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What unusual things have you seen?

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by shingigz, Feb 8, 2019.


  1. shingigz

    shingigz PetForums Member

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    I have been living in a rural area for 18 months, and have seen a rich tapestry of wildlife. There is a family of semi-albino blackbirds near to where I live, and they are always in the same area of trees, flitting in and out. They have black bodies with white heads that are a bit speckled. And last summer, I couldn't believe my eyes when on the grass near my door was a bright pink grasshopper! I Googled them to make sure I wasn't going mad!
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    It's lovely to watch wildlife, especially if it's on your doorstep :)

    I've seen several Blackbirds and Crows over the years with varying amounts of white feathers.
    What were your pink Grasshoppers?

    You may have nighttime visitors too, like Hedghogs, foxes and Bats
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    I'm on the Isle of Wight. Funnily enough, a hedgehog is one of the only things I have yet to see here. They used to root in the bin bags when I lived on the edge of the town, pre- wheelie bin days; I'd here them snorting about outside when I was in bed. A weasel once ran through that house, in the front door and out the back.

    Foxes and rabbits are numerous here. I feed crows every morning, just a handful of monkey nuts or some leftover food, nothing to encourage them. But the same family of crows lives around here. I just give a whistle when I go out in the morning, and they arrive for their offerings. In the autumn there are hundreds if not thousands swarming about like starlings before settling down for the night.
     
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    We see all sorts of fun stuff where we live but probably the rarest encounter I had was walked up to a kingsnake who had killed and was eating a copperhead!
    The kids and I also got to see a boxturtle laying eggs. Happened upon her, then backed way up so as to not disturb her and sat and watched her lay her eggs, bury them, and then off she went. Was so cool!
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    Went off to Google kingsnake and boxturtle, and ended up typing boxsnake. Will try again...
     
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    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Currently there is a blackbird with a single white tail feather.
    A neighbour sent us this picture of one he had seen in his sisters garden

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    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Eastern black kingsnake:
    [​IMG]

    Common Box turtle:
    [​IMG]
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    From what I remember, it is a form of albinoism, and they are fairly rare as they are easy to spot and get eaten.
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    Wonderful! I saw some pictures of them also on Google Images, the kingsnake eating a copperhead, and boxturtles laying eggs.
     
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    Sounds idyllic, it’s a dream of mine to live in a rural place. What area are you in?
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    Ashey, but any countryside is good for wildlife, especially near woodlands. Houses are being thrown up everywhere here, but it hasn't ruined it yet.
     
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    shingigz PetForums Member

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    I used to live in a city, and it was my dream, too. I moved here with my kids and a cat. I have heard it said, 'Jump, and the net will appear'...
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    Well I saw a Bumble bee today. A bit early I thought :)
     
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    This is unusual for me at least. Many years ago I went fishing at Loch Lomond and upon arrival I needed a pee. This is about 5am and I went to an open loo behind a pub. When I came out I saw an amazing statue of an enormous white stag with monstrous antlers about 20yds away. As I stood admiring this, he snorted and ran off.
    I suppose time has enlarged this beautiful creature in my mind but he was a big fellow in any event.
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    Like this one
    [​IMG]IMG_4209 by jenny clifford, on Flickr

    or Red Deer?

    Loads of white Fallow around here, mainly female though, not many males
     
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    Yes like that.
     
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