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At one with nature – Summer 2016

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One big advantage of spending much of the summer at home plugging away on chores, relaxing with a book and wine is being in nature unlike the city.   Like one night in mid June I got up around 2 am to get a glass of water and heard this scratching noise outside.  Couldn’t figure what it was so flashlight in hand I went out on the porch and the biggest porcupine I had ever seen was gnawing away on an antique chair I had set on the deck.  I swear the bloody thing was at least 300 pounds.   Grabbing a garden hoe and clad in my tighty whities I gave battle to the mighty beast for at least an hour before finally driving him off into the darkness. (I think the poor animal coudn’t stop laughing long enough to stay)

 

Quite a few interesting birds this summer.  Below a Baltimore Oriole take off after a free meal

 

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

I saw this summer after seeing some blue jays coming in for peanuts and sunflower seeds that some seem to be bald. Wondering what the heck was going on and found out both Blue Jays and Cardinals do a full moult of the feathers in late summer.  With the neck and head feathers being a bit slower.   Odd looking.   Boris and Karl below.

Karl

Karl

Boris

Boris

Had both the chainsaws out (not at the same time) to cut up the last of the 8 foot logs into pieces to split and the resulting pile below.  Did all the splitting with the axe in the blazing sun and high humidity.  Finally finished the last few one afternoon and a had a cold beer on the deck to cool off before a cold shower.  I was just about to step in to the shower and realized all the towels were on hanging outside.   Too lazy to get dressed to stuck on the flip flops and grabbed the plastic bag to stick the towels in thinking that the house was far enough back from the road no one could really see me and if I moved quickly, efficiently and with athletic grace I would be out and back in within seconds.  Of course I get out there and the first I thing I do is not the close peg bag onto the ground.  Quickly grabbing that I lost hold of the plastic bag which started to blow off in the breeze towards the road.  Charging after that with my hair blowing in the breeze – and not only my hair – I caught up to the bag 50 feet on just as the local seniors bus drove by in time to see the moon setting over my property at 3 in the afternoon

Wood Pile

Wood Pile

Cardinals were around most of the summer but haven’t seen them the past few weeks.  Seems all the birds enjoy the sunflower seeds. Hoping they are around this winter.

 

Cardinal

Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Seem to be at least 3 or 4 northern flickers around all summer.   Colourful bird which seems to eat a lot of insects

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

One night last week I heard a bang on the porch around 11 pm so up I get to investigate thinking it was the bloody porcupine back for a return match.  Turns out in was a fisher which is apparently a nasty mammal willing to put up its dukes and have a one on one , last man standing fight.   Bugger took one look at me when I switched on the light and took off like a bolt of lightning.   Obviously heard of my prowess with the garden hoe from the porcupine.  Bound to have heard.

Written by dcveale13

August 16, 2016 at 1:46 am

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