What's in Your Yard?

sekada(z7 atlanta)August 5, 2003

fun lil' survey.

Let's see: I have chipmunks, which I ridiculously insist on believing are all the same very hungry one, which I have named Hoover. I also have squirrels galore, of course. The occasional bunny, lots of bright green lizards and some chameleons. Cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, mockinbirds, titmice, sparrows, nuthatches, wrens and the latest addition a pair of beautiful orioles. Hummingbirds, despite my lack of a feeder due to the durn yellowjackets. Crows by the dozen... falcons of some kind, and the occasional red-tail.

I believe that's all... pretty standard stuff, really!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Melissa_InTheWoods(z7a MD)

Oh, lets see, lots of birds including woodpeckers, goldfinches, blue jays etc. Today there were two box turtles out there, one I call scar because he has a nasty scar on his shell and the other one was new. Skinks running around my house, squirrels, moles, voles, racoons, and spiders galore!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2003 at 4:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Maggie_J(z5 Ontario)

I like this post...nice to hear about everyone's critters. We have lots of chipmunks and cottontail rabbits, garter snakes, a milk snake, deer - we get to see them in the spring, otherwise just their tracks, occasional coyote, raccoons, red and black squirrels in winter only, 35 species of birds over the past two years, and - oh, yes! - one rotten RAT.

The chipmunks and cottontails provide the most entertainment this year...last year the award went to Raffles the raccoon...still miss that fellow!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2003 at 8:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
MeMyselfAndI(5/6 central OH)

In the year I've lived in this house, I've seen squirrels, a toad, Robins, Bluejays, Cardinals, Wrens, Grackels, Crows, hummingbird moth, Monarchs, Tiger swallowtail, other birds whose names I don't know, several other butterflies, and countless smaller critters.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2003 at 9:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
edwinna(z7 CA)

This is a nice thread.

Let's see...mice, rats, chipmunks, gray squirrels, ground squirrels, lots of birds (I don't know the names of a lot of them) but some that come to mind are stellar jays (which I don't like...they're bullies), robins, quail, woodpeckers, chickadees, little yellow birds, cool black and white checkered with red breasts birds, ravens, buzzards, hawks, wild turkeys, owls and humming birds, bats, jack rabbits, foxes, coyotes, deer, lizards, frogs, rattle snakes, king snakes, garter snakes, toads, lots of insects, bobcats and the occassional bear. Mountain lions are around, but I've never seen one unless the one that ran across the highway in front of my car one time counts.

I have such a long list, because I'm fortunate enough to live in the mountains of N. California and we try not to interfere with native habitat. Now, if only the logging companies would stop destroying it *sigh*. But, that's another thread for another day.


    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 1:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

(Did anyone else have that ridiculous commercial come to mind where the tag line is 'What's in Your Wallet'?)

A very good idea for a thread. Love seeing what gardeners in other areas have that isn't normal around here.

We've got hawks. Lots. Red shoulder, red tail, sharp-shinned and more. Owls are present; great horned, barn and barred and screech. Many turtles due to the nearby creeks and (ick) settling pond. Even saw a softshell once. That also gives us some ducks and many Canada geese. Fair amount of snakes including Chain King, Smooth and Rough green snakes, Queen snake, Corns and Rats, etc. Anoles are all over but don't see much of any other kind of lizard. Many frogs and toads though Leapord frogs are the most populous.
Oh, this was a riot! Last week we had a parrot. An australian parrot we believe. Probably a cross between a Mulga and a Red-Rumped. No primaries clipped and not a 'handled' bird it seemed. Yet, interestingly enough, no one was frantically looking for a lost bird of that type or description. Weird.
We do get a lot of birds thank heavens. Everything from woodpeckers, sapsuckers, nuthatches, warblers, titmice, chickadees, hummers, jays, cardinals, thrashers, mockingbirds, towhees, wrens, sparrows, killdeer, starlings, grackles, red-winged black birds, (have mind blowing, huge, mile-long migrations of 'black birds' come thru here - some sort of migration route), finches, grosbeaks, well just oodles of birds for us bird lovers.
Saw our first fox a couple of weeks ago (in the neighborhood that is) the same day the hawk perched on the gable. Have voles. Lots of voles. Squirrel both eastern gray and flying. Opossum. Racoons. Loads of insects. Lots of spiders.
Like edwinna I have a long list. The area is still fairly rural and I regret that it probably won't last much longer. The Atlanta blob is coming. Some days I just hate progress.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 2:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sekada(z7 atlanta)

Dang Ging, where do you live? I'm almost in woodstock. I've never seen a bobcat but hear they live around there. Also never seen a coon, possum or snake. I'm sure they're around, but I think it's odd not to have seen any. Do you do anything to attract all the birds & birds of prey, or do they just show up? I envy your hawks and owls!!

I forgot, I have woodpeckers too... cute little redheaded suckers.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 9:42AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jillmcm(z6 PA)

Let's see - for mammals, we have foxes, squirrels, chipmunks, opossum, deer, voles, mice, bats, wood rats and probably other small guys I don't know about.

