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Old 09-19-2020, 09:59 AM   #1
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Sitting out on my patio at 0530 this morning, making love to my first cup of jo,
and listening to the local great horned owl hooting for her mate, every couple minutes. Not much other sound around, since it's not a full work day today.
Pitch dark in the yard around the patio, and fairly silent, when I hear this big belch! Sounded much like a cow or a horse will let out at times when well fed.
You'll know what I'm talking about if you've been around livestock much.
After hearing the belch, I started wondering if some livestock had escaped from one of the burning farms to the east of me, during the late conflagration of the Beachie creek hoe down. Or maybe... a wild critter? Like an elk?
Since our fence doesn't completely enclose the back yard, and we have several fruit trees back there, with pears and apples all over the ground, I figured why not?
I didn't hop up and run to get my flashlight, because I didn't want to startle the critter. Whatever it was.
Haven't been out around the yard yet this morning to scope it out for sign. But the more I think about it, the curiouser I get!
Any guesses? Anyone on here from the immediate vicinity, that have lost critters lately? With all this smoke and mass cornfusion lately, it seems very possible.
Wondering if the big ol' fuzzy black bears make the same belching sound? I don't know. Never hung around with them much. Although there were plenty of them around where I grew up, about 20 miles east of here. Hope I can find some sign when I go Daniel Boone'ing around the yard. I'll get some photo's if so.

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Old 09-19-2020, 10:10 AM   #2
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Sure it wasn't a fishfeet echo off the barn from last night's chili?

All kidding aside I love the predawn hours.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:13 AM   #3
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There has got to be a lot of critter of all kinds fleeing the fires. You just never know. Perhaps your visitor was enjoying the fruit trees? Burrp!
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There has got to be a lot of critter of all kinds fleeing the fires. You just never know. Perhaps your visitor was enjoying the fruit trees? Burrp!
Zacally Rickster. My point. All the fruit laying around on the ground is a pretty good lure for wild critters of all types. And domesticated one's to boot.
Went for a stroll out there, and found no tracks, the ground is still too hard, despite the recent rain. No scat or piles or doo doo, or droppings.
But I DID find a spot in the semi long lawn, where it looks like a deer or similar critter had bedded down for a while. There was a circular patch about 2-1/2 ft across that was mashed down pretty flat.
Shoulda ran and got my flashlight I guess.
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Fire up your sniffer and see if you can locate some scat. Sure way to ID the intruder.


My money is on Bigfoot.
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Old 09-19-2020, 12:32 PM   #6
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Bigfoot.
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Old 09-19-2020, 01:34 PM   #7
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There's been Bigfoot in those hills for a long time.

Although that was more up towards Marion Forks.

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There's been Bigfoot in those hills for a long time.

Although that was more up towards Marion Forks.
He's still out there. He know's all the caves and mines round here, to hole up in. I heard him hollering the other night when we got the rain and lightning.
Think he musta been dancing. Don't think he's got much fur left though.
Starting to look like DGB and a few others on here.
Marion Forks didn't get as scorched as bad during this fire thing, I don't think.
It all started west of there and ran this way.
Hope he's doing ok. He sounded perty happy with the rain the other night.
Amazing how far down this canyon you can hear him when conditions are right.
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As long as you don't feel his breath on your neck, you should be OK.
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I'd make friends with him.
Maybe on face plant? LOL
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I think you ought to invest in one of those trail cams. Who knows, you might be the one to get proof his feet really are big.
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Have been thinking about getting a couple for the patio.
Got all sorts of small critters out there most nights.
Coon tore the screw on lid from a big jar of goldfish food off a while back.
Spread fish food all over the patio.
Brutha possum comes right up to the sliding door at times.
Hoo nose what else has been visiting?
Are those cams easy to download to a computer? Like plug and play?
Never messed with one before.
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Better do some research if you want fame and fortune for getting the first real pics of Biggyfoots.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:55 PM   #14
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making love to my first cup of jo
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Are those cams easy to download to a computer? Like plug and play?
Never messed with one before.
They are super easy, just take the memory card out of them when you're ready and plug it into your computer or a regular digital camera to see the pics. They eat up a lot of double A batteries. I have one of the covert cell cams as well. Since they are a bit more expensive I just leave that one on the property. I'm normally a steelhead/trout junky but a friend took me out at Buoy 10 this year for the first time. I came home with a Stinky Tule carcass, threw it in the woods in front of my cell cam, and got all sorts of pictures text to me! Bobcat, coyote, vultures, raccoons. Some of my stuff STILL smells from that fish, unbelievable!!
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Tules smell like roses compared to tuna.
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I had some good responses to that but I just couldn't do it
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:15 AM   #17
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This guy and several others lives about 10 miles from me. One day the electric wire power will be off and he will walk right through that wimpy 4 foot field fence. Expect to see him any time in our orchard.

