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Putting up a tree

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by skyline, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    I know I know, it's easier to take a tree down than put one up, but not impossible and I thought I would share and give everyone a new project.

    I had a couple of blow down cedars on my property and thought they might make a good bird perch if I could put them back up.
    So I skinned them, drilled some holes, insert a few branches, borrowed a friends excavator and put it up.

    It's been lots of fun and the results have been great.

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  2. Hurricane

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    Wow great job ! Looks like the raptors love it.
    How deep did you plant that thing to get it to stay ?
  3. mainstation

    mainstation Feeling the Heat

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    Wow, that is friggin awesome, way to go and Congrats on the results. In my University days treeplanting was my summer job. Kinda prepaying all the trees I have gone on to cut and use for various reasons.
  4. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    About 6' with a little gravel and a few bags of cement. Used a narrow 12" bucket so it could only go one way.

    To be honest, I had to take it down after the first raise and cut 15' of the bottom as it was too tall to see the branches unless you were right at the window.
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    I was going to be a pain and say someone has too much time on their hands, but after seeing the pics with the hawks on there..........wow! Very worthwhile project.
    Now, those guys can just sit there looking for dinner.
  6. smokinj

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    Thats Awesome!
  7. Wood Duck

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    Great project! Looks like 6 Mourning Doves, 1 Redtail, 1 Coopers Hawk, right? What else have you seen on that tree?
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    That's just to cool, great job.

    zap
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Double post and it's still way to cool.

    zap
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    If I put that on my property,it would be filled with turkey vultures. I think they are cool.
  11. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    2 out of 3 ain't bad, with a name like Wood Duck no wonder. The picture of 6 birds are band tail pigeons, a close up below.

    I'm a newbie to birding but it has been fun. Try these.

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    Very nice.
    Great pictures
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Too cool . . . and great pics . . . looks like a great spot in the world to live.
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    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Holy cow that's pretty incredible ...thanks for posting these gems. Did you ever think about putting up a web cam?
  15. Backwoods Savage

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    Skyline that is a good project and it looks as if it turned out really well.

    A year ago we had a neighbor do the same thing....sort of. He did it so he had a place to hang his tree stand for hunting. It worked and now the birds have taken over.
  16. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    Savageactor7,

    I looked into a web cam, motion activated, etc... but the details, time to hook up etc just moved it farther and farther down the priority list.
    And I happened to home the first day after putting it up when along came 10 western blue birds, 8 of which you can see in that 2nd pic above. I had never seen any before or since so everything else has just been gravy after that.

    I primarily did it for the red tails which hang/hunt in the air close by. They used it the first week it was up which was really cool but they are very wary, always looking back at the house.
    Any movement or noise inside and they will take off, but I can drive by them within 20' on the road and they have no problem. Go figure.

    The next one will go a little farther away.
  17. Wood Duck

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    Ok, here goes: American kestrel; Bluebirds, based on location I'll say Western Bluebirds; Brown Headed Cowbirds displaying; Stellar's and Scrub Jays, sitting together; Red Breasted Sapsucker; Sharpshinned hawk, Mourning Dove, Bandtailed Pigeon.
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    Ok, here goes: American kestrel; Bluebirds, based on location I'll say Western Bluebirds; Brown Headed Cowbirds displaying; Stellar's and Scrub Jays, sitting together; Red Breasted Sapsucker; Sharpshinned hawk, Mourning Dove, Bandtailed Pigeon.[/quote]

    A perfect score for Wood Duck but I'm just a beginner.
    The only question I would have is the Sharpshinned hawk vs. a Cooper's but that is what I thought at the time and I think you got the other Cooper's right on the first batch of pics.
    I was surprised to see the Stellar Jays taunting the Cooper Hawk (within 3 ft. consistently) playing catch me if you can.

    Here is the first perch I put up as a test case and the results.

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    Nice first try, and a nice Redtail, too.
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