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RE: Tennessee Gardener Article/Now Wildlife

AWWWWW....how sweet!! When I lived in Kansas City we had a pair of fox
that traveled through the neighborhood too. Loved them. They lived under
an elderly couples back porch. They came out early in the morning and
right before the sun went down. And I've never seen Guineas mate either
until this year. Ours finally matured and it's the funniest thing I've
ever seen. They are such STRANGE looking fowl anyway...like something
from Jurasic Park...but to watch them chase each other around the house
3-4 times then fly up in the air and body-slam each other and mock fight
was a real eye opener. One of the females has a nest with 20 eggs on it.
Hope they hatch.


Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com> wrote:
Bonnie, you'd enjoy our newest neighborhood clown. We have a red fox in
the area who thinks he's a dog. He's not at all shy and doesn't
hesitate to try to engage our dog when we're walking. My Johnboy is a
150 lb. creature of undefinable heritage who's a real sweetheart and
would never hurt another animal - the fox must sense that. It will
prance along with us at the woods edge 'barking' and darting around
trying to instigate a game of chase. We woke up the other morning to
find him sitting outside our bedroom window watching for signs of life -
like "Hey, y'all get up and let that big red dog come out to play".
He's regularly waiting at the top of the drive at 5 am - he knows the
walk schedule. 

Our neighbors have a small lab who was seen at real play with the fox
recently - typical dog play - lunging, chasing in circles, mock
growling. They would play until they got hot, lie around panting a few
minutes, then begin again. No actual contact - but definitely sustained

We were beginning to wonder if the fox was just lonely, but saw him a
few days ago with his mate and five kits (is that the right term?)
frolicking in a clearing across the road. 

Very interesting behavior from a really lovely little animal.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 1:11 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article

Actually, I am very inclined to volunteer for the nature center. I
enjoy wildlife even if it is a nuisance sometimes. Went to turn on the
hose this afternoon and noticed a nice long black snake skin. I think
it is the one my husband saw a few days ago and the one that lives under
the front porch. One of my friends saw two mating the other day...her
husband and brother
took pictures...said it looked like a two-headed snake. My husband
"how do you know they were mating?

Grass is already on my "forget it" list. My "grass" consists of clover,
volunteer flowers, and whatever. The Bermuda grass patch is slowly
reduced with roundup...absolutely hate the stuff.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Donna 
> To: 
> Date: 06/01/2004 6:47:39 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article
> Bonnie,
> Sounds like a wonderful area to live with all those gardens to 
> explore!
> You should volunteer at the nature center if possible. You learn many 
> other concepts of gardening there along with eco systems. Most of them

> are really hard pressed for volunteers and would welcome you even if 
> you could only come once in awhile. Must warn you though, you will 
> leave with a different attitude about grass, seems you find yourself 
> ripping it out and planting something more suitable for wildlife.
> Donna
> > 
> > In addition, we have Ijams Nature Center, a garden that was donated 
> > to
> the
> > city by an avid family of gardeners. Somewhat different in mission
> than
> > the Trial Gardens and the proposed KBG, it focuses on native plants
> and
> > nature. Throughout the year, family orientated programs on owls,
> frogs,
> > butterflies, etc. are conducted. I took my young scouts there for
> patch
> > work. It is one other place I am tempted to volunteer although it 
> > is about 1 hr. in driving distance from my home.
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