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Monday, December 3, 2012

SURPRISE VISIT FROM PILEATED WOODPECKER AND 'DUST IN THE WIND' (KNOCK KNOCK WHO'S THERE PHOTO BLOG)


Hi Everybody!!
I found a woodpecker this weekend! These live here year round. Their numbers are down some, but they survived whatever got the smaller birds. I am zeroing in on what I think got the little birds: a chemical cloud mixture with pesticides. (You will see below). Anyway, come on in and take a break. I have nice surprises for You!!




























http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pileated_Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in the United States, excepting the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Pileated Woodpecker
male Dryocopus pileatus in a tree
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Piciformes
Family:Picidae
Genus:Dryocopus
Species:D. pileatus
Binomial name
Dryocopus pileatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Description

Adults are 40 to 49 cm (16 to 19 in) long, span 66 to 75 cm (26 to 30 in) across the wings and weigh 250 to 400 g (8.8 to 14 oz), with an average weight of 300 g (11 oz). Each wing measures 21.4 to 25.3 cm (8.4 to 10.0 in), the tail measures 14 to 17.4 cm (5.5 to 6.9 in), the bill is 4.1–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in) and the tarsus measures 3.1–3.8 cm (1.2–1.5 in).[2][3] They are mainly black with a red crest, and have a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. The flight of these birds is strong and direct but has an undulating quality, similar to the relatively unique flight-style of all woodpeckers. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat, in adult females these are black.[4] Two species found in the Old World, the White-bellied and Black Woodpeckers are closely related and occupy the same ecological niche in their respective ranges that the Pileated occupies in North America.[2] The only North American birds of similar plumage and size are theIvory-billed Woodpecker of the Southeastern United States and Cuba, and the related Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico. However, unlike the Pileated, both of those species are extremely rare, if not extinct. Most reports of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker are believed to be erroneous reports of the far more common Pileated.

Female searching for insects
The call is a loud, far-carrying laugh, sometimes described as a "jungle bird" call due its wild, un-fettered quality. The Northern Flicker, which is very different looking and weighs about half as much as a Pileated, has a similar-sounding call but has a weaker voice. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer.

[edit]Subspecies

Up to four subspecies of Pileated Woodpeckers have been recognized historically. However, many authors only recognize two subspecies, the southernly D. p. pileatus and the northerly D. p. abieticola, and the differences between the other two subspecies other than range are not well described. Generally, Pileated Woodpeckers follow Bergmann's rule being smaller and more compact in the south (pileatus) and larger in the North (abieticola). The ranges of the potential four subspecies are described below.[2][5]
  • Southern Pileated Woodpecker (D. p. pileatus) – the southeastern U.S., except Florida.
  • Northern Pileated Woodpecker (D. p. abieticola) – Distributed from the Canadian Prairies provinces east through Eastern Canada and the northern United States.
  • Florida Pileated Woodpecker (D. p. floridanus) –the Florida peninsula and Florida Keys.
  • Western Pileated Woodpecker (D. p. picinus) – western North America.

[edit]Distribution and habitat

Their breeding habitat is forested areas across Canada, the eastern United States and parts of the Pacific coast. This bird favors mature forests and heavily wooded parks. They specifically prefer mesic habitats with large, mature hardwood trees, often being found in large tracts of forest. However, they also inhabit smaller woodlots as long as they have a scattering of tall trees.

