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Sept 11, 2012 Wildlife and Scenery Thread
5 years ago

Well, here is our new wildlife and scenery thread. I hated to leave the old one. So much good stuff there, but we do have a connection........... http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=47&pst=1680304&saved=1 I can't wait any longer for Girl Dog to get up and go potty. I am going to get her up and out so Chewy and I can go for our walk. I'll be back. Sugar

5 years ago

OK, new thread.  We do have bobcats around here (central AZ), I've seen 'em in my backyard going after the quail.  Last year there were a mom and kittens living in a drainage culvert at the golf course about a mile away.  Also at the lake down the street, coyotes there too.  Haven't seen any mountain lions in the neighborhood, but they are known to live in the forest @10 miles away.

5 years ago

Hi Sugar and Cindy! I hope you enjoyed your walk with Chewy, Sugar. Cindy, wow, sounds like you have quite the variety of wildlife in your neighborhood! Do you keep your cats inside due to the bobcats and coyotes? Or just let them outside during the day? I think it'd be cool to see a bobcat or a mountain lion but that is just me.

Take care and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Darla, my furbabies are definitely indoor cats.  I have a screened-in porch they can go into to get fresh air.  They've been indoors since being rescued as teeny tiny feral babies.

 

 

Yes, there's plenty of wildlife around here.  Seveal herds of pronghorn anelope live in the area I pass on my way to work, as well as the usual skunks, coons, badgers, etc.  SO glad I don't live in a city!

5 years ago

Good morning to everyone.

Sugar I am so happy that Mouse is being a good boy. You have been very busy lately, I hope your bamboo slows down soon. Does it stop growing in the winter?

Cindy you are so lucky to have a screened in porch, my furbabies would love that as they are all indoor kitties too. I can't let them out there are too many cars. My ferals are pretty safe they don't really leave the back yard and they all get along with the racoons and skunks, they even eat from the same dishes sometimes. There was a fox in my backyard but I haven't seen him for sometime, I think he may have died because last time I saw him he looked like he had mange. I felt bad for him but there was nothing I could do to help him.

I tried to sit outside last night and got bombarded by mosquitoes, I just hate them they ruin your evening, and there are so many.

I hope everyone has a good day and hugs to all the kitties.

5 years ago

Good morning, everyone. Hope y'all are doing well and things are going great.

Cindy, my furbabies are also indoors only though I have no screened inporch for them. I'm sure your furbabies love it. Sounds like you have quite the wildlife collection at your home. How awesome! I live in the city and wishI lived in the country ~ maybe someday.

Michela, so sorry about the fox in your yard. Sorry also that you have so many mosquitoes. We really haven't had much of a problem here for some reason. Either that or they're just leaving me alone now when they never used to. lol

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Hi everyone!! I hope everyone is enjoying this great day.

I wish I had a screened in porch, mostly for the cats. I sit outside in the summer and the mosquitoes don't really bother me that much unless I get too close to the tree line. I guess my blood isn't the right flavor for them 'cuz when I get company from the city, they get eaten alive..lol. All my cats are indoor cats....too many wild animals roaming around in the woods!

I saw some foxes a few weeks ago when I was hiking through the woods. They took off pretty fast when they heard me lumbering along. I saw a fox a few years ago that looked very sick; he looked like he had mange and he had no hair on his tail except for a poodle pom on the end....very strange looking indeed.

I've had more luck posting today so fingers crossed....here goes nothing!!

5 years ago

Hi Angie! Wow, you saw foxes! How cool! I guess they would take off fast but it's great that you saw them. Hmmmm, one with mange? How sad. I guess having only a little bit of hair on the end of his tail would be weird looking indeed. I'll say it again. I wish I lived out in the country or at least where I could go and see wild animals. There's a park nearby where I once saw a wild rabbit but it's not very disabled friendly ~ very hard to walk with a walker there except in the part where they have the playground for kids.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Lately I have seen 6 foxes killed alongside the road. The latest was just last week. I never saw that many in the past. I don't know if it is because the winter here was so mild and rabbits and little rodents were so plentiful that the predator fox also multiplied to keep up. I know most of the foxes were young ones and just beautiful. There is one that goes up my driveway every now and then and cuts over into my woods. I like him. You know those 'bare' foxes might have flea or grass
allergies just like dogs and cats. I wish there was something we could do for them when they need help. I also know that predator birds, hawks and owls have eaten all my squirrels and many of my song birds. One of the two even tore one of the squirrel nests down out of a tree. I could cry. You know, one of those large leafy nests. I saw a large hawk in my back 40 on the ground earlier today and I just pray that he didn't get one of my groundhogs that live there. They are going to run out of food soon. I think the hawk was a redtail.

Boy that bamboo. I don't know if it slows down in winter or not. I know it dosn't freeze out! Later today I will check and see how many new sprouts are shooting up. I'll let you know.

Sorry I have only taken pics of kitties lately.

Sugar

5 years ago

No nature pics here lately. I don't get much wildlife happening here as you all have over there. Hawaii is different with the wildlife. Of course I do live out in the country area with forests surrounding us. Once there was a pheasant that came to rest in our tree in the back yard. This was a different type of pheasant not your normal brown colored one. More of a bluish black looking one. It was really neat to see him. Then we do have the wild black pigs around here. They rarely come around the houses out here but are around. It would be nice to see a deer or a fox out here so your lucky to see them right in your own backyard. I got lizards, mongooses, birds and bees, a hawk or owl once in a great while. Aloha, Sally

5 years ago

Hi ladies,
We had 10 foxes out front of my house one night making the mating call sounds. I listened to it on the internet, so I know what they were up to. I don't welcome them here anymore than I welcome the coyotes.

The eastern red fox is the larger one, and I have a few ferals that come around to eat. I also don't want them climbing my fence in the back yard. If they are out there, I cannot hear them now. I went past a lake around the corner a week ago, and I think I saw a coyote. My sister said she saw one around the corner from here too.

