On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter realbtl.

I live on 5 acres back a short dirt road with about 10 others. There is a constant movement of turkeys and deer with some surprises. Enjoy.
(I don’t pay attention to dates so all are dated today though shot by me over the last 15 years.)

Taken on 2019-05-14 00:00:00

front yard

This pileated woodpecker showed up and demolished this log in less than a week.

Taken on 2019-05-14 00:00:00

Up the road

Late Spring they start to congregate for mating.

Taken on 2019-05-14 00:00:00

front yard

Mating season is always fun.

Taken on 2019-05-14 00:00:00

down the road

My neighbor caught this guy walking down the road. Bears aren’t common right here but they wander through sometimes in Spring.

Taken on 2019-05-14 00:00:00

Out living room window.

There is a spring fed lake about 50 yards down the hill from my house. Spring and Fall the bald and golden eagles come around, Summer I can watch the Osprey fish.

It’s hard to appreciate how big eagles are. A deer went partially through the ice a few winters ago and there were about 8 eagles feasting. Gives a better view for scale.


Thank you so much realbtl, do send us more when you can.


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10 replies
  1. 1
    mrmoshpotato says:


    Gobble gobble!

    Nice pictures. Thanks realbtl.

  2. 2
    Mary G says:

    What a lovely place you live in. Great shots, thank you.

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    What Mary said.

  4. 4

    I’m impressed by what that woodpecker accomplished.

  5. 5
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Nice place.

  6. 6
    Eunicecycle says:

    I love pileateds. They are so prehistoric looking as well as majestic. Wonderful pictures.

  7. 7
    realbtl says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Best (missed) turkey shot is of my Thanksgiving turkey on the Weber and 2 or 3 wild ones walking by it.

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    Kattails says:

    Fun pics, thanks! It looks like a lovely area.
    If Dorothy got a close look at a Pileated woodpecker in action she would not be the least surprised. I’ve heard the local one calling in the woods just a couple of days ago. So far it has not been back to try to take apart my window trim, although it made a damn good start last year.

  9. 9
    mrmoshpotato says:

    @realbtl: Damn. Thanksgiving turkey/to-be Thanksgiving turkeys.

    Nice getting-mooned-by-our-national-bird shot too.

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    Mike S (Now with a Democratic Congressperson!) says:

    Thanks for sharing these, you live in a very nice place with good neighbors of all species.

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