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Tanglewood Fly Trappings

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A* sporting some of her summer fashion line.  A hat with a BLUE disposable cup attached and covered with enough tanglefoot (used usually to to ring the bottom of trees to prevent ant infestation) to coat the cup.  Disgusting but effective.

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Basically walk the perimeter of the property /area or wear all day.. Usually a couple of days of treatment clears up the deer flies for a couple of weeks

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Pests

 

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Ma the mouse killa

..was filling up the birdfeeder when I noticed a mouse noticing me on a nearby rock. When I fill up the songbird feeder with black sunflower seeds the older chickens come running..and Ma(the hen) noticed the mouse when she did. She launched into it and threw it, chased it through the brush then pounced on it again and pecked it to death. Impressive.

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The new chicks like the tarp over the tablesaw ‘playground’..it’s amazing how fast they grow. Seeing Ma work over that mouse helps me understood how she had mortally wounded 2 of the chicks a month ago in our botched adoptation attempt.

A* did not believe me about the mouse..in her own defense it might have something to do with me making up outlandish stories constantly. This sighting was much different than last week when I saw a sparrow carrying a coconut.
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Animals, Fowl, Pests

 

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Who else can’t wait for bug season to be over…

Not tying to complain abot warm sunny weather or anything..but dang..these mosquito’s are nasty! 5 of them were trying to carry A* away… they could not decide the best carry method so they opted for some blood…

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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Pests

 

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Deer sighting

Went for a walk..and as I was leaving there was a deer right at the bottom of my driveway..no picture of her but when she skampered she left this panic track behind. She took off in a hurry.

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The rest were other tracks on the walk..many deer and raccoon tracks..it is much easier to pick out tracks in winter!
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Also..someone was kind enough to leave me some campfire wood on my old driveway. Looks like an old bar. How thoughtful!

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Animals, Pests

 

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porcupine!

thrilling 7 minute chase ends with young perp being apprehended in a plastic storage bin then released 12 km away in another jurisdiction.

Full story at 11.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Animals, Pests, Wildlife

 

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Moving Wood and a Nest

..OK, so the before shot is from the summer..wow, I can't wait until everything is green again..the pile is just behind the car.

crud..I had set up the trail camera for some time lapse shots of the wood pile disappearing but the momory card was full so there are no ‘during’s shots..just before and after…booooo!

a very drab after..notice the junk is all gone? No?

A* and I were planning out the areas that we want to work on outside this year and we planned on doing a garden/flower bed over by the chicken coop..with some taller vegitation it will help to cover up the pen area of the coop…the only problem is that the area we want to develop is currently under around 2.5 cords of 8 ft logs that need to be cut. We have FINALLY settled on an area to process and store the wood so we knew that the only choices we had were to either process that wood in the area and move over the chunked wood..or move the logs over and process it in our ‘wood area’..we opted for moving it then processing it. I had a day to myself over the weekend so I got to it..backed the truck up to the current wood pile, load up the logs I could lift, drive over near the side of the house, unload the wood and stack it in the area where we were going to cut it into small lengths that I could then split with the maul…5 loads later I have 3/4 done and cannot move the other logs as they are too heavy. A couple of days later A* has a couple of hours so we grab the heavier logs..while we have not had snow for weeks many of the logs are still frozen together..and the closer I get to the bottom the more ice. We got all of the wood out except 5-6 logs frozen stiff..there was also 2 pallets that have been used as a base for some wood I had cut last year and chunked and burned up in Nov and Dec that I could not move..so we let it sit for a day or 2 again.

When we went out a couple of days later we could move the logs and I lifted up the pallets…and underneath was another squirrel nest and a dead squirrel.

These little buggers have been into everything and in January A* and I took a ‘No tolerance’ attitude towards the squirrels…I think this dead one was one of the victims of the policy shift. I like squirrels just fine but having them eat all of the birdseed, chicken feed, nesting everywhere and chewing up the seat on my motorcycle stored in the shed were too much. Under the pallet was a 1/2 sheed of stryofoam insulation..the hole in the nest was where it rested against the insulation..underneath hay, insulation, wood and 3 feet of snow I bet it was very comfortable in this nest…Come to think of it the squirrel proabably died of heat exaustion.

Anyway, so we got up the wood, moved all of the junk and pallets and now we have a fresh new area to work on in a month or so..it is REALLY uneven but we have some ideas to make it work. The good news is NO MORE HAULING OF THESE LOGS..this is the final place. The funny thing is that of the wood I moved I think 1/2 of it was moved to the location from the location we just moved it to..so we moved it twice for nothing!

Oh, we also disposed of the squirrel and the nest.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Animals, heat, Pests, todo

 

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Cheesy Returns Part III

There are all sorts of tracks out by the shed and when I went out this morning to fill up the bird feeders I opened the shed door and I had a visitor..Cheesy was back. I am not sure if he is a Weasel or an Ermine but he does not seem very interested in the chickens. I had some leftover sausage from a quiche earlier in the week so I put it out to lure him for a photo op..

it's not easy being Cheesy!

..I got within 3 ft of him..Hes not too scared of me

..there had been mice in the shed..he took away a mouse trap..I assume with a mouse carcass in it

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in Animals, Pests, Wildlife

 

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..you calling me a chicken? I mean a squirrel? Would you believe a bluejay?

