Plentiful earthworms and water draws the thrushes and robins.
This is why I wanted to have a pond: enlarge for better view–
Obviously the pond is far from finished, but at least now I have an electrical outlet to run the pump. Stay tuned for the finished product…
Winter interest part 2
I mentioned in the previous post that ways to create winter interest in our garden is to “think of the aspects to the garden that you like through the rest of the year, and then find winter tolerant providers– texture, colour, movement, smell”.
So a quick note on “movement”.
Wind causing movement of feathery plants:
Water flowing from fountain or stream:
Here in coastal BC, we don’t often have to worry about freezing temperatures when it comes to water. But if you do, you may not have the luxury of letting your fountains continue fountaining through the winter. Check your night-time temperatures, and if it’s going to be below 0° C, just keeping it running through the night might be enough to keep it liquid. Unless it’s well below 0°.
Birds of course create an delightful amount of movement, and even more so if you provide “some of their favourite things”–food and water.
This feeder is filled with mostly black sunflower seed top and middle, and then Nyjer in the bottom section. (I was disappointed to learn that most Nyjer seed is imported from Africa or India. So much for 100-mile diet!) Enlarge the following clip to get better view of the house finches “eating and spitting”.
Besides keeping the feeder filled, I like to leave faded flower stems in the garden in the fall instead of doing a fall clean-up, so the birds can enjoy the seeds.
Stay tuned for the next post on “Water in the Landscape”.
This article, “City hopes bird strategy will take flight”, appeared in today’s Vancouver Sun. Apparently Vancouver aims to make the area increasingly bird-friendly, and city management will tell us how to do that. Which is what I’ve been writing about since I started RLGS.
(Sorry for all the links–better than cutting and pasting.)
You’ll know by now how much I love the critters (some of them, anyway–not too partial to rats, but haven’t seen any lately…) that frequent my garden. I try to have a wildlife-friendly space, following the principles I’ve written about. It helps that across the street is a wide, wild border of shrubs and trees providing lots of nesting/shelter habitat.
So you’ll forgive me for getting a little obsessed with taking pictures and vids of my local avian friends, and for making you party to the obsession.
All of a sudden, boy hummingbirds are visiting and girl hummingbirds are nowhere to be seen. Anyone know why? This one below much think he’s a dog!
These birds don’t really need my feeders since there’s a lot of seeds and bugs around in the winter here. But by putting the feeders up I get to appreciate them, and am increasingly inspired to make my garden as fauna-friendly as possible.