Game of Firsts

Cape Sable Birding

You can tell that we are in something of a weather dictated birding slump when a blog post like this appears!

I know that I am unusual, no, we birders are all unusual in that when not out looking at birds we are thinking about them, reading about them, researching them. It is probably a syndrome of some sort but abnormal people, that would be all the others who are not birders, suffer equally with their own little quirks and so there is no need to worry. In very much the same way that Pythons, when gathered, will perform the Parrot Sketch then birders, when gathered – even only electronically, will take part in the Game of Firsts.

The rules are quite simple, make an educated guess as to what the next new species to be added to the Provincial bird list will be. You do need to know what…

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Sequoia Sempervirens

Bonsai Eejit

This is an update on my Sequoia Sempervirens or Coast Redwood. This was the tree back in 2011 when the initial work was carried out.

April 2011 before work

April 2011 After clear out and basic shaping.

And this was it earlier in the week. As you can see it has put on a little growth.



This is it after some further wiring, mostly primary branches and a few secondary.


I felt that the image was a little uninspiring and wanted to make a slightly more dynamic image, well, as dynamic as you can with this style! I opted to remove two of the lower branches to give the overall image more movement to the left.


It’s obviously still a little unkempt as no fine wiring  was done but the basic structure it there. I was reluctant to do much fine wiring as they seem to like to throw branches…

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The place and the way to purchase a Bonsai tree?

Bonsai Tools and Equipment

Most massive backyard facilities promote low-priced Bonsai bushes, though these are normally not of top quality. Many specialised (on-line) Bonsai retailers promote Bonsai bushes as properly, although at barely increased costs.

Some primary recommendation for getting Bonsai bushes:

  • Don’t begin with shopping for a species of tree that’s laborious to look after; it is suggested for freshmen to start out with an easy-to-care for tree.
  • Purchase a tree that’s appropriate for the place the place you propose to place it; solely indoor (sub-tropical) bushes will do properly indoors, similar to outside bushes will solely do properly when positioned exterior (test the listing of recommendable species under)Don’t forget to ask what species of tree you got; that is essential to search for details about the way to look after it correctly.
  • Verify the pot for harm.

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Indoor Bonsai

The ficus genus belongs to the household of mulberry crops (Moraceae) and is the preferred species for freshmen at Bonsai. There’s differing details about the variety of present ficus species, there could also be between 800 and 2000. They dwell on all continents within the tropical areas and are very appropriate for being saved as indoor Bonsai.

Some figs can turn out to be very massive bushes with a crown circumference of greater than 300 m (1000 ft). Typical for all fig Bonsai species is their milky latex sap, which can leak from wounds or cuts. The tropical figs are evergreen bushes, small shrubs and even climbing crops. A few of them can produce good flowers, whereas most ficus species have hidden flowers in small receptacles from which the fruit develop. Solely specialised pollinating fig wasps can pollinate these hidden flowers. Read more about Click Here

The fruit might be yellow, inexperienced, pink or…

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