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MAMMALS – My 2006 Nature Checklist

Trouble Bears

I decided to split up my 2006 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! The mammals are the next family of critters which I will be reporting on my findings here in 2006 in Western New York State. Most of these sightings are coming from mammals getting into my trash, destroying my banding nets or even trying to get into my house. But, on occasion I do come across those few individuals who are just remarkable in every way. I don’t plan on doing every species but here are just a few that I would like to share.

Albino Woodchuck An Opossum hanging out

The most memorable mammals for the 2006 year was “marshmallow” the albino woodchuck. Without a doubt, marshmallow became the talk of Allegany and if not anything else, the most photographed mammal of the park this year. I always saw him drawing attention from our patrons who would have him approach while trying to having their picnic at the picnic grounds. He always would stick very close to the road and almost cause numerous accidents by individuals trying to get his picture! It was a sad day on the 11th of August when marshmallow ran into the road and was hit by a vehicle while marshmallow was trying to avoiding someone’s dog.

Cotton Tail Red Squirrel

The bears obviously put on a show this year along with many other furry critters. Being able to visually identify the fisher with those strange screaming sounds at night was my most amazing find for the year. I have already decided that since I am unable to take its picture in 2006 that for 2007 I will be spending my time trying to record its vocalization. They have woken me out of a deep sleep numerous times this year and this time I will have the microphone always ready.

White-tailed Deer Raccoon

Raccoons are always fun to watch along with numerous deer that cross my path on a daily basis. Beavers being found in the window well are another unique situation that I never expected to be seen in 2006. Although, I didn’t identify any shrews or moles like in previous years. I also missed out in the Gray Fox and one of the Weasels which I occasionally find.

Here is my list of Mammals which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. Eastern Chipmunk

2. Northern Flying Squirrel

3. Black Squirrel

4. Gray Squirrel

5. Fox Squirrel

6. Red Squirrel

7. Beaver

8. Muskrat

9. Porcupine

10. Woodchuck

11. Opossum

12. Big Brown Bat

13. Little Brown Bat

14. Northern Long-eared Bat

15. Black Bear

16. Coyote

17. Fisher

18. Red Fox

19. Mink

20. Raccoon

21. Eastern Striped Skunk

22. White-tailed Deer

23. Eastern Cottontail

24. Deer Mouse

25. House Mouse

26. Meadow Jumping Mouse

27. Meadow Vole

28. White-footed Deer Mouse


I can’t wait to see what mammals in 2007 will bring me.

7 responses

  1. Rick

    such amazing pictures and so many wonderful checklist here.

    7 January 2007 at 12:01 am

  2. Love your lists and your pics! You saw quite a lot last year – what’s on the agenda for 2007?

    7 January 2007 at 12:21 am

  3. I have been loving these checklist. Your inspiring me for next year. Hopefuly we’ll be able to have a few good outings togeather.

    7 January 2007 at 8:38 am

  4. Another great post Mon@rch! Does that bear have a tag on its ear? That would be cool if you could capture a fisher screaming – I don’t know if I’ve ever heard one. I wish you success in finding what you’re looking on your mammal list this year!

    7 January 2007 at 8:48 am

  5. @ Rick – thanks!
    @ Laura – thanks for visiting! My agenda for 2007 is keeping busy, continue to take pictures and try to find time for writing things up for the blog.
    @ Jeremy – thanks and I have a simple checklist that I made for the area! I should send you and Jen a list to use! For sure we can have get together! When is Audubon’s photo club?
    @ Pam – thanks and yep, this guys does have a tag in its ear! It is one of our trouble makers!

    7 January 2007 at 9:44 am

  6. Photo club is this Thursday the 11th @ 7:00, but people usualy gather sooner (~6:30) than that to talk. I hope you can make it!

    7 January 2007 at 1:03 pm

  7. I will try to remember and make it! It is at audubon right?

    7 January 2007 at 11:00 pm

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