Northern cardinal, male
There were several cardinals around the garden, along with big flocks of starlings and robins, as well as at least 10 chickadees around the feeder in the Backyard Garden, a white-breasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, house finch, and a nice bonus, a red-breasted nuthatch.
It was a pleasure to see this much smaller nuthatch at the peanut feeder in the Backyard Garden.
A constant at the feeders both in the Backyard garden and the feeder by the old woods. Here, at the suet, but often at the peanut feeder.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Not the actual flowers but remnants of them, on this autumn flowering shrub.
House finch, male
Visiting the Backyard Garden feeder. We don't see the numbers of house finches that we once did, not only at the Fletcher garden, but around the region.
A touch of red on a winter's day. The fruit of this shrub is rarely, if ever eaten by wildlife, and we are not entirely sure if this is a cultivar or not, as the native V. trilobum is said to be tasty for birds.
Many birds love these seeds, and goldfinches in particular will feast on them.
Eastern edge of the garden
This is the eastern boundary of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, where the stream that runs out of the pond, through the ravine, crosses under the Arboretum path and eventually into the Rideau Canal.
Butterfly Meadow in winter
Looking south from the north edge of the Butterfly Meadow. Waiting for spring under winter's snow.
Under sunny skies and fresh snow, but with some open water due to mild temperatures.
Grey squirrel, black phase
Keeping a wary eye on us as it perches on the branch of a big red oak in the new woods. This is a busy time of year for these animals as they continue finding and hoarding food for the winter.
Turkey tails (Trametes versicolor)
These polypore fungi decorate many logs and stumps all over the place, including at the FWG. Their colours can vary somewhat, and when they are fresh they can be quite striking. When old, they look dried out and colourless.