Chicago Wildlife Watch Talk
Fishing human and floating duck (probably a female mallard)
Um, would a dog and a raccoon be running side by side, or chasing each other? I don't see a coon following a domestic canid. Maybe a coyote?
They seem to be coexisting pretty well, so I wouldn't think the mystery animal is a cat.
And what is Mr. #Coyote carrying? It looks like a scent bag.
Might that be a mouse in the lower right sun patch,
With a glowing eye.
I'd say it was a mangy opossum.
It is a Northern Flicker.
Two #deer at the back left.
I LOVE that men's cologne!
The business end of a skunk.
Possible grackle lower left corner.
That might be a mourning dove tail bottom right.
I'm outta here!
Hmmm, raccoon with laser eyes? It just seemed too long-legged for a raccoon, but maybe this is distortion.
Ooh, sneaky #coyote
Coyote with laser eyes.
Wound up squirrel
#Raccoon coming down the trail.
Chipmunk on the log.
Gotta be an illegal cat.
Might those two white dots lower right be a frog?
Another raccoon, yay!
Great eyes, W. It does look like a Canada goose.
I LOVE raccoons. Yay!
Something's in a hurry. Raccoon, perhaps.
Raccoon with cold feet.
I'm leaning toward coyote ear, rather than deer. It seems more pointed and less brown than a deer's
Might be a mouse below the white bag upper right. Foot looks good for a rabbit but I don't see rabbit ears.
Three house sparrows.
Either a dog, or a giant caterpillar?
#deer way in the back left center.
Raccoons looking around. Maybe somebody lost a contact lens.
I would have guessed a slice of deep dish pizza...
Skunque at lower left hand corner.
Bird on right side of right center tree. Hard to identify. Maybe a black-capped chickadee.
Two raccoons, bugging out!
American Robin, lower left corner.
Deer, lower left corner.
Ooh, spooky eyes. Tough for me, I guessed coyote because it was front- looking and had some height.
Good morning, Robin!
6 mallards (maybe 7, one mostly hidden behind the left center trunk); 2 grackles.
That is a scent bag, put there to attract animals. You'll see them in most photos. Look under Discussion boards, at the left, for more info.
"Is this a doggie which I see before me?"
Possum plowing thru the snow.
Raccoon under the log to the right.
#deer, just sneaking through
A murmuration of starlings.
Very young #fawn
Another whacky #squirrel
Coyote, I guess.
Gray squirrel behind the tree.
Just, so, W!
Kind of blurry, but likely a Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana). Good place for it!
Looks misterious (as well as mysterious) to me. Lawnmower, perhaps?
Great call! That is a hard one to find. A,
Fox squirrel hiding among the trees.
Robin in the shadow.
W - you have two Robin-a-bobbins. (Or robins-a-bobbin)
Looks like the Whomping Willow.
I'm a raccoon. Yay!
I'm here, I'm there. My heart is still in Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town. But, I love the minks in Wisconsin.
Squirrel in the spotlight.
2 birds; one is a robin, the other??? Perhaps a fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca), which has rufous wings, gray back and white under the tail.
Two mallards, and maybe some other bird top left.
Well, opossums aren't too literate (except perhaps for Pogo Possum).
Tail of opossum?
Um, I was quoting the opossum. I knew what the animal was...
What IS this smelly thing?
H'mmm. Deer part. Perspective really is tricky.
Critter part, which I guessed was an opossum because of the tail.
Raccoon in the water
Squirrel to the upper left of the tree shadow.
Human on left, goofy squirrel on the right.
Oops, I meant ACH000btag
AHA! Is this the mystery coat/glove person at ACH000cb1c? This image has just disappeared...
Stay upwind from this one!
Looks like a young'un.
Most likely a robin.
Two starlings in the center, one other bird at top, maybe a starling.
That scent bag must be powerful. It knocked that coyote off its feet 😄
Immature American robin.
Looks like the smaller opossum is chasing off the larger raccoon.
Three curious raccoons.
Hi W. Certainly a bird in flight. It is hard to tell in this image, but it might be an American Crow. Black, big wide wings. Not a hawk.
Some kind of rodent at the left of the big tree.
Rat (?) with laser eyes.
