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Wildlife: Opinion - a Closer Look

By Sharon
February 23, 2012

It's that time again. Critters who live near you are making plans for midnight raids on your roses, early morning feasts involving your lettuce, and late afternoon snacks with your daffodils. It's that time again; trust me, they're making plans. It's a surprise party they'll have. You won't be getting an invitation.

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Name: Rose Rairie
Chicago, IL & Benton KY
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A_Rare_Rose
Feb 23, 2012 10:30 PM CST
Sharron,
In my Chicago neighborhood, about 10 years ago I think, the West Nile Virus killed off a good amount of birdlife. In particular, those black crows I used to hate. The rat population exploded. And then the rabbits moved in. If I came home late at night, I would drive down an alley and see rats. People know the city has rats, but I had never in my 50 years seen one. And for that matter, I never saw a rabbit. But the lawns were littered with rabbits. I couldn't walk my dog in the early morning hours because skunks were walking down the streets. I think those darn crows kept everything in check.

A few years ago, Hawks have moved in. An eagle was spotted at a forest preserve not far from my house a couple years ago too. And there was an article in the Chicago Tribune recently about owls in the area. I think the word is out that there's good eating in Chicago neighborhoods.

I hated those crows. I used to go out in my nightgown and chase them from the bird feeder. When I was walking the dog yesterday I heard one cawing and looked up and there it was in the tree right above me. I thought I better move before it poops on me. Hope it stays. I'm still trying to keep rabbits out of the yard. And if its stops by to visit the bird feeder, he is more than welcome to stay.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Feb 23, 2012 11:19 PM CST
Hi Rose!! So great to see you again.

Yes, everything does have its place and its reason. Even crows. Funny how it takes an invasion of something to make us realize how important they were. I sure hope your crow stays too, and brings a bunch of his friends.

You really missed out on some wonderful weather today, somewhere around 70-ish with lots of sunshine. And the blackbirds were back but they saw me working on a pot of clematis, so they didn't linger long. The bluebirds stayed around though, it's nesting time for them.

Thanks for your mixed animal story. I'll be wishing you crows!
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Name: Rose Rairie
Chicago, IL & Benton KY
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Feb 24, 2012 11:53 PM CST
Sharron, I love those bluebirds. And the hummingbirds. Enjoy the sunshine. We did get snow today.
Rose
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Feb 25, 2012 1:11 AM CST
Hi Rose,
It's cooler here today, but still we have sunshine!
Stay warm up there!
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