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This is a post where you can come to share what’s on your mind and stay for the conversation (and often music offered). The diarist is on independent time (a schedule of their own) and gets to take a nap when he or she needs (or may wander off and show up later).
Just to let you know, it’s a feature, not a bug.
I hope you all remember that I set up the feeding-recording station on June 15th (this year). Here is a photo of the site that day (from my former diary).
I took a fresh container of nectar each day to prevent fermentation of the fluid. I checked the data of the camera (sim card) late Saturday afternoon. I found the batteries of the camera had expired and there were no images or video. I replaced the batteries Saturday night.
My plan was to keep a low impact presence to the area for two weeks. I was going to check the camera data (after the duration) to see if I had recorded the bird. My plans were ruined on June 21st. I did not find out until the 22nd.
The video below shows the days I changed the nectar. The first day you will hear birds, the second segment you hear Cicada and Katydid, the third day was when the Power Association workers sprayed the site. There were a few birds and insects nearby when I changed the canister. I did not know the area had been sprayed.
At the 1:11 minute mark of the video, I am cutting down the canister. Notice there is no sound except the crunch of my foot steps (no birds or insect noises).
The data shown on the bottom of each segment are real numbers. I had set the date, time and temperature when I set up the camera. The 100+ temps are not “in the shade” but direct Sun light recordings. Imagine the humidity at 60% and this will give you an idea of how our last few weeks have felt.
I want you all to know, this is just a temporary set back. The bugs and birds will return and I will be there to assist (if I can) and monitor them. Mood music while we wait.
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