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Project 365, Day 46: Right of Way


Day 46: Right of Way, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

Taken this morning, in my backyard. I think this shot probably needs to be LOL'd, but I can't quite think of the right caption. The squirrel looks rather carnivorous, ready to pounce on the hapless quail. In reality, there was no pouncing; the squirrel* was just passing through, and the quail got in the way. A couple of seconds after this photo was taken, the quail flew down into my yard, giving the squirrel the right of way across my back fence.

Here's another shot (taken before the previous one) - they look like they're playing "follow the leader" here:

Follow me!

Or, maybe the squirrel does look like he's stalking the quail. Just a bit. With my luck, the squirrels in the neighborhood really have turned carnivorous! :D

And here's a shot of just the quail, before the squirrel came along and disrupted my photo shoot:

California Quail


Oh! And how funny . . . as I'm writing this, I've just looked out the window to see that there's a quail (the same one maybe?) up on my back fence again. I think the male sits up there to act as a sentry while the female and their chicks are foraging on the grass behind my yard.

*A "squirrel" squirrel, btw; not one of the ground squirrels whose photo I posted a few days ago. These guys don't usually come back here, so it was especially interesting to me to have one run through the yard.

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tmkr
May. 20th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Funny! I wish I had amusing stuff like that happen in my yard. At least while I was around (with my camera)... :) The squirrels back in Cleveland were insane. They'd just barrel right through you, no holds barred. I wonder what it is about them... Have you read the Yarn Harlot's ongoing battle with the squirrels in her yard? (They steal wool.)
here_be_dragons
May. 21st, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean. I totally lucked out this morning; I was already taking pictures of the quail when the squirrel showed up. We don't have a lot of backyard shenanigans here, not nearly as much as we did in Indiana or North Carolina. Probably because here I have a glorified patio (as opposed to the three acres we owned in North Carolina). Still . . . when I'm patient enough to go sit out there with my camera, I do see cool stuff. I've gotten photos of golden eagles, and once a coyote scared some deer. Plus various other birds. And now, carnivorous squirrels! :D They are cute, that's for sure. :)

And no, I haven't read about her squirrel battle *pretends not to see the link. I need another RSS feed like I need a hole in the head!!!!!* *giggles* I'm not surprised, though. Squirrels are notorious for messing with bird feeders, and being pesky in a variety of ways. But . . . they're CUTE, so I pretty much like them no matter what they do. :D We even used to have chipmunks living in our garage (in Indiana), and I didn't mind that. Because they were CUTE! (If they'd come in the house, I might not have liked them so much, but the garage was okay). :D :D :D
tmkr
May. 25th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, a coyote! I think our house is in a too urban area for that...

My only issue with squirrels and the like is worrying about fleas or other parasites. Other than that, though - I agree, they're extremely cute. :D
countedx58
May. 20th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Please explain the difference between a ground squirrel and a "squirrel" squirrel.
here_be_dragons
May. 21st, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Ground squirrels are native to this area, and live in burrows in the ground. We have a colony of them living in the hills behind our house. They're a bit notorious for being garden pests, but I think they're cute and I like them. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Ground_Squirrel

"Squirrel" squirrels are fox squirrels. They're arboreal, and are not native to California (which makes them a pest species in a different way). However, they are also cute and I like them, too. I don't see them in the backyard very often, as they prefer to hang out in the trees in the front yards along my street:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Squirrel


(And the "squirrel" squirrel thing came about in the comments of one of my recent entries, which also has a photo of one of the ground squirrels that hangs out in my yard: http://here-be-dragons.livejournal.com/554990.html ).

:)
countedx58
May. 21st, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
The fox squirrel is way cuter. And it IS native to North America, if not California. So ... how did they get here? Did they hitchhike? It's not like they had to cross an ocean. Maybe they just kind of migrated here because they like the beach.

I don't think they're nearly as pesty as, say, eucalyptus trees.
here_be_dragons
May. 21st, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
LOL! I actually like eucalyptus trees. (I have happy childhood memories of one in an empty field across the street from the home in which I grew up. We used to play in it, and an owl lived there, so they don't seem pesty to me). I don't know how the fox squirrels got her - hitchhiking sounds reasonable. :D

I do like the ground squirrels, though, and I think they're very, very cute! I have some better pics of one that was on my fence this afternoon; I'll try and remember to post it tomorrow so you can see the cuteness! (The photos on Wiki don't do a good job of showing the cute). Then again, I think alligators and most bats are cute . . . so it's possible that my tastes might be a bit different than yours. :D
countedx58
May. 21st, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Eucalyptus trees are pesty in many ways. They don't make good firewood, they don't make good furniture (too splintery), the splintery quality also makes them dangerous because branches just snap off and fall, they're messy because the bark peels off, and they grow like weeds thereby choking out native growth. They're only good for feeding koala bears. They should have stayed in Australia.
here_be_dragons
May. 21st, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I know they're pesty. I like them anyway. Just like the fox squirrels are pesty (they complete with the native gray squirrels, who seem to be losing the battle). But it's okay if you like them anyway, too.

Introduced species in general are a freaking nightmare; you won't get any argument from me. I still like eucalyptus trees, though, even if they are evil. :D :D :D
dilettantiquity
May. 21st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I can't exactly say why, but I'm finding that photo really amusing. And CUTE! :)
here_be_dragons
May. 21st, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
What cracks me up when I look at the first photo is the squirrel's front claws. For some reason, the way s/he is standing make it look like there are MEGA CLAWS OF DOOM on that front foot! Seriously, s/he could take out the quail with one swipe. I don't think squirrels really have gigantor claws (and the feet look normal in the other shot) . . . but maybe this is a mutant. Like the squirrel version of X-Men.

I have WOLVERINE SQUIRREL in my backyard! OH YEAH!!!!!!
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macloudt
May. 21st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying all your photos but this one made me squee. You're wicked with a camera. :)
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