Wildlife in our gardens


#397

Female Merlin [corrected] on telephone pole :slightly_smiling_face:


#398

When it comes to dogs and skunks I have two labs for bird hunting, one old male and one young female. The old male has to kill absolutely EVERY skunk he comes across and has been that way for years. When he gets sprayed you swear it would be the last time with as much of a fuss as he puts up. My female on the other hand absolutely despises skunks and won’t go anywhere near them.


#399

Proud mom Goldfinch in our garden with her young son. She’s hanging out on the metal fountain while her son goes to the circular fountain and takes a bath. :heart:


#400

had to stay home one day with a sick kiddo so i sat out back and messed around with our nikon. Nothing fancy but has a good zoom. This blue bird gave me a look.


#401

Monarch caterpillars on yellow and orange milkweed shrubs :slight_smile:


#402

Male hooded oriole taking a bath :slight_smile:


#403

Late this afternoon a young Allen’s hummingbird bumped into one of our sunroom windows. Fortunately it bounced back into our blueberry bed, although unconscious. Hearing the noise I went outside and saw it face down in the mulch but flinching a bit. I grabbed a misting bottle we have for the orchids and gave it a spray. It responded by sitting up – although clearly still in shock. About an hour later we checked on it and the bird had flown away. :slight_smile:


#404

Collared Dove

Dax


#405

Not a particularly good picture but he was just sitting there on the electric pole right next to my garden. Big Hawk…


#406

lots of giant swallowtail caterpillars on my citrus…seems like we’ll have a bumper crop of them this year…




#407

Not real happy to see the raccoon nested up with young in the hollow tree right next my shed, where the mason bees are, where I have to go to get to the compost pile.

And of course just a few yards from the veg garden and fruit trees.


#408

Sounds like a coon with a plan.


#409

You need irradication plan. Personally I use a red light on them at night and shoot them. Many other ways to get rid of them though. Good luck. BTW red light at night is legal here.


#410

Illegal to do here.


#411

:heart_eyes_cat:

Dax


#412

Yum


#413

You and my cat outta get together for a feast!

Me, I’m the cameraman. I could’ve easily shot that Turkey but I’d rather go to the grocery store!

Dax


#414

It’s a boy!!


#415

That is awesome photography!

Dax


#416

I have never seen that before. Outstanding!