Early Bird Gets the Worm Open Thread [Y-not]

Here's a little something to keep you busy while everyone sobers up.

Woke this morning to see "our" local herd of deer strolling up our street. This is a pretty common occurrence in my Utah neighborhood on the bench of the Wasatch mountains. (Speaking of which, hunters spend over $1 billion a year in my state, per the Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report. You can look up your state at the link.)

We also have mountain lions, although I've never seen them just the remains of their kills, and some wolves (or wolf-hybrids) have recently come into our area. I'm pretty sure I spotted one a couple of years ago.

Wolf.jpg

When we lived in Indiana, we used to see many birds of prey from our second-story deck. The best sighting we had was a goshawk, that actually hung out on our deck for a while.

Goshawk.jpg

What wildlife do you have in your neighborhood?

Posted by: Open Blogger at 08:45 AM




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1 Good morning!

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 08:43 AM (zDsvJ)

2 Backatcha, Y-Not.

Posted by: shredded chi at June 14, 2014 08:44 AM (kCH76)

3 possums, deer, buzzards, hawks, even a few eagles. marmots, too.

Posted by: goatexchange at June 14, 2014 08:46 AM (sYUHT)

4 Deer, racoon, foxes. In fact a herd of deer just went by my window to eat my plants, damn them!

Posted by: Brendan at June 14, 2014 08:46 AM (8YVZT)

5 My thread wasn't the Early one though -- Niedermeyer got the worm today! :-)

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 08:46 AM (zDsvJ)

6 oh - eastern VA for that lot (above)

Posted by: goatexchange at June 14, 2014 08:46 AM (sYUHT)

7 we had a goat but it disappeared two Christmases ago

we have coyotes, road runners, javelinas, gila mosters, lizards, rattlers...bunnies, quail....owls...hawks

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 08:48 AM (u8GsB)

8 We had an eagle for a while. When I first moved in here and it was still mostly woods I killed a rattle snake in the front yard. Also had rabbits that my cat would drag in. And of course we have the hoard of tree rats.


I put up several blue bird houses and we have lots of those (if only my next door neighbor's little girl will keep her grimy paws out of them. We also have the occasion red headed woodpecker. And tons of little house sparrow, grackles, and cow birds (which why I quit the bird feeder buisness.

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 08:49 AM (T2V/1)

9 Flattering picture of Chelsea on
drudge today. No eye bleach required

Posted by: berserker lurker at June 14, 2014 08:51 AM (wrlzk)

10 Chicago alderman

Posted by: pointsnfigures at June 14, 2014 08:51 AM (LnE5F)

11 I have foxes that live behind my house. It drives my beagle batty.

Posted by: blaster at June 14, 2014 08:51 AM (rCQHn)

12 6 oh - eastern VA for that lot (above)

Posted by: goatexchange
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Whereabouts, goat?
I'm in Norfolk.
we have a couple regular Morons in the general area.

Posted by: shredded chi at June 14, 2014 08:53 AM (kCH76)

13 Good morning! In the most populous state in the nation we have coyotes, many deer, some herds of which jump the old fence and tromp through my backyard. We have eagles and hawks and wild turkeys which mess up traffic sometimes. A lovely hummingbird flew up by the window near the computer the other day (Going for the honeysuckle. I expect). I haven't seen one but a friend of mine (who knows more about nature than any person I know) said he got a call from someone at the nearby church who was in the building and was nervous because she heard weird animal noises He came over and said the sounds were a Mountian Lion. The local preserve occasionally has postings of them being there. There are so many deer my friend says that species that normally wouldn't be in our state come because of that.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 14, 2014 08:53 AM (lLdbc)

14 A hawk hangs out nearby and picks off other birds as they come in for a snack at our feeder. Also lots of bunnies. That's how I keep the edge on my target shooting. It takes a pretty good shot to hit one from 40 feet. If they would just leave me lilies alone.....

Posted by: Cornfed at June 14, 2014 08:53 AM (7g/RB)

15 We actually have peregrine falcons living near our building. they dive and swoop all the time.

Posted by: pointsnfigures at June 14, 2014 08:53 AM (LnE5F)

16 What wildlife do you have in your neighborhood?


Well, the neighbors do get kinda loud at times.

Posted by: Zombie John Gotti at June 14, 2014 08:54 AM (nj9sX)

17 We have fixes too. I see them early in the morning sometimes.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 14, 2014 08:54 AM (lLdbc)

18 Four cats, possums, armadillos, the odd deer, and sometimes at night the haunting calls of an owl.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 14, 2014 08:55 AM (5tMRX)

19 Squirrels, a few rabbits, thankfully only a rare deer. Woodpeckers, hawks, mockingbirds, the usual suspects here in NoVA. Oh, and a clowder of inbred cats.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at June 14, 2014 08:55 AM (R+h7Q)

20 "foxes" not fixes

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 14, 2014 08:56 AM (lLdbc)

21 With all the horrible things going on in the world, you want us to talk about wildlife? What about the immigrant flood? What about Iraq? What about Hillary's chances? I'm going off to a serious blog!

Posted by: overconcerned troll at June 14, 2014 08:59 AM (diUIJ)

22 We have cardinals, finches, woodpeckers, robins, blue birds, doves, owls, hawks, falcons and occasionally I'll see a blue heron. Also, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, turtles and frogs. If I go for a walk just outside of my neighborhood I'll usually get to see deer as well.

Posted by: spypeach at June 14, 2014 08:59 AM (10H0T)

23 What wildlife do I have in my neighborhood?

It's Queens, NY, so cockroaches, pigeons, starlings, mice, rats and very skinny squirrels. Oh, and lots of dog crap on the sidewalks.

Posted by: RickZ at June 14, 2014 09:00 AM (xej1g)

24 woodpeckers!!!!! ugh.....they pound on the metal vents on the roof....every morning

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:01 AM (u8GsB)

25 Grifters and Stripper with huge herds of the clueless--I live in Vegas

Posted by: Tom Weaver at June 14, 2014 09:02 AM (tOA0a)

26 Turkey Buzzards and Hawks. Woodpeckers and large snapping turtles.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at June 14, 2014 09:03 AM (jucos)

27 Too often, I have to chase raccoon and possum out of my house. At the last place I rented there were owls, eagles, and hawks galore. I once heard an awful shrieking sound and stepped outside just in time to see a bald eagle chase a hawk past my house.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at June 14, 2014 09:05 AM (DmNpO)

28 Colorado Springs - finches in the porch light, sparrows in the eaves, a pair of itinerant doves, generations of squirrels, a nervous bunny, ravens if i throw out stale bagels, stray cats and a mangy fox; little too far down town for deer but six blocks away the park along the creek will have deer, a rare bear and once a forlorn and confused moose. Perhaps the moose was on a quest full of mystic significance. He went away. I hope he rescued the princess or whatever.


Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at June 14, 2014 09:05 AM (8ZrTj)

29 Gators, armadillos, possums, burrowing owls, vultures, ospreys, herons. And the occasional snake, panther, wild boar, bobcat or Gila monster.


I hate nature here!

Posted by: B**** McConnell at June 14, 2014 09:06 AM (zFUKI)

30 Racoons. Forgot the raccoons. Once a big dead mama lay in the Wasatch street and five half-grown bebbees hid under the neighbor's porch. They liked the cat food.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at June 14, 2014 09:07 AM (8ZrTj)

31 Happy Flag Day

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:08 AM (u8GsB)

32 Off, damnable sock!

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:08 AM (zFUKI)

33 Boyz in the hood.

Posted by: I denounce myself at June 14, 2014 09:09 AM (/cUUk)

34 @25 Tom Weaver

I would guess for entertainment you order a beer and watch people?

Had a buddy of mine from Detroit. He said he used to sit on his front porch on a Friday night and watch the neighbors (drunks, druggies, pimps, etc...) as it was more entertaining than anything on TV.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at June 14, 2014 09:09 AM (lBH03)

35 OK, I left out the buzzards, mocking birds (which are killing my apples), and when I had my hummingbird feeder up I got lots of those. Had to take it down when I had my house covered with vinyl siding. I tried hanging it from a limb in my magnolia tree but the wind would blow it around and shake all the stuff out of it into the yard and it attracted a trillion ants.


We also have every biting and stinging insect in the world that I did not list.

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 09:09 AM (T2V/1)

36 I may be getting dotty in my old age (ok, I *am*), but I just feel so lucky to live in a country where there's such a variety of wildlife, even in the suburban and urban areas, and to live at a time when I'm not really worried about being *killed* by that wildlife, so I can simply enjoy them. It's been fun living in different parts of the country and learning what the local fauna are. I remember what a kick it was the first time we spotted an anole lizard outside our apartment in Texas. Seemed so cool having grown up in the northeast.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:10 AM (zDsvJ)

37 Wild turkeys, coyotes, hawks of some kind are common. The most disruptive animals are the left wing loons infesting our state.
San Ramon, CA.

