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Old 9th July 2018, 08:37 PM   #433912  /  #3201
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Found a tiny ringneck snake (about10 cm.) in the house this afternoon, live, with no tooth marks or other marks of cat attack. I'm guessing it slithered inside on its own when I had left a door open for a while. Released it outdoors into a nice cool spot under a huge hosta.

This one was black with a yellow-white belly and a bright orange neck ring.

They eat red-backed salamanders, which are really numerous here. In spring you can hardly turn over a rock or piece of wood without finding a salamander.

https://novascotia.ca/museum/amphibi...s/ringneck.asp
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Old 9th July 2018, 10:38 PM   #433913  /  #3202
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Saw an ex-mayor today on my run, along with his two old dogs. One of them is a 14 year old part-wolf.

The time, in the past, when it was 'cool' to domesticate wild animals isn't that far away, up this way.
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Old 10th July 2018, 08:37 AM   #433927  /  #3203
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Found a tiny ringneck snake (about10 cm.) in the house this afternoon, live, with no tooth marks or other marks of cat attack. I'm guessing it slithered inside on its own when I had left a door open for a while. Released it outdoors into a nice cool spot under a huge hosta.

This one was black with a yellow-white belly and a bright orange neck ring.

They eat red-backed salamanders, which are really numerous here. In spring you can hardly turn over a rock or piece of wood without finding a salamander.

https://novascotia.ca/museum/amphibi...s/ringneck.asp
It is so strange reading this as if it was a natural and normal thing to see a snake and not panic about how poisonous it is.
It does not even say if it is a venomous snake.

Our Snakes are Killers! You do not casually pick them up and take them outside.
You panic and count your hands and feet to see if you are missing any or if they are turning blue and purple about to fall off.
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Old 10th July 2018, 01:34 PM   #433928  /  #3204
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In fact, the ringnecks are mildly venomous, but they are so small they aren't at all dangerous to humans or really any animal bigger than a 5 cm. long salamander. They also aren't aggressive. All that little snake wanted was to get away from me as fast as possible, no attempt to bite even when handled.

Other than this, we have garter snakes which can get to be a metre or so long, and will bite but are pretty harmless, and green snakes, which are also small (and very pretty), which are harmless also and I've never heard of one biting, despite the fact that kids can't resist picking them up.

We never even think about snakes as dangerous or unwelcome.
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Old 11th July 2018, 01:13 AM   #433953  /  #3205
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Couldnt decide whether to put this in Lamentations or Celebrations, finally decided here was the best place.

Keyboard went screwy last night. Messed with it several times this morning. It mixed and matched on caplocks, refused to type some letters, gave up periods altogether. typed v, g, or h if you typed t. Couldn't seem to fix it.


Late this aft mr.b. wanted to use it. Got frustrated after 2 minutes (or less). Picked it up, held it overhead and shook it like a giant goddamn terrier with a great big rat, cursing at it all the while.

Set it down, delicately one-finger typed in his desired url. No prob. Smiles up at me like an innocent child. "Fixed it."


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Old 11th July 2018, 03:27 AM   #433956  /  #3206
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Old 11th July 2018, 03:39 AM   #433957  /  #3207
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Old 11th July 2018, 07:29 AM   #433959  /  #3208
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Old 23rd July 2018, 08:31 PM   #434713  /  #3209
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It's taken at least an hour of looking at bird identification sites, plus my Peterson's birdbook, but I think I can say I saw a Northern Goshawk today.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Goshawk/id

Flock of bluejays screaming in a dense bit of woods, so I bushwhacked through the brances to see what they were so worked up over. They didn't even fly when I was within a couple metres. They were screaming and a few would pause and violently peck at the tree branch they were on. I couldn't see anything in the trees, looked at the ground and there it was, a very large hawk with its back to me, crouched over something I couldn't make out, but which it seemed to be eating. I had a good view of its long banded tail and dark back, and a quick glimpse of its head before it flew, just a little above the ground, into another dense bit of trees, The bluejays followed, but the going was a bit much for me.

I actually looked at a bunch of other hawks first, but the sharp-shinned was closest in tail appearance. However the sharp-shinned is bluejay sized, and this bird was really large and broad, bigger than ravens.

So goshawk it is, nice!
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Old 23rd July 2018, 10:24 PM   #434725  /  #3210
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Old 23rd July 2018, 11:41 PM   #434736  /  #3211
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It's taken at least an hour of looking at bird identification sites, plus my Peterson's birdbook, but I think I can say I saw a Northern Goshawk today.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Goshawk/id

Flock of bluejays screaming in a dense bit of woods, so I bushwhacked through the brances to see what they were so worked up over. They didn't even fly when I was within a couple metres. They were screaming and a few would pause and violently peck at the tree branch they were on. I couldn't see anything in the trees, looked at the ground and there it was, a very large hawk with its back to me, crouched over something I couldn't make out, but which it seemed to be eating. I had a good view of its long banded tail and dark back, and a quick glimpse of its head before it flew, just a little above the ground, into another dense bit of trees, The bluejays followed, but the going was a bit much for me.

