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#1 razz

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:02 AM

I live in the city. I rarely have experiences with animals, other than dogs or cats. Or, see beautiful sights normally seen out in the countryside. But lately, maybe I'm more observant or becoming senile, I've had two experiences with nature.

Yesterday I turned on my sprinklers and wanted to make sure they weren't sprinkling over into my neighbor's yard. I also have honeysuckle plants along one side of my yard where the sprinkler was. (The honeysuckle smells wonderful at night). So I'm peering from my window looking at the tops of my honeysuckle when I spotted something that looked like a leaf moving back and forth. I thought it must be a leaf and the wind was blowing it around. Then I fixed my eyes on it and noticed it had a beak and wings that were flapping so fast you couldn't see them. It was a hummingbird in my yard, on my honeysuckle. It was like having a vision. I told my daughter when she came home and she gave me that "Oh boy here she goes again" look. I get do excited about the simplest things sometimes.

My other encounter with nature was a few weeks ago. I live one block from the Illinois/Indiana border. I love driving into Indiana for gas and groceries. The Indiana casino is also a hop and a skip away. I rarely go but I do enjoy the buffet. My sister invited me to go with her to the grand re-opening and to have dinner at the buffet. It was delicious and I tried my best to eat as much as I could. It was night time when we left and on our way home, we were driving along the boulevard which is a very busy street when my sister says "What is that?" I said "Where?" She said "There." It was a huge buck, antlers and all, making its way across the street. Naturally we slowed down to let the buck cross safely but we couldn't believe what we had just seen. Then of course I mention this to my daughter Megan and she says "Mom don't you remember me telling you I saw a couple of deer across from the mini-mall?" There's a (very) small lake and forest preserve nearby.

Wow, is all I can say! I do know I'm more observant now than I used to be.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:35 AM

There is nothing like the sounds and the living creatures of Mother Nature. This weekend at the lake we had a real little beaver cross the road and go into the lake; we also had a water/wind/tornado develop close to shore and go around the lake. What a site that was - I have never seen a tornado and to see the water get swooped up was great.

I feed the birds and the squirrels and for what I pay out in feed I have long said that I should put them down as dependents on my taxes..........

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:24 AM

Razz and Peggy,

I agree. Nature is full of WOW's and wonderful entertainment. I have a birdbath that sits on the ground not too far from my patio door. Ofcourse, the cats sit at the door and watch the outside world. There are 2 chipmunks that take great delight in racing back and forth in front of the door to torment the cats :lol: . Sometimes they'll sit on the birdbath and stare at them. The birds and rabbits will do the same thing because they know that the cats can't get to them. It's hilarious to watch. The squirrels just sit on the fence, shake their tail, and make that clicking noise. Can't help but laugh.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:01 PM

Squirrels? Oh my, we've got 'em! I have three Border Collies (yes, my sanity has been questioned), two of whom seem to think that if you just try hard enough, you can actually herd squirrels! The old girl gets a thinks-bubble that says: "I'm retired! You 2 kids go try. If you manage to pen those squirrels, I know a couple of cats I'd like to introduce you to." The squirrels just laugh at the dogs!

I have honeysuckle, too, growing on the fence by the driveway, near my big living room window. I thought *I* saw a hummingbird, but nope, it was a "hummingbird moth" and maybe just as exciting, if not as pretty. I'd never heard of them before, have you all??

And maybe the most exciting thing Mother Nature has ever given me? Back when I was still cross-country skiing, I came over the crest of a hill just at sunset, and there was a herd of deer, right in front of me. They hadn't heard or smelled me and didn't spook for several minutes. OH MY!! Twenty some years later and I can still see them, plain as day.

It's the small things that really give us joy, isn't it?

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:55 PM

Peggy, I've never seen a water funnel in person and I can't imagine what that's like. I'd bet it's awesome! Christy, I have a full length glass storm door that my cat and dog sit at too. The squirrels are smart, becuz like you said they know Kitty can't do anything to them and they'll run past the door. Have to hand it to those smart squirrels. They are so clever!

JJ,

I hadn't heard of hummingbird moths, and now I'm curious to see one. You just taught me something new. Border Collies are beautiful dogs with their long hair. Some sights of beauty, like your herd of deer at sunset, sound breath taking. You're so right, it is the small things that give us joy!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 12:48 PM

How wonderful Razz!

I'm a hummingbird aficionado! We have several feeders and watch between 20-60 hummers at a time fighting over the perches. They are simply adorable!!!

We also have all kinds of colored finches and other song bird. I've made basically a bird habitat in our backyard. It's so wonderful to sit on the deck and watch them all.
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 01:10 PM

Wow! 20-60 hummingbirds? I would be spell bound just watching them and all the other colorful birds! Sounds heavenly~~~


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Posted 02 September 2008 - 05:47 PM

just chimming in I was watching the hummingbirds at my aunts house last week and actually saw one stick out its tounge they have realy long skinny tounges it sure supprised me I live in the country and get to see a lot of wildlife bears ,deer,elk, golden eagles,bald eagles they are the most fun to watch when they are diving , I also saw for the first time last month a badger

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 06:37 AM

I feed all the birds and squirrels and boy are the finches every hitting the thistle. They must be fattening up to head south as it's already getting cold here. I have gone through a 5 pound bag of thistle in less than a week and have to go and get more. Also the Orioles are really going after the grape jelly. I have a feeder that has two little bowls that I put the jelly in and I have about a dozen male and female orioles feeding. I usually have to fill it 2 to 3 times a day. It's so fun watching out the kitchen window and seeing all of the feeding activity.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 07:59 PM

Well I'm jumping in rather late on this topic but I also live in the country.I also love hummers and the other day my husband called me out to the front porch to see something so beautiful! A swallowtail huge butterfly was sipping nectarfrom the hummingbird feeder.He let us get close enough to take a picture.My 7 year old grandaughter loves butterflies and has a huge colored illustrated book on butterflies and moths so I've seen a butterfly moth in pictures and they are pretty.We also have deer here and many a time will see them cross the road if we're on it late as we also have a casino about 12 miles from us.We actually came upon an accident where a car had hit a deer crossing the highway.Did lots of damage to the car but deer was okay.Take care all and lets keep these wildlife stories going they are gems.love Mary

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:19 PM

Mary, I hope everyone in that car accident managed okay. I am also amazed (and relieved) that the deer got through it okay.

Peggy, I agree we should enjoy these beautiful visions of nature before the seasons change.

Nightfrog, I never realized how small hummingbirds are. They are so awesome and amazing to watch!


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