Posted by: BarryO at June 14, 2014 09:10 AM (+k5kG)

38 Besides the usual Shenandoah fauna, we have a bobcat that delights in waking me up in the middle of the night by screaming like Kitty Genovese. Also, the damned hawks have killed all of BIL's female peacocks. And skunks. Can't forget the skunks.

Posted by: That SOB Van Owen at June 14, 2014 09:12 AM (GLmwR)

39 Thanks for the reminder about Flag Day, phoenixgal. I'm sure one of us will put a post up about it.

BTW, Mr Y-not has been in Scottsdale for a few days for a conference. Sounds a tad nippy down there right now. Hope you have a sweater! ;-)

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:13 AM (zDsvJ)

40 Northern Indiana has a lot of wildlife. Deer, turkey, coyote, fox (red and grey) Weasel (a type of weasel) otter, (another type of weasel) Mink ( more weasel ) pheasant, quail, cottontail bunnies, Bald eagle, herons. I have seen one badger and some kind of wild cat, probably a lynx, during a float trip down the Tippecanoe River. No dangerous, venomous reptiles...

And of course, coon, possum and skunk.

Plus the fishing is great in many lakes and streams. We like it here. Watched a Red-tailed hawk strip a deer carcass one winter out behind the house. She visited about the same time every morning till it was picked clean.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at June 14, 2014 09:13 AM (0YI7T)

41 Well, I'm caring for my son's little black medium-hair kitteh for the weekend, and she's kind-of wild.

She's not sure about being moved from her only-cat home to this wide-open place with a dog and five other cats. Having her preferred Fancy Pants food has helped. And she knows me; she spent many hours, many days, in my lap, at the office, back when.

Her left ear is folded over at the tip. Possibly from birth. Just to give her a distinctive, piratical look. She also likes to sit on my son's shoulder, like a pirate's parrot!

She's a bantam scrapper. Adopted my son off the street at a gas station years ago. Very small, and highly wired, quick to lash out - all survival necessities for the little girl on the street once, and understandable if she's still wary.

This gal understands a woman needs to be able to defend herself!

Posted by: mindful webworker & furry friends at June 14, 2014 09:13 AM (BPcLm)

42 Just lice - and the hippies that they ride. That's it around here.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at June 14, 2014 09:14 AM (tn4Oq)

43 You spotted a wolf? Are you sure it wasn't a leopard!?

Posted by: S. Muldoon at June 14, 2014 09:14 AM (NeFrd)

44 Hear ya on the biting & stinging insects, Vic.

Fire ants & wasps. And the palmetto bugs, aka massive flying cockroaches. Useless & disgusting - every last one of them. You must wage constant war against them, being ever vigilant.

Ear Leader should take a hint

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:14 AM (zFUKI)

45 Early Bird Gets the Worm






Barry: That's what Reggie said to me this morning

Posted by: TheQuietMan at June 14, 2014 09:16 AM (FE/sZ)

46 BTW, Mr Y-not has been in Scottsdale for a few days for a conference. Sounds a tad nippy down there right now. Hope you have a sweater! ;-)
Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:13 AM (zDsvJ)

freezing!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:16 AM (u8GsB)

47 Here in MA, deer (of course), wild turkeys, squirrels, the occasional coyote, lots of birds including red-tailed hawks.

Posted by: Formerly known as Skeptic at June 14, 2014 09:16 AM (5z6T9)

48 I see squirrels and rabbits pretty frequently. I saw a fox in my back yard once.

I get various kinds of birds, but I'm not a bird person so I can't say what kind they are, except for robins, cardinals, and blue jays. The latter two are easy because they are red and blue, respectively.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 09:17 AM (sdi6R)

49 Boar, deer, coyotes, hawks, owls, wild turkeys, vultures, raccoon, armadillo, rabbits, field mice and snakes. It's quite the little ecosystem here just an hour outside of Houston.

Posted by: Blacksheep at June 14, 2014 09:17 AM (bS6uW)

50 Ferrel cats, coyotes, meth heads on bikes, bikers, qtips, doves (I believe dove season opens next week), and assorted normal people. The bar I go yo has a dress code, four tooth minimum. Good times.

Posted by: drunkineastmesa at June 14, 2014 09:17 AM (qhxmb)

51 I have never seen a fox or a bobcat or a mountain lion or a lynx in the wild. Would absolutely love to. If life ever calms down for us, we gotta get up to Yellowstone.

Oh, and remember the digging I had in my raised beds? Well, I *have* been detecting "eau du skunk" at dusk the past few days. Not strong, but just that whiffy smell they give off as they waddle along. I really hope the damned dogs don't find the thing.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:18 AM (zDsvJ)

52 Deer, Turkey vultures, raccoons and skunks mostly
Some nice herons near the rivers
And black bears in the hills

Posted by: mccool at June 14, 2014 09:18 AM (4O00w)

53 If you want to see some cougars head over to the Rush and Division bar area in Chicago

Posted by: TheQuietMan at June 14, 2014 09:18 AM (FE/sZ)

54 And of course the red squirrels, gray squirrels and much dread occasional nutria.

Posted by: Blacksheep at June 14, 2014 09:18 AM (bS6uW)

55
Where I live now, we have beavers. A creek runs through the back yard of my complex, and the beavers have dammed it up more than once. They also bring down our trees. Twice now they've gotten so obnoxious that the apartment complex hired a trapper to come in and kill them.
I've also seen a coyote once.
Where I used to live in San Diego we had Peregrine falcons, and boy are those beautiful.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 14, 2014 09:18 AM (+rSRq)

56 44 Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:14 AM (zFUKI)


If I sit out on the porch in the evenings I cover myself in industrial strength Off (which you can no longer buy)

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 09:19 AM (T2V/1)

57 My back yard has become a semi-permanent home to half a dozen deer. On the other side of town, we have herds of feral meth heads roaming the streets.

Posted by: PabloD at June 14, 2014 09:19 AM (i20UF)

58 Deer, skunks, possums, raccoons, red-tailed hawks, mallards, herons, foxes, coyotes, and Canada geese minus one relentless and now deceased red-bellied woodpecker.

Posted by: dameclare at June 14, 2014 09:20 AM (MqDwb)

59 Here's a cute little critter that strolled through our front meadow a while back. (link in nick)

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:20 AM (NeFrd)

60 We get the whole gamut of songbirds at are feeders along with the tree rats. There is a fox in the neighborhood that isn't shy. We get occasional wild turkeys.

Last July 4th a black bear took down our feeder in broad daylight.

Posted by: fluffy at June 14, 2014 09:21 AM (Ua6T/)

61 Occasionally I hear what sounds like a woodpecker, but I've never seen one.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 09:22 AM (sdi6R)

62
Where's that baby??

I can see crank grabbing SoC from Mrs. C's breast, saying,

C: Sorry, hon, I've got to show the horde.

Mrs. C: The horde's got ma baby!!!!!

Posted by: Pug Jihad at June 14, 2014 09:23 AM (lJm99)

63 We get all sorts around here. The usual squirrels, possums, and other birds of course, but we also have hawks and eagles (one collided with the house on Christmas years ago!)...don't have to go far for areas where geese and ducks hang out from time to time, and I've seen deer well within the city limits (though the line between "city" and "country" is a touch blurry hereabouts).

Also gators in parts of town. I'm on the edge of an area that was pure swampland within my lifetime, and the original occupants are still around. Which means certain neighborhoods have to keep a close eye on their furry friends...and I know at least one guy who broke down one night and had to keep an eye on a gator that decided to investigate...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon/Cetacian hybrid at June 14, 2014 09:24 AM (m9V0o)

64 Morning from wife's iPad in Woonsocket RI

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 14, 2014 09:25 AM (+HMD+)

65 Lets see:

I or my family have seen deer, fox, raccoon, various birds including raptors, chipmunks, alligator snapping turtles (I picked one up once!), and the damsquirrels. We also had a bear get into the trash and the neighbors have reported seeing it around though we never did, and there are a bunch of turkeys a mile or so down the road.

Last week I was working in a gated community in north Asheville and got to see a big Tom turkey doing his courtship dance for a hen.

Posted by: Grey Fox at June 14, 2014 09:25 AM (3XBCj)

66 I trapped a second raccoon last week. http://flic.kr/p/nSQErE

There are at least two more to go.

Posted by: toby928(C) at June 14, 2014 09:25 AM (QupBk)

67 What wildlife do you have in your neighborhood?

several different varieties of College Studentus Drunkus

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:26 AM (9GG/0)

68 Our favorite visitors in back are the cardinals and blue jays.

We've golden hawks as the doves are plentiful.

We've seen the migrant petite Mexican doves this month. Also some lovely scissortails that used to flourish here.

I've seen the hawks flying low on neighborhood empty streets hunting the morning foraging squirrels. Aside from petite deer, rattlesnakes, racoons, skunks and armadillo, given acorns and pecans we've an abundance of squirrel.

