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I have seen snow every winter of my life. Lots of snow. Uncountable snowdays, Eskimo named varieties of, snowballs, snowmen. I've seen a fuckton of snow is what I'm trying to say here. But I've never seen anything like this. The other night we received a couple inches of accumulation on top of a couple inches of rain. The next day it began to melt off. While the snow was deep an animal walked up our drive and down our walk (avoiding the icy lake in the middle), or perhaps walked up our walk and down our drive, and left it's foot prints. And the snow around those tracks resisted melting like a path of donuts left by Hansel and Gretel to find their way back to the witches house. And what kind of animal walks with only its left feet (or is it the right feet)?

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I'm guessing cat, fox, doggo, maybe coyote but the separation is small.
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lunchstealer wrote:
13 Jan 2020, 19:09
I'm guessing cat, fox, doggo, maybe coyote but the separation is small.
I've seen fox around here, and it's be great to have one in our yard, but more likely a cat.

In other news, a frog got himself squished under our garage door. Like oh damn, sorry bud. Now it's been wet as hell, and while most days have been above freezing, I'd have still thought it was too damned cold for frogs.
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Speaking, as we were two months ago, of foxes, I stepped out the back door with the dogs yesterday and was startled by a short but blood-curdling scream. Loud, like within a house or two of ours. Then a second one... oh okay that's a fox. God I'd forgotten just how unnerving they are.

It's nice because we'd had a bunch living around our old place in Denver proper, and I was pretty sure I'd seen tracks and saw one thing that could've been a fox, but it was an odd angle and not classic coloration so it could've been a large long-haired cat. Then nothing for a long time, then started getting occasional coyote sightings, and was worried they'd chased the foxes away. So it's nice to know that they're still around, even if it does make for a few freaky nighttime experiences.

Youtube link to fox calls - the specific call I heard was the "vixen's scream" which starts around 1:30

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lunchstealer wrote:
10 Mar 2020, 19:08
Speaking, as we were two months ago, of foxes, I stepped out the back door with the dogs yesterday and was startled by a short but blood-curdling scream. Loud, like within a house or two of ours. Then a second one... oh okay that's a fox. God I'd forgotten just how unnerving they are.

It's nice because we'd had a bunch living around our old place in Denver proper, and I was pretty sure I'd seen tracks and saw one thing that could've been a fox, but it was an odd angle and not classic coloration so it could've been a large long-haired cat. Then nothing for a long time, then started getting occasional coyote sightings, and was worried they'd chased the foxes away. So it's nice to know that they're still around, even if it does make for a few freaky nighttime experiences.

Youtube link to fox calls - the specific call I heard was the "vixen's scream" which starts around 1:30
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dbcooper wrote:
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That is very cool. My wife and I have actually been talking about moving down to that area, and this just makes it look more appealing. Thanks for posting it!
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You think living bear adjacent appealing?
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JD wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 12:38
dbcooper wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 10:44
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https://youtu.be/hW4y2BK4UZU
That is very cool. My wife and I have actually been talking about moving down to that area, and this just makes it look more appealing. Thanks for posting it!
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But that gray fox was super cool. I've seen plenty of red foxes, but never a gray fox - by species, not color, lots of red foxes are gray but the 'gray fox' is a separate genus of fox, and one of only two canids known to climb trees. I did once find a gray fox skull, though, probably about 40-50 miles from there.

And nice job closing out with some Brevard white squirrels! That colormorph is really common around the town of Brevard, about 20 miles west of Hendersonville, so almost undoubtedly part of the same population. They're not albinos, just eastern gray squirrels that are mostly white. A lot of them (including at least one in the video) have a gray patch on the top of their head that sometimes becomes a gray stripe along the top of the back to near the tail.

My grandparents retired to Brevard when I was young, so I spent many weekends and summer trips up there, and Brevard/Asheville/Hendersonville is probably really close to the top of my list of places-I'd-like-to-live-full-time-if-employment-weren't-a-factor.
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JD wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 12:38
dbcooper wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 10:44
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https://youtu.be/hW4y2BK4UZU
That is very cool. My wife and I have actually been talking about moving down to that area, and this just makes it look more appealing. Thanks for posting it!
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dbcooper wrote:
17 Mar 2020, 22:44
JD wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 12:38
dbcooper wrote:
16 Mar 2020, 10:44
Trail camera:

https://youtu.be/hW4y2BK4UZU
That is very cool. My wife and I have actually been talking about moving down to that area, and this just makes it look more appealing. Thanks for posting it!
My pleasure. Lots of good stuff on that channel.
Another good one of a log across a creek in Pennsylvania.

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I have a bird feeder on my balcony, and my couch is set so that when I'm stretched out on it, I'm looking at the feeder. I'm perhaps 10 feet away from the birds themselves. For several weeks, a cardinal couple have been visiting the feeder several times a day. They're very alert birds, and when they land, they divide their attention between the food, each other, and keeping an eye on me. (They ignore the cats, who also enjoy bird watching) There's something about the posture and movements of the cardinals that makes it very clear that they are looking at me. Though it's absurd athropomorphization, I sometimes feel like they're curious about the primate on the other side of the glass.
They're a nesting pair, and often, they will feed each other, even when side by side on the feeder.
I've been rather charmed by them, and their appearances are small highlights in my day.
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I have a bird feeder on my balcony, and my couch is set so that when I'm stretched out on it, I'm looking at the feeder. I'm perhaps 10 feet away from the birds themselves. For several weeks, a cardinal couple have been visiting the feeder several times a day. They're very alert birds, and when they land, they divide their attention between the food, each other, and keeping an eye on me. (They ignore the cats, who also enjoy bird watching) There's something about the posture and movements of the cardinals that makes it very clear that they are looking at me. Though it's absurd athropomorphization, I sometimes feel like they're curious about the primate on the other side of the glass.
They're a nesting pair, and often, they will feed each other, even when side by side on the feeder.
I've been rather charmed by them, and their appearances are small highlights in my day.
Cardinals are always welcome at my feeding stations. They are very pretty birds (her more so than him as, though more subtle, she is also more nuanced in her plumage) and also well mannered and courteous. They tend to be on the skittish side. I dare say they are keeping an eye on you, always ready to fly away should you scratch your balls in a threatening manner. I'm not sure why they're unconcerned about the cats.
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I mostly miss cardinals - they don't make it this far west - but I have to admit I don't miss their 'I'm here' cheep. It's just a bit too loud and at a somewhat grating pitch. But their songs in the spring are awesome.
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Number 6 wrote:
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There's something about the posture and movements of the cardinals that makes it very clear that they are looking at me. Though it's absurd athropomorphization, I sometimes feel like they're curious about the primate on the other side of the glass.
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I said curious, not horny.
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