Birds living in/nesting in and near the yard include chickadees, titmice, goldfinches, house finches, red winged blackbirds, ruby throated hummers, mourning doves, blue jays, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, white breasted nutchatches, gray catbirds (by the zillions), flickers, Canada geese, robins, song sparrows, chipping sparrows, Carolina wrens, house wrens, starlings, red-tailed hawks and others. We have seen lots more, especially during migration: fox sparrows, juncos, white-throated sparrows, kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, an ovenbird, other warblers... Some notables have included great horned owls, pileated woodpeckers and a screech owl. Can you tell we're birders?

Other assorted small guys have included garter snakes, leopard frogs, green frogs, toads, and small brown salamanders. We are also very proud of the tremendous variety of bugs in the yard, from mantises to at least a dozen types of bee. Every year we plant more natives and keep the yard organic, the more we see.

Oh, and I should point out - I live within 10 miles of Philadelphia in an increasingly urban area, and I still manage to attract all this. Probably because my yard and the adjacent large park are about all that's left for habitat... :(

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 10:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nestmaster(5b WA-USA)

Right now our main attraction are these Black-chinned hummers: picture taken yesterday morning (8/5/03)

We live along the Little Spokane River approx. 12 miles north of Spokane, WA. This is the dryer side of the state (just a few miles from Idaho). Due to the river we see lots of wildlife in our yard - even missing some trees due to beavers. Now I'm letting additional aspens spread just in case. We've even seen otters in the river - five at one time this year (mom and 4 youngsters I think). We also have duck boxes up that are used mainly by Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers earlier in the year. We also stuck up an Osprey pole a few years back but it is just not tall enough for them - they'll perch there occasionally but no nesting. In short, we're well staffed with critters and continually allow more of our 2 acres to revert back to a native riparian habitat (previous owners and ourselves had a mowed lawn right to the river). It is amazing how fast native willows, grasses, and such will reclaim wetter areas.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 11:00AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The usual gray squirrels, flying squirrels, deer, tons of birds, mice, leopard frogs in the fish pond, rabbits, and unfortunately... goats! (Not wild though... they belong to our neighbors... but they jump the fence)...

Then we have Âspecial wild renters that visit each evening: A raccoon named ÂRomeoÂ, a skunk I call ÂWalterÂ, (he has white hair on the top of his head... looks just like Walter Cronkite), an opossum I refer to as ÂTim (because heÂs always gnashing his teeth just like my boss), and a woodchuck lovingly dubbed ÂChubbers because of those adorable fat cheeks...

Meadow Lark

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 11:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Furpaws(z6 SE Michigan)

Critters that pass through and/or have made a home here this year: 2 skunks slink around every evening; groundhogs nested under my brush pile; white-tailed deer browse our fruit trees; red-tailed hawks survey the area from a nearby telephone pole; assorted birds including a family of wrens (aka "squeeky-bird"), hummers, cedar waxwings; red squirrels (my favorite critter) snack on pinecones at the top of our fir trees; several 13-lined ground squirrels have made dens all over our property; downy woodpecker was checking out an old birdhouse yesterday evening; tons of rabbits, many butterflies including monarchs and frittilaries, dragon and damsel flies, toads make their home in my garden. Spotted this summer's first praying mantis on my butterfly bush yesterday. I expect to find one of those HUGE black and yellow garden spiders any day now.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 4:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi sekada!
I'm up in the area above Cartersville; a tiny town named Adairsville. It's still surrounded by enough natural habitat to be terrific for wildlife. BUT, the rot is setting in and there is a lot of construction and clearing of land going on. So, I'm fairly nauseous most of the time. It does seem we've got a good many people in our area that are anxious to keep things to a dull roar. One county commisioner (?) is rather impassioned about keeping us seperate from Atlanta and it's aegis. They are claiming a lot as part of the 'urbanization' of Atlanta and thereby trying to come in and make their rules and judgements apply. Scary.
Well, that got off track! The hawks and owls are definitely here of their own accord. Again, it's the area and all it offers. We have a fair amount of rabbits around here that I know offer good hunting. The hawks have a lot of farm land with crops to oversee rodent extirmination. There is one stretch of road between us and Calhoun where they perch on the tops of some power poles along one large cultivated field. Every single time I go by I look for the hawks and it's a rare day I don't see at least one and often two or three scattered along the section of power poles. Saw an owl there one day as well in the dusk. We get wild turkeys out in our area as well which is a treat.
Another point in favor is the existence in the city and some of the surroundings of old trees. We've got 100 to 200+ year old oaks along with the old homes that are real magnets to a lot of animals. That hurricane that came thru a couple of years ago just mowed down an enormous amount of the ancient oaks in Calhoun. One of the sadder days for that city. Amazingly we were spared by approximately a mile and a half.
Come see the area some time! We'll show you all the haunts!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2003 at 5:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Whats in my yard? Right now mostly grasshoppers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hoppers

    Bookmark   August 8, 2003 at 3:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Dswan(z6 UT)

I hear you Rusty, I have grasshoppers galore. Luckily I also have birds, spiders, praying mantids, and other predators eating them.

Bird wise, I've had a pretty good year with black-chin and broad-tail hummingbirds as well as goldfinches, housefinches, pine siskins, dark-eyed juncos, western kingbirds, orioles, robins, starlings, house sparrows, seagulls and a periodic luzuli bunting.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen a snake yet nor any lizards. There are tons of pollinators in my yard from several species of bumblebees, numerous wasp species, and quite a few butterflies including blues, swallowtails and fritillaries.

