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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
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    This morning, just after, dawn there was huge screaming & carousing in the backyard. Knowing what it was,I just rolled over and went back to sleep but my wife got up and took some photos of the flock of cockies that had come to visit our Book Leaf Pines.

    These are actually Western Corellas, which behave like a bunch of juvenile delinquents when in a flock. They land en-masse and have great fun biting off the juicy buds or fruit and take one bite and then drop the rest on the ground. They actually make very good pets as they are affectionate, have very good mimicry skills (especially words and sentences) and live long lives - my mother had one that lived about 50 years. If they decide to visit your Almond Tree then the whole tree will be stripped bare of nuts. I actually don't really mind their visits because they have a disreputable charm about them. They are not in the slightest endangered.

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    There were about 11 deer in the back field,now only 4. At this rate there won't be grass left out there.
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    No pictures, and not backyard, but there were a couple of lovely hooded mergansers dabbling just outside the restaurant window as we lunched a couple of days ago. Very nice. And topped off by a cruising bald eagle overhead on the way home.
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    A couple of Western Rosellas' were having a nice feed on my Figs today. I don't mind as they are stunning birds - and I am the only one who eats the figs anyway. (Actually someone else in Oz has pointed out that they were probably Rainbow Lorikeets - which are a "declared pest" in Western Australia as they were only introduced here in the 1960's from cage escapes and are bad news for fruit growers etc. They are natives of Eastern Australia and not Western Australia.)

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    Our zoo has a display of Lorikeets in their Australia exhibit (you can feed them, which is one reason I remember them). Other than that I had never heard of them. They are very nice looking birds.

    I'm always amused by what is a rare find in one place and time is a pest in another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Our zoo has a display of Lorikeets in their Australia exhibit (you can feed them, which is one reason I remember them). Other than that I had never heard of them. They are very nice looking birds.

    I'm always amused by what is a rare find in one place and time is a pest in another.
    Very true. This is a real problem here. Because of the specialised way animals have developed here they are very susceptible to other animals coming in and disrupting their habitat. It is not just obvious pests like rabbits & cane toads but also fellow "native" animals from Australia. For example Kookaburras are not native on this (western) side of the continent and their introduction has caused problems as they are aggressive birds and will harass or kill smaller local birds and compete for nesting places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    For example Kookaburras are not native on this (western) side of the continent and their introduction has caused problems as they are aggressive birds and will harass or kill smaller local birds and compete for nesting places.
    We have similar problems in the US. These seems especially true with plants; people will plant plants from other parts of the US (which of course then spread), and think they are OK because they are "native" (to the US).
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    That didn't take long, the morning after getting hot with 38 cm of snow there is already a deer tracks going across the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    We have similar problems in the US. These seems especially true with plants; people will plant plants from other parts of the US (which of course then spread), and think they are OK because they are "native" (to the US).
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    That didn't take long, the morning after getting hot with 38 cm of snow there is already a deer tracks going across the field.
    I was quite pleased to note there were no raccoon tracks in the snow on our deck the past few days.
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    I've got a small avian mystery to solve. I spotted a pair of birds high in a tree near my deck: small, stocky, perciformes profile, red prominent on one, while the other appeared to have a yellow/orange tint to it. They sang briefly before flying off and I found a similar song in my bird app for the common rosefinch. However, the female coloration doesn't seem to match well.

    Several similar birds passed through later in the day to chew on some berries and I got a fleeting look at one through binoculars. It looked more like a male red crossbill in form and overall coloration but I didn't get a good look at the itself. I think female crossbill would be a better fit to the yellowish bird I saw. The song, as I recall it, doesn't match well, though. I hope they come back for a better look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I've got a small avian mystery to solve. I spotted a pair of birds high in a tree near my deck: small, stocky, perciformes profile, red prominent on one, while the other appeared to have a yellow/orange tint to it. They sang briefly before flying off and I found a similar song in my bird app for the common rosefinch. However, the female coloration doesn't seem to match well.

