|Forest November Morning
View from house
This is what pattern 238 "Filtered Light" is about in the book A Pattern Language.
2009 Nikon D300 Active D-Lighting
California 7 July 09 The cloud like stuff is
the milk in the Milky Way
About a 1 second exposure in Nikon D300.
This is close to what you actually see, except your eye doesn't see the red.
Ukiah, California Mountain Mist view from front door
March 2011 dead Oak fell over
|Bump on Oak 1
|Bump on Oak 2
30 Jun 2011 6:48 pm sun into TV camera lens
|7 July 2011 Forest in the
|Weed Seed Nature's Velcro
(it sticks to clothing)
It's about 1/16" x 1/8"
Shown stuck to black shoe lace.
|20 Oct 2011 A couple of
Ultra Light aircraft flew between my property and the
South end of Lake Mendocino
Here's looking at you.
|Taken using the HDR Camera app in my
Motorola Electrify 2 cell phone.
|Cones on big fir tree Sep. 2013
|Sunset 12 Aug 2014
SEEM TO BE OUT OF BUSINESS Aug 2009
18 wheel trucks deliver to the left.
Forklift takes gondola to this building
or one of the other buildings.
The empty gondola comes out on this
track and an elevator like machine stacks
them 5 high ready for a forklift
to take to the empty storage yard.
California Western Railroad - Skunk Train - be sure to ask which engine you will be riding behind, not all trains use steam engines
Got Fruit - sells locally grown pears
Holiday Inn Express - Ukiah -
International Paper - Masonite Factory - Grinds up grungy logs and makes saw dust then forms saw dust into Masonite panels - closed 2001
InnEVations - Electric Vehicles
Irish Beach - has rental houses right on the coast, lots for sale, reservations highly recommended.
Jubilee Jumps - large outdoor rentals
Kirk Driving School -
Konoci Harbor - at Clear Lake has live music (tours)
Mendocino Hobbies -
The T Shirt People - Screen printing (T shirts) & Embroidery
Vichy Springs - just a few blocks from my house
Micro-BreweriesAnderson Valey Brewing Company - Boonville, Beer Links -Microphor - microflush toilets (2 quart), Roadside Weed Sprayer
Mendocino Brewing Company - Ukiah, home of Red Tail Ale - no tours so far
North Coast Brewing Company - Fort Bragg,
Ukiah Brewing Company - Ukiah - my page showing the equipment
Motorsports of Ukiah - Honda products
North Coast Power - solar power stuff
PATCHEN Inc. - Weedseaker, only sprays green weeds, not the dirt
Alternative Energy is in Hopland, about 15 minutes South on 101. As of 9/99 they are installing a 132 kW - 13,020 panel photovoltaic array - panels owned by Astro Power who is selling output to Green Mtn. Power on East Coast. After 15 years Real Goods (who is leasing land to AP) will own panels - Real Goods sells a full spec 120 Watt version of the AP panel. They also have wind generators, micro-hydro generators, efficient lights, etc.Retech - Manufacturers an increator that can reduce toxic waste into a safe byproduct. They hold about 17 Patents (search on assignee contains Retech and Inventor Contains Ukiah).
Rouge et Noir - Camembert, Brie, Schloss - all soft cheeses
Sea Ranch Lodge -
Sonoma Cheese Factory - fine Teleme, Jack and Cheeder cheeses
Suzette M. Cook - digital photography
USS Water Sprots - dive shop
Ukiah Daily Journal -
Nearby RestaurantsCharcuterie - in Healsburg, good food
Harbor Village Restaurant, Four Embarcadero Center, SF (415) 781-8833 - extremely high quality Cantonese food
Madrona Manor - very fine dining & an Inn
St.Orres Inn & Dining Room - found on Hwy 1 using GPS navigator (actual location is 38:47:33 N 123:33:41 W, 95') "fine dining & lodging"
Ukiah RestaurantsWalter Cafe
North State Cafe -
Romi's Brew & BBQ - Breakfast Menu.pdf - Lunch & Dinner Menu.pdf - (formerly Porter St. Grill - always been on Perkins St)
Branches- Bakery, Butcher shop, Irish Pub, Wine Bar, restaurant - Closed April 2012
December 11, 2012 now called Crush - the bakery & butcher shop are gone.
