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Critters Around the Neighborhood

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Here are several different birds and a Grey Squirrel for good measure.  I took these pictures during Christmas week here in my neighborhood.  I note that our resident Crows did not do such a great job of keeping the street a “Hawk-free zone”.   I have been recovering from a cold so I did not get much bird watching in during the last few days.  I do hope to be outside in my neighborhood for bird watching and taking pictures in coming days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Curious Squirrel

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This Grey Squirrel seemed very curious as to what I was doing with the camera.  It noticed me and froze as many squirrels do when uncertain about a situation.  After a few moments, it relaxed and came toward me a bit.  It then went about its routine gathering Magnolia seed pods and Acorns for its meal.  It seemed to enjoy the red Magnolia seeds a lot!

There are a lot of Grey Squirrels here in my neighborhood.  Of course, I do live on a tree-lined street with many Live Oaks, Sycamores, Magnolias and Long-leafed Pines plus the odd Acacia tree.  So there is plenty of food for all the squirrels to share.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Small Wildlife Today

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

An Anole Lizard, A Zebra Long-wing which is the Florida State Butterfly, a Monarch Butterfly, a Killdeer bird, a couple of Grey Squirrels and a Cicada are the subjects of today’s post.  The Killdeer was at the same pond where the Little Blue Heron was the other day.  Anole lizards are all over the place here in Florida.  They can change color from green to brown and even an orange-tan, and are basically harmless.

The Cicada shown may only be an empty shell as it did not move.  They have come up and out from their many year-long sleep (some 13 years, others 17 years) underground during their immature stage.  The Cicadas go up into the trees, and change shell (exoskeleton).  The males make a huge amount of noise to attract their mates, meet their mates, enjoy adult life a bit, the females lay eggs (which hatch and nymphs fall to the ground and burrow down – nymphs suck tree roots for nourishment).  The adults then die off as their life cycle completes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Killdeer

Killdeer

Anole Lizard

Anole Lizard

Cicada

Cicada

Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels

Florida's State Butterfly

Zebra Long-wing, Florida’s State Butterfly

Squirrel Sightings

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The Grey Squirrels are just about the only critters that have been out and about in my yards and on my street during daylight hours in the past few days.  This is the beginning of the Acorn harvesting season for the squirrels here.  We have a lot of Live Oaks on the street so the Grey Squirrels have been very busy at work.  They scurry up and down the large tree trunks and limbs and go way out onto the thinnest of branches.

All this food collecting activity is done to secure a cache of choice Acorns for the squirrels to eat in later weeks.  Of course, we do have mild Winters here in Florida.  Much of this  frenzied food collecting work that these squirrels do, is simply instinctive and not as necessary as is seen in cold climates where food gets scarce in Winter.  I took these pictures on August 10, 2013 in my yards.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  I hope you’ll enjoy!

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Friday Fun Photo’s

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Here are a few pictures I had taken a few days ago of an adult Anole Lizard and two tiny baby Anole Lizards.  I also am including a cute shot of one of the resident Grey Squirrels that was hanging out in my front yard.  I took these pictures in my yards on July 22, 2013.  The weather has been quite rainy and the birds are staying put in their tree perches.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Adult Male Anole Lizard

Adult Anole Lizard

Baby Anole

Baby Anole

Baby Anole

Baby Anole

A Not-So-Shy Visitor and Those Other Resident Rodents

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A Cotton-tailed Rabbit has been visiting the yards of the row of homes that I live among.  I was quite surprised to spot the bunny sitting in the St. Augustine grass lawn, in the back yard,  just about five feet from a neighbor’s home.  On June 29, 2013, I again saw the rabbit (or its look-alike) right up against another close neighbor’s house!  Prior to about a week ago, I had not seen rabbits within a half-mile of my home.

My husband told me, much to my great surprise, that he had seen that same rabbit go up onto my other next door neighbor’s porch earlier that day!  So, the resident Grey Squirrels have a new friend here.  I will likely have to put up a short rabbit fence around any above ground planter boxes I may plan to have in my patio area, for growing vegetables.  I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2013, and again on June 29, 2013.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Grey Squirrels in Action

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Squirrels and nothing but squirrels, is my focus today.  The neighborhood where I live has many large Oak trees that provide a lot of acorns for these lively small animals to eat.  There also are Pines which provide nuts.  Squirrels have an easy life here with good weather,  The squirrels enjoy happy hunting for nuts, seeds, and the occasional tid-bit of insect, or even, gasp, bird seed!  I took most of these pictures from my yard on various days during the first two weeks of June, 2013.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Male Eastern Towhee

Male Eastern Towhee?

I took these pictures on May 6. 2013 and again on May 7, 2013 in my community here in Marion County, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron Chicks

Great Blue Heron Chicks

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike?

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Squirrels Being Squirrels

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There are lots of Grey Squirrels in this neighborhood.  The streets here have many larger trees that are perfect squirrel habitat.  These squirrels eat acorns, berries, seeds and some insects.  The squirrels here have been up on my front porch several times.  I recently had a squirrel climb all the way up the screen on one of my living room windows!   The squirrel likely was chasing a bug but it may also have been curious about the happenings inside the house.  This type of squirrel gymnastics is a startling thing to experience when one is sitting on the sofa inside.

The squirrels have been uprooting my potted plants by trying to bury acorns within the soft dirt.  I am hopeful that the squirrels will stay out in the yard where they belong!  I am not interested in hurting the squirrels and will simply discourage the squirrels from porch sitting.  So, shoo squirrel, shoo!  On the plus side, squirrels are pleasant for the most part, and are very entertaining!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

P.S. My thoughts and prayers are with those in Southern California who are affected by the terrible brush fires there.  I am thankful for those fighting the fires and providing related assistance.

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Grey Squirrels in FL

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These are some of the first pictures I have taken here in my new neighborhood in Florida.  We live on a tree-lined street where there are not only large Oak Trees, but there are also Sycamores, Magnolias, and Pines.  There seems to be a lot of Grey Squirrels around here.  The squirrels seem used to the presence of people.  In one picture, I was standing just about ten feet away from the squirrel that was standing still,  but not terrified.  I am also seeing a lot of different birds here so I will be showing some bird photo’s in coming days.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 24, 2013.  I plan to post here on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s for the coming few months.  I am getting to know the neighborhood, setting up the house and also exploring the greater region.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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