to and parallel to the front of our house.

            Foxes, who come out at night and get caught in our headlights while snooping around the front gate on our easement.  We think they like to wait around the bunny underpasses much like the alligators like to wait around the dam outflows and culvert pipes in the canals around here where the fish get bottle-necked and concentrated.  Easier pickings.

            Many, many other birds -- great and lesser herons, ibises, egrets, bitterns, but no galinules.  Also owls -- they can be frightening because sometimes they seem to stoop us after dark.  They think they own the place when the sun goes down.

            Again after Hur. And., I had a flock of domesticated geese floating in the flood water.  And later a mama feral pig and her 3 piglets came through.  That particular herd harassed us for days.  That same time those wonderful Wildlife folks stopped by to notify us to keep our dogs in at night because a FL panther had been spotted on our dirt road.  I never saw it, and I think it was a tall tale to discourage us from looting in case we were inclined.

            Let's see. . .mundane animals get in our yard all the time -- feral horses that roam the park borders -- lots of empty land surrounds us.  SOmetimes one or two will rush in when we open the gate to leave.  The grass being greener on our side of the fence.  Once a neighbor's bull jumped the five-foot fence around our property and two of them and I had a hell of an afternoon chasing, roping at, and herding him back out.  That was fun.  Feral peacocks strut through and roost here on occasion.  More than once flocks of escaped guinea hens have trooped through.  Both these birds are loathsomely loud pests.

            Saved the best for last.  While I haven't seen any of these creatures in MY yard, they do live or have lived in the yard of the neighbor a quarter mile away whose property butts up against ours in the back: lions, a tiger, an American bison (now removed), several species of African antelope, emus, several FL panthers (now deceased of old age), Asian cattle,etc.  The neighbor has a permit to keep wildlife unsuitable for zoos that have been rescued from owners who possess them illegally.  And yes, the lions roar throughout the day and night.

            That's all I can remember at the moment.  What's in your yard?

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            by Limelite on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 05:40:30 PM PDT

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            •  Impressive list. (3+ / 0-)
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              No pythons, but we have resident red shoulders hawks

              Feral and domestic pigs have come across the yard. Bobcats, foxes, possums, raccoon,pigmy rattler in the house when it was being built.  People ride their horses through the neighborhood.  Feral peacocks, cats and dogs that are dumped out here, was really bad in the first of the great recession as people moved and left their pets behind..Deer abound in the 2 parks around me, but never seen on in my yard. Yah.

              Gators in the lake in the spring. Coyotes have been spotted. Otters in the lake or walking down the street. Guess not much different than your yard..The resident hawk has almost taken my head off a couple times when I have been out walking.

              Only thing not seen is the homeless zoo animals you have roaming.  I am north of you in Jupiter west of the turnpike.

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