The bar/takeout menu is different from the dinner menu.
Butcher Shop (click to see big version)
Wine - Main Bar
Ceiling above main dining hall
International Paper - Masonite Factory - Grinds up grungy logs and makes saw dust then forms saw dust into Masonite panels - closed 2001
There are a number of other saw mills in Ukiah, more on them later.Logging Trucks deliver logs to the millTai Hei Shakuhachi - Japanese Bamboo Flutes by Monty H. Levenson
Lumber Trucks deliver the finished boards
Saw Dust-Wood Chip trucks deliver materials for other purposes like gardening
Ukiah Speedway - oval track
UPS- Cherry St., Ukiah, CA - Customer Counter - UPS has a Depot in Ukiah that serves ?Mendocino County?
Vichy Springs Resort & Mineral Springs -
WineriesNorth Coast Wine & Visitor CenterOther
Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association
Brutocao Cellars -
Claudia Springs -
Edmeades Vineyards - winemaker Van Williamson
Fetzer Vineyards -
Gabrielli Winery -
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards -
Handley Cellars -
Husch Vineyards -
Jeriko Estate Winery - Next door they are in the process of making a cave and pond for a new different winery
Lazy Creek Vineyards -
Martz Vineyards - winemaker Larry Martz
Mendo Net Listing of Wineries -
Navarro Vineyards - winemakers Ted Bennett & Deborah Cahn
Pacific Star Winery -
Pepperwood Springs Vineyards - 2003 changed to EsterlinaVineyards
Roederer Estate -
Scharffenberger Cellars -
Evden Enterprises - world class fully automated machine shop
Metal-FX - world class sheet metal shop
Munnell & Sherrill - 9/2008 just found they carry Devcon epoxy, haven't been there yet
Railway Engineering - makes turnouts and track related items for model railways that both look good and work
Zoégas Swedish coffee -
Moyer Construction-Water Hauling
Martin Moyer,2181 Road B
Redwood Valley, CA 95470 -Phone: (707) 485-8591
JanuaryPrune grapes and pears
Gardenia sprouting new leaves, Blossoms soon
Redwood empire Fair 2nd week of Aug
Third Saturday - "Early Iron Club" Hot Rod Show, either downtown or in the park: Photo1, Photo2, Photo3
City of Ukiah - 15,000 Population, county seat for Mendocino county.
Sonoma County Library Internet Branch -
County Museum - Willits -
Mendocino County Public Service Directory - Community Home Pages -
Ukiah Area California Highway Patrol -
Caltrans - California Dept. of Transportation -
Mendocino - Fort Brag: Things to see & do
Mendocino Junior College -
Mendocino Transit Authority - bus schedules
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens -
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum -
Point Cabrillo Light Station -
Willits Chamber of Commerce -
Mendocino County Government - Planning & Building - Inland Zoning code -
The Ukiah Airport is a general aviation airport that is also a home for:
Federal Express Office - 1329 S State St, Ukiah CA 95482 -Flies a single propeller freight plane on schedule to provide the same good service as they provide elsewhere
California Department of Forestry - CDF Aviation Management Program -In a rural area where it could take a long time for a fire truck to drive to the site of a fire, it is very comforting to know that the air attack units can be there in a matter of minutes.
Still photos taken 2001
Grumman S2 with radial engines, What a Sound & www.OV-10 Bronco.net
The S2 carries a mixture of water, red clay (for color), salt, and a sticky stuff like in napalm called Fire-Trol that comes in big cloth bags one bag to a pallett. It is mixed with water then pumped to the planes. You can see that the concrete below the planes has a red color. That's the Fire-Trol red color.
27 Aug 2012 CDF tail No. 90 & 91 Reloading
Each plane is loaded with 1,000 gallons of fire retardant.
I estimate the weight to be about 8,500 pounds.
In the past the S-2 bombers had 9 cylinder radial engines, now the S-2AT has turboprop engines. The Fire-Trol has been replaced by Phos-Chek retardant.
One bag of retardant is mixed with 10,000 gallons of water.
It takes about 2 minutes and 20 seconds to pump 1,000 gallons of retardant.
That requires a 500 GPM pump allowing for some pipe loss.
