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Group active since Fri, Aug 14, 2015

This group is for bird lovers & watchers, featuring birds,and all gods creatures,, and we can wander away from gods creations from time to
But birds and animals are the focus of this group if you are a person who gets excited when your favorite birds have returned from a long winter elsewhere..or a long summer elsewhere...then this groups for you...if you love watching your squirrels, coons, wild turkeys, etc...then this is the group to share your experiences with..and we can share about our experiences about other animals as well..:)
After checking out other groups and their descriptions and rules, I realized I hadn't included any I do want this to be a very fun loving group..sooooo...with that in mind..I expect all members of this group to be polite and respectful at all times...if ya have to wonder or question yourself about writing it here...??? Don't write it here...any behavior that I deem Inappropriate or disrespectful will be this group once is all you get...I am the easiest person to get along with...let's keep it that that I've got that out there...let's have fun and maybe even learn some things along the way...I would also like to point out that I appreciate each and every one of my group members...thank you...:)

Joey Wolf
Friday, October 14 at 10:58 AM

humming birds are gone.....sigh

i cleaned the feeders and put them away this week. no sightings in over a week, so I guess even the late flyers and migrators are south of us. here's hoping they have a wonderful winter and all make it back next spring. i will miss them. time to get the winter bird feeders cleaned up, filled an out.

pelican's are still here, but I expect them to leave soon too. not seeing geese down at the marina, but lots of honking overhead. buzzards are circling....keep twitching lol

the world is preparing for another long sleep.......

Joey Wolf
Sep 17, 2016

1st eagle sighting!

the eagles are back, it seems awfully early this year.......sigh

the humming birds are still passing through, the orioles are gone.

geese, ducks and little birds are flocking up for their migration

the sedum is covered with butter flys

combines are slowing traffic down on the roads and harvesting the corn like giant a packman chewing up the fields

Joey Wolf
Sep 7, 2016

Ellie Mae, today!

It's taken Ellie awhile to settle in. She is a quirky girl. She won't leave a room, without an invitation...unless frightened. The other night, someone was setting off fireworks and she came dashing out of the room to snuggle up by me.......a few min, later, she decided, I was not enough protection and moved in next to Ron! lol

Today, we had chiro app'ts, she wanted to go with us. She kept shadowing me, i couldn't take 2 steps,without her. As i was putting in my contacts, i looked down, her head was on my knee. and she was staring up at me so pitiful. i laughed and told her it's ok with me "ask Dad" she immediately bounced over to Ron and started nudging his elbow with her nose! We took her along. She would rather sit in the car all day, than stay home alone 10 min. She is doing much better with us leaving her at home. Guess she has figured out, we're coming back! lol

She'll get us trained yet!

Cindy Rice
Sep 4, 2016


We've been having our regular visitors of turkeys every day, across the road..:)
Females in the morning and males(TOMS), in the early evening..feeding in the freshly cut grass..:)
Whenever one of us spots them..we will say out loud to anyone we think is listening.."turkeys are out".. Lol
Will try and remember to try to get a pic later..:)

J White Harris
Aug 24, 2016

These 7 Foods Can Make Your Dog Sick — or Worse

Several years ago, my mom would freeze grapes and feed them to her two dogs. The dogs loved them. My mom was unaware that she was giving her beloved pooches a potentially toxic food.

Fortunately, she discovered that grapes could be dangerous to canines and immediately stopped giving her fur babies their favorite frozen treat.

Experts say grapes are just one of many human foods that can make your dog ill — or worse.

“Our bodies may break down foods or other chemicals that a dog’s can’t tolerate,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says in a statement.

Although most dog owners know to avoid giving chocolate to Fido, other food types can also make your pooch sick. We looked at two lists — one from the FDA and another from Consumer Reports — and identified these seven foods:

Grapes, raisins and currents: Although some dogs — like my mom’s — are unaffected by these fruits, they can cause kidney failure in other canines.
Raw meat: Consuming uncooked meats — which can contain deadly bacteria like E. coli and salmonella — is a dangerous practice for both humans and dogs.
Alliums: Onions, garlic, chives and other alliums are associated with hemolytic anemia disorder, which can damage dogs’ red blood cells.
Macadamia nuts: It’s recommended that you keep your canine away from all nuts, but macadamia nuts can be especially dangerous to dogs. Why? Experts aren’t sure. “Nobody has really figured out the toxic principle here,” Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian who works with the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, tells Consumer Reports.
Fried and fatty foods: A dog’s pancreas can become inflamed from eating overly fatty foods, which results in its organs producing enzymes that can damage intestines.
Salty snacks: If your dog consumes too much salt it can cause sodium ion poisoning, which often results in excessive thirst, fever, seizures, vomiting and diarrhea. “It’s almost like [dogs] get drunk,” Hartogensis says.
Moldy foods: Make sure your dog doesn’t have access to moldy foods in the garbage or in a compost heap.

Cindy Rice
Aug 14, 2016

This is what I heard tonight..across the road up in the woods..

They were closer than usual..hadn't heard them in quite some time..we used to hear them just about every night..and it sounded like a lot of them..but was probably just about 4 or 5 of no howling..just a lot of excited
I have had the opportunity to see one of these up close..just outside the picture window I used to have in my old house..we had a motion spotlight outside the picture window..and we used to keep the lights off in the dining room at night..sooo.. I had a great veiw( front row seats), and he never saw me..somehow I think he knew I was there but he couldn't see us:)
It was great..I held my breath.,and was just in awe:)

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Colongo Colongo
Jul 21, 2016

I taste with my mouth,, LOL!!

This is what I taste. Very rare then get down tasting with my mouth.. messing with yall LOL!! y'all have a nice day,,, Colongo

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Joey Wolf
Jul 21, 2016

Butterflies taste with their feet.......

This is one of the things I learned at Master Gardener Rhonda Brady's lecture on the Monarch Butterfly at our local library yesterday. If you are interested in having her speak, and are in the West Central Illinois area.....Henderson, Warren, Knox, McDonough, Henry, Mercer county let me know and I will hook you up with her address. She gave a wonderful lesson on the Monarch Butterfly. She teaches ALL ages, gearing the lecture to the age group.....ours was mostly Seniors, I would love to attend one of her children's groups. If you are not in our area, and are east of the Rockies, contact your local extension office and see if they can hook you up with someone, in IL they will have scads of pamphlets on Monarchs, pollinators, garden tips, butterfly gardens. Those of you in the great state of Kansas, your University is hugely involved in Monarch Butterfly research and tagging.

Other things I learned........they only lay 1 egg on a milkweed plant, there are 25 varieties of milkweed, native to the midwest. They also will NOT lay an egg on a plant that has one already, somehow, they can tell this by tasting the plant. Their usual life span is about 4 weeks, except for those born in late summer, who migrate to the ash mountains west of Mexico City, those live about 7-9 months. They are an amazing, fragile creature migrating from southern Canada to Mexico.

They are losing habitat. WE can help them with that. Planting milkweed, within our nectar plant beds, so the newly hatched have a close food source will help, being very careful with our use of insecticides/pesticides. Help your school or community plant a prairie plot, or butterfly garden.

I am already planning next years butterfly garden......won't you join me?