Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have videos and photos today. The video is from reader Rick Longworth, who found a sodden hawk. His notes:

This immature sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) was completely drenched after a night of soaking rain. Initially it looked pretty pathetic. After an hour of constant grooming, as the sun began to warm the upper branches of the cotton wood tree, the bird began to look pretty good. Flightworthy. This is North America’s smallest accipiter(wingspan 23″), named for its very thin legs.  Also note the white dots on the back.  They summer in Canada and migrate to the U.S. for the winter.

Reader Randy Schenck of Iowa has suffered an invasion of Canada geese (he says most of them will fly south when the weather gets colder):

For several days here in Wichita and more to come we have 55 degrees (13°C) and Canada GeeseBranta canadensis everywhere I walk.  On the water, onthe grass they are in the hundreds, these urban fixtures.


And let’s not forget our friends the fungi; these photos courtesy of Richard Bond, who writes:

The first four photos show four successive days of a fruiting body of a Parasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera, in my garden. The fifth photo is of a nearby clump, which I ate. They are delicious (best before the flat stage): like a more intense version of the ordinary commercial mushroom. They are also quite large. The solitary one opened to 29 centimetres; the largest one of the clump was 21 centimetres and weighed 175 grams. Eating them is quite safe in the UK, as they are very distinctive and cannot be confused with unsafe species.


  1. John Dentinger
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Up with fungi; down with Canada geese!

  2. Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I love parasol mushrooms and they are among the few I actually dare to take myself, because it easy to identify. I did not know that its English name is parasol mushroom, I just learned a new word now.

  3. SnowyOwl
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Sharp-shinned Hawks both breed and winter in the lower 48 states.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      OK. I miss-read the distribution map, which shows them in Canada during spring/summer. Some must feel the US is good enough. 😎

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I am pretty sure I see these mushrooms, and I am quite sure I have seen many Canadian geese. Never ate either of them.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    The geese must be loud as well…and watch where you step!

    Nice shroom sequence…we have a lot of edible shrooms around here, but I don’t know which are which. Best stay with the supermarket versions.

  6. Dave Tuttle
    Posted December 19, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    “Eating them is quite safe in the UK, as they are very distinctive and cannot be confused with unsafe species”

    Please google images of the Death Cap (amanita phalloides) mushroom, also common in the uk. Eating a single one of these can cause a very slow and painful death. I don’t think you should recommend any mushrooms to others based just on few photos.

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