Tag Archives: Urban Wildlife

A Week Halfway Done ๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸŒ†

Good morning everyone. I didn’t oversleep today! I was up and out by around 6:30am. I actually woke up around 5:30am… I could have gotten up, but it seemed a bad idea when I’m pushing myself so far with the hours of walking and not too much eating. ๐Ÿ˜…

Having left earlier, I was able to get some sunrise photos…

Even by this point it was hot and humid. I can tell it’s going to be a scorcher… hopefully the evening cools down slightly, as I’d like to do an evening walk as well.

Today when I walked past the owl nest (remember, I’m always on the sidewalk) two of them (I’m guessing the two chicks) were playfully going at each other, and flying about. When I began to walk past they quickly hid, but the others stayed outside.

Today would be a special day, however. An owl was perching on the pipe that stands right by the sidewalk. I cannot believe I was able to be so close. These photos are still very zoomed in, but obviously not as much as usual. I wasn’t in touching distance of the little owl, but not far from.

Just like a little sentinel, he kept looking this way and that.

These three videos I’m going to share below are very short and samey, but I don’t expect I’ll have many chances of capturing a burrowing owl so close. So I want to share them all. Here’s the first:

Second one:

Last one. At this point I felt I was bothering the little guy even if I was on the sidewalk so I left him be.

In other news, yesterday ended in great annoyance as I seem to have lost my Apple headphones. ๐Ÿ˜ค They are the cheap ones with a lightning port that used to come with the iPhone, but I loved them, and hate, hate that I’ve lost them. Thankfully Amazon had them for 57% off, so it wasn’t too bad and I should have a new pair tomorrow.

Anyway what’s in the cards today… gotta finish a commission AND the warm-up, and start work on my current trade with MinetteFraise, install some new brushes, medicate and feed/water the cats, look after the snails, and, well, all my other chores. Tonight I want to surprise Christopher with a special meal –and take another walk too. I guess I better get to it!

It’s Tuesday! ๐ŸŒผ

Good morning dear friends!! I’m kicking myself because I overslept today, but I’m ready to tackle the day. How is everyone? ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป

In spite of my walk occurring later in the morning, my little friends were still there!

I suppose I’ll have to stop taking pictures, they are very samey, but I’m so excited every time I see them. ๐Ÿ˜…

Also, tomorrow I really want to make sure I leave around a quarter to seven. Once the sun is high in the sky, it sucks. ๐Ÿ˜“

Anyway, last night I made salmon croquettes for dinner! ๐ŸŸโœจ๐Ÿ’• But I could only eat one before I was full, so I’ll have the other one for lunch today.

Here’s a new outfit I wore for the first time to a little dinner party last night. I felt pretty cute! ๐Ÿฅฐ This is one of those things I mentioned getting the other day (the jumper).

I’ll end this here for now as I have a LOT going on today. Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

Morning Walk Done! ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ

Happy Monday, friends! I’m back from another morning walk. It is clear that I need to leave this early to enjoy it. I guess this is my new routine!

I saw a bunch of critters during my walk. Just the usual neighbors, but also something special that I’m leaving for the end.

First, some birdos:

The owls were there again! Sorry for the bad photos… my phone is all I have and I don’t want to disturb them by getting too close.

This is the same owl that yelled at me yesterday. It was, in fact, in the same spot as before. I wonder if this is an alternate entrance?

But now for the true highlightโ€ฆ after over a year of hunting areas full of bleached shellsโ€ฆ finallyโ€ฆ GOT ‘EM!! ๐ŸŒโœจ๐ŸŒโœจ๐ŸŒ

They are now in the tiny isolation tank while I deworm and monitor.

I still hope my friend gets me some from his yard. I want more variety as far as genetics and two of these are small anyway. Hopefully young and not runts! ๐Ÿ˜

Alright… time to make the bed and work on the daily warm-up!

Summary Of The Day ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿƒ

It was a good one, for sure! Here’s my outfit for the day. We went to lunch at Chuy’s earlier, then I enjoyed another long walk by myself. I’m not sure if the weather became more tolerable or if I finally decided that I was getting just too depressed indoors. My clothes were literally drenched in sweat upon my return. But, I am happy, and I enjoyed wearing this even though it was a bit warm:

More urban wildlife spotted. He was big!

As I mentioned, Blue came in! Here she is:

I love her! I gotta get around to posting a video of all her cool sounds and movements.

My preorder of Kitaria Fables also came in, as I mentioned yesterday. I can’t wait to play it!

During my walk I came across this shirt at Five Below. I was bummed they didn’t have my size, it was the only one left, but I got it anyway to use as a sleepshirt. I always need more of those!

I bought other clothes during my walk. It was a very rare moment of seeing something in a store window and almost screaming. I’m very picky with clothes since as you know I have a completely bizarre wardrobe. Now, these items I won’t post just yet. I’ll share them as I create outfits with them. ๐Ÿ˜

I sold more commissions today, and, and… something AMAZING happened!!