Walking the pup this week, we came upon a cotton tail bunny in the greenbelt clearing. It held itself as still as a statue for the longest time before bouncing away, stopping on its hind quarters stretching upward as tall as it could to peer at us from behind a rock before bounding away. It's been years since I used to see those regularly early morning in the quiet.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:26 AM (gmrH5)

69 We have deer, raccoons, possums, and rabbits. Living on a river almost immediately adjacent to the ICW, we also have creek shrimp, blue crabs, redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, and sheephead. Oh, yeah, and the occasional pod of dolphin.

Posted by: Buddha at June 14, 2014 09:26 AM (3CczE)

70 Morning. I have to find the energy to head over to church and help with some stuff... starting....

Posted by: HoboJerk, BRANDED at June 14, 2014 09:26 AM (E8IHS)

71 Armadillos and fire ants.

Posted by: Abbie Normal at June 14, 2014 09:27 AM (PXnNl)

72 did Mrs. Crank finally give birth?

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:27 AM (9GG/0)

73 We feed the squirrels and birds and we get the occasional deer and had a baby bear a few blocks away from us. Also tons of rabbits. Oh and kids plants of kids .. They are wild life aren't they?



Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 14, 2014 09:27 AM (+HMD+)

74 I live about 30 minutes from Seattle on a golf course. Over the last month I have seen deer, rabbits, quail, coyote, otter, bobcat and bear. Maybe the coolest thing though was watching a bald eagle try to snatch a baby duck off of a pond.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at June 14, 2014 09:27 AM (vYJuY)

75 My dad went to Mt St Charles in Woonsocket. With the "brahdurs." It was basically a reform school in my Dad's day. They turned his life around.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 14, 2014 09:28 AM (zDsvJ)

76 If attacked by a bear - your best bet is to lie down and play dead. If attacked by a mountain lion go on the offense. Never run from a big cat; they are back attackers - all that does is insure you're going to die. If all else fails jam an arm down its throat. (There was a guy in India who did that with a Tiger - lost his arm but suffocated the Tiger - killing it.)

If you have deer near you it is only a matter of time until you run into big predators. All the more reason for concealed carry. Remember, Gov Perry shot a rattler while he was jogging.



Posted by: An Observation at June 14, 2014 09:28 AM (ylhEn)

77 I have made my brood pancakes and bacon and they don't budge from their slumber.

More for me, I guess.

Posted by: blaster at June 14, 2014 09:28 AM (rCQHn)

78 Usual suburban mix: deer, rabbits, possums, foxes. Once in a great while a coyote.

Posted by: Bud Norton at June 14, 2014 09:28 AM (ceuT1)

79 but these are the usual wildlife visitors to my house

https://flic.kr/p/nqdpD5

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:29 AM (9GG/0)

80 And then there was the time I found this laying on the ground about 100 yards from our house. (link still in nick, but new link).

(along with some interesting info about mountain lion attacks on humans).

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:31 AM (NeFrd)

81 It's easier to list what we don't have down here. What I've seen around Casa Backwardio: snakes, lizards, frogs (one guards the front door), raccoons, eagles, armadillos, ospreys, tree rats, whippoorwills, owls, and the most frightening vermin of all, Progressive Dimocrats.

The effort to eradicate that last one has only just begun. They're stubborn things, but fortunately for us, not very bright. They congregate in public areas occasionally, but seem easily spooked by such things as free speech, personal responsibility and guns.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at June 14, 2014 09:31 AM (0HooB)

82 Good lord, chemjeff's got giant squirrels!!!!

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:32 AM (NeFrd)

83 I usually see Whitetail Deer, but so far, not this year. It was a hard winter, and so far, just a glimpse of a Sandhill Crane.

Occasionally see Bald Eagle, perhaps migrating through.

There is, or was a Black Bear getting into the neighbor's bird seed (sunflower seeds), and wolves and coyotes are in the area, but I've not seen them.

Posted by: Nicholas Adams at June 14, 2014 09:32 AM (fLrzf)

84 We are ate up with dove, cottontails, and squirrels. Therefore: hawks, owls and an occasional eagle; neighborhood cats are killers, every one. Last month saw 2 whitetails, and b4 that- 2 armadillos.

Posted by: Beefy in San Antonio at June 14, 2014 09:32 AM (bUmSq)

85 CNN.com = 0 stories about the lost Lerner emails

Posted by: Boone at June 14, 2014 09:32 AM (tIyK2)

86 Cant follow chemjeffs link right niw. I assume it was a Hello Kitty. ;-)

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 14, 2014 09:33 AM (zDsvJ)

87 Gov Perry shot a rattler while he was jogging.


****


I believe it was a coyote.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:33 AM (NeFrd)

88 When hiking in bear country, be sure to take a slow hiking partner.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:35 AM (NeFrd)

89 When hiking in bear country, be sure to take a slow hiking partner.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:35 AM (NeFrd)

90 ChemJeff needs to tag them while they are sedated.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (5tMRX)

91 Depends on which beer joint I'm in.

Posted by: BignJames at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (ZNQKl)

92
56 Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 09:19 AM (T2V/1) )


If I sit out on the porch in the evenings I cover myself in industrial strength Off (which you can no longer buy)
_______________________________
Lucky you to have that Off! Hope you have lots of it stored. You couldcertainly make a fortune offit in SW Florida if you hadsome to sell!


Forgot about the skeeters. Another pesky villain.


It'd be nice to see cute wildlife like chipmunks, hummingbirds, even real deer once in a while.

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (zFUKI)

93 NY Times = 0 stories about the missing Lerner emails

Posted by: Boone at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (tIyK2)

94 I live in a pretty urban area of Orange County CA; there are three trees a block from my house with a flock of about 40 vultures, 6-8 ft. wingspans. Very eerie some evenings.

Posted by: meatball at June 14, 2014 09:37 AM (e6TyM)

95 61. rickl

Aside from their pecking sound effects, woodpeckers nearly "talk" when caught off guard, their squawk is intoned. They have calls, of course. We hear the one announcing our arrival at the park meaning "get out of here, this is MY park." Very stubborn little birds.

When our neighborhood was new, in our quadrant we had so few trees, you could count them on one hand it seemed.

At this point, all those trees that people planted have matured, the fast growing ones have expired; plenty of fodder for woodpeckers.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:37 AM (gmrH5)

96 Live 1 mile outside of Philadelphia, but still manage to get deer (almost daily, I saw doe and spotted fawn yesterday), and foxes (saw one in my driveway few nights ago) and a big beautiful hawk.

And of course the usual suspects (bunnies, racoons, ground hogs, meadow voles, possums, squirrels, and chipmunks). Not sure if they even qualify as wildlife so much as "spontaneously generated creatures that show up after the yard gets mown or the garbage gets put out"

Posted by: PrincetonAl at June 14, 2014 09:37 AM (P30nY)

97 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform on March 26, 2014. Koskinen told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) during the hearing that Loise Lerner's emails were archived and it would take a long time to retrieve them.

This week the IRS told Congress Lois Lerner's emails were lost in a computer crash. Koskinen lied to Congress under oath.

Posted by: Rose Mary Woods at June 14, 2014 09:37 AM (e8kgV)

98 How many years in a new suburb very rural development before the grackles overwhelm?

And from there, before the crows arrive.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:38 AM (gmrH5)

99 Here in NE Ahia, we've had a lot of deer coming through my back yard lately. One of them, a doe, lost a hoof and maybe even part of the front leg beyond it so she hobbles around and Mrs Hate has started leaving apples for it. For the last week she'd been coming by herself and not with any of the others; the reason for that became clear yesterday when I saw a tiny fawn with her. Obviously the leg doesn't impede her in anything except rapid movement.


On the subject of deer, a morning news show had a feature earlier in the week about a woman somewhere in Ahia who is being bugged by the state wildlife cocksuckers to give up a deer she has been caring for. She found it as an abandoned new born fawn and fed it to keep it alive with the requisite compassion you tend to admire in a human being. The deer who she named "Baby" is now full grown and interacts with her other animals and appears to be very content with her life. Now the state is telling her that the animal belongs to them and that since it probably won't be able to survive in the wild they'll surely euthanize it. Beyond scrutinizing what type of fucking ghoul would arrive at such a miserable decision, when will the public "servants" get used to the concept that we hire those useless drones and they can stay the fuck out of our lives until we summon them.

Posted by: Captain Hate at June 14, 2014 09:38 AM (zjmMM)

100 Crows. Mynah birds. Magpies. Rainbow Lorikeets. Sulphur crested cockatoos. Kookaburras. No big critters. Except the spiders.

Posted by: otho at June 14, 2014 09:38 AM (Ci6bl)

101 Not sure if they even qualify as wildlife so much as "spontaneously generated creatures that show up after the yard gets mown or the garbage gets put out"

LOL, ain't it the truth: "spontaneously generated creatures"

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:39 AM (gmrH5)

102 OT, but seriously, WTF:

What difference does it make that Lois Lerner's computer crashed? Can't the email server backup dump all emails from inception back into her box? Deleting a message from your machine doesn't delete it from the system.

