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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #120 on: February 12, 2006, 07:34:20 am »
Unless we get a big dump of snow in March, I'm expecting them then. There is lotsa bare ground here. Down in Sussex my aunt has them all winter around the mountain ash berries. Last year I saw some in February up here but they were mostly in the thickets eating berries and seeds until it warmed up.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #121 on: February 12, 2006, 04:09:44 pm »
Hey Furby,it's interesting that you mentioned Robins last night because there are a whole herd of them in our yard today!

First this year 8)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #122 on: February 12, 2006, 04:32:08 pm »
I hope it's a warmer dry spring this year than it's been for the last 3 or so years. We seem to be getting late springs and our summers are running late into early fall. I want it both ways.. :-X never mind.  ::) Come on robins, come bob, bob'n along. :)

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« Reply #123 on: February 12, 2006, 05:22:06 pm »
Flock Paul, flock. ;)
You wanna see a herd ???
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« Reply #124 on: February 12, 2006, 06:53:11 pm »
When I hear someone say Chickadee, all I can think of is W.C. Fields and his big red nose.   :D
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« Reply #125 on: February 12, 2006, 07:11:16 pm »
Furby I saw hundreds of Robins this past week.
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« Reply #126 on: February 12, 2006, 08:35:07 pm »
Tom, did W. C. Fields have Chickadees perching on his nose? :D :D :D

Another friend in the woods to most loggers in the north, is the Canada Jay. It's also known as the 'Wiskey Jack'. Loggers around the lumber camp would dip bread in wiskey and feed these 'gorbies' all they'd eat, sack and hide. Funny part of it was, there's often blue jays around and they'de steal the 'Wiskey Jacks' stash, sometimes a raven would get in on the deal too. :D :D

Once those 'Whiskey Jacks' learn that your friendly they'll eat the bread out of your hands. I'de never feed'm whiskey though. That's too mean.

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« Reply #127 on: February 12, 2006, 09:08:41 pm »
The South don't count this time of year Jeff! ;)

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« Reply #128 on: February 12, 2006, 10:33:38 pm »
Those whiskey jacks are cheeky devils and a hoot to watch. They will steal food off yer plate while your holding it  :D I once watched them with an apple core. The first two inspected and left it but when the third carried it back to the tree, the fight was on.
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« Reply #129 on: February 13, 2006, 07:57:32 pm »
Just a week later, the tom turkey's were back, and pecking at my shop window again. I walked up to the window to take pics of just a few feet away, and then one with the strutting tom inches away. Hoping they get over this habit of pecking at the glass, because it's 1/8" storm pane that isn't that strong.
The first pic is of the strutting tom, strutting for his 6 buddies ( no hens around ::) ) and the second after the strutter mosey'd over to the window for a portrait. They seem to come around about once a week. Interesting colors that well up into their head when strutting this time of year.




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« Reply #130 on: February 13, 2006, 08:03:29 pm »
They don't seem to be very timid do they? They are nice looking birds. Thanks for sharing. :)

I have a couple ravens that hang around the yard for bread I toss out. If I as much as come to a window to watch them they take off. They are very wary of their surroundings.

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« Reply #131 on: February 26, 2006, 02:34:57 pm »
Love this thread.  My wife and I live on the outskirts of Halifax and are blessed to have a bit more of the winged kingdom than those closer to the center.  There is a swamp/stream about 200 feet from our boundary line and 300 feet from our house.  On the edge of that swamp a nesting pair of osprey live and several pairs of loons as well.  When we first lived here it was not uncommon to have bald eagles in the area but as the suburbs push out to meet us (and soon pass us  :(  )  the bald eagles, deer and bears are becoming less common.  By the by, I don't miss the bears :D.  We are now in the process of getting ready to build a house in the Annapolis Valley, about 90 minutes to the west of where we live now.  Just this morning on our way there saw a bald eagle fly over the truck, several osprey. and I think a red tailed hawk in the trees on the side of the highway.  If we don't see 5 to 10 hawks/eagles on the drive it is a "slow" day.  The property we are moving to is in an agricultural area and has a very healthy raptor population. 
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« Reply #132 on: February 26, 2006, 04:35:09 pm »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Nova  smiley_turkey_dancing

I am always awed by raptors. Congratulations on your move. Will you be building your own house ???
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« Reply #133 on: February 26, 2006, 08:26:31 pm »
Thanx SB!  Yes my wife and I will build this house ourselves with the appropriate sub-trades.  We built our current house four years ago with a contractor (I was the laborer/gopher) expecting to stay here for 10 years or so and found that the city decided it wanted to live in the country too :(.  So we bought 40 acres of forest this past summer and have cleared about one and a half acres for the house.  Because about 80% of our trees are hardwood - white ash, poplar, birch, cherry, beech, apple, hop hornbeam, maple and a little bit of red oak - we will purchase a few truckloads of eastern white pine for the frame and use our hardwood for the interior work.  We have a 27hp 8" WPF Peterson mill somewhere in the Pacific as we speak that we will use to cut the lumber and we are jumping into the deep end because we are building a 32' x 36' two story post and beam plus a kiln, out buildings, etc.  Just met with our engineer yesterday and the plans are getting close to completion ;D.
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« Reply #134 on: February 26, 2006, 09:02:44 pm »
I'll say it's the deep end. I hope you can swim. ;D :D

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« Reply #135 on: February 26, 2006, 09:32:29 pm »
SwampDonkey, I trained as a lifeguard many moons ago, but I don't think that will help me here ;)
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« Reply #136 on: May 06, 2006, 06:51:15 pm »
I was going to finally get around to taking the wreath off the end of the house since Christmas was almost 5 months ago, but got a surprise when I walked around the end of the house to get it. Heck maybe it'll still be up there for the Pig Roast now.  :)





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« Reply #137 on: May 06, 2006, 07:24:43 pm »
I gotta start taking the digital with me. I keep seeing an American bittern along the ditch down the road. He's in amongst the cat tails and rushes. I've walked up on those darn things a number of times and almost walk right into them before they take to flight. Scare the be-geebers out of me until I realize what creature it is. :D :D Ever see a cat tail with eyes? :D You only see one with a sharp eye if your lucky. They point their bill to the sky and they are so skinny and slick they blend right into the cat tails. Maybe I'll get lucky tommorrow. My luck I'll never see the darn thing again.  ::)

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« Reply #138 on: May 06, 2006, 10:25:45 pm »
Jeff, you are not fooling anyone. ;D That is an artificial bird on that wreath. You put it there last fall so you would have an excuse not  have to take the wreath down. ;)
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« Reply #139 on: May 07, 2006, 04:57:58 pm »
Pretty boy courting his girl.  ;)



He's really gonna impress her now.  :D



I found out in a span of 10 minutes, he definately doesn't practice monogamy.  ::)

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