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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: Pipeline Overlook
Common Name: Crow specifically a Fish Crow
Scientific Name: Corvus ossifragus
Length: 14.2-15.8 in (36-40 cm)
Weight: 6.9-11.6 oz (195-330 g)
Wingspan: 33.1 in (84 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy of The Cornell Lab)

  • Not everyone realizes it, but there are two kinds of crows across much of the eastern United States. Looking almost identical to the ubiquitous American Crow, Fish Crows are tough to identify until you learn their nasal calls.
  • When Fish Crows find a good source of food, they may cache the surplus for later. These hiding places can be in grass, in clumps of Spanish moss, or in crevices in tree bark. Nesting adults may use these caches when feeding their young.
  • Fish Crows are inveterate nest-robbers, raiding the nests of many kinds of waterbirds and songbirds, as well as finding and digging up the eggs of turtles. They also harass and steal food from crows, gulls, ibis, and Ospreys.
  • Members of a mated pair frequently preen the back of each other’s head.
  • One nesting pair of Fish Crows adopted a fledgling Blue Jay that appeared in their nest. The crows fed the jay for two weeks before it disappeared.
  • Fish Crows build a new nest for each breeding attempt. The nests are well-made, and one small area may have existing nests from up to four different years.
  • The oldest known Fish Crow was 14 years, 6 months old.

Stanley at Richmond SPCA

Howdy folks, my name is Stanley! I’m a cool cat with a loving demeanor. I’m looking for a home to match. Could it be with you?! If you think we could be the purrfect pair, call the Richmond SPCA adoption center to schedule a time to meet me!

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Grey
Declawed: No
ID: 45129109

 

Adopt Stanley 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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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: Westover Hills and Maymont
Common Name: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris
Length: 2.8-3.5 in (7-9 cm)
Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz (2-6 g)
Wingspan: 3.1-4.3 in (8-11 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy of Cornell Lab)

  • The Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second.
  • The extremely short legs of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prevent it from walking or hopping. The best it can do is shuffle along a perch. Nevertheless, it scratches its head and neck by raising its foot up and over its wing.
  • Scientists place hummingbirds and swifts in the same taxonomic order, the Apodiformes. The name means “without feet,” which is certainly how these birds look most of the time.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds prefer to feed on red or orange flowers (though it’s not necessary to color the sugar water you put in a hummingbird feeder). Like many birds, hummingbirds have good color vision and can see into the ultraviolet spectrum, which humans can’t see.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds normally place their nest on a branch of a deciduous or coniferous tree; however, these birds are accustomed to human habitation and have been known to nest on loops of chain, wire, and extension cords.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are eastern North America’s only breeding hummingbird. But in terms of area, this species occupies the largest breeding range of any North American hummingbird.
  • Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds don’t stick around long. Pairs are together long enough for courtship and mating – just a matter of days to weeks. Then he’s off on his own, and may begin migration by early August.
  • The oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird was a female, and at least 9 years, 1 month old when she was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in West Virginia.

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Eclipse at Richmond SPCA

The staff here at the Richmond SPCA are still getting to know me and will add more to my bio soon about what a cool cat I am. Schedule a visit to meet me for yourself! Maybe you’ll get to take me home before anyone else finds out what an excellent companion I am.

Age: 6 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Declawed: No
ID: 45384899

Adopt Eclipse 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: Bryan Park
Common Name: Killdeer (and they look so innocent)
Scientific Name: Strix varia
Length: 7.9-11.0 in (20-28 cm)
Weight: 2.6-4.5 oz (75-128 g)
Wingspan: 18.1-18.9 in (46-48 cm)

Quick Facts (Cornell Lab)

  • Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.
  • Gravel rooftops attract Killdeer for nesting, but can be dangerous places to raise a brood. Chicks may be unable to leave a roof because of high parapets and screened drain openings. Adults eventually lure chicks off the roof, which can be dangerous – although one set of chicks survived a leap from a seven-story building.
  • The Killdeer’s broken-wing act leads predators away from a nest, but doesn’t keep cows or horses from stepping on eggs. To guard against large hoofed animals, the Killdeer uses a quite different display, fluffing itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to make it change its path.
  • A well-known denizen of dry habitats, the Killdeer is actually a proficient swimmer. Adults swim well in swift-flowing water, and chicks can swim across small streams.
  • The male and female of a mated pair pick out a nesting site through a ritual known as a scrape ceremony. The male lowers his breast to the ground and scrapes a shallow depression with his feet. The female then approaches, head lowered, and takes his place. The male then stands with body tilted slightly forward, tail raised and spread, calling rapidly. Mating often follows.
  • Killdeer lay their eggs into an empty nest but add other materials later on. Some of these items they pick up as they are leaving and toss over their shoulder into the nest. In one nest in Oklahoma, people found more than 1,500 pebbles had accumulated this way.
  • The oldest recorded Killdeer was at least 10 years, 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Kansas.

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Rufflet at Richmond SPCA

Rufflet is a sweet man looking for a good friend to adopt him. Rufflet is looking forward to quiet naps with friends, lazy days lounging around the house, and taking relaxing walks around a quiet neighborhood. Schedule a visit to meet Rufflet today to see what a charming man he is.

Age: 12 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Tan
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 45240277

Adopt Rufflet 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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Mature Milkweed Tiger Moth

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It was bound to happen. I miss identified this caterpillar as a Virginia Ctenucha.  Traci very politely informed of my mistake and let me know that this is a Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar. I’ve updated the information below and thanks again, Traci.

Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Awww it’s a Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar aka Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Scientific Name: Euchaetes egle
Length: Up to 35 mm

Quick Facts

  • It is found from southern Canada and south through Texas and Florida in North America.
  • This moth frequently uses milkweeds, as you’d expect from the name, (Asclepias spp.) and sometimes dogbane (Apocynum spp.) as larval host plants.
  • They skeletonize whole leaves gregariously, leaving lacy leaf remnants.
  • Mature caterpillars occur from June onwards

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Belvedere at Richmond SPCA

 

Yep, they whisper in my presence saying that I am just a big old puddle of love. I cannot help it because I LOVE PEOPLE! Certainly, I am not going deny anyone to pet me, to allow me to give out head butts and plenty of kisses. Nosireebob, I am the festively plump feline headed your way. Please call an adoption counselor to meet with me, it will be a romance for the ages!

Age: 3 years, 5 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Orange / White
Declawed: No
ID: 44086454

Adopt Belvedere 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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