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Friday, July 12th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, July 12th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Val Cunningham

Backyard and Beyond: Photos of some backyard wonders

Isn’t this the truth: “It’s amazing the amount of wildlife you can see in your own backyard,” wrote Lew Troast Jr., after spotting a short-tailed shrew trying to drink from a birdbath sitting on the ground.
The little creature leaned over too far and fell into the water, but splashed out quickly. 

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Backyard and Beyond: Capturing some early-summer tales of wildlife

A recipe for possible disaster: A mother duck leads her ducklings toward a river’s shoreline. A coyote lopes down for a drink, discovers the duck family, and thinks it’s found an easy meal.
As Cliff Price watched, the mother duck strongly objected, flapping her wings and squawking loudly.

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Backyard and Beyond: Time for nature’s new arrivals

Is there anything more “aww”-inspiring than springtime’s red fox youngsters? Darlene Herbster knew where to look for kits this spring, because she’s seen the adult female in the same area for the past four years during her hikes. Herbster always stays on the trail, and the foxes have become used to her passing.

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Backyard and Beyond: Signs of spring are all around

Muskrats are semi-aquatic rodents that spend much of their lives in water, gathering and eating aquatic vegetation. The one spied by Bret Cool is bringing its prize, a “bouquet of leaves,” back to its den, maybe to feed its offspring. This cousin of the beaver is not really a rat and may raise up to three litters each summer, each litter having up to 10 pups.

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Backyard and Beyond: Gray squirrel defends its nest from hawk

The last thing a mother gray squirrel wants to see is a red-tailed hawk landing near her nest, intent on feasting on her babies. Nick D’Addio caught the action as a big hawk menaced a squirrel, then flew off with one of her offspring.

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Backyard and Beyond: Tundra swans at sunset

Tundra swans were passing through the middle of the country in early March, and Erin Wortley was lucky enough to spot a big group on a local lake at sunset. “It was an amazing sight to see,” she said. These beautiful birds were on their way to breeding grounds in Alaska and northern Canada from wintering grounds along the South Atlantic coast.

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Backyard and Beyond: Early signs of spring appear

Many people consider the red-winged blackbird to be the true harbinger of spring, like the dramatic male that Rich Carlson spotted at a nearby wetland.
These birds arrive in northern regions a bit earlier than do the first robins, and nearly all of them are true migrants, unlike the many stay-all-year robins.

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