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Somewhere it is Spring

We are surrounded by slick vistas of polished ice over deep snow … and will be for weeks to come. Somewhere, however, spring is already here and so we have something to look forward to. This picture was taken in a Suffolk nature reserve about four or five years ago towards the end of [...]

2018-01-26T15:39:23+00:00 Friday, January 26, 2018|

The Weekly Views (14-20 January 2018)

A few images from the past seven days ... and that's all (Click any thumbnail below to see images at full size) ** There is no journal entry from the wildlife garden this week ... too much snow, too much winter, not much new to tell you about. Normal service will be resumed before [...]

2018-01-20T12:21:44+00:00 Saturday, January 20, 2018|

Not a Productive Gardening Week

Really this has been a dreadful week for the gardening-inclined. On Monday we had beautiful deep and fluffy snow and temperatures down in the minus-twenties. Nice to look at and the sky was blue but not gardening weather beyond getting out the shovel and digging paths through the snow to clear access to the [...]

2018-01-13T15:00:34+00:00 Saturday, January 13, 2018|

Cooper’s Hawk

This fine Cooper's Hawk was very keen to be photographed when he came and sat in the maple tree overlooking our bird feeders. Lovely birds. People sometimes say that they never see any interesting birds in their gardens (or elsewhere) but mostly that is simply that they don't spend time looking. Patience. [...]

2018-01-11T15:13:31+00:00 Sunday, January 7, 2018|

Starting the year – thoughts on bird feeding

(1) The value of wildlife gardens And so we come to a new gardening year and more opportunities for making our own small or large home patches welcoming to wildlife. We will get to what has been happening in this garden shortly (snow mostly ) but it’s an opportune time for us to pause [...]

2018-01-06T12:44:37+00:00 Saturday, January 6, 2018|

The Weekly Views (1-6 January 2018)

Some interesting photographs from the period 1-6 January 2018 (click any thumbnail to see the images at full size) This weeks views ... Snow cushioned in the divided trunk of a paper birch tree Cat-tails backlit by a winter sun This and image #4 are two pictures of the [...]

2018-01-04T12:34:01+00:00 Saturday, January 6, 2018|

The Baie-D’Urfé “Ent”

This old tree stands guard on the shore of the bay, watching the comings and goings of small boats and waterbirds.  The photographers boots filled with snow .... what looked like a promising image turned into a very cold and wet one :) 

2018-01-04T12:39:06+00:00 Thursday, January 4, 2018|

2017 – A Year in the Wildlife Garden

A Good Year Thus we come to the end of another year of wildlife gardening in our small suburban "nature reserve". We have enjoyed telling you, week by week, what we have done and seen and enjoyed and we know from comments received that many readers of the journal have found something to interest [...]

2017-12-30T17:09:55+00:00 Saturday, December 30, 2017|