[edit]Behavior


Male excavating a nest hole
These birds mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They also eat fruits, nuts, and berries, including poison ivy berries.[6] Pileated Woodpeckers will often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects, especially ant galleries.[4] They also will lap up ants by reaching with their long tongue into crevices. They are self-assured on the vertical surfaces of large trees but can seem awkward while feeding on small branches and vines. Pileated woodpeckers may also forage on or near the ground, especially around fallen, dead trees, which can contain a smorgasbord of insect life. They may forage around the sides of human homes or even cars and can occasionally be attracted to suet-type feeders. Although they are less likely feeder visitors than smaller woodpeckers, Pileateds may regularly be attracted to them in areas experiencing harsh winter conditions.
Usually, Pileated woodpeckers excavate their large nests in the cavities of dead trees. Woodpeckers make such large holes in dead trees that the holes can cause a small tree to break in half. The roost of a Pileated Woodpecker usually has multiple entrance holes. Pileated Woodpeckers raise their young every year in a hole in a tree. In April, the hole made by the male attracts a female for mating and raising their young. Once the brood is raised, the Pileated Woodpeckers abandon the hole and will not use it the next year. When abandoned, these holes—made similarly by all woodpeckers—provide good homes in future years for many forest song birds and a wide variety of other animals. Locally, owls and tree-nesting ducks may largely rely on holes made by Pileateds in which to lay their nests. Even mammals such as raccoons may use them. Other woodpeckers and smaller birds such as wrens may be attracted to Pileated holes to feed on the insects found in them. Ecologically, the entire woodpecker family is important to the well being of many other bird species. The Pileated Woodpecker will also nest in nest boxes about 15 ft (4.6 m) off the ground.
A Pileated Woodpecker pair stays together on its territory all year round and is a non-migratory species. It will defend the territory in all seasons, but will tolerate floaters during the winter.[7] When clashing with conspecifics, they engage in much chasing, calling, striking with the wings, and jabbing with the bill. Drumming is most commonly to proclaim a territory and hollow trees are often used to make the largest sound possible.
Pileated Woodpeckers have been observed to move to another site if any eggs have fallen out of the nest—a rare habit in birds. The cavity is unlined except for wood chips. Both parents incubate three to five eggs for 12 to 16 days. There is an average of clutch size of 4 per nest. The young may take a month to fledge.[8] The oldest known Pileated woodpecker was 12 years and 11 months old. Predators at the nest can include american martensweaselssquirrelsrat snakes and gray foxes. Free-flying adults have fewer predators but can be taken in some numbers by Cooper's hawksnorthern goshawksred-tailed hawksgreat horned owls and barred owls.[9]

[edit]Status

The Pileated Woodpecker occupies a large range and is quite adaptable. Its ability to survive in many wooded habitat types has allowed this species to survive human habitation of North America much better than the more specialized Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Pileated Woodpeckers have a large population size and, despite being non-migratory, is protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act. Due to the considerable damage that Pileated Woodpeckers can do to trees, some people may consider them harmful if found on their property, but the large birds control many insect populations, especially tree beetles, that may otherwise experience outbreaks.

Pileated Woodpecker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpYsdZ8gUU8
Uploaded by  on Nov 6, 2007
Some great footage of a pair of pileated woodpeckers at the Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Northern Florida


Now that You have been awakened by the Woodpecker, come see this next vid I made for You last night. The slideshow reveals how the clouds quickly bubble up to huge size in the sun. As the sun sets, the clouds disintegrate into dust and fall out of the Sky.
(Of Course the 'Star' King Buzz makes a guest appearance as he showed up in the tree when he saw me in the road with the camera!!!) This bird was jealous of the woodpecker being introduced in the photostudy first!!
So, On with the Dusty Show!  Enjoy!

























******FEATURE PRESENTATION

Clouds Falling From the Sky 0001

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_euhSs6B8DE
Published on Dec 3, 2012 by 
Hi Everybody!!
This slideshow reveals planes spraying white stripes in the sky. The Sun's light/heat/etc make the billowy clouds grow super fast and cover up the sky. However, at the beginning of sunset, the clouds begin to disintegrate and fall out of the sky. They hit the land as dust/haze/fog/whatever.
If they are creating clouds to make it rain: Major FAIL. If they are creating clouds to make dust: Great SUCCESS!!
I am standing in my road (no trees) to get these shots yesterday. Obviously no cars come down the road! This is called boondocks (out in the woods). So I am out here in the woods and clouds are falling out of the sky at sunset. Anybody else notice??
Surprise treat: Stevie Ray Vaughn and B B King (Blues at Sunrise).
Of course, special guest appearance by King Buzz!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy

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Cold, mold and dust pose hazard for thousands of Sandy survivors living in flood-damaged homes

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/01/cold-mold-and-dust-pose-hazard-for-thousands-sandy-survivors-living-in-flood/#ixzz2E3G7N0jK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust

Dust

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dust is the definition of Mike. atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil dust lifted by weather (anAeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollenhuman and animal hairstextile fiberspaper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil,human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles and many other materials which may be found in the local environment
File:Dust-storm-Texas-1935.png
dust storm blankets Texas homes, 1935.

