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  1. #1771
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    I keep seeing what I think are grackles in videos of SpaceX at Bocq Chica. Black birds with long tails, anyhow.
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    A lovely bald eagle flew low over our car a short time ago. It was carrying a stick, presumably for its nest. I never get tired of seeing them.
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    Tonight a half dozen deer darted through the backyard. I didn't get any pictures. I have a raised bed with some "flowers" in it. Last night they came over to see if they were food. They are not.

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    I'll figure I'll leave them in the raised bed for a few nights in an effort attract them to an empty bed. I hope once the bed is full of plants, they'll ignore it because they already investigated it. I'll put so screens up around the plants but if the deer get too interest, they could bulldoze their way in. I hope they won't.
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    The deer here definitely consider our flowers as food!

    ETA: I had failed to notice the quote marks around "flowers" or look at the picture!
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    See, Australian Sharks are not only dangerous but also incredibly smart and have a far greater range than expected. After all, not many other wild animals can drive on a motorway and attend university for a week.

    https://thewest.com.au/news/educatio...mpus-c-2781977



    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-...rive/100125270
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    I was in my backyard, and saw a rat. The rat saw me. And promply fell over. I guess he's got his dose of rat poison. (must be from one of the neighbours). I'm waiting it out and will check in a few hours to see if he's pining for the fjords. I don't want to approach a drugged rat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I was in my backyard, and saw a rat. The rat saw me. And promply fell over. I guess he's got his dose of rat poison. (must be from one of the neighbours). I'm waiting it out and will check in a few hours to see if he's pining for the fjords. I don't want to approach a drugged rat.
    "Pining for the fjords"; what kind of talk is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I was in my backyard, and saw a rat. The rat saw me. And promply fell over. I guess he's got his dose of rat poison. (must be from one of the neighbours). I'm waiting it out and will check in a few hours to see if he's pining for the fjords. I don't want to approach a drugged rat.
    Did it see you, or your avatar?
    Checking out possibly dead rats is why God gave us shovels. Once you've remotely disconnected the head from the body, it's not going far.
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    And if it does, you've positively identified it as a chicken.

    Anyway, when I came back the rat was gone so I am now unsure whether we fixed that rat.
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    If it appeared to be an exceptionally large rat, perhaps you had an opossum!
    Which reminds me that starting around 1980, when we lived on the east side of Puget Sound, suddenly we had the roadsides littered with dead opossums. They hadn't been around before. By the time we moved over here five years ago, they were less common and there were more raccoons. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate raccoons?
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    Raccoons are the main reason you build trebuchets, right?

    We don't have opossums or raccoons here. Just rats and muskrats (but not in my dry backyard). It was an ordinary rat.
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    And we have closure. The rat is fixed. In the category "how many deaths can you die" apparently the rat climbed some firewood in its poisoned delerium, fell into a rainwater tank and drowned.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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