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Air traffic to ground control

Posted Monday, December 31, 2007, at 7:59 AM

I was having trouble thinking of a title for this entry. The traffic in front of our kitchen window was phenomenal and I did not know where to start.

No, not car traffic. Instead we had seven squirrels bouncing around ten or more doves, who were dodging as many cardinals in between the many finch, nuthatch, titmouse, chickadee, sparrow, woodpeckers and even deer!

One of our cats got within 10 feet of them before I had to break it up. Our cats are not starving so he had his fun stalking. Up until yesterday one of the flying creatures would have been our youngest cat, but I had to restrict his flight plan after he was able to catch a bird in mid-air. (The bird survived)

I wonder where the turkeys were?


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Sounds like a battle zone in your yard, Steve. Moments like those are what make good viral videos for YouTube. I bet it was a sight, ha ha!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 10:40 AM

This year seems to have been more active than others, but this is the busiest. We have a fig bush that is close to the feeders and the other day there were so many male cardinals in there that it looked like we had decorated it with red Christmas ornaments.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 11:13 AM

Moments like that are just another reason that I'm very thankful that we got out of Florida. I really liked the little lizards and snakes in my yard; and the hawks in the tree next door, but none of that compares to seeing deer, turkeys (they're running around in town in Franklin), smaller birds, and squirrels.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 1:43 PM

I moved 44+ times (lost count) since I graduated from high school and each time I kept coming back to Tennessee. It seems like just the right mix of climate and good people.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 6:26 PM

Be very thankful you live where you can have pets and enjoy wildlife as neighbors.

I like citified amenities (and wouldn't object to a few more ) but I would grieve if I never saw beasts and streams and wildflowers.

As it is,I do have flying cats.

They do their aerobatics indoors where they stalk fresh -out- of -the pack baby paint rollers.

Excuse me, while I discourage their putting dishrags on the ceiling fan.

We need to sit in the sink and watch Bird TV.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 12:14 PM

I like the paint roller idea. Maybe that would save my arms. Seems like I am the designated people to cat playmate.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 12:25 PM

Paint rollers are good because they flatten when stepped on rather than tripping you.

They are easy to carry and fetch,they are soft and make good "dollies" and they are light enough to do little damage when thrown into living beings or other fragile objects.

Please advise your critters that the mama and papa paint rollers with wet paint are not good toys.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 2:05 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.