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Posted at 6:50 PM ET, 05/29/2008

Photography: Weather for the Frogs?

By Kevin Ambrose

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A frog peers out from a flooded yard.

Heavy rain and storms a couple weeks ago may have caused some inconveniences with our spring activities, but the wildlife in our area seems to be adapting just fine to the wet weather.

Keep reading for more photos and commentary. See our full forecast through the weekend, which includes the potential for some moderate to severe thunderstorms on Saturday.

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A deer munches on downed tree limbs. Are my hosta plants next?

I used to enjoy watching deer in my yard, but lately I just call my golden retriever to chase them away. I guess I've had one too many years of destroyed landscaping. The deer seem to particularly love my hosta plants. They will eat them down to naked stems, which really look terrible lining the walkway to my front door. I have two co-workers that have used motion-activated sprinklers to chase away the deer and they claim the sprinklers work quite well. I know that I would forget to turn them off during the day and thus spray unsuspecting visitors as they walk to the house. Oh well, that would be fun for the kids and I suppose everyone would quickly learn to enter through the garage. Perhaps I'll give it a try?

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A dove sits on a nest.

The dove (above) has built it' nest next to the door to my parent's house and the bird stays surprisingly cool as people walk just a few feet away. Unlike the calm dove, the wren that built its nest in a box of nails in my garage (below) would freak out whenever someone entered the garage. I did not want to disturb the nest so I just left a window open in the garage. One recent evening, the wren flew into my house as I opened the kitchen door. I have cathedral ceilings and it was quite an effort to catch the bird and release it back outside. I called a neighbor to help and we ultimately used fish nets. The next day, the wren was back in the box of nails, sitting on her eggs. Lately, the wren seems to have disappeared and three eggs are now missing. I wonder if the wren is capable of moving the eggs to another nest? I suppose the last two eggs in the nest will never hatch. I guess my lesson learned is to not leave the garage door open most of the day, allowing critters and birds to enter. So, if I ever install that anti-deer sprinkler system I'll just have to remember to turn it off for visitors and not always keep the garage open for traffic.

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A wren has built its nest in a box of nails that was in my garage.

By Kevin Ambrose  | May 29, 2008; 6:50 PM ET
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Comments

Ian, noticed in the last post you wrote under the comments section that you think we still have a shot at the mdoerate risk...I'm assuming that you mean mod risk from SPC criteria correct?

Wonder what new day 2 outlook will show...I'm very interested...my guess would be that they will introduce some 30% regions but no mod.

Posted by: Kenny L. | May 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

First, nice set of shots, Kevin.. wildlife seems to love spring!

Kenny, I said I thought someone in the northeast had a shot at moderate risk (SPC criteria).. not necessarily here.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | May 30, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I get off the bus at the King Street Metro and they have an underground tunnel so the pedestrians can walk under Duke Street - a dove had built a nest near one of the entrances, using the tunnel as a roof (smart bird!) It also seemed quite unbothered by all the foot traffic. She had one fledgling (that I could see) and they both flew away a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: maki | May 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

These are great photos. A dove nested under my bedroom window was likewise remarkably cool with my discovering it (her?). Not to disturb, I won't look again, but the beauty of her soft sad song tells me she survived the storm.

Posted by: jhbyer | June 5, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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