Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nutria

Late this afternoon I went out for about 1 1/2 hours not really expecting to see much but was pleasantly surprised.  Quite a few birds out searching for their evening meal.  Blackberries are beginning to rippen and the ripe ones were getting eaten.  A few more days most should be ready.

One of the nutria was leasurely swimming about cooling in the shady area.  After a while it moved on, stopped and began some serious preening.  The dexterity of their hands reminded me of a raccoon.  Finally it moved on heading towards the pond.



As I was coming back across the bridge, I stopped distracted by the Vireo and a pair of Grosbeaks.  A slight movement and I spotted a young buck half hidden and giving me the watchful eye.

For the second time this week, I heard the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo.  This afternoon, it flew close by and yes, right to where I was shooting into the sun.  It will stay in the area for the summer so hopefully I will get another close encounter in good lighting.

2 comments:

Woodduck said...

Looks like that deer has antler in velvet.

Paula said...

Indeed it does! I can't believe I missed that. I better look more closely at the photos. Changed doe to young buck. Glad to see a young buck. Some illegal hunters last fall almost wiped out the herd in this particular area. I was just happy to see the deer returning.