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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|

Not a Bluebell Wood

In the town where I live there is a small wooded copse adjacent to the Fritz Farm Community Centre that for most of the year is nothing very special but just now is carpeted by a rather glorious collection of blue flowers. A few days ago, seeking interesting mosses (I do stuff like [...]

2020-04-21T11:31:27-04:00Tuesday, April 21, 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|

First Birds

Gradually the snow is melting and daytime temperatures are mostly a touch above freezing point )well below at night) - even the very first snowdrop shoot has popped its head up. The early returning birds have appeared - principally huge clocks of Canada Geese and plenty of male Red-winged Blackbirds strutting their [...]

2020-03-19T12:06:07-04:00Sunday, 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|

… and Juncoes

The garden bird interest continues - after yesterday's unbeatable visit of a group of Eastern Bluebirds. Dark-eyed Juncoes. hardly uncommon at this time of year, we see them daily. However small, dark birds silhouetted against bright white snow are far from the easiest things to get decent photographs of. Well, no longer. [...]

2020-01-18T12:58:51-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

January Bluebirds

Bluebirds in Mid-Winter !!! It's the 17 January, the sun is shining from a clear blue sky, temperatures are -16C (with windchill -27C) and there we are, sitting in the warm reading the papers when a small bird lands in the viburnum bush just outside. A quick glance, not expecting anything other [...]

2020-01-18T15:03:45-05:00Friday, January 17, 2020|

Garden Birds 2019 (illustrated)

We no longer keep detailed birding "lists" just for the sake of keeping lists, but we do keep records to track what happens where and when through the seasons and year by year. Today is New Year's Day 2020 - and time to record how many birds were seen in our garden during the [...]

2020-01-05T12:40:01-05:00Wednesday, January 1, 2020|
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