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Birds of Prey and renovation update

Posted Mar 13 2011 5:04pm

I can’t believe how fast this weekend went by!  We got quite a bit done on our half bath installation.  Saturday marked the day to put down the main drain line.

That meant to go down here:

I thought for sure my butt wouldn’t go down that hole.  I still have that distorted view of myself. But, I was first to go down and hang the pipe – and I fit!

That hole would have had to have been a lot bigger if I was still 250 pounds.

It was kind of icky down there, but exciting to get so much stuff done.  We dry fit a lot of the plumbing:

I found a newspaper down there from 1935!

Pretty cool.

Took some time to make a good dinner last night – palak chole !  It is actually quite easy and quick to make.

Sunday was also filled with things.

The usual bagel (and my mom came with!):

Then a little more work on the pipes before heading out to Raptor Fest !

This was so cool.  Most of these are rehabbed birds that were injured and cannot be released again due to their injuries, so are now used for education purposes.  A couple are captive-bred birds. Of course, now I don’t remember what some of these are.  So, help me out if you can.

Red Tail Hawk:

Eurasian Eagle Owl (obviously not native)

The owls are so focused and their eyes are amazing.  Descended from dinosaurs?  I can see it.  We then watched some more owls in a small presentation (pictures not so good there).

Video of the Eurasion owl . They are licensed by the DEC to have this owl.

Very cool.  Notice how the owl’s ears are asymmetric? I didn’t know that almost every owl is like that, presumably so that can tell  if a sound is coming from above or below.  This owl can hear a mouse under the snow at 100 yards away!

Definitely and enjoyable weekend (and the snow is starting to melt – yay!!).

Question: Did you have a great weekend?

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