November 24, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker

So far this year I have only noticed a male Pileated Woodpecker around.

November 17, 2014

A Slow Week

It's been kind of a slow week after the last snowfall.  Even with it slow, I think I have managed to have to go someplace 4 of the 5 on two days, haircut, snow blower in for repairs and bird food, and library.

Not much in the way of pictures.  I just emptied out the camera and you get what I have.  Actually have enough for two posts.

Male and female Purple Finch on their way south for the winter.

Crows at the feeder during the snow storm.

Crow after the snow.  They sure keep the feeder cleaned up of whatever the little birds don't eat.

Downy Woodpecker waiting his turn at the feeder.

Yellow shafted Northern Flicker.  Manage to get at least one to winter over.

November 12, 2014

Ruffed Grouse

 Well, we just got done with our first snow of the year which amounted to 10-12 inches according to my snow removal crew.  Had a lot of wind with the front so have patches of bare ground and some drifts 4-5 foot deep. It's going to be a long winter folks.

I  only took a couple of pictures of birds when I was up are Hasty Brook a couple of weeks ago and then forgot to post them.  Other then this Ruffed Grouse, the only birds I saw were the usual ones that winter over in Minn.

November 3, 2014

Finally, The Shed is built

It has taken a long time to finally get around to the building of the storage shed up at Hasty Brook.  If they could have gotten the concrete base pouring by the contractor when he said he was going to do it (6 weeks before) we could have had it totally completed.  As it is, the bones are all up and closed it for the winter and we can finish it next spring when it's a lot warmer.

So, I guess the place to start in with a picture of the blank pad.  Doesn't look like much at this point.

By the end of day 1, we were doing quite well with the building.  So far, no errors or accidents except for a couple of scrapes.

Day 2, went along nicely with some decent weather and again no major incidents.

Day 3 and our last day...the roof sheathing.  Side one went on pretty easily till the last piece when I decided to step on the wrong area and went down between the rafters (at least part way).  I ended up hanging part way on the roof and laying across a rafter.  All I can say is I ended up with a lot of pulled muscles on my right side and back and 3 or 4 really deep bruised ribs.  Nothing broken or hurt to bad except my pride, and got back up and went back to work.

Two or three more minor incidents (I lost count) with ladders clasping in the soft fill dirt on the outside of the building and me on the ground.  Luckily none of them were very high but I always managed to land on my already injured right side.

Art had to leave for a family get together, so I finished up with some small details.  Hind sight now said I should have left them till spring but I just wanted to get done.  On the very last board I cut, the saw slipped and I managed to nick my finger with the saw blade (just a half inch grove less then 1/8" deep).  After a bit of swearing and a few drops of blood, I got the bleeding stopped and went back to work and then cleaned up and said "I've left enough blood on the project for now, it's time to quit and I think my Guardian Angel has had enough of a work out for one day."

So that's where the project stands for now.  Finished enough to keep the snow out.  Art will cover the door opening with a tarp for winter and everything inside is also covered.  Next spring we will put the tin roof on, hang the two doors, and put on the siding.

As for me, just about everything is healed up and only have a couple of sore ribs which will be around for a couple more weeks.  Nothing that Tylenol and an occasional heating pad won't fix.

October 27, 2014

More odds and ends

Well, as you read this I'm up north at Hasty Brook working on a 12' x 20' storage shed.  We had hoped to have this done quite some time ago but they couldn't get the contractor to get the concrete poured.

It's finally done, so we will be building away in some chilly northern Minnesota weather.  I figure about 5 days work.

So here are some pictures from the last few weeks that I didn't get around to post.

 Young female Northern Cardinal

 Great Blue Heron

 White-throated Sparrow...first of the early migrating birds

 Dark-eyed Junco...another early bird that will stay all winter

 Winter colors of a male Am. Goldfinch

Winter colors of female Am. Goldfinch