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    • April 22, 2020 11:56 PM EDT
    • My Red follows me about until I get him a nice fat peanut in the shell. I can't throw at him, but under his branch where he can jump cautiously from branch to branch, while my foot ball plump quail look for shelled nuts...

      His harem also wants shucked, but away from the quail and curved bills ....

      The thought of pictures occur a tad late ...

    • April 22, 2020 11:26 PM EDT
    • This guy sings outside our bedroom every morning.



    • April 19, 2020 6:04 PM EDT
    • Scott McDonald said:

      Did a little birding before and in between the National garden Railway Convention and the National Summer Steamup in Northern California.

      Ladder Backed Woodpecker

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Ladder-Backed Woodpecker[/url] by [url=]Scott McDonald[/url], on Flickr

      Hi, Scott.  I missed this thread when it came around a couple years ago (thanks, Rooster, for reviving it!).

      What you have there is a Nutall's Woodpecker, rather than a ladder-backed.  The giveaway is the solid black on the upper back - ladder backed would show the ladder pattern all the way up to the neck.  If you were in the Bay Area for the NGRC, there are no ladder-backs in that neck of the woods.


    • April 18, 2020 1:54 AM EDT
    • Cool video. 

      I'm not a full-fledged birder, just a casual fan of birds. A few weeks ago I bought my first pro-quality zoom lens, 100-400mm. It's a beast, weighs over three and half pounds and has totally silent autofocus so it can be used for video as well as stills. Anyway, I'm hoping to use it to get some birds on video, as well as other wildlife. 

    • April 22, 2020 10:45 PM EDT
    • BTW, during one of those flights, the props iced up and before I could bring the drone back, it went into emergency mode and landed. Fortunately it came down in a small clearing and not in the top of a tree.

    • April 17, 2020 8:15 PM EDT
    • Stunning video, Ray.  Thanks for sharing.

    • April 22, 2020 10:42 PM EDT
    • Congrats! That's a nice looking truck.

    • April 22, 2020 8:48 PM EDT
    • Wise move, I have 214,000 miles, a third off road on my 2000 4x4 Dakota Pick'em up. She's purring right along. 

    • April 22, 2020 8:18 PM EDT
    • Traded in my 2014 Jeep Patriot, likely just before the engine came apart.




    • April 21, 2020 11:45 PM EDT
    • Devon,


      The sump is a great idea.  It really adds bio-carrying capacity with little extra space.  Are you going to use the sump as a refugium, too, with the lights on the reverse cycle of the main tank?  I understand it can do your corals wonders and enable the keeping of mandarin fish and other copepod eating critters.  

      Oh, not much diving with all the shops close right now, so I have to get my fish fix via you, I guess




    • April 19, 2020 8:37 PM EDT
    • So the stand for the tank is nearly done. Its not a 100 gallon like I thought. Its shorter than my other tank that I thought was the same size. Turns out this one is 75 gallon which is still a major upgrade from the 45. The light box will be mounted on black iron pipe attached to the back of the stand so that it sits above the tank without sitting ON the tank.  I also made the 29 gallon sump for the filter and tried out the slide out on the bottom for maintenance and works like a charm. 


      Light enclosure


      Sump on the slide out


    • April 18, 2020 7:07 AM EDT
    • Yes Eric I would much rather visit them in the wild. I dived, dove (what's the proper past tense) for years. Nothing better. But N Idaho is void of good coral reefs 

    • April 18, 2020 3:09 AM EDT
    • Devon,


      That should look gorgeous.  We have 6-8 freshwater tanks running at any given time, ranging in size from 5-55 gallons.  Once folks know you can keep fish alive, new tanks and equipment just sort of start showing up (Were that true with trains!).  I thought about setting up a Fish-Only-With-Live-Rock set-up, but it was cheaper to invest in SCUBA gear!  


      Looking forward to the finished product...and the finished mini reef in due time!



    • April 18, 2020 1:35 AM EDT
    • Nice work! Ought to look really beautiful when it's finished.


      Our family doctor used to have a huge aquarium in her waiting room. One night after everyone was gone the tank broke. In the morning the place was drenched and there were dead fish everywhere.

    • April 17, 2020 9:16 PM EDT
    • The bottom part is ready for clear varithane. The light will be mounted using black iron pipe. I will use some flanges to support it from the back and the rise up to height and then mount the lighting canopy. That way its neither hanging or sitting on the top but rigidely mounted over the top.


      Rick, we already have a small reef with corals and fish. Nothing real exotic. The coolest thing we have in there is a snowflake eel. He gets hand fed. As Pete mentioned saltwater is expensive and difficult to maintain. So we keep it simple.


      Pete, we also have a 100 gallon freshwater and soon will have a 110 gallon freshwater. The inhabitants of the freshwater are getting to big for their home so we are going to divide them up. One for more aggressive brutish fish and then one that will have live plants with angelfish and discus.


    • April 17, 2020 8:17 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Rick Marty said:

      Nice wood work, does the tank go on top of the cabinet or in the cabinet?

      The main tank will go on top and the filtration goes underneath. The pull out tray is to allow me to pull the filter out for maintenance.



      That is what I was thinking but wanted to know for sure.  Is the light canopy going to sit on the tank or be suspended from the back of the cabinet?

      What creatures are you contemplating, Dungeness crab and lobster


    • April 17, 2020 8:13 PM EDT
    • I had a saltwater tank for about 5 years, loved it hated the maintenance involved to keep the fishes happy and alive. Probably spent a ton on Yellow Tangs before giving up and just having some easier fish

    • April 17, 2020 8:08 PM EDT
    • I assume there will be a bridge over the aquarium to allow trains to pass   I love the joinery.  Great work.

    • April 17, 2020 7:09 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

      Nice wood work, does the tank go on top of the cabinet or in the cabinet?

      The main tank will go on top and the filtration goes underneath. The pull out tray is to allow me to pull the filter out for maintenance.

    • April 18, 2020 1:44 AM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Horses are the spawn of Satan. 


      I'm reminded of a Sherlock Holmes quote: "Horses are dangerous on both ends and crafty in the middle."     :)


      My first job out of high school was at a resort out in the back country. They had horses you could rent, although you had to have a "guide" go with you and it was set route. I used to do it as often as I could afford to. It was fun. However, the horses were mostly old, semi-retired, and could go the entire route without the rider doing anything. They were usually pretty anxious to get back to the stable, so the closer you'd get to the end of the ride, the faster they wanted to go!