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Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 25, 2016 at 06:00 AM

PICTON FARM SUPPLY

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* Updated Sunday, September 25, 2016 *

 



Picton Farm Supply - where good prices, excellent selection and customer service have always been our motto  

Please scroll down to see some specials and featured items!



 

Bryce Cronk. Photo by Terry SpragueYou can go into almost any store these days and pick up a bar of rendered suet for birds. But if you want a peanut butter suet cake, or a fruit and nut, or raisin crunch, or for those slow days at the bird feeder - high energy suet bars, then you have to go to Picton Farm Supply. It is about the first thing you see upon entering the store at 179 Talbot Street, just on the northern outskirts of town. Tray upon tray of suet cakes - a variety enough to rival the racks of chocolate bars at the local convenience store.

Picton Farm Supply celebrated its 25th year in business in 2012. For a facility that one would expect to spend more time concentrating its attention to feed mixes and agricultural supplies for local farmers, one might think that stocking supplies for birders would be a low priority. However, owner, Bryce Cronk, saw the exploding interest in birds, and especially bird feeding, years ago. Birding is North America’s second most popular hobby, and Bryce was determined to get in on the ground floor. The gamble paid off. There is no other location in Prince Edward County that stocks as many condiments for birds and birders as Picton Farm Supply.

Store displayOnce your eyes begin to travel beyond the trays of suet cakes, you soon begin to appreciate the burgeoning popularity of birds. Tucked in a corner of the store beyond the work clothes, halters, bag balm and treatments for mastitis, are bird feeders - at least a hundred of them - from basic garden variety models to the creme de la creme of bird feeders, the Droll Yankees. Although bird feeders are available in Picton in hardware stores, and even supermarkets, Bryce is an exclusive dealer in the Picton area for this popular line of feeders, so well built, they are guaranteed for a lifetime.

However, it is the bird feed that has made Picton Farm Supply the county’s first choice when seeking out locations from which to purchase feed. Bryce carefully and attentively listens to his customers when deciding on a formula for his premium mixes, and takes a dim view of so-called budget feeds. Bryce knows that people do not feed birds because they have to, but feed birds because they are eager to have the best variety of birdlife they can around their homes. "It doesn’t make sense to offer a budget feed if you want something better than budget birds at your feeders." Bryce listened to his customers, did his homework and came up with a mix that is not only black with sunflower seed - both black oil seed and large striped seed - but all the necessary ingredients, including peanuts, to attract a colourful clientele.

Quantity is no object. If you are just starting out with a bird feeder and want to experiment with just a small plastic bag of mixed feed, that can be arranged as he will sell you whatever amount you want. If you multi-task Bryce Cronkwith many feeders, he will sell you the jumbo bag, weighing in at a hefty 66 pounds. All ingredients in his popular mix can be purchased separately as well, including the option of buying bags of shelled peanuts or peanuts in the shell, or Nyjer seed. You can purchase a small bag of peanuts so small as to fit in your hand or a large bag that may require shuffling a few things around in your trunk, just to get it in. 

With summer feeding now as popular as winter feeding, Bryce says he now sells many tons of bird feed a year. "I think we actually sell more feed in the summer than we do in the winter," he laughs.

The importance of offering high quality mixed feed at our feeders, free from fillers and questionable seeds, cannot be emphasized enough. Disappearing are the days when we seek out budget feeds from big box stores that need to move their product quickly, and have no expertise in dealing with today’s sophisticated bird conscious public. Bird feeding is big business today, and serious birders take their hobby seriously. Bryce Cronk and his staff at Picton Farm Supply enjoy nothing more than swapping stories and discussing your needs.


PICTON FARM SUPPLY'S BIRD FOOD SELECTIONS !!


  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)  $25.95
  • Striped Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)    $25.95
  • Sunflower chips (50 lb.)                $51.95
  • Safflower Seed (50 lb.)                  $38.75
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (18 kg)    $22.95
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (25 kg)    $29.95
  • White Millet (50 lb.)                       $17.40
  • Peanuts, in shell (50 lb.)               $71.95
  • Peanuts, out of shell, (50 lb)         $41.50         

 


 BRAND NEW SHIPMENT OF BIRD FEEDERS!!! 

