Three linked photographs today. The temperature has crept a degree or two above freezing so recent snow is melting and there is a misty haze in the air. The winds have dropped and the Geese are just floating around calmly. Just another beautiful morning in Baie-D’Urfé.
Nor is it a locally found insect. There have been lots of scary photos in the press in recent weeks of giant, orange “murder hornets” appearing out Vancouver-way. This is not one of those (which anyway spend their time murdering hive bees rather than bee keepers and their friends) but it is a similar looking, but half size, version from central Europe. In this case enjoyed in eastern Austria.
A raptor overflew the garden and suddenly there were dozens of small birds sheltering in the Viburnum bush near the house, hanging off the branches like Xmas ornaments. While waiting until it was safe to come out, this Junco found a berry to snack on.
There is a growing awareness (still a long way to go) that tidying the garden as we go into winter is a bad thing to do. Leaving our garden “scruffy” until spring means that birds like these American Goldfinches can find something to eat without needing to rely on our feeders.
These birds were eating seeds from a small-flowered form of sunflower.
This is turning into a very interesting birding start to winter – there was the Evening Grosbeak a few days ago in the garden, a recent visit by a Carolina Wren and then a couple of days ago a female Red-bellied Woodpecker put in an appearance. A rare bird this far north -, just a few in the arboretum really, and this is the first in the garden for quite a few years.
(Memory Sunday will be back next week – this was too good to miss sharing though)