Wildlife Around Your Home (post pics if you've got 'em!)

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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    No, it wasn’t a pet.  It was more like a friend.  He worked in the forestry service and just had an amazing way with animals.  He died when I was young, but I remember him as a really kind soul.  I was entranced by the magpie that would sit with him as he did his paint by numbers under a big tree in the yard.  
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  • rhanishanerhanishane NSW AustraliaPosts: 318
    this is another baby magpie that turned up to work randomly one day. would steal keys off my desk and sit on my laptop. They are the cutest cheekiest little things and it was not a pet. He came and went as he pleased usually at lunch time he would fly in for a snack then fly off again after terrorising the offices. we named him morty but hes gone now.  They grow up and do adults things. Some are savage at breeding time and will swoop the hell out of anything nearby. They dont forget a face so if you're familiar they wont hurt you. My family of magpies have jad 5 sets of babies since ive lived there.  this time they had 3 babies and they steal the dog and cat food everyday so i five them extra haha
  • rhanishanerhanishane NSW AustraliaPosts: 318
    Magpiesfeed your noisy babies.. made a huge mess of the spaghetti
    The magpies of AUS/NZ look so different from the magpies in the area where I grew up in western Canada.  I always loved them when I was growing up in the city, although I know that a lot of farmers do not like them.  My uncle had a tame one that would sit on his shoulder or on the table beside and visit with him.  They are a curious bird, much like the crows and ravens in the area where I currently live.

    images from:  https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/bkbmag1/introduction


    these look like our Australian bower bird. some are all black and some have bright yellow where the white is on these. Some are brown but have piercing cobalt blue eyes and they collect anything blue to decorate their ground nests. usually blue pegs and blue bottle caps.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,950
    Nice to see the love for our avian friends here!  :smile:
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    this is another baby magpie that turned up to work randomly one day. would steal keys off my desk and sit on my laptop. They are the cutest cheekiest little things and it was not a pet. He came and went as he pleased usually at lunch time he would fly in for a snack then fly off again after terrorising the offices. we named him morty but hes gone now.  They grow up and do adults things. Some are savage at breeding time and will swoop the hell out of anything nearby. They dont forget a face so if you're familiar they wont hurt you. My family of magpies have jad 5 sets of babies since ive lived there.  this time they had 3 babies and they steal the dog and cat food everyday so i five them extra haha
    That is such an awesome story. The circus family has so many cool birds.  So social.

    My parents had a Rottweiler that would bring out mouthfuls of dog food to feed the local magpies.  They became quite friendly with him and trusted him enough to eat the food right beside him.  Unfortunately, their next rottie wasn’t so friendly with them.  They learned quick though 😳🤣
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  • rhanishanerhanishane NSW AustraliaPosts: 318
    this is another baby magpie that turned up to work randomly one day. would steal keys off my desk and sit on my laptop. They are the cutest cheekiest little things and it was not a pet. He came and went as he pleased usually at lunch time he would fly in for a snack then fly off again after terrorising the offices. we named him morty but hes gone now.  They grow up and do adults things. Some are savage at breeding time and will swoop the hell out of anything nearby. They dont forget a face so if you're familiar they wont hurt you. My family of magpies have jad 5 sets of babies since ive lived there.  this time they had 3 babies and they steal the dog and cat food everyday so i five them extra haha
    That is such an awesome story. The circus family has so many cool birds.  So social.

    My parents had a Rottweiler that would bring out mouthfuls of dog food to feed the local magpies.  They became quite friendly with him and trusted him enough to eat the food right beside him.  Unfortunately, their next rottie wasn’t so friendly with them.  They learned quick though 😳🤣
    i bought a maremma pup especially so the natives around here would be comfortable in my yard. She still play chases them but she would never hurt them and as you can see they are not afraid to bring the babies to the dog food dish haha.
  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 31,717
    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    took me a few seconds to spot the other one. Nice pic.
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    took me a few seconds to spot the other one. Nice pic.
    Me too, tbh.  I only saw her after I herded the dogs inside and she finally moved.  Dude deer was staring them down protecting her as she is injured.  Not sure if she will survive, she wasn’t putting her left, front hoof down.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,950
    edited November 4

    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    That is one very plump deer!  Ours are usually pretty scrawny out here.
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 20,574
    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    Mule deer? What state do you live in?
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,950
    No pics to go with this and though cows are hardly wildlife, I found this fascinating:

    Today I learned that cows eat acorns. My wife and I were on the walking trail in town today and at one point there were a half dozen or so cows beneath an oak tree foraging in the dry leaves. So I told them in a very authoritarian voice, "Um, hey guys, that's all dead leaves. There's nothing green there to eat."

    So my wife say to me, "They're eating acorns."

    "No way! Really?"

    "Oh yeah, they like them."

    So I held an acorn out to one of the cows and she stuck her big fat tongue out and took the darned thing and ate it! LOL, I sat there for ten minutes throwing acorns from our side of the fence over for them to eat.

    Happy cows!

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    -Aldous Huxley
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    brianlux said:

    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    That is one very plump deer!  Ours are usually pretty scrawny out here.
    They’re usually smaller cause we’re on an island, but it’s autumn so he’s bulked up for rutting season I guess.


    .mcgruff10 said:
    Not the best picture quality, but cab you spot the deer?  There are two.


    Mule deer? What state do you live in?
    I believe so, or a type of mule deer at any rate. We’re on Vancouver Island.
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    brianlux said:
    No pics to go with this and though cows are hardly wildlife, I found this fascinating:

    Today I learned that cows eat acorns. My wife and I were on the walking trail in town today and at one point there were a half dozen or so cows beneath an oak tree foraging in the dry leaves. So I told them in a very authoritarian voice, "Um, hey guys, that's all dead leaves. There's nothing green there to eat."

    So my wife say to me, "They're eating acorns."

    "No way! Really?"

    "Oh yeah, they like them."

    So I held an acorn out to one of the cows and she stuck her big fat tongue out and took the darned thing and ate it! LOL, I sat there for ten minutes throwing acorns from our side of the fence over for them to eat.

    Happy cows!

    Oh my god, that is adorable.  I love cows.  My favourite ones are . . . 


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  • wasa1971wasa1971 Calgary, CanadaPosts: 2,107
    These two running through the yard the morning.
  • rhanishanerhanishane NSW AustraliaPosts: 318
    wasa1971 said:
    These two running through the yard the morning.
    wow. Beautiful! 
  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,045
    Spotted this little fella walking behind his mom as I was leaving work.  He was was soooo tired.  Really dragging his ass, but really watching me closely. 😊


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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,950
    Spotted this little fella walking behind his mom as I was leaving work.  He was was soooo tired.  Really dragging his ass, but really watching me closely. 😊


    Deer youngsters are so cool.  Sweet!
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    -Aldous Huxley
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