It’s done!! It’s DONE!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ Now I don’t owe my friend any more money. I can start saving to look after my mom!

I also finished the daily warm-up and now I have a giant pile of chores to tackle… but I feel happy and full of energy. I can’t wait to greet the day tomorrow! I feel like I can do anything! โœŠ

Happy Sunday, Everyone! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Good morning everyone!! I was up at 6:30am to exercise. Now that I’m back, I’m having breakfast and, well, blogging.

When I went on my walk and had my little carrier in case I spotted any live cuban snails where I saw the dead one yesterday, but no luck.

On the urban wildlife front, here is a neighborhood kitty –skittish but friendly. He meowed a greeting but stayed away.

To my delight, the burrowing owls were out again! This time I counted four (not all pictured):

Watching me carefully…

This guy was a ways off the nest –clearly eager to return to it but didn’t want to do it with me watching.

He even yelled at my a little!

I also spotted a few squirrels but nothing else unusual.

๐Ÿฆ– Jurassic World Alive ๐Ÿฆ•

Well, unless you count dinosaurs. ๐Ÿ˜ I gathered enough DNA for a few more, including this triceratops:

As always, had a bit too much fun with this.

Playing with a tire!

I love how these photos came out:

I also created this flamboyant guy!

Hongry:

He’s a little charmer, look at that grin!

Anyway, it’s gonna be a busy day but a good one, I hope. We’re going out to lunch soon, and I still have a lot of work to do around the house, as well as the daily warm-up and another commission, and more exercise. I’m sure I’ll post again today. Hope you’re all enjoying your labor day weekend!

Busy Day, Busier Tomorrow! ๐ŸŒœ

Today I got a very respectable amount of artwork done! A piece of gift art and two warm-ups along with another commission that I inked the entire background of.

Like yesterday, I was up early and went out on a long walk, about an hour long. Early on my walk, I spotted something that made my heart leap. The burrowing owls were still out!

It is prohibited to disturb burrowing owls, so I did not get overly close. I crossed the street and walked on that sidewalk but that was it. One hid, but the other one stared at me all the way! So very cute.

During my walks I often rescue snails, earthworms and tiny frogs from the hot sun and put them in the grass. It’s hard to tell in these pics, but this guy was rather big-shelled for a bradybaena similaris. I wanted him for my tank, but he’d managed to grow so big and beautiful right there in the urban wild. I couldn’t tear him from his natural habitat.

That aside, I managed my eating rather well today and exercised, too, but did not drink enough water at all. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ’ง I must make sure I drink enough tomorrow, because we are going out to the Swap Shop if the rain doesn’t cancel that –and it will involve a lot of walking.

We haven’t been there in forever. I’m really excited about going.

In the afternoon I read the last book in the Hagwood trilogy some more while having my coffee.

I can’t believe everything will be over after this book. I will really miss these characters. I wonder if Kernella will get Finnen at the end. As insufferable as she is in the beginning, she has really grown on me.

After I’m done with this, I need to pick another book that I left unfinished –either The Vampire Lestat or Tarzan. Once I am done with those two, I will reward myself with Jurassic Park.

Anyway, have a pic of some of my slimy guys at home:

And a GIF of Tomoyo playfully destroying our chairs:

That’s it for today! I hope I’ll have plenty to share after tomorrow’s adventures. Goodnight, one and all!

A Little Bird’s Story ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ [CW: Animal Death]

Soโ€ฆ I havenโ€™t wanted to talk about this until I knew how it would turn out. When it didn’t turn out good, I asked myself, should I blog about it at all? But, it was still a little story, an experience, so I want to blog about it. This little bird did not make it, so please keep that in mind if you want to continue reading.

On Thursday morning, as I was going down the stairs, I had an ungodly noise of something hitting the window glass. Like, a soccer ball or something. Scared the heck out of the cats. Of course being hurricane grade, the glass did not break. I went out to see what happened.

I was surprised to see a bird under the window, looking stone-dead. It was such a small bird for such a terrible noise. I should mention, birds flying into our windows is very unusual. In many years I never noticed it happen before.

Anyway, I stared, waiting to see some movement and praying I would not see any: with such a terribly hit, if the bird wasn’t dead it would be dying. As a child I accidentally dropped a baby hamster on a concrete floor, and I can tell you the effect that an impact of that sort has on a small animal is one such that you can never remove from your mind’s eye. In so many words, I did not want to trigger one of my worst childhood memories.

The bird did not move. I decided to leave the job to Christopher (very “nice” of me considering the bird’s body would endure the Florida heat for maybe six hours until he was able to clean it, but, you know, GROSS).

Two and a half hours later, I went to get my mattress when I noticed it delivered.

And then…

No bird.

I wondered, did the body get taken away by a predator? But, no: I heard some crazy flapping behind my head, and the bird flew to the fence. It took me a few seconds to process my shock: the bird, on which I had checked just in case a few times during the aforementioned couple of hours, and it had NOT moved, was not only alive, not only walking, but was able to fly onto the fence. Even so, after being concussed and lying out cold for 2 hours, I knew, there is NO way this bird is okay. I tried to gently grab it and it dropped unceremoniously onto the other side.