I actually looked at a bunch of other hawks first, but the sharp-shinned was closest in tail appearance. However the sharp-shinned is bluejay sized, and this bird was really large and broad, bigger than ravens.

So goshawk it is, nice!
You are lucky! Great to see you noticing, and sharing it
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Old 24th July 2018, 01:09 AM   #434743  /  #3212
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I often try to check out what blue Jays or crows are hollering at, if it's close enough and I can get in there. Usually it's just some poor owl trying to sleep. Occasionally a hawk, but they usually fly before I can crash through the shrubbery to get a good look.

And I think I've only seen a goshawk once before this. The jays were so loud, and so persistent - I wonder if what the hawk had was a young blue jay.
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Old 1st August 2018, 02:42 AM   #435223  /  #3213
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I'm painting the exterior house trim. Naturally, every seam and corner has accumulated about ten years worth of spider glue and several years worth of empty spider nests and a few full ones. So the big picture window... I removed what I figured were live ones as carefully as I could and deposited them under the big hosta, where no doubt they'll all die but hey I did what I could.


But I missed one that was already hatched, and as I was painting the middle bottom frame, all these baby spiders came raining down on their baby escape lines and several got drowned in the paint and quite a few landed on my clothes, only a bit less hazardous. And one slightly larger spider shortly after rappelled down and managed to swipe three legs on the paint brush before scampering off with three forest green legs on one side. It's exterior acrylic. Those legs are gonna stiffen right up.
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Old 4th August 2018, 06:24 AM   #435345  /  #3214
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Old 4th August 2018, 04:31 PM   #435350  /  #3215
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I'm painting the exterior house trim. Naturally, every seam and corner has accumulated about ten years worth of spider glue and several years worth of empty spider nests and a few full ones. So the big picture window... I removed what I figured were live ones as carefully as I could and deposited them under the big hosta, where no doubt they'll all die but hey I did what I could.


But I missed one that was already hatched, and as I was painting the middle bottom frame, all these baby spiders came raining down on their baby escape lines and several got drowned in the paint and quite a few landed on my clothes, only a bit less hazardous. And one slightly larger spider shortly after rappelled down and managed to swipe three legs on the paint brush before scampering off with three forest green legs on one side. It's exterior acrylic. Those legs are gonna stiffen right up.

My house is infested with little spiders. They make more of a mess than the cat. I am constantly having to tip furniture over to clean out their nests and webs, and clearing their cobwebs off everything. On the bright side, I don't have any other bugs, except the occasional big roach that is too large for them to take out. The other day I watched a tiny spider, less than 1/8th of a inch long, take out a full grown pill bug. It took it awhile to win but it did.
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Old 5th August 2018, 02:30 AM   #435380  /  #3216
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Later zel realised they were just bikini spiders
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Old 16th August 2018, 03:58 AM   #435798  /  #3217
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Old 18th August 2018, 02:45 AM   #435908  /  #3218
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Saw a single cedar waxwing this evening. Usually there's a flock.



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When the end of a twig holds a supply of berries that only one bird at a time can reach, members of a flock may line up along the twig and pass berries beak to beak down the line so that each bird gets a chance to eat.
Also the lovely scent of my neighbour's giant lilies is drifting through the window next to me. They're over 100 metres away.
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Old 18th August 2018, 03:03 AM   #435910  /  #3219
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Old 18th August 2018, 08:13 AM   #435922  /  #3221
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At 5th National Malleefowl Forum, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo NSW, Day 2.
I am at the 6th Malleefowl Conference at the Mildura Grand Hotel. It has been a great day but has done nothing to increase my love of cats

now for dinner


*estimates are 1 million Australian native birds and 1.7 million reptiles per day taken by feral and domestic cats
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So... sauted spicy cat on rice?
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Old 26th August 2018, 11:56 PM   #436257  /  #3224
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I saw a patch of hundreds of these cone-looking things today near a salt water beach.



They look like they belong to the plant, but they don't. They are called Pine Cone Willow Galls and are created by tiny midge larvae that chemically change how the willow bud tips grow.


Completely puzzled me, never saw them before.
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At 5th National Malleefowl Forum, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo NSW, Day 2.
I am at the 6th Malleefowl Conference at the Mildura Grand Hotel. It has been a great day but has done nothing to increase my love of cats

now for dinner


*estimates are 1 million Australian native birds and 1.7 million reptiles per day taken by feral and domestic cats

I'm imaging a day of sub par TED talks where the focus gradually shifts from loving mallyfowl to hating the living shit out of cats, whatever gets the crowd going hahaha
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