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Signs of Spring

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Yesterday was a very uplifting day for me. No, I didn’t hit the Mega Millions although that would have been great, I saw my first Robin, actually ten of them. That was about 30 miles from here so  their still a couple weeks away from arriving in my front yard. What’s it all mean, well that finally after months, way to many months winter is finally leaving.  It is my least favorite season by far. In as much as seeing a Robin is the traditional sign of springs arrival, for me it’s hearing the song of the Redwinged Blackbird.  In the rush of everyday life to get from here to there  I can always find the time to pull the truck over and just sit and listen to them sing.  It’s kind of like a toooo-weeeeeeeeee , for me it is the ultimate sign that the cold days of winter are over. It gives me the feeling like almost the rebirth of nature, that everything is new again and the long anticipation of warm weather has finally arrived.  If I could throw on a backpack at that moment and go for a hike I surely would, but as always some responsibility somewhere is calling , I pop the truck in gear and rush off  but this time with with a smile of satisfaction and a sincere appreciation of nature.  Funny how one small bird can have such an effect on me.      Happy Hiking!!!

Bird Feeders & Carpenter Bees

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I learned the hard way this winter about bird feeders. I have been building a house for the past few years and decided this winter to put some hanging feeders on the porch. They had side trays built into them for suet which I figured was a good feature since the suet would last longer than the bird seed between fillings.  The problem was the house is pretty much all wood exterior and wood attracts carpenter bees and suet attracts wood peckers. The combination of bees, woodpeckers and suet has turned into a major headache. The woodpeckers have been having a field day tearing my beams and rafters apart.  A few weeks back I eliminated the suet all together but yet the woodpeckers know the bees are there now so they still come back.  Pecking and hacking and pecking and hacking my once pretty beautiful house apart.  Had I never put the suet out to attract them I’m pretty sure they would never have discovered the carpenter bees in the first place.  Another lesson learned in life albeit an expensive one.  My advice  forget the suet unless you have vinyl siding.

Happy Hiking!!

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