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Monday, November 5, 2007

Guilty Face & "Visitors to the Hermitage"

I keep a list of critters we've seen or heard in our yard in a book titled "Visitors to the Hermitage." While going to get that book just now, I caught this guilty looking thief in our backyard (I love the seeds stuck to his nose.) Usually raccoons don't come until after dark, but lately this guy's been around before sunset. Perhaps he's bulking up for the coming Winter. At any rate, here's the current list of our visitors;

AMPHIBIANS
American green tree frogs
Toads

BIRDS
American crows
American robins
Blue grosbeaks (& rose breasted, as well)
Blue jays
Blue-gray gnatcatchers
Brown thrasher
Brown-headed cowbirds
Brown-headed nuthatches
Carolina chickadees
Carolina wrens
Eastern bluebirds
Eastern towhees
Finches
Gray catbirds
Great crested flycatcher
Great blue heron
Indigo buntings
Mourning doves
Nightjars
Northern cardinals
Northern mockingbirds
Nightjars
Orchard orioles
Red shouldered hawks
Ruby throated hummingbirds
Sparrows (including chipping, song, swamp & white throated)
Summer tanager
Thrushes (including Louisiana water & wood)
Tufted titmouse
Vultures (both turkey & black)
Warblers (including palm & pine)
Woodpeckers (including hairy, red-bellied, red-headed, pileated & yellow bellied sapsucker)
Yellow rumped warbler

CRUSTACEANS
Louisiana crawfish

INSECTS
Bees (bumble, carpenter & honey)
Butterflies (including black swallowtail, cloudless sulfur, monarch & spicebush swallowtail)
Caterpillars (including gypsy moth)
Cicadas
Crickets
Dragonflies (of varying types)
Eastern eyed click beetle
Fire ants
Fireflies
Grass-like mantids
Grasshoppers
Katydids
Lovebugs
Stink bugs
Wasps (of varying types)

MAMMALS
Bats
Brown rats
Gray fox
Mice
Opossums
Raccoons
Squirrels
White-tailed deer (tracks)

REPTILES
Broad headed skink
Garter snake
Green anoles
Gulf coast box turtles
Southern black racer snakes

Finally, here are some shots of birds at our feeders. We refer to them as "the kids."


3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I like your new blog, sweetness. Cool nature stuff.

Anonymous said...

I like it too - Marisa

Lana said...

Thanks, Marisa! Glad you're enjoying it. :)

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