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1830 Gainsborough Rd
London, ON, N6H 5L2
Canada

519-471-6870

London Ontario Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, and Gift store. We carry dog food & toys, bird houses, Squirrel Busters, candles, Batty's Bath, Bee by the Sea, and so much more. Come in and check us out! 

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Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, and Gift Shop located in London! Follow along with our News from the Store!

HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

Richelle Hunter

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!

American Kestrel during the presentation at Hawk Cliff during Hawk Cliff Weekends!

American Kestrel during the presentation at Hawk Cliff during Hawk Cliff Weekends!

DOWNY WOODPECKER FUN

Richelle Hunter

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!

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HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

Richelle Hunter

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."

"Highlights include":

  • 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!
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HUMMINGBIRDS CONTINUE TO DELIGHT!

Richelle Hunter

While we are experiencing cooler than normal temperatures in this area and throughout the province, the Hummingbirds continue to visit the nectar feeders and the flowers around the garden. Some bring a smile just by perching & preening! Please keep feeders cleaned & filled for some time yet....some Hummingbirds may have moved on, some are still hanging around and others that nested further north will continue to travel through our area. The Hummingbirdswill appreciate the nourishment that your nectar feeders will provide as they prepare for the long journey south.  These tiny miracles never cease to amaze and entertain...enjoy them while they are here!!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird September 6 2017

Ruby-throated Hummingbird September 6 2017

HAWK FEST 2017 ~ THREE WEEKENDS IN SEPT!

Richelle Hunter

This year's Festival of Hawks takes place at Holiday Beach Conservation Area over three weekends this month - Sept. 9/10, Sept. 16/17 and Sept. 23/24 - and runs from 9am to 3pm each day!!  A variety of activities for the whole family will be offered - banding demos, live Hawk displays, photography workshops, bird & nature walks & much more!!

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BACK TO SCHOOL - ENJOY!

Richelle Hunter

It's the first day of school, the first week of school for oh so many....we wish everyone lots of wonderful learning & teaching experiences!! Have a great Tuesday, Sept. 5 2017!!

"POP" Baltimore Oriole doing some teaching around the feeders July, 2017

"POP" Baltimore Oriole doing some teaching around the feeders July, 2017

HAPPY LABOUR DAY!!

Richelle Hunter

As Labour Day is a stat holiday, we will be closed....back to regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 5!! Hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday weekend!!

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COOLER TEMPS....LONGER HUMMINGBIRD VISITS....HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!

Richelle Hunter

The overnight and early morning temperatures have certainly taken a dive....actually quite below what the normal should be!  While in our kitchen this morning, we noticed a Hummingbird at one of our nectar feeders. We really should have kept track of how long he stayed at the feeder but we can say that we were able to capture several videos and photos. We were not even taking these for the whole time that he was here!  You may notice the same around your feeders with the cooler/cold temperatures. Please keep feeders cleaned & filled for a while yet....both Orioles & Hummingbirds will be here for a bit or will be traveling through...thanks for giving them a hand!! (While we had Orioles at our feeders yesterday, we generally find that they move on well before the Hummingbirds.)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird September 1/17

Ruby-throated Hummingbird September 1/17

M Baltimore Oriole August 31 2017

M Baltimore Oriole August 31 2017

ReFOREST LONDON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Richelle Hunter

Want to help out the fabulous folks at ReForest London and help keep the "forest" in the "Forest City"??  If you are available during the run of the Western Fair, ReForest London needs volunteers!! 

Here's some of the details from ReForest London's post - " We are looking for Community Liaison volunteers to staff a seedling booth at the Western Fair! Shifts are 3 hours long and volunteers receive free admission to the fair on the day of your shift. For more information and to sign up visit www.signup.com/go/rZzzDg"

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES STILL HERE!!

Richelle Hunter

The summer season for migrating birds is winding down....but we are still enjoying the visits of the beautiful Baltimore Orioles! Right now, we welcome each visit as if it was their first as we know that they won't be around too much longer!! We hope that you are also enjoying some of these beauties and others before they return to their winter homes.

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APPRECIATE.....EVERYTHING!

Richelle Hunter

On a recent early morning walk, we were blessed with many great sightings - Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk, flock of rather loud Canada Geese, one lone Duck and a beautiful sunrise! It was wonderful to see the birds that we did, and the amazing sunrise,  but what really caught our attention on that glorious morning, were the webs in the grass. We've noticed them before, but not like this. Had the sun not been as bright as it was (forcing us to look down as we walked); had there not been a heavy dew that the sun sparkled upon, we wouldn't have thought twice about these creations! It's just a reminder to look in every direction; take everything in and really appreciate everything all around!!