Garden Guests: #SixOnSaturday February 9th

There is no winter gardening in New England without a greenhouse or poly tunnel. Once the cold sets in, the ground is frozen like a rock. There are no overwintered veggies, no early sowings of peas. Winter interest is in the form of structure, coloured bark and weather ‘happenings’.

And garden guests, who somehow deal with snow and ice and gales in preparation for the Spring to come.

Here are a few from this week.

IMG_6137 - Copy1. First in the pecking order, Carolina Wren. This tiniest of birds is definitely the Boss. Loud, pushy, always earliest to the suet feeder. They nest in the rafters of my shed most years, which is fine except they rule the roost and won’t let me in!

IMG_6149 - Copy2. Tufted Titmouse, the sweetest bird of all. Shy and quick, hard to photograph. Happily I’ve seen a lot of them this year.

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IMG_6173 - Copy3. Nuthatch, who cleans the suet from his beak by wiping it on the rough Redbud bark.

IMG_61364. Mr Cardinal. Man of many songs and funny antics.

IMG_61105. Oh, who’s this? Resident Hawk. He’d dropped his (dead) squirrel and is looking for it. IMG_6131He soon recovered it and flew off to a nearby maple tree to finish the job.  I think he is a Red Tail Hawk but if anyone out there knows better….

IMG_6101IMG_6104IMG_61036. Finally, just passing through today. Sitting in the sun, having a stretch, sniffing around, marking a few corners. Happy fox, happy me!!

That’s my Six for this week.

I don’t contribute every week, especially in the Winter. I do get a bit of weather ‘envy’ knowing that some of you are out in the garden when I have weeks of snow and ice to endure. However, the deep cold of the last few weeks has broken and we are starting to see a few signs.

In the meantime I can always join you all for #Six On Saturday on the Propagator’s website:

thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

 

22 thoughts on “Garden Guests: #SixOnSaturday February 9th

  1. We live in a neighborhood and few weeks ago I saw a fox running through our back yard. My first fox sighting here. I tried several times to “like” you post but my computer isn’t having it. Had the same problem on other sites. My computer wizard is coming next Tuesday to fix something else. I’ll ask him.

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  2. Strange that they called it New England when it’s so different from the old one. Your hawk is a majestic creature, at least in the second picture. Must be lovely to get so much wildlife in your garden.

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  3. I liked everything that comes near your garden. The red fox reminded me that one year when my husband was mowing the back forty (that was years ago) I looked out and a red fox was following him up and down the hill as he mowed! I look forward to your future posts even if they are far between!

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  4. I liked everything that comes near your garden. The red fox reminded me that one year when my husband was mowing the back forty (that was years ago) I looked out and a red fox was following him up and down the hill as he mowed! I look forward to your future posts even if they are few and far between!

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  5. Love your Winter visitors, especially the hawk and the fox! We have a cardinal family in our back yard. Our hawks stay up in the sky, but I’d love for them to land nearby! And I’m with you: envious of the Six on Saturday gardeners who have more than dreary Winter like we do! LOL

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    1. It was amazing to see this one, even more to see it get airborne carrying the dead weight of a squirrel! In general when they land on the ground there is a death involved. Sad but part of the circle of life.

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    1. The cardinals are pretty and also characters. They are very territorial, only one pair at a time. They have a running battle with our mockingbird but get along with most of the other birds

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