Mammals – 2007 Checklist
I decided to split up my 2007 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! Mammals (28) are the next family in my series of species that I have kept track of within Western New York State.
In 2007 I can’t say that I worked hard in finding any mammals species like in 2005 and 2006. They seemed to find me more than I was able to find them. As in previous years, a few summer nights brought me a screaming Fisher keeping me awake (learned its call after spotlighting one in 2006). Black Bear were around as normal with some unexpected roadside crossings. Who could forget the Long-tailed Weasel that terrorized my banding station. Raccoons continued to raid my trash can (occasional Bear) and the Christmas Opossum make a quick visit before the holidays.
Although I constantly hear Coyotes howling at night . . . one evening while closing my Owl nets the Coyotes ended up getting just a little “too close”! It was around 1am in the morning and was happy for seeing a Saw-whet in the mist-net. As I was removing it, the leaves were falling making noises but were those really leaf sounds?? I found the hair rising on the back of my neck and started working quicker in removing this “extremely tangled bird” from the net. I then heard 5+ Coyotes howling within a few hundred yards of me!!! Yes, I still had not extracted that Owl from the net . . . lucky I remember a 4 foot pipe that I had up at the nets and quickly grabbed it “just in case” I needed it (and went back to extracting the Owl)! Never been so scared in my life (being eaten) and it is even worse when you know those sneaky ways that the pack hunt (blind sided their prey)! I did have a coyote charged me a few years ago but once it realized that I wasn’t a deer, it ran away! Of course that evening was a completely different situation. I was in the dark, by myself, couldn’t watch my back, had food (an owl) in my hands and couldn’t disappear because I needed to close my nets up (once I finished removing the owl from the net). These Coyotes had the upper hand of this situation and obviously I knew it (almost felt like a Gazelle being chased by Lions)!! Once I did returned back to the banding station . . . I quickly banded the bird, closed everything up and headed off to bed . . . I then laid in bed thinking for hours about the what if’s?? More recently we had found a Coyote deer kill and trust me . . . . it wasn’t a pretty thing to see!
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||15. Black Bear|
|2. Northern Flying Squirrel||16. Coyote|
|3. Black Squirrel||17. Fisher|
|4. Gray Squirrel||18. Red Fox|
|5. Fox Squirrel||19. Mink|
|6. Red Squirrel||20. Raccoon|
|7. Beaver||21. Striped Skunk|
|8. Muskrat||22. Long-tailed Weasel|
|9. Porcupine||23. White-tailed Deer|
|10. Woodchuck||24. Eastern Cottontail|
|11. Opossum||25. Deer Mouse|
|12. Big Brown Bat||26. House Mouse|
|13. Little Brown Bat||27. Meadow Vole|
|14. Northern Myotis||28. White-footed Deermouse|
Should I included this Harbor Seal at Cape Cod with my checklist?
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