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Old 15th September 2013, 02:06 AM   #114989  /  #1
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Prattle About Live Things You Saw: Nature

I thought I had one of these threads already, but maybe not.

Mostly I get my cat in before dark, but it is still, mild and damp out so he decided to be a bugger and not come in until after dark, which means I was out ten times yelling like a fool in the backyard.

But being out there after dark with the porch light on offers some bonuses.

There was cute bunny out there cashing in on clover for the first while. He only left when I got about three metres away.

We have cicadas in September, they were calling, that was nice. Also a confused fall peeper, those frogs are supposed to call in spring but the shortening of day now mixes a few of them up, you can almost hear his friends whispering "Shut up, Lennie, no girls will come, geeze!"

There are hundreds of orb weavers around right now. One of them is by the side door and I haven't opened it in days because she is a huge spider and has a really gorgeous dramatic web there.

But the these orb weaver webs I saw tonight were fantastic. I would have missed them, or walked face first into them if the cat hadn't finally showed up in hot pursuit of a very small deer mouse. I hate when he catches deer mice because they are exceptionally adorable, like this:



so I am trying to catch the cat, who is chasing this mouse around a dwarf cedar, and I see, lit up by the porch light, this fantastic triple play by one or more spiders. There's about 40 cm between the top of the cedar and the nearest spruce branches hanging over the lawn. The spider(s) had rigged three webs, anchored only on one side of the two outer webs, the centre web was only anchored to the other two, mostly from one long line from cedar to tree with a bunch of guy wires fastened to the other two.

Besides looking stunning, all lit up with dew, I can't imagine how they engineered the whole thing.
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Old 15th September 2013, 06:03 AM   #114998  /  #2
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The ears look a bit like water droplets.
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Old 15th September 2013, 06:19 AM   #114999  /  #3
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They do.

The one that got away this evening was more grey-furred and whiter about the ears. And very tiny, I doubt it was full grown. They aren't prone to getting into houses often, but when they do they make organised storehouses. I found one living in a small drawer in a dome cabin I was staying in once. Pulled the drawer out looking for something, saw the little round rump and tail scrambling over the back of the drawer. S/he had all different kinds of food in there, separated by kind into neat little heaps - a pile of sunflower seeds, a pile of oats, a pile of sesame seeds. S/he'd gotten into some peanut butter, too, and had solved the problem of its amorphousness by rolling it into pea sized balls and piling them in a little heap.
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Old 16th September 2013, 02:23 AM   #115036  /  #4
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I need a butterfly net. Autumn mating insects like some moths and craneflies get in the house and are really hard to catch and release without hurting them. I've just accidentally amputated a leg off a large cranefly.
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Old 16th September 2013, 02:52 AM   #115047  /  #5
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capturing mating insects in flagrant delicto? what manner of bizarre north atlantic fetish is this??
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Old 16th September 2013, 02:57 AM   #115048  /  #6
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Well, yes, that would be pervy.

What I mean is one gender gets trapped in my house and will not live to reproduce if I don't get him/her out intact.

But there are other bizarre North Atlantic fetishes you are too delicate to be told about.
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Old 16th September 2013, 02:58 AM   #115049  /  #7
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that sounds like a challenge
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:03 AM   #115052  /  #8
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Well... there's cod-kissing, that's not too disturbing.
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:11 AM   #115053  /  #9
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well, when I was a kid, umm, well getting "hit in the cods" was extremely painful for a young fellow. so yeah, cod-kissing doesn't sound in the least bit disturbing
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:13 AM   #115054  /  #10
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You seen a cod?



Happily, you get to drink a lot of Screech at the same time.
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:15 AM   #115055  /  #11
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you don't want me to post a pic of a pair of cods bo. this is a family site
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:21 AM   #115056  /  #12
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Lol, no.
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:33 AM   #115057  /  #13
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Then of course, avoiding smelling like any other moose at all is advisable...

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Old 16th September 2013, 02:18 PM   #115072  /  #14
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A dense patch of these common orchids are in bloom by the lake in my yard, and there are smaller stands here and there. These and other flowers are why I don't mow a lot of my lawn this time of year.

It's the last flush of flowers before winter, asters, late goldenrods, the second bloom of roses. Purple healall, white clover and eyebright are blooming throughout the lawn, and yellow hawkweeds too.

Some plants will produce late flowers until well into November.
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Old 16th September 2013, 04:00 PM   #115082  /  #15
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Semi-wild:

Ex-feral cat came home last night after ten days wherever he goes (pretty sure he found the colony a lady feeds a few km. from here). Beat-up, full of scabs and scratches, hungry and starved for affection, which means he follows me everywhere and wants to be on my lap the second I sit down.

I've given up trying to figure out what to do about this cat. Vets won't touch ferals because of having to sterilise their premises after treating one, so I can't get him fixed (plus transporting to the vet's would be a nightmare). I dose him with worm meds and flea stuff, treat the worst of his wounds with antibiotic ointment, and hope he doesn't come home with something I can't help him with, like an eye hanging out of his face or a gut wound.

So far he's had several years of a reasonably good life, is remarkably healthy, has miraculously avoided being hit by a car or eaten by something bigger than him. So I guess that's better than having died as a brain-damaged starved kitten. He's still brain-damaged, did not learn to hunt, is terribly clumsy, cannot climb down trees - he falls out of them, catching at branches on the way down. How he's avoided coyotes and bobcats is a mystery. He's a white cat, not like he's hard to spot.
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Old 16th September 2013, 11:12 PM   #115099  /  #16
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our tadpole tank still has a stubborn solitary tadpole that doesn't want to grow legs
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Old 16th September 2013, 11:20 PM   #115100  /  #17
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The runt of the pond. Or maybe he isn't a frog tadpole and will suddenly grow legs and a tail and turn out to be a salamander.
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Old 16th September 2013, 11:24 PM   #115101  /  #18
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i've heard that the rate of development is 'deliberately' staggered, and that some even overwinter as tadders

never seen one before tho
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:10 AM   #115110  /  #19
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Bullfrog tadpoles take two summers to mature. They are two to three cm. long at the end of the first summer, but no legs. They do legs the second summer. At least here they do,

But they are great big obvious mottled brown-green tadpoles.
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:13 AM   #115111  /  #20
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http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfrog

Apparently if they take more than a year depends on where they live.
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:20 AM   #115117  /  #21
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http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfrog

Apparently if they take more than a year depends on where they live.
That's the most disgusting thing I have ever seen (and I used to own an axolotl which are pretty disgusting). I can feel how slimey that thing is just by looking at the pic
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:28 AM   #115120  /  #22
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They don't really feel slimy - just cold and wet. I used to catch them a lot when I was a kid. They are very lively and wiggle around vigorously when you take them out of the water.

The adults have no teeth but they can bruise your finger if they get a grip on you.
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Not as bad as thes guys though...



African bullfrog
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:49 PM   #115177  /  #24
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http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfrog

Apparently if they take more than a year depends on where they live.
used to be able to buy those here, i raised one to froghood once
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http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfrog

Apparently if they take more than a year depends on where they live.
used to be able to buy those here, i raised one to froghood once
I heard tell that it's bad news to handle wet animals with hot dry hands as it damages the skin protective mucous layer and leaves them more open to infection once returned to the water. Any truth in that?
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