My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!

Just another day!

These days happen to all of us from time to time! Mine started with my nose running and throat all scratchy. I almost forgot about doing a needed net repair after my last banding session. A flying squirrel had chewing through one of my trammel lines which I needed to replace before sunset. I had fallen in the mud numerous times while checking for owls. On my 9:15pm check I heard that flying squirrel going “squeak, squeak” not far from my nets. I looked around saying, “please not tonight – please”! Over and over again I end up checking my nets with no fuzz balls. Even worse, I forgot that the TV series Lost was on tonight and missed the first 45 minutes of the show!

vrrrooom RBNU

Then again, days like today are what keep me one of the happiest naturalist in the world! I observed my first two Horned Grebes this fall swimming in Red House Lake. Weather has allowed me to open my nets again after many frustrating nights of rain and lake effect. The fresh air has allowed me to breathe again and it feels wonderful to be able to walk around!! I saw my little wild mouse buddy hopping around the path, I had to say hello. I continued to find myself turning off my headlamp while walk back to the house. It is amazing the numerous little sounds you’ll hear. Some of the sounds included small mammals squeaking, passerines calling over head, geese honking and the trickling sounds of the water in the drainage ditch! I also happen to catch a few stars trying to peek through the clouds (All of which I have not seen or heard in a quite a few days).

I might not have caught any owls tonight but it was well worth the attempt. There is always tomorrow to try again!!

5 responses

  1. Marg

    Yay-even though it was one of those days, I’m glad you got back to the owls. Though it sounds like you didn’t get any. Gee I’d love to catch a flying squirrel even though they eat your trammels. Our day was kindof one of those days too yesterday, we got started very very late, traffic, etc, lots of travelling for ten birds!

    26 October 2006 at 8:57 am

  2. Congratulations for the amazing blog 🙂

    26 October 2006 at 10:17 am

  3. Thanks Marg and Nuno! I have started taking my camera up to the nets for the next Flying Squirrel that I find but they do lots of damage (hope not to see them again)! Three years ago when I moved into the house that I am living in now, I relocated 10 different individuals from my bedroom closet! Took me about 4 nights to get them out before I could feel comfortable that they all were out! I was amazed that I had caught them at all times of the night and even had 4 squirrels in one night. After sealing up the holes I found myself spending the night listening to them trying to break into the house. Now, only on occasion that I hear them land on the roof running around!

    26 October 2006 at 11:32 am

  4. Oh my. And I thought my spiders and crickets were annoying 🙂 I hear geese in the morning and see deer in the yard across the street. Animals are nice, but, not so much when they are in your house! 🙂

    26 October 2006 at 4:27 pm

  5. Thanks for visiting Brenda and I don’t mind the critters around the yard, I just don’t like them in my closet keeping me up all night.

    27 October 2006 at 8:20 am

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