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First Winter Finches

Pine Siskins Predictions have been that winter finches of several species are going to be coming south in some numbers this year due a poor cone crop in the boreal forests - well, it's started very early indeed with the arrival in the garden of a half dozen Pine Siskins (accompanied by a not [...]

2018-10-19T15:18:21-05:00Friday, October 19, 2018|

Morning sunlight (garden)

Low sunlight this morning illuminated our neighbours trees 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) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of these images, but [...]

2018-10-14T10:26:04-05:00Sunday, October 14, 2018|

Saturday lunchtime in the garden

Walking about ... Spent several hours this morning working in the town park just down the road to help with the planting of 224 new trees from some 33 different native species to enhance and extend the wooded area already there. Feeling rather stiff this afternoon I took the camera for a walk around [...]

2018-10-13T13:18:43-05:00Saturday, October 13, 2018|

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

A "Whaaat the heck is that ... ??!" Moment We have been extraordinarily lucky, helped by cunning garden design and planting, over the years to get the high garden bird count that we have amassed but this afternoon we were sitting quietly having a cup of tea when J  grabbed her binoculars and called "Whaaat [...]

2018-10-11T15:59:05-05:00Thursday, October 11, 2018|

White-throated Sparrow

The upgraded waterfall had a visitor ... White-throated Sparrow, a spring and fall visitor during migration seasons. All gardens should have waterfalls. 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) License … which really just means [...]

2018-10-09T13:29:55-05:00Tuesday, October 9, 2018|

On Gardening …

The Glory of the Garden Thanks to a good gardener friend in England, Penny, for drawing our attention to this excellent piece of Kiplingiana ... the plaque in the featured image is to be found at Gunby Hall, a National Trust property in Lincolnshire. OUR England is a garden that is full of stately views, [...]

2018-10-05T18:00:37-05:00Friday, October 5, 2018|

Upgrading the (Famous) Bird Pond

Making the pond more attractive ... to birds as well as ourselves Almost as long as J and I have been gardening here, say 20 years, we have had a pond. My back still remembers digging the hole one very hot and dry summer at a rate of about ten shovels-full a day after [...]

2018-09-30T13:21:58-05:00Thursday, September 27, 2018|

Inky Cap Fungi – Fairy parasols

Pleated Inkcap A small group of these tiny fungi appeared on the lawn this morning. I am suggesting Parasola plicatilis, the Pleated Inkcap, as the species because (a) it appears to have the necessary field features and (b) this is the commonest species of the Coprinoid (Inky Cap) group of fungi in this area. Having [...]

2018-09-19T10:22:36-05:00Wednesday, September 19, 2018|

Woodpecker eviction 

Nest-hole Renovations In the front garden there is a large, old and rather magnificent paper birch tree. In fact so magnificent it was a reason we chose to buy this house 20 years ago. The tree has three trunks, one of which has shown signs of rot for a while now and the top [...]

2018-09-16T11:52:50-05:00Friday, September 14, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-09-03T15:53:03-05:00Monday, September 3, 2018|