Saturday, July 4, 2015

Purple Martins and Swallows

Community Building

In Port Bruce recently I spotted Purple Martins sharing a condo with swallows and sparrows. Jam packed. And under the Kensington Bridge in downtown London I saw swallows crammed into a unique nest made from mud and spit. No room to spare!

Interesting communities pop up all over, don't they?

Link to B & W Downtown London

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Friday, July 3, 2015

B & W Downtown London

Under Kensington Bridge

Link to Downtown London

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Downtown London

Under the Bridge

Link to Canada Day Game

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Nestful of Swallows

Under Kensington Bridge

Last night I pocketed a crummy camera, went for an evening walk to downtown London and spotted five swallows perched on the edge of a skilfully-crafted nest under a bridge.

 "One kid is already full, or else watching TV"

"Is that the shadow of their mother or
does my camera have X-ray vision?"

I will try to find the same spot this PM with a better camera. Based on their size, I don't think the wee guys will be badgering their Mum for food by the end of the week.

Link to Bird Watching

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Canada Day Game at Labatt Park

Everybody Wins!!

Great game. Great hot dogs. Great green atmosphere. And the osprey provides great entertainment between innings.

Link to Bird Watching

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Bird Watching

Not So Lucky

On Monday evening five small heads peered over the edge of one of these these nests, found under Kensington Bridge, downtown London. When I returned last night, on my way to Labatt Park, not one nose could be seen. Have the wee swallows flown the coop?

I shall return.

Link to Birdhouse Hunting

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Vigorous Vines 1

Hops are Hungry for Sunlight

When we have a very warm day the hops are happy... and hungry. I can almost hear them as they reach for the sun.

Link - Wee Side Job

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce 2

Birds on a Wire

I biked along Rush Creek Road for about three minutes, until I came to Gary Cahill's property, home to Purple Martin mansions that appeared to be out of service. Martins and other birds could be seen at the back of his large river-side lot but their presence was over-shadowed by the scores of swallows that darted over my head. The telephone wires seemed at first to be littered with clothes pegs.

Link to Port Bruce 1

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce

More Fishermen

Yesterday afternoon turned hot so I warmed up the bike and headed to Port Bruce to enjoy cooler breezes off Lake Erie, a cup of hot coffee and scenes of the channel. Again, many people were out with fishing poles - on the pier, along the channel, on the lake, with a few on the beach (their numbers down from last Friday).

"I walked north, and kept my pace under 6 km/h"

Once I had coffee I walked past my bike to the pier. Then I turned north for the walk toward an active Purple Martin house. How active? Stay tuned.

Link to more Motorcycle Miles

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Port Bruce Purple Martins

Caught in Flight

Port Bruce is the birdhouse capital of SW Ontario. One active martin house caught my eye shortly after I arrived in town last Friday.

Pack some sandwiches, a camera and a straw hat. See you in the Bruce on the next nice warm day this week. I'll be on an early '90s Virago and wearing a '50s Stratton (outta Chicago) straw hat.

: )

Link to Birdhouse Hunting - Purple Martins

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce

Fair Fishing on Friday

Fishermen pulled perch from the water in Port Bruce this week. Men, women and children with poles lined the beach and pier, several boats entered and exitted the channel while I snapped a few pictures, and some fellows dipped their nets to snag minnows for bait. Busy times in fair weather.

The motorcycle ran like a charm and as I cruised through Sparta I thought of a little biking holiday to Ottawa. It might be something I will do in late July, in warmer, drier weather, and include stops in Fenelon Falls and Kingston on the way out and back. We shall see!

Link to Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce

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Birdhouse Hunting - Purple Martins

Visit Port Bruce

It's still true. Port Bruce is the Birdhouse Capital of Southwestern Ontario, maybe all of Canada. And as soon as I'd parked my bike near the main drag this past Friday I noticed a large birdhouse near the channel was active. Purple Martins? I had to get closer.

Purple Martins darted here and there and the occasional sparrow made an appearance as well. This is the second time I've seen sparrows and martins share a box. The first time was several years ago in Goderich, Port Albert or Bayfield, in large communal boxes near the main beach.

Instead of going on a wild goose chase to the above-mentioned Lake Huron destinations, visit Port Bruce on the north shore of Lake Erie. The Martins are very active, feeding their young broods. Especially check out Rush Creek Rd. west of the highway leading into Pt. Bruce.

Happy hunting.

Link to Motorcycle Miles - Port Burwell

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ten Barnboard Birdhouses 2

Yup, Still in Progress

These things take time.

"Beauties for the back yard"

I usually add wee cats to the wee benches. But my mind is turning over a new idea. Stay tuned.

Link to Ten Barnboard Birdhouses 1

As well, link to one of Gord's new blogs - dedicated to The Workshop

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ten Barnboard Birdhouses

Work In Progress

 "Waiting for the weekend and a 'full-on' trim day"

I like working with barnboard from Handley Lumber, Fenelon Falls. Gray on both sides, cuts, sands, assembles like a charm.

Ten birdhouses are underway. I will prepare four with natural roofs. Six will be painted. And I should be able to add trim by the weekend.

"Two coats of paint, coming up!"

Tune in again!

Please link to B & W in The Workshop

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

B & W in The Workshop

Larger Red Cedar Birdhouses

More details related to this next batch of birdhouses can be seen (in living colour) at one of Gord's new blogs -

The Workshop by G. Harrison

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