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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #700: January 31, 2014, 06:42:08 PM »
We get goldfinches regularly, but bluebirds are a wonderful treat due to their relative rarity.

I once saw a Baltimore Oriole on the banks of the Shenandoah, but I think we've done a good job of pushing out those invasive species.     :twisted:

Agreed.

Thought I saw one a couple years ago when a bird flashed across in front of my car, but I'm pretty sure now that it was a Scarlett Tanager -- another rare bird I've spotted down in the backyard in the last six months.

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« Reply #701: January 31, 2014, 09:56:41 PM »
And West Nile virus is wiping them all out anyway.

Hah, that is so 2000.

Crows today are coming back strong, as those resistant to the virus have provided yet another ringing affirmation to Darwin's observations on natural selection.

They're tough, smart, and obnoxious.

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« Reply #702: January 31, 2014, 09:57:30 PM »
Agreed.

Thought I saw one a couple years ago when a bird flashed across in front of my car, but I'm pretty sure now that it was a Scarlett Tanager -- another rare bird I've spotted down in the backyard in the last six months.

Scarlet tanagers are quite rare and exceptionally beautiful.

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« Reply #703: March 04, 2014, 06:41:02 PM »
Well, I had to give away my German Shepherd awhile back because it and my "ex" (?) didn't get along very well. So, now that both are gone, I got a puppy. He's a 8 week old Australian Shepherd named Gonzo after... Ted Nugent. I gotta keep the Rock N Roll theme :lol:


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« Reply #704: March 04, 2014, 06:44:18 PM »
Well, I had to give away my German Shepherd awhile back because it and my "ex" (?) didn't get along very well. So, now that both are gone, I got a puppy. He's a 8 week old Australian Shepherd named Gonzo after... Ted Nugent. I gotta keep the Rock N Roll theme :lol:

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My outside dog is an Aussie mix. She's an awesome dog. Excellent choice.

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« Reply #705: March 04, 2014, 06:46:49 PM »
My outside dog is an Aussie mix. She's an awesome dog. Excellent choice.

Thanks, I was sitting at work looking on craigslist for craps and giggles when I saw Gonzo. On my way to a meeting in Gaithersburg the following morning I was texting the owner. When I got back to the institution I drove right up and got him. He's adorable and he loves playing with my one cat Greta. She'll get real close and sniff him and then when he pounces, she slaps the crap out of him. :lol: it's adorable.

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« Reply #706: March 04, 2014, 07:01:48 PM »
She'll get real close and sniff him and then when he pounces, she slaps the crap out of him.

Like being married.    :P      The photo of the pup makes me want to start looking for another dog.

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« Reply #707: March 04, 2014, 07:40:01 PM »

Loved my Aussie. Keep him busy or he'll make you miserable. :D


Well, I had to give away my German Shepherd awhile back because it and my "ex" (?) didn't get along very well. So, now that both are gone, I got a puppy. He's a 8 week old Australian Shepherd named Gonzo after... Ted Nugent. I gotta keep the Rock N Roll theme :lol:

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« Reply #708: March 04, 2014, 07:51:15 PM »
Scarlet tanagers are quite rare and exceptionally beautiful.


We've heard them, but never seen them.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #709: March 04, 2014, 07:58:36 PM »
Anyone looking for a couple good cats? :lol: I/we have 4 but I'm going to keep one. The other three are good cats, but just too much for an apartment and the ex's apartment doesn't allow pets.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #710: March 04, 2014, 10:10:27 PM »
Great Name !

Well, I had to give away my German Shepherd awhile back because it and my "ex" (?) didn't get along very well. So, now that both are gone, I got a puppy. He's a 8 week old Australian Shepherd named Gonzo after... Ted Nugent. I gotta keep the Rock N Roll theme :lol:

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« Reply #711: March 04, 2014, 10:29:17 PM »
Great Name !


Thanks, this brings me to Nikki (Sixx), Lita (Ford) and now Gonzo (Nugent)

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #712: March 05, 2014, 08:28:16 AM »
You need Sid (Vicious).

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« Reply #713: March 05, 2014, 08:58:09 AM »
You need Sid (Vicious).

Now.that would have been good. Angus was possibility too.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #714: March 05, 2014, 09:01:37 AM »
There was a thing I saw recently about the 5 smartest dog breeds.  I think Aussies were 3rd or 4th behind Border Collies (of course) and German Shephards.  That show the superiority of blood lines of the Aryan dog.  I think the typical Aussie can open a can of Fosters, but the German Shephard can open a bottle.

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« Reply #715: March 05, 2014, 10:54:58 AM »
I think the Aussie's and the Border Collies were messing with us: they didn't take the test seriously. Typical German overbearing seriousness. Damn Alsatian studied for a month.

There was a thing I saw recently about the 5 smartest dog breeds.  I think Aussies were 3rd or 4th behind Border Collies (of course) and German Shephards.  That show the superiority of blood lines of the Aryan dog.  I think the typical Aussie can open a can of Fosters, but the German Shephard can open a bottle.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #716: March 05, 2014, 11:32:09 AM »
Terpfan should teach the dog to bark when he says, "G'day, mate."

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« Reply #717: March 05, 2014, 11:50:11 AM »
For those about to bark, we salute you...

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« Reply #718: March 05, 2014, 12:32:29 PM »
I think the Aussie's and the Border Collies were messing with us: they didn't take the test seriously. Typical German overbearing seriousness. Damn Alsatian studied for a month.

The Shih Tzu breed killed it in the math section, but tanking the driving portion so bad brought their overall score WAYYYYY down

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #719: March 05, 2014, 12:36:42 PM »
apparently there is a wikipedia article for everything

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs#Smartest_Dogs


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« Reply #720: March 05, 2014, 12:43:04 PM »
The Shih Tzu breed killed it in the math section, but tanking the driving portion so bad brought their overall score WAYYYYY down

:lmao:

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« Reply #721: March 05, 2014, 01:29:22 PM »
The Shih Tzu breed killed it in the math section, but tanking the driving portion so bad brought their overall score WAYYYYY down




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« Reply #722: March 11, 2014, 02:57:15 PM »
Euthanized a deer at work today.