Wildlife Ways by Vicky Carder http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/ en-us Bats in My Belfry http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/59623 Sometimes I feel like I have bats in my belfry. I looked up the origin of the phrase, and it is believed to have been coined in America during the early 1900's. The meaning is "crazy and eccentric", and it also refers to having thoughts zipping around in your brain that aren't controlled. Actually I have seen a rather large number of real bats in my neighborhood this summer. I usually see them in the pre-dawn hour. My neighbor recently found one attached to his screened-in porch and... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:38:11 -0500 Hummer Update http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/58388 Haybar sent me a question regarding hummingbirds and I thought I would put a reminder out. The hummers you have been seeing are the birds that will fly as far as Canada to spend their summers. The hummers that we get for the summer breeding season will not be here until around the beginning of July. They will be with us through part of October before migrating to the south. Sometime in late June I will put a post up reminding everyone to get ready, as well as feeding tips! I... Fri, 30 May 2014 12:05:56 -0500 Woody the Woodpecker http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/57819 My neighbor has a pileated woodpecker in his backyard. Woodpeckers nest in cavities and he has large, old growth trees with ample nesting sites. I am more jealous than I can say. These woodpeckers are larger birds than one might think. Their body size is about the same as a crow but the tail feathers are longer. They eat grubs, beetles and other insects. Carpenter ants are their favorite, and they excavate large rectangular-sized holes in trees. They also supplement their diets... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:28:23 -0500 Cedar Waxwings http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/57316 I've had my share of wonderful birds at my feeder this year. All of the birds you would expect to see - cardinals, finches, titmice, sparrows, and woodpeckers. I have lived here for three winters now, and never have I seen a cedar waxwing in the neighborhood - until last week. My neighbor called and cautioned me that if I went outside I shouldn't be alarmed, but there was a huge flock of birds in one of my trees. Of course, I immediately went out to see what was going on! There it... Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:21:49 -0600 Ladybug Luck http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/56806 I have nicknamed my house 'Ladybug Landing". In October we were struck with swarms of ladybugs at the southern side of our house. Of course, I loved it! So I went over to NatGeo's website, where I found some great information. Here is the link: I didn't realize there are more than 5,000 different types of ladybugs. If you don't already know, they are a great asset to all gardeners because they eat aphids and other undesirable insects. The ladybug serves as a symbol for good... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:41:54 -0600 Winter Cold http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/56578 I offer my apologies for my absence from this blog. Just like the weather and its strangeness lately, life just gets in the way. Many people think that cold snaps like this help control the flea and tick population. I won't be popular for saying this, but we really need a good snow that will be on the ground for several days - that would help smother some of these pesky insects. This is a good time to hang suet out for our bird friends. Our insect eaters like wrens and woodpeckers are... Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:44:08 -0600 On The Move http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/55624 How did the turtle cross the road? Ground and air transportation? The turtle was in the very middle of South Cannon Boulevard. The air transportation was provided by me as I carried it to the side of the road and hopefully, to safety. This is something we have all seen and maybe even participated in. But there may be something else to this. Did you know that you should always place the turtle across the road in the direction it was facing? If you don't, it will turn around and try to... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:41:46 -0500 Hummer Lovers http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/55365 "It's time to say goodbye for the summer...." a quote from Sealed With a Kiss......eek! My age is showing. Don't forget - our hummers will hang around for a while in October. We will also see some of the migrating birds coming from further north. Leave your feeders out for a few more weeks - unless we have a freeze. If there is a freeze bring the feeder inside. When it warms up you can put it back out. I would say that by early to mid-November you can take them down, clean them, and... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:01:32 -0500 A Reverse Example http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/55201 It is good to be back and thanks to those of you who asked about me! Indeed, I was ill for quite a few weeks this summer. On the good side, I can use my illness to illustrate how easy it is to transmit zoonotic diseases - zoonotic referring to illnesses transmitted from animals to people and vice-versa. I developed a fairly serious sinus infection earlier in the summer. In order to kill the infection, I had 4 courses of an antibiotic. Finally it got killed, but as they say, sometimes the... Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:49:06 -0500 Not to Change the Subject...... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/54581 But let's change it anyway!!!! This morning (pre-dawn) I was out on the deck and discovered a female toad who had come to pay a visit. My deck is off the ground and this was a bit unusual. I am convinced that she came to apologize for the rounds of tadpoles in my dog's pool! Black walnuts.....are currently the scourge of the earth. My neighbor has a tree, which hangs over the yard. The nuts are everywhere (take that however you wish). We pick them up because they tend to dull our... