We’ve had screech owls living in one of our oak trees as long as we’ve lived here. They usually nest in this hole.
A few years ago we built and posted a kestrel box and an owl box. The owl box is just below this hole, but they’ve never shown any inclination to move in.
The other day while I was doing dishes, I looked out the window and saw this:
Hopefully, he’s moving in to stay!
Daughter and I walked to the creek at dusk during the snowfall on December 29th.
It left six inches but what a magical walk!
A long spell of unusually warm weather with temps in the 60s has really changed up when we see things. Stephanie was going to the mailbox and spotted this garter snake on the gravel drive.
I went to the mailbox on November 22nd and saw that the forsythia bush was blooming. It was still blooming on November 29th.
Doing yard work on November 4th, I noticed that one of our apple trees was blossoming! This doesn’t bode well for next year’s crop
One of the most important parts of my vegetable garden is actually not vegetables–it’s the strip of zinnias I plant around the edge of the garden. I collect some seedheads every year but leave most of them out all winter for the birds. The butterflies love them!
I have monarchs, buckeyes, painted ladies, white and yellow sulphurs, red admirals, and more!
We’re constantly fighting the chipmunks–we call them minivacs because of how quickly they take the bird feeder down. The feeder in this video by Steph was full yesterday!