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PastryGoddess

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #690 on: December 05, 2013, 01:40:08 AM »
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #691 on: December 05, 2013, 06:14:17 AM »
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it

Sub gators for crocs in that sentence and it applies to Florida.   ;)

I've have gotten into a lot of arguments telling people not to let their kids swim here and there.  All of them had moved here from other states and thought I was lying/exaggerating about the gators.  Gators are only in zoos you know...yeah not so much here and there are some that top 12 or more feet.  One lady didn't believe me until she went to take a morning swim and had a 10' plus gator lounging in her pool.

Actually I run into similar issues telling people not to let their cats and small dogs out alone because of the Red Tail Hawks, Golden eagles, and Osprey.  We've had more than a few neighborhood pets that became bird snacks.  There are absolutely no stray cats anymore around my neighborhood and the squirrel populations is way, way down as well.  There's not a darn thing to do about the birds as two of them are endangered species and I think all are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #692 on: December 05, 2013, 06:43:21 AM »
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

Love it.  :)

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #693 on: December 05, 2013, 07:35:28 AM »
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it

Sub gators for crocs in that sentence and it applies to Florida.   ;)

I've have gotten into a lot of arguments telling people not to let their kids swim here and there.  All of them had moved here from other states and thought I was lying/exaggerating about the gators.  Gators are only in zoos you know...yeah not so much here and there are some that top 12 or more feet.  One lady didn't believe me until she went to take a morning swim and had a 10' plus gator lounging in her pool.

Actually I run into similar issues telling people not to let their cats and small dogs out alone because of the Red Tail Hawks, Golden eagles, and Osprey.  We've had more than a few neighborhood pets that became bird snacks.  There are absolutely no stray cats anymore around my neighborhood and the squirrel populations is way, way down as well.  There's not a darn thing to do about the birds as two of them are endangered species and I think all are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
My mother would love to borrow them for the local squirrel population - any idea how to make a inviting nesting area (like bluebird boxes, but bigger)?

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #694 on: December 05, 2013, 07:39:21 AM »
Seconded!  My neighbourhood could do with a few boatload less squirrels.  And don't get me started on the roaming cats, against city bylaw.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #695 on: December 05, 2013, 08:41:09 AM »

 My mother would love to borrow them for the local squirrel population - any idea how to make a inviting nesting area (like bluebird boxes, but bigger)?

Here are some starting instructions: http://theraptortrust.org/the-birds/nest-boxes/ .

Ospreys like a platform, about the height of a telephone pole, which might be a little difficult to get a permit for, but they seem to be quite happy to be around people as long as they're well elevated.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #696 on: December 05, 2013, 08:51:53 AM »
I used to live in Phoenix, where the retired folks living around the golf courses would sometimes demand that the parks and wildlife rangers come in and kill all the coyotes that were taking their pets.  They refused to believe that removing that population of 'yotes would just leave space for a new group to move in, and their best bet was to keep pets indoors or leashed, and to stop leaving pet food outside.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #697 on: December 05, 2013, 09:22:50 AM »
We have major issues with coyotes picking off pets in their own yards. Also, the people who feed alligators which turn into nuisance alligators when they eat the pets in the neighborhood. It is illegal to feed wildlife here without a permit, but that doesn't stop them.

You can build a barn owl box, I have seen instructions online. They will keep your rodent population down and are beautiful birds.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #698 on: December 05, 2013, 09:35:17 AM »
I am not sure if people are being tongue in cheek about building boxes for raptors but if you are thinking about it please also consider what happens after your "Nuisance" animals are gone but the animals that ate them are still here and hungry. And just because we think they are a pest doesn't mean they don't have a vital role to play in the eco-system. I don't think you need to look far to find examples of places that had worse problems after they imported some animal/plant to 'help' with the local species.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #699 on: December 05, 2013, 09:55:41 AM »
I've been finding coyote scat on  the driveway for a few weeks.  Coyotes are pretty common in the area and my neighbors have reported seeing them on a regular basis, but I had never actually seen one.  (Our neighborhood is at the foot of a heavily-wooded mountain...a really short mountain!  ::) )

This morning I came out of the house and rounded the van to see a coyote laying in my drive way.  He didn't seem at all bothered. 
I looked at him, he looked at me, and then he rolled on to his back and presented his tummy like he wanted a rub!   Hmmm...I don't think so buddy. 

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #700 on: December 05, 2013, 10:08:16 AM »
I am not sure if people are being tongue in cheek about building boxes for raptors but if you are thinking about it please also consider what happens after your "Nuisance" animals are gone but the animals that ate them are still here and hungry. And just because we think they are a pest doesn't mean they don't have a vital role to play in the eco-system. I don't think you need to look far to find examples of places that had worse problems after they imported some animal/plant to 'help' with the local species.

Considering that raptors are suffering from habitat loss, creating a nesting box is not going to do anything except fight against the tide a bit. It's not like suggesting that one import predators from other continents, just find a way to encourage the local population to consider your yard as a viable real estate option. It's really beneficial to the ecosystem, because raptors have had a hard time of it, the past 200 years or so. There really should be more of them around than there are in order to keep the rodentia et al. in balance.

One raptor pair is not going to cause squirrel extinction, even in a local area, and due to territoriality, you're not going to get more than one pair (plus young) at a time.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #701 on: December 05, 2013, 10:36:59 AM »
When building boxes for raptors, make sure to put them a bit out of the way.  They like to kick the bones and any uneaten scraps out of their nests.  It can be rather disconcerting to come home and find a half eaten pigeon carcass in front of your door.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #702 on: December 05, 2013, 10:44:02 AM »
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #703 on: December 05, 2013, 10:50:57 AM »
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

You probably already have some owls in your n-hood.  But they are really good at staying hidden. 

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #704 on: December 05, 2013, 10:52:08 AM »
If there is food available, they will.  My Mom's neighborhood had a hawk living in an enormous spruce tree last year.  It picked off all of the quail who were living there.  (Quail are cute, but dumber than rocks...sigh...) Totally suburban area in a city of about 250k.