After the Rain

The April showers were pouring down last week, and they even included a bit of wet snow.  Rains are great for washing away the sand and grit from the winter.  In between there were some nice sunny spells, just perfect for getting outside.  But they didn’t last long and I needed to take the opportunity when it happened.   The grass is greening up and we’ll soon be hearing the lawn mower motors as everyone gets outside more.  Hopefully all this rain will fill up the water tables so those of us on wells won’t worry so much after last year’s long, hot, dry spell.

The mini crocus have been putting on a lovely show of colour in white and yellow.

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I’ve managed to turn the soil in the veggie containers, rake away some more leaves, move the big pots from the garage so they benefit from the rain, empty all the winter greenery from the big pots.

The birds flit to the feeders regardless of the weather so keeping them filled is important.  These photos were all taken through the windows on the rainy days.

The male house sparrow whom I call Jack Sparrow sits on top of the feeder pole and surveys the garden.

male house sparrow at

The house finches have returned and enjoy the safflower seed.

house finches at

The cowbirds are back!  Watch out for these bully birds.

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I saw my first sighting of the year of a pair of flickers under the spruce tree way at the back of the garden.

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Other birds visitors have been the chipping sparrow, the robins, lots of doves, a pair of cardinals, chickadees and woodpeckers.

birds visiting the gardens at

Rainy days mean lots of reading was done, along with watching the World’s Mens Curling and doing some knitting of dishcloths.

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It is lovely and sunny today, so the laundry will be hanging outside, I’ll be walking around the garden seeing what new things have popped up after the rain, and just enjoying the sunshine.  I’ve already added a few new things that are sprouting this week, and I’m hoping to discover some more or catch a glimpse of some other birds int the garden.

Have a good weekend.

I’m sharing  with Mosaic Monday, I’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters.

the gardener side at

The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Sprouting: hyacinths, Egyptian walking onions, trillium, ditch lilies, rhubarb, tulips, mini iris, daffodils, sedum, sage, poppies, sage, 

Budding: pussy willows, lilacs, honeysuckle vine

Blooming: crocus

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  1. The garden always looks so fresh after a good rainfall, I love your bird pictures how lovely to have such a great variety in your garden. I love all of M.C. Beaton books, I have the Hamish Macbeth video set but it’s not as good as the books. Have a great weekend. 🙂 xx
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  2. Eileen

    Hello, your crocus are beautiful. Love the yellow color. Sweet shots of the Sparrows, Finches and the Cowbirds. The Flicker is one of my favorite too. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. Great captures of the visitors to your garden. We are planning some ways to attract more birds to our garden this summer. They are so much fun to watch. Glad to see spring emerge in your corner.
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  4. Wow…you’re lucky to see so many yard birds! Here, in our yard there’s nothing but sparrows and doves. To see a flicker would be a real treat. I love the idea of naming your sparrow “Jack”. Cute.

    Thanks for linking up this week at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

  5. Beautiful day here even if the sun didn’t shine all that much showing 18c here.

    Great shots of the birds , I have not seen the The Flickers before. I have yet to plant crocus and I love seeing them pop up through ground the open up. On my list this fall.

  6. Kea

    I love the variety of birds you have, and the crocuses are SO pretty.

    Thanks for stopping by to wish Nicki a happy gotcha day! I hope your Nicki brought as much joy into your life as mine has. Though I often tell him he’s the reason I won’t adopt again, trouble-maker that he has been! 😀