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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!