Very odd, but no more red tailed or the other hawk. No more birds either. Well, one blue jay and he looked sick to me. He did not fly off when I approached. The birds are gone. The farmers poisoned them. The one farmer in a nearby town got a permit to buy stuff to kill them, and the starlings were falling from the sky. I guess, my birds from here visited his farm.

I keep putting food out and nobody is there to eat. It is horrible without the sounds of the birds singing. All I hear is crickets and tree frogs. Jimmy saw ONE hop toad, and all the bats are gone too. Lots of mosquitos and flies now.......

Not sure where the opossums and skunks are either......

5 years ago

Hi Sally, our male pheasants are beautiful. It's been a long time since I seen one, I can't remember the colors exactly, but I think they had a gold head and very long tail feathers. A long time ago I had some pheasant eggs hatched at a hatchery and let them loose on the farm when they were able to be on their own. Any way those are the only pheasants I have seen. I would have thought Hawaii would have lots and lots of wildlife, I know you have beautiful flowers! I have heard they smell wonderful. What about snakes? I have snakes, skinks, salamanders which are cold blooded and lots of bugs, myriads of bugs. Flies and mosquitos are my very unfavorite ones.

I am going to try to paste a pic, I am having problems. Here goes.....It won't work. Has anyone else had a problem? I can't post any pics from my album? What's going on? Is it just me? I will check with Donna tomorrow.

Sugar

5 years ago

Sigh....that's one of the drawbacks of living here Darla; not all of my friends and family are as sure footed in the forest as I am so I am unable to share much of the beauty I find with them. I try to take a camera when I go outside because I never know when the urge might hit me to take a little walk...lol.

I've seen a few foxes along the side of the road this summer....so sad. I picked my daughter up from work one night around 11:30 and we had to stop to let a skulk of foxes cross the road. (I've always wanted to use that term...lol) They were healthy and very beautiful in my headlights. My daughter tried to snap a picture but it didn't come out well. Up here where I live, my biggest problem at night is deer running out into the road. This hasn't happened to me but I've had a few neighbours who have written their vehicles off from hitting deer. I notice it happens a lot around this time of year. It must be that they are in season or something because they run everywhere...often just running into things. That must be why deer hunting season is scheduled for the fall. There are signs on the road warning about deer crossings but even more prevalent around our roads are the "turtle crossing' signs....they are everywhere and sadly enough, there are squished turtles on the highways every time I go somewhere. We have hawks flying around here too Sugar...I used to cringe when I saw them back in the days when I had outdoor cats. We also have alot of Osprey (fish eagles); the area residents guard these Osprey with their lives. Even the power company builds platforms on top of the hydro poles so the Osprey can build their giant nests on them.

Sugar, I haven't been able to post pictures either but last week I couldn't post anything, so I'm not complaining....yet.

Have a good evening everyone!! I hope I can post pictures again soon.

5 years ago

I am afraid for a while until the issue is resolved, this will be only a talking thread. I cannot post pictures. I am so disappointed. I love to see all the wonderful pictures everyone posted. I even liked seeing my own! I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles! Don't forget to use some of the discriptive phrases we posted earlier this year. Like 'how the cookie crumbles'.

That's nice about the Ospreys. Thanks for sharing Angie. I wish you could post us a picture.

Talk to you later guys,

Sugar

5 years ago

Good morning, all!

Sugar, that's so sad about all your squirrels and song birds and that squirrel nest. I hope it didn't get your groundhogs. So, how much bamboo are you cutting down now? Too bad you don't have or know of any critters that eat bamboo, you could give them all your bamboo you've been cutting. Wow, you had some pheasant eggs hatched and set free? How cool! I'll bet that was fun. No pictures huh? I haven't tried to post any here but in one of my other grups that has the same set up, the copy/paste thing didn't work. Other people post pictures there but I'm not sure how they do so. Guess I'll have to work on my descriptive phrases. lol

Sally, that phesant sure sounds pretty. Lizards, mongooses, birds, bees, wild pigs, hawks, and owls ~ sounds like you have your own variety of wildlife. I'll bet you have some beautiful birds.

Angie, yes, I can empathize with your friends and family who aren't sure-footed enough for the forest. I'd love to live in the country but don't know how I'd handle the land if we did. Oh well, it's a dream anyway. Meanwhile, I can hear about it from y'all. That's so cool about the foxes and the Osprey. That's so nice that the power company builds platforms for the nests. Too bad about the deer and turtles getting hit. I do feel bad for both the deer and the person whose car gets totaled.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Sugar, we do have myriads of bugs, flies, mosquitoes but thankfully NO snakes. We do have one if you can call it a snake, maybe more like a legless skink? It is small like an earthworm, black and does have a little tongue that slithers out. These little guys are very harmless and usually will find them burrowed in the garden. Have not come across any lately.Snakes are considered illegal to have in Hawaii which I am glad. It would put much of our native birds in danger. Like Guam, no birds at all because of the brown tree snake. Good thing we got mongooses here.

The flowers here are beautiful and some very fragrant. Right now we do have the wild ginger that grows in groves here blooming. I love the smell of them in mornings and at nights. We do have native Hawaiian birds way up in the forests. You would have to do some hiking. We live near the Volcanoes Nat'l. Park but you would mainly see the birds, or game birds. Like the pheasants, quails, franklins and wild turkeys. We do have chickens. I'll try to post one a friend took a pic of. Really cute. I had a hard time figuring how to get this on here. At least I got it. Isn't he cute!

5 years ago

That's a chicken, a beautiful chicken! It reminds me of a seabrite and a chinese crested. He is so lacy. Is he a wild chicken or domesticated? I love chickens. I always had pet chickens until the last 15 years. That is why I can barely eat chicken. One time I went away for a weekend to my grandparents when I was a little girl and when I came home my pet rooster was on the kitchen table. We were very poor but I still would not have killed and eaten my rooster. I would rather be hungry. I never ate him. I never forgave my mother for that until almost the end of her life.

