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Author Topic: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2013-2014 season  (Read 60221 times)
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« Post / Reply #75 on: April 23, 2014, 08:28:16 AM »

 
i spotted this growing in a yard in the Belcarra Territory.
Look at all the different things going on here!
& i LOVE the red!
Click on the foto, then click it again when it opens up to examine the details of what is going on here.
 
april 21 2014 16:21 - Lichen & Moss
 


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« Post / Reply #76 on: April 23, 2014, 11:45:38 AM »

Boonibarb, so you know the name of that unusual and interesting flora above?
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« Post / Reply #77 on: April 23, 2014, 09:50:37 PM »

 
Me, i don*t know Tiger, but Jonathan says *very nice, i am not specialist in lichen but i know that the green stalk with a red head is named cladonia cristatella*

 
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« Post / Reply #78 on: April 25, 2014, 12:30:03 AM »

Fascinating specimens, Booni!   love
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« Post / Reply #79 on: May 16, 2014, 09:13:57 AM »

 
i have heard how beneficial Dandelions are to wild Birds, but never seen proof with my own eyes until this day!
& AJL has written for us some good information about the benefits of Dandelions.
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One man's weed is another man's banquet.
 
The list of creatures that love and need dandelions (be it the nectar, leaves, flowers, roots or seeds)  is very long.  It includes  bees, 
butterflies, grazing mammals (cattle, sheep, deer), bears, gophers, squirrels, ground birds (like grouse, quail and turkey) and songbirds. 

Gold finches, Purple finches, buntings, siskins, towhees, blackbirds and sparrows agree that the delicious seeds are full of nutrients. 

While most songbirds feed insects to their nestlings, Gold finches, Purple finches and House finches raise their young  almost entirely
on the unripe seeds of  'weeds' such as dandelion and native thistle.  Without them they could not breed, as mature (dried) seeds lack the
compounds that promote growth in these species. 

The humble dandelion is also used by many humans as food and for its medicinal properties.
A Canadian research team has found that  dandelions may have cancer-killing activity! 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/cancer-killing-dandelion-tea-gets-157k-research-grant-1.1248382

Because so many dandelion consumers are sensitive to chemicals,  it is crucial to remove unwanted plants by digging up the roots.  If
you prefer to leave these important plants, you could always put up an 'experimental dandelion farm' sign, and enjoy watching the
butterflies, birds and bees partake. mhihi

 
may 12 2014 10:56 - male Purple Finch eating Dandelion seeds 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uG3wi5zohs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uG3wi5zohs</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #80 on: May 16, 2014, 11:03:35 AM »

Thank you Booni and AJL for sharing this - the little video really reinforces how much the finches like the seeds!
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« Post / Reply #81 on: May 24, 2014, 08:55:43 AM »

 
may 12 2014 10:56 - male Purple Finch eating Dandelion seeds
 

 
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« Post / Reply #82 on: May 25, 2014, 08:37:24 AM »

 
A hot day in Belcarra territory & we have a hot Eagle trying to cool off in the Nest Tree!

may 14 2014 15:50 - Belcarra Eagle in Nest Tree





Nictitating membrane visible here.





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« Post / Reply #83 on: May 26, 2014, 07:46:26 AM »

 
It was Spring & suddenly warm & damp & out came the Carpenter Ants in droves.
They start off with wings, then drop them & seem to look for hidey holes.
This unlucky one was caught by a Spider!
The red on the Spider was really noticeable & cool.
Anyone know what kind of Spider this is?
 
may 14 2014 16:50 - Spider & Carpenter Ant
 

 


This is a second Spider, also with a Carpenter Ant meal.
In this one you can see the eyes of the Spider, & interesting hairs coming out of the yellow & white patches of their back section.



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« Post / Reply #84 on: May 26, 2014, 08:42:51 AM »

Are those eyes looking up at you and the camera?  Be afraid!  Be very afraid!!! eek!
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« Post / Reply #85 on: June 19, 2014, 08:00:10 AM »

 
It was a hot sunny afternoon & the Eagles were soaring over the big yard.
This Bird was lower down & didn*t seem as big as an Eagle.
Could they be a Red-Tailed Hawk?
It is not every day you see one of these on Hornby!
A few days later, a Peregrine Falcon was also spotted in this same area!
 
june 11 2014 16:37 - Red-Tailed Hawk?
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #86 on: June 28, 2014, 08:12:52 AM »

 
Here are the Belcarras perched together in their old Nest Tree which they didn*t nest in this year.
Do they have youngsters in an inland Nest this year?
 
june 16 2014 10:27 - the Belcarras in their Nest Tree
 

 
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« Post / Reply #87 on: June 28, 2014, 08:23:16 AM »

 
i spotted this adult in this perch Tree which is further inland & closer to where perhaps they are nesting again this year.
Going by the stained feathering around the beak, this could be Mum Belcarra, as could the Eagle on the left in the post above.
 
june 16 2014 11:55 - Mum Belcarra
 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #88 on: June 28, 2014, 08:47:29 AM »

 
Look at the contortions this Robin goes through to pick these Huckleberries!
They*re not even ripe yet.
Usually they are a nice red colour.
 
june 18 2014 11:28 - Robin harvesting Huckleberries
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9IlrNwCEbU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9IlrNwCEbU</a>
 

 
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« Post / Reply #89 on: July 10, 2014, 09:14:54 AM »

 
As of yesterday, these sweeties have already fledged!
They are just under the roof of a house.
 
june 30 2014 16:15 - Violet-Green Swallowlings
 

 

 

 
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