Whenever I fire someone I have IT dump everything from inception so that the fired person's team leader can go back through everything fairly recent to make sure nothing has fallen through the cracks and no liability events have occurred. The fact that someone's computer has once crashed (or they got a new one) has never impeded this approach.

I'm not an IT guy, but the IRS story is pure bullshit is it not? Or am I maybe missing something obvious in my ignorance (always possible).

Moreover, how have they been responding to doc requests all this time and this problem was never mentioned?

Again, seriously, WTF?

Posted by: Blacksheep at June 14, 2014 09:39 AM (bS6uW)

103 anyone think bergdahl's dad was creepy? well....did you think he was this creepy?

http://tinyurl.com/ozwkkkc

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:39 AM (u8GsB)

104 Even in suburban Denver we get lots of critters.
This year we have two frolicking young bunnies, a skunk that regularly walks under our bedroom window at dusk, and a neighborhood fox, though I haven't seen him in a year or so.
Last summer we had 3 baby owls (white - maybe barn owls?) hanging out in the giant tree in our back yard. Really hoping they return.
Oh, and a tubby, brazen raccoon.

Posted by: Lizzy at June 14, 2014 09:40 AM (yCMP5)

105
The early bird gets the worm.

The second mouse gets the cheese.



SE PA moron here. Raccoons, possums, stinky stunks, foxes, ground hogs, wood chucks,bambis (who need to go in the freezer), rabbits, various raptors, vultures, and a large heard of LIVs..

Last year I spent a week at deer camp. Didn't even see a damn deer let alone plug one. I go home and as I'm unpacking the car, a small heard of deer go stroling through the backyard, including a 10 point. I swear to God he laughed at me as he walked on by.

Posted by: drill_Thrawl at June 14, 2014 09:40 AM (s9Hfh)

106 Out a smidge further: rattlesnakes, coral, copperhead, cottonmouth, feral hogs, bobcats, coyotes, tree asps (truly evil little furry bastards), rednecks.

Posted by: Beefy in San Antonio at June 14, 2014 09:40 AM (bUmSq)

107
97 Koskinen lied to Congress under oath.


Posted by: Rose Mary Woods at June 14, 2014 09:37 AM (e8kgV)


I'm sure Issa will get right on that, with another show hearing and no follow up, right? If he even puts two and two together like you did.

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:41 AM (zFUKI)

108 I remember visiting Detroit in the late 70's and visiting a friend-of-a-friend whose after-dark sport was jacklighting rats in the back yard with a .22 pistol.

Other outstanding memory of that trip was going to what must have been the first barbecue stand in America that was built like a currency exchange.
Showed it off to me like it was a source of community pride or something, which, if you think about it, is the story of how Detroit went wrong in a nutshell.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at June 14, 2014 09:41 AM (+jyzN)

109 Not entirely true anymore, but when I lived in AK, bears (black and grizzly), wolves (by the pack), porcupine, marmot, red squirrels, magpies (camp robbers), ermine, ptarmigan, ravens, eagles, beavers (the animal kind, teeth and tail), voles, but NO DAMNED SNAKES. Oh, and mosquitoes that could pick you up and carry you away.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:41 AM (g+qqc)

110 I forgot about the giant herons, ibises, and other southern fauna that abound here.

What's the difference between a dead snake in the road and a dead Dimocrat laying in the road?

Answer: there are skid marks in front of the snake.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (0HooB)

111 Jason Chaffetz tweeted video of the testimony saying they have Lerner's backups. See twitchy.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (zDsvJ)

112
I can see crank grabbing SoC from Mrs. C's breast, saying,

C: Sorry, hon, I've got to show the horde.


****


That comment could be interpreted two different ways.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (NeFrd)

113 Moose, moose everywhere, including standing behind my car in the driveway when I needed to go to work.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (g+qqc)

114 103 anyone think bergdahl's dad was creepy? well....did you think he was this creepy?


Wow... No wonder Bowe turned out so fucked up.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (uhAkr)

115 Ok. We have to go out and buy flip flops for the wedding we are going to. It's outside, on a lake, and it's raining. Good times

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (+HMD+)

116 113 Moose, moose everywhere, including standing behind my car in the driveway when I needed to go to work.
Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (g+qqc)

i guess you don't honk at them.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (u8GsB)

117 Now the state is telling her that the animal belongs to them and that since it probably won't be able to survive in the wild they'll surely euthanize it. Beyond scrutinizing what type of fucking ghoul would arrive at such a miserable decision, when will the public "servants" get used to the concept that we hire those useless drones and they can stay the fuck out of our lives until we summon them.
Posted by: Captain Hate at June 14, 2014 09:38 AM (zjmMM)


I was watching a documentary this morning on the Eizentgruppen. The historian made a point in saying all the murderers weren't monsters but civil servants.

Posted by: Pug Jihad at June 14, 2014 09:44 AM (lJm99)

118 Answer: there are skid marks in front of the snake.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (0HooB)


****


Might be skidmarks behind the Dimocrat, IYKWIM

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 09:44 AM (NeFrd)

119 I live right on the big river. We have everything...deer, fox, coyote, raccoon, possum, skunk...even a bear spotted about fifty miles away. A few mountain lions came through in 2012 but none last year. Won't even mention the fish species. Life on the river is good.

Posted by: creeper at June 14, 2014 09:44 AM (DsZ4U)

120 >>> If attacked by a bear - your best bet is to lie down and play dead. If attacked by a mountain lion go on the offense.

Fight a black bear, play dead for a grizzly.

Posted by: fluffy at June 14, 2014 09:44 AM (Ua6T/)

121 >>Jason Chaffetz tweeted video of the testimony saying they have Lerner's backups. See twitchy

Gotcha!

Posted by: Lizzy at June 14, 2014 09:45 AM (yCMP5)

122 99
Beyond scrutinizing what type of fucking ghoul would arrive at such a miserable decision, when will the public "servants" get used to the concept that we hire those useless drones and they can stay the fuck out of our lives until we summon them.

Posted by: Captain Hate at June 14, 2014 09:38 AM (zjmMM)


Now that's a herd that begs for culling.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 09:45 AM (sdi6R)

123 Latest propaganda is that Bergdahl was locked in a cage for two years.

I think the white house is concocting this story, honestly, to try to make us feel bad for him.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (uhAkr)

124 All the murders were monsters. The question was how did "ordinary" men and women fail to show any traces of humanity

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (+HMD+)

125 phoenixgirl that is creeeeeeeeeeepy

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (9GG/0)

126 Phoenix Girl,
That is one weird man, deranged? Or could it be from son being "kidnapped?"

I think he started off effed up.

Posted by: Carol at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (gjOCp)

127 lol yeah the squirrels can get kinda big around here

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (9GG/0)

128 The most common animal here in Kentucky is the Blood Sucking Liberal.

Posted by: bocephus at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (UwwvU)

129 "Except the spiders."

The wolf spiders here come in black and in brown. We also have the crab spiders.

Damned flesh eaters!

And you never know they're eating you unless you see them, which you don't because they crawl under your hem. The first thing entering your blood is the neural poison that stops you from sensing that anything's wrong.

Lawn work and gardening literally took its toll on me when we first moved in to THEIR domain.

And you can't "poison" a spider unless you literally apply the poison directly on to the spider's body. Otherwise, their long legs keep their body from contacting. Even if you "bomb" there will be those that hide in crevices.




Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:47 AM (gmrH5)

130 103 anyone think bergdahl's dad was creepy? well....did you think he was this creepy?

http://tinyurl.com/ozwkkkc
Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:39 AM (u8GsB)


Those girls have some pretty impressive teeth.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 09:48 AM (sdi6R)

131 Insect? The worst are the earwigs. Hate those things.

Posted by: Lizzy at June 14, 2014 09:49 AM (yCMP5)

132 103 anyone think bergdahl's dad was creepy? well....did you think he was this creepy?


Those twins are freaking me out!

Posted by: Beldar at June 14, 2014 09:49 AM (bUmSq)

133 Our lake is over 75 acres. The guy across the road has one the size of a tennis court. He has a 3.5 ft alligator in his. That alligator ain't gonna stay there. If he comes into our lake he will be, shall we say, 'transformed'.

Posted by: Erowmero at June 14, 2014 09:49 AM (go5uR)

134 @108 sock_rat_eez

The time frame my friend was in Detroit would have been mid-80's. Told me he always had a hand gund within the reach in the house with one in each room.

Got tired of it, joined the USMC and left it all behind.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at June 14, 2014 09:49 AM (lBH03)

135 92 Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (zFUKI)


Wifey bought a case of it a few years ago. I am down to one open can and one unused can now. Don't know what I will do when those are gone. I have heard the new stuff is worthless thanks to the damn EPA.

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 09:50 AM (T2V/1)

136 bevel, chem, carol

he's an odd one that's for sure....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:50 AM (u8GsB)

137 We have lots of deer in the area, and raccoons. A beaver was recently seen in Rock Creek Park.

Mostly, though, we have lots of eunuchs.