..Being away at work I have been losing more and more birdseed to some unknown culprets..I think its squirrels but it might be Blue Jays. I fill the feeder at night when I get home and when I come home the next day from work it is empty. I think that is the reason that the birds are starting to eat from our hands..desperation is a powerful motivator and when they are eating from the feeder they are in the habit..when the feeder is empty and they are poking around they don’t seem to mind my hand version of a feeder ( it looks like a feeder only its only a hand with birdseed in it )..there only seem to be 3 birds that actually want to eat out of my hand..a juvenile nuthatch who will coe to my hand without hesitation, a mature nuthatch who will sit in a perch and not usually fly tot eh food but will allow me to feed him and a chickadee who will flutter around me then quickly land, grab a sunflower seed then take off quickly..anyway, i digress.

I am going to build a live trap sometime tomorrow so I can try to capture something..I am going to do the usual..build what I think will work ( quickly ) then look at what I did wrong…wow, riviting..but whatever it is is eating my birdseed at a fantastic rate and it needs to stop. I sure am hardcore.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Pests

 

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A Murder of Crows

...holy crows...Houston I think we have a crow problem..ovah here..Mista Cottah.

..know what a murder of crows is? its what a group of crows is called…a murder. Not sure why.

The story of my interest in crows started with them being intelligent animals:

After I saw this..I started thinking it would be cool to try to get crows to want to come around my place..what would be the harm in that?..and maybe I could train them too..later. If they associated me with food they would want to come around more..and what harm could come of that..so in the Feb and March I started:

  •  phaze 1…encouragement ( over a month ): whenever I saw a crow in the yeard I would throw out a piece of bread or some dog food..since it was Feb the dog food would often times get stuck in the snow..I was never able to get the bread or food too far way from the house..but if I stayed away from the windows the crow would eventually get it before Jango. The crows would never stay where they were when I went outside..always retreating to a nearby tree..
  • phaze 2: observation: phaze 1 started to work..where I would only occasionally see a crow before they became more common place..and would show up as 1 or 2 instead of only 1. One would usually sit in a tree while the other foraged..seeing a crow became a daily thing
  • phaze 3: feeding: I set up a high feeder for the crows…but the crows never went for food in these feeders. Feeders is a loose word..I should say a tinfoil pie plate with dog food in it.
  • Phase 4: accidental feeding: I had a bag of birdseed that got wet. Instead of throwing it out I put it on the driveway. Within a day or 2 seeing crows became constant.
  • Phaze 5: oops: phaze 4 really worked. I was seeing crows all the time..and that is when bad things started happening. Garbage bags were ripped open, trash littered around and the crows were always here..it was to the point where in the past the crows would fly away and sit in a tree they would now fly into a tree and crow non-stop at me until I went back inside. I am not an animal..I am a human being! It was like I was infringing upon them now.
  • Phaze 6: full on retreat. got up out of bed and started the fire at the end of March..the crows were at my place all the time during the day. I could see in thier flight patters that they would fly from afar and follow my driveway..so when I was leaving or coming I would invariably see crows coming or going. Anyway, I start the fire and open the curtains to a bring and beautiful day..and I looked out the window and sitting in a tree opposite my house is 20-40 crows. I was a little shocked actually..I know that when a crow dies other crows sometimes congregate to mourn thier fallen comrade..but these were clearly here for the feed I had been leaving out. I was growing tired of crow-proofing my stuff so I put a stop to it..no more feeding the crows.
  • Phaze 7: infrequency: the crows were around alot the following week..but I think they are smart enough to realize that a good thing went bad. And now that its been a month I only see crows every 2-3 days..

..creepy..a little.

 

I guess its a good thing that I decided to end our friendship this way..my grandmother hated crows and early in the spring she would always shoot one and hang it from the trees so that other crows would know not to mess with her garden..and she claimed it always worked..and I believe it. crows are too smart..I really only wanted to have 1 crow come around and for me to train him to fly around a bank like ‘Its a WOnderful Life’..oh well..maybe for Christmas!

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Construction, Pests, Wildlife

 

a trust destroyed…

..where are you..I miss you! Also, the yeard needs some work...is that why you left..!?

OK, so we have not been to the homestead in 2-3 months..We just got our truck all set up and grabbed J* and A* and we headed up to the camp for our first trip in with the new vehicle. The snow is beginning to disappear, the  birds are chirping..and my chiminea is gone. CRAP…I had moved a bunch of suff out here in Sept before we moved out of the house and I thought it was going to be OK..but here I am 7 months later at it has either:

  • grown legs…I think that even Darwin would be skeptical of this one..
  • been taken…drat.

so, its gone. I played it off like it was no big deal when J* was around but I am really concerned..what if I had valuables in the camp? What about when I am living here?..I need to think about this and put on my thinking camp..I will be very limited in what I can realistically do with no power.

Bottom line is that the chimnea is now gone..if you happen to see it please let me know:

..remember all the good times we had? I burn wood, paper and my fingers in you..I will miss you...please come home.

PS – also, the photo at the top was taken in the fall..but not much in the yard changed so I faked it..how could I take a picture in the fall and post it the previous spring..magic!

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2008 in Pests, Uncategorized

 

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