Also, there is a quarter-sized black-widow watching over two large egg sacks. She has a younger sister looking for a mate to eat.

I've particularly enjoyed watching the hummingbirds chase each other around. They are definately a favorite of mine.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2003 at 5:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Wow, rusty, what a fantastic boon to have the two pictures! I am positively green! Then to have Lady slippers growing wild on the roadside... no fair! ;) That looks like a lovely home and area. Funny how some places seem welcoming and pleasant just through a photo.
We used to get the enormous black and yellow grasshoppers with pink (fuschia!) wings when I lived in Augusta with my parents. They ate everything in site down to the ribs and veins. Mom detested them. We were horridly cruel children and deliberately aimed for them on our bikes. Well, cruel to them; loved everything else. Yick. What a crunch and splat. And this is horrible but funny in a macabre/Gary Larsonish sort of way. We had a lattice fence that the grasshoppers used to get on and parade across the top of like targets in an old-fashioned shooting gallery. So, yes, we did. BB guns. We were great shots. They would just disappear. There'd be that little 'pop!' from the rifle and a grasshopper was just.... gone. Like pilots we counted our 'aces' and I think Mom even encouraged us (as long as we were only shooting grasshoppers and were safe with the target practice) since they ate her veggies.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2003 at 6:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Im like Ging,we have besides all thefarm animals Texas longhorns,horses,mini donkeys,turkey,chickens,2 labs,jack russell puppy,A buck ran up our driveway last week,raccoons,possums,swans,canadian geese,ducks,owls,hawks,water snakes,turtles,frogs,toads,I have a big farm pond and a koi pond,herons,lots of birds,My husband saw a gray fox comming in drive this week.chipmunks,More bugs this year than ever.Lots butterflys.Hummingbirds.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2003 at 7:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Let's see: Racoons, Red Foxes, Deer, an Oppossum, Gray and Fox Squirrels are the mammals.

Many birds of which the more interesting ones include Great Horned and Barred Owls, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Pileated Woodpeckers and an occasional Eastern Bluebird.

Reptiles and Amphibians: Five-Lined Skinks, Toads, Three-Toed Box Turtles, Eastern and Red-Sided Garter Snakes, Eastern Yellowbelly Racers, and a Common Snapping Turtle laid its eggs in our front yard last year.

A neat variety and yet, we live within walking distance of downtown in a medium sized city...

    Bookmark   August 9, 2003 at 1:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Lots of squirrels. And, thanks to them, indirectly, some sunflowers, this year! (Pic posted with my bio.)

I've also seen snakes, mostly just green garden snakes, some black garden snakes...bats...birds, especially lots of crows, also cardinals...

I've at times seen turkeys, herons, ducks, foxes, skunks, lots of deer...

I hear the coyotes but never have seen one...

I'm sure I've left something out!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2003 at 4:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Racoons, racoons and more racoons. They come by every night, all night long. Then the different bunches squable with each other so I hear racoon fights all night long from my open window. This time of year, all the mama's have babies so that only means more racoons. The little ones, especially, are very cute but they all sure do get into mischief. A favorite nighttime activity is swimming or wading in the preformed pond in the side yard where I put in my hedgerow.

I do have lots of birds. Catbirds and Mockingbirds are common and the Mockingbirds had fledglings recently. Also have Cardinals with their fledglings, Goldfinches with their fledglings and Wrens with their fledglings.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2003 at 2:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bullnettle(z8b TX)

Possums, armadillos (woe is me), house sparrows, cardinals, carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, inca doves, crows, red-tailed hawks, deer sometimes in the back, raccoons sometimes, copperheads, chicken snakes, garter snakes, frogs, anoles, salamanders, barn swallows (mostly gone now), ruby-throated hummingbirds (numbers increasing as migration starts), all kinds of wasps, a few honey bees, lots of bumblebees, yellow jackets, lightning bugs, and several types of butterflies.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2003 at 5:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hmmm...let see, not much cool things, but...

At feeders:

California Quail
Mourning Dove
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

In the garden and lawn:

European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Fritillary Butterflies (butterfly bush and lantana)
Sphinx Moth (Salvia greggii and lantana)
some little gray moths (butterfly bush and lantana)
bumblebees and various other small native bees (coneflower, Rudbeckia, scabiosa, perennial oregano, veronica, coreopsis)

Not much else since we live in a new development on the edge of the shrub-steppe, but fall is approaching and awaiting the arrival of the White-crowned Sparrows, pine siskins and other winter visitors.


    Bookmark   September 8, 2003 at 12:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Lylablue(7b-8a SC)

Just moved into a new development, so most of the wildlife has scattered I'm afraid. But at the feeders I've got cardinals, lots of mourning doves, lots of house finches, a brown-headed nuthatch, a titmouse, 2 hummingbirds. And lots of toads. No mammals so far.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2003 at 2:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
well_drained(z6a MA)

Great survey! As I read the posts, I feel like I'm doing some vicarious wildlife watching. Here's one that hasn't been mentioned so far:

Working in the yard the other day, the leaves began rustling -- but there wasn't any wind. I followed a little lump as it scuttled under the leaves until a tiny snout poked out, grabbed a bug and disappeared. I watched in fascination for a while, trying to figure out what it was. Tiny eyes and ears, and very short tail -- didn't fit mouse or vole. Tiny front paws, too small for mole (and too visible in the day). I googled for a while and found it: a shrew! Still not sure if Northern short-tailed shrew or some other species.

