Category Archives: Critters

I Finally Got My Moose!

I’ve been trying to spot a moose in the wild for three decades. Have you ever noticed that all the moose photos show them standing in a pond near the edge of a woods? That’s where I was always looking … Continue reading

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Preponderance of Painted Turtles

Painted Turtles are the most common turtle in Wisconsin. I see them regularly when I hike or go birdwatching in southern or central Wisconsin. On cool, sunny spring days you can usually find Painted Turtles covering exposed logs at the … Continue reading

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Too Many Turkeys?

Shortly after I wrote this post, I learned that three of the baby turkeys were hit and killed by a vehicle on the busy street in front of our house. Afterward the mother turkey sat in our yard for hours … Continue reading

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Stuffed with Turkey(s)

The Wild Turkey family has been visiting our yard every day for almost 2 weeks now, and in that time the five poults have almost doubled in size. Only mom shows up with the babies now. They meander all over … Continue reading

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Mrs. T and the Gang

Mrs. T is back and she has a family! Yesterday it was so humid the windows were covered in fog and dew when I woke up. I like to survey the backyard in the morning and I couldn’t see anything … Continue reading

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Mrs. T

This is Mrs. T and I “pity the fool” that tries to evict her from our yard. She’s large and she’s in charge. She appeared two weeks ago under one of my birdfeeders. I thought it was humorous at the … Continue reading

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Mysteries

For the second year in a row, some Red-winged Blackbirds have decided to call our non-marsh-like neighborhood their home. At least one or two couples are showing interest in raising a family nearby. They’ve started to visit the feeders regularly: … Continue reading

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My Squirrels are in Better Shape Than Yours

It’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. My squirrels do push-ups!

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Creatures in the Night

Only patches of snow remained on the ground last weekend, but overnight Monday and throughout the day on Tuesday we received a couple inches of new snow. Yesterday I was amazed to see how many footprints there were in the … Continue reading

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Wacky Wacky Winter

The high temperature was almost 30 degrees above average over the weekend, and the plants are confused. I have vast swaths of fluffy green moss covering my raised bed pavers. In DECEMBER, in WISCONSIN: More disturbing to me is that … Continue reading

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