Posts Tagged ‘nocturnal’

Resident Racoon

A new animal set up residence in our backyard recently … a raccoon.

There are enough places for the coon to hide, especially under the barn.

The raccoon must be mostly nocturnal or have other small places to hide. The animals — foxes, raccoons, ground hogs take turns living there.

It stays close to barn where it can easily hide.

I wonder what it’s watching? Is it worried about another animal wanting a new “home?”

Our two-acre yard offers many places for wildlife to set up residence.

 

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In the Rock Pile

Rocks edged all my gardens until I reduced the number of gardens and made a pile with the rocks.

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Obviously, spiders like the rock pile. The spiders living among the rocks are wolf spiders (which have a painful bite.)

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I wish I could’ve seen the spider spin this web. It’s so graceful in its simplicity.

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Some spiders will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of the burrow.

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Taking their picture poses a problem too … they usually stay down in their tunnel.

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They do tend to blend in with their surroundings.

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Their drab coloring makes them difficult to see. They depend on camouflage for protection.

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They are nocturnal. All the webs in my rock pile are taken down every morning  and rebuilt later in the day.

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I never did get a good look at this spider … so I was never sure if this was an abdomen or egg sac.

The female carries her eggs in an egg sac, which is attached to her spinnerets. The newly-hatched young climb up on her back and stay there until they’re big enough to be on their own. I haven’t seen one with an egg sac or with young.

Fingers Crossed

Today is Thursday, April 16. Last weekend had such nice weather, every neighbor was out mowing their yard, including us.

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My last pictures of the foxes were taken Friday, April 10. I can’t see them going nocturnal with 6 kits running around.

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I thought if we all crossed our fingers and asked politely that, maybe, the foxes would return.

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DARN!

I looked out after supper and saw …

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This groundhog sure didn’t waste any time moving in. Buffy knows it’s here and it knows Buffy’s here.

I’m still crossing my fingers for the foxes’ return.

A Barn Spider

Buffy and I were walking around the yard early one morning,

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and there hung a barn spider feeding on a katydid that had gotten tangled in the web last night.

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I omitted the picture of the area where the spider was eating.

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Barn spiders are nocturnal and rebuild their web nightly. They hide during the day, and sit in the center of their web at night when hunting.