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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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