Cooler today (Thanksgiving – big pork roast tonight with squash, apples, potatoes, sundry green veg, some pinot noir and so on) but bright, encouraging us to get into the garden and move things aorund, tidy up, cover garden furniture for the cold months ahead and plant many, many bulbs plus nine rows of garlic.

The wire mesh and wood frame cat run we have used for the past ten years to keep the cats controlled while out of doors has finally outlived itself and we decided to dis-assemble it, revealing quite a large are of garden that we can turn to a more aesthetic purpose next spring although its main use will be more native and bird-friendly shrubs etc to attract birs to our feeders.  Lots to do.

Late afternoon quite a strong wind arose and brought with it lots and lots of little birds who stopped for a rummage in the garden as they passed through on their long journey to the tropics.  Juncos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows being the principle visitors … the guy below found some very interesting leaf littler under a wooden chair on the deck and spent quite some time fossicking about finding food to sustain him.  The feederwatch season will start in a few weeks time.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow