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Apparently the whole tomato was taken @Chuck and the stem it was attached to broken. The tomato was ripe/red. I think we can rule out deer or moose, my son lives amongst flat, open, agricultural farmland. Racoons and Possums are a possibility. Would Skunks take them?
 
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Apparently the whole tomato was taken @Chuck and the stem it was attached to broken. The tomato was ripe/red. I think we can rule out deer or moose, my son lives amongst flat, open, agricultural farmland. Racoons and Possums are a possibility. Would Skunks take them?
It could be a skunk but I have never seen them eat vegetables. They get into my garden but all they do is dig up worms and grubs. If I were a betting man I would bet on coons or possums. I don't know if there are coyotes there or not but they also love fresh vegetables. I shot one last year while it was eating a cantaloupe I was going to pick the next morning.
 

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Just been watching the hedgehogs,we get 3 in every night, I'm glad that i asked hubby to make a feeding station.
 

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Goldfinches have been a common sight in the garden now that the coneflowers are producing seed.
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I had a Viceroy butterfly today, which I've only seen in the garden a few times over the years.
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Your Goldfinch looks similar to our Greenfinch @JBtheExplorer.

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This is our Goldfinch.
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Our female goldfinch is dull, but the males are bright yellow.
I have your European goldfinches, too. :)
I can't remember whether I shared this photo here or not, but here's a photo from spring when both American and European goldfinches were eating from my feeder.

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'No Name' the Pheasant in my avatar hasn't visited for nearly a week. He's arrived almost every day to be fed in the last two years and was very close to feeding from my hand. But sadly I think he's come to a natural end. He was also going through a bad moult which wouldn't have helped. I've been doing a little reading and apparently they live for about three years in the wild, up to eight in captivity, not very long at all considering they spend some of that time avoiding traffic and guns during the shooting season. Hens usually lay between seven and fifteen eggs, producing just one clutch a year between April and June. A few of the chicks will die before leaving the nest, so mortality rate is not good at all.

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I'll miss him chatting away to me while he fed - and the raucous calls at the end of my garden letting the world know he was around. :)
 
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Had a Great Egret visit the yard yesterday, they usually spend time in the marsh, but occasionally they like a change of diet, i.e. lizards.

Before I got my camera out I saw him snatch a dragonfly out of the air -- very fast.


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