The person doing the loading is the "Loader" and the person controlling the plane is the Marshal or Ramp boss.
North Pass Fires
Mill Creek (Cow Mountain) Fire Attack plane landing at Ukiah
Cal Fire Maps
3 April 2013 Cal Fire Huey with water bucket just filled at Lake Mendocino
Indian Fire Lake County Air Attack planes over me 7 Aug 2013
24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for Lake Mendocino to get water.
Kaman K-MAX (Wiki) - can lift twice it's empty weight & twice what the Huey above can lift.
Counter rotating main blades, no tail rotators. Movable stub wing.
Designed to be an aerial truck. Marines called them the "Grasshopper". An unmanned version being developed.
Using the K-MAX for firefighting is a new service for Timberline Helicopters.
Air vehicle with rotary wing,Anton Flettner (Wiki), Apr 14, 1959, 244/6, 244/49 - instead of the 2 to 3 lbs/sq ft of normal
choppers this uses 6 to 10 times higher loading and about 5 to 10 times more power, hence has a higher lift capacity.
Unmanned K-MAX helicopter, Stalker XE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), and UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems work together to extinguish fire
24 May 2015
In the morning when the Sun is behind me.
Rented by the Feds for a fire
24 Jun 2015 GoodYear Blimp N10A (Wiki) flew over my house
12 July 2016
Boeing CH-47F Chinook C/N M.8406
tail No. 10-08406
13 July 2016 - another chopper looking for pot. UH-60 (Wiki). Notice all the special multi spectral sensors (Wiki).
The local law enforcement agencies train other agencies in how to hunt for pot grows, so some of these flights are actually
looking for pot while others may just be training flights. Marked United States Army
13 July 2016 - this guy flew below the tree line above the creek, never have seen that done before. A few minutes later he made a pass between me and the creek
Flying in the other direction
27 April 2017 - I can hear a chopper very close, but have not seen it.
B-17G 14 May 2013
Fig 1 side view
Fig 2 side view engines
Fig 3 engine close up
Fig 4 Norden Bomb Sight
Fig 5 B-17G s/n: 44-85740
Fig 6 Tail Gunners Sight
Turret gunners compensating sight
2399726 Apparatus for aiming guns, Fairchild Camera & Instrument, May 7 1946
Wiki: Reflector Sight, Gyroscopic Sight, Collimator sight - which is this sight?
Fig 7 R-1820 engine close up
Fig 8 Aluminum Overcast nose art
Fig 9 Aluminum Overcast nose art
Fig 10 Wheel well
Fig 11 Wheel well
Fig 12 Wheel well
Fig 13 Wheel well
Fig 14 Bomb bay
Fig 15 Bomb bay
Fig 16 Bomb bay looking at back of cockpit
Fig 17 Landing gear
Fig 18 Waist Gun
Fig 19 Tail view
Fig 20 Takeoff Video
Fig 21 HD Video
5 June 2015 Airport Day
In the morning heard various planes flying over my house, reminded me that today is airport day.
Event frequency 123.0 MHz
Fig 15 CarStar air ambulance
Fig 5 From Tower looking North
Fig 6 CalFire Huey to the South
Fig 7 Antenna Farm
Fig 9 Hiller Helicopter N91556 1952 UH-12B
Fig 20 NX4435T Yakovlev Yak-52?
Fig 10 NX4435T Yakovlev Yak-52?
Fig 19 N56642
1941 Consolidated Vultee BT-13A C/N 6097
Fig 11 N56642
1941 Consolidated Vultee BT-13A C/N 6097
Fig 8 Local Hanger Queen 1942 Vultee BT-13A
Fig 18 N56CU
1941 North American AT-6A C/N 786536
Fig 12 N56CU
1941 North American AT-6A C/N 786536
Fig 13 Biplane
Fig 16 P-51 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball Alice"
Fig 14 P-51 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball Alice"
Fig 4 P-51 Fly over
26 Aug 2015 ]
Maybe the same as Fig 11?
13 Sep 2015 N68GG - 1975 Bell 206b
Very smoky because of wild fires.
box sensor backage on bottom.
20 May 2017 - SAR Training
Ukiah Daily Journal: MCSO: Helicopter training at Lake Mendocino this weekend, trail access limited - "The joint training effort will use the National Guard CH47D Chinook, U/HH60 Blackhawk, UH72A Lakota, the Cal Fire UH1H Super Huey and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Bell 407 helicopters."
