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Getting More Seasonal

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2017, and What's Been Happening?.

~ The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October.  The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground. We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside.  One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass.  For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting.  But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been
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2sDay Goldfinches

Categories: 2sDay.

It’s 2sDay and time for photos of two of the same things. Today is another rainy day, so I dug back in the photo archives to find some photos to share. This one was taken a year or so ago when the goldfinches were snacking on the seeds of the cosmos plant. This one was taken in April 2017 as the goldfinches were turning to their summer yellow. This one was taken at the beginning of May 2017 … much more yellow. Goldfinches are year round visitors to the garden and enjoy food from the various feeders, even  the hanging
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Categories: Birds.

Goldfinches are year round visitors to our garden.   Their colour depends on the season, with the males being more yellow in the late spring and summer months and a duller yellow in the winter.  The female is usually a dull yellow all year round, but they do get a bit brighter in the summer.  Goldfinches are one of the only birds that moult in the spring and fall giving the colour change.  These birds average about 11 cm. in length and can weigh up to 11 grams. The short, conical beak is typical of seed eating birds.  The love
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