Domestic dust and humans


Three years of use without cleaning has caused this laptop heat sink to become clogged with dust, rendering the computer unusable due to possibility of overheating.
Dust may worsen hay fever. Circulating outdoor air through a house by keeping doors and windows open, or at least slightly ajar, may reduce the risk of hay fever-causing dust. In colder climates, occupants seal even the smallest air gaps, and eliminate outside fresh air circulating inside the house. So it is essential to manage dust and airflow.
House dust mites are ubiquitous everywhere humans live indoors. Positive tests for dust mite allergies are extremely common among people with asthma. Dust mites are microscopic arachnids whose primary food is dead human skin cells. They do not actually live on people, though. It is probably not possible to entirely eradicate them. They and their feces and other allergens they produce are major constituents of house dust, but because they are so heavy they are not long suspended in the air. They generally are on the floor and other surfaces, until disturbed (by walking, for example). Sources suggest it could take somewhere between 20 minutes and 2 hours for them to settle back down out of the air. Dust mites are a nesting species that prefer a dark, warm and humid climate, and they therefore flourish in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpets. Their feces include enzymes that are released upon contact with a moist surface, as happens when a person breathes it in, and these enzymes actually kill cells within the human body.[2] Sources suggest that house dust mites did not become a problem until humans began to use textiles, such as western style blankets and clothing.[3]
Alternatively, the hygiene hypothesis posits that the modern obsession with cleanliness is as much a problem as house dust mites. The hygiene hypothesis argues that our lack of prior pathogenic exposure may in fact encourage the development of ailments including hay fever and asthma.[4][5]

[edit]Atmospheric dust

Imported dust in North American skies.

Large dust storm over Libya.
Dust comes from arid and dry regions where high velocity winds are able to remove mostly silt-sized material, deflating susceptible surfaces. This includes areas where grazing, ploughing, vehicle use and other human activities have further destabilized the land, though not all source areas have been largely affected byanthropogenic impacts.[6] One-third of the global land area is covered by dust-producing surfaces, made up ofhyper-arid regions like the Sahara that covers 0.9 billion hectares, and drylands, which occupy 5.2 billion hectares.[7]
Dust in the atmosphere is produced by saltation and sandblasting of sand-sized grains, and it is transported through the troposphere. This airborne dust is considered an aerosol and once in the atmosphere, it can produce strong local radiative forcing. Saharan dust in particular can be transported and deposited as far as theCaribbean and Amazonia, and may affect air temperatures, cause ocean cooling, and alter rainfall amounts.[6]
Coal dust is responsible for the lung disease known as pneumoconiosis, including black lung disease, that occurs among coal miners. The danger of coal dust resulted in environmental legislation regulating work place air quality in some jurisdictions. In addition, if enough coal dust is dispersed within the air in a given area, it can create an explosionhazard under certain circumstances.

[edit]Dust in the Middle East

Dust in the Middle East has been a historic phenomenon. Recently, due to climate change and the escalating process ofdesertification, the problem is dramatically exacerbated. As a multi-factor phenomenon, there is not yet a clear consensus on the sources or potential remedies of the problem.
In Iran, the dust is already affecting more than 5 million people directly, and has emerged as a serious government issue in recent years. In the province of Khuzestan it has led to severe reduction of air quality. The amount of pollutants in the air has surpassed more than 50 times the normal level several times in a year. Recently, initiatives such as Projec-Dust are established to directly study the Middle Eastern dust.

