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Nature: Sightings and Links

Every week or so, I spot some unusual bird or animal or flower and feel compelled to look it up on the Internet to satisfy my natural curiosity. A few months ago it was a hideous, giant spider, a black monster with a leg spread of three to four inches in diameter. Not long ago, it was a water bird of some kind: a tall, skinny, gray fellow, with long neck, bill and legs. I see hawks almost daily. I've spotted beaver, ground hogs (I think), something like a mink or ferret, and some wild turkeys. We've seen a few raccoons and lots of 'possums and the occasional bear in our yard. Nightly, we hear coyote up in the mountains ~ a new sound for our area, since they were only recently re-introduced. I'm no expert on identifying these critters. I'm curious, but not knowledgeable. I regret that I didn't pay more attention to my father, who has forgotten more about nature than most of us will ever know. Since I can't rely on my own knowledge or memory, I search about, starting with the old-fashioned encyclopedia and ending with the Internet. Below are helpful sites and links to my own amateur sightings and remembrances.

Nature links:       Bird Source       Wikipedia

Killdeer sighting, Chatsworth, Georgia.

Bugbones (at Southern Muse)
Bugbones features links to sites about insects and other nature sites. It also has a few humorous stories about my own family's run-ins with cocoons (curious children will bring outdoor critters inside.) Originally, Bugbones was my hobby site at Angelfire. I redesigned it using a new WYSIWIG editor (VCom WebEasy), but have not expanded it since then.





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