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09 Dic 2016 

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09 Dic 2016 

Gardening :: Luring the Bobbing Red Robin

There's much to be said for a healthy bird population in the garden - in winter most of all, when your blooms have retreated from cold weather and the space becomes a mesh of grey and brown, particularly with the shorter days, it can make for a depressing sight. So having these little nodes of life and colour infest the garden can be a blessing. However, what are the best ways to ensure this? Like any animal, the birds' main concerns are food and water. Unfortunately, most insects, which provide the source of summer food, tend to make for the underground when the first chills set in, so you're best bet is a variety of seeds to compensate for this scarcity. Sunflower and Nyger seeds are particularly effective and are known for attracting the beautiful Goldfinch species, but avoid mixed bags of seed if possible, because, despite their agreeable price tags, the majority of the biomass won't appeal to winter birds. You can use flaked suet, preferably mixed with fruit or nuts, to attract Robins, Blackbirds and Tits among others, or, for my friend in Oklahoma, I would real estate companies homes suggest apple chunks, cracked corn and peanut pieces to lure in those Cardinals. Peanuts are good for Tits and Woodpeckers too. Wrens on the other hand prefer some grated cheese or animal fat and compressed insect cakes will do wonders for a Finch population. When it comes to cheese shavings and fruit, it is obvious that feed cages won't be effective as the food itself will be too large to fit through the mesh, instead leave these on a raised surface and, to detract from the threat of insects, create a perimeter of oyster shell grit to discourage them. Squirrels will take advantage of these food sources if they're not properly discouraged, the most effective means of doing this is tailoring the feeding station, as a squirrel can reach most locations a bird can. To this end, I'd recommend wire mesh around your food stuff that only a beak could take advantage of.



The placement of bird feeders is important too and, if possible, locate your feeder in the cover of an existing short sale stock tree or structure.



However, it is worth noting that you shouldn't invest absolutely in one spot for your feeders. Obviously location should be chosen for visibility, so that you may enjoy the activities of your new guests, however, if you want to avoid the necessary fouling that a long term feeding station guarantees then I would suggest changing the position of the feeder every few months to avoid a nasty build up.

Next we have water, and bird baths are an age old solution as they can be replenished once empty and any ice that settles atop them can easily be broken. If you're lucky enough to have a pond in the garden, make sure you keep a part of it free from ice too for your feathered friends.

The only other requirement for this endeavour is patience - any feeding cycle should be expected to take several weeks before fruition and even then the initial numbers may be lower than you expected. Don't despair! Persevere and even if you're garden doesn't feel the benefits in winter, it will definitely compensate you will the surplus of nests and chicks in the spring season as your hard work comes home to roost. (Pun utterly intended.)



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06 Dic 2016 

Lowe's sales beat estimates; shares hit record high | Reuters

Lowe's Cos Inc (LOW.N) followed larger rival Home Depot Inc (HD.N) in reporting better-than-expected quarterly sales as strength in the U.S. housing market and favorable weather powered demand for building and home renovation products.

Shares of the home improvement home improvement ideas kitchen chain, which also raised its profit forecast for the year ending Feb. 3, rose as much as 4 percent to a record high of $79.08, boosting the company's market value by about $2.5 billion.

In contrast, Home Depot's shares fell as much as 3 percent after reporting results on Tuesday, as investors viewed the stock as fairly valued following a more than 19 percent gain in the 12 months to Monday's close. Lowe's stock rose only 5 percent in the period.

Investors had been relatively negative on Lowe's stock prior to the earnings and the stock house remodeling cost was "cheap" compared to the past three years, J.P. Morgan analyst Christopher Horvers wrote.

The outlook for the home-improvement industry remained positive for the rest of the year as gains in the job market and disposable income drive consumer spending, Chief Executive Robert Niblock said on a conference call on Wednesday.



U.S. housing starts rose a stronger-than-expected 6.6 percent in April, data showed on Tuesday.

Rising home prices were also encouraging consumers to invest in their houses, Niblock added.

"The home improvement industry once again shows its resilient nature in an increasingly more difficult environment for retailers," Horvers wrote.

Retailers such as Macy's Inc (M.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N) reported quarterly sales that missed Wall Street's estimates as consumer spending shifts away from apparel and accessories to big-ticket items including cars and homes.

Separately, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with Lowe's and Home Depot over alleged violations of a 2010 state law designed to reduce water pollution.

The attorney general alleged that 90 percent of Home Depot and Lowe's stores in New York violated the law by displaying phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizers without the required signage or failing to separate phosphorus-containing fertilizers from those without it.

Lowe's agreed to pay $52,000 and Home Depot $78,000 in fines.

Lowe's told Reuters that most of its fertilizers house renovations ideas did not contain phosphorous and that its signage complied with the law. The company, however, agreed to settle to avoid lengthy litigation.

SAME-STORE SALES BEAT

Lowe's raised its full-year profit forecast to about $4.11 per share from about $4.00.

The company's same-store sales rose 7.3 percent in the first quarter, handily beating the 4.3 percent increase expected by analysts polled by research firm Consensus Metrix.

The jump also outpaced the 6.5 percent rise reported by Home Depot, only the second time Lowe's has outpaced its rival in nearly seven years.

The rise in Lowe's same-store sales increase also handily beat the 4.3 percent increase expected by analysts polled by research firm Consensus Metrix.



Mild weather in February helped drive outdoor construction projects, boosting demand for lumber, building materials and millwork, the company said.

Excluding items, Lowe's earned 87 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 85 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net sales rose 7.8 percent to $15.23 billion, above analysts' average estimate of $14.87 billion.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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