 

Drop in to Picton Farm Supply and see our new shipment of bird feeders, just arrived, for this coming winter! Sunflower seed feeders, nyjer feeders, unique shapes and sizes, even a three-in-one feeder in which you can offer a variety of seeds. There is no hard and fast rule as to which feeder is appropriate. Mostly it is a personal choice. The best method is to never depend on just a single feeder. Purchase a variety of feeders and place them at various locations around your yard. Then sit back and enjoy the show as birds arbitrarily decide which feeder they will frequent today. Remember - we don't feed birds because they NEED us; we feed birds because we want to see them around our premises, and there is nothing wrong with that. Except for days when there is heavy snow cover, or following a sleet storm, birds don't really need us (we need them!). Birds have been birds for thousands of years and they regard our offerings as nothing more than another stop in many that they make in the course of a day. Bird feeding is just downright fun, so come into Picton Farm Supply and pick out the feeder that appeals to you the most. And, don't forget - the secret to success is staying away from so-called budget feeds that are sold at big box stores. They are cheaper because these stores are interested only in capitalizing on a popular hobby, and moving product. At Picton Farm Supply, we listen to the customer, and offer a quality product that birds will consume with little to no waste. Just have a look at our premium mixed feed and you will note that it is black with sunflower seed, both striped and black oil. To attract a good variety of winter birds, you need to offer a quality product and we have that at Picton Farm Supply. Come in today and see for yourself and don't forget to include one or more of our new feeders.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 PET SUPPLIES

Give your dog a pig's ear today! Look for the box of these natural dehydrated treats that dogs love in a cardboard box as soon as you walk in the front door. Only $1.25 each. We also stock an entire complement of Hartz pet care products, including Flea and Tick Spray, flea powder for cats, as well as collars, leashes, toys and pet food. We haven't forgotten your larger pets either. During the fly season we offer both equine and cattle fly sprays.

Pets bring us so much joy into our lives. Whether you are protecting them, feeding them or just having fun with them, Picton Farm Supply is the place to go for a wide variety of supplies for your special pets.  

 

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 We Stock The Whole Family of Squirrel Buster Feeders !

Mini:  $34.95

Peanut:  $71.95

Finch/Nyjer:  $71.95

Classic:  $71.95

Plus:  $112.95

Standard: $40.95 (photo on right)

 

Squirrel Buster Plus

Squirrel Buster Classic

Squirrel Buster Finch

Squirrel Buster Peanut

Squirrel Buster Mini


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Picton Farm Supply's wild bird feed and sunflower seed is also available at The County Depot, located at the corner of Highway 33 and Salem Road, at Consecon. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Phone 613-394-5818

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Picton Farm Supply

179 Talbot Street

R.R. # 8,

Picton Ontario

K0K 2T0

Phone 613-476-7507

NEW to Picton Farm Supply - we have an email address and would love to respond to any questions regarding the feeders we have in stock, feeders we are able to order, etc.  Feel free to email us at    with any questions you may have


Last Updated ( Sep 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM )
Quinte Conservation (updated Sept 24/16) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 24, 2016 at 06:19 AM
 
September 2016| Issue 22
FAMILY NATURE NETWORK NEWSLETTER
Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area
A great place for a family nature outing  
 
Macaulay Mountain is a favourite destination for hikers and picnickers. There is plenty to see here from famed Birdhouse City with its over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings, to the Whattam's Memorial Walkway. There are 20 km of trails, including biking trails.
Go Green this Hallowe'en!
 
Halloween is right around the corner. This year make it eco-friendly with natural decorations from the backyard. Carve Hallowe'en pumpkins and toast the seeds for a healthy treat or feed them to the birds.

Buy locally produced foods, candies and treats. Look for goodies with minimal packaging or those made packaged in recycled materials.

After Halloween don't throw your costume away, donate it, save it or give it away to friends or family.

Trick or Treat by walking around your neighborhood instead of driving to another destination. Get to know your neighbors, reduce your carbon emissions and help keep the streets safe for other walkers.

Make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter
feeds for more green tips.
Species of the Month: Lake Sturgeon

The Lake Sturgeon is Canada's largest freshwater fish. The largest ever recorded was two metres long, although most found today are smaller. It has five rows of bony plates along the back and sides and its skin is covered with tiny tooth-like projections that make it feel like sandpaper. Males live to be about 55 years old and females up to 80 years.

This large freshwater fish lives in the shallow areas of lakes and large rivers and migrates every year to swift flowing water to spawn, usually between early May and late June.

Lake Sturgeons have a toothless mouth that forms a tube to suck up food from the lake bottom such as insect larvae, crayfish, mollusks and small fish.

