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    I bet the early ones come back ahead of time to stake claim to the best nests.

    I find it entertaining that Mom and the young ones head South and a group stays behind. I can picture them saying go ahead- we will meet you down there- You guys travel way to slow for us.

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    M and I spent several hours on a National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Washington state, near the Columbia River, a couple of days ago. You know, the sort of place some people think should be returned from public lands status to private development potential...well, anyway.

    Saw some Tundra (Whistling) swans, lots of geese, bald eagles, a variety of ducks, harriers and a couple other species of hawks, and several different warblers. Nice day.
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    Had a couple of ducks quacking away on the pond a couple days ago.

    Really happy that we are rolling our hay fields early this year. Ahead of the nesting season.
    Winter is sure as hell here! I told you it was coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireFighterZero View Post

    Really happy that we are rolling our hay fields early this year. Ahead of the nesting season.
    Good on you!
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    And you dont think I am much of a conservationist.......you devil.

    We are also working on a dung beetle conservation strategy.


    You got some catching up to do!
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    Anybody who's working on improving their soil like you are is most definitely aconserervationist of the highest order.



    FYI

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan...y-way-20130125
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    I wake up at night and think about dung beetles, they are great!

    Last year I visited with an etymologist about that very same idea Cory, that dung beetles navigate by the stars.

    He confirmed it. Very interesting fellow, Hayes Goosey.


    Incidentally, plantain is thought to provide cows with a natural way to control internal parasites. Plantain is grown in cover crop mixes for that purpose.

    Chemicals like Ivermectin kill dung beetles, if applied to cattle at the wrong time.
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    I think an etymologist would have been rather confused about your questions!

    I saw on a David Attenborough thing about dung beetles and star navigation a few years back, mind blowing!
    Mick, you could feck up a fine day.



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    Geeze, you are correct.

    I autocorrected that one into a fail.

    Entomologist.
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    The crazy killdeer are back!

    They seem very.....uh.....Happy to see each other. Must be mating time.

    Still no robin or Meadowlark.
    Winter is sure as hell here! I told you it was coming!
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