Posted by: some Asshole at June 14, 2014 09:50 AM (icFhK)

138 i guess you don't honk at them.....
Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (u8GsB)


The damned things are a menace. My friend had one step over a fence onto the hood of her car, pretty much ruining the engine. The insurance company took some convincing but the adjuster totaled it.


Of course, they taste pretty good. Particularly marinated in teriyaki sauce and grilled.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (g+qqc)

139 133 Our lake is over 75 acres. The guy across the road has one the size of a tennis court. He has a 3.5 ft alligator in his. That alligator ain't gonna stay there. If he comes into our lake he will be, shall we say, 'transformed'.
Posted by: Erowmero at June 14, 2014 09:49 AM (go5uR)

i'd like a handbag and cowboy boots.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (u8GsB)

140 115
Ok. We have to go out and buy flip flops for the wedding we are going to. It's outside, on a lake, and it's raining. Good times

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 14, 2014 09:43 AM (+HMD+)

too late to change it to an indoor service I suppose

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (9GG/0)

141 Good morning morons. Deer, bear, turkey's, raccoons are some of the critters that have rolled thru our village

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (HVff2)

142 Shoot the effing bear. Many times. With a large caliber.

Posted by: Slow runner at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (bUmSq)

143 As for local wildlife, the backyard supports a possum or two, a raccoon, and a skunk. Now that the feral kitties have been relocated to shelters, the bunnies and squirrels are staging a remarkable comeback. Also started filling the bird feeders again. Over a slightly wider area, deer, coyote, foxes, and I distinctly saw some kind of weasel running across the road last week. Same day, I also saw 6, count 'em, 6 turkey buzzards dining on a single roadkill.
North Central IL.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (+jyzN)

144 sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, manatees, ospreys, owls, pelicans and all sorts of other large birds, gators, manta rays, raccoons (they're vermin and dig up sea turtle nest eggs), the occasional migrating whale.

And the dreaded and feared beached human whales.

Posted by: ExSnipe at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (xVYuE)

145 111 Jason Chaffetz tweeted video of the testimony saying they have Lerner's backups. See twitchy.
Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (zDsvJ)
Since lying under oath is a felony, praying Issa will actually get an arrest warrant issued.

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (zFUKI)

146 Now that I live in Dane County, I'd say the dangerous wildlife consists of the naked gays at Mazo beach and the blood sucking liberals and union bosses downtown in Madison.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:52 AM (g+qqc)

147 Clover that blossoms white grows in parks here, and used to be covered with honeybees this time of year.

I've only seen a few bees this year, and that includes one that was dying.

We walk through the parks filled with wildflowers and there are no bees buzzing about.

But the wasps are ever present.

There was a mud dobber at my feet below the computer yesterday. I know, they're supposed to be harmless. But that it decided to find its way into my home through the sliding door jams made me mad; OUTSIDE wasn't good enough for it.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:52 AM (gmrH5)

148 Wolves are harmless.

Posted by: National Park Service Spokesidiot at June 14, 2014 09:52 AM (1mtKP)

149 I have had squirrels eating my roses for 12 years. Yesterday there were two on second porch railing & they wouldn't go away no matter how many times I yelled at them. Usually they run away.
We have skunks, raccoons & possums here too!

Posted by: Carol at June 14, 2014 09:53 AM (gjOCp)

150 >>A beaver was recently seen in Rock Creek Park.


Heh. Wonder if it's related to the pair that were chomping down cherry trees by the Jefferson Memorial in the late 90's...

Posted by: Lizzy at June 14, 2014 09:53 AM (yCMP5)

151 Latest propaganda is that Bergdahl was locked in a cage for two years.



I think the white house is concocting this story, honestly, to try to make us feel bad for him.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at June 14, 2014 09:46 AM (uhAkr)


It's working; my wife is already feeling sorry for him after being outraged that he was such a fucking traitor.

Posted by: Captain Hate at June 14, 2014 09:53 AM (zjmMM)

152 145 111 Jason Chaffetz tweeted video of the testimony saying they have Lerner's backups. See twitchy.
Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 14, 2014 09:42 AM (zDsvJ)
Since lying under oath is a felony, praying Issa will actually get an arrest warrant issued.
Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (zFUKI)

that would be nice.....i'm not holding my breath though

Posted by: phoenixgirl at June 14, 2014 09:54 AM (u8GsB)

153 But really... here y'go...

Coming up the drive last night, I saw two bunnies - they seem to be thick this Spring - and a skunk by the shed. Hope she was just passing through, not looking to settle in!

We have a bird sanctuary nearby that fosters eagles, so we see Bald and other Eagles regularly, along with the native Blue Herons, egrets, various owl, redtail hawk, and crow of course. Oh, and we seem to have a new visitor, a big ol' pileated woodpecker. And those are just the big birds. Cardinals, Blue and other Jays, and Mockingbirds abound. Occasionally, some of the neighbor's hummingbirds buzz us. The State Bird, scissortails, don't hang around the living acreage, but there's always some on the wires where the road runs by the pasture. Et muchos cetera.

Coyote packs surround us. Occasional fox, more numerous in recent years. Deer pack often in the front yard, teasing the dog. Bunny groundhog skunk squirrel mole mice. Beavers don't come around the farm, but they're down by the river.

Mostly garden snakes around the house (sometimes in the house, to our cats' delight). But we have had 5' brown snakes, and the usual abundance of Oklahoma poisonous snakes are out there in the tall grass and ponds: just rattler, mostly, but others more aggressive.

Red wasp, yellowjacket, mud-daubers, wood bees, angry bees, sweat bees, hornets (mercifully rare), blue flies, green flies, big biting black flies, many butterflies - Zebra, Monarch, more - lunar moths are really really cool, but really really rare. June bugs, Mayflies, cool green beetles. Ladybugs! Not nearly ever enough lightning bugs! Mosqitoes, giant and tiny. Ants on the coffee counter in the kitchen (current battle). Stink bugs. Various cucarachas, of course.

Oh, yes let's not forget all our arachnid buddies, Garden spiders and wolf spiders - spooky but friendly. Tarantula we don't seem to have, nor scorpions like we sometimes see at the office. But we have lots of The Devilspawn: Ticks. Brown Recluse, Black Widow, those other ones with big hideous bulbous backs.

Nature is not your friend. Gaia is really Shiva; she wants to kill you.

Posted by: mindful wildernessworker at June 14, 2014 09:54 AM (CjECA)

154 BTW, WeirdDave has a fun "what if" thread that I'll put up in a little while (unless a cob puts up something else sooner). Still formatting the garden thread. I'm slow today.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (zDsvJ)

155 Oh, and the lesbians driving subarus with the back covered completely with bumper stickers, with a huge intact male pit bull in the back.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (g+qqc)

156 Oh, yeah, I forgot about the gators. Haven't seen any in this particular neighborhood, tho'.

I have been run off a little homemade golf course by them before. The hazards down here will eat you if you aren't careful.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (0HooB)

157 At the ranch, short of elk/moose/bear, name it. Even though the antelope population is taking it in the shorts everywhere in Texas but the Panhandle I saw one about 20 miles from the place a while back. Last year we found mountain lion tracks down one of our dirt roads. They are out there and you likely won't know it.

In town I have a grey fox that is particularly regular. Coyotes and freaking beavers of all things. Oh, and moles. Haven't seen a snake of any kind except on the highway in forever. Use to always run across a big silver racer out in the pasture but not much anymore.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (6T+0j)

158 MH,
Did you have a second knee replaced or could they fix first?
I know you're home. I asked early this am at end of ONT.

Posted by: Carol at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (gjOCp)

159 Mostly just dopers, non-migratory Canada geese and Obama voters around here, though there are occasionally raccoons, opossums and, rarely, deer.

Posted by: Don at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (Rr4UF)

160 149
I have had squirrels eating my roses for 12 years. Yesterday there were
two on second porch railing they wouldn't go away no matter how
many times I yelled at them. Usually they run away.

We have skunks, raccoons possums here too!

Posted by: Carol at June 14, 2014 09:53 AM (gjOCp)


yeah squirrels get domesticated pretty easily I think. there are a bunch around my house and I can pretty much stand right next to them and they don't even blink.

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (9GG/0)

161 Let's see.
We have deer.
Rabbits more recently
Squirrels, although I'm seeing less of those which points to either foxes or Coyotes being around here again. (They used to be in higher numbers, but ate the rabbit population to near zero and left.)

And yesterday I went out into the back yard and scared a squirrel out of a tree only to turn and see a hawk come flying off the power pole in my back yard to try to get him (scared the shit out of me).

He missed. Sadly (I hate the squirrels.)

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) And father to be in 7 months! at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (HDwDg)

162 Carol, a bb gun works wonders for squirrels and other vermin.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (g+qqc)

163 It'd be nice to see cute wildlife like chipmunks, hummingbirds, even real deer once in a while.
Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:36 AM (zFUKI)

Chipmunks? Chipmunks! Come here and take as many as those bastards you want. I use to think they were cute bit not when you have been invaded by the little bastards

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (HVff2)

164 I was not a fan of the coyotes when we lived in SoCal. Too bold. Too prominent in the day time. No fear that I could see.

