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Old 6th September 2018, 05:29 AM   #436783  /  #3251
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Yesterday afternoon I forgot to close the patio door and Tommy brought me a dead squirrel. So I thanked him for it and took it outside and left it on the deck in case he wanted to eat it, which apparently he did not. Then I forgot about it.

I went to bed and fell asleep for a while, until I was awakened by angry squalling noises. Figured out after a bit it was raccoons right below my window. Remembered dead squirrel then. Okay. Began to drift off. Wait! There's this really low window in the LR that is wide open except for a flimsy screen. What if raccoons and cat get physical? I plod downstairs, turn on some lights, see ass end of raccoon bailing off the deck, close the window, find the cat - watching the fun from a table in the back room - open window there also. Close that, go back to bed. Almost asleep... more squalling. And every 10 or 15 minutes thereafter until at least 2:30ish, after which the Last Trump couldn't have woke me up.


This morning I find lots of torn-up turf in the back yard and an extremely dirty and thoroughly mauled squirrel head lodged firmly between two deck boards. really firmly. I had to use a large screwdriver to get it out. I can only guess they were playing tug o' war with it through the deck.
that's not right b. This is out of the ordinary.
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Old 6th September 2018, 10:08 AM   #436791  /  #3252
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You find Crawdads in Creeks. Those two words go together. Apparently, brits are such BAD fucking cooks they don't know what to do with Crawdads. Also, they call them crawFISH. Which is stupid. They aren't fish. They are freshwater lobster.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creeks_and_Crawdads
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Old 6th September 2018, 11:24 AM   #436793  /  #3253
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Old 6th September 2018, 11:31 AM   #436795  /  #3254
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Old 8th September 2018, 12:40 AM   #436853  /  #3255
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a creek is a tributary that's tidal, it is not a freshwater stream or river. Both you and the australians fucked that word up https://www.etymonline.com/word/creek
meaning of word different to what it was 500 years ago; news at 10

https://www.etymonline.com/word/meat#etymonline_v_12500

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Australians don't have much influence on the evolution of english though do they, so your entire argument relies on the americans helping you out, pathetic.
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Old 8th September 2018, 02:41 PM   #436894  /  #3256
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Hawk knocked unconscious during bird chase

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Old 9th September 2018, 12:01 AM   #436909  /  #3257
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Crucian carp, basically western europe's version of the goldfish.



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Old 14th September 2018, 03:17 AM   #437189  /  #3258
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Owl. (Barred owl, maybe?) Very nearby, down by the little lake.
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Old 14th September 2018, 02:30 PM   #437202  /  #3259
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A blue jay in my maple tree this morning offered a long and highly varied performance of the 'Whisper song'. He sat on a branch for at least 20 minutes alternating between making the familiar screech and then a warbled mix of coos, chirps, tweets and gurgles.

A much shorter and way less complex version is featured at the end of the 'call' recordings on this page.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay/sounds

First time I ever saw a blue jay making these vocalisations. Pretty sure I previously assigned this song to other birds, or maybe even to squirrels. Really pretty song.
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Old 14th September 2018, 05:37 PM   #437215  /  #3260
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Cool. I had no idea that they ever did anything other than the typical screech.
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Old 14th September 2018, 06:22 PM   #437220  /  #3261
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I had no idea that they ever did anything other than the typical screech.



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Old 4th October 2018, 01:31 AM   #438233  /  #3262
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It is autumn, when the mice decide living indoors in walls is much better than outdoors in holes in the ground. I can hear at least one scrabbling around right now.


One, however, lost his or her cushy dwelling late this afternoon, when mr.b, all energised by his shower, came into the living room, stopped, said 'mouse', picked up a rubber flyswatter, and whapped it. He's amazingly fast when he wants to be.

So mouse is lying there tits up, unconscious, but otherwise intact. He picked it up by the tail and tossed it out the deck door into the grass, where it staggered to it's feet and wandered under a bush. Concussed at least.


