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There is a season for everything!

Posted Monday, August 20, 2012, at 12:17 PM

Periodically I will give a seasonal update on what is happening with our Middle Tennessee backyard wildlife. I hope you will find this interesting and informative!

With the exception of our hummers, songbirds are finishing with their third round of babies. Birds of prey are also done for the year. There will be no more nesting until next year.

Mother opossums still have babies in their pouch, but these babies are juveniles. Opossum breeding season is over.

Raccoons are also finished for the year, but this year's babies are likely to hang around mom until next spring. However, they are able to care for themselves. The rabbits are finished as well.

This is the prime breeding season for gray and fox squirrels. Yes, they will have spring babies, but the majority of babies come in the fall. The reason? The best foods for these animals are available in the fall - nuts, grains, and seeds. Over the next few months many people will find baby squirrels on the ground. I will give you some information on what to do about that a little later.


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I have a large holly tree outside my home. I think it was May - I was walking past it and heard a really strange noise - and saw it was enveloped by honeybees! They were here for 3 days.

-- Posted by wildwoman on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:26 AM

My backyard is loaded with squirrels and see an occasional rabbit. A dragon fly has take up residence on my car antenna, but no honey bees darnit.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 6:05 PM

Yesterday I saw a young squirrel clutching a branch in its' mouth that held a nut on each side. Guess he was trying to impress someone during these "mating days" as being a good provider.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 1:52 PM


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Vicky Carder is a Shelbyville native. In 1991 she founded Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. There she served as Executive Director for more than 12 years. The Center is the largest wildlife hospital in Middle Tennessee. She has published in wildlife national and international journals. Now she wants to share her knowledge of native wildlife and some of the experiences she had while working with wildlife.
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