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Happy World Wildlife Day!

I checked in on the Decorah Eagles stream today to see that the female laid her third egg last night. Now it'll be about a month before they start hatching.
 

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I saw a coyote last week a few miles from my place, it came out of the woods and was standing by the road. I’ve never seen one in Michigan before, it was big. I couldn’t get a pic of it, I was driving.
 
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Gosh, coyotes are as plentiful as rabbits here in Illinois. I'm in a relatively suburban neighborhood and they routinely wander the streets at night. When the trains pass through town and sound the whistle, they all take to howling - that's when you realize how many there actually are. Now that everyone has video doorbells or security systems, we get panicked postings on our neighborhood Facebook page about them eating children and small pets. We've even had people post video of the "wolf pack" that wandered through the neighborhood. Um... no. One lady posted a picture of the "150 pound coyote" her husband saw walking down the street. Another neighbor said "hey! That's actually my Labrador retriever and he's not a pound over 100!" Too funny!
 

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They walked down the streets of Arizona all of the time. One walked in front of our house around 11am every day. You could almost set your clock on him showing up.
 

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Coyotes are common here, too. I don't see them all that often but I can occasionally hear them howling in the distance, and I often see their tracks in my yard in winter, as well as in the woods. I love coyotes. I really enjoyed the time I was walking in the woods and saw two of them walking. They never saw me. It was fun seeing animals truly act like normal animals and have no idea that they were being watched.

They do get a bad rep because they like eating small animals, and pets fall into that category, but they rarely bite humans and don't really cause issues otherwise. They also help control rabbit populations, and we have a huge population of rabbits around here.
 
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Yup. And they are generally no more interested in interacting with you than you are with them. Ours stay well fed with a good rabbit/chipmunk/squirrel population. We've even seen them catching bullfrogs at our neighborhood ponds.
 

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I’ve seen them in AZ, I’ve even seen huge rattlers, but not here in the Burbs. Lol.
 

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I only see maybe 2 red wingers in the summer, there was a whole flock, the few regulars must have brought the whole flock by. Lol
 
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Outside this evening before sundown and heard a screech owl trilling somewhere nearby, so I grabbed the binoculars and spied one in the screech owl house we put up a couple years ago. This is the first time we've observed owls in or around the nest box since we put it up. It will be interesting to see what happens! :pigeon:
 

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I only see maybe 2 red wingers in the summer, there was a whole flock, the few regulars must have brought the whole flock by. Lol
I get them all summer long, but I live near a wetland area, so they fly over to eat.
 
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This skunk comes to my backyard once in a while, he was by my pond last night, this morning he was still running around. I have the video, but not sure if you can post them up directly.
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