Cat needs to step up his game for a month or two.
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Old 5th October 2018, 07:38 PM   #438309  /  #3263
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Two nights ago I was sitting reading on my tablet in a nice quiet house when a big green thing landed on my chest. Uttered a strangled yelp before realising it was a lost katydid. Neither me nor the cat were able to catch it because of course they fly. Today I found it resting on the deck door post, opened the screen, touched it and watched fly out, avoid the cat's paw by a hair, and escape into the wilds.


One more point on the good karma side.

Hope something's keeping score.
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Old 6th October 2018, 01:24 AM   #438319  /  #3264
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googled katydid

I'm impressed your yelp was strangled; mine wouldn't have been

*adds a point to bor's Karma spreadsheet tab*
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Old 6th October 2018, 01:37 AM   #438320  /  #3265
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But... they're harmless and quite pretty.

Large insects though.

The yelp had a lot of strong feeling in it.
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Old 8th October 2018, 07:03 PM   #438448  /  #3266
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October 8th casual tally of insects in my yard:


dozens of medium sized brown dragonflies
a few red dragonflies
a few blue damselflies
a few large craneflies
dozens of b.borealis among the asters
a few honeybees, surprising - I don't know who is keeping bees close enough to my house
four bumblebees
several Hylaeus sp. yellow-faced bee*
some flies pretending to be wasps
some wasps making no pretense at all
a bald-faced hornet
numerous flies of various species
ants

*This was a surprise. I didn't recognise this insect. It looked like a medium size wasp with a very few wide spaced thin white dorsal lines on a long black abdomen, and a pale yellow face. It looked different enough that I searched for it, and afaict it was one of these odd waspy-looking bees.


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The genus of bees consists of generally small, black and yellow/white wasp-like species. The resemblance to wasps is enhanced by the absence of a scopa, which is atypical among bees.
Hylaeus carry pollen in the crop, rather than externally, and regurgitate it into the cell where it will be used as larval food. Like most colletids, the liquid provisions are sealed inside a membranous cellophane-like cell lining.
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Old 9th October 2018, 03:42 AM   #438453  /  #3267
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Dead tarantula (4 inch diameter) on a desert trail in the middle of nowhere
one weekend ago.
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Old 9th October 2018, 05:28 AM   #438455  /  #3268
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is that 4" diameter to curled up knees, to end of toes, or thorax?
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Old 9th October 2018, 03:04 PM   #438464  /  #3269
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I'll bury my 4" in your thorax bb heh

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Old 10th October 2018, 08:37 AM   #438493  /  #3270
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Old 10th October 2018, 11:14 PM   #438527  /  #3271
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is that 4" diameter to curled up knees, to end of toes, or thorax?
He was big. He died in a normal tarantula stance:
legs more or less vertical and slightly bent,
body was about 1/2 inch above the dirt,
and body length was about 2-1/2 inch

A better guess of diameter might have been 3-1/2 inch in that pose.
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Old 10th October 2018, 11:45 PM   #438529  /  #3272
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that's a big spider

we have big spiders over here but thankfully up in timewave country where no normal people live
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Old 11th October 2018, 03:38 AM   #438544  /  #3273
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My Irish Cousin by Marriage was freaking out about a spider and then the next day there were two of them. He had a bit of a meltdown about that, but in fact the second one was the shed exoskeleton of the second one.

So cheer up, the tarantula could still be alive in a bigger better exoskeleton and some of those spiders you are shitting yourself over may be empty husks.

(I love Spiders)
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Old 11th October 2018, 11:06 PM   #438558  /  #3274
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saw another snake, a small one so it looks like they are breeding


also saw a mink swim right up to me before it noticed it had company, biggest one i ever saw, thought i had seen my first otter for a few seconds there
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Old 11th October 2018, 11:27 PM   #438559  /  #3275
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wait what, a mink

krebopples would now be willing to move to the UK on the basis that you guys have minks

but...they'd have to also be endemic to where you don't live
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