The Lake Sturgeon is listed as being of Special Concern in Ontario. Threats to this species include overharvesting for meat and caviar, habitat destruction and water quality issues.  This fish is protected under the Provincial Fisheries Act. Recreational fishing for Lake Sturgeon in Quinte is prohibited.
In This Issue
Wildwood Academy
A fun, all weather playgroup

Family Space and Quinte Conservation have teamed up to provide an exciting outdoor play-based learning program at Potter's Creek Conservation Area in Belleville.  Activities are geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers.The program runs every Friday from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.

Click here to find out more about Wildwood Academy
Stay Connected with Quinte Conservation
Quinte Conservation has a wide variety of e-newsletters that cover topics such as camping, source water protection, flood information and more.  Click the link below for a complete list of newsletters we offer. 
Trees
Contact Us
Quinte Conservation
RR # 2, 2061 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON
K8N 4Z2

email:
Phone: (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312
www.quinteconservation.ca
Connect with Us
 
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Sign Up
Quinte Conservation, 2061 Old Highway 2, RR#2, Belleville, Ontario K8N 4Z2 Canada
 
 
 
 
Quinte Conservation (updated Sept 24/16) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 24, 2016 at 06:19 AM
 
September 2016| Issue 22
FAMILY NATURE NETWORK NEWSLETTER
Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area
A great place for a family nature outing  
 
Macaulay Mountain is a favourite destination for hikers and picnickers. There is plenty to see here from famed Birdhouse City with its over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings, to the Whattam's Memorial Walkway. There are 20 km of trails, including biking trails.
Go Green this Hallowe'en!
 
Halloween is right around the corner. This year make it eco-friendly with natural decorations from the backyard. Carve Hallowe'en pumpkins and toast the seeds for a healthy treat or feed them to the birds.

Buy locally produced foods, candies and treats. Look for goodies with minimal packaging or those made packaged in recycled materials.

After Halloween don't throw your costume away, donate it, save it or give it away to friends or family.

Trick or Treat by walking around your neighborhood instead of driving to another destination. Get to know your neighbors, reduce your carbon emissions and help keep the streets safe for other walkers.

Make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter
feeds for more green tips.
Species of the Month: Lake Sturgeon

The Lake Sturgeon is Canada's largest freshwater fish. The largest ever recorded was two metres long, although most found today are smaller. It has five rows of bony plates along the back and sides and its skin is covered with tiny tooth-like projections that make it feel like sandpaper. Males live to be about 55 years old and females up to 80 years.

This large freshwater fish lives in the shallow areas of lakes and large rivers and migrates every year to swift flowing water to spawn, usually between early May and late June.

Lake Sturgeons have a toothless mouth that forms a tube to suck up food from the lake bottom such as insect larvae, crayfish, mollusks and small fish.

The Lake Sturgeon is listed as being of Special Concern in Ontario. Threats to this species include overharvesting for meat and caviar, habitat destruction and water quality issues.  This fish is protected under the Provincial Fisheries Act. Recreational fishing for Lake Sturgeon in Quinte is prohibited.
In This Issue
Wildwood Academy
A fun, all weather playgroup

Family Space and Quinte Conservation have teamed up to provide an exciting outdoor play-based learning program at Potter's Creek Conservation Area in Belleville.  Activities are geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers.The program runs every Friday from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.

Click here to find out more about Wildwood Academy
Stay Connected with Quinte Conservation
Quinte Conservation has a wide variety of e-newsletters that cover topics such as camping, source water protection, flood information and more.  Click the link below for a complete list of newsletters we offer. 
Trees
Contact Us
Quinte Conservation
RR # 2, 2061 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON
K8N 4Z2

email:
Phone: (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312
www.quinteconservation.ca
Connect with Us
 
Facebook  Twitter  YouTube
Sign Up
Quinte Conservation, 2061 Old Highway 2, RR#2, Belleville, Ontario K8N 4Z2 Canada
 
 
 
 
Quinte Area Bird Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 24, 2016 at 06:00 AM

Golden-crowned Kinglet.Photo by Garry Kirsch Golden-crowned Kinglet. Photo by Garry KirschTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


 

with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond

 

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Please e-mail your sightings directly to   Terry Sprague


This is where you can tell us what you have been seeing around the Quinte area and in your backyard. Sightings are posted daily, so we encourage you to report your bird sightings, anecdotes, and other wildlife discoveries for everyone to enjoy. To report your sightings, just click my name above.  