Hi Zuzi, That's a tough one that I didn't want to commit to. Perhaps a female/immature Northern Cardinal, but it is too blurry to be sure.
Rock pigeon at the right.
Looks like a house sparrow, lower right.
A bit of deer at the right edge.
Sweet deer, just starting to grow antlers.
So the possum sez to the raccoon...
Robin, listening for a worm.
Another deer ear?
Could that be a mouse whose eye shines from the tree?
Two thirds of a grackle.
Squirrel, you can't sneak up on ME!
Three starlings and the missing pen.
Great look at a fox squirrel.
I think it is a starling. It has a short tail and isn't as big as a grackle.
Something for the nest?
You got it!
Hi #Gardenmaeve - Sunlight makes this a tough one to call, but white eye-ring suggests Robin. No call for the other one.
Squirrel with red head, red saddle, red tail, and white undersides. Gray squirrel?
Gray squirrel, I guess, with a light tail. I've seen gray squirrels with reddish tails before. Interbreeding?
I believe that is a starling. Spotties are white underneath (only adults have spots) and have a more graceful body and upright head.
That may be a Robin under the fence, just right of the red thing.
You got it, W!
Garbage always looks better on the other side of the fence.
Deer, I guess.
That's a chubby one! Is it fat, pregnant, or just hunched over?
It sure is!
Bambi. So sweet!
There's a bird in the second-left shadow, but no idea what it is.
Ah so. I do believe Katafaya may be right.
Or an opossum? Pointy nose, white face, low to the ground.
Rock pigeon, and starlings. The two starlings on the left are adults, the others are juveniles. This is a busy location!
I went back to ACH000c7bp and ACH000c7cb, and that critter didn't have any white on it. I don't think this is the same one.
Heisenberg? I'm unsure about that!
Bird in flight upper left corner
Starling, at the right
Raccoon climbing the tree
"You dirty rat!"
Taken just before the camera was stolen... Or taken down for processing by Our Heroes. 😃
They are American Coots (Fulica americana). They're actually not ducks, but are closely related to rails and gallinules. Good find!
I would have said this was an opossum and ...axbd was a white cat. The dark patch at the left side confuses everything. What were the dates?
Raccoon tussling with a stick-snake? Another raccoon to the right.
This is a Red-winged Blackbird.
I believe that is a branch. This image shows up quite often. And snakes usually aren't out and about at night.
Yes, you are correct.
Nothing better than a chin rub!
Possible American woodcock. Shape is right, eye is at top of head on the side, wish I could see the bill.
Some kind of sparrow by the fence.
Domestic cat? This call is based on stripes on this critter's leg and back, white paw tip, and head shape.
What a wonderful gnarly old tree. What kind is it, please?
Just resting here.
Practicing to be a kangaroo?
... and hard to identify. Maybe Mourning Doves.
It is being squirrelly. It must be springtime.
It is a male Northern Cardinal, a lovely bird.
Immature American Robin
Now, where did I leave my beer can?
I don't think it is a bird. It looks more like a rusty can, or some kind of trash.
Raccoon behind the log
Another tough one. Red fox? Tail pointing to the top, can't see the tip, but white underneath the body. Chunk of fur missing.
Gray squirrel dashing up the tree?
Yeah, maybe a flicker. I also was bothered by how it propped itself on the tree. It seemed too big, but maybe it is the angle of view.
I don't think so. This has a dark back, light belly and a small beak. American Crows are all black with a large beak and a different shape.
Wow. Good call. This was a fun one.
Possibly a Song Sparrow, at the bottom below the tree.
Yes you are!
Difficult to ID. Too big and chunky to be a woodpecker. Maybe a hawk?
I also thought mink, but wasn't sure they were two-colored, or that shade of brown. The ones I've seen were chocolate in color.
What is this? Long tail, furry but not bushy, brown body, small size. I'd almost say weasel, but put down fox squirrel.
Gray squirrel tail at right.
Northern Flicker, lower right corner.
Ooh, difficult. Thin neck, scaly brownish back, & white tips on tail suggest young Mourning Dove, but too close to call. Thx for referral.
How about a brown pile coat with tan fur trim, worn by a human with dark pants or leggings? Altho it looks too warm a day for such a coat.
A convention of robins
Would this be another view of the #beardog?
