Wildlife in our gardens


#943

Moose don’t eat meat so she wasn’t afraid.


#944

Caught a glimpse of the Indigo Bunting passing through today. They don’t stay long but it’s fun to see them. Pardon the photo quality, I had to zoom in and then crop out a small bit of the pic.


#945

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!!! Apparently I have suicidal snakes…and they CLIMB TREES!!! haha.

Sure enough, last night almost at dark, I was in my orchard walking past a cherry tree when I got the fright of a lifetime!. I noticed what seemed to be a pretty large snake hanging in my cherry tree and sort of flailing about. Needless to say I jumped back quite a few feet, gather my wits ( and courage) and go in for a closer look. Believe it or not, what I find is an almost 5 ft long chicken snake that has somehow manage to get his head and upper body completely trapped in a tangled ball of bird netting!!! He was absolutely stuck- completely. When I got closer of course he went crazy twisting curling and flopping but hanging there the whole time-unable to free himself. It was quite the the site to see. I’ve very, very rarely seen snakes in trees so that alone was surprising. The fact that he managed to “hang” himself was even crazier.

I’d like to tell you it had a happy ending for the snake- that I helped him get free and sent him on his way. But not this guy. Please understand I’m not someone who just kills all snakes because I hate them. But these snakes eat my chickens eggs all the time, and kill and eat my baby chicks just as often. I also once grabbed one when I blindly reached into a egg box without looking. I also think you all know by now that generally I’m a huge animal lover. But no, he didn’t get turned loose. I did however leave him hanging after I humanely dispatched him. I thought he might help deter birds from my sweet cherries! ha.ha

Sorry for the awful quality of the pics. it was almost dark and it looks like my lens was dirty! But you can get the idea.

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#946

Kevin, This is a huge snake. It’s probably a not poisonous snake. But any snakes will give me goosebumps and nightmares. I am glad it was you encountered it, not me😜.


#947

No thanks, I’d never go into my orchard again!!!


#948

We call them cattle egrets here. Prolific bug eaters. Wish I had a dozen all the time. This guy seems to be here every morningimage


#949

Saw one in my pear tree before also which was not stuck and as you said after baby birds. I just pulled him down and got him on his way but it is their nature to kill birds and our nature for it to bother us. Cant stand them really but what they do to pack rats and voles is necessary here. They are incredibly strong. It sounds like that one ate his last baby chick and if they were my chicks i would do the same as you. Like you i dont like killing either but sometimes its the one snake or many chickens and ducks on my mind.


#950

We have them all the time. Cow birds to us but they roost around the lakes. If you mow your pastures they follow the mower.


#951

Yep. I get dozens every time I crank up the tractor. They hear it and come for dinner!!!


#952

the crows do that when they cut the hay fields here. eat the grasshoppers.


#953

American Goldfinch


#954

This guy is a prolific bug eater. Anyone can identify?DSC_0272


#955

I would say Eastern Kingbird.


#956

Sure looks right… This is an image. TY …

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#957

I sprayed my orchard friday night. This afternoon I found a dead one. They have been eating bugs for years in my orchard. I feel so bad. I sprayed Triazicide, and immunox. I get phoebe’s too.


#958

With chortles and whistles, a male western Oriole is constructing a nest in one of our banana plant leaves. :heart:


#959

Captured this yesterday.

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#960

Excellent!


#961


Junco couple coming to eat cracked corn off my patio which goldfinch and chickadee threw out.

Kat watches for more birds as guard dog.


#962

I had that happen with my cherry tree and the plastic bird netting too.