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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Shield Lake
Common Name: Ring-billed Gull
Scientific Name: Larus delawarensis
Length: 16.9-21.3 in (43-54 cm)
Weight: 10.6-24.7 oz (300-700 g)
Wingspan: 41.3-46.1 in (105-117 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • Ring-billed Gulls near Tampa Bay, Florida, became accustomed to feasting on garbage at an open landfill site. Then, in 1983, operators replaced the dumping grounds with closed incinerators. The thwarted scavengers found themselves another open dump, but the pattern continues all across the gull’s range. When waste-management practices shift from open landfills to closed incinerators, gull numbers often drop.
  • Some Ring-billed Gull nests at study sites in California and Oregon contained pebbles the size and shape of gull eggs. The parents apparently pulled the pebbles into their nests from the surrounding ground, mistaking them for eggs gone astray.
  • Ring-billed Gull nesting colonies normally include a small percentage of two-female couples. Fertilized by an obliging male, each female spouse lays a clutch of eggs, leading to 5–7-egg “superclutches.”
  • Many, if not most, Ring-billed Gulls return to breed at the colony where they hatched. Once they have bred, they are likely to return to the same breeding spot each year, often nesting within a few meters of the last year’s nest site. Many individuals return to the same wintering sites each winter too.
  • Although it is considered a typical large white-headed gull, the Ring-billed Gull has been known to hybridize only with smaller, black-headed species, such as Franklin’s, Black-headed, and Laughing gulls.
  • Migrating Ring-billed Gulls apparently use a built-in compass to navigate. When tested at only two days of age, chicks showed a preference for magnetic bearings that would take them in the appropriate direction for their fall migration. The gulls also rely on landmarks and high-altitude winds to provide directional cues.
  • The oldest recorded Ring-billed Gull was at least 27 years, 6 months old when it was found in New York.

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Pebble at Richmond SPCA

 

Why hello there. My name is Pebble and i’m a sweet quiet gal who enjoys a nice window to lounge in or a comfy bed to waste away the afternoon in. I’m not all naps and sunshine though I still have some spunk in me and enjoy a nice laser pointer session or a wand toy. If I sound like the gal for you then give the Richmond SPCA a call to learn more about me.

Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Brown
Declawed: No
ID: 46466038

Adopt Pebble at the Richmond SPCA

In response to COVID-19 and in order to reduce visitor traffic, observe necessary social distancing and to best protect the health and wellbeing of thier staff and members of the public, Richmond SPCA has transitioned to adoptions by appointment only. Please review their adoption appointment process.

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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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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Pony Pasture
Common Name: White-tailed Deer
Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus
Weight: Males – 150 to 300 lb Females – 88 to 198 lb

Quick Facts

  • Bucks have antlers, not horns. Horns are permanent keratin structures found on cattle, sheep, etc. Antlers, one of the fastest-growing animal tissues in the world, are bones that drop off and regrow every year.
  • Deer eat 3-5% of their body weight per day.
  • Under optimum conditions, a deer population could double in size annually.
  • There may be twice as many deer in Virginia today – nearly 1 million – than when Jamestown was settled. White-tailed deer, nearly extinct in 1900, reproduce quickly and adapt well to human landscapes.
  • Deer have dichromatic (two-color) vision with blue and yellow primaries;[15] humans normally have trichromatic vision. Thus, deer poorly distinguish the oranges and reds that stand out so well to humans.
  • The 1942 Disney film adaptation of Bambi, famously changed Bambi’s species from the novel’s roe deer into a white-tailed deer.

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Sonya Blade at Richmond SPCA

Good day to you! My name is Sonya Blade and I hope that you can help me with something… finding my fur-ever home! I know that once you meet me, you’ll be charmed by my great purr-sonality and adorable looks. Please consider making me a part of your family today!

Age: 1 year, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
ID: 47628358

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Black-and-White Warbler
Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia
Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (8-15 g)
Wingspan: 7.1-8.7 in (18-22 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Lab

  • The Black-and-white Warbler is the only member of the genus Mniotilta. The genus name means “moss-plucking,” a reference to its habit of probing bark and moss for insects.
  • Black-and-white Warblers have an extra-long hind claw and heavier legs than other wood-warblers, which help them hold onto and move around on bark.
  • As warblers go, Black-and-white Warblers are combative: they’ll attack and fight with other species that enter their territory, including Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and American Redstarts. This aggressive behavior extends to the wintering grounds, where they defend territories and when feeding in mixed flocks will drive other Black-and-white Warblers away.
  • The oldest known Black-and-white Warbler was 11 years, 3 months old—a female that was banded in North Carolina in the 1950s and recovered in Pennsylvania more than a decade later.

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Wheat Thin at Richmond SPCA

Wheat Thin is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Wheat Thin, please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 to see if she is the one for you!

Age: 4 years, 10 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 45419238

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Canal Walk
Common Name: Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Scientific Name: Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.6 oz (10-18 g)
Wingspan: 10.6-11.8 in (27-30 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • The Northern Rough-winged Swallow gets its name from minuscule hooks on the leading edge of their primary feathers. Running a finger along the edge of the feather from base to the tip feels like touching a rough file.
  • The genus name of the Northern Rough-winged Swallow is Stelgidopteryx, which means “scraper wing”; the species name, serripennis, means “saw feather.”
  • Swallows are good fliers and that goes double for the Northern Rough-winged Swallow, which unlike most birds also molts some of its feathers while flying. It takes them around 100 days to finish growing new feathers.
  • The oldest recorded Northern Rough-winged Swallow was a male, and at least 5 years, 11 months old when he was recaptured and rereleased in California.

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Proton at Richmond SPCA

Proton is a thoughtful girl that needs some time to become comfortable in new situations. The great news is that it does not take long and all she needs are some kind words and affection. She will ease into new friendships after this has taken place and will kindly purr and stick close to you. Please consider introducing yourself to this gentle hearted girl today, she would be forever devoted to you!

Age: 2 years, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / Orange
ID: 47707466

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