Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER

The Easter bunny hopped by for a visit today....


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tamarack Tree Cone

Tamarack Tree Cone (aka Larch Tree Cone)

We collect these little gems and find lots of ways to enjoy them! Love to craft? The tiny cones (15mm - 20mm) accent a rustic wreath very well....We like to put some in a bowl and spray a few drops of our favorite essential oil on the cones to create a natural room freshener!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Catkins

Female Catkin

Male Catkin

The Catkins are flowers that grow on the Alder tree.  These flowers often appear before the leaves do.  You might see butterflies feeding on the catkins and leaves.

Alder is a hardwood and can be used to make furniture, guitars, and cabinets.  The wood of some alder species is also used to smoke salmon and other foods.

Did you know:  Alder catkins provide an early source
of pollen for bees, especially honeybees.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hiking Buddy

Black-capped Chickadee

We love it when they hang out
with us on our hiking trails!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My First Winter


It's not hard to tell it's this lil juvenile's first winter, and maybe a little more practice on his landing skills is needed in the snow, but he "got the peanut"!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Evening Grosbeaks


This large flock of Evening Grosbeaks visit here on a daily basis.  They know the platform feeder very well.  Although they do just fine on their own eating the buds of maple, willow, oak and elm trees, to name a few, we enjoy offering them some sunflower seeds during the winter.  They also drink maple sap by breaking off small maple twigs.

We sprinkled some seeds on the hard
packed snow for the rest of the flock!

As you can see, it was freezing rain when I captured these
images, but that didn't stop either of us!!