Posts Tagged ‘Pine Siskins’

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Birds are heading north, indoor plants growing like gang busters

Blue birds at the feeder

Winter is making a late attempt to be winter white this week, but it is too late as my daffodils are about to bloom. This snow will insulate them from the cold for a few days, but with a few sunny days, they will be in bloom. The hiking on many trails has been very icy and now with that snow cover, it makes it even more dangerous and slippery.

A pair of spikes does help, and I have worn mine on a few hikes locally. They have not tripped me up too much, but I did take a dip on the lower side of a beaver dam I was crossing…which was quite chilling. That ended that day’s hike as I took on a little water in each boot, filled my left side pockets, and one mitten. No one was watching except for a couple of mallards who were laughing at me as they flew away.

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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Fat, happy birds make pit stop at feeders before journeying south

Carolina Wren and Downy Woodpecker

Looks like we will finally be getting some snow. Tug Hill is getting more than their share, being downwind from the big, open Lake Ontario. Depending on which way the wind blows, we could get a
good shot of the white stuff. Just yesterday, [Nov. 27] we had the ground white followed by rain at 28 degrees, making for a mess. That wet stuff doesn’t like to be blown or plowed. Luckily the driveway is frozen, so I don’t blow away some of the crushed stone along with the snow.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Project Feeder Watch, naked tamaracks, and catching saw whet owls

snow geese

The tamaracks [have] lost their needles. One day Karen said, “What is that all over the surface of the pond?” It was the needles off the four tamaracks that grow around the pond. [This happened] after the windy Thursday night [Nov. 2]. I had my Saw Whet Owl nets up after patching another hole. [I] took them down after a couple checks, because all I was catching were falling beech leaves…which do not pick out a net in the dark. I caught one owl the night before, so I knew there were still some traveling through the area.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Owls on the Move: Banding saw whet owls, other birds

Golden Crowed Kinglet.

This Covid thing really kicked me in the butt, so I slept through the weekend. I guess I didn’t miss anything other than the opening weekend of big game season. There were some wet hunters for sure, as the rain (if only a drizzle) never stopped. I did have enough energy to put back up my Saw Whet Owl nets late Sunday [October 22], but the drizzle continued after dark, so I never tried to catch any that night. The little birds were all over the ground under my feeders and a few new ones came in daily. I caught a few in the Potter traps and the only ones I’ve missed were three Pine Siskins that were around yesterday morning, October 23.

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Reminiscing about the search and rescue of young Inlet hunter Charlie Mitchell

This up-and-down fall weather is not good for the little critters that live just under the snow searching for food. The rain comes and takes most of the snow away, the ground freezes, and leaves them without a home until the snow comes again. Most winters in this area, there is hardly ever frost in the ground when it is covered with snow. The year of the 1980 Olympics, we had a big washout just after Christmas which bared up the ground, [and] then [we had] a deep freeze for a few days.

 

There were a few natives who had waterlines just under the ground a few inches and they froze for the first time ever, with no snow cover to protect them. We [got] some snow, but up in the Lake Placid area they got no snow and had to make and move snow for the whole cross-country track…which was quite an effort. I remember going up to get our ID passes as Forest Rangers, and the ground was bare two weeks before the Olympics.

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