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Kate  🌺 ✨ Hummer Nectar Schedule 2022! ✨ 🌸

Hi folks!

It's a new year, and you know what that means.... time to print out your shiny, new & improved ✨Hummingbird Nectar Refresh Schedule✨!

2022 Hummingbird Nectar Refresh Schedule

Last year, I was dreaming about including a flip-side to the schedule that would provide a recipe, helpful tips and interesting facts. Whelp, with a timely nudge from the Rocky Point Bird Observatory (who asked to display an updated version on their website), I finally achieved this!

Download the new schedule here & read more about the process in Kate's Patreon post.

January 1, '05: Dusk. Four Annas feed together.


Seán   乃東生 🌱  Kate

中トトロと小トトロ Two strange creatures spotted collecting acorns here recently...

Read more in the Scuttleverse: Hermies dancing %3QsVgTQkqSQ1TeJvAB69+i17xeeAL19IprTq0sSsCIo=.sha256

December 7, 1999:

Last winter, put a "roof" over where Annas male sat all season.
Removed in spring, and recently re-nailed.
Now see Annas sitting on same perch under his roof.

Kate   Slow-life at the Banana Slug Bungalow

When I saw the call-to-artists for an upcoming show at the Metchosin ArtPod for 'art using photographs as a base', I figured I could manage to put something together for it (considering the massive pile of digital photos we have of things around Hum Hill from over the last two years, heheh).

Looking through the photos, I was inspired by several close-up pictures of various fungi and lichens. They seemed to scream, “you must adorn us with creatures!”, and so it began:

slughouse The first in hopefully a series of creatures digitally plopped atop photographed micro-scenes.

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Seán   Snowtoro & Co.  Kate

A trio of unexpected visitors in the snow

After what has been a very mild winter, this weekend's snow storm brought a trio of unexpected visitors from 日本 to Humm Hill.  They were gone the next day, but left a scattering of ドングリ behind...

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Kate  New Year, New Nectar

Here on Hummingbird Hill, one of our most important duties is to keep the hummers happy. We have a handful of hummers year-round who regularly come to sip the sweet stuff from our two saucer-style feeders. When we were still new at it, we found it difficult to remember which of us changed the nectar last and when. This resulted in confusion and—more importantly—the potential risk of unhappy hummers.

So, I came up with a solution.

Enter: Nectar Refresh Schedule!

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Seán   “Crow Ho Ho!” It's...  Kate

santa caws

SANTA CAWS!

This is our first collaborative lino-print. We passed it back and forth throughout the whole process— from sketching to digitizing; carving to colouring; printing to packaging. We offered some for sale at Metchosin Artpod's Mighty Fine Art & Craft show, but primarily made them to send to loved ones & friends for the holidays. 'Twas a fun & pun-tastic experiment— and we're looking forward to collaborating more through this medium in the future! ☺︎

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Seán   First watercolor sketch

Seán WC sketch - 3.8.02020

Seán   Sidney Spit Restoration Adventure

20.2.29 - Sidney Spit Restoration

Yesterday, Kate & I had an opportunity to do some restoration #volunteering with the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on a beautiful tear-drop-shaped spit jutting out from Sidney Island which is home to a coastal sand ecosystem (rare in this region) which hosts several at-risk species such as the contorted-pod evening-primrose, Edwards' beach moth, & the ground-nesting (deceptively-named) common nighthawk.

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  Hibernation

Kate winter nest

I drew this for a monthly themed art challenge I have with my mum. Hibernation made me think of being curled up in a cozy nest, with a selection of my favourite relaxing activities within arm's reach: winter bird watching; drawing/painting; sewing; enjoying warm foods & beverages; playing music; reading...

Full story & more photos on my Patreon.

Kate   Tufted Titmice

tufteds

I was recently commissioned to make a Tufted Titmouse the other day, and I thought, “while I'm at it, why not make 4?”. It's difficult to do this cute bird justice, so it was a bit intimidating.

Full story & more photos on my Patreon page.