Saturday, May 27, 2017

Muskrats and Cardinals, May 27, 2017

Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters
Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus - a semiaquatic rodent native to North America, an introduced species in parts of Europe, Asia, and South America

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 18, 2017
I was astonished to see two Muskrats swimming in a drainage ditch leading to a small marshy area. I was looking straight into bright sunlight for this photo. The other Muskrat was farther down the ditch in a semi-shady spot.

A Muskrat's fur is medium brown when dry, but looks much darker when wet. They were feeding on bits of vegetation floating in the water.

I'd Rather B Birdin'
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 20, 2017
A grumpy pair of Cardinals waiting for the feeders to be refilled!

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12 comments:

  1. Hello Lea, at first looking at the fur I thought it was a small dog swimming. Neat sighting of the muskrats. The cardinal couple are pretty. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Good to see your Muskrats Lea. I'm not sure but I think we had feral/escaped ones here but they were eradicated. Cardinals are always a welcome sight.

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  3. Hello Lea!:) What a great sighting of the Muskrats, and the Cardinals are pretty, even when they look disappointed.

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  4. Never have seen a muskrat. Good capture on your camera.

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  5. Such cute shots of a muskrat. When I was a child, I once had one walk right up to me and I picked it up and took it home. gave it a bubble bath and after dinner I told my parents. we went out to see it and it was dead in the box. My dad thought it was rabid. Don't think I have seen one since that day

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  6. Hi Lea, I have never seen a muskrat. Thanks for sharing! Those cardinals do look grumpy! Have a great day. Jo

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  7. Love the looks on the faces of the cardinals. They do seem to be saying "Where is our food?" Also enjoyed the photo of the muskrat.

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  8. All are great captures...love the cardinals.

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  9. Yes, it's like their expressions are telling the photographer "Where's our kibbles and bits?" lol

    Great photos, both the muskrat and the cardinals today.

    Before I leave, I want to send along my thanks for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin' to share this post with us!!

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  10. Wow those muskrat pictures are great.

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