Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Field work has come to a grinding halt thanks to two large projects that require a lot of office work and have short deadlines....aka the boring zone. So in the meantime, enjoy my latest video attempt. Not heard on this video is the funny hissing noises Cashew makes. Apparently it's just a reflex of air going in and out of their lungs....not an angry noise.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
About a week ago, I recieved a notice in the mail from the "District Manager" of the condo. I had met him at the meeting I had previously attended. He had remarked that I looked "lost" when they were attending to condo business before my discussion. I was not "lost" but rather bored, trying to control my anger, and collecting my thoughts. Grr! Nevermind the fact that I was addressed as Mrs. in the first notice and my named was misspelled in the second notice. Below are the highlights of the latest notice.
"During a routine property inspection, I noticed that you had a few cardboard boxes containing wood. I also noticed a container of bird seed being stored on your deck. There was squirrel activity in and around both the wood box and the seed container which drew my attention to this issue. I would like to thank you for removing the previously installed bird feeder. Unfortunately, the squirrels are still attracted to the area and the seeds. Please remove the seed container from your deck as soon as possible so we may avoid and (sic) wildlife problems in the future."
Hey jerk, when is the last time your eyes were checked? I ask this, because you routinely miss the real problems with the condo...like wall lights that are about to fall off, rotten wood in the trim of the buildings, the rotten wood on the walls of my garage, the 2 large squirrel nests within 20 feet of my deck, and the fact that it is not bird seeds in the container, but ashes! Yes, I do scatter bird seed on my deck on the weekends. It's waste free so good luck finding the evidence on monday. But I'm not stupid enough to store it on my deck. I know what lengths all animals will go to in order to get into a container of food. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows this. So I'm guess you never had a pet or you have someone else take care of it I also know that the birdfeeder was up for 5 years and there 2 squirrel nests within close proximity. Plus I scatter seeds on my deck and I have 2 secret feeders in the bushes. So guess what, there's going to be squirrels and birds around. Plus they stash their goodies in the wood boxes, which I routinely dump out.
Becasue there isn't a seed box and there wasn't a timeline or a threat of fine, I am not doing anything different. I still have my list of repairs, but I'm going to wait until March to give it to you. That way my wood boxes will be gone and it'll be "warm" enough for them to do their repairs. That's one of their reasons for delaying repairs. Guess they must be from the equator considering we've had some nearly record breaking warm days.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Our mission was to assess the site for threatened and endangered shore birds. The heart of winter is obviously not the ideal time to do this, but the good news is that you can spot old nests in the trees. No appropriate nests were spotted, but we saw two rare shore birds. It was my first sighting of either species and I was excited to point out the first one. Albeit I didn't know what exactly it was at first, but I was the first to spy it. Once I looked into my binoculars I got that cute bird feeling and had a suspician as to what general type of bird was. I keyed it out and reluctantly revealed my guess to birdman. I was correct and I had noted a characteristic that he never had paid much mind to...it's white booty.
The site seemed to be built up with fill material...garbage, asphalt, bricks, broken bottles, metal parts, and other crap. The vegetation was a tangled thicket of poison ivy (in shrub form complete with berries....yum...jk) and honeysuckle vines that seemed to engulf everything including entire trees. It was a battle to walk anywhere off the cleared path unless you wanted to walk in the salt marsh with its random mud flats that have the potential to act like quicksand.....nevermind the crazy biting wind out there.
The one thing that always depresses me at shorelines is the prevalence of floatable garbage and debris. If it floats, its along the shoreline in great quantities...from plastic bottles, shoes, foam, wood, wicker, etc. It's a losing battle too. Because even if you clean it up, the next high tide brings in a new load of garbage.
I did find one nest...not from our target bird species...but a cute one made of grasses. Check out the tangled mess of vines and vegetation below it. Not fun to walk in...kartek trips and falls hazards.