Waldo News

By Tom Seymour | Oct 05, 2018

tomgseymour@gmail.com

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Susan Lauchlan and Deb Burwell have compiled a list of names, addresses and phone numbers for residents of East Waldo Road. Thanks to Susan and Deb for this service.

I must note that 90 percent of the names on the list are unfamiliar to me. My memory runs back to a time when I had only two or three neighbors on the entire road. It still strikes me as odd to drive along and see new mailboxes at every turn. Also, posting, a dubious practice that goes hand-in-hand with development, has also become rampant. It’s a different world we live in, at least it seems that way to me.

Under the feeder

Several different sparrows regularly hop about in front of my house, picking seeds from grasses and weeds. Sparrows rank among the most difficult of birds for me to identify. Subtle differences between species, along with a mix of immature and mature individuals, make it hard to figure out who is who.

But at least I can definitely report that song sparrows, white-throated sparrows and American tree sparrows number among sparrows seen at my place.

Although many wild seeds remain available to songbirds, a bit of suet always helps. Any time, now, will make a good time to hang out suet feeders for the upcoming winter season.

Space station

Despite increasing development, the town of Waldo continues to enjoy clear nighttime skies. The Milky Way stands out as a dazzling, heavenly highway and even deep-space objects come to clarity in a pair of binoculars.

One thing we can count on seeing is the International Space Station. To learn when the ISS passes overhead, just go to the NASA website and sign up for ISS alerts. You’ll get regular notices in your inbox as to ISS passes.

Also, the site will tell the duration of the pass and the number of degrees above the horizon to look for the station. It’s fun, exciting and takes only a few minutes. The ISS is plainly visible to the naked eye and it appears far brighter than any star or planet. So if you haven’t yet seen it, make it a point to check out the manned space laboratory orbiting our planet.

Pa’tridge prediction

Still recovering from surgery, I am unable to push through the brush in search of pa’tridge and woodcock. Upland bird hunting ranks as my favorite sport and it truly bothers me not to get out now.

But from a knowledge of how climate and weather conditions affect wild game, I can say that not only should this be a good year for grouse, or pa’tridge, but also for woodcock. My friend Russ Arnold even reports flushing a native (born here, as opposed to one that flew down from the north) woodcock last week.

So all of you who are able, I suggest getting out among the old orchards, alder covers, field edges and hedgerows. I certainly would if I could.

Weekly quote

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” — Anon.

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