Wildlife, Birds, and Pets of the Mid Atlantic forum: Wildlife in the Mid Atlantic #6 ~ July 2012

 
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ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jul 11, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
This thread has been quiet for a while, and the other one was getting sort of long anyway, so I figured it was time to bump it into the current year. Big Grin

Feel free to share your stories and photos of wildlife you've seen in the Mid-Atlantic.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/60998/

I'll begin with an amazing sight DH & I saw during the power outage from the "Derecho of 2012". We were sitting out on the front porch of our house in the mountains, trying to get some breath of fresh air (there were no breezes Sad ) before we had to head inside to the dark, hot and waterless house. I had my camera with me because the sunset looked like it might be a nice one. Boy was I glad!

DH whispered, "Over to your left". I figured it was one of the new fawns we'd seen earlier.

Nope!

Look what came out of the woods!!! (About 50 feet from where we were sitting) Blinking Blinking Blinking Blinking


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So I grabbed the camera, and tried to stop saying "Holy Carp" Hilarious! the entire time and just take the pictures. I was worried that he or she could hear my shutter, and I think this picture is evidence that it did hear, but wasn't too concerned.

This is the first shot got, before it looked at us. (I just figured the other photo would be a better thumbnail for the thread Whistling )

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And here is the third, as he or she ambled off toward the woods on the downhill side of the driveway.

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WOW. We knew there were bears "around", and they are actually a problem up the mountain at Wintergreen, but this was a first for us, to be sure.
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageOnewish1
Jul 11, 2012 8:59 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
holy cow.. I would have had a heart attack!!!
ImageJB
Jul 11, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Oh My Gosh.....I would have damp drawers for sure. There are so many bears coming into towns these days it is scary. Our farm is not far from where one was spotted just a few days ago and I kept looking out the window before I went outside. I hate snakes, spiders and bears in the yard. Hilarious!
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 11, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Nice catch Barb, Aren't they beautiful animals. So exciting to see them.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imageluvsgrtdanes
Jul 11, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Nice Barb but I'd be scared too!! But cool that you got the shots I tip my hat to you.

Thanks for the new thread too Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jul 11, 2012 9:16 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I can't really say why, but we just didn't have a sense that the bear was a threat to us. We did also have the door to the house right behind us if necessary. Whistling

I also really didn't have TIME to be scared, since it happened pretty quickly, and I of course, was busy taking pictures!

DH says their eyesight isn't all that great, and we were stock still, barely breathing, so hopefully blended in with the rest of the porch. I don't think this will be a regular event, and we did hear a lot of noise from the woods before it made its appearance, sort of a shuffling, leaf-moving sound, which we thought was a squirrel, or bird. Hilarious! We'll know better next time! Big Grin
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Jul 12, 2012 7:27 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
holy carp holy carp holy carp LOL Rolling on the floor laughing
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jul 13, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Yeah, my usually exquisite vocabulary totally failed me that day! Hilarious! Whistling
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageOnewish1
Jul 14, 2012 3:20 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
totally acceptable to have a potty mouth!!!
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jul 14, 2012 5:45 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Hilarious! I have to admit it probably got a little "pottier" than just "Holy carp" at the time... Whistling
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 14, 2012 6:00 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
We usually saw bears when we went to my Dad's hunting camp. The one time one wandered in while we were grilling. It really got close within 10ft or closer. I remember one of the guys started banging on the grill to scare him off. For a minute I was thinking he wasn't going to leave. Here is a young one that trapped Ric in the outhouse. It wandered in while Ric was out there and he had to stay until it left. I am sure that Mama Bear was some where close by.
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Life is Great! Holly
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Imageluvsgrtdanes
Jul 14, 2012 8:55 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Poor Ric Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagesallyg
Jul 15, 2012 9:50 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
p U what a place to be stuck in.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 15, 2012 11:42 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
LOL, Well it is a pretty nice outhouse as outhouse's go. If you notice the light is on. There is a switch inside on the kitchen wall, when you go to the outhouse you switch on that light that way people know that it is occupied and in the winter that switch also turns on the heater. So it is nice and warm .
Life is Great! Holly
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Imageluvsgrtdanes
Jul 15, 2012 1:56 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
A warm hiny is very important Whistling
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jul 15, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Yes indeed, an outhouse with full electricity is not a bad place to be stuck! But you sure don't want to be stuck between a Mama Bear and her baby. Blinking
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Jul 22, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
No as dramattic as a bear but I found a teeny tiny garter snake baby in the garden this morning. Even snakes are cute when they're tiny babies...sort of cute...
I bet this is also what I thought I saw yesterday...thought I saw something sooo small run under some plants off the sidewalk. I really couldn't figure out what it could have been as is seemed less than two inches, and fast.

A few years ago I lifted up some terra cotta pots left out in the garden, late summer. Thank heavens, lifted them one at a time as the lower ones housed SEVERAL small and not still baby cute, garter snakes. Blinking Blinking
We need a smiley for running away screaming.... Rolling on the floor laughing
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 22, 2012 4:43 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Imageluvsgrtdanes
Jul 22, 2012 6:17 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing

Probably not so funny had they been in my yard Whistling
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageNJBob
Jul 22, 2012 9:01 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Great shots , I love to see Bear. Not seeing as many around this year.

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