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Teenage Blue Jay has a bath

Teenagers are infamous for their aversion to bathing but tis was a particularly hot and humid early September day and this fellow and his sibling felt they really needed to cool off whatever ... Teenager?  Yes, he/she has most of the adult feathers but the neck and chest are still somewhat "fluffy". Also, at [...]

2018-09-03T15:53:03+00:00Monday, September 3, 2018|

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|

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|

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|

Northern Flicker

An early feeding trip for a local family of Northern Flickers brought three of them together into the garden this week. They were especially interested in insects lurking amongst the stones on "the beach". Flickers are, for whatever reason, exceptionally nervous birds that fly away if anyone comes closer to them than they deem [...]

2018-07-27T08:50:58+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]

2018-07-21T19:31:28+00:00Saturday, July 21, 2018|

Summer Morning in the Arboretum

Birds, flowers, butterflies and photographs High summer is one of the very best times to go wandering in the arboretum because for the most part you have it to yourself and that means the wildlife is much closer and more easily observed. We saw birds close up today that usually stay well away from [...]

2018-07-12T16:02:50+00:00Thursday, July 12, 2018|

Just Some Garden Images from the Week

Apart from the fact that the days are warming up and we have had some heavy rain mixed with bright sunny days the main thing to note is that everything is growing like billy-o and the birds are enjoying their time spent in the garden. Lilacs Mostly Dogwoods Magnolia [...]

2018-05-26T17:54:29+00:00Saturday, May 26, 2018|

Garden Birds in May

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak first seen the week before stuck around for several days, coming several times to the feeders and to take a bath in the pond. Mammals were active with a baby rabbit appearing (nibble those dandelions young rabbit, earn your keep) and a skunk wombled through one evening, moving just fast enough [...]

2018-05-20T10:31:37+00:00Saturday, May 19, 2018|