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Title: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on January 26, 2015, 03:31:25 PM
Over the past several weeks, we have observed this Red Shouldered Hawk hanging around the yard.  He seems to like perching on our trimmed down Crepe Myrtles in the front yard. I guess he's waiting for lunch to come by. It's a cool bird. I've seen the mate around but always at a distance. Just wanted to share.  ;)
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: Larissa on January 26, 2015, 03:38:48 PM
Gorgeous!  People have been seeing one or two bald eagles in my town & I'm totally jealous.  I love birds of prey.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on January 26, 2015, 05:04:44 PM
Gorgeous!  People have been seeing one or two bald eagles in my town & I'm totally jealous.  I love birds of prey.

I do too. They are fascinating to watch.
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Post by: chainmaille on January 31, 2015, 08:23:52 AM
Pretty!
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Post by: MakinTheBest on February 02, 2015, 01:14:59 PM
Beautiful and would LOVE to see something like that is our yard!  We get a ton of cardinals, chick a dees, blue birds and such, but nothing like that.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on February 02, 2015, 02:35:06 PM
we get all those birds too. You have a lot of trees so I'll bet they're around.  I generally don't see them in the front, but more in the back where the big trees are. I'm guessing it's easier to hunt up in front where it's clear ground.
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Post by: MakinTheBest on February 03, 2015, 09:40:14 AM
Maybe I'll watch a bit closer when I can be outside for more than a few minutes at a time! 
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Post by: LadyVampSal on February 05, 2015, 03:07:01 AM
That's a great photo.  I like to take photos and make videos of nature.
There's always something out there.   :D
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Post by: trusk4u on February 06, 2015, 07:06:07 AM
That's a great photo.  I like to take photos and make videos of nature.
There's always something out there.   :D

I wish I could take credit for the photo but I can't. This is a stock photo I found online. Every time I tried a get a picture of him he would fly away. I haven't given up yet, but it's been weeks and still no luck. :(
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on February 06, 2015, 01:56:26 PM
we have a few hawks around here too, and while I love watching them, I do not leave my poor peekawawa PeeWee outside.  He looks too much like a snack to them birds.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on February 06, 2015, 04:24:41 PM
we have a few hawks around here too, and while I love watching them, I do not leave my poor peekawawa PeeWee outside.  He looks too much like a snack to them birds.  :laugh:

Fortunately my little dog is  25 pounds so no worries. But yeah anything much smaller would have a problem for sure. I've seen them take off with big squirrels a couple of times. Can't say I enjoy seeing that, but they have to eat too. :P
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Post by: Larissa on February 10, 2015, 12:14:09 PM
I used to worry with my 22 lb Meg (perhaps unnecessarily), but with the boys we've got now, no worries at all!
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 12, 2015, 12:24:21 PM
No worries here with our monsters, but we did have a bunny family living under the deck and after seeing large birds and fox, I'm wondering how they made it!
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on February 12, 2015, 04:43:26 PM
Bunnies are very smart critters. We see them often around here too along with opossum, raccoons and squirrels.
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Post by: MakinTheBest on February 14, 2015, 04:00:37 PM
Bunnies are very smart critters. We see them often around here too along with opossum, raccoons and squirrels.


They always outsmarted the dogs, but wasn't sure about outsmarting the fox!  They did fine and according to the fact the dogs are still obsessed with that corner of the porch, they are still down there.  Guess we may have more baby bunnies in the spring to watch....which makes me think that I really need to get a fence when we plant the garden.

Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on February 14, 2015, 04:12:10 PM
The scent of the bunnies remains for a long time and they can smell it. You will want fencing to keep out the dogs AND the bunnies. If you get the wire kind, bury the bottom several inches in the ground and at a curve so they can't dig under it and get in.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on May 21, 2015, 10:07:06 AM
Our hawk friend is still hanging around. He likes the woods in the back of our house. Good hunting I imagine, since now that it's really grown in and the "threat o snakes is high, we rarely go back there.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 22, 2015, 08:19:56 AM
We have a number of hawks that I love to watch circle around!


