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« Reply #2320 on: July 30, 2022, 03:38:10 AM »
Our bluebirds abandoned their eggs. I have seen the adults around and the first babies. I checked the nest and the earwigs invaded. The nest material was alive with them. Just another bug spread by unkept greenhouses. Never had them 20 years ago.
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« Reply #2321 on: July 31, 2022, 06:31:04 AM »
Some visitors this morning.















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« Reply #2322 on: August 01, 2022, 05:58:27 AM »
We had no turkeys here until about 15 years ago. 
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« Reply #2323 on: August 01, 2022, 05:58:35 PM »
Mother said the turkeys were back early this morning for a stroll across the yard. Yesterday the chicks were in one of the old apple trees giving them a taste test. :D That was earlier before I took the photos and video. I have the garden fenced, or they would have been rolling in the dirt if they had a chance. :D
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« Reply #2324 on: August 01, 2022, 07:39:03 PM »
A few years ago some hens and poults came around regularly and spent time in my garden. Yes, they dust bathed in the dirt, but they probably paid me several times over by eating insect pests. I'm guessing that they eat slugs and snails so they are welcome here.

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« Reply #2325 on: August 02, 2022, 06:24:02 AM »
I never had slugs in my garden. Even before the turkeys came.
But have many customers come into the store needing something for slugs.
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« Reply #2326 on: August 02, 2022, 10:03:53 PM »
It's been dry here so slugs are not a problem. In a wet year they are a real pain and they like tomatoes. Sometimes, when it's wet we get Brown Snails. Frankly, I don't know if they are harmful.

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« Reply #2327 on: August 03, 2022, 12:36:04 AM »
Never gets that dry here, so it's slug central  :D

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« Reply #2328 on: August 03, 2022, 11:35:03 AM »
I did some looking around on the computer and they say that turkeys eat snails and slugs. One site showed a photo of a turkey  crop that a hunter harvested and cut open; it was full of snail shells. Other sites by state ag departments said that Brown Garden Snails damage fruits and trees. Hey Turkeys, stop in anytime.

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« Reply #2329 on: August 03, 2022, 04:16:15 PM »
One thing for sure, they eat earth worms. One of the chicks snagged onto a big fat night crawler Sunday morning and quickly consumed it. :D

I don't have a snail issue here, I do have an earwig issue. The earwigs like to eat romaine type lettuce and they also eat basal. The turkeys can eat those if they want. ;D
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« Reply #2330 on: August 03, 2022, 04:25:11 PM »
The biggest slugs (banana)  I ever saw were on the Haida Gwaii Islands.  :D

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« Reply #2331 on: August 03, 2022, 05:25:12 PM »
Here we are talking about turkeys and I was just out behind the house and I came up on 3 hens and an estimated 14 poults, great to see. At 4:38 am today I had a Great-horned  Owl hooting near the house. I'd like to see the turkeys at my garden; the garden pests would be in real danger. I saw some slugs in Germany that were as big as a mans' middle finger. 

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« Reply #2332 on: August 03, 2022, 09:02:31 PM »
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« Reply #2333 on: August 08, 2022, 09:46:26 PM »
Well tonight I am minding my own business, well after dark, and I hear this strange call. Never heard it before. My guess was a screech owl. I checked, and sure enough, that's what it is. SO I heat this bird calling really regular, about every 15-20 seconds. after about 20 minutes it moves south, but I can still hear it. I tried calling it back by mimicking the call ( I may have been in a lower key). Sure enough, in another 15 minutes, it is back in a tree in my yard. I listen for a while longer, then think I hear another answering cal. I stepped out side, and yeah, to the east, there is another bird answering, but a ways off. Apparently each is asking to other to 'come here' and the other is saying 'No, You come here'. I dunno. What I do know is we have a lot of barred owls around here and I hear them all the time and love them. Puts me to sleep late at night  In the 35 years we have lived here I have never heard a screech owl. For me, this outdid netflix and anything our lousy cable could offer. It's quite the audio show for sure and still going on. I hope one of these owls 'gets lucky' tonight.
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« Reply #2334 on: August 09, 2022, 02:18:41 AM »
Had to help this little guy out that fell out of his nest 16’ up outside the overhead door and was in the shop. Accidentally noticed him!  So I got the ladder out and put him back up there. Seems like all is good now

 

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« Reply #2335 on: August 09, 2022, 08:32:56 AM »
Tom,

   Very few people ever see a screech owl or recognize their call. I love them and they remind me of a grumpy little old man. I don't believe they are over 6" tall if that. I have thought about making some nest boxes and putting on the upper parts of the barn to see if I can attract any. I think the nest boxes have to be placed from 10' to 30' high.

   Good luck with yours hanging around and entertaining you.
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« Reply #2336 on: August 09, 2022, 08:54:08 AM »
It's the first time I have ever heard them at all. It lasted for over an hour. Apparently my poor attempt at mimicking the call was good enough to get the one to light in a tree in my yard, but try as I might, I could not pick it out against the dark blue sky at night. The barred owls you can hear fly, even when they glide, the wind over their wings makes a distinctive noise but it has to be very quiet in the area to hear it. I had one glide over my head one time and it was spooky.
 Hopefully the pair of screechers will nest up in the area. Next time I will try to record it. I texted my neighbor to go listen, but turns out she is in France now and couldn't make them out. ;D
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« Reply #2337 on: August 09, 2022, 03:36:53 PM »
I love that screech owl scene in "My Cousin Vinny". :D
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« Reply #2338 on: August 09, 2022, 09:03:54 PM »
OG, If you put up a couple of screech-owl boxes, they may use them in the winter to roost in. Fifteen feet up is sufficient and place them where the afternoon winter sun will hit them. They will sit in the entry hole on cold sunny afternoons and may use a box to nest in. If you have reason to be in the Syracuse area, I have some boxes free to a good home. One of the challenges is to keep the squirrels out of the boxes.

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« Reply #2339 on: August 16, 2022, 10:01:32 PM »
Until a couple weeks ago, I had not seen or heard any screech-owls here since December 2020. Just in the past 2-3 weeks, I've been hearing them at night near the house. Hoping that they will roost in my boxes this winter. And eat lots of mice.


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