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Unusual Garden Birds #1

Passer terracottensis Impaled on metal spikes in the tomato patch, perhaps by larder stocking Shrikes, is a small flockette of Terracotta Sparrows protecting the eyes of unwary gardeners. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) [...]

2018-08-26T11:15:07+00:00Sunday, August 26, 2018|

The Town’s Elephants

Elephants and a Redstart Mooching around the town one day this week we realised we were in the presence of a troop of well-trained and silent elephants watching us from over a garden fence. Hard to know if this was a deliberate effect created by the owner of the property, but it was striking [...]

2018-08-26T11:16:10+00:00Friday, August 24, 2018|

Photograph “Collections”

As regular visitors will be only too well aware, not much gets posted in this journal that isn't accompanied by an illustration - some merely informative or illustrative but some, I hope, a little better than that. If you don't often visit the Photography page you might not be aware that there a small [...]

2018-08-22T13:35:49+00:00Wednesday, August 22, 2018|

Fungi in the Forest

A few days ago while showing a visiting friend the trails in the Morgan Arboretum we realized that we were surrounded by a wide variety of beautiful fungi ... well, not surrounded perhaps but there were, and are, a heck of a lot of them. Consequently we decided to return, this time with camera [...]

2018-08-18T17:59:05+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

2018-08-28T13:10:06+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Morning light – autumn approaches

Summer is closing down from today ... Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other. Summer is starting to put [...]

2018-08-10T16:29:49+00:00Friday, August 10, 2018|

“Stabilimentum” Weaver

Argiope aurantia - the Yellow Garden Spider Despite being the "common" garden spider in this part of the world Argiope aurantia is not necessarily the commonest spider in our gardens ... but when it does appear, what a beauty. This one of the orb web spider, which is to say the group of spiders that [...]

2018-08-09T14:44:21+00:00Monday, August 6, 2018|

Indigo Bunting – The Scottish Connection

Passerina cyanea - Indigo Bunting During an expedition to the arboretum primarily focussed on high summer forest flowers (yes, there are some) we happened upon an Indigo Bunting singing from a high point of "the branchery" and realised there was another just behind us and a third singing close by. It's not often you [...]

2018-08-28T13:12:50+00:00Thursday, August 2, 2018|

Eastern Comma Butterfly

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

2018-07-28T17:15:38+00:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

Garden Splendours

Time for a short update to the wildlife garden notes … some recent observations: Firstly, after 20 years in the garden we have finally recorded the visit of a chipmunk that was, what else, investigating the ground under the bird feeders. Interestingly, a recent discussion on a town residents' Facebook group was about recent [...]

2018-08-09T14:46:59+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|