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Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:29 am

I thought we already had a thread about wildlife in the city...

Anyways, here is a cell phone shot of 25 Turkeys on my way to work today!  114th and Just south of Pacific!

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Postby Coyote » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:36 am

A few years back I was in a traffic jam on 96th St, when a Turkey wouldn't get out of the way of traffic and backed us up for blocks!
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Postby S33 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:23 am

I only count 22 turkeys. False reporting.
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Postby RNcyanide » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:30 pm

Saw 4 turkeys near Northwest Mutual on my way to class this morning. They seem to like that spot. I've also seen deer along Harry Anderson Avenue.
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Postby jessep28 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:48 pm

There's a doe that hangs out in Old Towne Bellevue. You see it running around the neighborhood occasionally.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:27 pm

Often in the mornings when I'm coming home from work I see several turkeys at the ILQ split on I-80. I chuckle every time one of the toms puffs up at traffic

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Postby mrsticka » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:11 pm

Has a deer ever made its way into downtown?

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Postby Omababe » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:06 am

mrsticka wrote:Has a deer ever made its way into downtown?


I don't know about downtown, but quite recently I had a deer cross my path on Nebraska Avenue just east of Ameristar. Lots of traffic in that area! :(

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Postby Brad » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:05 pm

mrsticka wrote:Has a deer ever made its way into downtown?


Yes, there are deer that live near 7th and Jones and also up on the north east end of downtown.  A couple years ago, one of them got lost and was running around in downtown.
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Postby BobbiDon » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:16 am

I work at Boys Town and there is so much wildlife.  We have dozens of turkeys, hundreds of duck and geese, deer, and a goat that has been taken in by the deer.  :yes:  Of course we have all the regular city varmints as well, in great quantity.

Lastly, before the Beach Boys concert at rivers edge park there was a deer that ran through the crowd and hopped a fence to get back to the tree line.  Not surprising to see a deer there, but it was still pretty crazy to see!

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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:05 am

I knew the Swans were taken to the Zoo for the winter, but I didn't know they took the other birds in too.

By Thanksgiving, 100 ducks and geese will be cozy in winter quarters at N.P. Dodge Park

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/by-than ... 42f2d.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Kevin Cole / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The birds, whose wings are clipped so they cannot fly, will be rounded up this week and taken to new digs at N.P. Dodge Park, said Parks Director Brook Bench. City workers built pens in a park building and installed a heated water tank to keep the birds in fine feather until the lagoons de-ice in the spring.
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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:52 pm

Someone better call Carl Spackler out to Hefflinger Park...

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Postby Omaha_corn_burner » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:09 am

Brad wrote:Someone better call Carl Spackler out to Hefflinger Park...

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These guys are all over the creek. I see them very often near the creek, near Blondo, near 108th ST.

Also there are a whole pack of stray cats near Hefflinger Park, but the city's website says they do not do anything with stray cats.

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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Seth » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:05 pm

I saw a groundhog in an empty lot at 33rd and Mason just the other day.

I also see the usual Raccoons and Possums frequently in our neighborhood (and squirrels, of course). I joke with my wife that with coons and possums in our backyard, and a Casey's store nearby, living in Midtown isn't much different than small-town Illinois where we grew up.

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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby U R my Helix » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:24 am

This owl has decided to call the tree next door home, he has been here a few months now. The cardinals are not happy about it.
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Postby Brad » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:45 am

That's awesome. What part of town are you in?
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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby U R my Helix » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:50 am

Westgate / Aksarben area

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Postby Brad » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:26 am

U R my Helix wrote:Westgate / Aksarben area


Not too far from me. I always worry about hawks, owls, etc because our dog only weighs 3.5 lbs.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:33 am

Nice pictures, I really like the ones with the owl and Cardinal in the same shot. I can honestly say, I have never seen an owl in person before (except for the zoo, which doesn't count).

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Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:34 am

Brad wrote:Not too far from me. I always worry about hawks, owls, etc because our dog only weighs 3.5 lbs.

Thats not a dog, that is a giant rat....haha.

