We are starting out this Saturday on a rather damp note with temperatures expecting to drop at some point with a rain/snow mix expected. If you ask us, it is looking like a day, a weekend for CANDLES! If you haven't been to our location, you will be amazed with the selection of Beeswax or Soy Wax Candles that we have to offer!! While it is extensive at the moment, be advised to shop early so you have the best chance to get the size, style, fragrance that you desire!
Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, and Gift Shop located in London! Follow along with our News from the Store!
If you happen to be looking for a simple way to feed the birds, in addition to the feeders that you already have, or if you are just getting started at welcoming birds to your garden, you may want to check out our Seed or Peanut Logs!! They can be easily hung from a shepherd's hook, etc. and are basically maintenance free! Holders for the logs are also available. Excellent gift-giving idea too!!
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Temperatures dropped....First snowfall of the season arrived last night! We've got our heated bird bath set up & feeders filled as we know the cooler weather will bring more beautiful birds to the garden. They will be searching out reliable food sources now and will know that they can count on us when needed. Be sure to keep seed ports cleared of snow along with packing or clearing of snow below feeders for those looking for seed on the ground.
Pretty much at any given time in our area of S.W. Ontario and beyond, the chances of seeing a Bald Eagle have increased in recent years. It is amazing to think that these beautiful creatures have re-established themselves, calling our area home!
After stopping at a crossroad yesterday,and driving slowly as we pulled away from a stop sign, we noticed a rather large bird in the sky, suddenly realizing it was a Bald Eagle! Luckily, we weren't in a busy place and were able to pull off the road to get a few shots of it in a very distant tree.
It's definitely been a different fall....some beautiful leaves remain on the trees, warmer temperatures and some great bird sightings!! And it is November....wow!!
Many birds have continued to find their food in the wild so feeders might not have been as busy during the month of October as you might have expected....until now! We had a much cooler day yesterday and frost this morning. The result? LOTS of birds visiting the feeders!!
Our summer weather in October has continued with a simply outstanding weekend of warm temperatures and great sightings! Red-winged Blackbirds have been filling the trees, sightings of White-throated Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds & others continue, while the amazing displays in the sky at sunset and sunrise would knock your socks off! The leaf colour hasn't been the greatest but there are some good spots one can find! Enjoy your week!!
Some folks reported Juncos in their gardens a week or so ago...we finally have them in ours as of yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 19!! This morning there are a few more providing some great entertainment as they chase each other through the yard. They are wonderful visitors around the feeders, often referred to as the "snowbird"!!
Temperatures this fall have been on a bit more of a roller coaster than usual and it looks as though the trend may continue for a bit yet! It is often difficult to know what to wear on a cooler morning, especially if the temperatures are fairly mild later on in the day. As well, whether you are spending time around a campfire, in a hockey rink, or running out for groceries, these ponchos/wraps/capes might prove to be the perfect solution for a simple, extra layer! Other items also available!
We have had reports of Juncos in our area....yesterday and this past Saturday! When these lovely birds return to our area from their nesting grounds further north, we know it is a sure sign that the seasons are changing or will be changing. Juncos are often seen below feeders or on the forest floor, but are also regular visitors to feeders throughout the fall & winter season with one of their favourite seeds being White Millet. If you didn't know, Dark-eyed Juncos are one of the most common birds throughout North America...and a feeder favourite of so many!!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, a wonderful holiday weekend!!
We're open today 9 to 5, Closed Sunday & Monday
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A few other items that you may not know that we have or that have just arrived.....
LOCAL GARLIC - from Komoka
LOCAL PORK including chops, bacon, sausage -
from "The Whole Pig" - Dashwood
(Last night, we enjoyed more delish chops on the BBQ...conveniently offered in a packages of 2!)
CLOVERMEAD HONEY - You probably know we have this yummy honey...did you know we have their RAW HONEY??!!
We hadn't seen the Bluebirds since July but on Sunday, Sept. 24 and on Sunday, October 1, we were delighted to see them and capture a few shots!! Such beautiful birds, they sure do bring some peace, some calm when it is most needed.....
Following recent events, we send our heartfelt thoughts & sincerest sympathies to all affected
From now until November 30, share a photo of your favourite #Places Worth Protecting and Telus will donate $5 to Nature Conservancy Canada!! As well, entrants will get the chance to win an essential phone from Telus! So, get uploading your photos and see others from across the country as they appear on a map...how fun is that!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hawk Cliff this past weekend - the Monarch and Raptor presentations were excellent! All attendees were delighted to learn about the life cycle and stages of the Monarchs, then were treated to tagging and release demonstrations...how special!! Following this, we were introduced to an American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Northern Harrier. Once the presentation and question/answer segment concluded, many took advantage of closeup photo opportunities then also saw the birds released! The event continues this coming Saturday & Sunday!
You just never know what the birds in the garden might be up to until you take a wander around. Last week, we noticed some movement in one of our birdhouses. Somebody was inside and occasionally sticking their head out the entrance hole. Figuring it was probably a House Sparrow, when we investigated further, we were quite surprised to see a cute Downy Woodpecker providing the entertainment! It was definitely a fun surprise on a September day!
Friends of Rondeau Provincial Park present their "Monarch Migration Festival" on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Along with a visit to a beautiful spot in Ontario, enjoy tagging demonstrations, an artisan market, hikes, crafts and more!!
September is a great month for many wonderful events, including but not limited to, fall migration festivals!! One of these is coming up ~ HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS at Hawk Cliff near Port Stanley, Ontario. Here's the details from the website of Thames Talbot Land Trust, one of the partners ~
"This annual event has been hosted for over 40 years by the St Thomas Field Naturalists Club (STFNC), Hawk Cliff Raptor Banders, and volunteers of Monarch Watch. Thames Talbot Land Trust is pleased to be a partner on this event again this year."
"The Hawk Cliff Weekends is a free outdoor event taking place on September 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th from 11am-3:30pm each day. Come out and celebrate the amazing fall migration in a beautiful setting at Hawk Cliff Woods."
- Twice daily Hawk Talks by STFNC and Hawk Cliff Raptor Banders
- Twice daily Monarch Butterfly talks by STFNC and volunteers of Monarch Watch
- Guided hikes led by Thames Talbot Land Trust
- Native plant gardening workshops
- A special presentation about Ontario's snakes and turtles, by Sssciensational Snakes!