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Edit Post #287451 Initial revision over 1 year ago
Question Why do I see rodents out in a gale?
I live in a rural area around 59° north. When driving around I often see rodents darting across the roads during high winds (20-50mph), but very rarely see them when the weather is calm. Rain doesn't deter them, I see at least as many in heavy rain as in dry conditions. From the size and shape I'd s...
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over 1 year ago
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about 2 years ago
Edit Post #286490 Initial revision about 2 years ago
Answer A: Where do bald eagles go at night if not in their own nests?
We don't get bald eagles where I live, but I understand that once the chicks are old enough to keep themselves warm, the parents start to leave them alone for increasing periods during the day and night. Eventually they sleep entirely outside the nest, usually on a high branch nearby where they can g...
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about 2 years ago
Edit Post #285181 Initial revision over 2 years ago
Answer A: How safe is pouring gasoline on your maggot infestation?
Possibly safer than keeping the maggots. Gasoline is a fairly toxic substance, which may be why the maggots try to escape it, and not something that should generally be used for cleaning the body. Small skin exposures are usually harmless, but it can irritate the skin and is likely to cause some ...
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over 2 years ago
Comment Post #54255 To be clear it's only illegal in England and Wales if it's done without obtaining the landowner's permission, in which case it is likely to fall under trespass law in England. At the moment that means if the camper leaves as soon as (s)he is asked to do so then no offence has been committed, which a...
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over 2 years ago
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almost 3 years ago
Comment Post #282192 Fair enough. The 30x was based on a zooming camera I used to have, which was indeed wobbly at maximum zoom. I used to steady it against whatever was handy if I didn't have it on a tripod.
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almost 3 years ago
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almost 3 years ago
Edit Post #282192 Initial revision almost 3 years ago
Question Pocket telescope
Can anyone recommend a good monocular for hiking use? In rough order of preference I'm looking for some or all of these features: Available in Britain, either directly or to import Not made using forced labour High magnification - at least 30x Robust Ability to clip to a camera (ph...
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almost 3 years ago
Edit Post #281563 Initial revision about 3 years ago
Answer A: 2021 - April - Paths
Path leading away from Ben Wyvis, Scotland, 18 April 2019.
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about 3 years ago
Edit Post #281562 Initial revision about 3 years ago
Answer A: 2021 - April - Paths
A sheep track (or is it?) near Tongue, Scotland. Taken 3 August 2019.
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about 3 years ago
Edit Post #280396 Initial revision over 3 years ago
Answer A: 2021 - January - Snow
This was taken in the foothills of Ben Armine, Sutherland, Scotland, January 2019. I drove through torrential rain to get there, but in the highlands it was all snow.
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over 3 years ago
Comment Post #277390 It would probably be worth investing in one or more moisture absorbers to go in whatever container you choose. Self-indicating silica-based packs are cheap and can be recharged by driving off the water in a warm oven.
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almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #277366 Post edited:
Removed "up to 30%" for the proportion of water - a comment pointed out it can be higher.
almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #277366 Initial revision almost 4 years ago
Answer A: What can I burn in an open cup burner stove?
Hand sanitiser is widely available, especially in recent months, and reportedly burns well enough to boil water while leaving little residue. The downsides are that it is usually sold as a gel, which is unlikely to flow properly into a double-walled stove, and contains a proportion of water which red...
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almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #276991 Post edited:
Clarified that crows have faecal sacs.
almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #276991 Post edited:
Added info. on faecal sacs - thanks to WP.
almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #276991 Initial revision almost 4 years ago
Answer A: Why would crows be dropping something into a pond?
Birds with young regularly clean their nest by removing droppings and usually deposit the results some distance away, presumably to avoid making the nest site too obvious to predators. Nestlings of some birds, including crows, deposit their excrement inside faecal sacs which facilitate this cleaning...
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almost 4 years ago
Comment Post #276254 I've done similar things with trail recording, and have been surprised at how much the accuracy drops when less than a third of the sky is obscured by, for example, a nearby hill. I've had a smartphone using multiple constellations vary by 50m or more between out and back, although each leg is far m...
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almost 4 years ago
Edit Post #276962 Initial revision almost 4 years ago
Answer A: How do you train a barn sour horse?
Firstly, make sure there isn't an underlying issue that makes the horse want to avoid that kind of work. Discomfort from badly-fitted tack, an undiagnosed injury, or a poor/unstimulating routine could be the real problem. You might need to consult a good saddler/horse chiropractor/dentist/... Als...
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almost 4 years ago
Comment Post #75034 I have no relevant experience, but I have read that some deltas use a one-wheel drive for simplicity, and that this can cause problems under heavy load. I'd expect that to get worse with a trailer, so if you go for a delta you might need to pay the extra for one with a differential.
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almost 4 years ago