How did you ever post it? I can't post a pic at all! I copy, but can't paste! I only copy from my albums. I have a picture of Rusty and Dumb Broad my last two chickens. I fought owls and hawks big time to keep them. And then a possum bit Dumb Broad on the head and destroyed her mouth when she was very old. The vet couldn't fix her and I had to put her down. She is buried here in my yard. I loved that chicken.

Sugar

5 years ago

This was from my friend's facebook page, the chicken. I somehow was able to copy and paste it without having to download it to my album. But I imagine this is a pet chicken of someone. But just thought he is such a beautiful chicken. Never seen one like him. Sugar, I had as a girl growing up at my grandmother's house chickens. I even had a favorite rooster which I considered as my pet. They were plymouth rocks. Then came time for them to be made into dinner. I would not help and I would not eat them as well. Unfortunately my rooster died as he got sick, so he was spared from the slaughter.

I will try to post a picture of the wild ginger flowers that bloom around here and yes they are very fragrant. Love the smell. Wish the computer had a thing where you could click to smell them.Aloha, Sally

wild ginger flowers



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Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Good morning, everyone! Hope y'all are doing well and things are going great.

Sally, what a beautiful chicken. He does look lacy as Sugar said. I also love the wild ginger.

Sugar and Sally, I understand what you mean about the pet chickens as that happened to me with a pet rabbit. My stepfather {my mom's second husband} killed and I never forgave him. Luckily, my mom divorced him soon after that incident so I didn't have to live with the man.

Sugar, I'm so sorry about your chicken Dumb Broad. What happened to Rusty?

Takecare and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

WOW, what a beautiful chicken.... The guy a few doors down had some fancy chickens that I never saw before. I have 3 roosters. They are Bantee cochens.

5 years ago

I wouldn't mind getting a nice looking hen to be around here but I am afraid she would get attacked by the neighbors cats. I like those little bantam chickens.

Okay, got a picture of a stick bug that was in my husband's work shop. I tried to dust him off and put him outside where he belonged. I put him on my taro plants for a better picture. Reminds me of the stick bug in the children's movie, Bugs Life, I think it was called.

Stick bug

5 years ago

Good morning all!

Donna, you'll have to get some pictures of your roosters for us to see. I for one would really love to see them.

Sally, what a great picture of the stick bug which is really something. I think stick bugs are cool.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

I love the pictures of the chicken and the walking stick!!

I wish I could post pictures....maybe tomorrow Until then, its great to look at everyone else's pics.

5 years ago

My cats never even expressed interest in the chickens. It was Hens and roosters that jumped off the tree and into my yard. My cats just ignored them, and when the hens had chicks, they use to launch off my cats to hop on the other side of them. The people that owned the chickens have dogs, and they killed one of her chickens when they went into their yard.

Vultures don't care about the chickens either, and one of my roosters was hopping sideways up to the vulture that was twice the size of the rooster. The vulture just titled his head and walked away. Like give me a break!

5 years ago

That is so funny screamingbell about the vulture and the rooster. Got me laughing. It must be something to watch the vultures there. The neighbor nextdoor of us, we don't bother with. Let's just say she is a rotten neighbor. She has about 4 cats and I know there is a hen there. The poor thing is always chased around by the cats. And the cats do come here to poop in my yard and go back. Can't do much about that. But know if I were to raise chickens they would be bothering them.

I hope Angie will be able to post her pics here. I just put photos of what I want into my Care2 album and then click copy and paste here. So far it has been working out for me. I would love to see someone get a picture of a fox around there place to post here. Well, I kepp my eyes out for what wildlife and other things happening around here. Aloha, Sally

5 years ago

Good morning, Angie, Donna, and Sally! I'm going to try to post a picture. It's of my Bearded Dragon, BabyFace. We were talking about Beardies in the last thread. I know he's not technically wildlife but I wanted to try to post a picture since I had been unable to. BabyFace is a big boy about 28 inches long and he's 11 years old.

Donna, I agree with Sally that the scene between the rooster and the vulture is very funny. You described it so well I can just picture it and I'm laughing my head off.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.



Well the paste part of copy/paste doesn't work so I can't post my picture.

5 years ago

I can't wait to see a picture of BabyFace Darla! I still can't post pictures either

5 years ago

Well, Angie {and anyone else who wants to look}, since I can't post pictures you can check him out in my photo albums; BabyFace is in My Favorite Animal and My Pets album. The wildlife photos are pictures I found on-line but I took all the others in my albums. If you go check him out, do let me know what you think.

5 years ago

Darla, here is your Baby face posted. I also could not get the paste to work, so I clicked on the basic editor, although I  thought it said advanced editor. I must be seeing things.

My brother had one of these dragons but he passed.

5 years ago

Angie,

When you try to right click to click on paste, go to basic editor on the bottom right and click on it, then try again. That is what I did to post the photo.

5 years ago

Wow Darla! I like your bearded dragon, baby face. I don't think we can have those here in Hawaii as well. I really wish so tho' as I wouldn't mind having one as a pet. I am fascinated with small size reptiles. How long do they live? I was able to pet an iguana at a zoo here. Screamingbell thank you for helping to find a pic of Baby face to post. Would like to know more about him Darla.

5 years ago

Baby Face IS a big boy! I've only seen tiny ones, I suppose they are babies. I think they are adorable.

