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Went to a wedding this past weekend in Bowling Green, KY. Beautiful country up there even in winter. Lost river cave was cool.
It's amazing how far they've come since recovering from the Bowling Green Massacre.
They built this little dam ~ 1000 feet (more? I suck at estimating) to get the water level deep enough to navigate
take boat rides through
Swan boats? I've always wanted to operate a swan boat. I don't care how ridiculous they are.
Seriously. It just looks SO FUN. :dolphin:
Cartoons told me I'd like it.
Cartoons never lie!
In the neighborhood I used to live at, they had Swan paddle boats in the lake. Unfortunately, they did not have a gated community or cameras and folks liked to vandalize the poor birds :slightly_smiling_face: Was fun while it lasted...
Why would anyone want to vandalize a swan boat? They're so cute!
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Cool, @robert.labrie! I may have to go check that out next time I'm in that part of KY. Husband's grandparents have a farm up there.
It was a bit soggy on Saturday so we stayed off the trails ... I expect it's spectacular in early autumn
Apparently Sweetwater Creek State Park has paddle boats. I know where I'm taking my fiancee this weekend. 3 bucks/half hour
@alsuch Unicoi park up past Helen has the same...super fun
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Squirrel update. I climbed a 28 ft ladder (not looking down) and spray foamed the hole last night when the squirrels were out foraging in the evening. Watched squirrel come and go to the roof several times last night and then go hide in a tree and cry for over an hour. Today saw two coming and going. Then at lunch time, witnessed a bunch of bite size chunks of foam on the ground. The squirrels broke back in. Next attempt will involve metal. I was tried the foam since it allowed me to keep one hand on the ladder the whole time.
Oh man. I might have a squirrel in my house right now. My husband is home dealing with it (not because gender roles but because I'm the one with a go-to-the-office job) or maybe not dealing with it, I don't know. Crafty little buggers.
I had been willing to deceive myself that those sounds where coming from outside but apparently not
OH, my wife calls me her stay at home husband all the time. Gets chuckles in some circles.
We have the squirrel catcher coming back soon
they sent out the rat catcher, who's apparently a different type of catcher
Well squirrels have much fluffier tails so, you know. Different thing. :smile:
They do point out that killing squirrels is often all that's required, no holes being fixed, as long as ingress isn't obvious
We've removed several trees, etc, but they appear to be getting on the roof via cable wires
@rietta is hardeeplank or cement board an option? Might be easier to work with than metal
I actually pruchased a single hardeeplank
would just need to cut it to size
Would squirrels be able to yank it off if you staple-gunned a metal mesh to the wall?
The trick is making sure they’re not inside when you box them in or you have to start with one of those one way doors.
jessica. My understanding is no if you have it wide enough.
Putting up metal mesh on the inside of the attic over the vents is advisable too.
My parents had to do that to keep birds out of their attic (in Hawaii)
(though probably birds everywhere are similarly inclined to nest in attics)
@robert.labrie I’m probably going to go with hardeeplank on the entire side within the next year. The side of the house is way past the age of the crap LP siding (that was recalled over a decade ago but of course whoever owned the house then didn’t replace it)
Yeah .... I know what you mean. For me it's the roof this year, the siding next year
north side of every house on my block (city? metro? state? world?) is a moss factory
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There is a stunning cardinal perched on a branch outside my office chirping
Really brightening up my day
Video or it didn't happen
(I will show it to my cat, who gets extra murder-feels toward cardinals)
I don't have the lenses needed for that kind of photography :disappointed:
It's on the list, maybe some day
My hope was that cellphone video would be sufficient but by all means, keep planning to produce truly excellent videos for the enjoyment of, among other people, my cat (who is totally people ill fight you)
:smile: the Galaxy S7 has a fantastic camera but I;m not sure it's up to the task
I had a beautiful cardinal attack a kitchen window one Saturday a few years ago. He was relentless until I put painter's tape on the window. Our older cat kept jumping on the counter to try for a counterattack (pun intended).
