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Moving Right into August

Categories: Books, Crafty's Projects, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

  Another month has made it’s appearance.  The weather has been changeable – from hot and humid days, to wet and windy ones.  The garden either needs watering or it is water logged with rain! The beans did amazingly well and I’ve picked lots and lots.  We’ve had several dinners and I’ve frozen lots for the winter.  They came in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste. But no matter the colour or shape when they were chopped up and put in the steamer they all looked kind of similar.  The different varieties are labelled above if you
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The Feeders are Busy

Categories: Birds.

Watching the birds at feeding time is always interesting.   So many varieties flit in and out.  We have two feeder poles in the garden, each with four types of feeders on them.  Both are located fairly close to trees so the birds can take shelter if necessary. There are other types of feeders in different locations around the garden. Enjoy some of the backyard visitors. The female grosbeak on the coconut feeder. The male grosbeak at the coconut feeder. The red bellied woodpecker at the peanut feeder. The nuthatch loves the peanut feeder too. The oriole at the new
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The Orioles Return

Categories: Birds.

One of the colourful birds of spring and summer has returned to the garden … the orioles.  The vibrant orange colour makes it easy to pick them out in the trees and their distinctive call lets us know they are around the feeders.  On Friday morning we had 3 orioles around the feeders.
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O for Orioles

Categories: Birds.

We love it when the orioles return in the spring.   Their vibrant orange makes them noticeable  high up in the pine trees.  The Northern orioles have two very closely related species … the Baltimore oriole and the Bullock’s oriole.  The Baltimore oriole, which we see the most of, has a black hood or all black head while the Bullock’s oriole has orange cheeks. As with most birds the male is the brightly coloured one and the female has more dull colours. We have an oriole feeder but use the same food we use for the hummingbirds, which is 1
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Snapping Those Visitors

Categories: Birds.

Capturing lens friends at the feeders and in the garden is becoming an obsession.  The camera is always set up on the tripod either inside or outside just waiting for that next shot.  Birds are creatures of habit, just like humans, and will feed around the same time each day.  It is also important to listen when in the garden so that you know which birds are approaching.  I have a few spots where I can set up the tripod so that it isn’t totally visible to the bird visitors.  Setting it up ahead of time means you have the
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