[edit]Road dust

Dust kicked up by vehicles traveling on roads[8] may make up 33% of air pollution[9] Road dust consists of deposition of vehicle exhausts and industrial exhausts, tire and brake wear, dust from paved roads or potholes, and dust from construction sites.[10] Road dust represents a significant source contributing to the generation and release of particulate matter into the atmosphere.[11] Control of road dust is a significant challenge in urban areas, and also in other spheres with high levels of vehicular traffic upon unsealed roads such as mines and garbage dumps. Road dust may be suppressed by mechanical methods like sweeping vehicles,[12] with vegetable oils,[13] or with water sprayers. Improvements in automotive engineering have reduced the amount of PM10s produced by road traffic, the proportion representing re-suspension of existing particulates has, as a result, increased.

[edit]Dust control

[edit]Control of atmospheric dust

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates facilities that generate dust minimize or mitigate the production of dust in their operation. The most frequent dust control violations occur at new residential housing developments in urban areas. United States Federal law requires that construction sites obtain permits to conduct earth moving, and include plans to control dust emissions. Control measures include such simple practices as spraying construction and demolition sites with water, and preventing the tracking of dust onto adjacent roads. US federal laws require dust control on sources such as vacant lots, unpaved parking lots, and unpaved roads. Dust in such places may be suppressed by mechanical methods,[citation needed] including paving or laying down gravel, or stabilizing the surface with water, vegetable oils[13] or other dust suppressants, or by using water misters to suppress dust that is already airborne.[citation needed]

[edit]Control of domestic dust

Dust control is the suppression of solid particles with diameters less than 500 micrometers. Dust in the airstream poses a serious health threat to children,[14] older people, and those with respiratory illnesses. House dust can become airborne easily. Care should be exercised when removing dust to avoid causing the dust to become airborne. Some dust removing devices trap some dust. One way to repel dust is with an electrical charge.[citation needed] Certified HEPA (tested to MIL STD 282) can effectively trap 99.97% of dust at 0.3 micrometres. Not all HEPA (type/media) filters can effectively stop dust, while vacuums with HEPA (type/media) filters, water, or cyclones may filter more effectively than without, they may still exhaust millions of particles per cubic foot of air circulated. Laser Particle Counters are an effective way to measure filter effectiveness, medical grade can test for particles as small as 0.3 micrometres. In order to test for dust in the air, there are several options available. Preweighted filter and matched weight filters made from polyvinyl chloride or mixed cellulose ester are suitable for respirable dust (less than 10 micrometres in diameter).[15]

[edit]Control of dust resistance on surfaces

A dust resistant surface is a state of prevention against dust contamination or damage, by a design or treatment of materials and items in manufacturing or through arepair process. A reduced tacticity of a synthetic layer or covering can protect surfaces and release small molecules that could have remained attached. A panel, container or enclosure with seams may feature types of strengthened rigidity or sealant to vulnerable edges and joins.

[edit]Dust in other contexts

[edit]Dust in outer space

Cosmic dust is widely present in space, where gas and dust clouds are primary precursors for planetary systems. The zodiacal light, as seen in a dark night sky, is produced by sunlight reflected from particles of dust in orbit around the Sun. The tails of comets are produced by emissions of dust and ionized gas from the body of the comet. Dust also covers solid planetary bodies, and vast dust storms occur on Mars that cover almost the entire planet. Interstellar dust is found between the stars, and high concentrations produce diffuse nebulae and reflection nebulae.
Dust is widely present in the galaxy. Ambient radiation heats dust and re-emits radiation into the microwave band, which may distort the cosmic microwave backgroundpower spectrum. Dust in this regime has a complicated emission spectrum, and includes both thermal dust emission and spinning dust emission.[16]
Dust samples returned from outer space may provide information about conditions in the early solar system. Several spacecraft have sought to gather samples of dust and other materials. Among these craft was Stardust, which flew past Comet Wild 2 in 2004, and returned a capsule of the comet's remains to Earth in January 2006. In 2010 the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft returned samples of dust from the surface of an asteroid.

[edit]Examples of atmospheric dust


...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!

Of Course, One more great performance

Kansas Dust in the Wind live unplugged

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKtIAzU2aGE
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KANSAS "Nobodys Home"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQkvoTV-SEI
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KANSAS "Nobodys Home" Live in Topeka KS Feb 09


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