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Apr 19, 2013, 08:35 PM
vera ellen
Caught this big Tom strutting his stuff for the lady friends who aren't in the picture.


Apr 19, 2013, 08:37 PM
vera ellen
While taking the turkey pictures, I noticed this squirrel in the big pine tree nearby. Both were in the pasture in front of the house. When I uploaded the pictures, I noticed the squirrel had a white face. I've never seen anything like this, so I emailed a friend. He said it was an older fox squirrel..they turn gray as they age. Who knew! Not me!


Apr 19, 2013, 09:06 PM
Whoa! That's one big bird! I'd be afraid to get near him.
Apr 19, 2013, 09:19 PM
Great pics VE!

About your fox squirrel...some are gray to begin with! Some of the ones we have here are gray or black with the white noses and ears. Go down at least 4 lines in the pics and start looking from there....

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Apr 19, 2013, 10:03 PM
beautiful tom! And what an old grey fox squirrel! hey Vera....hummers are going crazy in Hernando! I've got 20 easy. Got four {quart" feeders out now and they are keeping me busy with refills! They say for every one you see you can multiply x 10....happy hummer time in North Ms/Tn!!!!!

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Apr 20, 2013, 08:33 AM
vera ellen
Fluff, the wild turkeys are afraid of you and will run need for you to be afraid.

Karen, Thank you for the link. I have never seen a squirrel marked up like those in the link or like some of you post here. That was a learning experience for me. Who knew? Not me!! Smile

Ruby, quit being a piggy with all the hummers and send some this way. So far I have 3, a male and two females...they are zooming here and there to the beds and visiting the feedes often. I now have all of mine out for them. Just tickled to have my 3 and hoping for babies soon.

Apr 20, 2013, 05:01 PM
alright VE - how do you know the difference between male and female? You lookin' under their feathers??? Smile
What are they liking in your bed? (oops, that doesn't sound good.)
Apr 20, 2013, 05:06 PM
Luv R Pups
My personal experience with a wild tom turkey is that it will walk away from you, not toward you. We had one when we lived on the acreage and it went up around the church, which was next to a busy road. So to protect it, I went up there and herded it back down into our back fields. I just kept going around behind it and pushing it the way I wanted it to go. It never flew (although they can if they want) but just kept walking away from me. So it just took a little time to get him to what ia thought would be a safer place for him but it just required some walking and some patience. It was a cool experience for me!

Luv R Pups
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Apr 20, 2013, 05:49 PM
vera ellen
Luv - yes, they are afraid of you, will often fly away. I am surprised that you were able to walk him to where you wanted him go. Quite the experience for sure. We have a lot of turkeys here (the feathered and the other kind too Smile

Nance, of course I looked under their feathers, how else would you know - LOL.

Actually these are ruby throats, easy to tell. The males have a distinguishing ruby red throat, the females do not. As for my beds (hehee), mostly they are visiting the oxalis and thrift. The honeysuckle is about to open so they'll have that to feed on too. It won't be long until other more hummer friendly stuff will be blooming. Their favorite is the salvia guarantica. Right now it's only about a foot high..but it grows quickly. I have it all over the yarden.

Apr 20, 2013, 08:46 PM
LOL!!!! nance!

VE, sent you an email from my yahoo account.

"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
Apr 21, 2013, 11:04 AM
Ooo that Tom is a handsome fellow. The ones that pass through here have red wattles instead of blue. They usually run off as soon as they see me. I have to hide to get photos.

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