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Yellow-bellied SapsuckerOne fall day as I was eating lunch at the kitchen table and looking out the sliding glass doors, two birds came zooming in like missiles towards me. Amazingly, they did not hit the glass as hard as I had expected them to do, and they turned right around and flew off as quickly as they had arrived.

 

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Daddy Longlegs feeding on a dead European Hornet One September day I stepped out my kitchen door onto the carport and noticed a daddy longlegs standing over a Giant Hornet (also known as a European Hornet).  A Giant Hornet is typically about 1¼ inches long and much more massive than a daddy longlegs, so I didn’t think the smaller daddy longlegs could have managed to subdue the larger insect.  I figured that “daddy” must have found the hornet after it had died on the carport.

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An American Black Bear shakes a feeder poleIf you live in bear country and you keep bird feeders up all summer, you can expect visitors. I live near the Blue Ridge Mountains and American Black Bears occasionally visit my yard from June through August to forage for birdseed that has dropped from my feeders. They need to settle for seed on the ground because my feeder pole is about nine and a half feet tall. That height keeps the feeders out of reach of the bears, and although they try to climb the pole, a baffle quickly stops them!

 

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