5 years ago

Donna, thanks so much for posting my BabyFace. It is much appreciated. Sally and Karen, thanks for your compliments on BabyFace. Let me tell you about him. He is a rescue of sorts as a friend of mine has a son who was about 10 at the time. Her ex-husband got the dragon for her son but he wouldn't interact with the dragon. He kept saying the dragon would nip at him and I told him that he had to handle the dragon then he wouldn't nip at him. Unfortunately, he didn't listen to me and wouldn't handle the dragon so decided he didn't want him That's how I got him. He was about 4-5 inches long when I got him and he was the first reptile I have ever owned. Luckily, Ray used tobe a herpetologist so he gave me alot of tips. We fed BabyFace mealworms and greens as a baby though as he grew he outgrew the need for the mealworms. He now eats mainly greens though we give hima treat of crickets every now and again. He is much bigger than average. We had some friends who also had dragons and they had a female we thought we could breed with BabyFace. So, BabyFace went over to their home and into the habitat of the female dragon. It didn't work, he was about twice her size {he was bigger than their male too} and she was deathly scared of him so they took her out of the habitat and we brought BabyFace home. There is a subspecies of Bearded Dragons called the German Giant but BabyFace is not a German Giant despite being almost as big as they are. BabyFace is 11 years old which I'm told by reptile people is very old for a captive dragon. I don't know how long they usually live though Ray thinks it's typically around 5-7 years. Donna, how old was your brother's dragon when he passed? BabyFace is very much my dragon and has a bond with me. Sally, how cool that you got to pet an iguana! They are wonderful lizards. Ray says they're very hard to raise in captivity.

5 years ago

All I know is that the bearded dragon's name was Fireball, and she ate pinkies, and I think use to get in the tub. He was going to buy some kind of a shower or tub for the dragon, but not sure if he ever did. I don't know how old the dragon was when she died, or even what happened.

5 years ago

Darla, BabyFace is so cute, years ago I used to have a lot of reptiles, lizards, snakes and a couple of tarantulas. When I started college I had to find good homes for most of them. So now I just have two land tortoises called Red Footed Tortoises and I have a frog and of course all my furkids. They are all enough for me to handle so I think I will have to keep it at that. My ferals outside also keep me busy. Thanks for the picture it was wonderful to see him.

5 years ago

Donna, I could never handle giving BabyFace pinkies. He got mostly mealworms and some crickets as he grew. We squirt him with the water bottle for "rain".

Thanks, Michela. I think he's cute too. I'm sorry that you had to give up your reptiles and tarantulas. I know how hard it is to up to give up your critters. It does sound like you have your hands full right now. Would love to see pictures of your Red Footed Tortoises. As for the piocture, Donna was sweet enough to post it for me as I'm unable to post photos.

5 years ago

Darla, thank you for sharing your story of BabyFace. I think your lucky to have a bearded dragon for a pet. The closest thing I ever raised was the Jackson Chameleons. I think they are so neat. I really don't know how the zoo here got an iguana but it seems to be doing fine out here. It is more of a wet environment on this side of the island and I thought they do well in a hot and dry climate. Now tortoises we do have here and people do have them for pets. They sell for a few hundred dollars. They are the large land ones. Michaela~ I would be so afraid of tarantulas. I have a phobia of spiders and had enough experiencing those large wolf spiders when I lived with my grandmother. No thank you. But would love to see pictures of the tortoises and of the frog.

5 years ago

My pleasure, Sally. I love having BabyFace. He's such a cool guy. I'm not familiar with Jackson Chameleons but I'm sure they were very cool to raise. I never thought of myself as having a lizard before BabyFace but I couldn't imagine not having him. When he passes I'm sure I'll get another one. Hopefully it'll be a long time before that happens though. I would also be afraid of the tarantulas. Ray had one once for awhile and I steered clear of it. I'm not much of one for spiders.

5 years ago

My grandson had a bearded dragon for many years. He and his dad built the dragon a wonderful habitat and he still lives there, although my grandson has moved out with his girlfriend. I think his girlfriend took one look at the dragon and gave him a choice of her way or the highway...lol. So long story short, my daughter has a bearded dragon and he's about 11 years old now. He likes crickets alot but he's also really fond of snow peas. Many many years ago, this same daughter used to own hampsters and turtles. One of the turtles passed on but the other lives in a big aquarium at my house. He is about 23 years old and quite large. I told my husband that I think I might have to put the turtle in my will because I think he's going to outlive me...lol. I've had him for so many years and he is so friendly. He loves it when I hang around the aquarium and socialize with him.

5 years ago

Angie, I think your grandson's girlfriend shoul've given the Dragon a chance but that's too funny how your daughter wound up with him. It's nice that they built a nice habitat for him. Mine is in a very large terrarium thingy {looks like an aquarium but with a screen top}. It's probably about 50-55 gallons something like that. I have rocks and wood in there for him. Like I said, he's 11 years old and I hope he lives for a long time yet to come. Your turtle sounds interesting. 23 years old, that's fascinating! You're right in that he just may outlive you as I've heard turtles and tortoises can live extremely long lives. He sounds very cool. Any pictures of him you can share? BabyFace loves it when I hang around his habitat also though he doesn't much like my husband. He always bows up and gives Ray his dark beard whenever Ray is near! lol Right now BabyFace is wathing me as his habitat is right next to the computer desk. BabyFace loves the spring mix greens and anything red like red leaf lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, etc. He loves it when we get crickets for him too.

5 years ago

I know tortoises do live for many years. Angie~ I think you may have to put him in a will. You know Darla, I posted a picture of a Jackson Chameleon on the other wildlife and scenery thread, I got mixed up. I thought that was closed and so I thought it was the newer one. Anyways, there is a nice picture of a Jackson chameleon on there. I will post on here the anole lizard that was sunning itself on my Rhododendron. I think BabyFace is asserting to your husband with his head bobbing and showing off his beard, that your his and to stay away. I think he is awesome. So here is a pic of the anole lizard. We have a lot of these running around here.

