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    Posted: 18/July/2009 at 12:10pm

one of my pretty yellow finches


the cute little baby bunny; he eats all the clover. He can have it.
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Little Bun-Bun!

Our baby Robin's just flew the coup on Sunday. They live on the ground for about a week, learning to fly and having Momma and Daddy teach them what to eat. We heard one of them in the tall grasses by the garage last night. I miss my babies!
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They are so fun to watch grow up! We have a couple "resident" robins that hang out all the time. Along with our "resident" doves. I love the outside birdies.
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Very cute Pie!  Thanks for sharing. 

Hopefully he doesn't eat ALL your clover though.... it's actually very good for your lawn!  Wink   http://wildwildtakoma.blogspot.com/2006/06/clover-in-lawns-good-thing.html
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Okay so do we have moles in Forest Park and are they little and skinny and black? Cause omg I think one ran over my foot in my garden today, damn near peed all over myself and im pretty sure the neighbors thought I was being killed because of the scream I let rip.
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Originally posted by Barb Wire Barb Wire wrote:

Very cute Pie!  Thanks for sharing.  Hopefully he doesn't eat ALL your clover though.... it's actually very good for your lawn!  Wink   http://wildwildtakoma.blogspot.com/2006/06/clover-in-lawns-good-thing.html

Don't worry he can't eat all of it!
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DC, moles? I have no idea. I have never seen one. Maybe that's what digs holes in my yard.

Anyone...Bueller?
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Maybe that's what digs holes in my yard.


Probably.   I had a few in my backyard till snakes killed them and took over their "holes."  Thumbs%20Up
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Originally posted by arneharris arneharris wrote:

Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Maybe that's what digs holes in my yard.


Probably.   I had a few in my backyard till snakes killed them and took over their "holes."  Thumbs%20Up
snakes!?! in berwyn? uh, what kind?
icky, shiver, oooh. i'll take the mammals. small minded, perhaps, but...but...
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

DC, moles? I have no idea. I have never seen one. Maybe that's what digs holes in my yard.

Anyone...Bueller?


I'm very sure it's the squirrels digging the holes in my area.  They hit the lawn in the spring, then move on to the potted plants once those get outside, even the hanging planters.  To the best of my knowledge moles dont usually scale up onto porches and decks to get to soil.
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Please don't blame the squirrels. Have you ever watched a squirrel bury something? If not, you have no idea. They are very meticulous about hiding the fact that they have been digging around. They even pat down the grass when finished. It's pretty freaking amazing.

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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Please don't blame the squirrels. Have you ever watched a squirrel bury something? If not, you have no idea. They are very meticulous about hiding the fact that they have been digging around. They even pat down the grass when finished. It's pretty freaking amazing.



I would love to have those tidy, meticulous squirrels you speak of.  The ones over here are slobs and very aggressive.  They've nearly emptied entire planters all over the porch and just last week one chewed through the hose.  On my neighbors garage they've chewed right through the wood on the soffit to gain entry inside.  Not a very polite breed of rodents in these parts.
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I saw a pair of yellow finches snacking on my sunflower heads.

Fuzzy Finches

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Aww so cute . There is also a cockatiel on the loose here in town have seen him or her twice now cant coax it down.
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Arne love your tag line !!  Talk about waking up with Morning Wood.
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Originally posted by dogcatcher dogcatcher wrote:

Aww so cute . There is also a cockatiel on the loose here in town have seen him or her twice now cant coax it down.

Last time there was one in the hood, I got as far as getting him to land on my hand and then the ahole with the loud jeep (you know the one...huge tires) came down the alley and scared him away. Never saw him again.

If you can catch him, I have a friend who sort of rescues them...she adopts them. In fact, she bird sits for a living in her home.
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I will try but so far no luck..keep your eyes open tho it is close by us, all white in color. I feel awful not being able to catch it.

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Originally posted by dogcatcher dogcatcher wrote:

Arne love your tag line !!  Talk about waking up with Morning Wood.


Talk about waking up with morning wood?  OK.    
When I wake up with morning wood, I power up the laptop and head to my favorite porn site to fantasize and relieve.  Then I hit the john.  Then I grab my camera & go play with my snake (no, you pervs...my Summer 2009 yard friends).
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LOL.
i'd love to join in this discussion of birds and other natural critters/lovelies, but their still waiting for mr. boyle to issue them permits to cavort in my non-conforming yard.
i'll get some pics - poor things are just hanging out on the sidewalk - waiting, hoping. one of the squirrels has its own little-bitty lawn chair. (this one's for you, watcher :)
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Oh Arne you and I could cause so much trouble if we ever met !!!
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Does anyone else have squirrels planting peanut plants in their yard?  I have like 5 plants at this point and, since I am basically the laziest, worst wannabe urban farmer on earth, I am leaving them to see what happens. 

This is what it looks like:
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/images/pnutfl6b.jpg

I hate to anthropomorphize (that's a lie), but is it possible they know they are planting these things for later harvest? 
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1) how the heck did you know it was a peanut plant?
2) to continue your thought...maybe the squirrels are our climate change 'scouts' - illinois is the new georgia :)
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

1) how the heck did you know it was a peanut plant?
2) to continue your thought...maybe the squirrels are our climate change 'scouts' - illinois is the new georgia :)


Oh fantastic.  Maybe I'll get the southern accent I always wanted. 

Last year when coming upon the plant I pulled it up only to reveal it was anchored to a peanut from which it was growing.   Afterwords I googled peanut plants, and lo and behold I am growing peanuts. 

My boyfriend is thrilled because he loves peanuts, me because it's so very odd.  I just figured there must be others this is happening to. 
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Oh fantastic.  Maybe I'll get the southern accent I always wanted. 


Yeah, but then you'll need to have a lobotomy and marry your cousin.

On the plus side, we'll be getting $1.01 back for every dollar of taxes paid instead of the current 75¢.

That'll fill that budget hole in Springfield and we'll all be living LARGE!
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Originally posted by watcher watcher wrote:

Originally posted by Number6 Number6 wrote:


Oh fantastic.  Maybe I'll get the southern accent I always wanted. 


Yeah, but then you'll need to have a lobotomy and marry your cousin.

On the plus side, we'll be getting $1.01 back for every dollar of taxes paid instead of the current 75¢.

That'll fill that budget hole in Springfield and we'll all be living LARGE!


OOOooo!  And we won't have to read books anymore either!  And we can stop participating in evolution (although I think a few of us in the area stopped a while back anyhow)!
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I'll have to scout around the yard as my squirrels have been known to bury their peanuts around the yard.......except would roasted peanuts sprout? I don't buy them the raw ones; they taste like crap (very mushy).
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Piehead, to be honest, I think one of my neghbors buys specialty squirrel food.  A wise gentleman questioned my initial assumption as he thought the same.  It prompted me to do more research, which convinced me that this is what is going on.  I could be wrong, but I'll find out come fall I guess! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
** One of the first memories I have of buying the house last year was observing (and being observed by) a squirrel atop my shed (at eye level with my kitchen window) nonchalantly munching a peanut.  I suspected there was a pecking order in these parts that the squirrels were atop.  I have not yet been proven wrong. 
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Proof!   I "harvested" a peanut last night.  It remains to be seen if I can convince the boyfriend to eat it.  
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Wow! Have never harvested any but I find them in odd places all the time.
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Weeell, "harvest" = pull out of ground.  Probably will be gross sans roasting / salt which I cannot do for one solitary peanut. 
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