Other wildlife in our small urban/suburban hillside yard: raccoon mom and babies in hollow tree one spring; sharpshinned hawk watching neighbor's birdfeeder; cicadas (and lots of discarded larval skeletons -- stick them on your shirt to amuse/disgust others); too many invertebrates to count/identify; hordes of gray squirrels.

Skunks and opposums prowl the neighborhood, but I don't think they're nesting on our property.

Other Birds: grackle, crow, starling, house sparrow, house finch, black-capped chickadee, robin, blue jay, cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina wren, common yellowthroat, pine siskin, mourning dove, catbird, mockingbird.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2003 at 11:30AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Well-drained, i'm cracking up ! i thought i was the only weirdo who stuck bugs to her shirt to freak people out. I found a dead green scarab beetle in a shopping center parking lot one day, he sits on my desk and every now and then i stick him to my sweater as jewelry.

I'm in the very heart of Suburbia in over-developed southern cal... orange county, once a wonderland of coastal scrub, riparian stream (now a 6 lane parkway), and wooded hills. Sigh. Oh well, here's what seems to be surviving:

Opposums (my favorite)

Lots of little black lizards
Lots of yellow and green and tan grasshoppers
Other tiny little flies
Yellow and black garden spiders
Brown spiders
Sphinx moths
Painted lady butterflies
Frittilary butterflies
White cabbage butterflies
Strange worms with flat rectangular heads
Rats (they like the palm trees)

Annas hummingbirds
Allens hummingbirds
Rufous hummingbirds (migrate through)
Hooded orioles (nest in my fan palm each summer)
Northern flickers
Western tanagers
Coopers hawk
Sharp-shinned hawk
Red-tail hawk
Mourning doves
Red finches
Purple finches
Various sparrows
Towhees (California and Rufous sided)
House wrens

    Bookmark   September 9, 2003 at 2:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Oh! how could i forget my bees/wasps? Honey bees, bumble bees, yellow jackets.

My husband sees roadrunners on his golf course. But they were imported, poor things.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2003 at 2:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
josie_z6b(z6b Philly)

I also live in the suburbs right slap up against Philadelphia. Our house used to sit on pristine well-kept lawn - then we moved in. Ha! Now grass is offically a "weed" and we're getting rid of it bit by bit, and planting lots of wildlife plants.

The gray squirrels were here before. They stayed. (We like them in the garden, wish they'd stay the heck out of the attic!) As did the chipmunks, which also *climb trees*!

The groundhog is bigger than the neighbor's poodle. He lives in a gargantuan hole in my backyard.

We had cardinals nesting in hydrangea, crows in our big spruce tree, and wrens using the birdhouse. Sighted commonly are: house sparrows, field sparrows, goldfinches (only after we planted lanceleaf coreopsis) and mockingbirds. More rarely: woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches.

Also, my mother and I are trying to identify what we believe to be a Blackburnian warbler (is there something else orange that isn't an oriole on the East Coast?) and some kind of vireo.

We also have monarch, admiral, cabbage, and frittilary butterflies. And some really loud-ass crickets and cicadas.

None of this is *amazing* except to us. To us it's a dream come true, and we're still planting more "host" plants in the hopes of attracting even more of a show.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2003 at 10:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It's a zoo out there!

Red Fox, Coyote, deer, mink, rabbitt, opossum, skunk, raccoon, squirrel, moles, voles, mice, four different kinds of snake, painted turtles, crawdads, hawks, owls, herons, rails, pheasant, flickers, woodpeckers, indigo bunting, bluebirds, cardinals, goldfinches, cedar waxwings, orioles, hummingbirds, bluejays, swallows, robins, wrens, redwing blackbirds, sparrows, and many more I haven't identified, as well as more insects than you could ever list

    Bookmark   September 14, 2003 at 5:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Kevin- Your list of resident animals and birds sounds wonderfull.

The hummingbirds have left here for the winter and I think the Catbirds are gone too. The Songsparrows seem to be back but otherwise the winter birds have not arrived as yet.

We always have possums and racoons plus the usual backyard birds. I am hoping for some fall/winter bird visitors that would be new and unusual to me like waxwings, bluebirds, or thrushes but who knows.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2003 at 1:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

An amazing morning and early afternoon for bird watching around here today. All I had to do was look out my window to see all the activity.

The Rufus sided Towhee that I saw afew days ago was back yesterday and today. I only see one at a time so I think there is only one here. I have only ever seen a Towhee once before in my yard and that was once briefly last winter.

Juncos are here in flocks. Saw both males and females flying down to the hedgerow near the veggie garden and in the annual millet grasses and Little Bluestem grass. There were also lots of native Sparrows there. Besides the Song Sparrows and White Throated Sparrows that a could get a good look at to ID, there were others that didn't stay close enough, long enough, for me to ID them. But they were also eating the seeds of the Myscanthus Grasses. I could see them hanging on the seed stalks and picking seeds.

Goldfinches seemed to be everywhere. They were at the perennial garden eating the seedheads of Black eyed susans and Hyssops. And they were in the Amaranths and Salvia plus they too were in the grasses.