So I went inside, grabbed a cloth, and then out to the yard. Gently, I coaxed the little bird to a corner, where I easily caught it as carefully as I could. I took it upstairs, where I prepared a cat crate with towels, water, seed, dried mealworms, and suet. Then I placed the bird in it, and set a camera on it so I could bother it as little as possible.

For the most part it hid from me, like this, at the very end:

Based on what I read online, my plan was to keep the bird for maybe 48 hours, and then see if it could fly, since it appeared to have no serious injuries (later it would become obvious that in my zeal not to bother the bird, I did not look anywhere near carefully enough).

By the next day, to my great joy, I saw the little guy drinking:

As well as eating:

I was completely elated. Surely if you are eating and drinking you will recover.

A couple of days later I decided it was time to see if the bird could fly. I did not want to get too attached and worried that, without access to insects, it could not heal as well. So we let it out inside the library and in a split second it flew onto a bookcase. Hooray!

But when we took it out, it could not fly. Also, an injury to the surface of one wing became more visible at this point, with some exposed flesh. You can see that area in the photo below:

By this point I knew I was out of my element, so we went to the only rescue near us who would take anything, even invasive species, they take anything that needs help. It was a good drive, a half hour away.

During this time, on which the photo above was taken, even in spite of the car ride the bird was eating. I felt so hopeful for it.

Well…

When I gave it to them, the first thing they mentioned was a terrible injury I somehow missed completely. Check out its legs in the photo below:

One leg is broken at the ankle. The bird dragged it. It looked so bad that one of the people at the rescue thought it might be a birth defect.

Still, the point was: can it perch? That, they said, was the key factor. It needed to perch in the wild. And I saw it perch, twice it managed to get on high places. Once on top of an IKEA shelf when I decided it was ok to release it, and before I caught it, it perched on the fence. But still they seemed to think this was a likely dealbreaker for the poor thing and it would have to be put down (it was for the vet to decide).

The vet took it to the back. Quickly, I was informed of serious internal bleeding in additional to the leg issue, and potentially having been attacked by a cat prior to hitting my window (a possible reason why it became disoriented and had that accident).

I was distraught. This little guy had been eating, drinking, seemed energetic. Surely, perhaps it could be rehabilitated for life in an aviary or sanctuary? It certainly seemed to want to live. I would have liked to give it my best shot in my own home of getting better. But that is legally not allowed.

Donโ€™t get me wrong, I understand such laws exist for a reason and I was repeatedly told I did right by the bird in taking him there, but the bird doesnโ€™t know about laws. It just has a desperate will to live, and I think it could have… It felt so unfair.

Still, it was an experience so I wanted to record it here. I’m sorry that it doesn’t have a happy ending. ๐Ÿ˜”

Froggy Neighbor ๐Ÿธ

In our yard we have lots of little neighbors. Geckos, huge iguanas, squirrels, bluejays, curly-tails, some snails (tiny ones) the occasional opossum or raccoon, a few cats, some mice, hundreds of spiny-backed orb weaver spiders, and TONS of little frogs!

Today while watering the grass I came across one such froggy –a rather big one– who was acting sort of lethargic. These frogs generally jump away as soon as I walk near. But he stayed, even as I poked him a little, which was concerning.

He was on the side of my house (no grass near him) and with the sun rising, which can easily bake such a small critter to death here in FL, I could not leave him there. So I grabbed him and misted him with spring water, and then released him in a cool area of my garden, where he lives. But not before taking a lot of photos and video!!

I suppose his dignity may have taken a hit…

As soon as he was misted he perked up.

I had never been able to see such a perfect little frog so close up. It was wonderful!

Just look at his lovely perfect skin. He looks like a tiny dinosaur creature!

Last video… I really couldn’t pick one, I was just so pleased with what I’d captured…

After I was done harassing him with my camera I misted him once more and released him in a shady spot with taller grass (where I most often see these froggies). Hopefully he had a good rest of his day! ๐Ÿ˜Š

‘Ello Neighbor ๐ŸฆŽ

Look at this cutie I saw when I was watering our new yard!

I saw him when I first set out the sprinkler and he hid inside. Still, just in case I took my phone the second time around and I was very glad because he was back, and I was able to get super close for some really adorable photos of my little neighbor:

He was a curly tail. Invasive species… they grow kinda big. I hope I see him again.

A Little Outing On A Hot Day๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป

I’m still feeling super, super low, so I decided to go on a Little outing. I walked to Michaels and got some stickers, and then to Target, where I got one of their last two Bluey plushies. I really, desperately needed something new to hug that wasn’t expensive.

It was very hot outside, almost unbearably so, but the walk did me good all the same. I met a squirrel on the way, who really stared me down…

Here’s my Bluey plush that I got to cheer myself up:

Later, I did some more scrapbooking. Bluey made sure the colors were harmonious.

I did work on art in the afternoon though, so I promise it wasn’t a day without commission work.