Saturday, April 26, 2008
Backyard visitors
Dwayne has been clearing trees around our house to open things up a bit and also as preventative measures for the upcoming forest fire season. We have cleared all of the coniferous trees within a 30ft radius from the house so far and will clear more as time allows. It also means we get a start on our firewood for next winter. :)


Since cutting down the jack pine and spruce trees we have had some extra company around here. Spruce grouse have discovered us! They are happily eating the needles from the tree tops which are now lying on the ground. This saves them having to fly into the trees to eat the needles. There are 6 of them that we have counted so far and they are quite content to stay around despite all of the noise we have been making and the activity in the yard. (The black poles you see are the start of the towers for our wind turbines.)

A male spruce grouse


A female spruce grouse


The grouse are not afraid of us and we have been getting as close as about 5 or 6 ft away from them without them even flinching. I imagine we could get closer but I don't want to scare them off. Each time we venture to the outhouse we do a quick head count to see who is around. So far there are 2 hens, and 4 roosters in the batch.

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At 5:53 PM, Blogger Lauren Christine said...

That is a lot of firewood! I'm impressed! :)

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

There are about 3 rows worth there I think. We need about 3 sheds this size full of wood to get through a winter up here. October-May! On cold spring days I sometimes find myself thinking about what spring must be like in Texas!

 

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