Ain't this the truth?? Tis getting so for me. Arthritis is a pain 😵.
First off, there really isn't much enforcement of ... (
Since I am not a citizen of the USA I can't comment on the use of drones there to any degree. But I do agree that at this time enforcement is negligible except in cases where a complaint is lodged. But I foresee that this will probably change as time goes on and the use of drones increases. Considering the amount of the fines (minimum $1000) for recreational use our politicians up here are probably already starting to drool. In a way it's just like you pouring a bucket of blood in a school of sharks. It's just another "easy" way to skim more cash off their constituents without a great outcry from the general public. Since they already have a group of government workers (our understaffed police forces) there would be no extra cost to collect the cash from the hapless victims. And in time with a stroke of a pen this crappy law can be changed to cover all drones. And don't say that won't happen. Years ago our glorious government decided that all us poor subjects needed to be licensed to operate a powered water craft. At first there were exclusions for certain size motors etc but that has changed so almost everything that floats and has a motor is now covered. At first a lot of us tended to just ignore the License requirement as we felt where we lived the possibility of getting checked was minimal. We soon found out that wasn't so as even in the backwoods multiple checks were made daily and charges laid. Now there is no way I would go anywhere to operate my boat without my Pleasure Craft Operater Card. And the fine for that offence is $250 (that means 4 boaters = 1 droner). Time will tell whether or not these new requirements will be troublesome to the drone users but knowing how our money-hungry politicians work especially up here in Canada I don't have any doubts they probably will.
In the end it all comes down to the mighty dollar 🤑 and how much they can squeeze out of us, right??
Just seen on the local news. The $5,000 is for commercial, whatever that means now-a-days. If you operate one (i.e. take a picture with one) and depending on the size of the drone you need a license or it could cost you $1,000, but sell the pic and the cost would be $5,000. Is that what it means as commercial??? Interesting news to some. But not as yet for me. For sure I'd make so that my drone would be under 250 grams (little over 1/2 lb imperial)
As of Saturday, (June 1) people caught flying drones that weigh between 250 grams and 25 kilograms without a federal licence could face fines of up to $5,000.
There are two different types of licences now offered by Transport Canada: basic and advanced.
The basic category is meant for people who never fly in controlled airspace or within 30 metres horizontally of bystanders. The basic category requires passing a $10 online exam, registering with Transport Canada, marking the drone with its registration number, and carrying the pilot certificate whenever the drone is in use.
The advanced category requires all of the above, plus an in-person flight review and special permission from air traffic controllers whenever flying in controlled air space.
Users must be 14 years of age or older to take the basic exam. They must be 16 or older to take the advanced exam.
Flying drones without a licence could mean fines of $1,000 for recreational users and $5,000 for commercial users.
Winnipeg drone enthusiast Evan Turner says he believes the government regulations “hit it pretty well on.”
“Something that’s over 250 grams can definitely hurt somebody if you’re going fast enough, or cause property damage,” he told CTV Winnipeg.
Calgary-area drone user Chris Healy also likes the regulations, because he no longer needs special permission each time he wants to fly.
“Anyone with proper training and proper licensing can (now) get the perspective of Earth which was usually meant for the purview of pilots or astronauts,” he said.
Drones that weigh under 250 grams are exempt from licensing. Drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms have their own set of rules.
Transport Canada says that drones should be flown where the pilot can see them at all times, below 122 metres, at least 5.6 kilometres away from airports and 1.9 kilometres from heliports.
Hope this helps. Following the Black-throated Blue -
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (one of my favs, but Extremely hard to catch. You did real well here)
- Black-throated Green Warbler
- Either a Female Blackburnian or possibly a female Black-throated Green (am leaning on the first but I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time nor the last 😜)
- Bay-breasted Warbler
I think your sparrow is a Song due to the rufous tail feathers and what appears to be the usual black center dot on his chest.
Regardless all you shots are excellent considering the difficulties in catching these elusive characters. Very well done.
A few thoughts from a northern neighbor. Courtesy of one from south of the 49th - Jeff Foxworthy!
And more than one is absolutely true (speaking from experience).
If you're shopping in a Home Depot store, and someone who doesn't work there offers you assistance, you may live in Canada.
If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you probably live in Canada.
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong-number, you could live in Canada.
If 'vacation' means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend, you may live in Canada.
If you measure distance in hours, you could very well live in Canada.
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you definitely live in Canada.
If you've switched from 'HEAT' to 'AIR-CONDITIONING' and back again, in the same day, you undoubtedly live in Canada.
If you can drive 90 kilometres an hour through 2 feet of snow, during a raging blizzard, without flinching, you could certainly live in Canada.
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Canada.
If you carry jumper-cables in your car, and your wife knows how to use them, you probably live in Canada.
If you design your child's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Canada.
If the speed limit on the highway is 100 km/hour, and you're going at 120, and everyone's passing you, you definitely live in Canada.
If driving is better in the winter because all the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Canada.
If you know all four seasons as: Almost-winter, Winter, Still-winter, and Road Construction: you may live in Canada.
If you have more miles on your snow-blower than on your car you live in Canada.
If you think of minus-2-degrees as being 'a little chilly', you undoubtedly live in Canada.
If you actually understand these jokes you definitely ARE Canadian ... and proud to be.
