Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have several photos of a rodential nature, and from two readers, whose comments are indented. As lagniappe, there’s a crustacean and a bird.

The first batch comes from Gary Womble:

Only whole grains for this little guy:

I would not want to get between him/her and those nuggets:

And finally, the kill!

A crustacean from Gary:

This little guy at Curry Hammock State Park in the Florida Keys takes its home everywhere it goes.

Another squirrel from Joe Dickinson (photo sent May 8):

Here is a squirrel photo with a moral:  don’t leave food unattended in your campsite.  It was taken this morning at New Brighton State Beach near Santa Cruz, CA .    It is a neighboring campsite, not ours.  The subject is on top of a cabinet inside of which is meant to be secure food storage.  Clearly, the top doesn’t work so well.

From reader Tom Carrolan, sent March 21, who saw an American woodcock (Scolopax minor):

This morning, Blue Tusk owner Tim Yorton flagged me down coming out of Starbucks to show me a bird that had his staff in a tizzy… naturally.

I then did my “Woodcock Walk” for Tim, his bartender and bar-backs, cleaning crew, and kitchen staff. . . I’ve done dozens such programs on this subject over the years, but this was the first where glassware, brooms, and white chef’s coats were involved. I peented, described the bird’s display flight as a large falling maple seed, tossed in some nocturnal migration… well ya had to be there.
You can hear a “peent” here.

5 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted May 19, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I used to enjoy listening to the peent and flight display at dusk when I lived in Michigan. The males chirp their way up to altitude, then fall silent and drop back to the ground.

    • rickflick
      Posted May 19, 2019 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      I’m referring to the woodcock, of course. Not the squirrel.

  2. Steve Gerrard
    Posted May 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    “I peented, described the bird’s display flight as a large falling maple seed, tossed in some nocturnal migration… well ya had to be there.”

    Pics, or it didn’t happen.

  3. Mark R.
    Posted May 19, 2019 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    These were enjoyable, thanks.

    The angle/orientation of that hermit crab photo makes it look like a giant. Love it!

  4. Posted May 19, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Great shot of the squirrel! Also the stone with a beak as long as itself, I mean the woodcock.


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