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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    This was a large, adult possum. Almost 3 years ago we encountered a juvenile possum ... very small and actually kinda cute. I'm wondering if it grew up and came back. Or ever really left.
    Possums have a life span of about 4 years in captivity and 2 years in the wild, so I would guess it isn't the same one.
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    I was setting up the hose and sprinkler to water the front yard the other evening. My wife came out to see what I was doing. We talked a bit, then she said, "Oh, look," and pointed to the live oak.

    There was a heron perched on one of the lower branches. It hung around for maybe half an hour or so. I've seen them in the tops of trees along the canal, but this was a first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I was setting up the hose and sprinkler to water the front yard the other evening. My wife came out to see what I was doing. We talked a bit, then she said, "Oh, look," and pointed to the live oak.

    There was a heron perched on one of the lower branches. It hung around for maybe half an hour or so. I've seen them in the tops of trees along the canal, but this was a first.


    Of course your wife saw it first, it was a her-on, not a his-on.
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    The squirrels are acting more squirrely, just saw two of them run down the path between the wood shed and the wood pile and turn 90 degrees and head into some bushes.
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    Well, both the local foxes and the raccoons started getting "amorous" last night at 2 AM.

    Sounded like women getting murdered in a sheet metal tearing facility.

    (Foxes sound like women being murdered, raccoons like tearing sheet metal. Great combo for getting some sleep.)
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    Never heard really any animals breeding but one night I went to do some star gazing and heard a moose call. The last thing I need to worry about is a lonely bull moose in the middle of breeding season.
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    Something of a tit-storm has just concluded on your bird feeders. Long-tailed tits often blow through in a swarm, constantly moving around within the group, which I presume is something that confuses predators like our local sparrowhawk.
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    But on this occasion they were joined by our little family of young blue tits, and a solitary coal tit.
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    A confusing blizzard of little birds for about a minute and a half. They all tolerated each other very well - I presume there's some sort of interspecies "safety in numbers" game going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Foxes sound like women being murdered ...
    It's the vixens that do that - like the massacre of the innocents, right under the bedroom window.
    The dog foxes just woof a bit, though with a spooky other-worldly note that says "I am not a domestic dog - don't think that for a moment".

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    A confusing blizzard of little birds for about a minute and a half. They all tolerated each other very well - I presume there's some sort of interspecies "safety in numbers" game going on.
    That's common around here among the little birds, particularly in winter: little mixed flocks of nuthatches, titmice, chickadees, with some sparrows along for the ride. And yes, it is a safety in numbers thing.
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    (Foxes sound like women being murdered, raccoons like tearing sheet metal. Great combo for getting some sleep.)
    The one time I heard a vixen I thought it was a rabbit being torn apart.

    Of course, the sound is available on YouTube.

    I'm not sure I've heard raccoons mating, but I have heard them fighting over food. It sounds like how I think the "Real Housewives" should sound.
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    Thanks Swift. Though I seem to have an opera singer due to the way she can hold a note.

    Dr. Grant, I DID hear the "woof" but thought it was a big, mean dog objecting to the noise!

    I just thought it was odd that he only woof a few times, unlike most dogs who object to odd noises in the middle of the night.

    That explains it.

    Do foxes woof when they kill rats? I've been hearing what I thought was a dog giving a similar woof, just before I'd hear a rat's death squeal, but none of my neighbors have such a dog, nor let them run at night.
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    You usually get a bit of dialogue, with the vixen screaming and the dog barking in reply.
    There's a variety of alarm howls, as well. And an amazing bird-like sound called gekkering that a pair of males will make when they're fighting (sound file here). Our garden seemed to be in territorial dispute for about a month, and we used to get an outburst of protracted gekkering most nights.

    I don't know about hunting noises.

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    Do Black Bears like BlackBerries?
    Do Bears poop in the woods on the trail to the lighthouse?
    Well, of course they do!

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    Not my backyard, of course, but there are rather a lot of houses in the vicinity. This was the trail to the Sheringham Point Lighthouse.
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    Just saw the little stinker again (skunk) running between rose bushes. The province clearing the ditcj=hes and I asked to keep an eye on a couple of trees near the ditch.
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    Hey Backroad, despite their obvious flaws skunks are often called "The Farmer's Friend", especially around hen houses, due to them being excellent mousers but not being really interested in eggs or chicks like cats or dogs.

    I've watched them for hours catching voles at my parent's house. Have you ever seen films of foxes catching mice running through snow tunnels? Skunks use the same sort of pounce method with their front paws to catch voles.
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    As long as he doesn't spray me or the cat I am fine, he seems to want to avoid contact with people. Last week somebody hit one near where my mother works, did it stink.
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    I think something hit it, give three guess how I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I think something hit it, give three guess how I know.
    Lights and sirens from the local vet emergency squad?

    Ghostly white, winged skunks with halos fliting about?

    Bunches of stoners looking for the hidden pot farm?

    (You didn't specify that they had to be GOOD guesses.)

    Crossing the highway late last night,

    Shoulda looked left and he shoulda look right,

    Didn't see the station wagon car,

    The skunk got squashed and there you are!

    You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road, dead skunk in the middle of the road, dead skunk in the middle of road,

    And he's stinking to high heaven...
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    While putting away some pots into the potting shed I noticed a squirrel tail poking out from behind a pallet leaning against the shed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    While putting away some pots into the potting shed I noticed a squirrel tail poking out from behind a pallet leaning against the shed.
    Was there a squirrel attached to it?
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    Actually Front Yard Wildlife. Yeah, he's in a fog and there's a fence in the way, but he's the biggest buck we've ever had in our yard. Either four or eight points, which apparently depends on whether you are west or east of the Mississippi. The doe he was following was down among the trees.

    The reason he could get in the front yard is that it was being dug up as part of our new house project. Some sort of government mandated drainage trenches.
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    Caught this doe walking by the window of the place we recently bought up in the Idaho panhandle....

    and a bonus pic of the view at sunrise....

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    Saw a deer here as I was putting away some hoses from a sump pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    Caught this doe walking by the window of the place we recently bought up in the Idaho panhandle....

    and a bonus pic of the view at sunrise....

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    Wow, your view is nearly as nice as ours!
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    More like main street wildlife. In the middle of our capital city. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-...-city/10598436

    And in case you were wondering the Brown Snake is "considered to be the second-most venomous terrestrial snake in the world". (Some say 3rd and there is always a dispute over rankings so lets just say very, very venomous)

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    While walking around my neighborhood yesterday I saw three black squirrels. If I am not mistaken they are the same species as our common gray squirrels, with a mutation that results in black fur.

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    Those are abundant in Vancouver, BC. And yes, same species as the regular gray squirrel. Same INVASIVE species in these parts. The native Douglas squirrels are half their size and find it hard to compete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Wow, your view is nearly as nice as ours!
    What do you mean nearly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    What do you mean nearly?

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    Just ONE island in your view? I've got at least four, and a couple of peninsulas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Just ONE island in your view? I've got at least four, and a couple of peninsulas.
    Haha, yeah, just 3 islands and a peninsula. But we've got a heck of a lot of trees. Very tall trees....

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