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Offline Donnae

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #930 on: August 28, 2018, 09:30:10 PM »
Thanks Deb, one happy owl.... releases always make my heart sing!!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #931 on: September 01, 2018, 07:01:21 PM »
The hummingbirds have returned in the area as they are heading south for the winter.  I get the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds here.  I have my feeders out and then my neighbor has a really neat garden which they visit.  There is a male that owns the feeder and he rarely lets anyone else near the feeder. The first photo is a male the second is a female or youngster the 3rd is one is in the air just about to enjoy a flower and the last is one that flew up to a branch and as it sat there it was panting... it was a warm and muggy day.







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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #932 on: September 03, 2018, 10:18:57 PM »
The male hummers really can get nasty when guarding "their" territory!   :grr
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #933 on: September 07, 2018, 07:42:23 PM »
Happy Hummingbird time for me,  now if the sun would just come out before they all leave.  I put out 2 feeders so they can share,  well that still doesn't happen very well.  I have seen one sitting up in the tree watching and waiting for one to just try and get close to the feeder, of course they are not very successful.  The watcher one is off and chasing any that come close.  Seems now we just have the females and youngsters here.  Here is a picture of one that flew in on a branch and sat for a bit.  It was ready for its photo shoot and then to my surprise it looked to its side and stuck out its tongue, a mighty long tongue for sure.  They are not very good at sharing their food source.  I have noticed one sitting and just watching all around from a nice perch spot, then as one tries to get a drink away it goes chasing it away.



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #934 on: September 07, 2018, 09:24:58 PM »
Those long tongues are really something!    :nod2
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #935 on: September 18, 2018, 07:46:26 PM »
Time for me to update some info about my snapping turtle Spike.  He was coming up on 4 years old and growing up to be a big turtle.  He was not a sweet and cuddly guy but one that could snap and not let go,  one that would look up out of the water at you with that pig like nose.  It was time to get him a bigger tank or think about letting him go.  I talked to our university herpetologist earlier this summer about what to do about introducing him back to the wild.  He assured me that he would be just fine if he was out in the wild early in the summer to give him time to find a nice place and get adjusted before he would have to hibernate.  He told me that after they are born they are on their own and know exactly what to do without a parent teaching them anything.  So I thought of a nice out of the way place to take him.  I didn't want him around a lake or where people fish cause there are people who like turtle soup and I sure didn't want that to happen.  The good thing that we did for Spike was to feed him live food.  He always had minnows, crickets, worms of all kinds so I was sure he would be just fine.  A snapping turtle can live a long long time, up to 50 years,  well I am pretty sure he would live longer than me so it is best to part ways now.   


one last close up




Once in the water he gave me once last look,  Bye for now - Love You Spike

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #936 on: September 18, 2018, 08:32:42 PM »
Released to the wild with love and compassion.    :heart
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #937 on: September 18, 2018, 10:09:23 PM »
oh, very well done, Deb.  You have a gift with critters (and a camera).  :eclove