Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here and there

I love it when subjects start "talking" back. A little discourse is healthy.

And then comes the "payment" for posing....

Bath time after the rain. Goldfinches are getting their yellow coats.

I'm not sure that this 69th street raccoon is totally healthy, seems too thin. But raccoon is not bothering anyone,..... sleeping, sunning, disappearing back into den.

There were horticulturists along the West Drive between 66th and 72nd examining trees for signs of Asian longhorned beetle infestation. They do this in winter when there are no leaves so they can see the beetle entry holes. They found some signs of infestation, so I assume that some trees will be taken down in this area. Trees damaged by the beetle have round holes about a 1/2 inch in diameter and may have sawdust at the base of the tree. Sap may flow out of the holes. If signs of beetle infestation are seen the number to call is 1-800-554-4501, Ext. 72087 or 631-598-5943. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of this.

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