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  1. Very cool pics of the owlet. They make some wild sounds when they're hungry. We have a pair that nest in our neighborhood. We always get a rude awakening in the middle of th night when the young first fledge and are screaming for their parents to feed them. Last evening I was walking in my back yard and notices a dark spot on one of my trees just above one of my bird boxes. Turned out to be a little brown bat. Very cute and completely awesome at keeping mosquitos in check. I hope he contines to eat well.
  2. Does anyone know what this weed is, why it is spreading like wildfire in my lawn and how I can eradicate it and hopefully get grass to replace it. It seemed to make an appearance last year and has tripled in size this year. It makes my wife very unhappy and therefore has become my priority to fix...
  3. Thanks Tom, I've made a few adjustments to my plan based on your feedback. I have no choice but to address the areas this spring. The construction work done over winter has really torn up certain areas and they need to be fixed.
  4. This is what I read: The ideal temperatures vary somewhat by species, but a good general rule of thumb is that most grass seed starts to germinate when the soil temperature near the surface reaches 50 degrees. In spring, that usually happens when the daytime air temperatures start hitting 60 degrees. In a normal year, that's early April. When spring shows up a little earlier, end of March is a reasonable seeding time. Wait at least until the soil isn't frozen to even think about spring-seeding. Kentucky bluegrass and creeping red and sheep fescue (both fine fescues) can germinate when it's a little cooler (soil temps in the upper 50s). Chewings fescue, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass need days consistently into the 60s to get going.
  5. In lieu of any recommendations from Tom or others, I've laid out my plan. Hopefully posting this will get some more expert opinions flowing. I'm fine hearing my plan sucks and I should re-evaluate. I'll post a couple of pics of the area I'm dealing with tonight to show why I NEED to seed this spring. 1. This weekend I'm going to aerate the yard and loosen up the soil. I'll run my mower over it to pull up the thatch and collect / bag the sticks, left over leaves and other winter / construction debris while I'm at it. 2. Rake the areas (possibly till depending on compaction) and add a couple of inches of Scotts Seeding Soil 3. Seed with a blend of Ryegrass and K31 Fescue cool season grasses 4. light layer of starter lawn food 5. cover with seeding mulch processed straw. Water lightly every day.
  6. I head over to Marsh Creek in the evenings around this time every spring to watch the Woodcocks display "peeeeent". Lots of fun. I found my first wood frog this AM too. My son was psyched when he woke up and it was sitting on his bed stand staring at him. (We've since let it go back into the woods).
  7. I would like to hear recommendations as well. We had some renovations done over the winter and have some areas of the yard that are completely chewed up. I'll need to get them passable this spring and fully addressed this fall. Any suggestions would be welcome.
  8. If you have a collection of lenses for your Nikon, that would probably push you to stay with their bodies. If that isn't an issue, I'd look at some of the new Sony models. They seem to be the cream of the crop these days. You also might want to consider a mirrorless body. They can be a lot more portable / comfortable to carry if you're considering hiking out to places in Yellowstone but still want the option of sawpping lenses. Finally, if you're not married to DSLR set ups with swap-able lenses, etc, Superzoom bodies have a lot of merit for wildlife treks: Nikon Coolpix 1000 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1423182-REG/nikon_26522_coolpix_p1000_digital_camera.html or Sony Rx10 MarkIV https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1361560-REG/sony_sony_rx10iv_digital_camera.html Personally, I've moved away almost entirely from my DSLR (I had a D90 and D5000 with a number of lenses) and do 99% of my shooting with my Canon G7xmkII. I find that the size and capabilities mean i can have it with me all the time, don't need to worry nearly as much about it getting knocked around and it has a better senor than my D90 and a pretty robust feature set for the small package.
  9. This has some really amazing imagery. Mostly satellite photos from space. My Dad sent it to me, I assume there are no copyright issues sharing it:
  10. If I were captaining the Titanic, I'd be worried. I'm sure the part under the water is much bigger
  11. It was a beautiful on Saturday night. Yesterday's was pretty as well, but I didn't get a chance to snap any pics.
  12. A couple pics from New York this weekend. Mabel (the dog) REALLY wanted to go swimming...
  13. I'm building the wall, doing my part to get our government and Winterfell back on track
  14. Snowy nicely up here. Got my first plow in. Probably 4" so far.
  15. If you guys want 'out of the region obs, I'm in west central NY state today (Keuka Lake) . Looks like I'm in a band that could get up to 27". It wasn't supposed to start here until 2pm or so, so this is already bonus snow🌨. If it's off topic and/or the snow makes everyone at home sad, just say so and I won't post more pics
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