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Old 07-31-2018, 04:21 PM
 
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We have chipmunks. We have bunnies. I've never seen them play together!
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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It's raining now, smells so clean and fresh, windows open.

Rain brings out this other aroma that's hard to describe. Around mt. rhododendrons, the soil has a smell I think is wonderful. Usually it's moist soil or raining like now when I smell it. I believe it to be the humus, the naturally occurring composted organic matter under the rhodos that are in the woods. It is not the blooms.

No one knows what I'm talking about...?
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:18 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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It's raining now, smells so clean and fresh, windows open.

Rain brings out this other aroma that's hard to describe. Around mt. rhododendrons, the soil has a smell I think is wonderful. Usually it's moist soil or raining like now when I smell it. I believe it to be the humus, the naturally occurring composted organic matter under the rhodos that are in the woods. It is not the blooms.

No one knows what I'm talking about...?
I know the smell/aroma you are talking about. I've always called it ozone.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I know the smell/aroma you are talking about. I've always called it ozone.
Why ozone??
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I was on my walk and saw what looked like a BIG eggshell in a ditch. It was a mottled beige color and about the size of a small child's ball. Bigger than a softball, smaller than a soccer ball. The ditch was steep and I am older and I did not dare go down and investigate for fear of twisting an ankle, but my curiosity was piqued. This was on a main road, not an area where eagles would nest, I don't think.


I could go back and take a picture if needed.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I was on my walk and saw what looked like a BIG eggshell in a ditch. It was a mottled beige color and about the size of a small child's ball. Bigger than a softball, smaller than a soccer ball. The ditch was steep and I am older and I did not dare go down and investigate for fear of twisting an ankle, but my curiosity was piqued. This was on a main road, not an area where eagles would nest, I don't think.


I could go back and take a picture if needed.

Wow....maybe someone will have a good guess. Vultures, hawks, eagles, etc should have the largest eggs.
When chicks hatch, the mother removes shell pieces from out of the nest, maybe that's how the broken shell got there.

Or if you are near the coast, herons, large wading birds perhaps...?
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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Puzzler! Ostrich eggs are plain beige, no mottling I believe....they wouldn't be found in NE, but some stores sell the eggs.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:15 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I was on my walk and saw what looked like a BIG eggshell in a ditch. It was a mottled beige color and about the size of a small child's ball. Bigger than a softball, smaller than a soccer ball. The ditch was steep and I am older and I did not dare go down and investigate for fear of twisting an ankle, but my curiosity was piqued. This was on a main road, not an area where eagles would nest, I don't think.


I could go back and take a picture if needed.

Sure it was an eggshell and not a piece of discarded plastic or maybe a big mushroom?--or maybe someone lost their camouflage tin-foil hat?


after-thought--- you weren't wearing your +2.50 cheaters, were you? That's pretty big for an egg.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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All this week, I've been listening to the Broad-winged Hawks that live in the mixed forest around me. They have a loud, high pitched whistle... ke-eeeeeee.

Info says they use the whistle while perched on the nest or in flight. But no place can I find if it is an alert or alarm call, hunting call or just communication call. Maybe it's all of them.

Anyone know?
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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Saw a stray cat in my neighborhood for the first time in months. I used to see them around all the time but lately, they have been scarce. I wonder what's happening to them all.
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