This was a bear of a tree to cut down. Because it was snagged, the first cut didn’t do much. As you can see in the next picture, it just shifted on the stump.
The second cut was about as successful. A sledge hammer and a couple wedges were involved. Everytime it moved, it moved closer to the tree it was snagged in. It just stood straighter. We had shortened it with 3 different cuts but it still wouldn’t come down. Time to put the Dodge to work!
We’ve got a tree between the truck and the tree we’re taking out. We tied the tow chain and strap around the tree and gave it a few tugs to pull it free from the other tree. It came down right across the campsite driveway without damaging anything; 90 degrees from the truck.
The tree sprayers were finishing up in the campground so we made a Home Depot and Walmart run to Park City. We ate lunch at our favorite hamburger joint in Heber City; the Dairy Keen. Deciding to take the scenic route out of town, we saw the sandhill cranes in a field that was being watered by big sprinklers. They are beautiful birds.
Before we made our way back to Hwy 40, we saw this impressive display of antlers (deer, moose, elk) on some personal property. Jackson Hole’s got nothin’ on this guy!
A Forest Service approved Hummingbird feeder was one reason for the Home Depot trip. We found this beautiful Calibrachoa. I’ve also heard it called ‘Million Bells’. It didn’t take long for the hummers to find it and the Impatiens.
Aren’t these ruby throats cute!
Mama Robin is very protective of her 4 little embryos. There was a stellar jay getting too close to the nest when she was out eating. She chased that jay away very quickly and got right back on the nest. She seems to be spending more time on the nest than she did the first week after laying the eggs.
This looks like a Chipping Sparrow according to the bird book we’ve got. If you have a different opinion, let me know. I still don’t know what the other one is; that has yellow patches on it.