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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Sorce on August 15, 2014, 12:07 AM

Title: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 15, 2014, 12:07 AM
I was just wondering if anyone has ever encountered a bat in their tree.

I have katydids, well, last year, and spiders.

Has anyone had anything more interesting.?

Thanks for sharing!

Sorce

A park tree for your viewing pleasure!
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Anthony on August 15, 2014, 07:00 AM
How about a baby thrush, just leaning to fly, taking up residence in a Tamarind bonsai tree, for a week or so until his tail feathers fully extended [ we just call them -yellow eye bird, there are now 4 in the yard, loud tweeters and the youngster is one of them .]

Imagine the fun I had watering, as he flew out to the mango tree, looking rather cross and then returning to the Tamarind when I left  :)
Good Day
Anthony
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 15, 2014, 07:03 AM
Excellent!  ;D :D
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: bwaynef on August 15, 2014, 10:20 AM
Not exactly what you were asking, but earlier this year I had 4 juvenile Barred Owls perched above me on a single branch of one of my landscape trees while I was moving my trees to another area.  They were squawking/hissing away while I worked.  One, the first one to land on the branch, stayed there for ~30 minutes until right before I was finished.
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: jlushious on August 15, 2014, 10:55 AM
Along a similar thread, I have chickadees hang out in my tree area frequently, especially after watering. My trees are all on a front porch sort of area, so when I come home after work I walk by them all and usually a whole flock of birds take off!
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Anthony on August 15, 2014, 12:17 PM
JLushious,

here's one for you. During the dry season, the birds bathe in the bonsai trees. In particular one red female who likes to get really wet. If the use of a sprinkler were still allowed, the birds would come down and walk around in the spray.

To clean the trees, of dust they are first showered by a fine rose on the watering can, then a send pass about 10 to 30 minutes later for the soil, in the morning.
Good Day
Anthony

* On for Sorce - frequently you can watch the hawk being chased, pecked and wing beaten by  - wait for it -  hummingbirds or kiskidees or grey birds, all really small birds. Don't get near their chicks, predator or not.
Gliders can't handle flappers or jet streams [ hummingbirds ]
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Brian Van Fleet on August 15, 2014, 04:03 PM
I'll see birds sitting on them from time to time, not usually anything to bother me unless they start poking around in the soil.
Once, just before starting to conduct a very public demo, I found a black widow hiding in the subject juniper! 
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Dave Murphy on August 15, 2014, 05:10 PM
A full grown Red Tailed Hawk...seriously.
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 15, 2014, 08:48 PM
Nice guys.  :D

Guess I just had to ask for the katydids.!  ;D

Today
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Anthony on August 15, 2014, 10:15 PM
Dave,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_kiskadee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_kiskadee)

Scroll down to the first image on the left.
Good Day
Anthony

List of hawks in Trinidad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Birds_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Birds_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago)
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: M. Frary on August 16, 2014, 12:26 AM
  Caught a bald face hornet starting to build a hive in one of my Chinese elms this spring. Pulled a Raid on him.
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: augustine on August 19, 2014, 12:49 PM
I see a fairy from time to time.

Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 20, 2014, 06:58 AM
Lol.

The other day, found one of the last remaining caterpillars. Quite large at almost a cm.

My daughter wanted to keep it, so we put it out on an elm leaf where she could check on it.

Went to find it the next day, found it, and 2 more.......

Sucked dry by spiders!

Don't kill our earth! Maintain biological, LOGICAL. BALANCE.

Before pic.
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: PaulH on August 20, 2014, 06:37 PM
A few years ago I was looking over the table of old imported Chinese elms at Lotus Bonsai Nursery when I noticed a faint high - pitched sound. A lot of the tree had hollows in the trunks and one of the hollows held a nest of baby wrens. As I watched Mama Wren flew in, fed the babies, and took off again.
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 21, 2014, 03:47 AM
Excellent.

Great Story!

Thanks for sharing Paul and all.

What else guys?
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: GBHunter on August 23, 2014, 10:51 AM
The only issue I have had is jumping spiders yeeehk!
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: John Kirby on August 23, 2014, 11:22 AM
In Akkansas a rough green snake stuck it's head out through the canopy of a JBP I was working on, needed a break after that.

Picture below taken from http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/northern-rough-greensnake-northern-rough-green-snake (http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/northern-rough-greensnake-northern-rough-green-snake)
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on August 24, 2014, 04:11 AM
Green snakes are insect eaters!

Nice John!

Like the Kermitless Avatar.!

Sorce
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: jacksmom on August 27, 2014, 02:22 PM
I have a bougainvillea with a hollow trunk and a "door opening" near the soil level. First, I discovered a mouse had made a nest in the bottom of the tree. I noticed some sticks & dog fur coming out of the "door".   With the help of my long bonsai tweezers, a hose & my husband we removed 5 baby mice! Yuck!!! 

Now I have a tree frog that calls the hollow bougainvillea home. Didn't  know we had tree frogs in Minnesota.


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Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Sorce on October 28, 2014, 05:45 AM
Woke up to this feller chased up my windowsill by two others.

 :D
Title: Re: oddest thing you've found in the canopy.
Post by: Don Blackmond on October 28, 2014, 08:13 AM
not the canopy, but I find these little guys all the time.