We Saw…

We see all kinds of creatures on our walks, but today was especially fun.  Right off the bat, Gretchen found a skink, but I was quick and it wasn’t harmed.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Next up were the birds.  We saw a pretty male cardinal and a blue jaybut the heron was the hit of the bird sightings for me.  I really think it was a little blue heron, even though it would be far more likely to have been a great blue heron.  It was distinctively, well… blue-grey all over.  I’m so grateful that I looked up in time to get a good, long look and feel confident!  Herons are quite special to me as my father’s middle name was Heron, and Daddy was especially fond of Civil War hero Col. John Mosby, aka: the Gray Ghost, so…  very special.

Red-bellied Cooter

Red-bellied Cooter

Gretchen and I have repeatedly heard a splash as we noisily round a bend on the river portion of our walk, and I’ve assured her it was okay every time, all the while wondering what on earth could make such a significant “splash” sound as it slips off of the bank.  Well, Sissy INSISTED on looping back and doing the river path twice today, and from the opposite angle, I was able to see a family of turtles.  I will have to have my phone/camera in hand next time we come from that direction, because I believe it was a  Red-bellied Cooter, and none have been sighted in our county.  There’s a chance it was a boring ol’ EasterRiver Cooter, but there were three of them sunning together on one large log, and I clearly saw much “orange”…

I also picked 3 ticks off the dogs (not attached), saw lots of bumble bees, and one Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

What have you seen out and about?

6 comments on “We Saw…

  1. Nancy says:

    All of the creatures except the skink and ticks would be fun to encounter. I had to look up “skink,” as I’ve never heard of them.

    I have a hawk of some sort that has been hanging around my backyard trying to capture one of the swallows and wrens that feed at my neighbor’s. Sadly, he has succeeded a few times despite the fact that the small births hid in a bush in my backyard. The hawk is relentless and patient – the sad circle of life.

  2. gmariesews says:

    There are bunnies in the lot above us. There is a stunning stellar Jay building a nest in our trees. But on our walks we mostly see cars. g

  3. kathy b says:

    Al got a tick in Virginia last week TOO!!!

    Its raining again. Havent’ seen much ……
    robins, woodpeckers, cardinals nesting , and bunnies everywhere

  4. Nichole says:

    Boo to ticks and bees, but yay to the rest of the wildlife!

  5. Sue says:

    We have a hawk that parks himself on our deck to pick off a bird at the feeder. I’m torn about him. On one hand I don’t feel right luring birds to their death, but he or she probably has chicks to feed, too. He got a bird yesterday so if I see him again in the next couple days I’ll chase him away.

    We have deer and turkeys and of course lots of rabbits. I just hope the skunk doesn’t make another appearance. He’s around the neighborhood. I can smell him at night.

  6. Bubblesknits says:

    That’s one of the things that I love about where we live now. The drive to and from the kids’ school is always chock full of animals. Let’s see…our neighbors have a very vocal menagerie, including yelling goats. (Just google it. You won’t be disappointed, especially when you imagine my face upon hearing it in person for the first time and NOT knowing what it was. lol) About 3 weeks ago we spotted 4 turkeys wandering in a yard on the way to school. Deer (of course). And our most recent sighting was a woodchuck, sitting next to the road and munching on weeds/grass/whatever. What made it funny was I saw it on my way home and immediately thought “Nutria Rat!” (Duck Dynasty). Then T saw it on his way home and burst my bubble. lol

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