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). A type of woodpecker.
Two deer butts.
Well, its not Farmer Maggot.
Spotted Sandpiper and Common Grackle (and missing pen)
That Cape Robin is lovely. Our American robin is really a thrush and no relation to the European robin.
I think that deer is just starting to grow antlers, those two little bumps on its head. It is probably uncomfortable.
I guessed an opossum. The eyes are close together and front-facing, and the face looked white.
That looks like the back half of an American Robin.
Onward thru the fog!
Raccoons pretending to be beavers? And a young one to the left.
Not to mention singing chirriup cheeriup all night long, when nesting, just above my bedroom window. Grrr
I think it is a fox squirrel. You would see stripes on the back of a chipmunk. Cheers!
Fawn, at the bottom right.
It is the top of a 20 foot tall sand dune with trees and other vegetation anchoring it about 50 yards from a beach. Wind uncovers the roots.
Sweet lil bunny!
But, no albatrosses in this picture.
It might be a Red-headed Woodpecker. After playing with the image, I can see black and white patches under the red head. Just a guess...
Nice male Northern Cardinal.
Officially it is Northern Cardinal, but you both are correct. Lovely bird.
Squirrel sp.? I put down gray squirrel, but couldn't be sure.
Sort of blurry, above the can.
Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus)
W - Either that or it has a beer belly...
Probably a grackle.
Mallard at the back
Dog, and human with a light saber
Looks like 2 Canada geese
One raccoon, one opossum?
2 Northern Cardinals
You may well be right. I saw speckles on the back, which might be pixels, but the bill is longer and curved like a grackle's.
Red fox at the bottom?
One was in my garage 6 years ago. Thought it was in for the winter, eating cat food stored there, pooping under my car. Had to broom it out.
It may have been defending turf, potential mates, etc. I was surprised, for sure. I had to run like heck.
Yikes! Good for you, W. It probably is a Mourning Dove. I totally missed that one
This is a tough one, but after playing with the image I think it is a sparrow, perhaps Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Common here.
Actually, the coyote is saying "wow, this thing stinks!"
Rock pigeon (Columba livia)
I have been chased by one off the beach where I bird. They hiss and come at you with all they have. Yikes!
Opossum - I had one of these critters in my back yard 45 minutes ago!
W - Well, you don't want to cross a goose. They can be very aggressive. A
Canada Goose up close
Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Four European starlings
No idea what this is, so I guessed rat, even though I couldn't see a tail.
Deer nose at the right edge
It is a bird. Hard to tell, but perhaps a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis), but don't take this as definite.
Most likely - the head looks blue and the shape and tail are consistent with a common grackle.
American Robin - nice view of an adult male.
It is a Red-winged Blackbird. I think what you see is the red and yellow patch on its wing.
After playing with the photo, it looks like a grackle or maybe a Red-winged blackbird. Head down, tail up to the left. Just a guess...
Probably a starling
Nice Fox squirrel
Interesting coloration on the head
I think this is the same bear (AKA dog) that I had a few weeks ago
Probably a coyote pup. See the dark tip of the tail. Feral dogs are rare here; if anything, dogs here are just running loose ( illegal...)
"Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus."
Juvenile American robin
Something in the tree that interests the coyotes? Related images don't give any clues.
Upside down gray squirrel
So where do flying squirrels live in Chicagoland?
Willow - You are right. The House of Jordan, or the house Michael built, etc., is the stadium where Michael Jordan used to play.
Coyote, taking a rest? Squirming on a scent bag?
Guess its a dog; looks like a bear except for the thin legs
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
One gray squirrel, one American robin.
Actually, a leaf dumper.
Two American robins
Hidden in the light show is a deer.
Nice young buck.
Gray squirrel, and 4 possible Ring-billed gulls
The three at the left are Rock pigeons (Columbia livia); the one at the right is hard to identify, but by shape might also be a Rock pigeon.
Great Horned Owl!
American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
There is a bird at the left base of the trunk, but even with editing I can't say more than it might be a sparrow
5 European starlings
Yay, a black (melanistic gray) squirrel
After processing this image, there is a small critter at the left. Maybe a mouse
American robin at the back
Just so, Willow.
Probably American robin.