My impression is that wolves are a little more wild and wary of people, but I could be wrong about that.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (zDsvJ)

165 >>I think the white house is concocting this story, honestly, to try to make us feel bad for him.


We know that Obama is a huge fan of "Homeland." We'll see if he starts using stiff from the show in the Bergdahl sob stories.

When will they tell us sad stories about all those guys killed searching for him?

Posted by: Lizzy at June 14, 2014 09:57 AM (yCMP5)

166 Here in Northern VA, we've got the usual deer, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, etc. However, coyotes are moving in. We're actually allowed to bow-hunt on our property, which my neighbor does sometimes, but it gives the lefty neighbors the vapors - which is great. I'm sure they'll outlaw that eventually, too.

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at June 14, 2014 09:57 AM (9MuJ8)

167 We're thick with fireflies. Not as many as when I was little, but more than the last few years.

Posted by: Beefy in SA at June 14, 2014 09:58 AM (bUmSq)

168 It's working; my wife is already feeling sorry for him after being outraged that he was such a fucking traitor.

Keep lying until something sticks. It happened in real-time and it worked.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at June 14, 2014 09:58 AM (uhAkr)

169 A family of squirrels infested my ZIP drive so there is no way to recover any of my emails from my gmail account.

#That'sTheTicket #SoundsLegit

Posted by: motionview at June 14, 2014 09:58 AM (e6TyM)

170 143. 6 turkey buzzards dining on a single roadkill.

THAT makes it so difficult to finish our walk, when we turn a corner and the pup (part wolf) sees the buzzards on the sidewalk eating what's left of a possum.

Damned good thing I still have enough grip, and that she wants to "be good" to please me just as much as she has her wild instincts.

Thing is, once she's that excited, it's harder than you think to "walk" her home. The struggle of will power at hand. She's really a great dog.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 09:58 AM (gmrH5)

171 We have some coyotes that seem to thrive in parts of suburbia, but mostly we have roaming packs of yutes, of unknown ethnic origin.

Posted by: grognard at June 14, 2014 09:59 AM (HUZVe)

172 My impression is that wolves are a little more wild and wary of people, but I could be wrong about that.
Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 09:56 AM (zDsvJ)

As a rule, wolves are VERY wild, and not domesticated in the slightest. They occasionally get in the dogyard of a musher and father a litter or two, which causes no end of hassle for the musher. The pups are not easily domesticated, either, mom notwithstanding. But of course you can't just kill 'em, either, so you get some curious hybridization in the dogyard populations.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:59 AM (g+qqc)

173 Mostly I think she just doesn't care if you live or die, just like everything else, it's all "the circle of life".

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at June 14, 2014 09:59 AM (+jyzN)

174
Hollywood, CA.

Usual urban survivors.
Coyote, raccoon, opossum. So far as interesting birds, I've seen kestrels, looooooots of red-tailed hawks and, recently, a peregrine falcon. Which, btw, is ENORMOUS.
Also, a large flock of yellow-chevroned parakeets. (escaped pets that starting breeding)

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (h53OH)

175 A few years ago I tried a square foot garden. It didn't work out and I discovered that I had no real interest or aptitude for gardening. I still have a box of dirt in my backyard, just in case I change my mind and try it again. I pull the weeds so they don't take over.

So, as I said, I have a box of dirt in my backyard. A couple weeks ago I saw a rabbit rolling around in it. It did that about a dozen times. Why?

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (sdi6R)

176 Carol:

I have to drink Gatorade to ward off headaches during the day and/or cramps at night when I do lots of sweaty work. Either symptom is a sure sign of a lack of potassium.

The best source of electrolytes, however, is Pedialyte. It's much higher in electrolytes than Gatorade, especially sodium. I wouldn't drink it exclusively but it has worked great for me as a supplement to Gatorade.

Posted by: Ed Anger at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (RcpcZ)

177 It did that about a dozen times. Why?
Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (sdi6R)

Fleas.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 10:01 AM (g+qqc)

178 You don't have one of these try to fly through your living room window very often.

http://tinyurl.com/pacj8zm

Posted by: Lloyd Loar at June 14, 2014 10:01 AM (DLqj1)

179 There's been a hoot-owl howling by my window now
For six nights in a row
She's coming for me, I know

Posted by: Countrysquire at June 14, 2014 10:02 AM (8FyP4)

180 my better half's awake

/later.

Posted by: panzernashorn at June 14, 2014 10:02 AM (gmrH5)

181 Hell, I wish that Bergdahl's unit had put him in a cage. Would've saved a lot of lives and heartache.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 10:02 AM (zDsvJ)

182 A couple weeks ago I saw a rabbit rolling around in it. It did that about a dozen times. Why?

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (sdi6R)

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Sometimes they do it to cool off. Birds do it, too.

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (9MuJ8)

183 Pro Tip: If you are going out in grizzly country with anything less than a .44 magnum, you should file off the front sight before you head out.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (NeFrd)

184 155
Oh, and the lesbians driving subarus with the back covered completely
with bumper stickers, with a huge intact male pit bull in the back.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:55 AM (g+qqc)

yeah I don't understand the connection between the lezzies and the subarus. it was the same when I lived in Oregon. the Subaru Outback was the car of choice for the lesbians. don't get it.

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (9GG/0)

185 If I was hiking in bear country I would want a mini-14 chambered in .44 magnum with a sling.


And speaking of bunnies, a neighbor down the street from me has a pet bunny that he leaves outside. When I do my walk I see it out in the yard and when it notices me it runs. But when he goes to the mailbox out at the edge of the road that bunny follows him and every now and then he will reach down and pet it.


But given the number of dogs that the other neighbors allow to run free around here I don't think that bunny will last long.

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (T2V/1)

186 We have herds of deer around my ranchette in Texas.

They mostly leave my crops alone being they are small plots and I shoot on the property. Deer are smart and know to avoid patches with guns.

We have possums, hawks that have taken a few of my chickens. They be wary too and if they see you holding a rifle they seem to know what that is and glide on off.

Had a Nutria in the pond once (big one)..saw it at dusk. Went out with the shotgun next morning and he had vacated the pastures.

We have all 4 kinds of poisonous snakes indigenous to the US here. Moccasins, Rattlers, Copperheads and coral snakes.

I have killed 5 moccasins and cleaned em off my property (they liked the pond). Never seen a rattler or a copperhead yet.

The wife claimed she a sanke with colored bands out by the compost. I ask did the red band touch the yellow one? SHe said yes.(sure sign of a coral snake). I went a looking for it bet never found it.

We have black snakes , King snakes and green (garden snakes). I let them be as long as the balck snakes stay out of my hen house.

We have moles, squirrels, rabbits and lots of birds.

There is this one kind of bird my wife calls the "Sweetie Bird". Its song sounds like they are saying 'Sweetie, Sweetie" They show up for a day or two twice a year and then are gone for a long time.

We have lots of birds, crows, cardinals , bluebirds etc. I like the humming birds and little birds and put feeders and lil houses out in the trees for them. I like to hear their songs to wake me up. Even Beethoven or Mozart could not compose a symphony as sweet as that.

They say we have bears around (black bears) although I never saw one, coyotes (seen em). They say some wolves, bobcats and and mountain lions be here but I never saw one of those either.

There are alligators here but I never seen one on my property yet.

Fire ants and crazy ants everywhere..Geez!

The pond has lots of catfish and bream (blue gill). Nice eating there!

Thats about it.









Posted by: The Walking Dude at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (kRQ2J)

187 I've been having morning contacts with a rather large owl that likes to hunt over my driveway. The owl usually waits until I'm right under him before flying to another tree nearby. Staring contests then ensue to see who breaks first. Big bird, stands maybe 14-16 inches tall. 3 -4 ft wingspan.

Posted by: JimK at June 14, 2014 10:04 AM (0YQCW)

188 " I was not a fan of the coyotes when we lived in SoCal. Too bold. Too prominent in the day time. No fear that I could see. "


They'll certainly get that way if they're not shot at enough. No fear of humans is a dangerous thing.

For years one could drive a tractor right up to a coyote before they'd stir. They'd never been shot at from a tractor so didn't associate any particular danger with it. Now, they see a pickup or a human walking and they'd run like Hell because they'd been shot at so much in those situations.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 14, 2014 10:05 AM (6T+0j)

189 Posted by: Lloyd Loar at June 14, 2014 10:01 AM (DLqj1)

***

Heh!

Meep, meep!

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 10:05 AM (NeFrd)

190 So, as I said, I have a box of dirt in my backyard.
A couple weeks ago I saw a rabbit rolling around in it. It did that
about a dozen times. Why?

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (sdi6R)

doing the sacred Bunny Carrot Dance to get the carrots to grow?

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 10:05 AM (9GG/0)

191 I forgot our most numerous large bird, turkey vultures!

Also, others remind me, oppossums and armadillos.

Oh, and kittehs! There was a mountain lion reported in the area last year. Not long ago, the neighbor's granddaughter got some great shots of a local bobcat family. We have also a couple of feral cats, but they seem to have a high turnover in the wild.

