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Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Bird Feeder

I just installed this new bird feeder that I'm very happy with.  It's a Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7533.  It's big and it's relatively heavy, so I picked out a thick hemlock branch, that was hanging low with this week's heavy snow, climbed up my 12-foot step ladder, and tied a strong pulley -- a chrome, 1-1/2" swivel pulley -- I picked up at Ace Hardware -- around the branch.  For rope, I used 3/16" black Dacron Polyester rope. This is terrific rope to have on hand.  I buy it on eBay in 500' spools for about $40 since I'm a morse code amateur radio operator and I use it to support wire dipole antennas up in the canopy of our hemlocks.  This rope will resist the moisture, ultraviolet radiation and wind pressures we experience here on the Plateau.  It's great for using with boats, tarps, and many other applications.

Swivel Pulley off hemlock branch
The bird feeder can be raised to a height of about 15 feet -- high enough to protect it from any stray Chicago bears.  They say 10-12 feet is high enough, so that's added insurance (see Do Bears Eat Rigid 2" PVC?). We now store the seed in several 6-gallon galvanized trash cans we picked up at Home Depot and store these cans in a walk-in closet in the center.  The bird feeder is squirrel resistant, but they can't get to it now anyway.  They're content to bottom-feed off the droppings on the ground.  With the rope through the pulley, one end is tied to a Nite Ize dual-spring, size 3 s-biner.  These are nice for a lot of applications.  They're essentially s-hooks with spring-action "doors."  I put the other end of the rope through a zinc-plated eyehook attached to the tree.

Eyehook at base of hemlock

VIDEO of Chickadees enjoying the new feeder

This feeder also comes with sections that comprise a 5-foot pole, along with mounting hardware.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Clark Library

We visited the newly refurbished Manton Research Center at The Clark Museum. My library friends, would especially enjoy a walk through the library. The Clark offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month from October to May.  Click here for the library's website.

Everything about the library has a nice touch, including the workstation area.

The Allan Sekula collection: 10,600 books aesthetically shelved.

The beautiful Scott Opler Reading Room.  Scott received his M.A. degree from the Graduate Program in 1987.  He died in 1993 from Aids-related complications while pursuing his Ph.D. at Harvard University. 

Looking out to the grounds from a window in the Scott Opler Reading Room.

Tadao Ando's architecture -- inside and out -- is drop dead gorgeous.

Find peace, walking one of the trails on The Clark's Grounds -- 140 acres of beauty.

Click here for more information on the grounds and trails.

The Clark Musuem - Williamstown, Massachusetts