Woods Country Cove

Love Of Nature, Photography, Gardening And Country Valley Living

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Few New Things For Us

 We have a few new things about the Cove  this week . First the most exciting are the 3  new breeds  birds to the  yard and area .
Our next door neighbors and friends  Mr & Mrs H  who moved there  last year from Winnipeg  Manitoba  are also nature lovers and avid gardeners  and Mr H loves birding as well and has quite a lot of nesting houses he built when they moved there  , he also enjoys wood working in his shop so Mr H , Papa and I have a lot in common lol , any who Mr H was happy to share his birdies with me , he houses Tree Swallows and Purple Martins both breeds we have never had with in our yard just around them in the forests of the valley  . Now his yard backs on to ours as well as is beside ours  or vice a versa lol and we get to see and hear both types of birds which is amazing as we love all kinds of birds and welcome new ones to .

 The Purple Martins are the larges of the Swallow family and sound very different to any of the swallows . This is just one of the smaller houses Mr H has in the back 40,

 The are fascinating birds and Mr H is a member of the Purple Martin Association in Winnipeg Manitoba and here in Ontario as well .

This is the big house and  it is huge and the funny shaped cones called gords on it are also for nesting . Mr H has these houses on pulley system where he winds them down and up to check and clean them out and to see how many have eggs in them . Now because these houses are new to his and our yard they so far have only one couple nesting but he has seen more about which is good . Mr H brought the house down for me to see and take photos of the Purple Martin  eggs and how and what they use to make their nests .

                                                          Aren't they soo cute ?!

I wanted to be quick in taking the photos as I didn't want to bother the birds to much but Mr H said they just go and fly about when he is there and that's what they did  they didn't fret or panic at all over us being there and taking their nest boxes out to have a peek and Mr H to clean the others that weren't really being used  , he said some times they will just put stuff in the other boxes for no reason .

Then we went over to another house he has on the front of his property which is beside ours behind Papas shop .

Tree Swallow babies all snuggled up in their down filled bed snoozing   ! Soo cute . Mr H told me that Tree Swallows make their nests with these feathers and we know where they came from the farm down the street from the Geese .

So that was an amazing experience for me to see and take photos of these new birds we have in and about  ours and Mr H's yard .

Next we have  Doves  not just any  Doves white and tan ones and I think  these are raised Doves  who get released into the wild  who have been about here for some time and have hooked up with the wild Morning Doves and seem to be settling in just fine  I have no idea where these pretty Doves are coming from but over the years we have had quite a few about .

They all have had different markings some are more white some have more tan or caramel as I like to call it and some have odd stripes of caramel colour but they all have been at my feeders and about the yard and are very pretty looking to . I had one last year I did a post about I named Snowy who ate out of my hand  and let me pat him .

Last but not least another new but not as exciting as these birds I found some pretty pillow covers/cases  for the living room  for the summer seasons .

 Would you believe I got them from the Dollar store one of my fave stores by the way lol  ! Yeah 2 bucks each that's all and they are made well . Cute Huh?!
   Just to give you an idea this is where I spend most of my time this time of year .

Not the fanciest of porches but I love it here , faces west and all the happenings in the back  gardens , feeders and yard go on here  , perfect for Miggs and I . I spent from sun rise to sun set here on this porch so when I say from my back patio porch now you know where I am coming from  lol so to speak .
 Well that's about it for me for now I had a wonderful week again this week  , finally got rain with thunderstorms last night and rain on and off today  , the weekend looks to be sunny  so out again we go to enjoy. Actually I love sitting on the porch on a rainy day to lol !
                                                                      Until next time .   
                                       Country Gal

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In & Around Our Neck Of The Woods

I have been busy with yard work and my gardens and  well … just taking in all the beauty  this time of year has to offer as it is my fave time of year . The weather had been very hot and humid with clear blue sky's the past  week but yesterday the breezes were cool and the clouds to the north were wonderful as the sun set and shone on them  . I love the big puffy clouds with ridges and deep edges and the detail is amazing in each one as each one is  , one of natures many perfections .

                                                         Looks like a painting in the sky !

We had a drop or two of rain but nothing major just enough to relive the gardens of the dryness and plump up all my plants again . I have had to water them but nothing beats natures nectar from the sky's .  The birds and critters about have been busy at the feeders and with their nesting as well as keeping me entertained . I like watching the birds chase about bugs it’s soo funny and chipmunks well we have two new babies about which I haven't been able to photograph as of yet they are still quite shy and skittish and don't know what to think of Miggs .  Speaking about Miggs we have been enjoying early morning long walks and I love to pick wild daisies and  buttercups and bring them home .

                    Miggs  has been kept busy watching the yard and following me about.

                                                     And then... well being a dog lol ! 

               It is now officially summer WOOHOO ! Happy Summer to you all . 

Well that's about it for me for now.  I will be popping in and out of blog land over the next while and trying to post at least once a week as this time of year like most of you are away from the computer and outside enjoying the lovely weather ,
     I welcome a few new followers to our Neck Of The Woods at Woods Country Cove  and thank all of you for taking the time to pop by and or leave a comment .
                                          Until next time , have a great week everyone  !
              Country Gal