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Spring

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Snow gone and the ground is drying up.  Birds migrating north and setting up nests.  Deer coming out of the forest more during the day looking for food and fun times.  Lederhosen weather.  Will soon be out in my leather shorts, hat with a feather and accordion. Yodeling to the music while walking the pastures.

Spent Saturday planting trees.  Two yellow weeping willows out towards the road, river birch and lilac near the house and a macintosh, 2 royal gala, couple pear trees and a second plum tree out back.  If all produce I guess i will be making a lot of hard apple cider, pear brandy and not sure what one does with a plum but must be able to turn it into booze as well. Old man Cam’s roadside emporium will get you toasted.

Checking the trees out back Sunday in the rain and heard underbrush in the forest rustling like something big coming.   Quickly ducked down and out charged this enormous chipmunk.  Scared the bejesus out of me.  Had teeth like a sabre tooth tiger.  I pretended to be tying my shoe in case anyone was looking (although i was wearing rubber boots so not too convincing).  I swear that bloody chipmunk must have tipped the scales at 20 pounds.  Eating all my bird see i bet.

This fellow often walks down the suet feeder and trees looking for food.  Eats and runs for the trees. Bigger woodpeckers seem to scare him off

Nut hatch

Nut hatch

 

Couple of gold finches starting to moult to bright yellow after the winter.

Goldfinchs

Goldfinches

 

Grackles arriving.  Very social bird with all sorts of noises.  Quite bright but they look like their pissed off about something

Grackle

Grackle

 

Kill deers seem to next near water.   Always have a few running around during the day.  Nest in meadows apparently.  Distinctive voices

Kill deer

Kill deer

Seeing deer many mornings.  I can never get close enough to get a good picture though. Buggers seem to be able to run faster than me. As do the chipmunks, field mice, squirrels, seniors and cops

Deer

Deer

 

The Pileated woodpecker is the largest in North America.  I think !  About the size of a crow. This one is about the size of 2 – 2.5 blue jays.  Comes around once in a while when i put some suet in the old tree stump

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

 

The gray ghost or male northern harrier.   Around daily and they nest out back.   Low flying and like an owl hunt a lot my sound.  Seen him or her pick up some fresh food here and there.   Hard to see without enlarging the pic.  Yet to come and sit on the perch near the house, or at least never does when I’m looking out the window

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

 

Meanwhile digging out a  larger potato patch.  Onion patch next.    Seabuckthorn and goji berry shrubs likely coming in a few weeks. Along with herbs: Bergamont, Chamomile Roman, Columbine Plants, Hyssop, Jacobs Ladder Plants and Lavendar.  A few more raspberry and strawberry plants as well.

Written by dcveale13

May 3, 2016 at 12:39 am

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