Summer loving

This year, 2018, will go down in Hall family history as the summer of broody robins. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back broods. It’s July 1 and we are on the third round of egg-laying already! Another short 5-day break between broods, and we are on batch #3 of the summer. We couldn’t believe it when we saw the new … Continue reading

Canada Day Fireflies

We came home around 10:15pm after watching fireworks at the yacht club and Evie suggested we look for fireflies in the long grass at the back of the field. We saw them immediately! A whole host of twinkling lights in the grass and at the edge of the woods β€” the best display we’ve seen … Continue reading

Baby raccoons (x3)

These two sweet and very small baby raccoons were huddled up against the school wall last week. It was the Thursday before the end of school (June 28) so no students were present. The mother raccoon had left the babies all day — Milo and Charlie spotted them earlier in the day — we had … Continue reading

Spring round-up 2018

Here are a few of my favourite “finds” this spring in Nova Scotia. Here’s a painted turtle laying her eggs on the side of the Dynamite Trail — photographed by a friend, Callen, who spotted her while we were out for an evening bike ride at the end of May near Oakland Commons Pond. They … Continue reading

Eggs of common Nova Scotia birds

The top three birds found in Nova Scotia are red-winged blackbirds, American robins and European starlings. I was curious what the nests and eggs looked like of these and other common garden birds, so I collected some images. Blue is a common theme: check out all these shades of blue! And speckles. But my favourites … Continue reading

June bugs

The June bugs are out in our part of Nova Scotia. Seems we’ve had an early spring this year. I haven’t kept track of the June bug dates with the same dedication as the spring peepers, but here’s what I’ve been able to find in the archives. 2013 – May 23 -(missing a few)- 2016 … Continue reading

Back-to-back robin broods!

The American robins have returned to their favourite nest just outside our back door. Although everything I’ve read says that robins build a new nest for every new brood, this is not the case at Casa Hall. They come back time and again to the same nest, and don’t appear to make any upgrades or … Continue reading

Pseudoscorpion

We found this awesome little spider on our bathroom wall tonight. It was only around 1–2 mm long and a rich brown colour. We thought it was a large tick at first (urgh), but soon noticed its large scorpion-like pincers. Sure enough, it turned out to be a pseudoscorpion or false scorpion,Β an ancient arachnid that … Continue reading

Peepers April 2018

Lily heard a spring peeper in the woods by school yesterday. It was a sunny day around 7 or 8 degrees. And our neighbour spotted mama robin flying into the nest by our back door with a beak full of dry grass. Spring is here. πŸ‘ First peepers over the years (amazingly consistent except for … Continue reading

Winter 2017/2018

We’ve had a super weird winter this year. We’ve weathered several storms bad enough to lose power. We were in the dark for 5 or 6 hours on Christmas Day evening but can’t argue with the timing β€” the power went out just as we lit the Christmas pudding at the end of dinner. But … Continue reading