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Urban Wildlife Guide Secret lives of urban animals, birds, and insects

English - Insects, Animals, Birds
Urban Wildlife Guide · 7h ago

Little Woodpeckers

This female downy woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, seems to like my new suet feeder. She's about 6 inches long. Click to enlarge. Before she flies to the feeder, she sits in a nearby tree for...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 1w ago

Anti-squirrel Technology Fail

That cone is supposed to keep squirrels off the bird feeder? LoL! Click to enlarge.
Urban Wildlife Guide · 2W ago


The harvestman in this picture is about five inches long from the tip of one leg across the middle to the tip of another. Good thing it is not a spider, but just a harmless member of the ord...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 3W ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some New Jersey wild turkeys slipping quietly into the woods.  Perhaps the World Ends Here by Joy Harjo, 1951 The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.The g...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 4W ago

Autumn Leaf Edition

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."John BurroughsClick on the photos to enlarge. 
Urban Wildlife Guide · 1M ago

Thread-waisted Wasp

The season for photographing insects on flowers is coming to a close. Here's one of this year's last  -- the lovely thread-waisted wasp, Ammophila procera, shiny black with silver streaks on...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 1M ago

Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween! Gotta love the decorations everywhere. Click to enlarge. I am seeing lots of animals out there, mostly skeletal, like this bird.
Urban Wildlife Guide · 1M ago

Green Bees

Metallic green bees are among my favorite insects. I saw these glittering in the autumn sun yesterday as they gathered food from goldenrod flowers. These little native solitary bees nest in ...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 1M ago

Another Bubbling Fly

I saw this fly today while walking in a park in Moorestown, New Jersey. Click to enlarge and you will see that it is blowing a bubble. As I watched, it blew the bubble about twice as large a...
Urban Wildlife Guide · 2M ago

Happy Columbus Day!

A holiday is a good time for a day trip to the country. Seems like Autumn is coming slowly and subtly this year, yet cicadas are calling loudly and there's a constant hum of crickets in the ...