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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Story & Chick Update

Dave at authorblog really liked a short, true story I posted in his comments recently & asked me to share it on my blog, so here it is...

Years ago I worked for the hydro (electric) company at Niagara Falls. Every morning I had to shoo fishermen out of the Niagara River before they opened the dam & swept everyone over the Falls--not even 200 yards away. Had they even slipped where they were, there'd be no rescuing them. It seems fishermen don't acknowledge danger--even when it's imminent. Now THAT'S fanaticism.
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Here's a picture of the wren chicks as of this afternoon. Clearly now we see at least 5, they're much bigger & their eyes are open.

There's been no activity for a while at the brown nuthatch nest, unfortunately. I'm going to spend some time this weekend watching their favorite feeder, hoping to see the adults, at least. Today I spotted a 3 1/2' long snake (most likely a southern black racer,) making its way across our backyard. After it seemingly vanished, Charles & I went out in the yard & discovered it's hole. Perhaps this explains the nuthatches' absence. <:(

16 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I think our snake today was either a Southern black racer, or an Eastern yellow bellied racer. The link beow, toward the bottom, has pics of both.

http://www.geocities.com/onias_2000/SnakesofLouisiana.html

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; I updated my page while you were posting this, actually. I'd looked at that same site. Looks like the yellow-bellied variety is predominantly South of the lake & the black is in our area. I am very sad about the poor, endangered nuthatches being suddenly gone, regardless, but that's nature for you...

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, I see you were ahead of me. As usual sweetness.

Barrie said...

Oh no, I hope the snake's appearance doesn't explain the nuthatch's absence.

Travis said...

GAH! Snakes!

I guess that's part of a natural habitat, but I hope the nuthatch didn't end up as a meal.

Marvin said...

Glad to see that the wren chicks are doing okay. A black snake's ability to sniff out and climb up to bird nests is (unfortunately) amazing.

david mcmahon said...

You sure saved them from those Rapids, Lana!!

Erik Donald France said...

That's quite a situation w/the fisherman and the "critters," too.

cs harris said...

When I lived in Australia, fishing topped the list of "most deadly sports" every year. Guys fishing from rocks were always getting hit by a big wave and then swept out to sea. And there were the spear fishermen taken by sharks...

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

I kinda likea "yellow bellied racer."

Uh, if one was an animal, what would one be?

Long-distance runner in literature, like Charles?

Feel punk today. Not like famed Albert Silletoe wih his "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".

More like yellow-bellied racer.

Or perhaps a Skink.

...It'll pass.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; You should be ahead of me...I like the view. ;)

Barrie & Travis; I could be wrong about the nuthatches, so I'll just hope that I am. We'll definitely have to keep an eye out for the baby wrens once they fledge, as their first flights are more like hop-flying. Fortunately we'll both be off around that time.

Martin; This is unfortunately true. I just hope it doesn't sniff out the wrens, too! <:( My manager at work suggested that I kill it, but it has as much right to live as anyone else, y'know? That's just nature...

David; In some cases they'd just ignore me & after screaming myself hoarse, I'd just leave them out there. Evidently they were used to how things worked & would get themselves out in time, anyway (or there'd be a lot more reports of people going over the Falls. *L*)

Erik; I don't know if I could ever be that literally "die hard" for fishing, personally. It was silly--the area's bordered by water on 3 sides; many miles of the Niagara River & 2 Great Lakes, as well, but these idiots have to fish virtually on the EDGE of Niagara Falls. Asinine!

CS; That's partly why I'm a backyard bird watcher, I guess. *LOL*

Ivan; If I were an animal, I'd likely be a weird cross between a badger & a sloth. Hope you feel better soon, at any rate. <:(

laughingwolf said...

cool pics, thx lana...

you a canuck refugee? ;) lol

Lana Gramlich said...

Laughinwolf; Not a refugee, no. *L*

laughingwolf said...

not an escapee from the great white north? ;) lol

since you worked at the falls power co., figgered you were... hee hee

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Although I did spend some time up there, I was born & raised Amerikan (not that I'm proud of that, btw...)

laughingwolf said...

nada wrong with my american brothers and sisters, it's the messy politicos... we have our own version[s], too :(

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