Attract Hole-nesting Birds

first_imgIf you want a bluebird and get a Carolina wren, what can you do? What if you hoped fora chickadee and got a crested flycatcher?You can apply some wildlife management knowledge to put the odds on your side.In the case of squirrels versus the screech owl, the squirrels could take the housefrom the owl if they wanted to. A grey squirrel far outweighs a screech owl. And besides,squirrels sometimes eat nestling birds.Both creatures will use a nest box with a three-inch-diameter hole.To favor a screech owl, have the hole in front. To make it easier for a squirrel toenter, put the hole on the side next to the tree trunk.Mounting a nest box on an isolated tree or a post makes it less appealing to squirrels.They would rather come home by jumping from branch to branch than by running along theground.You can increase the chances of getting your favorite bird by putting up lots of birdhouses. That’s because most cavity-nesting birds are territorial.Once you have a crested flycatcher in residence, it will prevent other crestedflycatchers from moving in nearby. The flycatcher needs to guard a sufficient area to findflying insects for its young.A bluebird has a different feeding strategy. It gets its insects primarily from theground, so it doesn’t compete with the flycatcher.A flycatcher will allow a bluebird to occupy a nearby bird box. A chickadee will allowa tufted titmouse to nest nearby but not another chickadee, and so forth.There are exceptions to the territorial rule. Purple martins and house sparrows, forinstance, remain gregarious during the nesting season.Where you put the next box is important. Some birds prefer a nest box up high in thetree. Others seek a box on a post.The size of the hole can be important. It’s easier to select for small birds than largeones. A large hole admits a wider range of species. A small hole limits the choice to onlysmall birds.A bluebird needs a hole at least one and one-half inches. A tufted titmouse can enter aone-and-a-quarter-inch hole. A chickadee can thrive in a house with aone-and-an-eighth-inch hole.Squirrels may enter a house designed for a small bird. They do this by chewing theirway in. To prevent this, cut the correct-size hole in a tin can lid and nail it over thehole.A birdhouse hole doesn’t have to be round. A triangular hole will do just fine and is alot easier to make. Just cut a 60-degree notch at the top of the board in the front ofyour birdhouse. Put the roof board on, and there’s your hole.Spring is a good time to install nest boxes in your backyard wildlife habitat.For free birdhouses specifications, send a letter to: Jeff Jackson, Forest WildlifeSpecialist, Cooperative Extension Service, 4-404 School of Forest Resources, TheUniversity of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. “We put up a nest box for squirrels, and a screech owl moved in. How do we run itoff so we can have squirrels?”To me, that seems like a bizarre request. But that’s the question Wes Smith, theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service director in Quitman County, was asked recently.Most wildlife lovers would rather have the owl. Screech owls are far scarcer and muchmore interesting to me than the squirrels.This question is an unusual example of a common problem. If you put up a nest box forbackyard wildlife, how do you get your heart’s desire to move in?last_img read more

Idaho seeks revenge on EWU

first_imgIdaho seeks revenge on EWU February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditIdaho (6-17, 2-10) vs. Eastern Washington (16-7, 9-3)Reese Court, Cheney, Washington; Thursday, 10:45 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Idaho seeks revenge on Eastern Washington after dropping the first matchup in Moscow. The teams last went at it on Jan. 16, when the Eagles outshot Idaho 49.1 percent to 45.9 percent and hit eight more 3-pointers en route to the 78-75 victory. SUPER SENIORS: Idaho’s Trevon Allen, Marquell Fraser and Quinton Forrest have collectively scored 47 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 83 percent of all Vandals scoring over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Eagles have allowed only 72.3 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 79.6 per game they allowed in non-conference play.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Allen has made or assisted on 48 percent of all Idaho field goals over the last three games. Allen has accounted for 26 field goals and four assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Idaho is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 6-6 when scoring at least 65.PERFECT WHEN: Eastern Washington is a perfect 12-0 when the team blocks at least four opposing shots. The Eagles are 4-7 this season when they block fewer than four shots.center_img Associated Press DID YOU KNOW: Eastern Washington is rated seventh nationally by scoring 81.6 points per game this year. Idaho has only averaged 65.6 points per game, which ranks 278th.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

