A pre-dawn hummer goes for the nectar at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Long, thoughtful posts, full of depth and perspective, aren’t always possible at the best of times. They’re even harder when you’re trying to post every day for thirty days as a sort of shadow NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month – a poor […]
Worth Repeating: Going Squirrelly
It’s squirrel feeder bird feeder time again. So (as Sarah has been at a seminar all day, and I have been tending to family things) we thought you might enjoy re-reading this post of Sarah’s from the spring. It’s called: A Bit of a Chat with a Squirrel at my Bird Feeder Me: Oh, […]
House sparrows beware!
I’d never thought much about house sparrows, except to notice that they’re among the most-frequent visitors to my bird feeder (whenever Sarah fills it for me). Then, a few days ago, my neighbour M called me over to show me his homemade sparrow deterrent, based on the Magic Halo. He’d made the halo frame from […]
Keeping deer out of the garden
On a visit this summer to Earth Bound Gardens in the Bruce Peninsula I discovered their very effective way of keeping deer out of the garden, particularly their hosta and lily glade. These were being regularly eaten down to nubs until they used this simple trick. Their hosta bed is in a clearing, surrounded on […]
Baby raccoon season in Toronto
They’re out of the nest with Mum and starting to explore. Hang on to your everything movable. They’d be evil if they weren’t so darned cute. Be very, very… um, what would be a good word?
Bats!!! In the Belfry (Where Else?)
I live in an apartment in the city most of the time, but I have a place in the country, where my big garden is. Oh, the joys of having a Place in the Country! The fresh air, the space, the moon, the stars, the wildlife….the…wildlife that actually lives in your house, with you. Strike […]
How do you love a cat that does this to a bird?
A concrete bunny watching over this poor downy woodpecker. This Saturday morning, as I was peacefully reading in bed, my cat’s head popped through the cat flap. I realized with a sick thud that she had something in her mouth. Something big and animal sized. I let out a “Noooooo” and went chasing after her […]
Do squirrels possess superpowers?
Well, let’s look at the criteria – or, shall we say, critter-ia? – for superpowerfulosity in squirrels. It certainly appears they can fly. Just try to place a birdfeeder somewhere they can’t reach. In a single bound. They have a secret identity. Sure, they look cute and fluffy, hopping along the fence like Pepé LePew. […]
Going squirrely: Caught in the act
Just a quick one, which I’d like to caption: No. I. Think. Not. Feeder now indoors. However, this begs the question: will feeding the squirrels keep them away from beheading my tulips? Add your voice here.
A Bit of a Chat with a Squirrel at my Bird Feeder
Me: Oh, it’s you again. Squirrel: Oh, hey, hi! If it isn’t Lady Bountiful! Thanks for putting out this amaaazing spread! I LOVE what you’re doing here! (Nom nom nom-like scarfing noises) Me: Yeah. Really, um, about that. The spread. I actually….hmm, how do I put this….the spread, It’s really meant for…you know…the birds. Like […]
Wild About Gardening! A Beautiful Website
Environmentally friendly publications and websites very often lack funds for professional graphics, and frequently come across as lacklustre and sad looking. It’s the bad side of the leftover 70s Hippie Culture: poor, underground, overlooked, just scraping by. So I was thrilled in more ways than one to click on this website this morning on a […]
Project CHIRP! – Making a home for Migrating Songbirds at YOUR home
Just discovered Project Chirp! when I went to the Civic Garden Centre the other day. The Garden Centre store was closed, alas – I had been hoping for some inspiring garden browsing on a cold January day – but the library was open, as well as the brochure stand, which was full of info. I […]