I am sure if he has at the ground fall apples he will certainly let out a belch or two.

Meanwhile we have a herd of 14 Blacktail deer visiting the orchard on schedule. 6 AM and 5PM each day. The dogs have become used to them and don't bark anymore.

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Woodhunter.
That looks like such a nice cuddly fuzzy friendly guy.
How could you not welcome him in?
Leave a trail of your apples from his fence to yours. You'll probably get some good footage.
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Turn it up....

A pack of coyotes howling gets my Dog Bingo worked up near our yard.

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Chris. I hear those guys around town quite often.
Sometimes sound like they're only a couple blocks away.
Then I have my old friends Mr and Mrs Archimedes the owl couple.
They are really cool too. Mrs Archimedes spent the night in our garage a couple yrs ago.
I have some pics of her sitting on our chest freezer. Wish I knew how to post them here.
Heard all of the happy morning crew at once during an early morning on the patio.
Sounded like the owl fambly were practically over my head. They are a great horned couple.
Sure glad they stuck around during this smoky weather. But I'm afraid some new subdivisions are gonna drive them out into the surrounding countryside.
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Old 09-23-2020, 02:35 PM   #21
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It's been my exerience that a circular bed is usually a Bear and Deer make an oval looking bed.
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This guy and several others lives about 10 miles from me. One day the electric wire power will be off and he will walk right through that wimpy 4 foot field fence. Expect to see him any time in our orchard.

I am sure if he has at the ground fall apples he will certainly let out a belch or two.

Meanwhile we have a herd of 14 Blacktail deer visiting the orchard on schedule. 6 AM and 5PM each day. The dogs have become used to them and don't bark anymore.

When I hear a deer grunt at me when I'm walking into my stand in the dark, I think its this guy for a split second. Quietly shreek, and carry on
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I’m sure it was your neighbor making love to her coffee.
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It was me making love to me last beer of the night/morning, and I had the munchies for some ground score fruit.
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It was me making love to me last beer of the night/morning, and I had the munchies for some ground score fruit.
Figures.
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Figures.
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They call me baldfoot.
Amongst other names.
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Amongst other names.
Ive also heard bald faced horney.
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Ive also heard bald faced horney.
You wasn't up there lifting your leg on his petunias, were you?
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Wifey's petunias.
Yer messin' with fire there!
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Wifey's petunias.
Yer messin' with fire there!
I can just see her chasing him down the drive with her wet industrial string mop. Get a video, put it on youtube.
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I can just see her chasing him down the drive with her wet industrial string mop. Get a video, put it on youtube.
She would be using the pointed end of the mop.
Beware Baldfoot!
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Then I have my old friends Mr and Mrs Archimedes the owl couple.
They are really cool too. Mrs Archimedes spent the night in our garage a couple yrs ago.
I have some pics of her sitting on our chest freezer. Wish I knew how to post them here.(
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Thanks for posting the pix for me 541 Native Son!
That is Mrs. Archimedes. She's about 2 ft tall when she stands up straight.
Huge wing span, roughly 4'.
Those talons or beak could snap off a finger or two with ease.
But she was very mellow with us that evening. Specially after wifey thumped her gourd with the car.
We checked her out for injuries, by stretching out her wings and feeling for breaks, and petting her between the horns etc.
She just watched us as we moved around her.
Maybe still stunned?
She spent the night sitting right there in the first pix.
Next morning, I went out to see how she was doing. She was still sitting in the same place, on our chest freezer.
So I opened the main garage door, and she swooped out, and up to the light pole across the street.
She sat there for maybe 1/2 hour, and when I came back out, she had disappeared.
We still hear her around at night quite often. And she has a mate.
I hear them calling back n forth quite often.
Really cool encounter. Sure would make a great pet, if you didn't mind missing a small cat or maybe even small dogs in the hood. But so far, after a couple years, I haven't heard about any missing ground based critters.
How did I know she was female? Google it. LOL
The female's are considerably larger than the males, and she fit the description of what I had read.
Plus when her mate answers her in the night, his hoot is much higher toned. I've never seen them together, but that would make for some cool pix also.
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