A Little Bird Told Me…

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…that there is a Lake & Wildlife Partner meeting this morning at 9:30 (at Club Tamarack).

The scheduled program is “Birds and Birdbaths”; all Bent Tree property owners and residents are welcome to attend.  The photos below are just some of the bird pictures I’ve taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.  It’s a  wildlife watcher’s paradise here.

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New Board Member

An official Bent Tree Bullet was sent out yesterday including the news that the Board of Directors selected a new member to replace the resignee. The new director is the wife of a former director (he served a three year term that just ended in December). The new director has been serving as Secretary of the Lake & Wildlife Standing Committee and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Tennis Standing Committee, but she will have to step down from both committees. According to the Bent Tree Rules and Regulations, “Board members will not serve as members of a Standing Committee. The sole exception being, the President of the Board will appoint a Board member to be the Chairperson of the Golf & Greens Committee.”

Slurping Algae Like Spaghetti

While watching the goldfinches in the spillway the other day (see yesterday’s post), I realized they weren’t there to drink the water. A closer look showed that all three birds were eating long strands of algae, slurping them up like spaghetti noodles. And, they were eating a lot.

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These Rules are for the Birds

The following two photos were taken four days apart, in two different areas around Lake Tamarack. Who doesn’t like a little irony?

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July 2, 2014 - Belted Kingfisher on the Fishing Rules sign at the boat dock area

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July 6, 2014 - Belted Kingfisher on the "No Animals" sign at the beach

 

 

Home Improvement

The Bluebird Benefactors were busy over the winter. You may recall from earlier posts that two people took it upon themselves to maintain the twenty-something bluebird boxes around the Bent Tree golf course (and a few others around the community). Many of the old boxes were rotted out. So, over the winter, the couple built, stained, and installed new ones (see photos below). Some of the old deeper boxes were still in decent shape, but did not seem to attract bluebirds as well as the shallower ones. To remedy that situation, the couple placed pieces of 2x4s in the bottom of the deep boxes to make them shallow enough for the nesting birds. So far, so good. The BBs keep a diligent watch over the boxes for signs of predators, and clean/repair the boxes when necessary.

Note – if you’d like to read previous posts about the boxes, enter “benefactors” in the search box at the top of the page.

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