@cageycat I love that story !!!
And still laughing about the grape-eggs
On Wednesday afternoon my wife spotted 4 turkey walking from behind the carriage house, across a neighbor’s side yard to the dead end street, cross the street and head up the town’s right-of-way to the next street up the hill. Got to wondering if they were heading up to our son’s house to raid the bird seed and cracked corn out front.
I didn’t want to start a new thread because this is about an animal. My wife just showed me a Facebook post of a 6-week old puppy that was thrown out of a moving vehicle (travel quite fast). The puppy survived but has a broken back - unable to use its hind legs. How can someone be so evil as to do something like this to a baby dog? This reminded the both of us of the time one of my co-workers (my “shotgun”) and his wife were traveling the New York State Thruway and saw someone throw a green trash bag out their window. It was fairly heavy as it did not blow back behind the car, but flew straight out and landed on the side of the shoulder. It began to move violently. They stopped and found it contained a very young dog. They immediately called the NYS Troopers and reported the incident and took the dog to a veterinarian hospital. After paying for the bill, they adopted the dog, giving it a new name… “Thruway.” They had that dog until he died of old age. He was such a great dog. But this poor little pup. My heart sank when we watched a video of him trying to walk and he could only drag his hind legs behind himself.
I was out behind my son’s house almost 2 hours ago and heard an owl hooting away in a tall oak tree across the brook behind my son’s backyard. It was calling, “who…who, who…hoot!” every 20 to 30 seconds for the 10 minutes I was outside. It was still calling when I came back in. The deer haven;t been coming around until the wee hours of the morning lately.
Today I saw the first Trumpeter Swan. Some go further north, some nest in the area. There are also thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes landing. They will continue north in the next few weeks, and then they will migrate back through our area mid September. The ducks - mallards, northern shovelers, pintails, sandpipers etc are returning. It must have been that warmer weather the last two days! Some of the sloughs are now open water, however, on the lakes, the ice has barely started to retreat from the shores. It will take a week of high temps to hear that ice crack and start to break up. We have a possibility of a thunderstorm tonight…snowstorm, BBQ weather, and a thunderstorm all in 6 days! Better than -25!!
No thunder, but lots of rain and gusty winds!
I don’t how I could have forgotten them, but so far this year when I had talked about all the different kinds of woodpeckers, I failed to mention that the Northern Flickers had been back for a few weeks. They’ve been all over my son’s front lawn looking for ants. Of course now they’re flying around in pairs.
We have Northern Flickers also. Do you have Pileated woodpeckers? I can usually hear them off in the distance before I actually catch site of one on a tree. They are so much bigger than the sapsuckers,
reg woodpeckers we see. Always remind me of Woody Woodpecker cartoons!!!
Yes, we have pileated woodpeckers a plenty! Last year I posted some photos of some of them - and some of the damage they did to a few trees. One of my son’s neighbors down at the end of the street had a very large (tall and also in diameter) tree on his side lawn near the street. It was an old tree and carpenter ants had infested it. A pileated woodpecker literally ripped the tree apart getting to the ants. I watched it tear off a chunk of wood about the size of my forearm. By the next morning one of the larger sections of tree broke away and fell across the end of his side driveway and along the edge of the street. He had to have a guy come in with a “cherry picke,” cut the tree down from the top to the bottom and haul it away. Then that woodpecker started on the base of a pine tree across the street from my son’s house. That tree is now gone as well! But those pileated woodpeckers are so loud - especially when they call from within a hundred yard/91 meters!
Wow…I never see the damage they can do…I see them in the Boreal Forest so they are just part of the Forest birds. They aren’t in our towns/cities, probably because just further north of us the Boreal Forest starts and covers pretty much the entire width of the province and about 1/3 of the province in the north. I have a piece of land that is actually in the forest and has never been logged or cleared, it is a hunting area my brothers use. The pileated woodpeckers are usually there or near the lake lot. They are very very noisy!!!
A LOT noisier than the red-headed woodpeckers!
I was just informed by the Discourse software that I have “… posted more than 50% of the replies here.” It seems to want me to “provide adequate time for others people to share their points of view, too”
Nature’s system of checks and balances. Birds that eat insects that have damaged trees. Birds and insects that bring down damaged trees and that allows space for new growth. And thus the cycle continues.
And don’t forget the termites that “clean up” the felled trees.
That “circle of life” thing…
This morning around 10 AM I brought the dogs out with me. Even before they were off the deck I noticed some movement along a path in the woods on the other side of the small brook at the base of the hill behind my son’s house. It was a large fisher! The old female dog just walked out back and headed over the large cedar tree at the top of the hill and the male started heading down to the southwest corner of the property by the brook. Then he noticed the movement and spotted the fisher. He took off barking loudly at it. The fisher looked at him and quickened its pace as it made its way just above the bank of the brook. It headed south to where the brook empties into the Hannacroix Creek. The fisher was actually pretty good looking - a jet black coat (very well kept), a thick furry tail and moved gracefully over the dead trees laying on the ground. Maybe it wasn’t rabbits or deer the dogs have been barking at every night.
I’d hate to have to feed all of them at my house and my son’s house. And I’d have to get out the pressure washer after they’ve gone.
The Whopping Cranes will fly right through our province to their nesting grounds for the summer. Some stay in the northern part of Saskatchewan, others move on to the Wood Buffalo National Park. They are not here yet, but I will be following their migration. I was lucky enough to see them last fall on their fall migration down south and hope to get closer this spring!
28 April: We had a gorgeous day with the temperature reaching 71.6F/22C and just a mild breeze passing under mostly sunny skies. But by 4 PM the clouds swiftly moved in and by 4:25 PM it was raining - still is at 5 PM. The national weather service said there’s a cold front that’s been moving south from the St. Lawrence River valley and as it meets the warm front we can expect isolated thunder storms. It will be a lot cooler tonight. In an hour and 15 minutes the temperature has dropped from 71.6F/22C to 64.6F/18C.
Tomorrow I’ll be putting our snow shovels away for the season… sigh…
In our area, putting them away, will definitely bring one last snowstorm I leave them out until May 10th~then I can chance it!