/Tag: squirrels

The Last Berry

"Mine, All mine!" There are two Viburnum bushes near the house, one a native species and one a horticultural cultivar. Usually the berries stay on the bushes through most of the winter as although to us they look bright and juicy it is evident that most wildlife only resort to them once all the [...]

2018-11-25T16:10:49-05:00Friday, November 23, 2018|

“Berries – Red Berries!”

Snack time The red berries on the Viburnum bushes are being eaten early this winter ... with some of the outside staff putting in excess energy to reach them. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 [...]

2018-11-17T12:46:57-05:00Saturday, November 17, 2018|

First Week of April

This week the garden is hanging onto the cusp between late winter and (very) early spring - the sun, when it appears, is quite warm but the air is not at all warm and when the wind blows, especially off the river which is still frozen, it is decidedly cold. Last week we wrote [...]

2018-04-08T11:24:03-05:00Saturday, April 7, 2018|

“Springtime in Paradise”

It's been snowing ... Mid-March in Montreal we wouldn't expect anything else - other than that friends from milder climates are sharing pictures of green grass and spring flowers while our brave clump of snowdrops that was standing tall yesterday is once again (third time) buried from site. Nevertheless, it's been a beautiful morning [...]

2018-03-14T13:10:04-05:00Wednesday, March 14, 2018|

Strange happenings with trees this winter

Early in the week the garden we enjoyed a light snowfall - didn’t last long - that prettied-up the leaves and branches for a while. Our Northern Cardinals were still moving around in their small same-sex groups and all six House Finches spent time squabbling over the food we provide alongside a couple of [...]

2017-12-03T09:31:03-05:00Saturday, December 2, 2017|

Birds and Berries

At the start of the week we noticed that despite temperatures barely rising above freezing for several days and, in fact, achieving a record low temperature for the date in this area, the Japanese Acer still has most of its leaves, although they do look somewhat crumpled. The regenerated Euonymus disappointingly has shown no [...]

2017-11-18T16:34:28-05:00Saturday, November 18, 2017|

One step forward, one back …

It’s still not spring … Friday saw yet another dump of snow, not a huge one like last week’s but enough to be a nuisance. A month ago, 23 February to be exact, a tiny patch of snow at the base of a tree cleared away and a couple of snowdrops put their heads [...]

2017-11-22T08:42:16-05:00Saturday, March 25, 2017|

The Snow Retreats (slowly)

Red-breated Nuthatch Putting in a first appearance this winter in the garden was a Red-breasted Nuthatch to join the pair of White-breasted Nuthatches we have been entertained by more regularly. The RBNU are a more northern species than the WBNU and Montreal is pretty much as far south as they venture. He/she [...]

2017-03-11T12:17:55-05:00Saturday, March 11, 2017|

Dopes in Winter

Quite the week for snow as winter finally starts to show signs, albeit very slight signs, of heading towards the end of its run. Days are notably longer and the sun is higher in the sky each morning. All that and it's been a good week for birds ... there are photographs below: Along [...]

2017-02-18T17:40:23-05:00Saturday, February 18, 2017|

Starting A New Year in the Garden (with wildlife)

New Year's Day 2017 Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.  Benjamin Franklin … and here we are at last with edition number one of of the Gardening for Wildlife weekly(ish) Journal. If you are new here, we published a test piece [...]

2017-04-09T13:19:40-05:00Friday, December 30, 2016|