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    Sometimes I toss one of the timber rattlers a mouse on my way to the truck before work. Later in the day when I get home, I'll generally hand a rib eye to the black bear and drag whatever got killed on the highway into the yard for the turkey buzzards or crows (one of them I've named Poe). When he shows up (which is rare) I toss a rabbit in the yard for the coyote to chase. I don't want him getting lazy. The deer and songbirds help themselves to my small orchard of apple, pears, cherries and blueberries anyway, but I figure in a way, I get paid back for that one come fall. (seriously though, we do have close encounters with almost all of these mostly because of my fruit trees and we're up against state forest land) What is harder is not intervening when you see the harsher side of nature happening at times. Like earlier this year when a goshawk got the first red tanager family we've ever had in one of our trees. Nature is beautiful and it is brutal.

    Oh yeah - this was the first year our plum trees started producing. That stuff must be like crack for deer. We had a herd out there a couple nights and some standoffs between them over who they belonged to. I let them have their fun for a few nights before I had to put up a fencer around them so we would at least get SOMETHING off it. I've never seen them get that way over apples or pears before. LOL.
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    Sometimes I toss one of the timber rattlers a mouse on my way to the truck before work. Later in the day when I get home, I'll generally hand a rib eye to the black bear and drag whatever got killed on the highway into the yard for the turkey buzzards or crows (one of them I've named Poe). When he shows up (which is rare) I toss a rabbit in the yard for the coyote to chase. I don't want him getting lazy. The deer and songbirds help themselves to my small orchard of apple, pears, cherries and blueberries anyway, but I figure in a way, I get paid back for that one come fall. (seriously though, we do have close encounters with almost all of these mostly because of my fruit trees and we're up against state forest land) What is harder is not intervening when you see the harsher side of nature happening at times. Like earlier this year when a goshawk got the first red tanager family we've ever had in one of our trees. Nature is beautiful and it is brutal.

    Oh yeah - this was the first year our plum trees started producing. That stuff must be like crack for deer. We had a herd out there a couple nights and some standoffs between them over who they belonged to. I let them have their fun for a few nights before I had to put up a fencer around them so we would at least get SOMETHING off it. I've never seen them get that way over apples or pears before. LOL.
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    Birds and Squirrels in my Back Yard...but of course they then have to battle for their lives against the Back Yard Cats...

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    What, no more excellent pictures or videos of your furry and feathered dependents?

    Here are a few shots of what shows up to feed on what I feed: cougar cropped.jpgbear in tree.jpgbig fox.jpgbobcat.jpgbear front view.jpgcougar 1 day.jpg
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    Sometimes the mice just chew up whatever they find hanging around.Attachment 196196

    This is better than the mouse nest I had to evict from under the hood of a truck yesterday.
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    Last year at work I was letting " Stinker" the raccoon out of a trash can. Guess he was a little miffed and bit my finger. Twelve rabies shots later I was good to go.
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    This Guy has been coming around for a dozen or so years (in the Winter and early Spring}...or at least the same Breed, Marsh or Cooper's Hawk, does his own feeding, usually on a straying sparrow as you can see in photo #1...so far he has been shut out on #2 only because they don't hang around me or my place very often

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoot Gibson View Post
    This Guy has been coming around for a dozen or so years (in the Winter and early Spring}...or at least the same Breed, Marsh or Cooper's Hawk, does his own feeding, usually on a straying sparrow as you can see in photo #1...so far he has been shut out on #2 only because they don't hang around me or my place very often

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    Either that or they don't taste very good.
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    Today’s Honey Do List included protecting some fruit from the birds and squirrels in hope of harvesting enough for at least one apple and peach pie.

    Something tells me I’m just making sack lunches for the bears though.
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    Odd that you can feed all the birds you can afford, feed a deer, bear, or eagle and you are in for a fine at the minimum.
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