 Also, the other day,  I went to pick up a stick that I thought had fallen out of the woodbox and the darn thing moved!  Scared the heck out of me.  Turns out we have a 4 ft+ black rat snake living in the box.  He can hang out all he likes but I will be much more careful about the sticks that I pick up now.



Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: Larissa on May 22, 2015, 09:39:30 AM
We have a number of hawks that I love to watch circle around!


 Also, the other day,  I went to pick up a stick that I thought had fallen out of the woodbox and the darn thing moved!  Scared the heck out of me.  Turns out we have a 4 ft+ black rat snake living in the box.  He can hang out all he likes but I will be much more careful about the sticks that I pick up now.

Hahahahaha!  I'd have the same reaction as you.

Meanwhile, while I've always been a fan of snakes, Eric is most decidedly NOT, and just discovered that there's one species of rattlesnake in this part of the country.  He's not ecstatic, even though we've lived here since September 2012 & have never seen a snake.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on May 22, 2015, 10:04:57 AM
We have a number of hawks that I love to watch circle around!


 Also, the other day,  I went to pick up a stick that I thought had fallen out of the woodbox and the darn thing moved!  Scared the heck out of me.  Turns out we have a 4 ft+ black rat snake living in the box.  He can hang out all he likes but I will be much more careful about the sticks that I pick up now.

Snakes like to live in and around wood piles. Those rat snakes get pretty big too! I haven't come across any live snakes yet, but have seen several dead ones on the roads. An all too frequent thing here. I am not a fan of them, but I won't run it over .
 
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on June 26, 2015, 06:26:51 PM
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Meanwhile, while I've always been a fan of snakes, Eric is most decidedly NOT, and just discovered that there's one species of rattlesnake in this part of the country.  He's not ecstatic, even though we've lived here since September 2012 & have never seen a snake   

You keep your grass mowed and you probably won't see any. In all our time here, I have seen 2 snakes in this yard, both black harmless ones. Farrah happened to find a copperhead out in the woods last summer and got bit. That was a major vet bill being it was after hours, emergency stuff.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2015, 09:57:47 AM
I'll tell him to get on that mowing, then!  :)

At least I know the boys can't get into the woods; we kept the electronic fence within the grassy area.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on July 01, 2015, 06:12:39 PM
I'll tell him to get on that mowing, then!  :)

At least I know the boys can't get into the woods; we kept the electronic fence within the grassy area.

That's good. It's why we kept the weird little fence that divides our back yard in half. It keeps the wooded area separate from the grass area. It was really nice when Aslan went blind. And now with us selling, if a family buys, they can keep their kids out of the woods.
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: Larissa on July 02, 2015, 09:36:28 AM
LOL, as a kid I'd NEVER have been kept out of the woods!  My sister and I were all about playing "Explorer."  In fact, growing up, my parents' backyard was surrounded by a chain link fence, but all around the interior it was lined with evergreens.  Cara and I would go behind the evergreens (which in real life just meant we were between a single row of trees and a fence, and could see all our neighbors' houses on three sides; the plots of land were small) and pretend we were lost in the woods and having adventures.  If we had real woods?!  We'd have been in heaven!
Title: Re: Observing nature
Post by: trusk4u on July 02, 2015, 05:54:45 PM
Same here. We had woods behind our house so we were there a lot. Even had some trails to ride our bikes on . Across the street (dirt road) from my house was a huge field and we would go traipsing through there all the time too. In fact, we would go to certain areas to pick wild strawberries, blueberries, thimbleberries, etc. depending on the time of year. We were all over the place for miles and never had to worry about much except for maybe running into a snake or a bear. Never did come across a bear, but did find a few grass snakes. I think it's sad that kids now for the most part can't or won't do that kind of stuff. It's a different world now for sure.