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  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Either, a small fast winged animal just flew across the room in front of me
    or
    I just hallucinated?

    Is hallucination one of the vicissitudes of age?
     
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  3. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Check for small fast winged animal poop on the floor to confirm you weren't hallucinating.
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    ok
    nope
    nothing that i can see
    so far
    ........................
    poop could disprove an hallucination
    conversely
    the lack of said poop does not prove an hallucination

    square one again?
     
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  7. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    If you have a belfry, check it for bats.
     
  8. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    where i grew up

    "bats in the belfry"
    did not refer to real bats
    nor real belfries
    .........................
    back to square one again?
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Are there small, fast winged animals in your part of the world?
    Was it day time?
    Did you recently have a door open?

    Small, fast winged animals have a tendency to fly unseen in open doors and then not be able to get back out.
     
  10. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    ...took the words right out of my mouth.

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  11. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    I had a bat in my kitchen, After patiently waiting for it to leave by the opened window, I lost my rag tried to shepherd it in the direction I wanted.

    It was determined to follow its own ideas,though and eventually disappeared into the tiniest crack in the furniture you could imagine.(some contortionist!)
     
  12. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    How small? I assume bigger than a bee. I've seen bees.

    Is hallucination one of the vicissitudes of age?[/QUOTE]
    How old?
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Construction in a building where I worked drove a bat out of winter hibernation, where it hung out on a brick wall in a hallway. All the girls freaked out.

    I got a butter dish and just plopped it over the little guy. Man they make a lot noise when trapped!

    Set him up in a little terrarium until I could transport him to a local animal control centre. Sad to see him go.
     
  14. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    How old?[/QUOTE]

    bigger'n a bee smaller'n a bat
    it was a light brown blur that crossed 20 feet of the room in under a second(comes out to over 14 miles per hour===22kph)
    I was reading, and as I turned to look, it was done
    I know of no animal that moves like that------------so write it off as an hallucination.
    72
     
  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Silently?
     
  16. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    yes
     
  17. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Ah. Then less likely a bird, bug or bat.
     
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  19. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    DaveC426913 said:
    Silently?
    Yes

    unless the bats are making that echolocation chirping sound, I do not hear them fly
    but this was no bat
    .................
    Long ago, I rescued a great horned owl that had been caught in a steel leg trap in my uncle's chicken coop.
    The trap had broken his(?) leg. My uncle told me to kill him. I said that seeing a great horned owl was a rare treat, and as I lived over 14 miles away(as the crow flies, more'n 20 by the roads) the odds were that the owl would not find his way back. So I took him home after splinting his leg with popsicle sticks and tape. I took 2 of my old rabbit cages, and broke out one end wall of each, then stacked them together with branches placed inside so he could roost.

    I was rather poor then so the only meat I ate was liver, and I gave the owl 1/2 of my ration. Every day, I would put on a leather glove, and then a welding glove over that, and take him out of the cage and pump him up and down to make him exercise his wings. This went on for a few weeks---every few days, I would remove the splints and feel the broken part of the leg to make sure that it was healing straight, then resplint with the splints set in slightly different places.

    After awhile, I did not replace the splints as the leg seemed to be healing well. Still, I would take him out and exercise his wings, then put him back in the cage with some of my liver.

    One fine summer day, as I exercised his wings, he pinched my hand with the claws of his broken leg---right through the 2 layers of leather glove, and punctured the skin between 2 fingers, so on the upstroke, I released him. He flew up to the oak behind the cottage, and sat on a large branch overlooking my back yard garden.

    Of an average day, I would go out into the yard of an evening with a salt shaker, and eat tomatoes, carrots, radishes, peppers, etc...whatever was ripe, and sometimes, the owl would swoop down on me, clearing my head by a couple feet.
    And, I never heard him coming until he was within 3 feet of me. The first couple times, I was rather startled.
     
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  20. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    eye floater?
     
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  21. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    big beetle?
     
  22. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Very noisy.
     
  23. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Makes sense. In a descending glide or dive they'll be virtually silent (otherwise how would they hunt).

    But unless your ghostly brown blur was gliding, I think you should have heard it.
     
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