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Mid Winter Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

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38 minutes ago, tamarack said:

Were you at that location 6 years ago?  After March 20-22 brought 3 days at +/-80°, the peepers were in full cry.  So were the wood frog "quackers" - still silent around here this year.  We also have essentially full snow cover, 17" at the stake this morning though less on south aspect.

 

Not this location, no, much more urban part of town.  Surprised to hear them given we had full coverage in the nearby wetlands until Wednesday.  

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1 hour ago, HimoorWx said:

OWD is 67/58 as of noon! The mosquitoes are probably out in that swamp already!

I've already seen them up here on the warm days. One warm fart passing by and I swear that's enough for them to come out.

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2 hours ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Feel the dews.  60/56 & 62/56 at the 2 closest stations.

Working up a sweat raking, feels great . Looking forward to summer, been booking mini vacations this week. White water rafting July 22nd , Block Island in August so far

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Just now, Ginx snewx said:

Working up a sweat raking, feels great . Looking forward to summer, been booking mini vacations this week. White water rafting July 22nd , Block Island in August so far

Nice.  As am I.  I'm hoping to do some outside work but job has been crazy and I have also been building up a sizable offshoot business that eats up most of my spare time now.  Nights and weekends are busy working.  Vacation in 2 weeks will be a blessing.  Not sure if we've booked for Truro or not this year.

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5 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Nice.  As am I.  I'm hoping to do some outside work but job has been crazy and I have also been building up a sizable offshoot business that eats up most of my spare time now.  Nights and weekends are busy working.  Vacation in 2 weeks will be a blessing.  Not sure if we've booked for Truro or not this year.

Being busy is great thing. 

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With all the snow melt and Rain over the past few weeks, in Wilmington the conservation land which my house borders is totally swamped. If we don't get some drying or late April/ May freeze then this is going to be a hellacious mosquito summer in these parts. Those suckers are already flying around.

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12 hours ago, tamarack said:

Were you at that location 6 years ago?  After March 20-22 brought 3 days at +/-80°, the peepers were in full cry.  So were the wood frog "quackers" - still silent around here this year.  We also have essentially full snow cover, 17" at the stake this morning though less on south aspect.

Peepers are a favorite sound for sure, especially when accompanied by 80 degree temps like 2012. 

The new house has quite a bit of semi-permanent wet area behind it, so I'll be curious if it actually supports a population back there. I know I'll have to hit up Eek and Brian for bird feeder recommendations.

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8 hours ago, OceanStWx said:

Peepers are a favorite sound for sure, especially when accompanied by 80 degree temps like 2012. 

The new house has quite a bit of semi-permanent wet area behind it, so I'll be curious if it actually supports a population back there. I know I'll have to hit up Eek and Brian for bird feeder recommendations.

Depends on what you want to see.  We just put out suet, some with the impregnated seeds.  When we had a seed mix, especially sunflower, we got squirreled.  Those rodents haven't messed with the suet.

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2 minutes ago, tamarack said:

Depends on what you want to see.  We just put out suet, some with the impregnated seeds.  When we had a seed mix, especially sunflower, we got squirreled.  Those rodents haven't messed with the suet.

These baffles have worked amazing for me.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/WoodLink-1-Black-Steel-Bird-Feeder-Squirrel-Baffle/50321395

I put an 8ft galvanized pole 2ft into the ground and drilled/screwed some simple shepherd hooks into it. The baffle is about halfway up and in 3 years I have yet to have a squirrel, raccoon, or chippy get up it. I had an acrobatic red squirrel leap to it from my peach tree when I first installed it, but I pruned that branch off and it’s been mammal free since then.

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5 minutes ago, dendrite said:

These baffles have worked amazing for me.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/WoodLink-1-Black-Steel-Bird-Feeder-Squirrel-Baffle/50321395

I put an 8ft galvanized pole 2ft into the ground and drilled/screwed some simple shepherd hooks into it. The baffle is about halfway up and in 3 years I have yet to have a squirrel, raccoon, or chippy get up it. I had an acrobatic red squirrel leap to it from my peach tree when I first installed it, but I pruned that branch off and it’s been mammal free since then.

Ours is on a clothesline setup, so we can refill from the living room window, so that type of baffle isn't designed for our arrangement.  Have to admit it was funny watching squirrels "running" down the line upside down.

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34 minutes ago, tunafish said:

Apologies for the poor quality..  clear views of Mt. Washington from PWM this morning.

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Nice. I guess I never realized that was actually possible. 

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12 hours ago, mreaves said:

Nice. I guess I never realized that was actually possible. 

Yeah, if you can get a little elevation to get a clear view over the tree tops it's only about 65 miles as the crow flies. 

A few weekends back we had to make a trip to Maine Med, and my wife's room had a beautiful view of the Whites because the hospital sits up on the higher terrain parts of the West End. 

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2 minutes ago, Damage In Tolland said:

I’ve had a few of their IPA’s. They were good. I’ve heard ICM is very good 

Probably a great way to cool off once that Tarmac starts heating up later this month.

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Just now, OceanStWx said:

Probably a great way to cool off once that Tarmac starts heating up later this month.

Suddenly it’s summer is coming later month so we’ll need some cold ones to help cool off after sweating during installs 

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