CH47D Chinook (Wiki)
UH72A Lakota (Airbus)
You see these at the hospital.
Cal Fire UH1H Super Huey
Bell 407 (Wiki)
You see these at the hospital.
16 July 2017 Ridgewood Fire
Fig 1 View out my front door 16 July 2017 - Smoke
Smoke is on the horizon, not close by
Fig 2 Cal Fire Huey N205BT
carrying water 17 July 2017 10:15:44am
This same chopper is circling
I don't think he can dump and reload
in a manner of minutes.
Fig 7 Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane w/ tank (Wiki) rather than bag
N4035S operated by Siller, Yuba City
14 Sep 2017
Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane w/ tank (Wiki) rather than bag Code: 749
Sikorsky S-64F Skycrane - Erickson Air-Crane N171AC Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane N229AC Code: 743
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane - Protezione Civile (Erickson Air-Crane)
Friday 29 Sep. 2017
About half a dozen planes were heard overhead,
then within a few minutes the below planes flew over.
Single prop low wing warbirds?
OV-10 Bronco (Wiki), CDF "110"
9 Oct 2017 - Redwood Valley & Potter Valley Fires
The below photos are maybe 1/4 of the flights that went within seeing/hearing of my house.
This has been the busiest few days I've seen/hears in the past 27 years.
There are duplicates, the photos are more or less in order left to right, top to bottom.
Taken very early Monday.
Just over hill from my house.
2: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 Sikorsky S-61A
Just caught it before it went behind house.
3: N947CH - 1990 CH47D
10 Oct 2017
4: Croman 96W N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King
5: single 4-blade rotor orange bag
6: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
11 Oct 2017 -
7: N212HP - 1979 Bell 212 Huey
8: CDF "96"
9: N947CH - 1990 TANDEM ROTOR LLC CH47D
When line to bag is almost vertical, like this one, it's full.
10: N612CK - 1962 SH-3H Sikorsky Sea King
If line to bag is almost horizontal, like this one, it's empty.
12: N212HP - 1979 Bell 212 Huey
13: N212HP - 1979 Bell 212 Huey
14: the bird is far from the chopper
Single 4-blade rotor orange bag
15: - N229H1 ?
Single 2-blade rotor red/orange bag
16: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
17: CDF96 - N440DF - S-2F3AT
18: CDF90 - N434DF - S-2F3AT
19: Corman N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King
single 5-blade rotor
20: CDF?? - N438DFS - 2F3AT
25: Medial N3? N5? Single 3-blade rotor
26: CDF85 - N438DF - S-2F3AT
27: CDF83 - N424DF - S-2F3AT
28 Croman N612CK - 1962 SH-3H Sikorsky Sea King
29: CDF96 - N440DF - S-2F3AT
30: CDF88 - N426DF - 1999 S-2F3AT
31: CDF94 - N404DF - S2F-1
32: CDF 94 - N404DF - S2F-1
33: CDF94 -N442DF - 2005 S-2F3AT
34: CDF 85 - N438DF - S-2F3AT
35: CDF9? - N?
36: Croman 192 -
37: 1965 Croman 103 - SH-3H - N613CK
38: Firehawk N135BH - 1987 Sikorsky S70A-27
39: Single 2-blade rotor orange bag
12 Oct 2017
41: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 SIKORSKY S-61A
42: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
43: N612CK - 1962 SH-3H Sikorsky Sea King
44: N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King
45: N212HP - 1979 Bell 212 Huey
Single 2-blade rotor
46: same? as 9: N947CH - 1990 TANDEM ROTOR LLC CH47D
twin 3-blade rotors
47: N31MH 1988 Aerospatiale AS350B
48: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
49: Croman N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King
50: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 SIKORSKY S-61A
51: N22EA Bell 206B
52: Croman 96W N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King 5-blade rotor
53: 1965 Croman 103 - SH-3H - N613CK
54: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 Sikorsky S-61A 5-blade rotor
55: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
56: N947CH - 1990 TANDEM ROTOR LLC CH47D twin 3-blade rotors
57: 1965 Croman 103 - SH-3H - N613CK
58: N31MH 1988 Aerospatiale AS350B "RESCUE" 3-blade rotor
59:N22EA Bell 206B 2-blade rotor
60: ? 2-blade rotor
61: N612CK - 1962 SH-3H Sikorsky Sea King
Croman 702 6-blade rotor
62: N947CH - 1990 TANDEM ROTOR LLC CH47D twin 3-blade rotors
63: N31MH 1988 Aerospatiale AS350B "RESCUE"
65: CDF 91 N428DF S-2F3AT
66: CDF 95 N448DF S-2F3AT
67: Private 1-prop plane @ hi altitude
68: Croman 96W N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King
69: N229? 2-blade rotor
70: CDF 9?