Whether staple-gunning hardware cloth covers helps / last long depends a lot upon the condition of what you're stapling it into. A dense tough hardwood vs 20+yr-old softening pine 2x4 for example
We used to put our Christmas tree next to a large picture window in our living room ... birds kept trying to land in it :disappointed:
I've pulled a squirrel nest that was full of chunks of spray insulation being used as - insulation . Smart squirrel
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Give the screen a good solid tug after stapling it in. If it comes out or shifts at all, then a squirrel can eventually move it (they are pretty adept at moving things - surprisingly strong for their size)
If you have that LP "Lawsuit siding" up there, hoooboy. If it's not already swollen and damaged, the stapling will open up pathways for moisture infiltration
A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying a snack at the kitchen's picture window while watching the critters run around in the backyard. Then I saw this dove flying at ramming speed towards me. I thought, surely that dove will land on the shepherd's hook by the window. Nope, flew straight into the glass right in front of my face scaring the bejesus out of me. Dove flew off and hopped around confused on my brick wall before flying away with a bruised ego and face.
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Very entertained by bird-and-squirrel talk driving people away :smile:
All in favor of renaming #chit-chat to #squirrel-defense?
We've had a couple of cardinals over the years who persisted in fighting their reflections in a high windows (vaulted ceiling). One was so determined that he continued for WEEKS. We tried to scare him away every way we could think of, but we couldn't reach the window to put tape on it. I really thought he was going to kill himself. You would hear these loud WHACKs every time he came barnstorming in to attack his nemesis...
I'm practically going to get an attic snake if this keeps up
Now there's an idea
Is that a thing??
Sometimes, not even a thing you install if you live in a climate with treesnakes
How large a snake would one need? What would be the unintended consequences of an attic snake?
How much would one need to supplement its diet?
Gets into the ducts, consumes dog I guess
on hte box "Warning: May consume dog"
@mj_langford: Pretty sure that's a SharkTank worthy idea
"This snake is known by the state of california to consume dogs"
Our first house had an attic snake. Big black snake. The home inspector thought it was a rubber snake (probably about 3 ft long). He darned near fell through the ceiling when he tried to pick up the "rubber" snake. He couldn't understand that I found it to be a plus instead of a negative...
I wonder if the mere presence of a snake in the attic would deter rodent infestation, like if they have a snakey smell
@jessica I'm thinking of a Scooby Doo style attempt to just convince the squirrels there is a snake (or ghost)
jeffa00 Where was that? Here in GA?
Super wooded lot
Like just enough space cut out for the house
You know the species?
I am thinking about putting up those owl dummies in the backyard for the songbirds who like 5 am singing
Wonder if an animatroic snake would work
Rattlesnakes, black widows and brown recluse generally scare the hell out of me
I'm sure I could go to the XPT workshops at puppetry.org and get enough help
My house is on a 3 foot crawl
Probably an indigo. Totally harmless
I wonder if you could get an attic snake from the same guy who gets rid of squirrels? Surely he gets calls to remove snakes from people's homes all the time, right?
just tell him, "hey when you get a snake, I'll give you $50 for it...come release it in my attic"
@jcorry OK, I'm going into animal relocation. Person who has squirrels gets the snake I caught, person who's house is overfilled with nuts gets the squirrel I caught, etc.
I would guess when food gets sparse in your attic though, it will relocate
lol @jeffa00 exactly
The nuts are probably more a symptom of squirrels than something likely to be resolved by them
Or, now you just need the catcher to keep bringing in more squirrels to feed the snake.
I didn't realize that squirrels don't keep track of their stashed food, they just sniff around for it and dig up whatever they find. Dirty commies, squirrels are
Just throwing this out there, but you can totally eat squirrels...
If you really want to get rid of them...
They love tearing up the planters I have my haberos in. Ravenous little creatures!
yah they went after the roots of my jalapeños too...
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@jeffa00: so not worth it
Probably if it were people would have domesticated them? Then again I guess deer haven't been officially domesticated and I've heard venison is pretty tasty
Since this was written five years ago it obviously didn't happen, but I find this really interesting anyway http://grist.org/animals/al-rodente-could-squirrel-meat-come-back-into-vogue/
And if anyone is monitoring my search history they are very — something — right now
I can neither confirm nor deny that squirrel stew with dumplings is delicious.
raided our bulbs as well, my wife was frustrated
I wonder if I should surround my bulbs with sweetgum balls next year
Love venison but can't confirm squirrel meat :stuck_out_tongue:
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I suspect squirrel cannot taste that much different than rabbit. Roasted rabbit as actually pretty good. Experienced from a very rural bachelor party that involved. It was on a vineyard in south Georgia and the owner said we could shoot all the rabbits we wanted because they were a pest to the crop.
In the article above it says rabbits, as grass-eaters, are blander
Apparently the nut content of the squirrel's diet gives it a superior flavor. Though who knows what the garbage content of a suburban squirrel's diet would do. Probably nothing good.