Anole lizard

5 years ago

Snapping TurtleThis snapping turtle lives at Algonquin Park where my daughter found him sunning  himself in the sun near the children's camp where she worked last summer.  Fingers crossed on posting this picture~~I changed browsers from IE9 to Chrome

5 years ago

SAlly, the anole is wonderful. They're such cool little lizards. I find them in my plants quite a bit when I'm watering but of course I don't have my camera with me. I'll go back and look at the Jackson Chameleon. Yes, that's what Ray and I say about BabyFace! That he's telling my husband to back off b'cuz I belong to BabyFace! Everyoen who comes over and sees BabyFace tells me that they can tell he's mine b'cuz of the way he watches me. I have Ray feed BabyFace once-in-awhile to try to get BabyFace to at least like Ray but it does no good. BabyFAce is most definitely my lizard and I'm his person.

Angie, love the snapping turtle. There must be something up with IE9 and Care2 b'cuz Sandi had to switch from IE9 to something else to be able to post.

5 years ago

Looks like your posting of the snapping turtle worked, Angie. I have firefox as my browser and seems to be working fine. Long as it works stick with it I guess.

Darla, it goes to show that BabyFace has a personality and loves you. I think it is great.

The crab spiders are back around here making their webs all over the place. Actually are considered a pest here. Tome, I don't like them. Sometimes they make a web right in the path you walk down the garden on and then you'll see me do a dance to get it off of me and look for the darn spider. They do bite you know. Hope you can see it clearly.

Crab spider

5 years ago

You guys are doing a great job of keeping the wildlife/scenery thread going~ Thank you so much. I just loved going through the posts and the pics. Darla you and I have much in common, I had a bearded dragon named Lizzy. She was just a tiny little thing when I got her. I held her a lot and gave her lots of attention. Even taking her a few places in a carrying case. She just died earlier this year. I made her a cage outside to get real sunlight for the summers. The cage was beside the lilacs and she had both sun and shade and of course she always had water and food there. I put a lamp on her at night so she wouldn't get chilled. I had crickets living and breeding in her home so I eventually never had to buy them again, I miss her. Some where I have pics, if I ever find them I will, shoot, I started to say post them, but I can't. In one of the threads years past, she is there, but I can't tell you where! Donna might remember her.

Keep up the good work.

Sugar

5 years ago

Hello all..I haven't been around for a few weeks...too much going on,but Sally WOW, what a sight to log into. gorgeous... the flowers,the chicken. we have a farm called Linvilla orchards around here which is the closest I get to the chance to feed chickens and have never seen one that looked that pretty-though they re all cute.

5 years ago

Good morning all! Hope everyone's doing well and things are going great.

Sally, I went back and saw the Jackson Chameleon. He was great ~ very big and a beautiful specimen. I can sort of see the spider and I certainly wouldn't want to come across one so I don't blame you for not liking them.

Sugar, yes, I think we do have alot in common. You have my sincere condolences on the loss of Lizzy. I know that I'll be devastated when I lose BabyFace. He's watching me now as I type. I think it's cool that you were able to build an outside habitat for Lizzy. How old was she? I also have cats sleeping here in the computer room with me.

Helen, good to see you here.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Sorry to hear Sugar that your bearded dragon, Lizzy passed on. I wonder how long do they actually live? Darla, does your cats ever bother BabyFace?

Helen, we do have chickens that run around wild in some places here. But I do have to agree that lacey looking chicken I posted here is really pretty. I wouldn't mind getting one like that. I wonder if I can find out what kind it is.

5 years ago

Hi everyone. My kitties used to watch Lizzy but only Little Joe was really interested and eventually he got used to her.

Keep the pictures coming guys. Love them.

Sugar

5 years ago

Hi Sally! My cats like to watch BabyFace but they don't bother him. I have one cat that likes to get on top of BabyFace's habitat though we discourage that. I'm sure it shouldn't be too hard to find out what kind of chick that lacey looking one is as it pretty unique looking.

5 years ago

Hi Sugar! Your post wasn't here the first time I posted. Must be that Care2 delay. My cats are all pretty much used to BabyFace as well. The one that likes to get up on his cage is our 2 year old, Kona, so having a Dragon was new for him. Our youngest, Scamp, also watches BabyFace alot especially when BabyFace is moving around his habitat.

5 years ago

Wow Sally...I love the picture of the spiderweb!! It looks pretty big. I'm not a big fan of spiders either but they are a fact of life. I have spent decades killing them for my girls so they would sleep in their rooms...lol. About 15 years ago, my daughter Michelle started yelling from her room. When I went in, she was plastered against the opposite wall, standing on her bed. I asked her what was wrong and she just pointed at the door. I looked and right beside my hand was the biggest, ugliest spider I have ever seen. It was the size of my hand and it almost didn't look real~~it looked like a robot with jointed legs...lol. Of course, I saved the day, as is my job as mom I suppose. I grabbed it in a towel and tossed it out into the snow. This was our first winter living in the country and this was totally mind boggling at the time. After some research, I found out it was a dock spider. Not poisonous but it does bite! I could have told you it would bite after staring into its jaws LOL.

My cats take turns sitting in front of the aquarium staring at the turtle and the turtle loves the company. I've never had a cat try to jump into the aquarium; for this I am grateful.

5 years ago

Well, the crab spider in the picture is on a lava rock. I decided to bring it down off it's hanging web and take a picture of it easier that way. So there is some web with it. But they can spin a spider web from tree to tree around four feet apart. Running into them is no fun. Angie, I would be like your daughter plastered against the opposite wall as well if I saw a huge spider like that, in fact if there is a window there, I'd be out. LOL. You know we have black widows here and I know they are poisonous. Hope I don't find any around here. My husband just seen on tv that someone had one of those pet turtles, it had stripes of yellow and red colors. Is that a strider turtle or is it called something else? He was thinking how fun it would be to get one. Never had one, so don't know what it would take to care for one.

5 years ago

Good Morning, Sally I can't think of their name right now. I think it has 'red' in the name if it is the turtle I am thinking of. It'll come to me eventually if some one else doesn't post it first.

I tried to post again, no way. I am just out of luck.