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Lots of birding activity this weekend, at least in the Kingston/Prince Edward Point/Presqu’ile areas, as attendees to the Ontario Filed Ornithologists took advantage of the plethora of field trips offered. Many of the reports from those field trips are from yesterday, but results from today’s and tomorrow’s trips will be reported on as information comes in.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Long-billed Dowitcher. Photo by Brenda KostiukWhat started as a very windy and miserably wet hike ended with a great raptor and BLUE JAY flight. Seventeen brave birders handled the high winds and rain at Prince Edward Point early in the day to be rewarded with many low warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, towhees and the flyby LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (file photo by Breda Kostiuk)  After lunch, the group birded the Point Petre area and was rewarded with a significant raptor and BLUE JAY flight. A praiseworthy 90 species of birds were found at day’s end. Take a gander at these totals:  31 BALD EAGLES of which at least 28 were migrating. At one point, there were as many as five eagles at one time above the group. Also seen - 43 NORTHERN HARRIERS, several OSPREYS, PEREGRINE FALCONS and MERLINS. Some 2,000 BLUE JAYS in migration, 15 species of warblers – an amazing day to say the least. At time of writing, no list of total species seen specific to Prince Edward Point had been submitted to eBird, but that may appear later. Some species that were reported though were AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, RED-EYED VIREO and SCARLET TANAGER.
 
HASTINGS
From Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville, 27 species present today. Among the more noteworthy were 43 BLUE JAYS, 2 each of GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, an AMERICAN PIPIT, 7 CEDAR WAXWINGS, a FIELD SPARROW and 2 warbler species – COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and PALM WARBLER. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, a NELSON’S SPARROW was seen.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
And, what’s a an OFO convention without a trip to famed Amherst Island?  Two areas of interest on the Friday trips. The Sand Beach Wetlands were in fine fettle, yielding some 26 species. Species of interested there included BROAD-WINGED HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN PIPIT, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 7 warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED (8). Closer to the east end of the island, a PALM WARBLER  was seen there, too, in the Owl Woods, along with a WILSON’S WARBLER. Also putting in an appearance were EASTERN TOWHEE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HOUSE WREN, EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS. Good birding was had, too, at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons where 27 birders on Friday found over 40 species. There, too, a BLUE JAY migration was noted with 62 counted. Other high numbers were 25 PALM WARBLERS. Species more reflective of a sewage lagoon were 10 waterfowl species, among them 25 GADWALL, 55 MALLARDS, 16 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a dozen NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 10 REDHEADS, , 7 WOOD DUCKS, 150 CANADA GEESE and a HOODED MERGANSER. A PIED-BILLED GREBE  was also seen. Also noted, were six shorebird species, including a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Eurasian Wigeon. File photo by Ian DickinsonAn OFO field trip to Kingston’s Lemoine Point produced almost 60 species. Five WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS  were seen as this species makes it way into our area on fall migration. The same number of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 200 BLUE JAYS, 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 1 SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and 9 species of warbler. Also on the waterfront, Elevator Bay added to its laurels as a prime birding area in Kingston by producing a male EURASIAN WIGEON (file photo by Ian Dickinson of Belleville) . Its counterpart, the AMERICAN WIGEON, numbered 29. Birders were also birding from the parking lot at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre where the OFO are basing themselves this weekend. One birder managed to tally 25 species, primarily from the adjacent marsh which included no fewer than 30 SWAMP SPARROWS, 2 GADWALLS, 6 WOOD DUCKS, a NORTHERN SHOVELER and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Strangely, only 5 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were present to share in the excitement of the weekend.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The OFO didn’t restrict its field trips to just the Kingston area. With Presqu’ile Park being within easy driving distance, a field trip there yesterday resulted in 60 species passing before the group’s binoculars and spotting scopes. Four juvenile DUNLIN and 35 SANDERLINGS were counted as these species fill in the spaces on the beaches, vacated by other species that have moved on. Still a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVER around – 16 of them. Also 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 3 AMERICAN  and 8 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT numbers were high – at least, 1200 of them. One highlight was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL which has been present for a few days, loafing with other gulls. A dead YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found on Gull Island. Other good birds seen on yesterday’s OFO field trip included BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREOS, 3 MERLINS, 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, and 11 warbler species.
 

 
 
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