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Old 05-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #61
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chrisn, you can dilute it 5:1 and the bees won't be so attracted to it, but hummers will still drink it. I didn't know you could give the syrup to them cold. Maybe the boiling is to keep it from getting moldy. But also even changing the syrup every 3 days it was getting to be a nuisance to clean the feeder as it would get mold in it. Also, online, you can order hummer feeders with bee guards and also an ant moat at the top. I'll look for the link. They are very curious and it's good to let them see you outside. Last month I was watching a nest on ustream. It didn't look any bigger than a walnut half.

I'll try to get a photo tomorrow of the flowers on the end of my patio and my butterfly garden. (nothing to compare to two knots).

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rockstarr, lounging squirrel is hilarious!



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Can you spot the chipmunk leaning on the rock with his left hand
holding himself up while staring down the hound?

Do you have a larger image size? I'm on a 28" monitor, and it's still kinda small to me.

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Well there ya go Chris..You were wondering why everybody has been turning down your dinner party invites..
I didn't turn it down.

...and now for a different type of wildlife. This evil monster chased me when I got too close. He was opening and closing his beak while running at me. I don't think I have ever run so fast in my life. I almost tripped and nearly went right over the side of Pier 19.


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Amazing photos rockstarr, did "Angry Birds" get the idea from you!?!

I'll have to go through my archives from last summer; I don't have many
bird photos, but do have many fauna and flora pics. and pooches too!
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A Kestril...an unwelcomed guest in our backyard.

Shot this from inside our house with my 10x optical zoom.



one of my favorite shots of my butterfly koi...These two are my baby mammas.
They both have a kid that looks exactly like them..
this is from 9- 3-2003.



Nov 21, 2004



Surf and Turf...6-30-01


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All great shots! The last one is my favorite.
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Are you sure this is a kestrel? It is some sort of falcon.

ewww, what is it eating?

Never thought of fish as being curious but this one seems as interested in the dog and the dog is of him. Cute.
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Are you sure this is a kestrel? It is some sort of falcon.

ewww, what is it eating?

Never thought of fish as being curious but this one seems as interested in the dog and the dog is of him. Cute.
Well, I'm not a hundred percent sure. I thought it was a Coopers hawk,
but someone corrected me and said it was a Kestril...It's eating a bird.
We know when it's around the yard is suddenly silent.

These koi are extremely curious. We call them our water pups for good reason.
They are hand fed and don't mind being petted and rubbed under
their chins. The are extremely friendly and curious.
They are also always hungry and constantly beg for food. They are used to fighting the dogs
for food as the dogs love the the fish food as well.
One year I put a bell on the edge of the pond on a stick with a string
attached and floated the string in the water... naturally curious they pulled
the string and the bell rang... I would throw the food in when the bell rang.
I had to take it away after a couple of days cause the bell rang all
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The Bostons belong to our sons, but they seem to be here as much as their at their own house. I have one here now for the three day weekend.

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fish ringing a bell? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard! I don't know anything about the intelligence of fish, but they must be from what oceanographers and ppl studying marine life say how sharks and other big fish hunt in pods and traits they develop to survive.

Thought it was just your dog but all dogs must be interested in watching the koi.

How much maintenance are all the plants along the pond? Fertilizing, weeding, replacing and etc? It's so beautiful I'd want to spend all day out there and never get anything else done.

off to google photos of kestrels. brb
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You were right. I think it's a Coopers Hawk. The kestrels have those dark cheek stripes and are more rusty brown.


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fish ringing a bell? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard! I don't know anything about the intelligence of fish, but they must be from what oceanographers and ppl studying marine life say how sharks and other big fish hunt in pods and traits they develop to survive.

Thought it was just your dog but all dogs must be interested in watching the koi.

How much maintenance are all the plants along the pond? Fertilizing, weeding, replacing and etc? It's so beautiful I'd want to spend all day out there and never get anything else done.

off to google photos of kestrels. brb
The beds are planted with various ground covers and perrenials. It fills in
rapidly in early spring. There is no weeding cause there is no room for weeds to grow!
He plants a lot of annuals in pots and buries the pots in
the ground covers. He uses the dirty filter water to water the flowers and plants.

Our property gets a lot of shade, thus it's hard to get roses to flourish...
so he plants roses in pots and moves them around following
the sun.(how compulsive is that?) It's been cold and rainy this spring, so the roses are behind
and not blooming yet.
He also installed an underground sprinkling system
so that we don't have to water manually.

His only disapointment is it is very difficult to grow lilies in a koi pond,
(after the koi get big) as they love to dig in the roots and eat the plants.
He keeps trying though...

Ok, I was looking for this pic before and got side tracked...

The head groundskeepers rose garden.

They say roses don't like company...haaa..too bad for the roses.
In the pot is duck weed, the koi love it like candy, we give them a
couple of scoops everyday.

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Almost stepped on him.

I tried flipping it back on its feet 3 times, but it kept flipping itself over again. I came back a while later to check on it and he was gone.

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thats the nicest thing I ever heard. Retired Guy is going to love you. In fact all you guys in this thread are the greatest. You are my new besties, I love you all and its not even valentines day.
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thats the nicest thing I ever heard.
You must hang around a lot of mean people if that's the nicest thing you've ever heard.

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And ..he redeems himself and contradicts the statement...meanie

I"ll bet you don't know many peeps who would be willing to flip a Junie Bee (as my kids call them) over not once, but three times.
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oh man, I hate creepy crawlers. I like lady bugs, dragon flies, butterflies,
tiny little bugs. But, big creepy crawlers terrify me.

We have big June bugs here too..not as big as Texas June bugs, I'm sure

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