Take care everyone,

Sugar

5 years ago

Sally, the crab spider is very cool looking and I love the picture of the anole he looks so curious.

Sugar, are you thinking of the red eared slider turtle?

The ones that have the yellow and red colours are usually called painted turtles.

5 years ago

Good morning, all! Hope y'all are doing well.

Angie, I also would be like your daughter and calling for Ray to come take care of the spider! My daughter is even worse than I am she would have been out of that room the fastest way be it the door or the window whichever was closer. Never heard of a dock spider, will have to plug it in to a search engine and see if I can get a picture of one. Yes, most spiders bite {especially the big ones} even if they're not poisonous and their bites can hurt.

Sally. I mentioned in a previous thread that Ray found a black widow spider living in our storage room {we have an outside storage room right next to our front door}. He took it out and released it elsewhere and warned me to be careful when I go into the storage room.

Sugar and Michela, good to see you both here.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

A black widow?? Yikes Darla! I have never seen one although I heard we have them around here but they are pretty rare. Speaking of dock spiders, we had one that built a web right outside back door. Normally, I would have moved it but honest...this spider was a metallic colour and it just looked so spectacular in the sun that I couldn't move it. Depending on the time of day it would gleam gold, or silver, or copper. It lived outside that door until it got cold and then it went wherever spiders go when its cold. I wish I had a picture of this thing because I've never seen anything like it and I'm sure it must have been some kind of mutation. That's nature

Sally, my turtle is a red-eared turtle.

5 years ago

Okay, I looked up a dock spider and they look just like the wolf spider my grandmother had at her house. Those things can get BIG and they give me the creepy crawly feeling. Found a pic to post here. So Angie is this what it kind of looked like?

 

5 years ago

You got it Michela, that's the turtle I was thinking of. Those poor little guys used to be given out at fairs and places and I am sure most didn't have a good life afterwards if any life at all.

Sally I think I have one of these spiders, I will go look in a minute. Be right back. Whoops, he's gone. I walked past him a hundred times yesterday and now he's gone. I hope no one got him.

I gotta get to work! Keep posting pics. At least I can enjoy seeing yours if not posting mine.

Sugar

5 years ago

Yes Sally, that's a dock spider...though they look alot more terrifying when they are spread out beside your hand and you realize your hand is smaller...lol. Now picture that spider with a metallic body and thats what we had living beside the back door that one year.

I hope you find your spider Sugar...I hate when they disappear and you just know they will reappear when you least expect it.

5 years ago

Good morning, all!

Angie, yes, a black widow. Hopefully that was the only one. Wow, a metallic spider! That sounds cool. I can see why you let it stay. I would love to have seen a picture of that. How's your turtle doing?

Sally, thanks for the picture of a dock spider. That's one big spider and if they get even bigger than that picture I wouldn't want one to be anywhere near me. lol I don't want to imagine a spider bigger than my hand as Angie says.

Sugar, yes I remember that red eared slider turtles were given out at fairs, carnivals, etc. They were very easy to get. In fact, I think at one time we had one when I was a child but it didn't live very long. I was very saddened by its loss. I'm sorry to hear you lost your spider. Hope it turns back up.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

Road sign in Kawartha Lakes Ontario
5 years ago

Turtle Crossing Sign

5 years ago

Love the road sign, Angie! Thanks for posting.

5 years ago

Great turtle crossing sign Angie. I think on the island of Maui near the beaches they have a similar sign as the sea turtles will cross over a road to a sandy area to lay eggs.

My blue gingers are blooming here, wanted to post a pic of them. The flowers are pretty but not fragrant.

Blue ginger

5 years ago

Beautiful flowers, Sally!

5 years ago

Those are really pretty flowers Sally. If you are ever near the sea turtle sign please take a picture I would love to see it too.

5 years ago

I'll try to remember that. Maybe I can have my brother-in-law who lives on that island to take a pic if he is ever near one of those signs. Thank you for the comments on my blue ginger.



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5 years ago

Just read the newspaper about how some Axis deers was brought over to this island I live on, illegally from the island over, Maui. The Dept. of land and natural resources says they don't want them here on this island as they pose a threat to Hawaii's native ecosystems. From what I read in the paper it was four of these deers placed on a private ranch owned by a person I know of. Well, he got in trouble for this as he did not look into this, if this would be fine. So guess what the DLNR guys go and do? They went and shot three of the deers, still looking for the fourth. Instead of catching them and placing them back to where they came from, no they went and killed them. Now what kind of thinking is that? Here is a picture of what the Axis deers look like.

5 years ago

I can't believe they just shot the deer! That's horrible! Why do some people seem to think of killing as the first method to fixing a problem. I hope that someone else catches the fourth deer and gets it to safety somewhere before the DLNR guys shoot it too.

5 years ago

Exactly Darla! Why is it the first thing to do in fixing the problem is to kill them off. Such idiots I tell you. Yes, I understand how devastating the deers can be to Hawaii's native ecosystems but I am sure if you could keep the deers in a controlled environment it could work. It wasn't the deers fault to begin with. But as I said we don't exactly have deers here on this island but on the other islands, yes. They keep them controlled there but there is still complaints.

Hey Michela, I found on a website on of the Maui's turtle crossing signs. I'll post it here. It is so different than Angie's.

Turtle sign on Maui - photo by Carrie Robertson You can see why it is needed with the road there. The mother turtles cross the road from the ocean to the other side to lay there eggs. When the hatchlings hatch they cross over and get runned over. So now researchers have been monitoring the turtles and even built a sand fence to keep them off the road.

5 years ago

Sally, that is terrible about those beautiful deer. I don't understand why they couldn't just take them back to where they came from. Humans always want to kill everything. Thank-you for the picture of the sign, it is very nice. That is so sad that the babies get run over. I am glad to know that they are doing some things to help protect them and prevent them from dying. I love sea turtles.