The veggie garden and the surrounding area also had Kinglets, Morning Doves, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Juncos, more Goldfinches, Songsparrows and White Throated Sparrows.

Chickadees, a Nuthatch, Red Bellied Woodpecker, more Jays and White Throated Sparrows were also hanging out in the shrubby hedgerow and Azalea Hill.

I saw a Mockingbird trying to eat one of the Crabapples on my Crabapple tree but I don't think he was successful as it appeared that the apples were too hard.

I scatter seed on my driveway everyday to feed the birds and I think its interesting that there were some morning doves eating the seeds along with one native sparrow and a female Cardinal. Otherwise there were at least 30 House Sparrows eating seed on the driveway. The birds I wanted to see, the ones I am trying to attract were very numerous elsewhere but were obviously not being attracted by the driveway seed but by the grasses and shrubby areas planted here to attract backyard birds.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2003 at 3:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Actually with all the snow cover, I am sure I am seeing less birds than I did last Winter. Still there are lots of White Throated and Song Sparrows around. Never had many of them until I started on my backyard Habitat improvements projects.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2004 at 5:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Cardinals are nesting in my Boxwood shrub.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2004 at 7:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hag49(Tx z8a)

I was just out in my garden trimming the roses and I heard a rustling noise. I looked around and up walks the most gorgeous red fox. I talked sweet to him and he continued jumping all over the garden eating grasshoppers. I certainly have a ton of those. My garden is in the middle of 88 acres of woodlandl/ranch grazing so I see all kinds of critters but they don't often let me share their space. They usually run off before I can get close. This time I stayed out there at least 10 min. w/him. I even went in and took a pic. I wasn't really close enough to get a good closeup. What a fun experience.I certainly want him to come back and fill his belly w/grasshoppers. Isn't wildlife wonderful?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2004 at 8:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dockers(WA Aust)

Sounds like you have some great wildlife over there. In our yard we have South Western Australian tree frogs, digging frogs, Bobtail skinks, bandicoots (a small marsupial), rainbow lorakeets, twenty eight parrots, pink and grey galahs, white correlas, magpies, wagtails, the occasional dugit (snake), huntsman spiders, redback spiders, golden orb spiders and up until recently a red kangaroo. It would be great to see what other animals people around the world have living with them!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2004 at 10:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

I was out at dusk last night loking for bats (saw one pipistrelle) and I noticed that a wood pigeon has a nest in our scots pine tree. Not that I want to encourage wood pigeons, but nice to know they are there.
I also have starlings nesting in the roof over our back porch and bluetits in the box on the pine tree.
My stickleback babies are doing well and about 8 mm long now.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2004 at 9:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hilary-A grasshopper eating fox? How nice! Send him to me when you get done with him.
I haven't seen many grasshoppers yet, but I know they'll be everywhere soon.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2004 at 12:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

The sticklebacks in my pond have had one batch of babaies, and now 2 Dads have built more nests. I don't know whether they have eggs in or whether they are still waiting for females. The males keep chasing each other away from their own nests though.
There are now plenty of pond skaters on the pond.
Some swallows are flying over, and every evening there are a few bats (they are after the same flying insects).
I haven't seen any hedgehogs this year, but there is evidence of hedgehog poo.
We get pheasants in the garden, but at the moment it only seems to be the male- the females must have nests in the field behind our garden.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2004 at 5:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
buffy690(z7 S. CAROLINA)

We have a variety of wildlife that visits us, we live on a lake so we get to see things like beavers and ducks they have babies right now, geese, and deer. we also have a large variety of bired that visit our feeders and two small water sources, if I sit at my windo for a whils I get to see two or three types of sparrows, chickadees, house finches, blue birds, red headed and red breasted woodpeckers, the brown and the grayish nuthatches, there is like one blue jay and many sets of cardinals, doves, a couple of types of grosbeaks, grackle, cowbirds, humming birds thought they are not all in yet we set out many feeders to supplement the flowers, we have all colors of the rainbow when it comes to birds, we have also attracted two little squirrels, they are not full grown they are too small I try to keep them shooed to their own feeder out on the trees but I think they think I am paying with them they are quite tame even though I run them all the time, they come really close when I am sitting out on the deck reading, I am tampted to offer a morsel but I don't really want them hanging on the deck that much. The larger squirrels ruined foru of the feeders and we had to switch to metal ones. we also have rabbits and lizards and tons of frogs around. I usually come upon a frog or two when I am digging around in my gardens. I thnk they like the soil and all of its organic stuff I have added to it.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2004 at 10:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

Hmmm, today there was a magpie carefully picking tadpoles from the edge of the pond!. I let it have a few then chased it. Grrrr.
I also have quite a tame male blackbird at the moment. He comes to within about 4 feet of me.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2004 at 8:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

Last night there were 2 hedgehogs. I hadn't seen any for ages. There was a large male and a smaller female. I think he was "making advances" at her, walking round her. She was turning round keeping her behind away from him and going "puff puff puff". They were also there for the water in the plant pot tray I have for a bird bath.
When I approached the bigger one ran off sooooo fast rather than curling up. Hopefully this adaptation helps prevent road deaths!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2004 at 6:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 9:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marilyn_c(z9 Tex.coast)

