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viola: OK, this time we had an eight-point buck in our backyard for half an hour. He (and "the girls") are taking a great interest in the birdfeeders. No damage, but lots of ruminant poop. It's all good. Famous last words when it comes to deer + gardens.
- Jan 19, 2012 at 10:37:18 am

viola: The hawk grabbed a junco. Deer have not returned ... yet. But a neighbor saw a coyote trotting down the middle of the road last month.
- Jan 10, 2012 at 02:35:56 pm

viola: I watched a Coopers Hawk try to snatch a squirrel from my backyard today. I would be very surprised if he could lift off with 10 pounds of flabby squirrel dangling beneath!
- Dec 29, 2011 at 02:10:02 pm

viola: Snow. For the third time this fall. The squirrels are looking really tubby ... either I overfeed them (sunflower seeds, apples) or there really is a hard winter on the way.
- Nov 17, 2011 at 03:24:18 pm

viola: We dug up a hibernating tree frog from Oak Openings sand at the airport archaeology project. Vultures continue to migrate way overhead. New slogan for NW Ohio? "Our wealth is measured in wildlife!" Not so much in dollars, alas.
- Nov 03, 2011 at 06:44:32 pm

viola: Helping out with archaeology at the airport. Beautiful fall weather. Wild turkeys, raccoon poop, and a great number of old auto parts buried in the sand.
- Nov 02, 2011 at 03:45:46 pm

viola: Deer have been seen in our neighborhood for the first time. Half the homeowners want to feed them extra goodies. I think the good intentions will not last long. Not after the spring flowers get munched.
- Oct 27, 2011 at 01:13:26 pm

viola: The estate sale scene in town is both instructive and depressing. I can see why house sales are down: so many area homes have many tiny rooms with all kinds of stairs (even some grand homes in Ott. Hills). No one wants to live that way these days.
- Oct 25, 2011 at 04:53:43 pm

viola: This cold, wet weather is good for mushrooms. I see them all over town. My distracted driving can't be blamed on cell phone use -- it's me, trying to identify a fungus from 15 feet away as I roll along at 45 mph. Must reform my driving habits.
- Oct 21, 2011 at 06:16:54 am

viola: Awesome hike with Steve Pollick, the Blade outdoorsman, at Secor Metropark today. Great weather -- autumn leaves, big branches crashing to the ground in 45 mph winds, cookies and hot drinks at the Nature Photog Center. What a great FREE event!
- Oct 15, 2011 at 05:31:21 pm