New Summer Resident

Great Crested Flycatcher A garden resident this summer where we have several tall trees from which it can sally forth any after passing flying food. It's been around and calling for a couple of weeks but only now did it pose for its portrait. Great Crested Flycatchers are sit-and-wait predators, sallying from high [...]

2020-06-14T15:53:24-04:00Sunday, June 14, 2020|

Socially Distant Gardening – update 24 May

There is a famous phrase from a chidrens’ poem written in the 1760s by Isaac Watts that asks: “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour?” ... and the answer in our case is by industrious labouring in our Socially Distant Garden. What, you will be wondering, loyal reader, has [...]

2020-05-23T14:08:33-04:00Sunday, May 24, 2020|

Migration Wave

After  over a week of unseasonably cold northerly winds that held spring bird migration back things changed overnight and we are in a south-westerly air flow that's a bit warmer. Quite a change and we have spent half the day glued to the windows watching the garden, especially the waterfall, as bird [...]

2020-05-17T15:52:23-04:00Sunday, May 17, 2020|

May-Day Bird Day

May-Day turned out to be a very birdy day in the (locked-down) garden starting with ten or a dozen White-throated Sparrows who stuck around all day and were busy singing to the accompaniment of more of their kind in gardens up and down the road. You can never have too many Sparrows. [...]

2020-05-13T15:48:49-04:00Sunday, May 3, 2020|

Hermit Thrush (video)

A Hermit Thrush briefly showed this morning and posed nicely for these photographs as he went about his business looking for food on the rough grass. I managed to grab a short video as well - there were ten seconds of camera shake in the middle where the camera lens caught the [...]

2020-04-26T11:38:29-04:00Sunday, April 26, 2020|

An occasional report from a self-distancing garden (Part 2)

Mourning Cloak butterfly, appeared in the garden last week after overwintering in a sheltering crack somewhere We spend a lot of our lives doing gardening things and watching the wildlife regardless of whether the virus and the government allow us to wander further afield. Despite that, however, there is a [...]

2020-05-17T17:20:26-04:00Sunday, April 12, 2020|

Socially Distant Gardening – A Beginning

Solitude with a Spade - A New Garden Journal Gardening is balm for the soul Coronavirus is here and until there is a treatment or a vaccine, at least a year away, it is sensible to be realistic and accept that social distancing at least is going to be with us for [...]

2020-03-22T12:16:00-04:00Sunday, March 22, 2020|

Pink Valentine Squirrel

Messy Eater Blood on the Snow We’ve noted before that the berries on the native Viburnum triloba are eaten in the fall while those on the similar European species (Guelder rose) are left until well into the New Year. Obviously those of the native species are more palatable while the [...]

2020-02-15T16:04:02-05:00Sunday, February 16, 2020|

Lunchtime Acrobatics (video)

As faithful followers of this journal will have gathered, there are a lot of squirrels around here. Although most of our gardening is designed to provide food and shelter to birds and insects it is a given that squirrels will take advantage ... as do raccoons and skunks and mice and all sorts [...]

2020-02-02T08:22:13-05:00Sunday, February 2, 2020|

Squirrel Appreciation Day

The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day - as we were reminded throughoout the day by numerous emails and FB posts from the various conservation organizations that we support. A couple of days later this rather scruffy black-form gray squirrel visited the garden in order to do some appreciating of [...]

2020-01-25T15:18:22-05:00Sunday, January 26, 2020|
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