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Old 10-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #11
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Just about every variety of bird imaginable. Ducks and geese obviously but also buzzards, herons, sparrows, blackbirds, seagulls, etc. Most are either moving south from here or through here but some like chickadees move into the area from colder regions further north.
Its not as noticeable but Monarch butterflies also migrate south from here for the winter after feeding on the milkweed all summer.
The ground animals are very active this time of year but don't migrate. Squirrels get really bold as they ignore just about everything trying to collect enough nuts to store for the winter. Deer get more aggressive and mobile also as its mating season.

Nothing like tarantulas around here though.

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Old 10-22-2008, 03:35 PM   #12
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I battled a tarantula last night. Right before bed I realized I left something in the truck. Went out there at 2AM in just my boxers and one was guarding my truck. Had to smash it with a stick and got it's juices on me.

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We mostly see Geese. And Monarchs. And some little black birds that come by the thousands to the fields of corn. And the Shad and American Eel. Those come to mind. Have you ever been bitten by one of those things. I don't mind Spiders too much, but I do know some can be dangerous, how poisonous is that type (I am guessing probably not so much?).

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Old 10-22-2008, 05:04 PM   #14
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We mostly see Geese. And Monarchs. And some little black birds that come by the thousands to the fields of corn.
Red Winged Blackbirds! Sometimes the skys darken due to their flocks. When traveling the flock will stretch miles. And boy can they make a mess of a sweetcorn patch.

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Old 10-22-2008, 05:20 PM   #15
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We mostly see Geese. And Monarchs. And some little black birds that come by the thousands to the fields of corn. And the Shad and American Eel. Those come to mind. Have you ever been bitten by one of those things. I don't mind Spiders too much, but I do know some can be dangerous, how poisonous is that type (I am guessing probably not so much?).
Never been hurt by one. They're pretty docile critters. They just ramble along. I think their bite is like a wasp in severity.
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Red Winged Blackbirds! Sometimes the skys darken due to their flocks. When traveling the flock will stretch miles. And boy can they make a mess of a sweetcorn patch.

Craig
That would be a site to see. The only similar thing I've seen around here is about 20 Turkey Buzzards flew over all at various altitudes.
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We got gangs migrating between Richmond and Oakland

Seriously though, the Bay Area is along the Pacific Flyway, which is one of the major bird migration routes. Every fall, you can see hundreds of raptors and other migrating birds making their way south over the Golden Gate (it the narrowest strip of water, and raptors generally don't like flying long distances over water).
Other than that, we get salamander migrations. Some days, they will cover the trails in certain areas of the East bay parks. Cool stuff.

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We got gangs migrating between Richmond and Oakland

Seriously though, the Bay Area is along the Pacific Flyway, which is one of the major bird migration routes. Every fall, you can see hundreds of raptors and other migrating birds making their way south over the Golden Gate (it the narrowest strip of water, and raptors generally don't like flying long distances over water).
Other than that, we get salamander migrations. Some days, they will cover the trails in certain areas of the East bay parks. Cool stuff.
I heard they go to their wintering grounds this time of year.
Salamanders are cool. Fun to catch when I was a kid.
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