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    • odd man out wrote:

      Chonkosaurus is breaking the Internet. The BBC newsfeed reports it was sighted by two kayakers with "thick Chicago accents", which makes me wonder how you pronounce chonkosaurus with a thick British accent.




      bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-65529029
      I've seen some big ones, but this is a monster! He is busting out of his shell.

      'I can only wonder what this thing has been eating,' one of the kayakers wrote on Twitter.

      Answer: With the murder rate in Chicago, I think we know what he has been eating ...
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • Walked up to the local pool complex this morning to drop something off to the Aquatics Manager. Staff were working on getting it ready to open this weekend. A duck family, Mama and 7 baby ducklings have taken up residence. Staff had procured new lane lines yesterday and were putting them into the 50 meter. Mama and the babies just hopped over them. Well, one or two of the ducklings had a little trouble and Mom had to give them a boost.

      Sorry I didn't take a picture but they were cute.
    • On the Arkansas River Trail last week I saw 5 turtles on a log. By the time I was able to snap a picture 3 dove in the water. I believe because the 2 guys in the next picture were approaching them.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Plenty more birds throughout the day, including young ones.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I saw this guy last week when walking around the neighborhood. More what I would expect more in FL than AR.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      On the Arkansas River Trail last week I saw 5 turtles on a log. By the time I was able to snap a picture 3 dove in the water. I believe because the 2 guys in the next picture were approaching them.
      Just loaded these up to my PC and now realize there is a littler third turtle still on the long that I did not originally see.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Trillium wrote:

      Walked up to the local pool complex this morning to drop something off to the Aquatics Manager. Staff were working on getting it ready to open this weekend. A duck family, Mama and 7 baby ducklings have taken up residence. Staff had procured new lane lines yesterday and were putting them into the 50 meter. Mama and the babies just hopped over them. Well, one or two of the ducklings had a little trouble and Mom had to give them a boost.

      Sorry I didn't take a picture but they were cute.
      My neighbor and HOA trustee was sprucing up the gate at our neighborhood pool and pointed out a pair of mallards inside the fence. He asked if my German shorthaired pointer would be interested in serving an eviction notice. A few creeping steps later, they were onto more suitable habitat.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Clingmans Dome and Max Patch NC to Gorham NH

      "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations...those are pretty good days." Ray Wylie Hubbard
    • I was using the Merlin App to ID bird songs at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. We couldn't see as many birds as we could hear, due to the foliage, but we saw a few. The App is very helpful for finding and identifying the birds.

      The App scrolls a sonogram across the screen so you can see the pattern of sound frequencies used to I'd the bird. It kept picking up a Black and White Warbler. I learned the pattern that matched the Warbler so I knew when it was singing, but apparently it has a high pitch that is outside my range of hearing. But my wife could hear it. Maybe this is why she complains innever listen to her? I guess I need a hearing test.

      Here is a screenshot of what I was seeing. The song is 8 high frequency rapid chirps.

    • Saw these guys yesterday morning.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • These are a couple of the guys "in the" Houston International Airport today.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I had posted these in the Trip Planning thread but they really belong here.







      The most direct route home from Franklin was to bypass the Smokies to the north on I-40. But I convinced my wife that it would be worthwhile to leave early and catch the elk herd on the Cherokee side. We saw a few cow elk but not a large number like I was anticipating. 10 minutes later, we saw a vehicle stopped ahead of us and saw the 6x7 bull slowly walking along the side of the highway.

      The rain started just before we reached Newfound Gap and got heavier as we descended towards Gatlinburg. Then BOOM! A black bear ambling across the road. We stopped right where it entered the woods and got to watch it shake off like a wet dog. Add in the multiple turkeys we saw and it was the GSMNP Trifecta.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Clingmans Dome and Max Patch NC to Gorham NH

      "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations...those are pretty good days." Ray Wylie Hubbard
    • I have seen grey, brown, and red squirrels before but this one looked black. ?(
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • On the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail again today. Not quick enough to catch a picture of the deer, chipmunk, rabbit, or birds, but I thought this was interesting.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Assume these guys were Wild Turkeys.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I went on a short overnighter last week to Hightop Mountain in the SNP. In the morning while sitting on the throne in the hut's privy (no joke), a squirrel runs by, obviously terrified, and dives into a hole at the bottom of a tree about 15 feet in front of me. I start looking up the tree to see if the squirrel comes out another hole when I saw this magnificent barred owl.If he had not moved his head I probably wouldn't have seen him, he blended in that well. And he never flew. We stared at each other for several minutes. This is the owl that says "Who cooks for you"
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    • jimmyjam wrote:

      I went on a short overnighter last week to Hightop Mountain in the SNP. In the morning while sitting on the throne in the hut's privy (no joke), a squirrel runs by, obviously terrified, and dives into a hole at the bottom of a tree about 15 feet in front of me. I start looking up the tree to see if the squirrel comes out another hole when I saw this magnificent barred owl.If he had not moved his head I probably wouldn't have seen him, he blended in that well. And he never flew. We stared at each other for several minutes. This is the owl that says "Who cooks for you"
      At first glance it almost looks like he is carved into the tree.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I get a lot of interesting (to me) creatures at my house. The moth is a white-lined Sphinx. The snake was behind my oven…peeked his head out from the top of the stove when I was cooking.
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      Lost in the right direction.
    • Variety of birds today.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Shipman's Beach, Hawaii.
      The hike to get to this remote beach was a 5 mile RT muddy slog. It was worth it.






      Photo Credit: Nolan Stimpson





      We saw at least 20 turtles in total. They all seemed to be Green Sea Turtles.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier