Pollinators: An Interactive Poster from the Canadian Wildlife Federation

Pollinator poster

It’s very interesting to note how many different types of wildlife drink the sap running in the trees at this time of year.

Click on link below to check out info on Canadian pollinators and some of the native plants they frequent.

http://cwf-fcf.org/en/discover-wildlife/flora-fauna/fauna/explore-our-pollinators.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

Mar. 21, 2016: Small flock of Bohemian waxwings in our front yard

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous) Ottawa Valley, Mar. 21, 2016
Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous) Ottawa Valley, Mar. 21, 2016

Was greeted upon my arrival home today by a small flock of Bohemian waxwings in the black cherry tree waiting to pick off the ornamental crab apples in the tree below it. I watched for awhile, got a few shots, and felt privileged for having seen and heard these little beauties.

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous) in black cherry tree, Ottawa Valley, Mar.21, , 2016, O
Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous) in black cherry tree, Ottawa Valley, Mar.21, , 2016, O

 

First Day of Spring – Vernal Equinox 2016

First red-winged blackbird of spring in our staghorn sumac
First red-winged blackbird of spring in our staghorn sumac

A cold but sunny first day of spring today, and looking forward to the rising temperatures that accompany the lengthening hours of daylight. The first signs of spring have come to us this year in the sights and sounds of a male red-winged black bird, the long sought-after robins and the uplifting flocks of geese with their unmistakeable  honks of arrival. The chipmunks are very active (obviously hungry), and the general birdsong is glorious!

Newly arrived American robin in Freeman maple
Newly arrived American robin in Freeman maple

Happy spring!

Birdhouse Guidelines

http://birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/birdhouse-guidelines/?trkid=FBPAGE_BNB_20160316_Attracting_BirdHouses_Birding_GardeningBasics_Article

For anyone wondering about attracting birds with birdhouses, here are some guidelines. Of note, decorative birdhouses that do not meet these guidelines can sometimes be dangerous to birds, as they can expose them to risks such as overheating, predation, breakage, dropping and overexposure to the elements.

March 17, 2016 A Day of Firsts

DSCF6794While I suppose I really should be organizing information and setting up my brand new website (Wildlife Gardening Canada), I’ve been outside in the yard over the past two days enjoying the somewhat warmer weather and noticing some of the coveted “firsts” of the season. Although there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground, I was taken bDSCF6783y surprise by the first fly of the year, and this was a welcome sight and sound. It must mean that the birds will have some insects to eat after all, even if the “pickins are slim” (although these purple finches seem to be faring well under the sunflower feeder). To add to the list of firsts were yesterday’s robins, a male cardinal (not seen since January), and a thunderstorm looming overhead in the Ottawa Valley as I write this!  What a great way to usher in the upcoming first official day of spring, 2016. The long-suffered bout of cabin fever is finally giving way to new beginnings. Isn’t it true that we tend to appreciate most what we have been doing without? One of the things I love about living in Canada is the distinct seasons.