Temperatures are expected to warm up this week and are already very warm in many parts of the country! It is a time when you will find more birds enjoying the water you can offer whether it be in a bird bath, fountain, pond or just a simple flat dish. Everyone needs water...make certain to change or freshen it often, especially if it is "standing" or still...it will become a spot that mosquitoes will use so must be changed very often!! Drop by to see our selection of bird baths & other ways to offer water!
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We are closed today, Monday, May 21 but will be back to regular hours Tuesday, May 22!! In the meantime, have a great day, a great holiday!!
Many of our feathered friends continue to work on their nests while others are busy feeding their young! We've been watching work on a Baltimore Oriole nest as other bird species also complete their nests, are sitting on eggs or are busy with their newly-hatched chicks! As always, we have nesting products available (scroll for pics)!
If you currently have the gorgeous Rose-breasted Grosbeaks visiting your garden, are you attracting them with Safflower Seed....they really do love it!! A bonus of this seed is that some other birds generally do not care for it providing more spots at the feeders for those who do...for not only the Grosbeaks, but also the Northern Cardinals! Have a great week leading up to the holiday weekend!!
We all know how watching the birds makes us feel! We all know that we love to set up feeders, add water features, offer the best & freshest products...all in an attempt to attract & welcome the beautiful birds to our yards & gardens! In the end, "Watching Birds Near Your Home Is Good For Your Mental Health"...a fantastic column!!
Mother's Day 2018 is this Sunday, May 13th! You might find just what you have been searching everywhere for...for all the great moms on your list!! From your own mom, to your mother-in-law, to your daughter, grandmother, pet mom and more...we have fabulous ideas for all of them!! Locally-crafted soaps, nature or pet-themed Tea Towels, Beeswax Candles in all shapes, sizes (and now available in Mason Jars or Aromatherapy fragrances), Soy Candles, Scarves, Hand Bags, Gourmet Jams, Local Honey, Garden Decor, Wind Spinners...the list goes on & on! Visit our expansive space at 1830 Gainsborough Road, London, Ontario...you won't be disappointed!!
The amazing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds finally arrived in our garden yesterday!! If you weren't aware, Hummingbirds will use both an orange-coloured "oriole" feeder and/or a red hummingbird feeder...hence the reason we encourage you to only use clear nectar for the good health of all birds, not just the Hummingbirds!! And, depending on the style of your Hummingbird feeder, Orioles will often use these as well! With so many nectar-loving birds in our area, perhaps MOM could use an extra feeder in her garden!!?? Check out our superb selection if a new or additional nectar feeder is on your Mother's Day list!
We were very excited to once again welcome Indigo Buntings to our garden on Sunday, May 6 2018!! This beauty made several appearances yesterday while we sat close by watching as he took several swoops through the feeders, finally landing at his favourite....the one with White Millet & Nyjer Seed!! We are offering these two seeds in our Droll Yankees Seed Feeder...they love it!!
This Friday, May 4 has brought some very windy conditions as a cold front is about to move through the area. These conditions are not great for your bird feeders, especially those with nectar (spillage) and seed feeders could be damaged as they swing in the wind or they may lose seed. Extreme care needed this afternoon and in to the evening for anyone spending time out of doors!
Just a short time ago, "our" first Baltimore Oriole of the 2018 Migration Season arrived!! If you've been holding off filling & placing your feeders, NOW is definitely the time to do it...they will be searching for their favourite food sources & spots to make their nests!!
Migration Update - "Our" first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the season arrived in our garden this evening!! These guys are some of the most fun to welcome around the feeders & around the yard. And just so you know, they LOVE Safflower Seed!! Stop by our location at 1830 Gainsborough Road, London to stock up!
Sing it really loud....It's May, It's May, It's May!! May is such an awesome month...Buds & Blossoms will be bursting with the best colours; Birds are singing with so much joy and are on the move as nesting season will be in full swing; The earth will be warming & planted bringing plenty of satisfaction and great cheer!! Wishing everyone a fabulous month of May!!
With Hummingbirds reported in Ontario, it is the perfect time to get your feeders out, if you haven't already, as well as a good way to 'convince' them to nest in your vicinity! It is also the BEST to time remind everyone to offer CLEAR NECTAR ONLY! Please, for the health and safety of the birds, do not offer any kind of nectar containing colour. The colours of your feeders, along with your blooms & blossoms, will bring the Hummingbirds (and Orioles) to your garden. As well, there should be no colouring in the nectar that you put in your Oriole Feeders. There is no way to prevent Hummingbirds from using an oriole feeder and vice versa....colouring isn't really good for anyone, let alone the birds so the best practice is to err on the side of caution! Please also remember to change your nectar often and keep feeders clean & fresh! Thank you for giving these beauties a helping hand while also enjoying their splendor!!
Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting our Oriole Feeder Sept 2017
We really couldn't have asked for a better weather weekend to celebrate all things Earth Day! We're certain many of you were working on yards & gardens as it was pretty much the first decent days to do so! It was definitely a great time to get outside while the birds were in full chorus!!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Earth Day!! Take a few moments to enjoy everything about our planet....if we all take care of the area we call 'home', things will be much brighter for future generations!
Finally....some glorious sunshine with spring temperatures on the way! With warmer weather in the forecast, don't be surprised if you see much more action around any birdhouses that you might have in your area - Enjoy!
While the weather has been abnormally cold with snow & freezing rain, it seems that it hasn't slowed some of the migrating birds! On April 19, 2017 we had a Baltimore Oriole visit our garden. We also had salmon-coloured tulips blooming! After reminding folks of this visit on our FB page last night, a customer commented that she has already seen one in the London area!! Are you ready...we are!! We would normally advise that Nectar Feeders be placed two to three weeks prior to the "expected" arrival of Orioles & Hummingbirds. We often start out with orange halves for the Orioles. Should cooler evening temperatures continue, you may want to bring the feeder in at night.
Following a weekend of freezing rain, ice, snow, rain & high winds in much of Ontario, and with more moisture expected this week, it is a good idea to check your feeders for damp seed and/or clogged ports. If seed has become wet, there's a good chance of it spoiling...you'll want to clean your feeders, dry them well and refresh with new seed. Should you notice that the birds are not coming to your feeders, but are in your garden, there's a chance that the seed is no longer desirable.