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!
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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.
Predictions indicate that some nasty weather is on the way for the weekend of April 14/15. Just a reminder that we offer an excellent selection of Beeswax Candles, Soy Candles, Battery Candles to light your way, should the need arise! As well, our Ponchos are available year-round!! Not only are they a great extra layer any time of the year, but with spring taking its time to get here, they are perfect for these cooler "spring" days! They're also a great layer for the cooler summer camping nights or even around the house when you want to turn the thermostat down!!
It's a windy, blustery day with a return to snow! It is looking like below seasonal temperatures will be continuing for the next week or so....give the birds a hand by keeping feeders filled! They might even decide that your garden is a great place to nest!!
Our Easter Hours are as follows ~
Closed Friday, March 30
Open Saturday, March 31 9am to 5pm
Closed Sunday, April 1
Open Monday, April 2 8:30am to 5:30pm
A very popular event in many cities around the country, including London, Ontario, the Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs happens this Friday, March 30th at the beautiful Plunkett Estate! It is all in support of National Service Dogs!
Spring officially arrives today at 12:15pm...some of the beautiful birds are already searching for that perfect spot; others have already found one!! Be ready...If you are looking to replace older bird houses or want to add one or more to your garden, do it sooner than later!! As many of you are aware, we have an always-amazing selection here at 1830 Gainsborough Road, London, Ontario!!
Did you know that Black Oil Sunflower Seed is one of the most preferred seeds desired by the many birds that frequent backyard feeders? Did you also know that our Black Oil Sunflower is grown locally? You and your feathered friends will be extremely satisfied with the quality of this locally-harvested product...thank you for supporting local!! Click here to see just a few of "our" birds visiting a newer feeder that we have filled with Oil Sunflower.
There are always so many amazing stories about every bird species and Bald Eagles are no exception!! When they have eggs in a nest, they will protect and care for them to the best of their ability and with all of their might!!
Do you have the time? Do you know the time? A whole new selection of indoor and outdoor clocks has just arrived!! You'll want to make certain that you know the time this weekend, as Daylight Savings arrives with clocks springing forward one hour early Sunday morning!! Drop by to check out our complete selection...some are "one only"!!
Once again we have received a lovely snowfall (lovely, for some, we suppose). It seems so very strange to wake up to the wonderful sounds of birds singing, including the Red-winged Blackbirds that we associate with warmer temperatures, only to find a fairly heavy covering of snow! While having this once again might be a disappointment for many, it certainly brings plenty of cheer to the garden as the birds (including Goldfinches, Juncos) flock to the feeders!!
The recent warmer temperatures along with the cool nights have the sap flowing around many parts of Ontario...and we've got some local fresh Maple Syrup now available! Happy March!!
A special weather statement has been issued for our area, with the possibility of heavy snow later on Thursday and in to Friday! At the moment, some forecasters are having a difficult time predicting amounts of snow expected. In any case, the birds in your garden will certainly appreciate you keeping feeders filled during this return to cooler temperatures. With snow also possible, you know that the birds will be once again looking for food from garden feeders. As well, we all want to help the birds to remain strong & healthy for the upcoming nesting season!
We've been blessed with a few days of spring-like weather! It has brought some new arrivals to the feeders including Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles. A sure sign of spring are the Tundra Swans...many have been reported in area fields or spotted 'flying overhead'. Others have reported the beautiful Killdeer! In our last post we suggested getting birdhouses placed...it is never to early as seen in the photo below!!
Any time is a great time to place a nesting box/bird house...and now is a perfect time!! Cavity-nesting birds will soon be searching for that perfect spot to make their nest...how exciting would it be for them to choose a location in your garden with that location being a bird house!!?? As always, we offer a simply awesome selection of bird houses here at Hyde Park Feed & Country Store but please be aware that after sharing pics such as this, our stock can change quickly!
Great Backyard Bird Count, happening this weekend around the world, continues until Family Day Holiday Monday.....Become a Citizen Scientist by counting birds in your garden!!