Category Archives: Critters

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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They Feel it in Their Bones

I’m pleased as punch that the temperatures were still way above normal this week, or all that rain we got could’ve added up to as much as a-foot-and-a-half of snow. Wow! For the last several weeks we’ve enjoyed temperatures in … Continue reading

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