Wildlife Visits

There have been several visitors to the garden recently. I found this box turtle crawling into a fallen container full of clay pot shards that I have been saving. I don’t know what the turtle was after and it sure looked uncomfortable.

I had my first sighting of a Cooperhead snake. Usually, I see them in the spring. And yes, I was handling the plant when I noticed something moving. As it was small I thought it was a lizard and not a baby Copperhead. I was lucky again and the snake went into the pot, curled up, and just stared at me.

Critter encounters that I could not photograph included being slapped in the shin by a Leopard Frog that was sitting in the grass, a sighting of a very long garden snake, an armadillo that I chased off my patio, and the weirdest wildlife situation I witnessed was a hummingbird stabbing another hummer in the breast while it was laying on its back on top of a plant. Can’t figure that one out.

25 Comments on “Wildlife Visits”

  1. Misti says:

    Wow, fun encounters but I would have definitely been freaked out by the copperhead. I’ve stood over one doing field work without noticing…walked away, came back to my spot and knew that it had been there the whole time. *eek* I wonder if the hummingbirds were fighting over territory? They do tend to get aggressive, the males.

    • I think the hummers are just fighting over food. They are getting ready to head south for the winter. I have 4 feeders and beds of hummer friendly plants. They could share and wait their turn! (the mom in me)

  2. Cathy says:

    Lucky with the snake. I saw a documentary about hummingbirds once and was shocked at how aggressive and territorial they can be, so maybe this was a fight?

  3. I like the turtle. Good thing you saw the copperhead! I have seen one hummer here, which is normal they go down the west coast..hopefully they stay with you a while longer.

  4. Tina says:

    I’ve had snakes in my garden, big’uns, too, but never (thank goodness!) a copperhead. It’s beautiful, though, isn’t it?

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Lots of critters… not sure I’d be calm about the copperhead, but at least it was little!

  6. Ann Coleman says:

    Glad the encounter with the snake went well, even if it was a baby! And I do wonder why one hummingbird was just laying on its back and why the other one was attacking it? Poor bird!

    • Actually, baby snakes are more venomous. No playing with them. Hummers attack others all the time, even knocking each other to the ground. I can hear the hits. I have just never seen the situation with one on its back on top of a plant being stabbed. I couldn’t get a photo.

      • Ann Coleman says:

        Wow! I didn’t know that about baby snakes, or that hummingbirds routinely attack each other. That’s what great about blogging…I learn new things all the time!

  7. shoreacres says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a copperhead. That pattern looks pretty distinctive. Mostly, I come across water snakes of various sorts down at the refuges although there are plenty of rattlesnakes around. I’ve only seen one coral snake; I think that’s another one that you come across from time to time.

  8. Deb says:

    You did have an interesting visits! Hummers can get really aggressive at times… I reckon most bird do. Turtles are a favorite of mine. Turtle visits are special.

  9. Did you know that copperheads are born live? They tend to be fairly placid unless frightened. Hummingbirds are very aggressive and territorial. I’ve never seen such a light-colored shell on a box turtle. Thanks for sharing.

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