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Month: March 2011

What’s Eating the Flowers?

What’s Eating the Flowers?

Something’s been eating my flowers!  I’m not sure what insect, slug, or other creature has been attacking this plant in my garden, but there’s some good size chunks missing.  I accept the fact that I’m going to lose some plants as food to other animals.  In fact, if my garden isn’t attracting wildlife then I don’t feel like my garden is doing its job.  Sometimes it’s tough, especially when deer eat my tulips.  But in the end I think it…

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Random Bird Shots (It’s been a rainy week)

Random Bird Shots (It’s been a rainy week)

The weather has been difficult for the past week or so- tons of rain and clouds.  Birds have come and gone, but my camera has had to stay inside.  So, here are some bird photos I’ve taken in the past couple of weeks.  Above is a male Anna’s Hummingbird in our cherry tree. Song Sparrows are very common, but I still live to photograph them.  This one was near the lookout where I watch the heron rookery. Great Blue Herons…

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To Bite Or Not To Bite

To Bite Or Not To Bite

This flying insect was on a leaf in my backyard.  It looks a lot like a mosquito, but where is the big proboscis (the long pointy mouthpiece they have to pierce your skin and drink some blood)? It simply isn’t there, which means I think this is a midge.  As I pointed out in a previous post, midges and mosquitos look a lot alike. See the feathery antennae?  At first I thought a piece of fuzz got caught on the…

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Tree Year March Challenge – Walnut

Tree Year March Challenge – Walnut

Slugyard is participating in The Tree Year, a creation by dreamfalcon.  Bloggers all over the world are observing their own specific tree for all of 2011 and writing about what they see.  I have chosen the walnut tree in my backyard. The Tree Year March Challenge asks us to watch our tree for eleven minutes and record what we see.  So the other day I did just that.  I started by noticing how much moss is covering the tree (see…

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Sunlight Brings Growth

Sunlight Brings Growth

Waking up in the morning and seeing the sun is an unusual happening here in Oregon this time of year.  But this just makes it even more welcome when we do see it.  It also means that more plants are coming up out of the ground. A peony is rising along our front walkway.  I didn’t plant it- it is a volunteer!  It hasn’t flowered yet, but I noticed a bud in it this year so maybe I’ll find out…

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Robins and Hummingbirds Getting Along

Robins and Hummingbirds Getting Along

What happens when Robins and Hummingbirds get together?  It appears that they get along from this photo.  The two of them were sitting near each other at the top of my neighbor’s birch tree. This Robin is in my backyard.  Every time I dig up a weed I find lots of worms in the ground, so I’m not too surprised that the Robins like to explore my yard. The Anna’s Hummingbird (this one is a male with its full red…

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One Man’s Weeds – Pepper Cress

One Man’s Weeds – Pepper Cress

I know I’m a little strange, but I am very interested in the weeds that grow around my yard.  And why not?  They grow like crazy, don’t need any attention from me, and insects and birds seem to like them a lot.  Northwest Weeds by Ronald J. Taylor quotes Emerson as having written “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”  In that spirit, I’m going to TRY to post some positive information about some of…

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4th Year Bald Eagle

4th Year Bald Eagle

My friend Jeff took this outstanding photo of a 4th Year Bald Eagle this past weekend in Central Oregon.  What does 4th year mean? Just like with people, it takes eagles a few years for them to grow into adults.  See the dark marks on its mostly white head?  Bald Eagles don’t have white heads until they are five years old.  This one is very close and will be an adult soon, but it isn’t there quite yet. On the…

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