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k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,04:57   

I don't have a photo and it wasn't in the backyard, that only has boring Australian parrots anyway...this was in my kitchen.

A mouse ran around the counter top and thought the toaster would be a good place to hide.......

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Duvenoy



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,09:09   

I live in a rural area and my winter bird feeders usually have:
goldfinch
titmouse
redpolls
eastern nuthatch
eastern chickadee
junkos (who the hell names these things, anyway?)
hairy woodpecker
golden fronted woodpecker
mourning dove
boat tailed grackle
carolina sparrow
cardinals
bluejays
grey squirrels, one of which was a rehab and is still pretty tame.
a couple of optomistic but seldom lucky cats, mine and a neighbor's.
and some other stuff that slips my mind at the moment.

My feeders are made from small, galvenized garbage cans and hold someting like 15# of black oil seed each.

Beyond the feeders, I'm not all that intense a bird watcher. This time of year, I'm usually herping, and later on it'll be bug watching. Having finally gotten a decent camera, I hope to finally get some photos worth keeping.

I have a house (of sorts) 'possum that visits through the cat flap and hustles handouts. He's also a damned good mouser.

doov

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Quidam



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,10:15   


Photographed: Pine Marten, Deer, Black bear, dinosaurs.

Sighted but not photographed: Elk, moose, cougar, skunk, various raptors, woodpeckers, etc.

And an infinite supply of squirrels

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,12:03   

Part of the crop gathered this morning.



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dnmlthr



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,13:13   

Erasmus: Let's just say that by swedish standards it's an urban area. However, I came back from a week in New York a week ago, so it has a certain rural charm about it that I didn't notice two weeks ago.

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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,15:20   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ April 20 2008,12:03)
Part of the crop gathered this morning.


NICE

I am up to 114 morels this year.  I got fresh wild asparagus and poke sallet again thursday and we had pasta.  Friday we took about 30 giant yeller ones like you got there and Sweet Thing made a chip dip with sauteed mushrooms and i don't know what all, fake crab meat, artichoke hearts, who knows. yum.

my neighbor just walked across the street and said do you know what this thing is?  it was a giant yellow.  he didn't know what it was.  i'm going to see if there are any more.

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,16:51   

These were from a project I worked on back in 1989.

Mommy Kitty (angry)



Boy Kitty (stoned)




We tagged these about 10 miles from the house.  Boy Kitty got his first radio collar and a tatt.  Mommy Kitty got a new battery for her collar.  They both got shots.  We used dirty stinky bandanas to cover their eyes so they would associate people stink with sore butts and headaches.  The anal probes were just rectal thermometers (we had to keep them cooled below 104 F, preferably <102 F).

Edited by Dr.GH on April 20 2008,14:55

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,18:21   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,April 20 2008,15:20)
I am up to 114 morels this year.  I got fresh wild asparagus and poke sallet again thursday and we had pasta.  Friday we took about 30 giant yeller ones like you got there and Sweet Thing made a chip dip with sauteed mushrooms and i don't know what all, fake crab meat, artichoke hearts, who knows. yum.

my neighbor just walked across the street and said do you know what this thing is?  it was a giant yellow.  he didn't know what it was.  i'm going to see if there are any more.

But this can't be true. FtK says that you have no morals :D

We probably harvested 70-80 morels this morning; it is just the first day here, as far as I can tell (previous trips to the same spots yielded zilch). So I am looking forward to lots more, if I can get away from work over the next few days.

We also found lots of the false morels (Gyromitra sp.), like this one



We're not going to eat those...

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,18:38   

So, evidently you are operating under a morel code!











Sorry. I'll get my coat.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,19:00   

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So, evidently you are operating under a morel code!


Well, at least he's a fun gi.

:p

Henry

  
Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2008,21:51   

albie that is great.  how long does your season last?  the gyromitras were up in the first of the month in my neighbors yard.  he found a giant yellow one there in the same place yesterday.

Sweet Thang, Littlun and I found 32 more this evening.  Most were weird shaped yellows that I am fairly sure have just emerged.  a few yellows but no bigguns.  we only looked for an hour or so, this is a patch i've already got 50 out of or so last week.  it rained yesterday so i will be looking here again.  

I swear I'm going to get some pictures up.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: April 21 2008,07:12   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,April 20 2008,21:51)
albie that is great.  how long does your season last?  the gyromitras were up in the first of the month in my neighbors yard.  he found a giant yellow one there in the same place yesterday.

Our morel seasons here are incredibly variable, since the weather in the spring can be incredibly variable here. Two years ago it was so dry in the winter and spring that there were no morels, or at least we found none, and I heard no positive reports from anyone else. Last year we got the first batch, then a ridiculous cold snap hit (temps in the teens for three days in a row), and there were no more after that. In 2004 (the best year I remember) the season lasted a couple of weeks; we had a good combination of rains and warm nights. We gathered and dried enough mushrooms that we only finished off the last of that batch in mid 2007.