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Postby Brad » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:42 am

skinzfan23 wrote:Nice pictures, I really like the ones with the owl and Cardinal in the same shot. I can honestly say, I have never seen an owl in person before (except for the zoo, which doesn't count).


I have never seen them here. I have heard them, but never seen them. I did see two giant owls in the forest in Oregon this past summer.

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Brad wrote:Not too far from me. I always worry about hawks, owls, etc because our dog only weighs 3.5 lbs.

Thats not a dog, that is a giant rat....haha.


Wait until my wife reads this!

Our dog might be small, but she is very smart....
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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby lisanstan » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:00 am

We had a lone turkey in our driveway one year. Not sure where it came from or where it went. I live on 52nd just south of Dodge. Not exactly turkey friendly.

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Postby Brad » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:54 am

lisanstan wrote:We had a lone turkey in our driveway one year. Not sure where it came from or where it went. I live on 52nd just south of Dodge. Not exactly turkey friendly.


Probably Elmwood/Memorial Park
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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:58 pm

Coyotes suspected in bloody deer attack, 19 missing pet cases in Elkhorn

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16 Cats, 3 dogs, and a deer! Wow.
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Postby Coyote » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:09 pm

Brad wrote:Coyotes suspected in bloody deer attack, 19 missing pet cases in Elkhorn

http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Coyote ... 09235.html

16 Cats, 3 dogs, and a deer! Wow.


I got a few others that haven't been reported yet :;):
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Postby ArchStanton13 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:22 pm

I've always had a fascination with wildlife in the city, so fun topic. Here's what I've seen over my 36-odd years in Omaha.

I lived in Benson for the first 30 years or so of my life. Other than a screech owl and a deer traipsing through a neighbor's yard once, I only saw the typical raccoons, opossums, squirrels, bats, rabbits, and that sort of thing. I did see a roadkill skunk on 66th and Maple once, which was a surprise. And I used to see muskrats a lot in the Papio off of the Keystone trail, but haven't for years.

I now live near Forest Lawn Cemetery and the wildlife is abundant here. I hear barred owls frequently, and see them quite a bit (the owl that was tormenting the cardinals above is a barred). Less often, we see screech, barn, and great horned owls.

Woodchucks are quite common (if you're ever on the interstate or Highway 75, look for them on the grassy slopes next to the road, I see them sunning themselves often). Lots of deer and turkeys. Had a fox go up the street by us one night, and have heard reports of a family nearby, but I haven't seen them myself. Backyard is riddled with moles, but the only one I've seen is the one my old Scottish Terrier uncovered and, sadly, left for dead. We've seen skunks around, and smelled them (first one I saw was at Kelley Field off of Fort Street one summer twilight). My wife saw a coyote down the road a few months back (I saw one in a field off of Highway 75 when I was leaving Offutt AFB one day, but nothing near here myself). And there was a bald eagle hanging out around 60th and State a month or so ago.

Probably the most stunning thing I've seen was a mink off of 160th and Maple about 5 years ago, crossing Maple and miraculously making it safely to what was then an empty field (it might still be empty, I don't get out that way often). I thought it was a weasel until a google search showed otherwise. That same week, I saw another mink going down into a creek off of Mormon Bridge Road next to the Cubby's gas station there. Never seen one before or since that week.

So that's my "backyard" wildlife. I've thought about setting up a game camera in the backyard to see what all comes along.

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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Wed May 03, 2017 7:46 am

Saw a fairly healthy looking Coyote running just north of Pacific last night on the Boystown Property. Probably eating all the turkey that hang out in there.
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Postby Coyote » Wed May 03, 2017 11:16 am

I thought that was you. You know it's not polite watching people eat...
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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Fri May 12, 2017 9:11 am

Glutton..
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Postby Coyote » Sat May 13, 2017 12:23 pm

TitosBuritoBarn wrote:Glutton..

Yeah, I get a ravenous appetite after a few beers. :cheers:
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Re: Wildlife in the City

Postby Brad » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:47 pm

Just had a fox run through our lawn near 90th and Center!
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