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Old 08-27-2021, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I heard this story today from a man who came into our county extension office. He is very credible, so I don’t doubt his story.

He lives on the edge of the marshes in Savannah. He said a wild boar died in the marsh a few feet from his yard. The boar had become stuck in the mud and had drowned when the tide came in. Vultures descended upon it, but kept getting nowhere because of the water level. The man said he saw 4 of the vultures latch on to the pig and raise it up out of the water, fly it a short distance and set it down on dry land. I never knew they could do this.
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Old 08-27-2021, 08:44 PM
 
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Took a walk the other day. Coming back, I saw something in the road. Then, it's moving. Got closer and it's Mr. Turtle trying to cross the road. Moved him to the other side. I thought about it for a minute and went back, moving him farther out, right at the edge of the woods in the tall grass. There's a little creek and lots of trees in that area. No houses or roads. Thought that's probably where he was going. I've read to move them the way they're walking. He was a box turtle.

I've helped many a turtle cross the road. The most challenging ones have been the large snappers. Man, you have to be careful with them! But I can't stand to see a turtle get squished by a car, all because the turtle was either too slow crossing the road, or it was sunning itself.
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Old 08-28-2021, 05:20 AM
 
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Mr Fox was on my front porch the other evening. He came up to the front door and looked like he was trying to figure out how to open it.

A few mice ran over the stoop. Hope the fox finds them.
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Old 08-28-2021, 08:40 AM
 
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I've helped many a turtle cross the road. The most challenging ones have been the large snappers. Man, you have to be careful with them! But I can't stand to see a turtle get squished by a car, all because the turtle was either too slow crossing the road, or it was sunning itself.
I was a bit hesitant and he was a small guy. I touched his shell a few times to make sure he wouldn't go for me. He just put his head inside.
When I lived in Florida, I'd see the big ones crossing the roads. Typically, one kind had a roundish shell, while the other one was more angular. One would let you move them, the other not so much. I still did it. I'd park my car and carry him over, being careful where I put my hands!
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Old 08-29-2021, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Arkansas
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I was a bit hesitant and he was a small guy. I touched his shell a few times to make sure he wouldn't go for me. He just put his head inside.
When I lived in Florida, I'd see the big ones crossing the roads. Typically, one kind had a roundish shell, while the other one was more angular. One would let you move them, the other not so much. I still did it. I'd park my car and carry him over, being careful where I put my hands!
We see turtles crossing the roads here in NW Arkansas. A few times someone that is walking or on a bike will stop to get it across the road.
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Old 08-29-2021, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Just down the street is a small pond in the subdivision and especially on cloudy rainy afternoons there's a good chance to see a blue heron fishing. But the other day, for the first time, I saw a bright white bird that otherwise looked like a blue heron. It was crossing the street (!) and then went down to the water somewhat close to the blue heron. Luckily I could get the video on my phone and was able to ID it as a (white) great egret! I've seen it another time so I hope it will be a regular visitor - so elegant and striking in appearance!

Here are some stills - sorry that they are from my phone, in somewhat lower light and from a distance!
https://imgur.com/a/n48m3Ks
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Old 08-30-2021, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Arkansas
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My nature experience today was not a pleasant one. I looked out a window and saw birds going crazy at my ditch. I then saw a 4' black snake racing toward the house with the birds on it. I hurried out to make sure it did not go onto my rear patio. As I tried to heard it away it went into my garage. I suspect it was either a King or rat snake. As I started moving stuff to find it I finally did and I started trying to use my blower to make it go back out. It did not want to. After moving everything I started to poke it with a broom handle. At some point I must have stunned it as it quit trying to bite me. I was able to flip it out into my driveway where I used my blower to blow it to the end. It was not doing anything, so I moved it across the street. About 10 minutes later I checked and it was gone.
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Old 08-31-2021, 05:43 AM
 
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My nature experience today was not a pleasant one. I looked out a window and saw birds going crazy at my ditch. I then saw a 4' black snake racing toward the house with the birds on it. I hurried out to make sure it did not go onto my rear patio. As I tried to heard it away it went into my garage. I suspect it was either a King or rat snake. As I started moving stuff to find it I finally did and I started trying to use my blower to make it go back out. It did not want to. After moving everything I started to poke it with a broom handle. At some point I must have stunned it as it quit trying to bite me. I was able to flip it out into my driveway where I used my blower to blow it to the end. It was not doing anything, so I moved it across the street. About 10 minutes later I checked and it was gone.
Black snakes are vicious. I once had to dig one out of a closet full of wooden machine parts and it was scary.
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:36 AM
 
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I was a bit hesitant and he was a small guy. I touched his shell a few times to make sure he wouldn't go for me. He just put his head inside.
When I lived in Florida, I'd see the big ones crossing the roads. Typically, one kind had a roundish shell, while the other one was more angular. One would let you move them, the other not so much. I still did it. I'd park my car and carry him over, being careful where I put my hands!

With the snappers, I've learned to put my hands as close to the tail as I can. It makes it harder for the turtle to whip around and snap those jaws on your finger(s)! But oh, boy, are they strong. Their necks are especially strong. They can whip around so fast and if you're not careful, a big one can use that power to propel itself out of your hands. And into the street, unfortunately. Best to try to move them with a broom or something else, if at all possible. But yeah, we've stopped and moved them with our hands. And they weren't the slightest bit grateful.
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:39 AM
 
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The cowbirds have arrived and have taken over my feeders. I don't see them all the time, but toward the end of summer, they arrive in large numbers. Then they just park at the feeders all day, gabbing and munching away. I love to be outside when they are there, as they are very talkative. One of my favorite sounds they make sounds like trickling water or a tiny babbling brook. That sound just about drove me nuts one year, looking for the source of the water, until I realized the cowbirds were making it! They have plenty of other sounds they make as they chatter in what we call the Cowbird Coffee Klatch. They might as well, seeing as they offload all their baby-raising to other birds! That leaves them a lot of free time.
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