Joined: July 2007
While it's likely that we get SOME interesting birds out here, I couldn't recognize most of them to save my life. But we did have an interesting incident involving a heron. I live in the suburbs, and some neighbors (a house behind mine) have a small decorative pond. One day I saw a heron walking through the pond, apparently eating. It was then that I realized that they stocked it with fish.
Apparently the herons only ate the expensive fish.
There's a park near me that I think has or at least had beaver.. I thought I saw one in the river once, and in the winter I've seen slides in the snow leading into the water. We definitely have raccoons, I say that because they keep trying to live in my attic. I still hear them walking around on the roof at night trying to get in through the usual entry point, but it's been closed off with wire mesh.
My basement computer room is infested with lady bugs. If I remember the explanation right, they're an introduced Asian species that can't handle cold winters so they infiltrate people's houses and apparently live in the basement waiting for it to warm up again. They get into EVERYTHING.. every so often I open up my computer case and find a few ladybug corpses in there. I found a few shell pieces on the heatsink for my CPU last time. And I regularly have to sweep up all the ladybug corpses that end up on the floor. I swear I've seen one flying, then fall out of the air and land on the floor dead. It's like a ladybug graveyard down here.
I had a female Mallard make a nest in the mulch near the front walkway, but unfortunately the nest was raided and the eggs were eaten, I'm assuming by raccoons. I was really disappointed, I REALLY wanted to see the baby ducks. I was especially hopeful that I could catch the mother leading them to water. I don't live too close to water, it would have been a reasonable trek to get to anything bigger than the pond in the neighbors yard, and they would have had to cross a busy road.
And regarding coyotes, apparently we have them too. I'd heard stories about them, but didn't believe them. A google search turned up video a local resident shot of a coyote in his backyard though, along with a story from a local paper about them.