April 05, 2014
Animals of the Wild
Saw a tom and his hens crossing the road at Deering Town Hall the other day when I was headed to a job fair.
The tom was all fanned out and there were 10-15 hens. You can only see one hen to the right of the nearest tree, but trust me, there were a bunch there. They were crossing the road as I was getting the phone out to take a picture.
I got a peanut feeder in an attemp to keep the multitude of squirrels off the birdfeeders on the back ramp. It is working as long as I keep it filled.
Since we are just now getting thawage down to the ground, there are no flowers yet. Humingbirds start appearing in April so I made sure to get a feeder out for any early migrators. I had to get a new pole to put the feeder on and chose one that I could attach to my railing so it will be close to the house - both for viewing and for a bit of protection by the roof from predator birds.
I'm loving the area I am in as there is a large variety of birds that use the trees in the backyard and the shrubs in the swampy area just to the side of my property.
September 08, 2013
Just a couple of pictures of things that made me smile:
Saturday morning, while cleaning Birdie's cage, I looked out the slider and saw turkeys - 2 hens and a bunch of young. They didn't stay long, but that is a sight we don't see at the house; they usually stay in the woods out back.
Hope the pics gave you a smile too.
May 19, 2013
So remember back in January when my old birdfeeder was finally retired and I got the new one?
Well, they have a new tactic that is working for them. They have managed to bend the metal wires close enough to the tube, that they either chewed, or clawed the bottom off of one of the ports; How it should be (and is on most ports):
How one of the bottom ports is now (it wasn't that way when I filled it Friday evening):
That is some heavy duty plastic, embedded into PVC tubing that they have mutilated. Now the seed just spills out onto the seed catcher and the squirrels can easily scoop it out with a paw.
Who needs bears when the squirrels are this determined?
February 17, 2013
There are companion dogs, then there are companion dogs for other animals. In this case, cheetahs. It seems that alsthough they are the fastest animals on the planet, cheetahs are also very nervous. In steps the companion dog who becomes a trusted buddy and protector. Very interesting article and full of surprises. I won't ruin all the good stuff, but who would have thought that a 40 pound dog would be the boss in his relationship with a 100 pound animal that can speed up to 60 mph in 3 steps (3.4 seconds - faster than any other car in the world)?
Thanks to Scott for pointing out this article!
August 25, 2012
Thursday, coming down the back hill from hanging laundry, I found one of the cats had left me a present at the bottom fo the steps to the deck.
I thought at first that it was a young fisher and was worried as that means there is a momma fisher around that could be a problem for the cats (I believe that is why Indy, Tory's sister, disappeared so many years ago - fishers were around and many cats and chickens disappeared from the neighborhood).
Upon further research, I believe it is a young weasel. I didn't find anything that suggested that fishers had a white belly, and plenty of pictures on the internet say that weasels do.
Maybe that is why the cats haven't been bringing me many mice - the weasels have been getting them all. Too bad, I wouldn't mind if the cats left the weasels left alone!
August 18, 2012
I was out in the flower gardn below the fenced area looking at how wild everything had gotten. I was contemplating pulling up some of the milkweed, but the leaves look well chewed, and I've only seen a couple of Monarch Butterflies roaming around, so decided to wait to make sure that the caterpillars have finished eating and pupating.
There were several more bugs on the same leaf, 3-4 moved off to the side when I disturbed them taking pictures.
I have tentatively identified the bugs as a type of green shield bug, Troilus luridus. If anyone can place a different neam on them, I'd be happy to correct that. Whatever name they go by, the shield bugs are insect predators that will tackle caterpillars and beetle larva.
If I get lucky, I will get a whole slew to hunt up the Japanese Beetle larva. However, I think since they are that close to the milkweed, that they are hunting caterpillars instead.
June 16, 2012
Last weekend Prince was out in the yard, when he started barking. Now, Prince barking is nothing unusual, just the way he was barking. He would let out 4 bark, that sounded concerned (don't ask, I just know a concerned bark when I hear it from my dogs). Usually the barking sounds excited (cats/squirrels), or warning (people or dogs walking up the street), or even bored - but rarely concerned.
I went to the downstairs door, and saw him standing about 5-7 feet away, looking at the ground, and with a wrinkled brow. I called him in, and he seemed relieved that he was being saved.
So, what could this dog, who has been attacked by other dogs and not flinched (lost the fight yes, but not flinched), be concerned about?
Yep, a snake. Not a small snake, but not a huge one either.
June 10, 2012
Bear Run on Wall Street
Bears have been in the national news lately. Manchester, NH, not to be outdone, had a bear strolling alongside Wall Street today.
November 30, 2011
Deer Runs Through Car Wash
A deer ran thru a New Hampshire car wash, which was caught on surveillance video. The door was closed at the other end. Somehow the deer made it thru the 24" gap between the door panel and the wall.
September 25, 2011
I was out gardening yesterday and as I was walking by the cotoneaster by the gate, I saw a snake "sunning" (it was very cloudy) itself on the branches.