I'm hopeful that this will be more like 2004!

Maybe FtK is partially right. I have a morel code, but it changes from year to year...

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jeffox



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(Permalink) Posted: April 22 2008,22:31   

I saw my first chipping sparrow of the year today!  Still no fungi yet, though.

  
Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,07:21   

I'm up to 160 for the year, the last four a buddy gave me.  last friday one of my patches was invaded by the homeless and there are Scott blossoms in my fishin hole.  some old drunks, said he was a 'plumber, by trade'.  I knew something was wrong when I walked in and saw a cat sitting in the woods looking at me.  Then another.  wtf.  then a truck parked in the bushes.  then two old drunks.  then some more cats.  then a bunch of shit strowed around the woods.  then a mushroom.

there were a few there.  they didn't know what they were and i told them there was a poisonous lookalike that would kill you and the person next to you.  jeff where are you that the funguseses ain't amongusus ye?

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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,07:50   

Birdie porn:

Couple of Mockingbirds doing the mid-air mambo just outside my bedroom window.

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k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,07:56   

Quote (Lou FCD @ April 23 2008,15:50)
Birdie porn:

Couple of Mockingbirds* doing the mid-air mambo just outside my bedroom window.

They had feathers right?

*Bird is English slang for female

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,08:08   

Quote (k.e.. @ April 23 2008,08:56)
Quote (Lou FCD @ April 23 2008,15:50)
Birdie porn:

Couple of Mockingbirds* doing the mid-air mambo just outside my bedroom window.

They had feathers right?

*Bird is English slang for female

When we were kids, bird was our word for penis.

But yeah, they were the feathered kind of Mockingbird.

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jeffox



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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,20:57   

Erasmus, FCD did ask:

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jeff where are you that the funguseses ain't amongusus ye?


And, to answer, I currently live in Oak Lair, (not it's real name :)) Wisconsin.  I was born & raised & lived most of my life in Minnesota, however.  

Just to let you all know, there is still snow on the ground in a few isolated spots in town here.  

I'm currently attending UWEC as a nontraditional student (I'm 46) studying for a geology major.  (I hear it pays well :)).

Fun thread, spring is short here; and I find it an especially fun time to birdwatch - I'll keep you all posted on the stuff I see.

Thanks for asking!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 23 2008,21:48   

Today a colleague was going to treat us to (Canada) goose for lunch but as just a few have arrived so far he was only able to get one which we divided amongst us. The flavour was good but from the part-leg I had I think it must have walked here.

At the weekend I saw the first rusty blackbird, a grey heron (we are at about the northern limit of their range) and a flock of about 20 sandhill cranes. The ravens seem to be paired up and are doing aerobatics. A colleague saw two bald eagles feeding on road kill the previous weekend but so far I've not seen any.

The lakes are still mainly ice-covered but most of the snow has gone. In a melting snow-bank at the edge of town I saw what looked distinctly like wolf droppings (large, more hair than anything else).  The pussy willow is out, the trees are changing colour as the buds expand and there are a few tiny green shoots showing here and there.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 24 2008,18:49   

Quote (Richard Simons @ April 23 2008,21:48)
Today a colleague was going to treat us to (Canada) goose for lunch but as just a few have arrived so far he was only able to get one which we divided amongst us. The flavour was good but from the part-leg I had I think it must have walked here.

At the weekend I saw the first rusty blackbird, a grey heron (we are at about the northern limit of their range) and a flock of about 20 sandhill cranes. The ravens seem to be paired up and are doing aerobatics. A colleague saw two bald eagles feeding on road kill the previous weekend but so far I've not seen any.

The lakes are still mainly ice-covered but most of the snow has gone. In a melting snow-bank at the edge of town I saw what looked distinctly like wolf droppings (large, more hair than anything else).  The pussy willow is out, the trees are changing colour as the buds expand and there are a few tiny green shoots showing here and there.

Please visit Chicago, where there are @ 1,000,000 Canadian Geese that you can eat.  All they do here is eat and shit, usually all over my kid's sports fields.

Maybe FTK and her kids can stop by and help.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 24 2008,20:26   



ALBINO PEACOCK
 A friend sent me this picture of the
rare bird.  Kinda looks like a snow flake.
As I was scanning this, I heard one calling near my home.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,16:26   

Not quite in my backyard but I thought I'd share...

I saw my very first velvet worm last week

This is the Tasmanian Giant Velvet Worm (Tasmanipatus barretti), a monster of almost 75mm!!!111
This is a rather rare species only occuring in an area of 600 square km up in the north east of Tasmania. Luckily for me I was out with a friend who knew exactly the kind of habitat to look in.

