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I went to do some leaf peeping in beautiful Stowe Vermont yesterday. This area has everything going for it. Drove through Smugglers Notch. Had a great lunch outside at a Mexican Restaurant. First time dining out since Covid19. Drove up the Mt.Mansfield, which is the tallest mountain in Vermont. I felt like I was on top of the world. The lower areas are pretty much solid sugar maples, with a few Yellow Birch and Beech mixed in. The mountain tops are evergreen (Balsam Fir). I thought I would share a few pics.
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Wow nice pix and birdwhisperer? How'd you do that?



We live in a rural area in the upper part of Michigan's lower peninsula.
We have birds constantly crashing into the windows. When the bird is
unresponsive or disoriented to the point of not being able to stand,
we will pick the bird up and try to get it to grip one of our fingers.

One can feel the strength coming back into their grip as they come around.
We will try to talk softly to it from behind , slightly from one side and
then the other, paying close attention to the movement of the head. What we
are looking for is movement in both directions from the bird to let us know
the neck is not broke.

All the while, softly stroking the bird with a finger along the grain of the
feather. Head to tail. It sometimes just takes a few minutes, but we have
had them for over a half hour before they finally flew off. It's a great
feeling to see them leave. My wife has done this much more than I but it's
wonderful to see them fly off. I call her the bird whisperer.

More pics of these successful releases after hitting a window.

Hairy Woodpecker


Blue Jay


Junco


Mourning Dove


Golden Crowned Kinglet


Chic-a-dee


Downy Woodpecker
 

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We were having a lot of birds crash into our window by the bird feeders. Bought some of the semi-transparent window decals and haven't had any hit the windows since. Something to consider.
 
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We have a bunch of them, as well as plastic store bags taped to the windows which flap in the breeze.
That helped some, but the sheer number of birds makes crashes inevitable. It's like an aviary/ petting zoo
because of a .6 acre pond that sits 40 feet from our home.

I've moved the feeders as far away as I can and it still happens. The number of birds in
the area attracts hawks, which will make a strafing run and scatter
the birds in all directions, including into our windows.

We had it happen the first year we were here
and we did not have bird feeders out. Lots of wildflowers
around the pond that attract tons of birds. I've seen
over 70 species of birds visiting out of Michigan's 120 or so.
Birds of prey know the watering hole is an easy meal.
 

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Had a fantastic hike yesterday. Hiked the same place as my September 25th post, but this trail is on the opposite side of the river from where I was last time. Obviously, now there are plenty of autumn colors, too. Fall colors are early this year. At least 2 to 3 weeks early. Definitely seems to be a good year for colors, though. Recent years haven't been as colorful.

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I went to do some leaf peeping in beautiful Stowe Vermont yesterday. This area has everything going for it. Drove through Smugglers Notch. Had a great lunch outside at a Mexican Restaurant. First time dining out since Covid19. Drove up the Mt.Mansfield, which is the tallest mountain in Vermont. I felt like I was on top of the world. The lower areas are pretty much solid sugar maples, with a few Yellow Birch and Beech mixed in. The mountain tops are evergreen (Balsam Fir). I thought I would share a few pics. View attachment 134227View attachment 134228View attachment 134229View attachment 134230View attachment 134231View attachment 134232
Making me home sick
 
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Those Root river salmon remind me of a spot the other side of the pond in our PM river (Pere Marquette) . I will sometimes fish for them in
mid to late Sept when their eggs have loosened up to singles, and using flies we catch and release them. If a nice
female is caught with single eggs dripping out, we will milk a few into a ziplock bag before releasing her. We save the eggs
for tying up spawn bags when fishing for steelhead. (rainbows). The eggs and a small mini marshmellow tied up in some netting
is great bait for trout.

 
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Surprised you don't have a black lab jb. or some other type of water dog
I used to have a black lab.
I'd actually really like to get a Husky now, but I don't have a back door with direct yard access, so I'd have to take it out on a leash every time it'd have to go out. That's what I had to do with my lab all the time and it really sucked, especially in winter.
 

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