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  1. #631
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    Along the Raim Wilson trail

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    In Clearwater, Florida, right off the trail:

    Tri-color heron

    Hooded merganser

    Limpkin and moorhens

    Woodstork
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  2. #632
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    Goldfinch! You are so lucky. I visited Wakodahatchee Wetlands once and was blown away by all those birds you saw, and many more. Fabulous!
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  3. #633
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    How pretty, Goldfinch! We see some of the same birds down here in Belize.
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  4. #634
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    Goldfinch, those are just gorgeous photos!
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  5. #635
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    Goldfinch, those are fabulous photos! By the way, I saw a goldfinch yesterday...

  6. #636
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    Two red-tailed (I think) hawks chasing a bald eagle and making a ruckus.

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    I saw this little cutie just as I was turning the onto my dirt road Click image for larger version. 

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  8. #638
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    Saw this chickadee with a cigarette butt yesterday.

    After I posted it on Flickr, a friend reminded me of these photos taken by one of my favorite bird photographers in Central Park:

    http://thebethlenz.blogspot.com/2013...ly-smokes.html

    A Google search turned up this article about birds using cigarette materials as insect-repelling nest lining.

    I sent my photo and hers to the researcher quoted in the article.
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  9. #639
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    I saw this jackrabbit when I was riding two weekends ago. He crossed the road and encountered a fence then sat for awhile to ponder where to go. They're really fun to watch move. On the same ride I saw wild turkeys and a road runner but they weren't up for a photo shoot.

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  10. #640
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    As seen on a local rail trail - an Eastern Water snake trying to suck some warmth out of the asphalt. We almost ran it over, so I got a long stick and pushed if off onto the grass.
    They are not poisonous, but it was quite aggressive, coiling up & striking at the stick.
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  11. #641
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    The wildlife thread got buried!
    Today I saw a Red-tailed hawk soaring at 8000 feet above Mt. Lemmon. It dropped whatever was in its talons and recovered it in mid-air almost immediately. Very impressive. I enjoyed hearing a Northern Pygmy Owl calling in the same area as I rode by. Other wildlife today... Sadly, there quite a few species dead on the road: Tiger Rattlesnake, Hog-nosed Skunk, Desert Cottontail, Abert's Squirrel, Rock Squirrel. Live species: Botta's Pocket Gopher, Rock Squirrel, and saw or heard a handful of other birds: Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Mexican Jay, Bell's Vireo, Canyon Wren, Bridled Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-Eyed Junco and maybe a few more. It's harder to see/hear birds on the bike, even though I know them well by song/call
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    Dredging up this long-slumbering thread to share a picture of some rather unexpected animals seen on the way home from last weekends hiking trip to southern Indiana. Pity I couldn't get a better frontal shot

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    Camels, wow! We saw llamas and vicunas in eastern Washington (there were a couple of farms on our frequent routes), but never a camel!
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    We also have a local farm with reindeer, but not in the same area as the camels.

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    Cool Catrin! Were you hiking at Yellowwood? (I see Camels on the way to there, so wondered if we were in the same place :-))

 

 

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