In my yard...more precisely, on my property...I have seen deer, bob cats, coyotes, a grey fox, many raccoons and many possums, lots of armadillos, cotton tailed rabbits, box turtles, red earred sliders, common snapping turtles, soft shelled turtle, three coral snakes, many cottonmouth moccasins, yellow bellied water snakes, ribbon snakes, garter snakes, broad banded water snakes, speckled king snake, green snake, diamond backed water snake, anoles, skinks...five lined and big headed, house geckoes, and as for birds...vultures, cara caras, cardinals, ring necked dovers, aztec doves, lots of cardinals, blue jays, pigeons, wood ducks, some other little ducks that didn't let me get close enough to see them, chickadees, great horned owls, barred owls, screech owls, barn owls, hawks of all kinds, osprey, titmice, goldfinches in the winter, hummingbirds, and many birds passing through on migration routes...like indigo buntings. Also have mocking birds, robins in the winter. Have seen a roseate spoonbill, night herons, little blue and great blue herons, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, green heron....too many bird species to mention. I'm sure I have left out many species.
Also lots of spiders including a healthy population of black widows who live in my flower pot stacks and lots of brown recluse spiders around too...including one named Little Eddie, bees, wasps, butterflies, moths...dragon flies, etc., etc. All are welcome, except the killer bees that were here for awhile, and I don't welcome the fire ants, but they are a fact of life. Add to that a dog, four horses, about 15 cats, my two pet pigeons and numerous opossums and raccoons that come through here on their way to being rehabbed and a "soft release." (Meaning food is always here for them.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2004 at 12:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I really have noticed the increase in birds, bees and wildlife since I have been busy improving the yard. I have more racoons than I ever thought existed visiting each night (not my intent) and possums too. Bumble Bees, Butterflies and Dragon Flys are common.

I never had Hummingbirds four years ago, now I do. I have alot of birds here but Catbirds I have had only for two years and a Hawk flying overhead is new too.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2004 at 9:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
trixylarue(z7 NC)

I love the birds that visit me here in NC. Daily visitors this time of year include tons of titmice, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, Downey and hairy and red Bellied woodpeckers, Blue birds (although they nixed me right after their 2nd brood - after spending all that money on 5000 mealworms a week it was wham-bam-thank-you-maam - I feel so used), goldfinches, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Brown-headed nuthatches, house finches and Mockingbirds. We also have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that I see once a week or so. I wish they would come to my feeders. Also have hawks but not as many as I see in winter. A Coopers flew out of the woods only about 5 feet over my head the other day - too another couple of years off my life. He was stalking the birds at my feeder I guess, did get one though. Never saw one take a bird in my yard.

Since I planted my garden specifically to attract hummers and butterflies I have lots of them too.

A bunch of grey squirels visit me daily - they sit on my deck and look in my kitchen window as if to say "peanut shortage out here!", also have loads of toads hopping around and lizards. I especially like the blue tailed lizards - they are always hanging around my garage. Yesterday I watched a tortoise cross my back yard. Occasionally I see black rat snakes, had a few this year. It took me a while to get used to them - especially when one decided to check out my garage but I have learned to admire them - from a distance. I have seen opossums and racoons once or twice during the day but they mostly come around at night. I also have some mice living in my garage (even after the snake). I also have voles but rarely see them.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2004 at 6:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

We live in a rural area and have deer, red foxes, coyotee, wild turkey, beavers, rabbits, racoon, possums, armadillos, squirrels, moles, voles, toads, tree frogs, bull frogs, several kinds of lizards and snakes. We've seen foot prints of bobcats

The different birds I've seen are Eastern bluebirds, indigo bunting, cardinals, titmouse, finches, robins, sparrows, wrens, mockingbirds, thrashers, several kinds of woodpeckers, flickers, juncos, jays, chickadees, doves, quail, hummingbirds, herons, woodducks, crows, cowbirds and hawks. I've heard owls and whip-o-wills.

We have big black grasshoppers with red on their wings that eat my flowers. My neighbors call them Texas grasshoppers. We have several kinds of butterflies, bumble bees, wasp, praying mantis, regular grasshoppers, and lots of spiders.


    Bookmark   August 24, 2004 at 7:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
htown(North Houston)

cool story about the fox. it is weird how somedays they will go about their business and pay not attention to you, but most the time they scat fast. once up at my lakehouse all day long there were atleast three foxes laying in the grass and playing with each other, and now they are very illusive. one night here the fox was chilling in my backyard and not even minding me; i thought that he must be sick or something. i think i saw him again much later because it has more black on his coat than most.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2004 at 1:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
htown(North Houston)

These raccoons have been my highlights of critter sightings this week, at first there was four of them.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2004 at 1:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Yeck, it's cold today. Been spoiled as we have had a very mild winter here on Long Island this year. Just got back inside from going out to refill the Suet feeder as it was getting low. The small Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Chicadees, Titmice and Nuthatches really seem to enjoy it this time of year especially.

