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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jan 10, 2021 7:38 PM CST
This pair of what I think are Limpkins spent the day between our home and the one across the street. They kept going back and forth picking at something in the grass.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jan 10, 2021 8:54 PM CST
Young White Ibis actually. The down curved bill is a giveaway.
Limpkins are bigger, stockier birds with a straighter bill.

Ibis feed on a variety of things in lawn like that. Insects, worms, grubs, and if moist enough, snails, crustaceans etc.
In the water, when I volunteered at the Refuge, they took small fish, 🍤, baby eels, small crabs. I once watched an adult White Ibis consume 14 cocktail sized shrimp!!! 14, it was amazing. He/she actually caught a few more but a Snowy Egret was following very close by and managed to steal a few shrimp away from the Ibis!! So darn cool!
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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jan 11, 2021 6:53 AM CST
Aha, I should have gone go back and looked at some of my old photos. We had mixed flocks of wood storks and ibis and the young ones were always mottled in color and confusing to tell apart. Hard to tell in the bill photo but the bill on one of these birds was brilliant orange. I don't remember the bills being that vivid, could be their diet I suspect.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jan 11, 2021 6:56 AM CST
Ibis have a three year maturation process. Little by little they change from the time they are about three to four months old.
When they are real young and first fly, they are 100% mocha or tan.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 11, 2021 7:53 AM CST

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Nice start to the 2021 critter thread, Alice and Bill! Thumbs up
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jan 11, 2021 8:21 AM CST
Thank you very much!
If I ain't doing birds, I am talking orchids!

I have been watching a neurotic female Downy Woodpecker this morning! She lands on the feeder with a new suet cake. Then she hops sideways from one end to the other. Then finally settles in and feeds in the lower left corner. BUT she constantly stops and looks around the left edge
Like she thinks some other bird is coming to take her food. Real silly to watch!
Sometimes there IS a Downy feeding on both sides. I have one male that comes and three different females or immature.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 17, 2021 3:15 PM CST

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That's why they call it the Duck pond!
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Mar 11, 2021 3:16 PM CST
Here is me and my critter. This is Miss Rose everyone!!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 11, 2021 5:30 PM CST

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Ohh, nice picture of you two! Smiling
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 11, 2021 5:44 PM CST
Aww, nothing more elegant than a beautiful black cat. Nice selfie, Bill!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Mar 11, 2021 5:53 PM CST
Thanks ladies!
My sweet Rosie. ♥️ Lovey dubby I agree
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 29, 2021 1:48 PM CST
A first for me, last evening. This picture taken right out my window, whilst I was sitting at my desk. Looked out and caught the movement, said "oh, just another squirrel" and then did a classic double-take. A bunny! So far he/she is only sampling the bidens alba and there's lots of that but I'm not sure what I'll do if my daylily flower buds start disappearing! Putting them up on a plant stand where hopefully they'll be out of munching range.

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Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 29, 2021 2:39 PM CST

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Elaine, you need a bunny-box! Rolling on the floor laughing This is what I call the lowest drawer in our fridge containing only carrots. Every day Klaus places a Carrot unter the table in the backyard! Under the table to shield the eating bunny from circling hawks. Hopefully the bunny eats carrots and leaves the plants alone..... Btw, they refused so far every other veggie, only carrots will do.
If Klaus is late - they have waited for him at the entrance to the yard.... no joke!
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 29, 2021 4:14 PM CST
Ursula, you are too sweet, I would be afraid that bunny would bring his/her siblings to the table. I use Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent granules, they seem to stay around longer than the spray does for me.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 29, 2021 4:31 PM CST

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I draw the line at Deer! They are beautiful, but I don't want them in our yard!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 29, 2021 5:28 PM CST
Oooh, yes I'm going to wait this one out to see what else happens. We've been seeing a few bunnies on our morning walks lately - another first for this neighborhood, so it seems like maybe it's a "big year" for them.

If there's only one, it probably can't do much harm to my garden. But you know how it goes with bunnies, where there's one there eventually are more. I've been leaving the back gate open lately, and that's probably how it got into the yard in the first place, so I'm hoping it's only one, and not a pregnant female one at that.

Most of my edibles are raised up out of reach, and there is plenty of cover and natural food sources, plus I leave out water for the birds, and all the animals seem to need it when the weather is dry. Started doing this when I realized the raccoons were tearing through the pool screening to get in for the water in the pool. It took care of that for the most part.

But I lay awake last night doing a mental inventory of things I wouldn't want them eating, and the amaryllis, and daylilies just coming into bloom now would be two things I'm worried about. I also still have pepper seedlings that will be planted this week, and a few cuttings started of my favorite Cardinal basil. Wonder if this bunny is a gourmet taster?
Elaine

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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 30, 2021 3:59 AM CST
After what we went through last year with only one bunny I am taking no chances. That critter devoured everything in reach.

This was my critter for the week. It was sunning itself on the bank of the pond but by the time I got the camera it had slithered into the water.

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 30, 2021 7:08 AM CST

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I am trying to make out what kind of animal this is? Do you have Gators?
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 30, 2021 7:26 AM CST
Oh yeah, this is Florida. That one was an pretty good sized for here, a good 5', maybe more. When the family was visiting we had mama duck and a dozen ducklings visiting the back yard each day, it was so sweet. The day after the family left the ducklings never showed up with the parents again. Guess that is one well fed gator.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 30, 2021 7:43 AM CST

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How does Gator rotisserie sound? Whistling

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