71: CDF 9?
72: N793HT Helicopter Transport No. 793
73: CDF 95 N448DF S-2F3AT
74: CDF ?0
75: CDF 9?
76: CDF 95 N448DF S-2F3AT
77: Firehawk N1399?
78: Croman N626CK - 1963 Sikorsky S-61N Sea King 5-blade rotor
79: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 Sikorsky S-61A 5-blade rotor
80: CDF "95B" N7095B - Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
81: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 Sikorsky S-61A 5-blade rotor
82: Firehawk N135BH - 1987 Sikorsky S70A-27
83: N9696W - Withrotor 96W 1960 Sikorsky S-61A 5-blade rotor
85: N947CH - 1990 TANDEM ROTOR LLC CH47D twin 3-blade rotors
86: 2-blade rotor
92: N22EA Bell 206B
13 Oct 2017
200: N22EA Bell 206B
201: 17 Oct 2017Eurocopter EC145 (Wiki)
18 Oct 2017Twin prop plane at least 5 rows of seats
CalStar - photo Helicopter ambulance (Ukiah Photo - N623MB)
Sheriff's HelicoptersUKI - Ukiah Muni Airport - Air Nav informationAirport CommunicationsYokayo Elementary School - Airport web page -
WX AWOS-3: 134.750 MHz (707-462-7005)
WX AWOS-2 at 1O2 (16 nm SE): 118.35 MHz (707-262-0380)
COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDED BY UKIAH RADIO ON FREQ 123.6 & 255.4. MHz
APCH/DEP SERVICE PROVIDED BY OAKLAND ARTCC ON FREQS 127.8/353.5 MHz (UKIAH RCAG).
Nearby radio navigation aids
VOR radial/distance VOR name Freq Var
------------------- ----------------------- ------ ---
ENIr022/5.5 MENDOCINO VORTAC 112.30 MHz 16E
NDB name Hdg/Dist Freq Var ID
-------------------------- -------- ---- --- -------------------
LAMPSON 282/16.7 217 16E LOP .-.. --- .--.
I think Lampson is long gone, replaced by
UKiah 371 kHz UK ..- -.-
Ukiah Prop BustersThis is an airport for Model Airplanes, it's just South of Ukiah surrounded by vinyards.Accident
NTSB Acd # Date Location Regi Make Model Severity
LAX04FA093 Apr 04, 2004 Ukiah, CA N4130D Piper PA-32R-301T Fatal
KUKI 1400 AM -Station Data - tower near N. State St. & CA101
KOZT 95.3 & 95.9 FM - Mendocino has a lot of rock musicians, great programming, on the coast in Fort Bragg
K-wine 94.5 FM - Adult Contemporary
KZYX 90.7 FM & KZYZ 91.5 FM - PBS with a great variety of programing
KMFB - 92.7 coast 96.7 Ukiah valley - oldies
KMKX - 93.5 classic and new rock
Radio Frequencies -CHP -
California municipal radio frequencies by Michael Sattler -
CDF Frequency List -
California - Ukiah Scanner Frequencies - note 10,525 & 24,150 MHz are police radar frequencies
Mendocino County - Geographic Information -
around my House - Deer, Turkeys, Chicks, Rabbits, Squirrels (they bark), Quail (they click), Dove, Bear (they get into the garbage), Rattle snake, brightly colored millipead, Raccoons and all kinds of birds, Buzzards, Old Oak Root Fungus, New Oak Root Fungus (Or is it something else? firstname.lastname@example.org) Bats.