Here's a shot that gives a better sense of scale

After reading about these and seeing them on TV documentaries it was very cool to see one for real. :-)

   
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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,17:07   

Quote (nuytsia @ April 28 2008,16:26)
Not quite in my backyard but I thought I'd share...

I saw my very first velvet worm last week

---snip----

After reading about these and seeing them on TV documentaries it was very cool to see one for real. :-)

That is wicked cool! On my sole trip to the Southern Hemisphere I looked for these guys, but didn't find any. Congrats!

My best wildlife sighting of the weekend was three species of Zonotrichia sparrows, White-throated, White-crowned, and Harris' Sparrow, all feeding on the ground beneath my feeders, within a few inches of each other. I ran for the camera but they had dispersed before I could get it deployed.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,20:47   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ April 28 2008,17:07)
Quote (nuytsia @ April 28 2008,16:26)
Not quite in my backyard but I thought I'd share...

I saw my very first velvet worm last week

---snip----

After reading about these and seeing them on TV documentaries it was very cool to see one for real. :-)

That is wicked cool! On my sole trip to the Southern Hemisphere I looked for these guys, but didn't find any. Congrats!

My best wildlife sighting of the weekend was three species of Zonotrichia sparrows, White-throated, White-crowned, and Harris' Sparrow, all feeding on the ground beneath my feeders, within a few inches of each other. I ran for the camera but they had dispersed before I could get it deployed.

You need the New LePage Brand Bird Feeder.  They'll never fly away before you get your camera again.


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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,21:03   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ April 28 2008,17:07)
My best wildlife sighting of the weekend was three species of Zonotrichia sparrows, White-throated, White-crowned, and Harris' Sparrow, all feeding on the ground beneath my feeders, within a few inches of each other. I ran for the camera but they had dispersed before I could get it deployed.

While out filling in collapsed gopher tunnels in my pasture, one of my dogs flushed a wild turkey. The poor thing was having a hard time getting altitude and did a faceplant into a wire mesh fence. Dog almost caught it before it took off again, this time parallel to the fence, and hightailed it into a juniper tree.  I looked where it came from and found it a nest with 13 eggs in it.  I'm not sure how long they have been there, so I'll need to keep an eye out to see when they hatch.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,21:08   

Quote (carlsonjok @ April 28 2008,21:03)
While out filling in collapsed gopher tunnels in my pasture, one of my dogs flushed a wild turkey.

That's a pretty impressive dog.  How did you train it to fill in gopher tunnels?  :p

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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,22:17   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ April 28 2008,21:08)
Quote (carlsonjok @ April 28 2008,21:03)
While out filling in collapsed gopher tunnels in my pasture, one of my dogs flushed a wild turkey.

That's a pretty impressive dog.  How did you train it to fill in gopher tunnels?  :p

Simple.  I told them that I wasn't going to feed them for free.  If they wanted to eat, they needed to work.  They were so intent on survival that they evolved opposable thumbs. Praise Darwin!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,22:40   

All these critters being described here make the local rabbits and deer seem boring... Cute, yes, but maybe nothing to write home about (so to speak).

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 28 2008,23:14   

Well, I have had some other sphinx moths today, mostly white lined.  The most cool visitor was a downey woodpecker.  If you are in an area where they are common, they might not be a big deal.  Here they are rare so I get a kick out of seeing them.

The english sparrows have wiped-out the mourning cloak caterpillars.  We had several painted lady butterflies this morning.  I watched a 12 spot lady beetle emerge.  Sorry I forgot pictures (I tried on the woodpecker, but they were cummy).

I went fishing at Santa Catalina Island today (about 10 species of fish cuaght) and saw quite a number of gulls, terns, cormerants, shearwaters, pelicans etc...  Also a bald eagle. Sea Lions were all over the place as usual. Just outside Dana Point harbor we saw a blue whale.

Edited by Dr.GH on April 28 2008,21:20

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(Permalink) Posted: April 29 2008,14:19   

Got a call that there was a bee swarm near one of our buildings this afternoon, so I went to see it. It was pretty cool, and a decent size swarm, as you can see.



We contacted the extension entomologist to see if anyone wanted to collect it (it is worth about $80-100 to a beekeeper). That question was answered in the affirmative, and so we helped collect them. That is a very high-tech process, involving a cardboard box and a couple of people shaking the branch to dislodge the bees, allowing the swarm (hopefully containing the queen) to drop into the box.



A chemistry prof (not shown) who is an amateur beekeeper was the lucky recipient. As the old English rhyme goes:

   A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay;
   A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon;
   A swarm of bees in July isn't worth a fly.

We also found the parent hive from which this swarm originated; it is in a hollow branch of an oak tree about 30-40 feet from where this swarm was found. Maybe we'll get to find another one next spring!

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