Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Backyard Critters

Addy spends a lot of time bird watching.
Lots of goldfinches this year.
I made up some suet just before Christmas and have hung them on the apple tree
I used my donut baking pan to mold these ones.
.....And clothes line
Used my Bundt pan for this one
Our heated water bath attracts A Lot of winged visitors
The Goldfinches and a House Finch facing the morning sun to "get the chill off"
Discovered this lil fella hopping around the other morning.
And this little guy looks like he is ready to take a football pass.
" hut hut hut"


Sunday, January 19, 2014

HB's Big Year

A couple years ago HB did an Ontario Big Year and had quite a bit of success.
Now that he is capital "S" semi retired he has lots of time to do another.
However this time he is concentrating on the county we live in -- Lanark.
You can read all about it here ---
I usually tag along once a week to be another set of eyeballs and take some pictures.

The weather has been okay although the last couple of times we've been out it has not been conducive to good picture taking
We usually pack up a lunch, a few cookies, and the always welcome tea thermos.
A few weeks ago we were ready to head home when HB got a text from one his birding buddys saying there were Snowy Owls sighted.
So off we went in search of them.
After searching close to an hour we were ready to give up when SWOOP this guy flew across a field and landed majestically on a light standard.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Magical Reindeer Mix

I want to give a shout out to Crafty Gardener
For this truly magical idea
This is a mixture of bird seed, oats, and Christmas sprinkles so Santa's reindeer will be able to see your house!
I sent some to my sweet grand kiddos in Alberta.
The kiddys were suffering from a nasty flu bug starting a few days before Christmas .
Riley having it way worse than Miles.
She was really sick for about 5 days ( vomiting, diarrhea, and not wanting to eat anything.)
We were all very concerned .
So daughter Holly took Miles outside Christmas Eve to scatter the mix.
Riley dragged her sick little self outside to help her brother.
It was terrific to see her wee smile doing this.
Riley is feeling much better and eating terrifically..