4 Dec 2006 - Tried using an ultrasonic converter to listen for bats at dusk (5:30 pm) but did not hear any. They are not active when it's cold, but in the summer they are.
||Cone shaped head with white
on both sides and a tail that's curled down in a vertical
plane. Walks slowly. Just under 3 feet long.
Didelphis marsupialis---the Virginia opossum. It's a long way from home.
head at left.
||When I took photo saw body, but not head.|
||When indoor plants like
Gardenias or Orchids are placed by the master bath window
that faces south east they get morning sun and do
well. Photo on left is of a Red Dove orchid in bloom
for the second time.
June 2007 same orchid has two flower stalks this year.
|Experiment stacking two
images to improve focus using CS4
|Violet Wild Flower
||Growing wild outside back
door intermixed with California Poppies.
|White Water Lily Lotus
at forest end of tub
| Red Water Lily Lotus
at house end of tub
|Olive Harvest 2013
9 Nov 2013 the Mission and Manzanillo olives were picked and taken to Olivino in Hopland, California to make olive oil. The oil was picked up the next day. They used the blade crusher rather than the stone mill because of the type of olive and how ripe they were. See the Olivino Mill web page
for an explanation of the various machines used on the olives. They use Vitone olive processing equipment.
|Azolla growing in pond aka: Mosquito fern (Wiki)
Leaves float, long parts are roots.
maybe each clump s 1/4" across. Covered all of the surface of pond.
|27 Oct 2017 - Oak Root Fungus
||27 Oct 2017 -mushrooms
7 May 2008 a couple of bucks that are borthers and less than one year old
10May14 Fawn 4 days old
10May14 Nursing Fawn 4 days old
Maybe around December a deer was found dead behind my garage. No sign of injury or other cause of death. It was moved about 10 feet away and although the outside temperature was near freezing some turkey vultures had a meal or two.
Then the carcass disappeared.
1 May for the first time since winter I was walking on the gravel covered path around my house and there were most of the deer bones, all white and clean. I think they are so well preserved because of being on the gravel. In cases where they are in the dirt they tend to vanish.
I'm 99% sure a bear dragged the carcass and then eat what meat there was. Later maggots cleaned the bones.
Buck at Salt Lick
two fawns in back yard 18 Sep 2011
19 Oct 2014 Buck
Photo taken through beveled glass front door
Oct 2016 Buck - probably the one who broke Coyote Bush.
Note 2 new points at lower right.
14 Oct 2017 - old 6 point buck in back yard
Looks like the same buck of Oct 2016 (above right)
Notice that all 3 buck photos were taken in October (2014, 2016 & 2017)
Turkey Vulture in front yard 8 Apr 2014
Turkey Vultures in front yard 25 Mar 2015
California Towhee (Wiki) Aug 2013
Northern Flicker (Wiki) Dec 2013
Pileated Woodpecker (maybe 10" tall?)
basis for Woody Woodpecker
Woodpecker eating seeds?
Purple Finch (female)?
13 Oct 2014 New small Nyger seed bird feeder & new Lesser Goldfinchs
three birds in photo (click on photo for larger image)
Sprouted Nyger seeds
30 Mar 2015 Squirrel eating from sunflower seed bird feeder
Cracking sunflower seed and eating
Can climb fence as fast as a tree
After awhile the squirrel climbed down and moved
away maybe ten feet. A couple of ring neck pidgins
landed on the post six feet away and the squirrel
came back and claimed the seeds. Later the pidgins
were on the ground below the feeder eating the
Rear feet hold fence, front feet hold birdfeeder
Brewer's Black Bird 3 May 2015
Squirrel's eat more seeds than the birds.
This is the first time I've seen them on the
feeder at the right with the yellow seeds on the right.
In the past they have only gone after the
Sunflower seeds on the left.
Tried moving the sunflower seed feeder to a stand along
pole, but the squirrel climbed up the pole like an inch worm.
26 Oct 2017
So added the cone and thought that solved the problem, but NO.
I'm guessing he jumped from the ground to above the cone.
Will try raising the cone.
Salamander (Wiki) on driveway after rain
Turkeys were making a lot of noise, but by the time I got the Nikon D300s with the 300mm Lens and tripod outside they were just leaving. Over 100 feet away.
