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MikeC
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Posted - 09/06/2005 :  8:20:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit MikeC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dutchman

Ken,
Do they migrate, or are they usually on the Great Lakes?



That's what I was wondering, Ken.

Cranes, herons, and bald eagles (lots of those) are about the most exotic birds we have around here. No pelicans, though.



Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


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Marken
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Posted - 09/06/2005 :  9:43:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The very first time I seen them was 6 years ago on the day my mother died. A flock of about 30 of them came over when we arrived home. It was as if they said everything is all right...

There is a colony of them in Green Bay, just north of us. They returned to the area after a lengthy absence and now inhabit one of the islands.

I don't know if this one is lost, but they usually migrate along Lake Michigan. I'm glad it stopped by for awhile.


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pastor_t
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Posted - 09/07/2005 :  03:12:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw this unlikely pair by the River Tweed earlier this year.



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Dutchman
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Posted - 09/10/2005 :  08:56:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These two visitors (mom and baby) were in my yard this morning.

Sorry about the blur on this one. Mom started to move toward me, and I started to move also.



I retreated into the house, so this one is through the screen. They are about 15' away from our dining room window.



Bruce

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MikeC
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Posted - 09/10/2005 :  09:26:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit MikeC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Are you sure a window screen is enough protection?



Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


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Tyson Rayles
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belg
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Posted - 09/11/2005 :  07:16:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
guys, I had a little visitor in the local transit parking lot a while back and I see it on a pretty regular basis.




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Posted - 09/11/2005 :  07:59:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Dave D's Homepage  Click to see Dave D's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Marken

Not a good time to smell the sedum

We had a very rare for Wisconsin visitor this morning...

A lone White Pelican.





What part of Wisconsin are you in Ken?
I'm up in Green Bay. ( Go Packers! )
The bay is cleaning up a lot since the zebra mussel invasion. Have been seeing lots of these White Pelicans the last few years.
Love to see the "squadrons" flying low, in formation!
Have been told they used to be very common in the lower bay, until pollution took it's toll.
Now, with all the work being done to clean up the river and lower bay..and the mussels..they have been returning every year, for the past 4 years or so.





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jatravia
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Posted - 09/11/2005 :  6:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The wife was poking around outside yesterday afternoon and found a little friend ...

while not as exciting as some of the other wildlife posted here I thought it was cute.

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Marken
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Posted - 09/16/2005 :  9:32:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mary and I took our annual trip to the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge this morning in hopes of seeing some migrating birds.

One of the neat things they have is a floating board walk which goes out into part of the marsh. How bad is the drought in Wisconsin... this is what we found



There is usually 3 feet of water under the walk.

A little farther down the road we spotted a flock of about 50 birds hovering over head. You can see them after they landed...White Pelicans! Also some Egrets.



And a little farther down the road we came across this...



We talked to some wardens on the side of the road. They were collecting ducks which had died from an outbreak of avian botulism caused by a huge carp die-off. They said they have collected over 1200 ducks so far and it's going to get worse. We need mucho rain


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jatravia
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Small ... but wild. I think this creature was about 3 inches long. Note the "horn".

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anbhurst
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  01:24:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joe,

That looks like a deer-mouse. I don't want to alarm you, but in some areas of our country, they are a vector for disease. Even though it's been quite awhile since I've attended a pesticide seminar, that's what I recall.

Allen
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quote:
Originally posted by jatravia

The wife was poking around outside yesterday afternoon and found a little friend ...


Allen
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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  06:43:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"That looks like a deer-mouse. I don't want to alarm you, but in some areas of our country, they are a vector for disease. Even though it's been quite awhile since I've attended a pesticide seminar, that's what I recall."

Amen!


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jatravia
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  3:34:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Allen and Tyson,

thank you for the concern - the wife went back to see if it was still there yesterday but it wasn't. We have mice all over the fields around here but I wouldn't one kind from another. As long as they aren't in the house or anything like that we try to co-exist.

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Bbags
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  8:09:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually these animals are found at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
The center takes care of orphaned and injured animals.
Some will be returned to their natural habitats while others will remain on the 200 acre park because they could no longer survive in the wild.

A moose


2 bear cubs




The same 2 cubs taken on a different day about 25 feet up in a tree.
So Bruce if you see a bear cub in the back yard climbing a tree is not a good escape route.



A solitary adult bear.




And last an eagle.
The largest eagles in the world are found in Alaska.
The female has a wingspan of 12 feet.




John Bagley
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