Other Creatures

The most interesting mammal sighting was a Patagonian Cavy sighted by Jeff. This imported mammal is often described as a cross between a rabbit and a kangaroo. These animals are sometimes raised for food. Win found a DOR specimen in McCormick County earlier this Spring. Other mammals seen included Whitetail Deer, Opossum, Raccoon, Beaver, Gray Squirrel, and Fox Squirrel.

I did not keep a list of all birds seen. Prothonotary Warblers and Great-crested Flycatchers were abundant. Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, and Great Egrets were frequently seen. Red-headed Woodpeckers, Flickers, and Pileated Woodpeckers were seen and heard. Mississippi Kites and Swallow-tail Kites were spotted. Broadwing Hawks were often seen hunting on the roadways. Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Ospreys were also seen. Barred Owls were seen hunting the roadways. Paul called a Barred Owl to him during a rain downpour. Wild Turkeys were fairly ubiquitous.

Great Egret, Ardea alba

Of course, there were many invertebrates about in the forest, including mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, deer flies, fire flies, ants, damselflies, dragonflies, and large spiders. Flowers also were abundant.

Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo




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