June 2014 Bear photographed next door & Bear Scat in my backyard.
Taken at neighbor's place
2014 Deer in the Forest Eaten by Vultures & Bear - YouTube -
30 Aug 2016 Bear here
IMBD), this was a full sized lion. Looking to my left where the sound came from all I could see was black forest since the setting Sun was to the lion's back.
Wasp Nest 30 May 2008 (Wiki, paper wasp)
They make new nests in the spring when water, mud and plant material is available. They do not reuse last year's nest.
These are under the second story eves, a location very hard to get to be any predator.
Wasp Nest Under Construction
Last Year's now empty Wasp Nest
Mud Dauber (Wiki)
mud dauberes make their nest on the ground.
Paper wasps make there nest under the eaves.
AntsWhen confronted with indoor ants I tried Raid Double Control baits, but the ants seemed to recognize them and stay away, not one ant had gone inside after many hours. You can see the active area has not one ant in photo at left although there are at least 16 ants in the photo. Using the ant identification guide at U.C. Davis showed that these were Odorous House Ants and that I needed either Fipronol or Hydramethylnon baits. After trying 4 local stores Combat Source Kill was found with Hydramethylnon. Ants gone in a couple of days. Combat Source Kill is made under U.S. patent 4563836 which covers the design of the bait, not the chemical used.
Once you know what type of ant you have THEN look up which bait has the needed active ingredient using
Table 2 lists common names and what active ingredient they have.
Within a few days the ant population was noticeably lower and after about a week there were no ants to be seen in the house.
This ant stake (all of them?) contains hydramethylnon and is the recomended ingrediant for an ant bait for the Pavement Ant that's here 4 Sep 2010. Used a toothpick to stir some water into the bait and wiped it on the wall next to the spot where they were coming into the house. Within an hour the swipe was covered with ants. After four hours there are still ants at the bait, as shown in the photo.
2 Apr 2011
These ants appear to have a white flower pointing forward. It's like an inverted umbrella and they can carry it open or furled. There were thousands of them migrating toward the Sun on 31 Aug 2012.
In this photo there are at least 3 flower ants. One at the left center with the flower furled (point at left). One at the center with the flower open, and one just below where the flower looks like a cylinder (not pointed).
Our Curator Assistant, Stefan Cover, identified the ants thus:
The ants look like Messor andrei to me, a common California harvesting ant. The ants in the picture are carrying seeds.
Professor Edward O. Wilson | Harvard University | Museum of Comparative Zoology | 26 Oxford Street | Cambridge MA 02138-2902 | FAX 617-495-1224
Bath Drain Bugs
There insects (6 legs) seem to move from the bathtub drain.
about 10 mm overall length.
What are they? Let me know.
Beetle on Driveway
What are they? Let me know.
Probably Soldier beetles (Wiki)
Largus Cinctus (Bug Guide)
27 Sep 2013 - moth (Wiki) lands on stapler and poses for photo op
FrogsThere's a pond in the fenced part of the back yard and this time of year (April 2016) they croak, sometimes all night. This frog is about an inch long and somehow he got into the kitchen and on top of the hot water pot.
Frog on Hot Water Pot in kitchen
Coyote Bush (Wiki)
October 2016 Some animal broke a few branches. Then a day or two later more branches were broken. Then some days later more branches broken and a smaller nearby bush had it's branches broken.
I haven't seen other plants broken like this before. What animal and why? Let me know.
One idea is that this is a narrow passage between a fence and steep slope, so a bear walking on all for legs might just step on the bush, but no signs of scat nearby.
Another idea is that it's been cold (40s F) at night and the deer may be in rut (Wiki). But why break only the Coyote bush?
Grace Hudson Museum -
NAS - Peregrine Audubon Chapter - Local Bird Sightings -
Mendocino Environmental Center - Mendocino County Environmental Groups -
Mendocino Lost and Found - Mendocino County's Metal Detecting Club
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County - a public resource for community philanthropy
Many years ago there was a government Lattitude observatory here in Ukiah on Observatory road. It was one of a handful of observatories characterizing the wobble of the Earth. It had a mederian telescope and the elevation angle of stars was measured at the precise time that they crossed the meridian. The night sky here is still awesome.