5 years ago

We definitely agree on that subject, Sally! It's just so sad. As you said, it wasn't the deers fault and I'm sure there other options like the most obvious which is to return them to where they came from as Michela said. Keeping them controlled is another option, they could even spay/neuter them so they don't reproduce {I'm sure that's doable}. I just don't understand the mentality of people who want to kill first and foremost {shaking my head here}. Like Michela I like the sea turtle crossing sign. I shudder at the thought of turtle getting run over. I'm glad they're doing something to help the turtles.

5 years ago

You know those deers where brought here to that person's private ranch to populate and to be hunted. The guy says it is more for food but I think it is more for the sport of hunting them as well. Because the place where these deers were brought over from, was also on a ranch raising them to be hunted. Just like the mouflon sheep they have over there and here as well for game. Here is a picture of the mouflon sheep. They do run wild up in our mountains here.

5 years ago

Darla, Michela and Sally I hate it when innocent animals are killed for sport or just out of stupidity. Those are beautiful deer. Here only the babies have spots. One of this years babies is so big I just know she will be killed by hunters this year. She is so sweet. It breaks my heart when I have missing deer. For those of you who remember Crip, she is still around, she stays in a safe area, at least most of the time. She had twins again this year. Those people aren't killing animals like the mouflon sheep for food. They might end up eating them, but there will be a head on their wall like as not and the body just going to waste. Sally is that white muzzle a sign of age on the above sheep or a natural coloration?

Sugar

5 years ago

Angie, I found the spider, she was in the bathroom. I took her outside which I normally do. I do swat flies though. I don't like flies. They are nasty!!!!

Sugar

hi sugar, it is julia(aka catspaw1955) i am new on
5 years ago

this thread , well the scenery here is beautiful, i can see the ocean from my deck, and when i open the window i t comes booming in! my babette loves it when i open the window, she hates rain, but she loves the wind, all my windows and outside deck are screened, but all my babies are indoor babies, they will not set a paw outside, not even on the screened deck, wich i did for them! i have usually always lived on the ocean, been here now for 22yrs. it is wonderful, my mamma and i share a giant house, she has one side and i have the other, actually it is 2 houses put together. so do you get snow in the winter? on the coast we are lucky if we get a slight dusting in late december. well got to go get a cup of coffee, post at you later. god bless. purrs. catspaw1955

5 years ago

Sally, those poor deer. That's just horrible . I hate trophy hunting! The sheep is a beautiful animal. Of course, I think most animals are beautiful!

Sugar, I hope your deer isn't killed by hunters. Maybe she'll stay in the safe area. I agree with you that those people aren't hunting for food, they're hunting for trophies and that is just despicable.

Julia, your area sound beautiful. When you get your camera figured out you'll have to get some pictures to post. My 5 kitties are also indoor only cats. Your house sounds great. As I've mentioned before, it's wonderful that you and your mom are so close. I finally have a pretty close relationship with my mom and it's nice. We had some differences for a long while due to some things that happened when I was a child but we got over them. She went thru a rough period several years ago and we opened our home to her. She stayed with us for several months and that's when she and I worked out our differences.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Hi Julia, yes we get Snow!! But last year we only got an inch or two now and then. Very unusual. We had a mild winter which meant we had lots of rabbits, squirrels, and other prey animals. I hate to call them that. But that meant we had lots of predators too, like foxes and owls and hawks. I hated to see my squirrels disappear one by one. Some bird or animal has even been tearing down the squirrel nests. I have seen a couple of younger squirrels in the last day or two. So they aren't all gone. I love squirrels as much as I love my birds and deer. Your house does sound wonderful. Especially with an ocean view. I just can't imagine that. Mine is nothing special, just a cedar shake ranch type with the garage under the house and the rest basement. I do have a creek and lots and lots of trees. It's home and very safe for my furkids. I have lots of nut trees for the squirrels, I hope they clean them up before Spring and I have to mow.

Darla I know some will be missing next spring. Crip is quite old for a deer, she has lived this long because she is smart. She is at least 7 years old. Maybe a little older. Ray said 7 was old for a deer. She had a broken front leg that is a lot like my finger. The joint is stiff and can't be straightened up. But she can run like the wind but her walking gait is pretty bad. It looks like it would hurt her back. I think that is why she is safe all these years, she knows there is food and shelter around here and she won't have to wonder around looking for them. I guess I can forgive people who hunt deer for food, especially as bad as the economy is, there are so many country people who depend on the deer for meat. I can't forgive them for hunting for antlers though. And hooves. Would you believe I have seen deer dead, hit by a car and some idiot stops and cuts their feet off? No respect for the dead.

Well Darla and Julia, talk to you later,

Sugar

5 years ago

Sugar, that is the natural coloration of the muzzle on the mouflon sheep. I agree with you in if they are hunted for food to provide for the family then fine but I am against trophy hunting. Hearing of those poor deers being shot because they are illegal to have here is no way of taking care of the problem. You know, we went hiking in the mountains and there are wild goats up there as well. We came across a dead goat and it's hooves were taken, cut off and nothing else. So I am wondering if they just wanted the hooves for their dogs to chew on? I think it is stupid if the hunter just wanted that.

Julia~ It sounds like you have a big house or a duplex as we call it with one side a resident could live in and the other side the other resident. I would love a house with a view of the ocean and a big screened in porch. Would love to see your pictures on here once you can figure out your camera.

Sugar I hope Crip lives to a good old age and not ever be hunted. Glad she can come to your place for food.

Well, I was looking through my photos on disks and found one of the Hawaiian Nene geese we took a picture of. They come to this specific area to nest. So we did not disturb them. They are protected here. They look like the Canadian goose. Aloha, Sally

Hawaiian Nene geese

 

5 years ago

Hi Sally, the stupid people use the hooves for making things, like wall hangings and other things. I just don't know. Your geese do look like our Canadian. I don't know if they are protected here or not. I never heard and had no reason to check. They may be because they are considered pests in many places here. They poop all over and muliply but I have never heard of anyone killing one. To chase them away from parks, golf courses, etc. they use dogs trained to chase them and they put fake owls up on poles. I know lots of the poor things get hit with golf balls and are hurt. I've even known of one man who took after one with a golf club. And if I've hurt of one, you know there are others. Nene is a word used in crosswords a lot.