Lizards, frogs, toads, mud turtles, box turtles... the grasshopper, katydid, cricket...

Posted by: mindful webworker - Paging Dr Doolittle at June 14, 2014 10:05 AM (HYXPz)

192 Nood.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 10:05 AM (zDsvJ)

193 how do you domesticate an outdoor bunny??? that is weird.

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 10:06 AM (9GG/0)

194 167
We're thick with fireflies. Not as many as when I was little, but more than the last few years.

Posted by: Beefy in SA at June 14, 2014 09:58 AM (bUmSq)

When I was a kid there were tons of fireflies around. I haven't seen one in decades now.

Posted by: Vic at June 14, 2014 10:06 AM (T2V/1)

195 So, as I said, I have a box of dirt in my backyard. A couple weeks ago I saw a rabbit rolling around in it. It did that about a dozen times. Why?


It's trying to get rid of the stench of decaying human remains. Be very afraid.

Posted by: A different Peter at June 14, 2014 10:06 AM (bUmSq)

196 In a small ciy about 30 miles west of Cleveland, and we have just about everything, you could imagine oft this latitude. Skunks, squirrels, ground hogs and a large number of deer. No foxes that I've seen, though. Living on the shores of Lake Erie, there is a tremendous variety of waterfowl, ducks, geese (crap factories), gulls (winged rats). There's even a swan who has taken up residence in a wetlands area where I walk my dogs. Turkey Buzzards, Red Tailed Hawks, and an occasional Bald Eagle. More critters than you can shake a stick at, but there's this one extremely irritating woodpecker who inhabits a neighbor's tree...............

Posted by: Yesiamapirate at June 14, 2014 10:07 AM (f9kXD)

197 183 Pro Tip: If you are going out in grizzly country with anything less than a .44 magnum, you should file off the front sight before you head out.
Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (NeFrd)


So it doesn't hurt so much when the bear shoves it up your ass?

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 10:07 AM (sdi6R)

198 >>> yeah I don't understand the connection between the lezzies and the subarus. it was the same when I lived in Oregon. the Subaru Outback was the car of choice for the lesbians. don't get it.

Subaru is the Japanese name for the constellation Pleiades, a/k/a The Seven Sisters.

Not sure if that is the reason for their popularity, but it can't hurt.

Posted by: fluffy at June 14, 2014 10:08 AM (Ua6T/)

199 Misanthropic Humanitarian how is your knee doing?

Posted by: chemjeff at June 14, 2014 10:08 AM (9GG/0)

200 @183- Why, you ask?



Well, that way, it doesn't hurt as much when the bear takes the gun from you and shoves it up your ass.

Posted by: Seamus M at June 14, 2014 10:08 AM (NeFrd)

201 We have a couple of scarlet spoonbills that have been hanging out behind the house for a while now. Normally, it's blue herons and white ibis, so this has been pretty cool to see.

Posted by: Countrysquire at June 14, 2014 10:09 AM (8FyP4)

202 Thank you, Ed Anger.

This just came up & I don't know how or why.

I'll try Pedialite.

Posted by: Carol at June 14, 2014 10:10 AM (gjOCp)

203 Confrontational moose, shy deer, skunks, fighting raccoons, occasional rattlesnakes, and earthshaking low flying Apache gunships are some of the wildlife I've seen near my home on the Wasatch bench above Salt Lake Valley. Oh, and the 63 house cats in my living room.

Posted by: DiesIrae at June 14, 2014 10:11 AM (HB66j)

204 As a rule, wolves are VERY wild, and not
domesticated in the slightest. They occasionally get in the dogyard of a
musher and father a litter or two, which causes no end of hassle for
the musher. The pups are not easily domesticated, either, mom
notwithstanding. But of course you can't just kill 'em, either, so you
get some curious hybridization in the dogyard populations.

Posted by: tcn at June 14, 2014 09:59 AM (g+qqc)


Wolves are pretty popular among ugly skanks who are too far north to be in Tijuana trans-species sex shows.

Posted by: Captain Hate at June 14, 2014 10:12 AM (zjmMM)

205 Posted by: The Walking Dude at June 14, 2014 10:03 AM (kRQ2J)

So when am I invited for a fishing trip?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at June 14, 2014 10:13 AM (HVff2)

206 Since lying under oath is a felony, praying Issa will actually get an arrest warrant issued.

Posted by: Marybeth at June 14, 2014 09:51 AM (zFUKI)

He wasn't lying then. They're lying NOW.

Posted by: creeper at June 14, 2014 10:13 AM (DsZ4U)

207 Don't animals roll in dirt for flea/parasite control? I kinda vaguely remember learning that at a zoo or on some nature program.

Posted by: Y-not at June 14, 2014 10:13 AM (zDsvJ)

208 "Don't animals roll in dirt for flea/parasite control?"

Yes, or mud.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 14, 2014 10:16 AM (6T+0j)

209 Forgot to mention beaver, muskrat and otters on the Mississippi. Also, every species of bird known to man, with bald eagles by the score.

Still, I'm thinking of moving in with mindful wildernessworker.

Posted by: creeper at June 14, 2014 10:18 AM (DsZ4U)

210 In my semi rural south MS neighborhood, I've seen plenty of the usual suspects like deer, bunnies, armadillos, and possums. I've also had quite a few snake visitors; fortunately none of the poisonous variety.

The coolest visitor I found was taking a dip in my swimming pool. It was a juvenile puff adder (hognose snake). So I fished him out, took his picture, and went to the internet to find out more. The first site I found told me that the hognose was not to be found in MS; when I told the snake that he refused to vanish. A stubborn sort, he.

I tried to feed him bugs or a small lizard but he wasn't biting, so I just let him go in the back yard near where I found him.

Posted by: GnuBreed at June 14, 2014 10:18 AM (cHZB7)

211 We have the usual deer, turkeys, feral pigs, coyotes, foxes (red and gray - there's a gray about a mile down the road who has denned up in a blown-over oak tree). We have an armadillo that lives under the barn, and a smallish skunk named Piglet that lives under the front porch (and she is un-neutered, and un-descented, so don't scare her, or offer her jellybeans. But she is officially a pet, since she comes when you call her). And the Great Horned Owl that roosts back behind the barn means that the little dogs need an armed escort when they go out after dark. For some reason the redtailed hawks don't seem very interested in little dogs, but the owl will perch on top of the barn and eyeball the little mutts, even with a human out there with them. A human with a 12-gauge and an attitude!

Posted by: Retired Spook at June 14, 2014 10:19 AM (vO3sn)

212 .... turkey, racoon, ducks, geese...

I'm still back at #100...

Posted by: mindful webworker - back of the pack at June 14, 2014 10:22 AM (6O259)

213 I have to drink Gatorade to ward off headaches during the day and/or cramps at night Posted by: Ed Anger at June 14, 2014 10:00 AM (RcpcZ)

Ed, you're going to think I'm nuts, but humor me, okay? When you go to bed tonight, take a fresh bar of soap, unwrap it and throw it between the sheets. Your leg cramps will be gone. Should one return, place the bar of soap directly on the offending muscle.

Soap also works for me on a headache.

Don't ask my why this works? I've researched it for months and no one has an explanation. But thousands of people say it works. Give it a whirl. You won't regret it.

Posted by: creeper at June 14, 2014 10:24 AM (DsZ4U)

214 151 Bergdahl victimhood story:

This was my tweet on that:

making him a frigging victim. kept in box. well, how about those that r in box 4 eternity bc of him

That's what needs to be repeated, over and over.

Wildlife: currently in urban flyover and still have raccoons (who love to find unsuspecting chimneys and make homes), opossum, rabbits, fox and squirrels. Lots of birds, including owl.

My barrier island home in Panhandle Florida has wonderful assortment of eagles, crows, pelicans, bears, sea turtles, dolphins, and, during this time of year, hordes of tourists.

Posted by: Never at June 14, 2014 10:29 AM (hRV3r)

215 @ 205, Misanthropic Humanitarian.

Come on down anytime. Don't even need a fishing license..its a pond on my property . If you ere so inclined grab a license and we hit the lakes , rivers and the coast for some salt water fishing.

Bring your shooting irons and some ammo too. 8 foot berm around the pond which is just a natural born shooting range. If you don't have any shooting irons or ammo Rancho Walking Dude is pretty well equipped in that area.

I almost forgot, we have wrens , saw a skunk once..I let him wander through unmolested. My daughter thought it was a cat. Hah!That could have turned out badly.

Saw a fox a time or two.

I wanted to buy a place out in the stix. Closet neighbor was 1/2 mile away. I wanted to put a bid in on it but my wife (who is Chinese ) freaked out. She said " I'm afraid to move there. It's in the middle of the wilderness. I'm afraid a bear might eat me."

I laughed and said "This is America..bears are fine if you are armed (just in case everything goes south) if you give them a wide berth, leave them alone and never ever mess with the cubs no matter how cute they seem to be. It's the people you have to be afraid of"

Anyway we bought this place (2 acres) about 2 miles outside of a small town (1000 people). So far it's been great.





