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#21 User is offline   j45nick 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 06:26 PM

As a rule we consider the following to be fair game when we find them inside the house, generally because it isn't practical to escort them outside: flies, mosquitos, ants, spiders, rodents, and palmetto bugs. You may well know palmetto bugs by their other name: cockroaches. Giant cockroaches.

These are dispatched either by chemical means, or by blunt force trauma.

We try to remove other intruders intact and alive, including (but not limited to) lizards, birds, butterflies (and their kin and precursors).

We have yet to have alligators in the house, but we have raccoons, possums, foxes, rabbits and armadillos passing through the yard on a regular basis. Oh yeah, and snakes, usually just black racers. I have taken it upon myself to behead both a coral snake and a copperhead in my firewood pile, and am willing to risk the implications of these acts on my karma.

Right now we have two young raccoons that watch us in the evening from a perch in a large oak tree just outside a living room window. They're cute now, but they grow up to be a pain in the butt, since they dig things up everywhere, including my wife's extensive tropical gardens. My garden shed has a resident population of rats, which I cull periodically when I get tired of being stared at every time I open the door to the shed.

Wildlife. Welcome to suburban Florida.
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:11 PM

At one time when I was a bit late with spring mowing, deer regularly grazed in my yard in the evenings. Possums usually lived in the (unused) outhouse. Racoons came from my woods facing the house to eat outdoor cat food and play like kittens on the front porch. For a while, skunks would hang around the porch at night - always a good idea not to startle 'em. Fox squirrels lived in the walnut trees and had a great time throwing nuts at my dogs. Red squirrels were always trying to invade the attic, usually without success. During especially dry summers I used to put water down for the local snakes that lived in my pile of cement blocks near the (detached) garage until my first wife caught on and started bashing 'em with a garden hoe😖 My eldest daughter was really pleased that we had a 'nature yard'.
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:01 PM

You all know BK is gonna trump you all

Down there with deadly spiders and swimming knives and Christ knows what

Em7 , you should get a little wooden plaque and mount the heads of these creatures you've killed on your wall
Looks great that 😄
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:32 PM

Fascinating stories from the edge of nature above - especially for a metropolitan like me.

It's early dawn and I just came in from the balcony to read OC. What impressing zoos he and Nick have going.

Here there's a couple on rabbits in a wired cage on the grass below, but apart from that one sees birds and birds only.

A few magpies, busy sparrows, gulls in different sizes, some aggressive, maybe a crow in the big empty morning-reverbed space between the vintage working-class houses, , , , and then this ever returning pair of what I call forest-pigeons. They and their ancestors have been coming here for ages.
More elegant than the street doves in their even light-grey plumage and always sitting highest in the tree tops on which I look straight down.

Then while watching I make this 'clay-whistle' with my hand and begin to blow. Pretty huge sonic effect. First it makes some of the birdies reply - maybe the rabbits change ear position.
But soon everything fall back to normal as they figure this sound is unauthorized thus none of their business.

This morning however was different - I attracted a flying pigeon which seemed as if it celebrated my echoed signals in the air.
Quite amazing and I clearly saw its kind of spread out legs while curving up and down - what ? ! , , , absolutely new to me. .
After a short while it landed on an old chimney and waited for step 2.
Didn't come - I sent out the last blow, left the stage and went inside to read'n'write this thread. .
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:57 AM

I forgot to mention the 'steroid bunnies' we had for a while. Seems one of the neighbors turned some good-sized tame rabbits loose, they interbred with the local wild rabbits (usually pretty small) and for a few years we had gigantic wild bunnies hopping around. There's an old movie titled "Night of the Lepus" 😄
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:10 AM

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:59 AM

Obviously a very small human with a normal size bunny😧
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 05:06 AM

I think it's van Morrison 🤔
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 05:18 AM

😐😒😊😄😁😂😅
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 07:22 AM


bbg - Puff a bowl of popcorn.

I'm sure this will make your day.


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You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 07:34 AM

The almighty Tull !!
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 09:28 AM

View PostE-minor7, on 24 May 2017 - 07:22 AM, said:

bbg - Puff a bowl of popcorn.

I'm sure this will make your day.


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Furries! I hate furries...and clowns.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:33 PM

Clowns are the worst😖
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 01:47 AM

View PostOldCowboy, on 24 May 2017 - 08:33 PM, said:

Clowns are the worst😖

No, , , clown-bursts are. .
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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