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16 Nov 2014

CHARLIE BROWN

Posted by JW. 6 Comments

IT IS HAPPENING AT LISA AND JOHN’S GARDEN

Tuesday Liza heard Charlie Brown barking and opened the door to see a gray fox within inches of him. She scooped him up by his harness and called the Town officials. We also called the New Hampshire Fish and Game. We could tell that the fox was rabid because he was acting very strange and would not leave the yard. Two hours later, it was shot and we got the results that it is rabid. We had to take our dogs in for booster shots, and Charlie Brown was quarantine at our house for 10 days. Very scary. Very lucky Liza did not have any open wounds on her hands and Charlie Brown did not get bitten. Otherwise she would have had to have rabies treatment, and Charlie Brown would have been quarantine longer.

Wednesday several Eastern Bluebird’s at the feeders.  Every winter a flock of Bluebird’s returns to our feeders.  We have had them for several winters, about breeding time they go and we don’t see any except for an occasional visit by 2 or some times 3  until winter. They do feed at the seed feeders some, but mostly like our peanut-butter mix, orange flavored suet, and meal worms.

Also saw the Carolina Wren again this week. So I guess they are back for the winter. Purple Finch regular visitor, first time we have had several for a long time period.  Hopefully they are here for the winter.  Dark-eyed Junco’s have shown up saying its winter.  A few different Sparrows stopping by, Chipping Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, and others.  Those that stay we will ID.  Hard to tell the difference when they come in groups and don’t stay  long. Have seen some Brown-headed Cow Birds and lots of other Black Birds.  Grackles and Red-wing Black Birds are migrating and only stop for a day or so to refuel. House Finch coming on a regular basis.
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CHARLIE BROWN

CHARLIE BROWN

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GRAY FOX

GRAY FOX ACTING WEIRD

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EASTERN BLUEBIRD

EASTERN BLUEBIRD

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MALE PURPLE FINCH

MALE PURPLE FINCH WITH HIS GIRL FRIENDS.

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DARK-EYED JUNCO

DARK-EYED JUNCO

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BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

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BLUE JAY

BLUE JAY

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HOUSE FINCH

HOUSE FINCH


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Thats it for this post.   Have a great day.
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20 Oct 2014

BIRDS AT THE HABITAT

Posted by JW. 2 Comments

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.  Hydrangea 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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Fledging Northern Cardinal. Seem it is the last hatch. It is the only one that has not started to color out. has been around for about a week and a half. Should soon start to color out.

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Several Chipmunks are busy filling their cheeks with seeds and depositing them for the winter food.

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Slide show is of some Bird photos taken during September and October so far.

To view the slide show click on one of the photos then use the <<  >> symbols to navigate.  If you click on  photo you will return to the post.

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Have a great day!

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16 Oct 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014

Posted by JW. 2 Comments

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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