I had some Carolina Wrens eating the Suet this morning. I was really happy to see them as they are amoung my favorite birds.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2005 at 12:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Chicadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, Juncos, Woodpeckers, Eastern bluebirds, Crows and cardinals. I have also seen cottontails lately and a few deer.......hopefully they'll stay away from the new shrub border, but I doubt it.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2005 at 9:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

The Redwing Blackbirds arrived today. They are singing from all the neighborhood trees. I love the Redwings, I wish they would stay all year but they commonly don't stay in my yard as they like to nest near water.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 2:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
DurtGrrl(z7 MiddleTN)

What a cool thread! We live in an older neighborhood, right in the middle of the city, with lots of hills and some open space. It's really been eye-opening to see the amount of wildlife we have.
Occasional sightings:
Red foxes (in the neighborhood, not in my yard, except the female that a speeding driver hit right in front of me one night. She was dead on impact, but I couldn't just leave her there so I brought her home & buried her in the backyard. Yep, DH didn't realize I was this weird when we got together!;) )
Red tailed hawks in the neighborhood

Daily in season:
Squirrels galore!
Cottontailed rabbits

Chimney swifts that nest in our unused chimney
Brown thrashers
We are practically littered with Cardinals and Mockingbirds! :)
Starlings and House sparrows, of course
Black-capped chickadees
Brown-headed cowbirds
Mourning Doves
A pigeon now & then
Ruby-throated hummingbirds
House finches
I know I'm forgetting some of our regulars...

Garter snakes
Ticks (UGH)

Surprising to see the sheer density of some of these critters too--I sure enjoy watching them all!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 6:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jll0306(9/ Sunset 18/High Desert)

We live near the Morongo Valley Nature Preserve, which has a year round stream, a waterfall, a marsh, tall trees and many magical spots. It's a well known watering spot for migrating birds, so we have a variety of them passing through, but the ones that seem to live here in the yard include scrub jays, very bossy cactus wrens, phainopelas, and numerous hummers who love the salvia, penstemon, and bottlebrush.

We also see hawks and golden eagles on occasion, as well as the turkey vultures who meet in the Tamarisk trees and to organize their soaring parties that must include a hundred birds or more.

On the reptilian side, once a year or so, we have a red racer pass through the yard. It was quite a site to see him climbing the fence, weaving in and out of the white lattuce work. We will also have lots of collard lizards and some skinks all summer long.

The resident furry critters include bunnies, voles, ground squirrels, and raccoons. Our personal best sighting was the a bobcat that came hip-hopping through the yard and across the patio.

The Preserve is also home to a mountain lion and a bear, neither of which I have seen, but we know the bear comes down and raids the trash cans at the community park across the street.

What can I say, except that this place feels like a little slice of heaven!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2005 at 3:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plays_in_the_dirt(SW Georgia/Z 8)

"nestmaster" loved seeing the hummers.
I have tons of birds ,lots of different kinds.(all of which I don't know the kinds)I've seen cardinals,bluejays,a couple of humming birds,geese(if air space counts when the fly over our house to the pond)LOL they don't visit our yard though.My two squirrels have been back.(that were given to us,I bottle fed them)A couple of butterflies too.I know we have possums,there was one hit in the road the other week. My mom tried to feed the babies but they didn't make it.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 9:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Swedeinla(SoCal z10)

I have skunks....birds....skunks...tree squirrells...skunks...racoons....skunks....coyotes...oh did I mention skunks? I also have skunks. Ugh!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 7:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Coastal South Carolina...

common housefinches
mournign doves (sound so sweet on an early weekend morning!)
a shine black bird whose name eluudes me
Carolina Wrens

sulphurs of all kinds
Hummingbird Moth
swallowtails, tiger, black,giant
Red spotted purple
Comma (my first sightuing!
Painted Lady (mexican)
skipeprs of all kinds

lizards, greea and blue with yellow stripe

Praying Mantids
wasps, regular and mud
carpenter bees

A year and a half ago, my lot was an old cornfield that just had some weeds....

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 9:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
darmadoll(z7 TX)

My most recent discovery was a 2 ft rat snake curled up in my persulane hanging basket found when checking to see if the basket was in need of water! I stuck my hand in the basket, looked in the basket, and the snake opened his eyes and looked at me! IT FREAKED ME OUT! We have cardinals, squirrels, titmouse, painted bunting(male and female), purple martins, a copperhead ( found it laying on the ledge of my flower bed by our front steps sleeping one morning when I got home from work ) Hubby killed it with a 7 iron (his weapon of choice and favorite iron LOL) rabbits, armadillos, deer, hawks, mourning dove (they roost near by), tree frogs, bullfrogs, toads, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, chickadees, bluejays,bluebirds,hummingbirds,butterflys,tarantulas,hornets (I hate them they chase me)! We have 15 acres and 10-12 acres of it is wooded so the animals have a safe place to hang out as we don't hunt the deer or shoot the dove ! I'm terrified of snakes.....but know to have a stick and poke around in my beds and now in my hanging baskets before I do any weeding, deadheading, or watering! I never imagined a snake climbing a tree to hang out in my persulane basket.....
Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 5:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
teryaki(z5B NE OHIO)

Aww, poor copperhead! :(

Foxes, squirrels, field mice, deer, chipmunks, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, a very fat groundhog, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, barn owls, gold finches, cardinals, bats, mourning doves, titmice, chickadees, sparrows, gold finches, blue jays, junkoes, mantids, cicadas, bumble bees, honeybees, yellow jackets, really neat wasps (dunno what kind, they're all black and have a very long slender portion... they look so delicate!), dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies (Viceroy, Spicebush Swallowtail and Yellow Sulfur), lots of moths, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and the occaisonal mallard or canadian goose during the summer.

