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  •  No vultures up here in Alaska (3+ / 0-)
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    but we have bald eagles up the yazoo. Looking out my window I can see at least 20 right now. They do their share of scavenging as well as catching live prey. I was once field dressing a deer I got at the tree line and looked up at a dead spruce fifty feet from me and saw three bald eagles and a half dozen ravens just waiting for me to leave the carcass. Glad they waited for me to finish.

    Spring migration is well under way. Golden crowned sparrows, savanna sparrows, warblers, and kinglets have given us fleeting sightings. Hermit and Swainsons thrushes are back. Yay, I love their respective songs. Rufous hummingbirds came to the feeder April 22. There was still snow on the ground! Lots of shore birds have passed through, dowitchers, yellow legs, and sandpipers of many varieties. Early nesting geese passed through a month ago. Straggler flocks have been moving up the coast and are probably well into western Alaska and pushing to the North Slope. But these fellows have short stopped here and don't seem to want to leave. White fronted geese did the same thing several years ago and now we see it again. I suppose they will eventually leave. No tundra to nest on around these parts.
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    The great tragedy of Science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley

    by realalaskan on Sat May 09, 2009 at 10:48:50 AM PDT

    •  I hope you appreciate that I fattened up the (1+ / 0-)
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      Golden-crowns real good.  They're welcome to the sunflower and thistle, but the salad is a little annoying.  I stopped trying to grow lettuce in the winter a few years back.  This year, I thought they were gone and planted some peas.  Within hours, one turned up and started munching away.   Only two of 12 survived the sparrow onslaught.

      They only call it Class War when we fight back.

      by lineatus on Sat May 09, 2009 at 11:30:24 AM PDT

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      •  LOL! (2+ / 0-)
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        Sorry to hear about your gardening difficulty. Ravens have been pulling herring egg encrusted seaweed out of our garden. One of them broke off a tulip that was just beginning to bloom. Mrs. RA was not happy. Ravens have figured out the strawberry patch too. They were eating nearly ripe berries. I caught one doing it last year and doused him good with a bucket of water hurled off the deck. Others witnessed it. They quit. Ravens are smart. Some folks around these parts use old fishing net as a bird barrier. It works very well. Not the monofilament gillnet material but regular seine netting which is heavier and doesn't act like a mist net.

        The great tragedy of Science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley

        by realalaskan on Sat May 09, 2009 at 11:49:36 AM PDT

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        •  I didn't have time to assemble it this year, but (1+ / 0-)
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          I bought some 1" PVC pipe to build a framework, and I'm going build a "cage" with 1/2" hardware cloth to try and protect them next winter.  (I think they can squeeze through chicken wire.)  Fishnet might be a good alternative - I want to make something that folds up for storage during the summer, and that would be easier.

          I really do love garden-fresh lettuce, and I really do love my golden crowns... but the two don't play well together.

          They only call it Class War when we fight back.

          by lineatus on Sat May 09, 2009 at 12:03:57 PM PDT

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