Hey, have a good day!
Sugar

5 years ago

Sugar, I too understand hunting for food as my baby brother does that. He does save the antlers but he eats all of the deer so the antlers aren't the reason he's hunting, food is the reason. I absolutely HATE trophy hunting! Wish there was a law against it. I think it's cool that you live where you do and have all those animals around. I love squirrels too. They're so smart and adorable. It's ad that the predators are getting your rabbits and squirrels but those predators need to eat so I guess it's just part of Nature and the way Mother Earth works. I can't believe someone would stop and cut off a dead deer's hooves. {shaking head here} You're right, there's no respect for the dead. As for our Canadian Geese I don't think they're protected or anything as I've signed petitions trying to get people to stop killing them. For example, somewhere near an airport they wanted to kill off the geese b'cuz they might get in the planes and cuse an accident. Stupid if you ask me. And, I've heard about places where they go do something to the eggs so the eggs won't hatch. I don't remember all the details however on either case. Sounds like Crip is a smart deer. I'm glad she's survived as long as she has. Seven does sound old for a deer though I hope she lives many more years. I'm so sorry about her leg though it's good she can run. I'm sure she lives with pain b'cuz of it.

Sally, great picture of the Nene! I'm glad they're protected. How sad that an animal was killed strictly for its hooves. {shaking head here again} I agree it's very stupid.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Okay everyone. Wanted to know if you ever heard of a fennec hare?  Someone on facebook posted this picture and said it was an endangered species. Here is a picture of it, tell me what you think at first sight. To me it looked like a kitten with long ears.

GUESS WHAT?? This was a hoax. Yep, you got it. I thought this looked funny like it was a fixed picture so I looked this up. On pinterest it says, "It is just as it looks-a photoshop kitten/bunny combo," Ashell said. "An April Fools Day hoax, based on how cute baby fenec foxes are."

5 years ago

I agree with you that it looks like a kitten with long ears. A hoax huh? Well, it was a cute one!

5 years ago

Cute but not real. Where is everyone? Hope to see more pics.

5 years ago

I too was wondering where everyone was. Angie posted a great picture of an osprey nest in the chit chat thread. I'm also looking forward to more pics!

5 years ago

The Osprey build their nests in trees too.  They are pretty versatile about where they build it seems.

 

Osprey nest in tree

5 years ago

They don't seem to be picky birds about their nesting site as long as it is close to water and their main food source - fish. I couldn't believe it when they started building on the light standard under a noisy ball park and bright lights that are blinding. My husband coachs a baseball team and some people would just come to watch the Osprey, secretly I did a lot of that too 

5 years ago

I am so sorry I can't post pics any more. That was one of my favorite things to do here on Cat Lovers, sharing my pics and seeing everyone elses. The kitten used for the pic is so cute. All kitties are cute. I saw an ugly spider this morning, one I didn't recognize but I didn't take the picture because I couldn't show you.

Angie I was looking at your Osprey nests in the Chit Chat thread. I can't believe the one on the telephone/electric (?) pole. That mom is brave.

I'm going outside ladies, please post your pics so I can at least look at some.

Sugar

5 years ago

Nice picture, Angie, of the nest in the tree. How does that huge nest stay in the tree like that? I can see how it works when they have a platform built for them to use but the one in the tree just  seems like a little miracle to me. Silly maybe but I love how Nature surprises us all sometimes and how Nature does the most miraculous things all the time if we just pay attention. That's cool about the nest you saw built, Michela. I too would think that it'd be too noisy and bright for mama bird. I think even I, a non-sports person, would've gone to that field to see the Osprey. Sugar, I miss your photos. You always took such great ones.

 

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Nice picture of the Osprey nest. They look pretty huge. I know the eagles nests are quite large. I was watching a nature program and this guy pointed out in this mountain area where there were huge branches up in a tree forming a type of nest. This was in the winter time, and the trees were bare, no leaves so you could see these huge nests up there. The guy said, believe it or not, these were made by bears that would go up in the trees and do this. These particular bears where in Siberia I believe. I found that so interesting. Learned something new. they go up in it at night to be away from the wolves.

5 years ago

Sally, that's an interesting fact about the bears making nests.

5 years ago

This is a picture of Waipio Valley. Grew up near here and as kids we would go down there and swim and go horseback riding. A very beautiful place to go see.

5 years ago

Sally, beautiful place. Thanks for sharing the picture.

 

I was doing some jigsaw puzzles on line when I saw a picture of a spider with a happy face on its body. The guy said it was reall so I looked it up. It's called the happy face spider and it lives in Hawaii {ever heard of it, Sally?}. There's also a scientific name. Since I can't post pictures, I'm posting a link to a page that has some info on it and a picture. Enjoy!

 

http://hawaiianforest.com/happy-face-spiders-on-the-mokuleia-trail

 

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Sally Thanks for sharing. Darla what a neat spider.

5 years ago

Yes, Darla, I have heard of them and we do have them here but they are mostly found in the forest areas. And as you can see they are pretty small. I thought it is a neat spider as well.

Don't like spiders but this one is neat.

Happy Face Spider
5 years ago

mokuleia-happy-face-spider-spiderling.jpg

5 years ago

Holy smokes....I just copied that picture off that page and pasted it here and it posted.  Will wonders never cease....lol.  Really cool looking spider Darla....thanks for sharing! They are really tiny....this picture is highly magnetized.



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5 years ago

You're welcome for sharing, y'all. I just thought it was a cool looking spider. Thanks for posting the picture Angie. Some of the pictures we get on on that puzzle site are pretty cool.

 

 

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