Beautiful, highly specialized cart found in downtown Qualicum Beach today. Red colour and warning cone suggests that this may be an aggressive and dangerous cart. Both children were very tempted to approach closely and climb into the “basket,” but I managed to steer them away.
Discovered a solitary Small Silver Rustler on a nondescript back alleyway this week, down in the area known locally as the Puntledge Bowl in Courtenay, British Columbia.
This shy, yet optimistic, species of cart usually overwinters in a semi-dormant state and at this time of year one occasionally runs into them as they seek out sufficient leaves to build a winter nest.
Superficially similar to the Silver-sided Spinner, the Small Silver Rustler is easy to identify based on its smaller size, bright silver coloration, red accents and noticeable red throat patch. Of course, its behaviour of rustling through the leaves is a dead give away.
A sure sign of the coming winter here on Vancouver Island.
I just found your blog and it’s absolutely FANTASTIC
So i thought I’d drop by and tell you a little story about ‘Henry’, the not-so-feral feral cart in Charlottetown, PEI that helped us move an entire apartment’s worth of stuff in one trip.
Sure, he’s old and rusty, but his wheels were on straight and he had no trouble hauling suitcases and laundry baskets and even a garbage can all the way across a parking lot and down an overgrown hill of tangled grass and mud. We found him crashed by the side of the road and saw he was very far from home (‘Superstore’ he said, when in reality we were at least 12 blocks away from the nearest one)
Once we had reached our destination (he couldn’t make it all the way as he had trouble with a series of curbs and ropes in the parking area) we found a nice quiet spot for him to have a rest.
To my knowledge he still hangs out in that field and gets visits from the apartment residents on occasion.
What a delightful story! As a “lapsed” Cape Bretoner, it’s great to hear about east coast carts, species that I don’t get back to see often enough. It sounds like Henry is a very loyal and reliable cart that may be on the way to domestication. Nice to know that he gets regular visits!
Unknown species photographed in Port Alberni, British Columbia. The yellow throat marking, reddish handle, and overall grey coloration suggests a Low Yellow Slider, an uncommon cart on Vancouver Island.
Was over in Richmond, British Columbia for a conference this weekend and spotted a Greater Blue Bramble Rambler. A new species for me, the large size and coloration of this cart (blue basket, grey undercarriage) make it easy to identify.
This one was actively hunting in an abandoned lot choked with blackberry, typical habitat. Hunting behaviour involves lunging through the thick vegetation hoping to surprise small animals.
Nice to be able to see one of these, they’re more of a mainland British Columbia species with only the odd vagrant showing up occasionally on Vancouver Island. Makes the cost of the ferry well worth while.
A feral shopping cart in Galway, Ireland sleeps one off after a raucous night out in this university town. Irish shopping carts are smaller than their North American counterparts but are well adapted to their natural environment.
I’m new to the study of feral shopping carts; my ID skills are almost non-existent.
Is this a male and female of a sexually dimorphic species mating, or are they different species?
If they are different species, is there any evidence they can hybridize?
Great question - would love to credit the Tumblr who submitted this image and question but I published it before editing the post to include his/her blog. If they’d like to post a comment/note I’d be happy to add the link.
Little research has been done on cart behaviour and often it is very difficult to figure out what is going on, particularly when you have two different species interacting. In this case, the blue cart appears to be a Common Blue Roller, a fairly aggressive species. The gray cart looks like a Green-throated Gray Wobbler, a passive species known for building elaborate nests and a complicated mating dance.
The interaction here is probably territorial in nature with the Common Blue Roller pushing the more timid Green-throated Gray Wobbler out of its feeding territory. The Common Blue Roller is typically an ambush predator and feeds on smaller pygmy carts - the Gray Wobbler might be too much of a cart for it to tackle alone.
Little is known about cart reproduction and hybridization. Sounds like a good Master’s topic.