Is it just me or doesn't that spider look a bit hungry??
Good gosh Mark. What would we do without you? We let you do all the work to find and post the links to some incredible artists and their music, while we sit around and enjoy it tremendously. On top of that because of you we get the addition of other artists from those others that add to your posts. That's double the pleasure. Please keep them coming, all you post is being enjoyed by many of us out here in Hoagland!!
Every spring at this time we are blessed by the pa... (
Thank you to all whom viewed my posting and for all the very kind words. I must apologize for not getting back to each and every one of you who sent in comments. I've been laid up for the past few days on what I guess you could call an "age related" problem and I did not have good access to the net. Am back with my pewter and online again. At my age I guess I'll have to get used to being pushed and prodded by those young whipper-snappers wearing their while lab coats and a stealth-a-scope hanging around their neck. I thought that when you get over 75 all you have to do is listen and obey your wife but I see now that is not going to be the case. It sucks getting old (and cantankerous) but everybody tells me the other option to that is not better. I hope I'm getting better as the Tawas Bird Festival in coming up near the end of May and I plan to be there. Again, thanks a million for looking in on my feathered friends and for all the nice comments. They were all truly appreciated by this old-timer.
Every spring at this time we are blessed by the passing through of hordes of birds heading north to their breeding grounds. Many stop in the boreal forests of northern Canada while others venture onward to the arctic regions. At the present time I am feeding about 200 of these characters. Seed is quickly disappearing and my wallet is shrinking. But tis one of my favourite passtimes. I am truly blessed that I can indulge in two of my hobbies at the same time, bird watching and photography. I've attached a few pics of some of those that are flitting around my yard at the present time. This is just a small sample of what we have moving through and there are still some that haven't even got here yet (like the White-crowned Sparrow).
Now, tell me how in the h**l can anybody in their right mind call her/him UGLY.
If they are still around you could try to slow them down using a sweet orange. Cut one in half and set it up ion a tree branch. These guys usually have a sweet tooth for this fruit. During the winter in South Texas this is the method we used to get some excellent pics of these speedy guys. Don't know if this will work while they are migrating but may be worth a try.
Robert Bailey wrote:
Canadian- the price is currently around $1.29 per litre.
I don't know why it is so high.
About six months ago it was around 99 cents a litre.
The highest I've seen in Ontario was about $1.50 a litre.
One U.S. gallon is about 3.8 litres.
One Imperial gallon is about 4.5 litres.
Update from up here in Canada. Overnite in our city the price of regular gas went from $1.22 a litre to $1.39 a increase of $0.17. Don't know why, maybe our government is increasing our so-called "carbon tax" or the oil companies are increasing their profits (again). For our American friends south of the 49th that would be the equivalent of a gallon of YOUR gas going up $0.51 overnight. I don't think even old California has seen something like that (but I might be wrong). I see that gas on the American side of the border today is still holding at $2.79 USD which means that even taking into consideration the 33% difference in our dollars the cost in the USA for us equals about $1.00 a litre. That is $0.39 per litre difference. Our Rav usually takes 40 litres so by crossing the border we would save roughly $19. So if you are driving a Dodge Ram or the like and a fillup was triple that total your savings would approximately $60. Savings are reduced by the $10 bridge toll which means a total more in our pockets is $9 while driving our 4 cyl. Doesn't sound like much to many but those like me on a fixed income every penny counts. (Mind you a couple of gas cans in the trunk helps increase or savings a lot)
Ron, I don’t know where you are located in Canada, but the pricing you quote in your post have not been available here in British Columbia for at least the last 6 months! Are you located in Alberta? I know gas is cheap in Alberta compared to the rest of Canada.
We're way east of you in Northern Ontario. Every time I see a story of BC gas prices I cringe as I know sooner than later we will probably catch up to you. And now friendly Alberta wants to shut off your taps to the pumps. Sure is nice to have good neighbors right. 😬😜😵
Actually we are a bit lucky here as we are what is called a " border city ", right across the river/border from Soo Michigan. When I filled up there last Tuesday the price for regular was $2.77 USD, which with exchange equates to $0.98 CD a litre. However you have to add the $10 CD bridge toll to the fillup. Sometimes a small tank means the cost plus time doesn't really make the trip feasible. But a vehicle with a fairly large tank and a 1/2 dozen gas cans in the trunk does make a helluva difference. (Been there, done that many times. For example last time over 60 litres in car and 100 in cans. Cost in CD was $157 plus $10 bridge. Equivalent cost at Canadian pumps was $195 for a savings of $28 making it in my opinion worth the trip )
Williamsport is 2.85 a gallon and I am sure other places are much cheaper.
Tis a bit more pricier than our closest American pumps in Northern Michigan. The last time I gassed up there they were asking $2.77.
Y'all need to come North to Canada. With your strong American $ (1USD = 1.34CD) you can purchase 1 American gallon of petrol (3.78 litres) for a measly $3.40 in your dollar. Seems a lot doesn't it. But just remember that us Canucks are paying in our own currency $4.54 for the same amount of gas. And if you express the cost in our own imperial gallon (4.54 litres) that cost would be $5.53. Now you can see why the oil companies just love the metric system ($1.20 litre versus $5.53 gal)
So, come on up to fill yer tanks, we can use all the $'s you have.(cuts down on our taxes paid 😬)