Thursday 28 April 2022

A cold one!

We awoke to a warmer day on Monday. This morning it is -1 C., and there is a skiff of ice on the bird bath. Whoopsie! The little pump is keeping it circulating. So far, so good. It should melt today.

hot day! from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I put the squash/pumpkin/zucchini outside Sunday in the sun, to harden them off, but forgot about them! I realized I'd left them out overnight Monday, but they were fine. It was about 10 C. that night.

Isabelle waited for the bus in the snow yesterday morning! 
I was reminded of Eddie and Eva, the geese, and the story I told about them in Bala, April 4, 2009. We often have snow in April, but it doesn't stick around.

There are mallards on the pond, as well as the wood ducks.

mallard from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

These are the last moments for birds feeders. I captured the cowbird. We'll see if she lays an egg in the phoebe nest this year. That's what they do!

cowbird from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

The mourning doves like the flat tray feeder. I've just a bit of seed left, and then the feeders go away for the season.

I'm having varied progress on the pond with trailcams. I did get the deer!


deer pond from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, there was the robin. They land and poop on the trailcam. I laughed. There are a pair around the pond, and I see them everyday.

robin from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

@Linda in Kansas suggested the potential arbour won't keep the deer out. This is true, but what I wanted it for was to anchor the chicken wire to it, to provide an additional support, as I did last year. 


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
It has been pretty nippy here - but no snow thank goodness! Just can't believe it becomes May on Sunday,... YAM xx

DrumMajor said...

Your deer looks a little hungry, but it's interesting how it "talks" to the duck. We've got cows in Kansas, but I've never heard of a cowbird. Always something to learn in your wilderness. Linda in Kansas

Jeanie said...

So glad the squash and zucchini made it. It's heartbreaking when you lose them early.

DeniseinVA said...

I do love the look of your area Jenn, and always enjoy your photos and videos. Our weather is chilly this morning. Thanks so much and I hope your day is a great one.

Nancy J said...

Eddie and Eva, loved the tale. Hope this is in a hard copy for posterity!!!And Isabelle, will someone tell her the amount of heat you lose through your head in cold weather?? Years ago, our younger daughter was on a High School camp trip, and the teacher made sure every student had a wool hat, not synthetic, not nylon, it had to be pure wool, as they were going to a cold area. No hat, no go!!!

RedPat said...

It was cold here too but the Robin still went in for a bath last evening.

Anvilcloud said...

It has been brutally cold and windy for two days now.

Cloudia said...

Thank you Jenn

William Kendall said...

We had the snow too.

Red said...

So the pond? Why no riparian plants around the edges?

Jenn Jilks said...

It's a vernal pond, Red, and often dries out over the summer. The riparian plants wouldn't survive. I just leave it natural!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You probably know this but the cowbird on your feeder is a male.