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:52:31 -0500 Raccoon Update and Hate Mail http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/54449 I wanted to let my readers know that I am receiving private e-mail regarding the issue with Mark Brown having pet raccoons. I would like to share some of the comments with you. First of all, I am being accused of making disparaging remarks about Mark's family. In actuality, I was doing some research for my blog and found some remarks made by OTHER people, which I then referenced. I have been accused of reporting the situation to TWRA. In fact, I did not. According to a press release... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:43:19 -0500 Love http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/54272 Have we lost our sense of what love really is? We throw that word around so much I don't think we really give it the respect it deserves. We love God, our family, our homes and pizza. We also love our jobs, ourselves and going to movies. We love our clothing, our pets, and our friends. But do we really love all of these things? Or have we forgotten to say what we really mean? We love God and like pizza. We love our family members and like sporting events. If we have forgotten the... Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:34:48 -0500 Mark Brown and his pet raccoons http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/54209 I am sure that most of you have seen or heard of Mark Brown and his "pet" raccoon(s). This story has been all over the media lately. He is located in Gallatin, Tennessee. I am sad and angry over this recent exploitation of native Tennessee wildlife. Point by point: 1. Keeping a raccoon as a pet is a violation of state law. I hope that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is already intervening in this situation. 2. These videos send the wrong message. They lead people to believe... Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:40:53 -0500 Just remember.... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/54125 I caught myself doing it .... again. Racing through life, and heading for a collision with the next thing that had to be done. Looking forward to (or dreading) the next item on the agenda. Actually, my agenda is in the form of a list (lists). I have so many lists that I can't find them all. Sometimes I consolidate my lists into one big list! Hurry, hurry, rush, follow the path that keeps moving, the conveyor belt of life. How do we get so busy that we forgot to put everything on... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:13:39 -0500 Grrrrrrrrrr........ http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53931 This past week I was again reminded of one of the reasons I like animals, nature, etc... Animals are simple and uncomplicated. They do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it. This is so different from people! People play games with each other for a number of reasons. Don't get me wrong...I do like some people. But there are too many who are malicious, selfish, self-serving, inconsiderate, rude - and these are some of the nicer things I can think of. Animals... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:09:06 -0500 Hummingbird Habitats http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53806 I moved to my current home 3 years ago. One of my first priorities was to get my bird feeders out. The hummingbird feeder went on my deck so I could get close and personal. I did - with the yellow jackets. I am allergic to insect venom. I had strategies - fill the feeder before daylight, etc. I bought a yellow jacket feeder and hung it right beside the bird feeder. It was ignored. I finally decided the evasive dancing maneuvers on my deck were too dangerous (and amusing my neighbors... Thu, 04 Jul 2013 09:19:54 -0500 Slug War http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53692 I was amused by the posts on my last blog. I never expected a blog about the word "endanger" could turn into The Mussel War. It made me think of another one of my personal favorite outdoor creatures. So I wanted to see if you would weigh in about gastropods. Many people seem to dislike slugs. I have an abundance of them that climb on my house in the evening. They live beside a giant hosta plant. I have never noticed my hosta being eaten by anything - is that just a myth? The slugs... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:52:26 -0500 "Endanger" http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53489 When I hear about endangered animals, my mind zooms to some weird animal in some weird country that I have never heard of. One of the definitions of endanger is "to threaten with extinction". I remember some time ago when I was young and foolish hearing about some endangered mussels in Tennessee, and thinking - so what. I came to realize how important it is to have agencies that track such statistics and take action to try to prevent species extinction. Even for a lowly mussel. I am... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:47:10 -0500 Wildlife: Fact or Fiction http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53353 During my time as Executive Director at Walden's, I was amazed by how many myths about wildlife are passed down from previous generations. There were countless times that I was told....."I always heard that" or "My mama told me" or "Isn't it true that...?" So, here goes: "I touched a baby bird. The mother won't take it back, will she?" FACT: All animal mothers want their babies back. Birds, with the exception of vultures, have NO sense of smell. "We found a baby rabbit. It... Fri, 31 May 2013 11:59:14 -0500 Summer Wildlife Update 2013 http://www.t-g.com/blogs/carder/entry/53154 Wild animals are very busy! Most of our songbirds have weaned or are weaning their first clutch of baby birds. Some have even started building their second nests. Our larger birds of prey are finished with egg laying for this year. The smaller birds like Screech Owls and Kestrels will have one more clutch this year. Rabbit are doing what they do best - procreating! They will continue until late summer. Squirrels are finished with babies until the fall. Raccoons are giving birth now.... Thu, 16 May 2013 09:33:03 -0500