    Several similar birds passed through later in the day to chew on some berries and I got a fleeting look at one through binoculars. It looked more like a male red crossbill in form and overall coloration but I didn't get a good look at the itself. I think female crossbill would be a better fit to the yellowish bird I saw. The song, as I recall it, doesn't match well, though. I hope they come back for a better look.
    What about the White-winged Crossbill? The wings are darker (black) but the males are red and females yellow. The range map seems a little better fit for your neck of the woods.
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    I love it when you can see a new animal in your backyard.
    I am at work at my mine in the NWT. The Winter road is in full swing. We are hauling in over 68 million litres of diesel, and hundreds of other truck loads of supplies. Needless to say the access road, also a main ore haul road is quite busy.
    Last night a pack of wolves pulled down a caribou just off said haul road. I guess the terrain was not to the Wolves' liking, so they dragged their kill onto the haul road for their feast. Slowed up the traffic for a bit.
    The reason I brought this up here is that all this took place about 300 meters away from our main accommodations. So I guess this happened in my backyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcelt View Post
    I love it when you can see a new animal in your backyard.
    I am at work at my mine in the NWT. The Winter road is in full swing. We are hauling in over 68 million litres of diesel, and hundreds of other truck loads of supplies. Needless to say the access road, also a main ore haul road is quite busy.
    Last night a pack of wolves pulled down a caribou just off said haul road. I guess the terrain was not to the Wolves' liking, so they dragged their kill onto the haul road for their feast. Slowed up the traffic for a bit.
    The reason I brought this up here is that all this took place about 300 meters away from our main accommodations. So I guess this happened in my backyard.
    Yeah, that's pretty cool.
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    Great horned owls, hooting just south of us, really close. Pair setting their territory, I think. Awesomeness!

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    Nice. I've heard but never seen one around the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LookingSkyward View Post
    Great horned owls, hooting just south of us, really close. Pair setting their territory, I think. Awesomeness!
    I've only ever seen one, on a snag that used to be behind our old house. (Just more houses there now.) I watched it for about half an hour before a thought occurred to me: "Hey, I've got a nice camera, a tripod, and a long lens!" About the time I got the lens on the camera and camera on the tripod, some crows arrived and drove off the owl. They looked mighty small in comparison. Also saw a snowy owl one time. Very cool.

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    Nice. I've heard but never seen one around the house.
    We've got ravens like that. Hear them fairly often but rarely see them.
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    The deer are back now most of the snow in the field is gone. Tried to take a picture of them with the cell phone didn't turn out well and for some reason upside down here.Click image for larger version. 

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    What sort of deer do you have in Australia?
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    Not my backyard but from my hotel balcony this morning I have seen Dolphins and Sea Eagles taking fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LookingSkyward View Post
    Great horned owls, hooting just south of us, really close. Pair setting their territory, I think. Awesomeness!
    Keep your cats inside at night Skyward. The great horned owls around here take cats up to yearling size and larger with ease. I've seen it happen with my own eyes.

    I have a whole bunch of birds stories to tell but unexpected company has arrived. (Some bearded guy with a bunch of short dudes.)

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    Yeah, or cats are inside only. Most fun we had with the GHO - one summer night, watching one shag bats out of the air. It was pretty impressive.

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    Not to mention the bob cats & coyotes

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    Actually front yard wildlife.

    Our home is in a cul-de-sac. I returned home 45 minutes ago, to see a mourning dove sitting on the ground near neighbor's driveway.

    So I wondered, is it hurt? Why just sitting there on fine sand?

    I parked elsewhere (instead of usual spot) to avoid hitting it.

    Just prior to starting work 10 minutes ago, the bird was still there. Should I get a box, try and catch it, take it to veterinarian (and hope my supervisor is understanding)??

    I get up. Hope it's flown away.

    It is now gone. What a relief!

    Now I can get focused on my workday again.
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    ...still gone.

    Apparently hadn't merely wandered a small distance away.

    I hope is truly well and flying happily about!
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    Kayaking in the beaver pond today, we saw, briefly, a mink. We know they're here, but almost never see them

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    We have a stray cat that hangs around the house probably lives in the barn and this morning is the first time I have seen it in months so left a little dry cat food on the door step and see if it eats it.
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    The Wife told me she saw a vulture in our back yard earlier this week, just sitting on the ground.

    We get lots of doves at our feeders. They are very skittish, the least little thing can spook them. I was watching a flock the other day, grazing through the seed that falls to the ground under the feeders. Another dove landed on a branch in the tree. It then decided to join the flock and started fluttering down. This spooked the flock and they all took off. Which spooked the lone dove and he flew off with them.
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