With the night time temps warming up the sugaring season may be coming to an end and I can't say I am sorry to see it end. As tasty as pure maple syrup is, it is truly a labor of love and Monday started week 5 of the season which includes many late nights during the week and longer weekends. On Saturday Bubba and I bottled up another 6 gallons which helped us get closer to the 60 gallon yearly average, down some from last years 101 gallons though. When you poor this stuff over your pancakes you quickly forget about those late nights and long weekends.
|Where the Magic happens - 30 gallons of sap per hour|
|Makes the time all worth while|
The activity at my bird feeders has really picked up over the past couple weeks with new visitors showing up which is a good sign spring is on the way as the birds start migrating back North. The newest visitors around my house were Red-winged blackbirds, American Goldfinches, Common Crackles, Mourning Doves and finally a couple of Robins. At one point I had 10 American Goldfinches enjoying my offerings at the same time. I think that is a record for me. The highlight though was a hawk that thought he would get an easy meal at my feeder. He didn't but came close twice. I'm not sure if it is a Coppers Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk as they are very similar and hard to differentiate. I do hope to see the Baltimore Orioles come back this spring.
|Coopers or Sharp-shinned Hawk?|
|This hefty 14"+ Rainbow took a size 18 Frenchie PT w/Orange Bead|
|This Rainbow trout took the size 18 Frenchie|
|Tiger Trout took the Rubber Legged Stone|
A little video from the release of the bigger rainbow. Looks like I need to work on my one handed video release technique though. This was taken using my Olympus TG-310.
My daughter and I even got a little archery practice in and man were we rusty. Not bad for a weekend outdoors. So what did you do this past weekend?