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Old 02-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #21
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omg! The bear comes right up to your window!!! Is that on the upper deck?

There is lots of info in a kitchen drawer about living with bears. A large part of this development is a preserve.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:20 AM   #22
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How'd I miss the bear photos? I must have clicked off of them before viewing it.... Nice and close...Too close.
Sure hope you're not feeding them any and they are now demanding food. That could become quite dangerous real quick!
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:00 PM   #23
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The bear on my deck is Fern. I raised him from a cub. Believe it or not he's not even one year old in that photo.

I avoided the backyard area near my deck when I was with the orphan cubs, but one day I had to use the bathroom in a hurry, so I dashed into the house through the patio door. I didn't realize that Fern had followed me until I came back. He was just wanting to follow his mum! I snapped the photo and returned outside. After that surprise, I never used the patio door entrance in the presence of the cubs again.

Fern was a smart little bugger. While I stood there taking his photo from inside the house, he figured out how to slide the door open.

Fern grew up to be a normal male black bear and moved on to seek out his own territory.
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He figured out to slide the door open
And then......?
Did he enter?
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And then......?
Did he enter?
LOL Havalotta! Absolutely no bears allowed in my kitchen until they learn how to eat with knives, forks and a napkin!

Seriously, I blocked Fern's way to the entrance, stepped outside then shut and locked the door.

For just a few minutes tho, it was amazing to watch the dexterity of a bear's front paw clasp a door handle and determine whether to push forward, backward, right or left in all of about 3 seconds. Like I said, Fern was a smart little bugger and always my problem child.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:56 PM   #26
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So cool to have such experiences!
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Great clear shots maggie! My attempts through the glass are always muddy (dirty glass) and bad. After our recent snow there were so many different species at the feeder I just had to snap a few.

The birds and squirrels seemed to get along together just fine. A few skirmishes occurred between the birds, the cardinals and goldfinches got into it a few times but the towhees, sparrows and doves just did their thing. I'm filling the feeders more than once a day now that the snow keeps other food sources scarce.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:24 PM   #28
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linrose,

The second picture looks almost like a greeting card!
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #29
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red cardinals look so cute on the snow~
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:15 PM   #30
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Thankfully, I'm now working with a camera that allows manual focus--the other one probably did too, but I never got around to figuring it out.

Anyway, thanks to manual focus, I got a good shot of a nuthatch through the window. I think they are so cute.

I am going to post the original and two cropped ones. Please let me know which one looks best. Thanks.
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