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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 11 Oct 2017, 14:20
by lunchstealer
Based on what I've seen around, a thistle feeder has been on my mind. I always feel like sunflower and millet are better for ground-feeding birds, and I can't see much of the ground from inside the house.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 12 Oct 2017, 13:55
by pistoffnick
Moose vs. Wolf - drone's eye view


Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 12 Oct 2017, 14:06
by Eric the .5b
The "WTF is that thing?" reactions from both animals amuse me.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 12 Oct 2017, 14:56
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 12 Oct 2017, 18:50
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 13 Oct 2017, 17:16
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 14 Oct 2017, 14:50
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 11:30
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 11:34
by the innominate one

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 12:25
by Ellie
the innominate one wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 11:30
BABY CHEETAHS <3 <3 <3

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 15:47
by lunchstealer
the innominate one wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 11:30
Was gonna put this in the YLSNED thread, but since the topic is already here:

Apparently it is thought by at least some scientists that cheetahs evolved in North America chasing antelope, migrated to Asia and eventually Africa over the Bering Land Bridge, and subsequently went extinct in North America. It's thought to explain why antelope are so fast - second only to cheetahs - despite having no extant predators that can even come close to their speed.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 15:56
by lunchstealer
The Townsend's solitaire is back.

I've been trying to get better at using bird calls to firm up identifications. So the other day I heard a series of short individual monotone whistles that I thought sounded like what I'd been hearing when the solitaire showed up for the first time this spring. So I checked All About Birds, and sure enough that's their 'I'm here' cheep. I've heard it a couple of times since then.

Juniper berries are a large part of their diet, and there's a huge one outside the front door that's covered in them (right now it's shedding them on the walk from the door to the driveway, so I can't go outside without shoes or I get sticky pinesappy berries stuck to the bottom of my feet), and sure enough when I went out the first time I heard it, I spotted it grabbing one. It was too backlit to make out the markings, but between the call, size, movement, and berry-eating, I'm confident in my ID.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 21:51
by Sandy
I saw as many chipmunks today as I've seen in the past eight years here (2).

I'm pretty sure I also heard their alarm chirp as I was walking my dogs over their hideout under the sidewalk.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 11:42
by Sandy
Sadly, I had to call animal control to humanely dispose of this cotton rat:

Image

Cute guy, but didn't respond when Kodi went outside. Fortunately Kodi's sheep-like nature reasserted itself and he just looked at it. If it hadn't been for him, I'd have let some fox or hawk have lunch.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 11:45
by the innominate one
Why animal control? Why not deal with it yourself?

Were you concerned it's carrying disease?

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 11:46
by dbcooper
Cute looking fellow. Doesn't look like a common rat.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 11:57
by lunchstealer
dbcooper wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 11:46
Cute looking fellow. Doesn't look like a common rat.
They're a native New World species. Different genus from Rattus rattus.

At least you're not in Hanta territory.

(ETFS)

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 12:03
by Sandy
the innominate one wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 11:45
Why animal control? Why not deal with it yourself?

Were you concerned it's carrying disease?
Given how sick it was--it let me get pretty close to get that photo--yeah, I was worried about disease.

And any option I have to put it out of its misery would be more gruesome. Plus I have to work.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 12:04
by Sandy
And by work of course I mean be on chat at my computer screwing around here, of course.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 12:21
by the innominate one
Minor correction: two t's in Rattus.

Looks like Sigmodon hispidus. In south Florida, they carry a mosquito-transmissible encephalitis. I just read that in the context of pythons wiping out most other mammals in the Everglades.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 12:24
by the innominate one
Double-bag it in a freezer Ziploc, place in freezer. No muss (and no Mus), no fuss.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 17:37
by Sandy
the innominate one wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 12:24
Double-bag it in a freezer Ziploc, place in freezer. No muss (and no Mus), no fuss.
Hadn't considered that with mammals. I know it's fine for insects. It was still alive enough to squeal and scrabble when the animal control lady put it in a shoebox. I assume a bit of sedative later and it's munching grains in Vegetarian Rat Valhalla.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 17:39
by Sandy
the innominate one wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 12:21
Looks like Sigmodon hispidus.
I was pretty sure it was a cotton rat. They're cute and harmless, but I really didn't want to risk a bite when I was about to have a cortical shot.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 19:09
by the innominate one
I always wondered where the corticus was.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 20:03
by Warren
Sandy wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 17:39
the innominate one wrote:
16 Oct 2017, 12:21
Looks like Sigmodon hispidus.
I was pretty sure it was a cotton rat. They're cute and harmless, but I really didn't want to risk a bite when I was about to have a cortical shot.
Is that a single malt?