Two lots, basically allowed to grow wild with only a little landscaping, an herb garden, and mowing of some of the lawn... And bordering on a small wildlife preserve around a small creek. God I'm gonna miss this yard.

I've never seen a single reptile here, though. There's the occaisonal turtle down by the creek, but not on our property.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 1:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Today...a flock of Bohemian Waxwing

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 7:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joyster(Z5b NY)

Three flying squirrels! They come out at night and eat the suet I have on the tree for the birds. I've seen them jump from limb to limb and they are very quiet and fast.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2005 at 5:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zootjs(zone 5 MA)

I'm on two acres in semi-rural central Massachusetts, bordering conservation land (wetlands). This is the first time I've thought about itemizing what I've seen in my four years, here. It's a long list, and I'm sure it's just a fraction! We have a pond, and keep half the property meadow. (Maybe, by some standards, the whole thing is a meadow....) I've been putting up birdhouses, lately.

We see (in rough order of how interesting...) great blue herons, red tail hawks, egrets, a large flock of cedar waxwings, redwing blackbirds, barn sparrows (how do they know it's a barn?), downy/hairy/piliated/red-breasted woodpeckers, orioles, juncos, nuthatches, and the usual finches, bluejays, cardinals, yadda yadda yadda. A wood duck down the road, and I wish he'd visit.

Spring peepers (I can't wait for them to come back!), leopard frogs, other various frogs and toads, garter/ribbon/maybe milk snakes, 4-toed salamanders. Turtles nearby, but not at my pond.

In the pond, various snails, leeches, more frogs, infinite insects (especially mosquitoes).

In the orchard, every pest an apple tree has ever known.

Mice, groundhogs, rabbits, grey squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks.

Coyotes, foxes, deer. Neighbors have seen a bear and reportedly minks, but not me. Beavers have us surrounded, but they are not my own yard.

Some lovely spiders, and some plain ones too. Lots of paper wasps and various bees. More mosquitoes. In fact, mostly, we have mosquitoes. And worms.


    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 9:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Currently renting, but gardening anyways! My entire vegetable garden is in containers, and I using drip irrigation. The local tree frogs have moved in, as well as paper wasps and ground dwelling wasps (meat bees). The wasps are allowed to nest on timbers on backyard greenhouse, and all summer they patrol my potted veggies: NO TOMATO WORMS! The sound of dripping water and croaking tree frogs is wonderful, and squirrels love to bury their booty in the flower boxes hanging on the fence. Hummingbirds like my red salvia bush, and lots of bumblebees, hoverflies, and leaf cutter bees buzz among the flowers. How could anyone not garden!!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 3:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

yellowjackets, paperwasps, bald-faced hornets, honey bees, bumblebees, carpet beetles, termites, carpenter ants, spiders, rabbits, deer, elk, bluejays, hawks, eagles, ravens. In Yelm, WA

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 2:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paradisi(Sunshine Coast)

Not so much in my yard - but flying over my yard. It takes nearly half an hour for the "flock" of bats to completely pass our house. We live on the sunshine coast in australia so our wildlife is a little bit different to yours - we get things like sea eagles flying past (and occassionally dropping their catches); tawny frog mouthed owls; skinks and geckos; cane toads; black cockatoos, corellas, a dozen varieties of honey eaters; rainbow lorikeets, eastern rosellas and now the bats

hope you enjoy

Here is a link that might be useful: the local newspapers story on the new bat colony

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 4:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Lately, I have been seeing fox just before dusk coming through my front meadow. It is about 1 acre in suburban/rural noreastern Massachusetts. The other day, I saw what appeared to be a teenaged fox. He/she seemed smaller than the adult male that I have been seeing. The younger one was a bit bigger than a large cat (more dog like) but the coat was thinner like a young dog that hasn't fully matured into an adult coat. Its behavior was that of the teenage animal. It seemed excited to be out alone and prancing around like the world was his/her oyster. So cute!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2006 at 5:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have seen robins galore, a male and female cardinal, house wrens, hummingbirds, some kind of finch?, sparrows (I try to keep away) morning doves, squirrels, rabbits, fox, groundhogs. I have put out food for bluebirds and orioles but can't seem to get any in the yard. Any ideas??

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 11:40AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Need advice on hosting bees in our yard
Hi Folks We maintain a NWF-certified wildlife habitat...
first post - bird food that sparrows dont eat?
Hi, This is my 1st post here! Can you guys recommend...
Why aren't the birds going for the winter berries?
So, I have the native Viburnum trilobum and both native...
The Midwest Strikes Back!
Today I have the extreme pleasure of watching about...
Wasp nest? rid of it? leave it alone?
Same one in the pictures but with different angles...
Sponsored Products
Alvin Onyx 4-Piece Adjustable Drafting Table Station - CC2001E
$252.93 | Hayneedle
Antique Brass Whitehaus WHVEG3-1095 Curved Lever Vintage Prep Swivel Faucet
$529.00 | Blue Bath
Kichler Camerena Traditional Bath Vanity Light
'I Love Soccer' Monogram Fleece Blanket
$39.99 | zulily
Classy Style Espresso Jewelry Armoire Chest
Tiffany Blue Glass Beside Table Lamps Lighting Fixure
Barrel Pendant
$99.99 | Dot & Bo
Florence Style Loft 3 Piece Sofa Set in Oatmeal
$899.00 | LexMod
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™