Snake: Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer

Just because you’re out birdwatching doesn’t mean you don’t see other wildlife. My husband and I happened on a snake in a birdwatching blind. This Racer didn’t show us how fast he could move, but he did show us, closeup, how fast he can flick his tongue. He was smelling us to decide if we were dangerous.

When I was in my twenties, I was terrified of snakes. So when I was about thirty, I went to a biology teacher who kept them in his science room and asked him to help me get over that fear. He did so by having me touch a boa constrictor–a large one–because he said that it was so large it wouldn’t make any sudden, scary moves. He was right. By the time I left, I had draped the snake around my shoulders and enjoyed the feel of its muscles moving. (And when I got home, my cat bit me because he smelled a snake on me.)

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Great Horned Owlet tries his wings

All winter and spring, I’ve followed the pair of Great Horned Owls that have nested in our neighborhood for the last eight years. This year, I filmed them copulating but then found the abandoned egg on the floor of the woods–failed nesting. I was so disappointed. But a month and a half laterI was  delighted to learn that they had found a different nesting site and that they had an owlet there. Last week I posted a snippet of the owlet with a parent peering over its shoulder. Today, another snippet: he’s less downy, he’s out of the nest and he’s trying his wings.

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Robins as Pedestrians

It’s a wonder suburban thoroughfares aren’t littered with the corpses of Robins, as much as they play in the street. But they successfully avoid the oncoming cars. What I want to know is WHY they choose so often to be pedestrians. Sure, they fly across streets some of the time, but they’re just as likely to run.
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Great Horned Owlet scrutinizes a human

I was as much an object of scrutiny as this owlet and its parent were.

The local Great Horned Owls have nested in the same Sycamore for eight years now, and they tried again in February. That nesting failed. On March 9th, I found the egg on the ground, opened it and saw the fetus. Now, on April 20th, I filmed their baby in a pine tree a block from the old nesting site. I’m no expert on owlets and can’t judge this one’s age. All I know for sure is that I’m going to keep an eye and a camera on that nesting site so I can film him when he’s ready to fledge. Maybe by then, he’ll be used to seeing me around, hmm?
I filmed last year’s Great Horned Owlet (as well as a Screech Owl). Two months ago, I posted a movie showing our Great Horned Owls copulating.
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