Readers’ wildlife photos

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:



  1. Andrea Kenner
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting a photo of my girl!

    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      A beautiful portrait!

      • Andrea Kenner
        Posted April 30, 2020 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        Thank you!

      • Mark R.
        Posted April 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Yes, very nice indeed.

  2. Debra Coplan
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    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.

  3. GBJames
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    That Arbutus bark reminds me of cinnamon.

    • merilee
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      You beat me to it,Greg.

    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 2:17 pm | Permalink


  4. Chuck Gordon
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    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


    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Send attached pictures to: with the heading: Readers’ Wildlife Photos. For closer close-ups with that lens, I recommend that you try attaching the Raynox dcr 150 diopter. Under $70 on Amazon.

  5. Andrea Kenner
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    These photos are all beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes, thank you, photo sharers and our host.

  6. Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures! Is that a mallard duck with the deer?

    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Mark, I’m not sure. I was so focused on the deer I didn’t see the duck until too late to check. It probably is a mallard.

  7. Jeannie Hess
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Is Ken Phelps’ photo of the woods upside-down?

    • GBJames
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      His photo of the water is right-side-up!

    • Posted April 30, 2020 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      I was staring at it for some time, trying to get my head around it. Very creative!

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

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

      • davelenny
        Posted April 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        Either way, this is an utterly gorgeous photo – one which lifts locked down spirits.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted May 1, 2020 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      If you’re really desperate for entertainment, I have a Flickr account at

      Leaf, Down by the River
  8. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I just got the Audubon Bird Guide by National Audubon Society

    It’s available free on the Apple App Store

    It has lots of calls and songs to listen too

  9. Roger
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    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.

    • EdwardM
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 11:29 am | Permalink



    • Ken Phelps
      Posted April 30, 2020 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      And thanks to our youth, when cartoons were *good*, most of us know exactly what that sounds like.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted April 30, 2020 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Great selection of photos today. Thanks everyone! (And our host, of course.)

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