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Hummingbirds, coffee filters, spell checkers, love-crazed woodpeckersPosted Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 7:43 AM
How do they relate to each other? They just happened to run through this rambling mind of mine. Good thing I keep it under control.
Anyway, an observation about hummingbird behaviors and feeders. It has been cool since I placed our first hummingbird feeder out, so I was not too concerned about spoilage of the ingredients. But I noticed a lack of feeding and when the birds came they did not stay.
Something was wrong so I replaced the sugar water and back they came, so watch for full bottles but no guests. Still don't know what was wrong, but discriminating taste-buds knew.
How about coffee filters? There ought to be a law to cover the issue of sleepy morning risers not being able to separate the darn filters from the stack. Heck, I even had it down to two filters and STILL struggled for a few minutes.
My special tweezers deigned to remove these one by one broke 40 or more filters ago. Darn plastic. Are there any quality ones out there, built to last a lifetime? I would outsource it, but Debbi does not get up at the same time as I.
And here is another thing for coffee cup makers. Don't make the inside of the cup dark. I know it used to hide coffee stains, but that does not seem to be a problem with cups these days. The problem is that if the light is not right, I can not see when the cup is full and either come away with a partial cup or a mess!
Have you noticed how intuitive spell checkers are getting? How they know what I intended to say from the gobble-d-gook letters I typed is a mystery to me. Google does a pretty good job of it as well. They know what I am searching for better than me!
I am sure some of you have relatives to our demented woodpecker. We had a cousin when we lived in Mississippi and a brother a few years back. The current one has now found a new twist to give us our wake-up call at the crack (and I mean CRACK) of dawn.
I would guess it is a form of communication (maybe mating call) but our latest Romeo has chosen the metal flashing on the roof to beat out the message (right above our bedroom).
In Mississippi the cousin chose our metal chimney (great resonance). When the brother chose the side of our house a few years ago, I thought I might have an insect issue but it seems he just found a good sounding spot.
Talk on the internet seems to be back and forth between a flicker and woodpecker. What's the difference? Ours looks like the small red-headed woodpecker but .....?
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