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Birds and Butterflies
11-15-2014, 11:53 AM
Post: #371
RE: Birds and Butterflies
loaded up the feeder and suet cages this morning. Let's see what shows up!!!

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11-16-2014, 12:53 PM
Post: #372
RE: Birds and Butterflies
...bought my weekly bag of thistle seeds for the birdies. Last week I treated them to dried meal worms as well. They gobbled them up before I even had a chance to see what was eating them.
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11-21-2014, 08:38 PM
Post: #373
RE: Birds and Butterflies
Yes to the werewolf. "His hair was perfect."
As for snowys, they made quite the splash in New England last winter, many sightings everywhere, including the parking lot of the Budweiser plant in Merrimack. Free beer, eh?

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11-25-2014, 06:29 PM
Post: #374
RE: Birds and Butterflies
Birds here in winter seems to be starlings and blackbirds. I can't wait till spring, because I have another Purple Martin house to put up spring 2015 Heart Purple Martins and their beautiful sounds Heart

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03-28-2015, 06:20 AM
Post: #375
RE: Birds and Butterflies
Moving on (finally!) to signs of spring with 2 feet of snow still on the ground: Starlings, Red-Winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Canadian Geese in formation, a Chipmunk, and the Goldfinches are beginning to grow their summer plummage - gold emerging through drab grey-brown. Not seen, but local rumor has it that black bears have emerged. I should mention that as I write this it's 36 degrees and snowing.

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03-28-2015, 12:37 PM
Post: #376
RE: Birds and Butterflies
So I shouldn't mention that our snow is gone, at least for now, and a tropical heat wave of high 40's.

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03-28-2015, 03:34 PM
Post: #377
RE: Birds and Butterflies
It's 72 here! I'm ready for shorts! It was 30 just the other day!

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03-28-2015, 06:10 PM
Post: #378
RE: Birds and Butterflies
Snow's ok this time of year; doesn't last long. Makes the dirty stuff look new again. Went snowshoeing for 5 hours last Sunday looking for shed deer antlers and found nada. One coyote killed carcass, and the only bone left was an intact jaw. Picked clean.

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03-29-2015, 12:43 PM
Post: #379
RE: Birds and Butterflies
Speaking of butterflies and birds - I spent the past couple of days at a restoration conference where a big topic was providing habitat for Monarch butterflies! This iconic insect is the poster child for improving biodiversity - hopefully for lots of other creatures as well Smile BTW, I also hosted my first (ever!) symposium on the value of hedgerows. More about that here:

http://www.thesolutionsjournal.org/node/237273

Something to think about for spring gardening - although today that seems distant when ice pellets are falling from the sky, lol.....

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03-30-2015, 10:21 AM
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RE: Birds and Butterflies
(03-29-2015 12:43 PM)osage59 Wrote:  Speaking of butterflies and birds - I spent the past couple of days at a restoration conference where a big topic was providing habitat for Monarch butterflies! This iconic insect is the poster child for improving biodiversity - hopefully for lots of other creatures as well Smile BTW, I also hosted my first (ever!) symposium on the value of hedgerows. More about that here:

http://www.thesolutionsjournal.org/node/237273

Something to think about for spring gardening - although today that seems distant when ice pellets are falling from the sky, lol.....

cheers-

I Heart hedgerows! I lived for a short (6 months) time in Cornwall, England many moons ago, where every winding lane seems to be flanked by massive hedgerows. I was always intrigued by the "mystery" of them....how long has it been there? What's it hiding?

PS osage, we could use your professional opinion over in the "Gardening" thread...my black thumb needs some greening! Rolleyes

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