Not so daily critter report

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  1. TreeFrog

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    Almost every morning I'm out for a long walk. And most mornings, I see some interesting critter. So, I'll try - no promises - to get some photos and post a note when I do. It won't be every day, but I'll try to do it regularly for a while. Here's today's report:

    Just off the beach at Ramsgate at about 7:00 AM there was a single dolphin making its way westward. I don't see them there many mornings, more in the afternoon. Pretty soon, there was a silvery fish about 10" long jumping out of the water, trying to escape. After a while, more fish and probably 3 or 4 more dolphins. The dolphins worked the school of fish for about 5 minutes. I'd guess at that point they had either eaten most of them or broken up the school, because after that I didn't see either again. Sorry, no photos. They were too far out for the simple zoom on my pocket camera.
     
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    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Oh, I will love this daily critter report. :clap:I am a critter lover from way back. :D
     
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    I always thought and still think that early morning is the best time to walk the beach and look for critters. I keep trying to get the wife to walk with me but she thinks it is too early. This year I took my brother and sister in law for a couple of walks and they could not believe the sights. They thought I was always pulling their chains on what I saw.
     
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    The dolphins were back feeding again yesterday. They were just a couple of hundred yards east, off the tip of Eastern Lake.
     
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    Here's a Monarch. It would spread its wings and I would press the "shutter" button, but by the time my digital camera could actually fire, it would be closed again. I've got 4 shots just like this one. :D

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    Just a moment ago I spotted a Homo sapien encouraging his Canis familiaris to poop on my yard:wave:
     
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    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Veteran trackers can identify a species by its spoor. Did you examine it? :rolling:
     
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    I saw these birds Saturday morning. I've tried in vain to identify them in my Audubon guide, but I believe they are both some type of sandpiper. Does anyone know?

    The larger one kept working that hole until it retrieved the ghost crab that was down there. It then took it out to the gulf and rinsed off the sand before swallowing it.

    Notice that one of the littler ones only has one leg.

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    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    I was told by a very reliable source they are Sanderlings...There is a great picture in my album that I took of one in September!!!
     
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    Oh, btw...I love this thread. :wub:
     
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    I love the critter reports too! :clap:Looking forward to more...
     
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    OK, from my Audubon guide, I thought the little ones were Sanderlings. But the big one is a different bird, nearly twice the size and with a proportionately longer beak. From all the sandpiper pix I've pored over, I think it is also a member of that family, but I don't know which one...
     
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    These ghost crab burrows are under the trash bag at the Ramsgate walkover. There are a couple at the Eastern Lake walkover, too, also under the trash bag. The crabs are pretty elusive - I've only seen one of them, but you can clearly see their tracks in the photo.

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    It's a couple of days old now, but here's an anole in the pine tree in my yard. I like the all-green photo.

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    :cool:I like green...green is the new black ya know. ;-)
     
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    My daughter and her friend caught 2 big toads and 3 green anoles today. As I type this, we have one great big raccoon wandering along the edge of our pond.
    But I don't have pictures of any of this to share. :sosad:
     

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