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Brush Burn and Thieving Ravens

28 Mar

Getting ready for some more clearing of trees..but we had all the trees we cut down in the fall so we got to burning to make space. It was warm last week but after a couple of days of rain it was safe to burn..with fire we always err on the side of caution..especially when we are surrounded by trees:

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It might be hard to tell ( besides the fire ) but here are some after shots:

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..it really is amazing how a 2 hour burn can reduce a huge pile of brush down to a pile of ashes! You know what else is amazing..we had a daytime high of 28c 5 days ago..today the daytime high was -5c..and with the windchill it was -10c…shocking.

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..and Ma hen also abandoned the eggs after 5 days..can’t blame her, it has been cold! We will try again in a couple of weeks…hen permitting. We had the abandoned eggs in a coffee can and forgot it outside and we awoke the next day to a 3 member raven crew taking turns flying down and snatching the eggs..which is fine as they were garbage..not that we want to encourage ravens to hang around. It was actually pretty neat watching them fly away with an egg in their beaks.

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Construction, snow, trees

 

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3 responses to “Brush Burn and Thieving Ravens

  1. Ron

    March 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Fire sure is a wonderful tool. I’ve tried to chip up brush for mulch, and a person can burn a whole lot of gas for very little mulch, unless they have an industrial-scale chipper. It’s wonderful to simply toss on gnarly pieces and watch the fire do the work.

    Sorry about the fickle broody hen… that’s been our usual experience here as well. Sometimes, they’ll turn out to be good mothers. That’s usually when a bobcat or fox gets mine.

     
  2. jambaloney

    March 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    burning sure does the trick – i am really super careful too – wait for rain and more rain before we start a fire.

    ravens are pretty cool, but noisy as can be and for no real reason. crows seems to be talking, ravens just squabbling.

    cold here again too, quite a shock, eh?

     
  3. Robin

    April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve got so many piles to burn before summer comes. Its funny how your before pics look all nice and warm and then the last pic looks like winter again. Fickle weather.

     

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