In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ready for birds

We have a new bird feeder, from the hardware store in town. I hope the birds have a sense of perspective, or else they'll want to go inside and live there. It's very confusing since it looks so much like our house. Though our house is not filled with bird seed. And is a bit bigger than this.
The seed goes in through the chimney. Clever, eh? And -- wonderfully -- it's plastic. So it may stand up to the weather better than the old one did. The upside down something-or-other beneath the feeder will keep the squirrels away, though the squirrels have actually never seemed interested in bird seed.
We brought this house with us when we came to the island in 2007. But Greg was busy with other things until today. Now it's awaiting its first residents.
We also have this lovely condo on offer. They both rent by the season.

The island's song birds may look little and sweet, but they are every one of them rough and tough. They really have no need of these fancy new accommodations, making do perfectly well with something they throw together out of sticks, moss and sheep rovings. But -- who knows? -- maybe an early adopter will discover the pleasures of a roof over her head. If so, more fun for us! As you can see, there's a tiny little wind turbine that powers the new bird feeder. Nothing is too good for the island's birds.

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