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What wildlife is in your Woods / Backyard?


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#41 Pangolin

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:57 PM

TRIP REPORT - September 2, 2009

The day's journey begins at base camp, an intimate lodging (3 beds) situated on a private concession encompassing about 1/4 acre
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Viewing can be very good in camp, with over 40 bird species recorded. May is usually the peak birding month as migrants arrive.

Camp facilities do bring to mind the Safaritalk discussion topic, "are artificial water holes good or bad?"
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The day began at 6:00 AM, when I awoke not to the sound of beating drums, but rather to that of the loud panting coming from the camp canine. Upon stepping outside moments later, I was treated to the calls of two western screech owls, one in camp, and the other in the adjoining concession.
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(okay, not my pic)

another Safaritalk discussion has centered around preferred vehicles. Today's safari utilized not a Toyota or a Land Rover, but a GIANT
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Today's morning activity began at 6:34 AM, an 11.1 mile safari through the suburban and urban ecosystem.
After about 6.5 miles of suburban travel, with a few squirrels, crows, and scrub jays being spotted, I reached the
bike trail that parallels the Willamette River (9th largest in the continental US). To my left, the river
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(note wildlife on near shore)

To my right, an urban wildlife reserve
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With wildlife
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Nobody home at the osprey nest
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But there are always pictures
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The morning activity ends after I cross the river and enter the city.
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The safari runs in the reverse direction for the afternoon activity.
Note: safaris may be cancelled due to high wind, heavy rain, or freezing temperatures, especially when combined with extreme darkness. Typical safari season is May through October.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:14 PM

Wonderful trip report Pangolin. The reverse direction in the afternoon note is very funny. The owl photo is beautiful!
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:59 PM

Like the trip report Pangolin, thank you.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:52 AM

I love the report, Pangolin , and the photos. I, too, have a water feature, right outside my bedroom window. I

opened the curtains at 7 am one morning recently and saw a fox boldly trotting past and through the hedge to my

neighbour's property. My camp is nowhere near as rural as yours, but does boast many birds, from herons, red

kites and magpies down to long tailed tits and wrens. Muntjac deer like eating my sweet peas, and several small

cats treat the place as their own! I'd upload a photo or two if I knew how to!


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:36 PM

Jan-

I'm not really rural. "Camp" is in the middle of the suburbs. My little 1/4 acre private concession is adjoined by a number of other concessions, each about 1/4 acre or smaller. Just a regular old suburban neighborhood in the U.S.

The only relatively large mammals seen in my "camp" are opossums (not native) and racoons, although deer and coyote are not far away. The racoons prevent any proliferation of fish life in my waterholes.
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:57 PM

Pangolin, my camp is smaller than yours, 1/3 of an acre, and probably more rural than yours. A small

riverside town of 1400 inhabitants, neighbouring concessions about the same size as mine. I do have fish, but

nothing more exotic than goldfish because the local herons rather like to help themselves. The best thing about

this location, although a pretty and desirable spot, is the fact that I'm thirty minutes from Heathrow and well

placed for a quick getaway to Botswana, my prefered destination in Africa. At present I'm counting down to

23 October for my next fix.


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:40 PM

Interesting thread! Brianís video was lovely, but canít be compared to Dance Fever Ö I donít have any corellas or bunnies (just hares) and I donít have a serious report like Pangolinís, but in April 2008 I actually took my camera on a 15-minute game walk. What I found was too disturbing to share in Safaritalk.
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:34 PM

Not to be pedantic but last I looked, 1/3 was larger than 1/4 so I think Jan's camp wins the size stakes. :(

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:42 PM

Yes, I had noticed the math error, but I thought I'd wait for somebody else to mention it. No sense pointing out my own deficiencies. Maybe that means I have more wildlife per unit area in my private concession :( I doubt it though, based on Jan's description of critters at her pond.

Late addition: I do have rather extensive traversing rights however........the U.S. is pretty big.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 12:31 AM

Yes, I had noticed the math error, but I thought I'd wait for somebody else to mention it. No sense pointing out my own deficiencies. Maybe that means I have more wildlife per unit area in my private concession :( I doubt it though, based on Jan's description of critters at her pond.

Late addition: I do have rather extensive traversing rights however........the U.S. is pretty big.


Yes indeed, and traversing rights are the big thing these days! :lol:

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:42 AM

What was I thinking of! Obviously my brain has frazzled with age! I know that I'm old, but now I'm just proving

it! You are a gentleman, Pangolin, and you are a realist, twaffle. Mea culpa.


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:57 AM

What was I thinking of! Obviously my brain has frazzled with age! I know that I'm old, but now I'm just proving

it! You are a gentleman, Pangolin, and you are a realist, twaffle. Mea culpa.


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I suppose I should be glad I'm not a gentleman! :(

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:21 AM

twaffle, you are a lady, that goes without saying.


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 02:56 PM

I should have done my trip report today. The osprey was perched on a tree branch right along the river, and I saw a skunk on the trail for the first time ever.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:08 PM

Pangolin, now I'm jealous. I can't do ospreys, but do have visits from rose-ringed parakeets. Escaped from

captivity, originally from India, I believe and now very keen on eating on my nut feeders.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:32 PM

Such a good Idea Pangolin. I decided to add my trip report from my Saturday morning walk. ( in fact it was after the walk that I decided to go back with the camera.

Trip Report... Birds and the bees

Strap on a pair of size 12's
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Exit gate.. to adjacent open land
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Game viewing pretty poor, but it was Arum Lilly time.
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Snapped a shot of this feral pigeon.
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Some fossilized remains
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Always see a few of these...
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I dont know the name of this bird, but he was pretty chirpy so I had to click at him
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Wild African Killer bees. :P Dont get too close.
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I tried quite hard to get a picture of this for you, lots of post editing necessary.
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But it flew away. Had to cut quit a bit away from this photo.
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And on my way back I heard this Egyptian Goose and managed to snap a photo of it too.
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probably walked less than one km. But what was pretty refreshing was taking a new look at things that you are taking for granted.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 07:41 PM

dikdik-

NO FAIR (comparing South Africa to Oregon), but well done! Very enjoyable. I had to go get my "Newman's". Is the sunbird a Southern (or lesser) double-collared sunbird?

Anyone know the other bird?
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 12:00 PM

wow.. nice report from Oregon. And Dik Dik, I remember back in the 80's being told in my grade school to be careful as those killer bees from Africa were coming to get us all. That and the Russians were going to drop the bomb on us any day. What great times as a kid.
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:37 PM

Pangolin, I agree with the Southern sun bird, but not sure about the lbj !


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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:52 PM

I'll get out My Newman's again tonight and have a go at it. Much more fun than watching TV.
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