Posted by: The Walking Dude at June 14, 2014 10:34 AM (kRQ2J)

216 Posted by: The Walking Dude at June 14, 2014 10:34 AM (kRQ2J)

Your place sounds lovely Walking a Dude. I love to fish. And love to plink as well. Good for you that you have such a wonderful place

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at June 14, 2014 10:41 AM (HVff2)

217 Besides the typical suburban critters - raccoons, possums, hawks, owls - we have coyotes that live in the nearby canyon, and wander the neighborhood at night. Most unusually, though, we have peacocks, loud, obnoxious ones. Visitors always want to wander the neighborhood looking for them, and we like them as long as they're not on our street. They sleep int the pine trees at night, and it's always entertaining to congregate near them, and make their methodical hop march up them at dusk. They are beautiful, but they're stupid, loud, and poop like small dogs.

Posted by: Kendall's Mom at June 14, 2014 10:47 AM (hJRL6)

218 I live just a few towns farther north in Utah. We have so many deer that they are bringing in bow hunters to help out: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=27123192

Posted by: chipotle at June 14, 2014 10:52 AM (T9zRc)

219 There's actually a pair of black squirrels color mutation of grey squirrels) living in our neighborhood. Aside from them, we have the usual variety: the occasional fox, groundhogs, a bunch of woodland songbirds (wrens, chickadees, bluebirds, etc) crows, some hawks, a lot of robins, a black rat snake, a baby red cornsnake, (got caught inside on one of the glue traps set out for the field mice which sometimes try to take up residence during the winter) and an owl.

And bunnies. Lots and lots of garden plant-eating bunnies. Stupid bunnies who try to eat things they don't like and even sometimes poisonous. On the other hand, my hunting dog loves to try to hunt them.

Posted by: Saber Alter at June 14, 2014 10:54 AM (HBKR6)

220 Came home last night from the movies (How to Tame Your Dragon 2, fun pic), turned around our equipment barn... and there were four deer standing at our front door.

We could see the copies of Watchtower though, so we didn't get out of the car 'till they left.

The fee-yancy has informed me I will not shoot deer on our property (she's a ranch girl to start but she was too long in the city and I fear she may never get her "country" back). We'll see how long that holds out once her garden starts coming in. In the meantime, we have plenty of feral hogs that simply have to die. She also graces me with a eulogy for every piece of roadkill we drive past. In Texas. It's like an audiobook.

We have all matter of critterhood around here. Deer, native, and escaped exotics from the local game rances (always in season), eagles, hawks buzzards, owls, and a bird I've never seen anywhere else, the caracara. It's a raptor, black body, white markings (young ones are brown) and an absolutely wicked beak, looks like a toucan filed itself a prison shank. Armadillos, possums and other small stuff, of course.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 14, 2014 11:54 AM (XO6WW)

221 Also roadrunners, reptiles of all sorts... went to reach for my beer typing the other night and there was a brown scorpion perched on the coaster.

Me: *crunch*
Fee-Yancy: We're selling the house. (No we're not.)

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 14, 2014 11:56 AM (XO6WW)

222 Belated ambiance bg audio for the thread

http://mindfulwebworks.com/best-of-spirits/farm-dawn-chorus.mp3

Posted by: mindful webworker - out standing in his field at June 14, 2014 11:56 AM (0QACr)

223 I live in a small town, with lots of large park areas. We have the usual: squirrels, chipmunks, skunks (never seen, often smelled), field mice, immature hawks, and a variety of birds. My favorite are the little flocks of goldfinches that come in late summer. No deer, thank G*d; the rabbits are bad enough.

Posted by: Room 207 at June 14, 2014 11:57 AM (FtwuW)

224 Oh, there are woodpeckers and owls in the cemetery/school grounds behind the house. And I have seen bats after dark

Posted by: Room 207 at June 14, 2014 12:00 PM (FtwuW)

225 221 Also roadrunners, reptiles of all sorts... went to reach for my beer typing the other night and there was a brown scorpion perched on the coaster.

Me: *crunch*
Fee-Yancy: We're selling the house. (No we're not.)
Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 14, 2014 11:56 AM (XO6WW)


I would have burned it down.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 12:08 PM (sdi6R)

226 Then salted the earth where it stood.

Posted by: rickl at June 14, 2014 12:08 PM (sdi6R)

227 Deer, hawks, beavers, possums, and more deer. We could use some wolves just to keep the deer from causing so many car accidents.

Posted by: joncelli at June 14, 2014 01:13 PM (/AYWV)

228 Richard McEnroe @ 220-
We had a guy shoot an ELK in the Sabine River bottom (no season on elk in ETEX) the first day of black powder deer season a few years ago. He just looked up and there he was, didn't even stop to wonder why, just pulled the trigger. The elk got out of a high fence hunting preserve no doubt. That's a bunch of meat.

Posted by: Erowmero at June 14, 2014 01:21 PM (go5uR)

229 Here in the foothills of Pasadena, a few miles down from the actual undeveloped mountains, our normal population in our well-wooded lot includes a great many squirrels, 'possums and raccoons, although our Coonhound and two Malamutes keep the latter two away most of the time. We also have a large contingent of ring-necked pigeons large enough to furnish a good meal in a pinch. A nasty hawk appears from time to time, but the massive crow community usually chases it away fairly quickly.

With the recent drought, however, the mountain wildlife--coyotes, mountain lions and even a few bears--has been driven into the populated areas in search of sustenance. While the bears don't venture much further than the first line of backyards, the coyotes have come all the way down to our neck of the woods, and the mountain lions nearly as far.

Oh, and of course there is the flock of wild parrots that nests somewhere around here at night. There are several such flocks in the L.A. area; ours here in Pasadena appears to be African-type parrots, and there is a flock on the Westside that is definitely Australian long-tailed parakeets of a very large size.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at June 14, 2014 01:23 PM (IAe6t)

230 Honest-to-God true story. In the spring when the weather warms up I keep the kitchen door open so that the cats can go outside on the back deck. Little buggers roam the alley too, but at least it's better than the street. Ennyhoo, last year I was plugging away at Turbotax on 04/15 and glanced over to the catfood bowl. The cats were sitting a few feet away from it looking at a "guest" that popped in for some chow at Chez Jenk.

I thought, "That's the biggest, ugliest cat I've ever seen". Well, it was kinda dark and I only had my desk lamp on. It got up and started to head upstairs when I stood up and it stopped to look at me. Cats don't usually have "robber masks", and sure enough that wasn't a cat--it was a raccoon. I moved slowly and grabbed a garden shovel and then looked the critter in the eye; I then shook the shovel. Rocky Raccoon got the hint. He headed out the kitchen door never to be seen again and had the good grace not to poop first....

Posted by: Jenk at June 14, 2014 01:50 PM (e2ysZ)

231 Alley rats the size of small dogs. Tons of squirrels. Some rabbits and an opossum once in a while. Crows, pigeons, gulls, ducks, geese, robins, blackbirds and sparrows, I think. Saw a duck gang rape in the park this spring - will never look at those birds the same way again.

Posted by: venus velvet at June 14, 2014 03:00 PM (g94P/)

232 We are also on the Wasatch bench.
We have a lot of birds that I finally went to The Backyard Bird place and got a booklet IDing them.
Lots of jays, doves, quail, mockingbirds, a few owls, an occasional hawk, high overhead an eagle every now and then.
I put up a peanut ring to feed the jays and they get really tame fast.
We see deer but only rarely.

We are growing succulents which come inside for the winter where they sit under grow lights.
We've put in tulips, coral belles and lettuces.



Posted by: Nanny G at June 14, 2014 03:13 PM (UPX5D)

233 Geckos, mongeese, feral pigs, peacocks, and wild jungle fowl (chickens). Leaving terra firma, we've got big turtles, and even bigger sharks. And really big whales.

Posted by: JP at June 14, 2014 04:28 PM (myEWm)

234 We had wild parrots (monk parakeets I think) in chicaho, otis. Freakiest damn thing.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at June 15, 2014 01:05 AM (zDsvJ)

235 Rabbits, deer, racoons, black bear, cougar, bobcat, coyote, minx, rats, mice, shrew, squirrels, possum, various owls, several different kinds of hawks and falcons, bald eagle, crows, finches, wrens, doves, ducks, pheasant, quail, piliated woodpecker, several other woodpeckers, ... There's a few more critters one sees in the creek in the lots next door (beavers otters for example). Basically around in our 5 acre zone you'll see most everything you might imagine in the PNW except griz, elk, and bigfoot...

We probably see more critters in the yard every week than your typical visit to a national park.

Seems the critters like our yard because there's various fruit trees, plus it's got maintained pathways amongst a mix of trees and bushes. This provides a safe route to other places in our area. Our yard seems to be at a choke point of the "interstate of animal trails" in our ruralish area. Instead of thrashing thru unmaintained bramble and bushes of neighboring yards, the most critters visit our yard.

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Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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