Blue Jays Rule the Local Roost

The jays have been busy this winter, scarfing up the peanuts as soon as I throw them out each morning.  They’ve also taken to the new peanut/suet log feeder, to the chagrin of the woodpeckers who believe any and all suet feeders are theirs alone.

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Woodpecker Happenings

Lots of woodpeckers have taken to the suet feeders over the last few weeks.

Their human admirer has upgraded their previously boring suet cake feeder…

to the more upscale and apparently supreme peanut / suet log.

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Growing Greens for companion birds: Wheatgrass & Other Grasses

By @tiellover Parrots in the wild love fresh greens, but it can be difficult to get our birds to eat enough greens in our homes. Greens are a healthy and nutritious addition to any parrot diet and are full of vitamins and minerals. Presentation can be everything, so here’s a fun way to get your […]

via Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Greens for Your Birds – Part 2: Wheatgrass & Other Grasses — BirbObserver

Raise a Glass for Classy Beer! Belgian Beer Has Been Added to the World Cultural Heritage List

BRUSSELS — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It’s a cultural experience. UNESCO added Belgian beer to the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on Wednesday. Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every…

via Belgian Beer Has Been Added to the World Cultural Heritage List — TIME

Food scientists are trying to engineer milk chocolate to be as healthy as dark chocolate — Quartz

I sure hope they succeed!!

People are always eager for good news about chocolate. That made us sitting ducks two years ago, when Harvard science journalist John Bohannon fooled the world by publishing a “study” that showed chocolate could help you lose weight. He watched the fake story and flimsy science get picked up by legitimate news outlets globally before…

via Food scientists are trying to engineer milk chocolate to be as healthy as dark chocolate — Quartz

MPs give themselves and House officers a $25M boost to office budgets
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mps-25-million-budget-1.3467220

Don’t you just love it when government quietly gives itself taxpayer’s money for ‘MP office expense’ while jacking up everything that taxpayers need to pay for in order to live in this province. Way to go Ontario Liberals!