To Nationals from Astros, Will Harris becomes teammate from rival as deal agreed

first_img Sreehari Menon Will Harris was one of the top remaining relievers on the free-agent market and the Washington Nationals have landed him with a sizable investment. Harris will be 38 when the contract expires. There are no additional options at the end of it. The right-hander will straightaway become one of the top arms in Washington’s bullpen, which was a severe weakness this past season. Though Will Harris has a long track record of success, a three-year commitment is significant considering that the righty turned 35 last August. Only two other relievers Drew Pomeranz and Will Smith received three or more guaranteed years in free agency this off-season. Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Rangers Chase Ozuna, Braves Contemplate Donaldson ReunionMLB trade rumours: Nationals unlikely to pursue Daniel Hudson after Will Harris captureThe Will Harris deal means the Washington Nationals are unlikely to pursue Hudson, a free agent who expressed a desire to come back to Washington. The Nationals were not willing to pay Daniel Hudson for more than two years and $10 million, according to sources. Hudson was looking for something close to the two-year, $14 million deal reliever Chris Martin signed with the Atlanta Braves in November.Also Read: MLB: Gio Gonzalez Adds To Chicago White Sox’s Rotation After Signing $5 Million DealMLB trade rumours: Will Harris adds significant depth to the NationalsAfter re-signing Howie Kendrick, Stephen Strasburg and Yan Gomes, Will Harris represents the first significant new face to join the Nationals this off-season.  The bullpen was undeniably a substantial need for the Nationals, who also have to fill posts at third base (after Anthony Rendon’s exit), second base, and first base, though Kendrick will be deployed around the infield in some manner and star prospect Carter Kieboom is expected to play a more prominent role in 2020. Clearly there aren’t any hard feelings on Harris’ part and the Nationals are undoubtedly happy to add such a highly-touted reliever to their bullpen.Also Read: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Up Socrates Brito, Miguel Del Pozo And Phillip Evans Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 18:31 IST To Nationals From Astros, Will Harris Becomes Teammate From Rival As Deal Agreed Washington Nationals have added a significant name to their bullpen, snapping up Will Harris from rivals Houston Astros in a reported $24 million deal. The Major League Baseball (MLB) off-season is in full swing and Washington Nationals have made a further foray into the trade market. The Nationals have reportedly snapped up Will Harris on a 3-year deal. The contract is worth $24 million as per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.Also Read: MLB’s Weirdest Trade Throwback To Two Top Yankees Pitchers Swapping Their Wives In 1972MLB trade rumours: Will Harris joins rivals Washington Nationals COMMENT Written By First Published: 3rd January, 2020 18:31 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook clinches third straight triple-double season

first_img“It’ll hit me at some point,” Westbrook told reporters afterward, when asked about the trio of triple-doubles. “Like it’s gonna hit everybody else in this room, too.”Thunder teammate Paul George has already pondered the accomplishment.”He’ll go down as a Hall of Famer, one of the best,” George said (via ESPN). Nobody, I don’t believe, will be able to match that or beat that. You’ve got to be wired a certain way on a nightly basis to be able to compete at that level. He’s special.”OKC coach Billy Donovan echoed those thoughts. And just like that, Westbrook will now average a triple-double for the third straight season.Before Westbrook’s first triple-double season a couple of years ago, no one had performed the feat since 1962, when Oscar Robertson became the first player in league history with the achievement. Related News NBA wrap: Magic put on stunning offensive performance, move up in playoff race Russell Westbrook has done it again.The Thunder point guard had 15 assists in a 123-110 win over the Pistons Friday night. Just another typical Westbrook performance in that category, yet that outing means he will now average at least 10 assists per game this season. “I think the fact that he has done this three years in a row, people don’t understand what has happened, in my opinion,” Donovan said. “And I’m shocked that they don’t talk about it. And I know they’re numbers, and I get all that stuff, but in terms of the historic part of the game, people are going to look back in time, and I think what he has done will be more appreciated later on than it is right now.”Westbrook is now averaging 22.9 points,11.1 rebounds and 10.6 assists this season. There’s not a statistic for “incredible plays,” but he performed one Friday night with this no-look assist to Steven Adams.T-Ferg is all of us right now.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 6, 2019″[I’m] just blessed,” Westbrook said. “I do what I do every single night, regardless of what anybody says, what they call it, what they say.”last_img read more