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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #735 on: December 09, 2013, 12:20:59 PM »
Our dog Harry was a border collie mix.  He loved to herd the cats into his kennel, lie in front of it and keep them from leaving.  It was somewhat convenient when I needed to catch a cat to medicate them or take them to the vet, but it mostly was a pain to deal with.

He was absolutely relentless about chasing them down and forcing them into his kennel.  I would yell at him to quit herding the cats and he would (very grudgingly) let them out and leave them alone for a while until the instinct kicked in and he just HAD to herd them all into his kennel again.

We live in a prime bald eagle breeding area.  Also near where the immature bald eagles winter.  I've been startled more than once by seeing what looks like a rock falling from the sky next to the car only to realize it was an eagle hunting and taking off with some small animal it saw in the ditch.  And watching them catch fish is really something to see!  :)

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #736 on: December 09, 2013, 01:39:48 PM »
Our dog Harry was a border collie mix.  He loved to herd the cats into his kennel, lie in front of it and keep them from leaving.  It was somewhat convenient when I needed to catch a cat to medicate them or take them to the vet, but it mostly was a pain to deal with.

He was absolutely relentless about chasing them down and forcing them into his kennel.  I would yell at him to quit herding the cats and he would (very grudgingly) let them out and leave them alone for a while until the instinct kicked in and he just HAD to herd them all into his kennel again.

We live in a prime bald eagle breeding area.  Also near where the immature bald eagles winter.  I've been startled more than once by seeing what looks like a rock falling from the sky next to the car only to realize it was an eagle hunting and taking off with some small animal it saw in the ditch.  And watching them catch fish is really something to see!  :)

And to think I use the phrase 'Herding Cats' to signify something nigh impossible.  I do think a video of Harry and his charges would be awesome.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #737 on: December 12, 2013, 04:47:38 AM »
Amy was also a border collie mix,  and she also herded cats -- she'd round them up and corral them into the den.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #738 on: December 15, 2013, 04:14:04 AM »
Buddy, our cat, escapes through our front door into the interior hallway we share with 20 other units and won't come back.  We send Honey Girl, our Dachshund/Terrier mix out to herd him back home.  She alternates between nipping his heels and shoulder blocks.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #739 on: December 15, 2013, 04:50:31 AM »
I live in a mostly urban area and one day spotted a kestrel sitting on a maintenance fence right next yo the parking lot.

There is a pair of Harris Hawks (which often hunt in pairs) that hangs around my complex though they prefer the phone wires and the tall trees. They must go nuts trying to figure out how to grab the teeny chihuahua that lives in the complex (it's always leashed).

I worked at a hotel down here that was adopted every year for years as the place where a mother bobcat had her kittens. They fenced the area off when she arrived and put up "do not pet the cats" signs.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #740 on: December 15, 2013, 06:23:01 AM »
Saw a red fox yesterday! Bold fellow, it was early morning but already bright and the fox got pretty close to the house. First time I saw one here, and so close!
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #741 on: December 15, 2013, 11:40:09 AM »
We saw an American Bald Eagle on the way to camp yesterday. I consider eagle sightings as signs that I am on the right path, so this was a good day.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #742 on: December 16, 2013, 09:26:47 AM »
Was within six feet of either a falcon or hawk (can't tell the species cause I didn't get a clear view, but probably a Cooper's Hawk, given I'm pretty sure this guy lives here year round) yesterday afternoon. It flew past my kitchen window carrying a Grackle about half it's size, then turned behind the pumphouse and disappeared.

I love my area. ;D
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #743 on: December 16, 2013, 09:34:44 AM »
I once saw an immature peregrine falcon take a pigeon on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

Brings a new meaning to "hawks and doves in Washington".
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #744 on: December 16, 2013, 09:52:54 AM »
I once saw an immature peregrine falcon take a pigeon on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

Brings a new meaning to "hawks and doves in Washington".

There's an osprey that likes to fish in the Capitol fountain.  Mind you, there are no fish there, but he/she sure does like to dive bomb the water

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #745 on: December 16, 2013, 11:48:45 AM »
There's fountains in a shopping area near where I work. The fountains themselves were turned off, but there's still the water, which had frozen over. A heron managed to peck a hole in the water, looking for a meal. He was sorely disappointed, there's never any fish in that water.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #746 on: December 17, 2013, 12:27:49 PM »
Before I start, a quick warning that this one could be quite squicky/distressing for some.

Okay, starting now.

My ex-bf, who is still a good friend, used to go to a school that was right across the road from my own (they'd once been one establishment, connected by a tunnel that went under the road). The other school sat pretty much on the riverbed.

A group of schoolboys were sitting by the river when something washed up on the bed. At first, they thought it was just a tree branch.

It wasn't a tree branch. It was a limb.

The police were called, of course, and it eventually turned out that some poor soul had jumped into the river quite a while before. The one positive of the situation was that they were able to find his body and notify his relatives, who had reported him missing.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #747 on: December 17, 2013, 04:22:39 PM »
Before I start, a quick warning that this one could be quite squicky/distressing for some.

Okay, starting now.

My ex-bf, who is still a good friend, used to go to a school that was right across the road from my own (they'd once been one establishment, connected by a tunnel that went under the road). The other school sat pretty much on the riverbed.

A group of schoolboys were sitting by the river when something washed up on the bed. At first, they thought it was just a tree branch.

It wasn't a tree branch. It was a limb.

The police were called, of course, and it eventually turned out that some poor soul had jumped into the river quite a while before. The one positive of the situation was that they were able to find his body and notify his relatives, who had reported him missing.

Was this pun-intentional?  >:D

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #748 on: December 18, 2013, 05:09:18 AM »
Before I start, a quick warning that this one could be quite squicky/distressing for some.

Okay, starting now.

My ex-bf, who is still a good friend, used to go to a school that was right across the road from my own (they'd once been one establishment, connected by a tunnel that went under the road). The other school sat pretty much on the riverbed.

A group of schoolboys were sitting by the river when something washed up on the bed. At first, they thought it was just a tree branch.

It wasn't a tree branch. It was a limb.

The police were called, of course, and it eventually turned out that some poor soul had jumped into the river quite a while before. The one positive of the situation was that they were able to find his body and notify his relatives, who had reported him missing.

Was this pun-intentional?  >:D

Can I say it was subconsciously? (That's a no)
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #749 on: February 04, 2014, 05:10:07 PM »
Two women were kidnapped at gunpoint, in daylight, in a park near our house. They were driven around and forced to withdraw money from various ATMs, and one of them was raped.

The Sweetie and I agree that if anyone says "Get in the car or I'll shoot you," the proper response is "Well, you'd better shoot me, then." I hope that should that ever really happen, I'd keep my wits enough. 
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