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Post  hammock gal on 8/8/2018, 11:45 am

Sorry that this is such a bad pic, but I had to take it through the window, trying not to scare these guys. They were moving pretty fast, cruising on through my yard on their way to who knows where, but I was just so amazed to see seven turkeys in my back yard!!! There were three adults and four young ones. I've seen a single turkey walking down my street once, so I know they're around, but seeing this whole "rafter", (I looked it up) of turkeys in my yard, was kind of thrilling. This is the best of the pictures, unfortunately.
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Post  Roseinarosecity on 8/8/2018, 2:09 pm



Turkeys is Redding, California and turkeys in Connecticut--no wonder it was once considered for the national bird symbol.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2018, 2:58 pm

California turkeys are fatter. Neener-neener.  Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/8/2018, 5:21 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:California turkeys are fatter. Neener-neener.  Razz
lol!
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Post  hammock gal on 8/9/2018, 10:53 am

@Roseinarosecity wrote:

Turkeys is Redding, California and turkeys in Connecticut--no wonder it was once considered for the national bird symbol.
Fatter!? Those look like a whole different species of bird...they're huge! I guess I never gave turkeys much thought, except at Thanksgiving. hungry Until maybe 20 years ago, I had never seen a live one, in the wild. And I never thought that there might be variations of turkeys. So, intrigued by your pics, I checked it out, and indeed, there are, if you care to look.
https://www.beautyofbirds.com/wildturkeyspecies.html
I think what is so surprising to me is that I live in a very residential neighborhood, yes, there are a lot of trees, and some foresty areas nearby...but I just never expect to see them in my own back yard, or walking down my street, as in the first picture below. (Also taken through the window.) They're really magnificent. I'm thinking that they may get fatter in the fall, as they get ready for winter, since here is another pic from a friend's yard, several miles from here, taken in the fall. In the second pic from my friend's yard, later in the day, we watched them take off flying to roost for the night in the trees by her driveway. They look like a B52 trying to take off, running for quite a distance before they're able to get airborne and make it into the lower branches of the trees. Impressive birds!

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/9/2018, 11:30 am

HG wrote:They look like a B52 trying to take off, running for quite a distance before they're able to get airborne and make it into the lower branches of the trees.

You should see them trying to land. Some of the bigger ones do face-plants. None of them could ever be called graceful. darn funny I just happened to be at the kitchen sink this morning when they came through on their way to the woods behind us. What really amazed me was that one of them squeezed through one of the openings in the field fence.  Shocked Those openings are only about 4"x6". Another one tried it and almost got stuck. The rest flew over (only a 4' fence). They sure are fun to watch. If we ever get past our major challenges, we want to sink a water trough back there for all the wild things. I should get some fabulous pics, then.  Cool
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Post  hammock gal on 8/9/2018, 8:28 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
HG wrote:They look like a B52 trying to take off, running for quite a distance before they're able to get airborne and make it into the lower branches of the trees.

You should see them trying to land. Some of the bigger ones do face-plants. None of them could ever be called graceful. darn funny I just happened to be at the kitchen sink this morning when they came through on their way to the woods behind us. What really amazed me was that one of them squeezed through one of the openings in the field fence.  Shocked Those openings are only about 4"x6". Another one tried it and almost got stuck. The rest flew over (only a 4' fence). They sure are fun to watch. If we ever get past our major challenges, we want to sink a water trough back there for all the wild things. I should get some fabulous pics, then.  Cool
A turkey doing a face plant must be a sight to see!!! Laughing
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/16/2018, 10:01 pm

This is what I saw out my kitchen window tonight, while doing dishes. Cool
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Post  sanderson on 8/17/2018, 12:15 am

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Post  hammock gal on 8/17/2018, 8:48 am

Such a beautiful animal! I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/17/2018, 1:00 pm

@hammock gal wrote:Such a beautiful animal! I love you

This morning there were 3 of them. happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/21/2018, 4:35 pm

@BlackjackWidow wrote:Every year about this time, the damselflies are fluttering all around the ponds and creek. We call it "The Time of the Fairies" in our family; my daughters and now the grandkids all love to walk along the creek and have the "fairies" flutter around them. If you sit quietly for a time, many will lite on a leg or arm for a time.

They're so hard to capture properly without setting up the tripod and spending time with burst photos. And mine are blue/green, and blend in so well with the foliage and water. I'll have to try a short video instead one of these days.

Here's one at the pond's edge: 

And this one is just taking off - it's very rare for me to capture one with outspread wings like this:


There are 3 in this photo - can you find them?  Smile
Finally got a shot of our dragonfly. Now you can see why I was so confused about yours -- they are soooo different. You can also see why it was so hard to get a pic -- these guys are almost invisible. Rolling Eyes  
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Post  suseine on 8/28/2018, 9:35 am

I usually see dragonflies near the pond. I like their colors.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/28/2018, 12:05 pm

@suseine wrote:I usually see dragonflies near the pond. I like their colors.

We see swarms of them around dusk -- our own private mosquito police! smiles
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/16/2018, 10:54 am

With snow on the ground, and ice on the bushes, the Deer are checking out our gardens...





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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/16/2018, 5:43 pm

Pretty!  And hungry!
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Post  sanderson on 11/17/2018, 3:45 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Pretty!  And hungry!
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Where's Waldo?

Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2018, 12:13 pm

How many turkeys do you see in this pic?

Hint: The answer is NOT 3.
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Post  sanderson on 12/5/2018, 4:20 pm

I found Waldo Very Happy

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/6/2018, 9:29 am

@sanderson wrote:I found Waldo Very Happy

Pretty good camoflage, huh? Cool
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Post  sanderson on 12/7/2018, 3:26 am

I had to enlarge the photo to find him. Shocked

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/8/2018, 11:37 am

WOW! Yes, that WAS good camo... :-)
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Squirrel vs. Woodpeckers

Post  countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:02 pm

The snow brought more little birds to our feeder than we've ever seen before. Also, a gray squirrel found us. What we didn't know is that woodpeckers don't like squirrels. One of them started squawking and brought 2 more to help torment the squirrel. They actually tried to knock him out of the tree. It was really something to see. Now I know why squirrels have those big, bushy tails. He used his as an umbrella to keep those mean birds off his back.

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Here's a still shot, but I had to take this through the kitchen window and I couldn't lose the glare.
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Post  countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:12 pm

The snow brought more deer than usual, too. There were actually 7, but one's off to the right, out of sight. We took this from the kitchen window.
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