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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Amherst County (not RVA but seasonally appropriate)
Common Name: Wild Turkey
Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Average Length: 30 to 37 in for the females (hens) and 39–49 in for the males (toms)
Weight: 9.4 lb for the females (hens) and 11 to 24 lb for the males (toms)
Wingspan: 4 ft 1 in to 4 ft 9 in

Quick Facts

  • The turkey has the second heaviest maximum weight of any North American bird. Trumpeter Swan in the number one big boy.
  • Wild turkeys have very good eyesight, but their vision is very poor at night.
  • Attempts to introduce the wild turkey to Britain as a game bird in the 18th century were not successful.
  • Wild turkeys are omnivorous, foraging on the ground or climbing shrubs and small trees to feed. They won’t turn up their beak at an occasional snake or lizard.

Velvet Elvis at RACC

Velvet Elvis is smooth as silk and sweet as pie! He is a very strong dog who needs to go home with a confident handler. Velvet would be a great dog for someone looking for a playful pup who also likes to lounge on the couch for some snuggles. He is very smart and would benefit greatly from a basic manners training class.

Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Age: 3yrs 0mths 2wks
Gender: Spayed Female
Weight: 67.4 lbs
ID: 83040

Adopt Velvet Elvis at Richmond RACC

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Where Spotted: Westover Hills
Common Name: Eastern Towhee
Scientific Name: Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Length: 6.8-8.2 in (17.3-20.8 cm)
Weight: 1.1-1.8 oz (32-52 g)
Wingspan: 7.9-11.0 in (20-28 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy Cornell Lab)

  • Eastern Towhees are birds of the undergrowth, where their rummaging makes far more noise than you would expect for their size.
  • The Eastern Towhee and the very similar Spotted Towhee of western North America used to be considered the same species, the Rufous-sided Towhee. The two forms still occur together in the Great Plains, where they sometimes interbreed.
  • Eastern Towhees are common victims of the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird. Female cowbirds lay eggs in towhee nests, then leave the birds to raise their cowbird young. In some areas cowbirds lay eggs in more than half of all towhee nests. Towhees, unlike some other birds, show no ability to recognize or remove the imposter’s eggs.
  • Eastern Towhees tend to be pretty solitary, and they use a number of threat displays to tell other towhees they’re not welcome. You may see contentious males lift, spread, or droop one or both wings, fan their tails, or flick their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. Studies have shown that male towhees tend to defend territories many times larger than needed simply to provide food.
  • The oldest known Eastern Towhee was a male in South Carolina, and at least 12 years, 3 months old.

Blueberry at Richmond SPCA

Have you been on the search for a cat that has many layers of personality? Has a swagger in his step? Is handsome, affectionate and always seeks the spotlight? Yep, this is me benevolent Blueberry! Almost anything I do is with exuberance. Why, I may just inspire you to be an artist; I can drape myself on the sofa and you can begin to paint your masterpiece – me! And lastly, I have one tiny favor that I need to ask is that you please do not get me confused with a chicken, because I love to chirp! Now that you have read about me all you need to do is rush here to the Richmond SPCA!

Age: 4 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Brown
Declawed: No
ID: 31616720

Adopt Blueberry at Richmond SPCA

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To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture
Common Name: Spotted Sandpiper
Scientific Name: Actitis macularius
Weight: 1.2-1.8 oz
Length: 7.1–7.9 in
Wingspan: 14.6-15.8 in

Quick Facts (Courtesy Cornell Lab)

  • The Spotted Sandpiper is the most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America.
  • Female Spotted Sandpipers sometimes practice an unusual breeding strategy called polyandry, where a female mates with up to four males, each of which then cares for a clutch of eggs.
  • Its characteristic teetering motion has earned the Spotted Sandpiper many nicknames. Among them are teeter-peep, teeter-bob, jerk or perk bird, teeter-snipe, and tip-tail.
  • The female may store sperm for up to one month. The eggs she lays for one male may be fathered by a different male in a previous mating.

If you like seeing pictures of birds you can check out my Facebook page Dickie’s Backyard Bird Bonanza.  This effort is unrelated to RVAHub. It’s just a way for me to share pictures without flooding my personal feed and annoying my friends. I fear that ship has long since sailed.

Queenie at Richmond SPCA

All hail the Queenie! Adopting me will automatically make you a royal family. I lead my kingdom with kindness, a bubbling personality, and every day is casual Friday. I make the laps of my best friends my throne and declare my laws through snorts and grunts. I’m ready to relocate to a new castle. Ideally one with lots of treats, toys, and at least one nap time a day. Do your noble duty and call the Adoptions Department at (804)521-1307 to find out more about me today!

Age: 2 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Tan / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 44137713

Adopt Queenie at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.




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Where Spotted: Floodwall
Common Name: Barn Swallow
Scientific Name: Hirundo rustica
Weight: 0.63 oz
Length: 5.7 – 7.8 in
Wingspan: 12.6–13.6 in

Quick Facts

  • The barn swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.
  • The barn swallow is the national bird of Austria and Estonia.
  • The barn swallow drinks by skimming low over lakes or rivers and scooping up water with its open mouth.
  • In North America at least, barn swallows frequently engage in a mutualist relationship with ospreys. Barn swallows will build their nest below an osprey nest, receiving protection from other birds of prey that are repelled by the exclusively fish-eating ospreys. The ospreys are alerted to the presence of these predators by the alarm calls of the swallows.

Helvetica at Richmond SPCA

Hello my name is Helvetica! I think I might be your type. Calm and quiet, I’m a total lap cat once we’re friends. Will you please come and visit with me today at the Richmond SPCA!

Age: 4 years, 3 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White / Brown
Declawed: No
ID: 43613790

Adopt Helvetica at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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