Ukiah Astronomical Society -Yahoo U-A-S listserver web page: stars-r-us.com
Taylor Planetarium and Observatory - Lake County
Pacific Internet - This is where my web pages are hosted - www.ukiah.com
Mendocino Community Network - Directory -
JPS net -
MendoLake Online - web services & local links
Ukiah Valley Medical Center -
Bobcat - skid-steer loaders - small sizes don't accept many accesories
Kubota - they own the small tractor market - Lampson Tractor, North Bay TractorB7300 - 16 HP - 12.5 HP@PTO - Bush Hog: 662H backhoe, 1846QT loader, PHD2101 Post Hose Digger, RTS series of rotary tillersBush Hog - Makes front loaders, back hoe, tiller, post hole digger, etc. attachments
B2100 - 21 HP
B2400 - 24 HP
Rainbow Ag on Perkins st - John Deere tractors -
John Deere - Gator -
Kawasaki - Mule -
AGCO -used to make Allis Chalmers - I had a B12 (12 hp) with front loader & tiller
Single Axle TractorThese are also known by many other names.
In Taiwan you see these on the side of the road with a large trailer filled with agricultural products. I'm sure that in the field other attachments are used.
UN - Single axle Tractors -
Two-wheel tractor (Wiki)
They are much more maneuverable than a four wheel tractor.
MakersBCS - America - YouTube - claim to be the largest single axle maker in Europe (in Italy since 1940) 5.5 to 13 HP models
Earth Tools - carries BCS & Grillo - YouTube -
Grillo Italy - Australia - YouTube
DONGFENG - Power Tiller/Two-wheel Tractor -
Gravely - Rapid series 9 to 20 HP
Kamco - 3.5 HP and lower
Mingsin - Walking Tractor
Siam Kubota - user hostile web pages - NC+ Dual Clutch : 980mm (about 1 meter dia) cage wheel for rice paddy - YouTube
VST Tillers - 8 to 13 HP tillers
Yanmar power tiller - YouTube - some are monsters with ride behind
Hezhengfeng - single vertical tine tiller
Chain SawWhen you live in a forest a chain saw is one of the common tools. SAFETY is very important!
Aug 2009 - need chain saw (my old McCullough was given away some years ago) since there are now more dead trees both still standing and laying on the ground. The trees are mostly under 8" diameter so a chain saw that's gas powered, light and with a short bar would be much easier to use than a big lumber jack type. After a lot of searching I found the Echo CS-330T.
It came with a small bottle of 2-stroke oil (enough to make 1 gallon), a bunch of manuals, a combination tool, and an anti-kick-back tip. In addition I bought a 2 gallon gas container, spare chain, 5/32" chain file, chain oil. When the chain gets dull I'll swap chains and sharpen the dull one.
In the photo the chain is too loose. The anti-kick-back bar tip has not been installed for a few reasons: (1) it prevents plunge cuts and (2) with a blade this short the actual remaining cutting length is very short, (3) may lead to jamming (not chain but tip and saw body).
Note: it takes some force pulling back on the red chain lock to free the chain but only a slight forward force to lock the chain.
Note: The grease guns for lubing the chain wheel at the tip of the bar could not be found after searching a number of the local stores that sell chain saws and the manual does no mention a need to grease the wheel, so I'm hoping it will be OK without grease.
This is a 17 1/4" x 11 1/4" x 6 inch box modified
to hold the chain saw and all it's related accessories except for the gas.
The box is a size that happens to fit well on the
storage shelving I use. By using a box this size much more can be stored on the same set of shelves.
Starting TipAfter sitting for over a year my McCullough chain saw would not start. Removing the spark plug showed small water drops. The fix was to use canned air and blow dry the plug and also the cylinder. After that a few pulls on the starting cord with the plug out to clear out the cylinder and it started on the first pull after the plug was installed.
DirtIf the chain touches dirt is will dull. This applies even when stopped, i.e. the oil will hold the dirt and at the next cut the dirt will dull the blade. If a running blade touches dirt it will instantly become dull.
The there is an inlet off of the Russian River where soil setteles out. In the past they used an excavator to remove the dirt so that it could be trucked away, now they have a tower machine with an engine at it's base.
Bear Cat - 73350, 73265 & 73455 have 3 speeds forward
Troy Bilt - manual push only
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