Readers’ wildlife photos

April 30, 2020 • 7:45 am

We have several contributors today, all of whose notes and IDs are indented. First up is Lenora good with a deer:

The deer showed up on Bateman Island across from my home in Richland WA this morning. There were three that I think were two does and a yearling. Alas, they refused to pose for a group shot. Not sure if they could really hear my camera, or if something closer to the shore below me caught their attention. But they turned in my direction several times.

Mule deer (I think, glad for an education if I’m wrong) (Odocoileus hemionus) She walked into the grass and disappeared.

Reader Anne-Marie in Montreal now has a semi-tame red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) in her yard.

He is waiting for me every morning…and every time I get out of the house! From branch to branch, he follows me to the mangeoire [animal cafe/bird feeder] and starts to eat as soon as I step away. Beautiful bird! I feel so lucky and so blessed!

From reader Ken Phelps:

A couple photos of attached. The absolutely irresistible color of Arbutus bark and some alder trees reflected in a creek. I am very lucky to live out in the country where there is only social confinement – the woods are available for hiking. dog running, etc.

From Jamie Blilie:

Hardhack (Spiraea tomentosa), with a bee (perhaps Yellow head bumble beeBombus flavifrons) flying up to it Washington Cascade range):

Probably a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), but possibly a Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus). (Washington Cascade range)

And our favorite mammal (Felis catus) from Andrea Kenner, in a photo sent yesterday:


25 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. All the photos are beautiful and so refreshing to see.
    I’m in the middle of a city with very little
    wildlife or open space with green.
    These photos help take me outside to other wonderful places.

  2. Attached, please find potential contributions to the “readers’ wildlife photos” feature.

    During this lengthy stay-at-home situation, I’ve been getting out my DSLR more and more, to alleviate boredom. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the macro setting on my 70-300mm zoom lens. The first picture is of an orchard orbweaver spider (Leucauge venusta). She has since departed, perhaps to give birth?

    The second is a green anole (Anolis carolinensis), who has been sunning itself regularly on my grill and garden-hose reel.

    Chuck Gordon


    1. Jeannie is correct. If you flip it over, the rocks currently hanging down on the upper left make a lot more sense.

  3. The call of the red-winged blackbird is easily identified by the scientific description that it is exactly the sound a human would make if they were playing the flute and then they slipped on a banana.

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