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20 Oct 2014

BIRDS AT THE HABITAT

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WINTER BIRD ACTIVITY ON A UP SWING.

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As summer shuts down and winter is approaching we are seeing the Habitat shift in feeding needs  and the arrival of different birds for the winter. As the insect population goes under cover for the winter the activity at the feeders increases. Woodpeckers and  nuthatches coming to the suit.  Purple Finches, White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows have arrived.  Saw a Carolina Wren and a couple of Bluebird’s the other day.

Changing the feed from mostly seed mix to suit, dried meal worms, Peanut butter mix and a new feed block.  Feed block has about everything, nuts, fruit, dried meal worms, and other things.  Will be hooking up the heated water soon.  Peanut Butter mix is very popular with all the birds.  It is Crunchy Peanut Butter, old fashion Oatmeal, Grape Preserve and what ever else get put in.

Chipmunk population is decreasing as they prepare for winter.  Red and Gray Squirrels are increasing as they move in for winter.  We have a squirrel feeder but it also attracts Deer and Turkeys.  May try to set it up so as not to attract them.  Signs of deer activity are showing up as our gardens are still very eatable subjects.  Hydrangeas are still full and green and some Deer thinks that we grew them just for it.  Some Hosta look like I mowed them with a weed whacker.
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16 Oct 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014

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SEPTEMBER WAS A QUIET DIFFERENT MONTH

Due to the cooler weather many things did not happen or did happen but very slowly or later than usual.Its now past the end of September and things are shutting down.  However we are having some 70 to 80 degree days and that has confused some plants.  Looks like October will be a lot more active than September.  Bird activity on the rise, lots of activity.  Grass is growing very rapidly.  Many plants saying I am shutting down fix me up for the winter.

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Marigolds still going strong.

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American Gold Finch starting to get winter colors.

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Sweet Autumn Clematis.

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Downed tree, broken fence. lots of clean up to do.

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The only Monarch butterfly that we have seen this year.

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Gardens are still looking good.

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Pleated Woodpecker makes regular visits to our trees. hard to get him to cooperate for photos but to day he seemed not to mind.

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Pleated Woodpecker has not been seen or heard from since the photo visit.  Usually we here him as he makes his rounds around the area.  I am sure he is still around as there is about 20,000 acres he can roam.  Lots of what we call our winter birds showing up so lots of activity at the feeders.

OK that’s it, comments welcome.  See you next time.
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14 Sep 2014

NATURAL DISASTER

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MOTHER NATURE WINS AGAIN

In the process of setting up a day with my son in law to help me take down some trees.  No need to now Mother Nature has beaten us to the punch.  Woke up this morning to a new look in one of the gardens.  Strange looking thing had grown overnight to about five feet tall. When I went to look and see what it was I found a large tree covered with Wisteria  had come down during the thunder storm last night.  We had planted the wisteria about 20 years ago, it had climbed two Ash trees but it never blossomed. The trees are now dead and where in need of being taken down.  In the photos the other one is still standing but with a definite lean.  Pruning shears worked to remove the vines and brushy limbs.  Chain saw would not start so large trunk is still waiting.  Chain saw in the shop tomorrow.

 

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Guess the next post will be about the clean up and fence repair.  Have a great day, see you next time.
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