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    Sparrowhawk? Err, American Kestrel? We've had those.

    We have just once seen a fox in the neighborhood, at night, quite a few years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    We have a fox in our neighborhood ... My wife saw it with the kids. ...
    I need clarification.

    Your wife with your kids saw the fox? Neat.
    Your wife saw the fox with its kits? Neater.
    Your wife saw the fox with your kids? Neatest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I need clarification.

    Your wife with your kids saw the fox? Neat.
    Your wife saw the fox with its kits? Neater.
    Your wife saw the fox with your kids? Neatest.
    I don't know... I'll ask.
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    I'm not sure of was impressive or funny seeing a cat try to walk on my fence earlier. He was really struggling, slipping a lot. Far less graceful than you normally expect from a cat, but then again he was on a fence, so that's kind of like tight rope walking.

    At least he stayed on the fence and wall and didn't drop down to the grass to leave anything.

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    Was about to go for a walk in the woods but there are 6 or 7 deer in the field, I guess i will put off the walk.
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    Went out to the other side of the house. I woman h=just hit a deer and ran off intp the woods, saw the tracks in some snow it looks like it dragging a leg probably going to be sore fore a while, no damage done to the car.
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    The coyotes were active last night once at 10 p, and then again in the middle of the night, woke up and then going on in the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Went out to the other side of the house. I woman h=just hit a deer and ran off intp the woods, saw the tracks in some snow it looks like it dragging a leg probably going to be sore fore a while, no damage done to the car.
    Is the woman still in the woods? I hope she's okay.

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    The deer have been getting comfortable in field so much that they will lay down out there for a few minutes at a time.
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    mom noticed a coyote at 6 am going across a neighbors field.
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    I think someone has had it with the coyotes I just heard 7 shots in the last twenty minutes. Maybe they are just trying to scare them but probably not.
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    It is one of those things that I have mixed feelings about one thing is that they are being a pest and at least one pet has been taken by them in the last year and if desperate they could a person. But it is the country and wild animals is part of living out here and they have been here longer than we have been here and be here long afterwards. I never been attacked by anything and I have going into the woods since I was like 4.
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    Whatever what was going on yesterday it had little effect on the coyotes they were singing last night.
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    As I was about to enter a nearby grocery store I was buzzed by a pair of English sparrows that appeared to be making love in flight. They came straight down while embracing and chirping madly, passed about a foot in front of my face and hit the ground at my feet. There they separated, flew up to the roof and started the whole thing again. This time they came down in my grocery cart. Another customer had a good laugh at the spectacle.

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    Went out to split some kindling and some geese flew by.
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    This was not literally in my back yard, but only about 3 miles away. I saw a pair of Canada geese with a brood of babies not more than a few days old crossing a heavily traveled 8-lane highway, very much in harm's way. They stood in place for about a minute with cars going by on both sides, and then finished crossing when the light changed. There are ponds not far away, but right along the road it is solidly built up with commercial buildings and a Metrorail station. I have no idea where the nest might have been.

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    In the "smelled but not seen" department, there has been at least one skunk in the vicinity of my house the past few days. We've smelled them occasionally for more than 20 years now but never actually seen one.
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    That endangered species that saved the Earth form destruction the mosquito or skeeter is back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    That endangered species that saved the Earth form destruction the mosquito or skeeter is back.
    deleted link it was just a gif to lilo and stitch quote.
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    Saw a hawk soaring high above earlier.
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    Woody the lonely woodpecker is at it on the roof of the barn this morning,
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    I heard our neighborhood barred owl hooting about sunset a few days ago. Still no sighting. I have seen an owl only once in my life, as a barred owl hopped out of my way as I was driving on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park at night.

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    There is all kind of chirping all over the place now vs. just the crows that hang around here.
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    There is all kind of chirping all over the place now vs. just the crows that hang around here.
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    Saw some wild turkeys in someones backyard today and a rabbit jump from underneath some else stairs.
    ETA a link to the video of the turkeys. It isn't great but they got scared as soon as pulled up.
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    The first cardinals of the season have been visiting our bird feeder, as have our local doves, and the sapsucker that drums on our downspouts. In the realm of the small, I found about a half-dozen redback salamanders in some leaf litter in my yard

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    While out for a walk this morning I saw and heard a flock of crows that appeared to be badgering something in the nearby treetops. My educated guess is that our neighborhood barred owl was roosting up there. According to my old Audubon Bird Guide, crows have a knack for locating and mobbing roosting owls and hawks.

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    Hornblower, that reminds me of the time I was working in my office at home when suddenly I could hear a magpie in my yard screeching at something. Looking out the window, it was hopping around on the lawn, clearly scolding something that was directly below me, but not readily visible. So I went out the side door and peeked around the corner and saw that it was the cat that had adopted me, cowering in fear against the wall of the house.

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    Our neighborhood barred owl is hooting up a storm as I write this. It seems to be high in a stand of tulip poplars up to 120 feet tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Our neighborhood barred owl is hooting up a storm as I write this. It seems to be high in a stand of tulip poplars up to 120 feet tall.
    Addendum: I just finished walking around in the deepening dusk, listening as the owl continued hooting. I could tell the direction well enough to pin down the position within 20 feet or less. It is definitely in my back yard, high in the trees. The next step is to look for owl pellets on the ground.

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