How an oriole builds her nest

Artistry completed in two days

Nests that hang from trees

May 28
Mostly orioles, sometimes vireos

Suburban sandhill cranes

May 26
Adult and colt see eye to eye on foraging
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May 26

Fuel Oil Tanks

If you're buying a house in the Twin Cities with pipes sticking up out of the ground in the yard, heads up. You probably have a fuel oil tank somewhere at the property.
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May 19

How to handle home inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Walz allowed Minnesota's stay-at-home order to expire yesterday, replacing it with a new order called "Stay safe Minnesota". This new order allows for gatherings to not exceed 10 people. As soon as that order came, our office was flooded with calls from clients who wanted to attend their home inspections.
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May 17

Why do crows harass owls?

Because owls eat crows
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May 13

Bird feet tighten on touch

It's how they stay on a perch
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May 13

A loud fight ensued

Geese very territorial
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May 12

Sizing an air conditioner circuit breaker

For air conditioners and heat pumps, we size the wires and circuit breakers in accordance with the information printed on the label, not the simplified sizing charts that we typically rely on.
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May 10

Long hello, quick goodbye

Nesting Canada geese
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May 10

Barn swallows needed rain

Nest building requires mud
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May 7

Red-necked grebes mating

A lucky find, cooperative birds
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May 5

Hot water faster

Do you get annoyed with how long it takes to get hot water at your kitchen sink faucet? There's a fix for that.
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May 1

48 square inches of moss

Chickadee nest is serious work
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April 28

Expansion tanks

As I mentioned in last week's blog post, expansion tanks are required when water in a home can't expand back into the water main. This might be caused by a check valve, a backflow preventer, or a pressure regular.
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April 27

A raptor coloring book

Good to fill some extra hours
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April 23

Observation of ospreys mating

A nest at Wayzata West Middle School
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April 21

A leaking relief valve at the water heater: why it's leaking and what to do about it

Water heaters come equipped with a temperature and pressure relief valve, also known as a TPRV. This valve allows water or steam to escape from the water heater if the temperature or pressure gets too high.
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April 20

Identifying kinglets

Colorful names, subtle markings
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April 18

Bird-box battle

Tree swallows and eastern bluebirds
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April 18

Migration early Saturday

Radar shows moderate movement here
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April 17

Wood duck house-hunting

Hen made a visit to one of our nesting boxes
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April 16

Stand by for birds

Migration flow moving north quickly