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  •  I heard on the radio this AM (12+ / 0-)

    How Washington state has had such a wet year! I mean there always are wet days in Washington, but not t the point of flooding!

    Such off weather patterns...

    :-(

    I hope mr. bwren gets home safely!

    I've been just too tired these days.  Still doing clean up from the nor'easter.  Tired of chopping wood and raking! And bundling and tying... And clipping and snipping.

    Sigh.

    But the wildbirds do keep me entertained! And i invested in another droll yankee squirrel proof feeder... Lets see how long this one lasts.  The last one I think the squirrel tried so hard he eventually loosened the nut that kept the thing together and i couldn't find the loose piece or something to replace it with.

    I love these tufted titmice that come to the feeders! They are really plain old cute birds! ;-)

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:22:15 AM PST

    •  How much damage did you take? (7+ / 0-)

      Chopping and raking sounds like trees took a hit?

      No Tufted Titmice here (Titmouses?). I saw my first some years ago in Central Park and asked a nearby gentleman with binocs if indeed those big eyed tufted birds were what I thought they were. He looked at me like I was crazy. "Junk birds", he replied, "they're everywhere".

      No such thing in my book.

      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:13:00 PM PST

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      •  they are not!!!! (9+ / 0-)

        LOL

        They are the cutest birds!!!  It's so funny.  they are local to my area, but I rarely get them at the feeders.  This year they are regulars, which I definitely welcome.

        I lost a third of the pear tree - three large branches and one huge one snapping from the weight of snow on the still full leafed tree.  :(  And then the almond tree - about 30 feet tall had to be pruned in half.  the trunk was split to two major trunks - and one bent from the weight of the snow, leaning up against the corner of the house.  The other snapped mid way.  :(  So that had to be cut back.  It will be funny looking as it recovers, but I do so love the pink flowers, and one of my parrots is crazy about fresh almonds, soft and sweet, still wet from the hull.  :)

        I've dissected all the tree corpses... and all I have left are the main body.  so all minor branches cut, bundled and are out on the curb.  6 huge bundles, three full cans.  :(  But glad that sanitation is picking this up finally.

        Now - how can this one be a Junk bird??!!!!  

        ;-)

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:07:40 PM PST

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        •  Poor old trees! (5+ / 0-)

          We've been lucky over the years. Occasionally one of the branches of the big doug fir in front will come down, but we've never needed a chainsaw to clean up, just a little handsaw. Way back in the '80s a big old cottonwood in the neighbor's yard uprooted and fell directly between four parked cars and into the space between two houses across the street. The wires on that block are underground so there was no break in service, and there wasn't even a fence to smash. The local kids thought the whole thing quite grand.

          Thanks for the titmouse - definitely not a junk bird!

          I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

          by bwren on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:52:42 PM PST

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        •  Not a junk bird. So cute! (6+ / 0-)

          Just cuz they're common doesn't mean any less wonderful. More of them to enjoy, and watch their behavior, interacting.

        •  Titmice are fun birds (3+ / 0-)
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          When we lived in NC, we had lots of them around our feeders.  We also had two OLD dogs.  They slept a lot.  Sometimes, they slept on outdoor dog beds on the deck.   One day in the Spring, a Titmouse came up to my old sleeping dog and started pulling hairs out of her tail for nesting material.  I thought that was pretty gutsy.  The dog slept through it - not only the hair-pulling but also my laughter.

          Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

          by Milly Watt on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:24:19 PM PST

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