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Birds and Bears

As I sat here typing my last blog, I glanced out the window and saw a goldfinch and bluebird sitting not three feet from each other on the power line, and a cardinal in the birdbath.  Quite a colorful afternoon.  Alas, I'm not skilled enough to get photos of the birdies yet, although I've begun saving my pennies for a fancy new camera, and potentially some kind of fancy zoom lens so that I can do better in the future.  Camera recommendations welcome.

Old Man Neighbor was firing guns at 6:45 yesterday morning, EEK!  He told me over the fence later in the day that he was scaring a bear out of his backyard.  Which yard happens to be right next to my backyard.  Which means if I hadn't still been in my comfy bed peacefully snoozing away my last few minutes before the Girl wakes up around 7:00, I possibly could have seen the bear next to my backyard and equally possibly could have pooped myself.  He claims it is a 400 pound boar and that if it keeps coming back the DNR said they'd come trap and haul it away (to surprise other folks in their backyards, I guess). 

A few years ago he was telling us about a bear that kept knocking down his bird feeders and said he was going to put up a trail camera to get some pics.  Since then I've always wanted to get some bear costumes, our lawn chairs, and a couple of beers and park ourselves over in his yard for a while one night just to mess with him.  Tee hee.


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