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Hovering around freezing last few days in Vancouver, had a lovely overnight snow to give us the gift of a white Christmas we're going into deep freeze over the next few days, currently forecasted to be flirting with 0 Fahrenheit in a couple of nights, virtually unheard of here.

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On 12/24/2021 at 8:45 PM, Kevin said:

Call all northerners, calling all northerners! Weather reports please? It was almost 90 today here.

It hit 69 degrees in my neighborhood today, which is 20 or more degrees above average for the date. It was nice to be outdoors birding. Tomorrow will be cooler.

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4 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

What's a 'new year bird count'?

Not sure how widespread the event is, but a nature preserve not too far from us is holding their 40th new year bird count on Jan 1st. Apparently groups of birders go out during the morning to record bird species, and help the preserve start off their annual bird list.

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We’ve been under an extreme cold warning the last few days or so… It’s been below -20c for about 2 weeks now. Lots of snow everywhere. 
This morning it was -41c and it’s going to get to a balmy -28c later. Been hovering around the low -30s for about 4 days now and supposed to stay that way for a few more. Cars don’t start, and eyelids freeze shut… You can throw boiling water into the air and it will just turn into mist.

Needless to say I’ve been doing lots of backyard birding. 

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Just now, Kevin said:

How do you have that much time?!?!? I am way to busy for that. 

For example today I milked the cow, ate breakfast, butchered a llama the rest of the morning, till 12:30, ate lunch, worked on the barn(me and my dad are building it), milked again, and now am typing this(I suppose I could be editing photos right now, hmm.).

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18 hours ago, Kevin said:

For example today I milked the cow, ate breakfast, butchered a llama the rest of the morning, till 12:30, ate lunch, worked on the barn(me and my dad are building it), milked again, and now am typing this(I suppose I could be editing photos right now, hmm.).

Sounds like my childhood - only we never ate the 2 llamas, just all the other critters. You milking by hand? 

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1 hour ago, Kevin said:

Yes, us and another family, also a calf, so we need not milk twice a day, every day.

You got that figured out!  Pen the calf up at night, milk in the morning, and then let the calf have it all day. Bingo - depending on the cow you should have more than enough milk for a couple of families and only be tied down to milking once a day plus getting a much healthier calf. Once the calf is big enough you can even go on vacation once in a while - the calf never minds being turned loose to pig out for a few days :classic_smile:

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5 hours ago, SirVive said:

2 llamas,

That baffles me. how do you know we have only ever butchered two llamas? We did the first one only a few weeks ago, and the second one just yesterday, and I don't member ever mentioning the first one? 

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1 hour ago, SirVive said:

depending on the cow you should have more than enough milk for a couple of families and only be tied down to milking once a day plus getting a much healthier calf.

We don't know how much milk she is going to produce yet(we have a Jersey), this was here first calf, and we have been milking her twice a day currently to get her production up. 

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7 hours ago, Kevin said:

That baffles me. how do you know we have only ever butchered two llamas? We did the first one only a few weeks ago, and the second one just yesterday, and I don't member ever mentioning the first one? 

:classic_cool: with my trusty spotting scope. 

 

JK , I was saying we had 2 llamas for many years but never ate them -  the pigs, chickens, cows, etc were another story. Oh yeah, and never ate the dogs or cats either.

 

I milked 1-2 cows by hand every day from the time I was about 8 till I was working full-time in my late teens. Gives you good forearms 💪   I don't necessarily miss the every day chores but I do miss a good milking once in awhile.

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We ended up getting 124 species for our small zone I was doing for the South Marin CBC yesterday, a really good total for the zone. I would share the ebird trip report but one of the other team members made it and it’s  set to private. 

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2 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I would share the ebird trip report but one of the other team members made it and it’s  set to private.

Huh?  Does that person plan on sharing it after confirming the numbers?  This is why I always keep my own eBird list; I can always delete it if the collective effort is shared.

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