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I enjoy hunting for them with my .22 and make a great gumbo.

Here's something about how serious some folks take squirrel hunting -- my general area. If Town Clears Out, It Must Be Squirrel Season - New York Times

Friday before squirrel season is an important day.

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We feed the birds [cardinals, yellow finches, house sparrows, Carolina wrens, etc] which provides secondary food for the gray squirrels. We grow our own sunflowers and some of the other food. It helps/hurts that father in law is the head of the birder group in the state so we get food by the 50# bag.

We also have a variety of woodpeckers, hummingbirds and a couple of types of hawk [cooper, sharp shin, redtail], falcons and other migratories.

We also have rabbits, possums, raccoons. YES, we live in the suburbs but the area was a horse farm just 35 years ago and the animals don't know or care about the changes.

At the new house, which is next to a small lake we also have herons and other water fowl. Oh, and we have a friggin duck in the swimming pool. At some point, if he doesn't get the message, I will be having duck a l'orange.

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I feed leftover fried chicken to the local birds that congregate around me during lunch. However, the Myna birds prefer bacon and Portuguese sausage during breakfast. Doing my part for the evolution of avian and swine flu

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I feed leftover fried chicken to the local birds that congregate around me during lunch. However, the Myna birds prefer bacon and Portuguese sausage during breakfast. Doing my part for the evolution of avian and swine flu
When pigs fly.

Uh-oh.

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Wasn't there a thread with oblique views of food for the titmice on the board?

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Do housepets qualify as wild?
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Does putting my trash at the curb once per week qualify?

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I have a nice variety of creatures living on my property (2 acres). Squirrels, gopher turtles, black racers, armadillos, raccoons, tree frogs, lizards, rabbits, and of course all kinds of birds. Tree frogs have turned my plastic garden tool shed into an apartment. At least five of them permanently reside inside, hiding in wall niches, sleeping during the day and hunting for insects at night. They get in and out with the shed doors closed by squeezing through a narrow gap between the door and the shed roof.
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I have a nice variety of creatures living on my property (2 acres). Squirrels, gopher turtles, black racers, armadillos, raccoons, tree frogs, lizards, rabbits, and of course all kinds of birds. Tree frogs have turned my plastic garden tool shed into an apartment. At least five of them permanently reside inside, hiding in wall niches, sleeping during the day and hunting for insects at night. They get in and out with the shed doors closed by squeezing through a narrow gap between the door and the shed roof.
If you have gopher tortoises, you have a really interesting bit of viable Gulf coastal ecosystem. I'm guessing somewhere between Milton & Tallahassee. Do you hear lots of military aircraft? The downside is that you and your critters live in a naturally pyrogenic plant community. I once lived in a similar ecosystem -- longleaf pine-wiregrass savanna. I burned-off my yard every 2-3 years. I didn't have the gopher tortoises but I had the phenomenal array of flowering plants found in the ecosystem. Terrestrial orchids, meadow beauties, sundews, etc. I envy you.

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Nice positive thread, makes me want to visit everyone and see their yards I can promise that you will see Bald Eagles from my back yard. I only wish I knew the names of all the other birds to satisfy all the true bird watchers out there. Two links that will interest birders.

Where do you want to go birding in British Columbia today?

Eagles, Brackendale Eagles Park - Squamish BC - BrackendaleEagles.ca

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