Not owl. I played with it in iPhoto, and what I thought was a wing across the tree and face and leg at the right were something else. My bad
Female Northern Cardinal
Looks like a robin.
Thrush of some sort at left; possibly a Hermit Thrush
OK. ACH000h9ri shows it has moved and looks more like a rabbit. Should have checked other images first. How do I retract a classification?
Owl? Eyes seem to be set in the front of the head.
I think it is a trap for "chip" munks
This appears to be the same critter in your photo collection.
Dog and human in the shadows
So much for THAT scent bag!
Oh deer! It seemed like it was too close to the ground.
Looks like a rabbit-butt
Hi Willow, Yep. Good for you!
Most common resident duck in Chicago.
Chicago gets mega-rain from time to time. Don't know when this photo was taken
Thanks, Zuzi. Cheers!
Great view of the underside of a fox squirrel.
Well, it's not really shaped like a trash bag, which should be inside the bin, which doesn't look that full.
Just stay away from the tail part...
Juvenile American Robin
Deer head at right, just starting to grow antlers.
But not a chunk of a skunk...
I guess I do see a squirrel tail.
Don't often see raccoon and opossum in the same frame.
Not the faintest idea what that is on the left.
I wondered, but it seemed pretty elongated for an opossum. Thanks
Would this be a mink?
Opossum, I guess. Scrawny tail
2 juvenile American Robins
Starlings, maybe a pigeon
I think it is just a root.
Mallard, between the two tree trunks
Well, I couldn't make out a mask on the one critter, and the fur seemed light and scrufty like an opossum.
Three opossums and a ??? Raccoon?
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
You can have our starlings, and grackles. They're a nuisance. Especially grackles in Texas, where they flock in the hundreds of thousands.
American Robin on the left side of the image.
Rock Pigeon (Common pigeon)
Could be some kind of raptor to the right of the tree.
Willow, It is probably a juvenile or female Northern Cardinal, though it is hard to be sure in this image.
These are European Starlings, very common here.
Looks like an owl in flight, but I can't decide which one it is
Fuzzy antlered deer
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
No idea what this critter is in the lower right hand corner. Opossum?
The very muskrat in the example?
American Robin; Common Grackle (on the right)
It's a Spotted Sandpiper. You can see a bit of the white curl in front of the wing. They nest at this location.
I spy an eye. I might see rabbit ears, so that is what I say it is.
The one on the left is a Robin
I also guessed coyote.
Probably a Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), male and female
That;s a rusty nail, but OK. Z - I think you are right. I CAN barely see a shoulder patch. Red-winged Blackbird.
Could be a Rusty Blackbird... The tail isn't long enough for a grackle, but I can't see the head well enough to see the shape of the bill.
This is tough, but I think it is a Blue Jay.
No need to apologize. It's how we learn...
Actually, they are all Red-winged Blackbirds; the streaky ones are females. (Tricolored Blackbirds are only found in California.)
Rat? I don't see a squirrel tail.
The one on the right is a Starling; the one on the left is possibly a Starling.
Yipes! That's what I meant to say. Thanks!
Hermit Thrush, I think. Note the reddish tail.
Still, it looks awfully chunky for a cat, especially in the neck and head. To: Forestpreserve Moderator Perhaps too much gin 😉
I also guessed raccoon, since black bear cub is probably out of the question.
I guess it is a red fox, but it looks more like a corgi...
European Starling, Northern Flicker(?), and ??
Yes, it is a robin.
Red fox? Some kind of canid?
Cat, Domestic on a binge?
Perhaps a Junco?
Tough one- perhaps a Fox Sparrow
I'm guessing that white spot is the eye of a rabbit.
Northern Flicker on the left; starling (?) on the right
Common Grackle; Mallard (perhaps 2)
Oh, right. Duh. Thanks
Upper left-hand corner
Mink? I wanted to say weasel, but I think they have white bellies.
Is this a coyote with a tracking device, or a dog with a collar? The tail looks like a coyote's.
Coyote being playful with the scent bag? Must be good stuff
Tough one. Coyote or fox, based on the length of the legs seen very dimly.
Dark heads, gray backs; the one in back actually has a red breast. Front left might be a starling. Grassy fields in Chicago will have them.
Immature Spotted Sandpiper. They breed at this location.