We have many animals here in Selby from Red Fox to Woodpeckers. Unfortunately, much of their homes are being cut down to make room for houses. Here are some of our animal friends that you may see in our neighborhood.
Eastern Box Turtle
Box turtles are have an intense homing instinct. When they are removed from their location, they will return. Never remove a box turtle from their home unless there is danger like in the middle of the road in which case move them to the side they are going towards. Box turtles are also very territorial and will kill any foreign box turtle introduced in their territory.
Red Winged Black Bird
The male Red-winged Blackbird is pure black with patch of red on each wing that show when the bird flies or displays his color. The female is smaller and brownish. They are found mostly in North America and much of Central America. The young birds resemble the female. The Red-winged Blackbird migrates in single sex flocks. The males generally arrive before the females. They defend their territories aggressively against other Blackbirds, crows, Osprey, hawks and even people. They inhabit open grassy areas, but prefer wetlands and inhabit both freshwater and saltwater marshes. The Red-winged Blackbird eats seeds from weeds and insects. They nest in the cattails, rushes, grasses, sedge or in willow or alder bushes. They build basket-like nest made from grasses and mud located 3" to 14' above water.