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Alphabetical Garden Tour – F

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The flowers and foliage on the garden tour include (from top left across)  four o’clocks, fuchsia, feverfew, foxglove, and ferns.  I”m sure you figured out the letter of the week is F. It’s time for my weekly alphabetical garden tour to share what’s in the garden starting with F (birds, plants, whimsy and more). This garden series is not necessarily the garden in its present state. It covers the four seasons and photos are from my garden archives. Feathered friends include finches (both purple and gold), the flycatcher and flickers. The fairies aren’t to be left out.  Every garden deserves some whimsy
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In the Flicker of an Eye

Categories: Birds.

The Northern flickers are ground feeding woodpeckers that usually come in April through October as they pass through.  They mainly eat ants and beetles but will eat fruit and seeds. I am always thrilled to see this bird especially just a few days after my cataract surgery in 2015 and recognized it right away, without even having my glasses on.  Just a week before the surgery I would of had to been wearing my glasses and then zoom in with the camera to make the positive identification. The flicker has a long curved beak to peck into the ground.  As
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Red Shafted Flicker

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

On our trip to British Columbia, Canada in November 2011 we were fascinated to see many different species of birds.Here are some photos of the red shafted flicker that frequently visited our daughter’s garden.We first spotted the flicker sitting on a fence post at the back of the garden.  Just look at all those spots on its belly.  He looked very much like the flickers we have here in Ontario, but a bit of searching in the bird books told me that the red shafted ones live in Western Canada and the yellow shafted flickers are the ones we see
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