Re: [gardeners] Re: Sightings

Marc Winterburn (
Wed, 12 Mar 2003 23:07:32 +0800

Hi all, We often see kangaroos hopping through the neighbours property. They
get more daring as the summer progresses and the feed get scarcer.
We also get to see racehorse goannas , which are giant monitor lizards. They
cruise the bush looking for unsuspecting rabbits. They can be quite ruthless
hunters. I once heard what sounded like a baby screaming and I crept up to a
woodpile which housed a rabbit warren. The goanna was in a bloodlust frenzy,
literally throwing rabbits in the air and tearing them to shreds.
We also have the occasional wild pig and sometimes  feral goats. We very
occasionally see echidnas as well. They are the Aussie spiny anteater.
Marc Winterburn

----- Original Message -----
From: "bsk" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:20 AM
Subject: [gardeners] Re: Sightings

> You would really enjoy where I live here in Central Oklahoma then! Last
> night just before dusk we saw 10 head of deer in the field next to us
> enjoying the green grass just coming up. Usually we will see 3 or 4 head.
> Hubby and Jon has darn near been run over by 30 head of deer one night on
> one of our places. Pretty fun really. On top of the hill they were just
> sitting and all of a sudden about 30 does went running right through and
> around them. They said it was something else. Then there are the 3 nightly
> runs of coyotes we have. Right now they are being a clean up crew for a
> cow of ours. Took them a few days to find her but when they did it looks
> just like you see on TV in Africa with the hide just torn off and all.
> you feel funning when you hear them about 8, 10 and 12 pm or 1 am when you
> know what they are feasting on. It is also common to see 10 wild turkeys
> a time in the area. We have counted as many as 100 in one sighting last
> year. Now on this cloudy morning I hear the meadowlark that is migrating
> through singing in my back yard.
>    Surprisingly enough the deer have never bothered my garden .........
> that is.
> Ranchmama
> Okie zone 7a
> *************************
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ron Hay" <>
> >
> > What a wonderful sight to behold! Isn't it just fantastict to see
> something truly serendiptous like that?
> >
> > A few years ago, I was touring new home listings in a brushy canyon on
> far west end of the San Fernndo Valley, Bell Canyon, when I almost dropped
> my teeth: right in the middle of the road was a huge vulture, devouring
> remains of some road kill. Never in all my born days did I expect to see
> such a creature so close to human habitation; and truth be told, I had
> even seen one in all our years of backpacking in the local mountains.
> is wonderful!
> >
> > Ron
> >