So many things to do and see. Here’s a selection with hopefully something for everyone:
Fresh, organic, local strawberries. Need I say more? Yum! Avoid the crowds! Come before school finishes for the summer and get ALL the attractions with fewer people. And you can hike our trails, kayak the lakes and go bicycling before the weather gets too hot! Tuesday Farmer’s Produce Market starts June 7th in Centennial Park from 3.00pm-7.00pm (where the Saturday Market is held). Meet your local farmers, buy organically grown produce and locally sourced treats to take home or make dinner with! Brand new Wednesday “Market in the Meadow” – Arts, Crafts, Food! Includes Aki’s famous Roly Poly Rice Balls and home-made Miso soups, Eve’s Garden Veggie Pâté, Fresh & hand popped kettle corn and cool crushed lemonade and of course, Brigitte’s delicious French treats. United Church Meadow 111 Hereford ave (behind Island Savings) from . . . → Read More: 10 Reasons to Visit Salt Spring Island in June!
This is the famous ‘woody woodpecker’ with a spectacular red head and unmistakable ‘laugh’. A regular in the garden and on the bird feeder.
If you come to stay with us at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B you are very likely to see this species – otherwise know as Dexter. Probably heading towards you with his tail spinning round and round in excitement at greeting some new guests. In case you haven’t guessed Dexter is our friendly, waggy dog. He loves people and is lots of fun, but if you have any dog-related fears please let us know in advance.
Some of his favorite activities are walking, running, sniffing, wildlife (usually trying to chase it) and playing.
If you want to bring your own dog to stay and play with Dexter please contact us – we allow dogs in the cottage by advanced agreement only.
Whilst it might seem strange to hope for cold weather when you are on vacation, you will need to come in the winter if you want to see this red-headed woodpecker. Normally it lives at higher elevations but when the temperature gets down below freezing it has to come lower down to find sap.
As their name implies, sapsuckers feed primarily on the sap of trees, moving among different tree and shrub species on a seasonal basis. Insects, especially those attracted to the sweet sap exuding from sap holes, are often captured and fed to the young during the breeding season. Look out for its characteristic pattern of little holes in tree trunks around the property.
As big as the pileated but without the red crest, the flicker is also a regular visitor.
Bigger than the Downy but smaller than the Pileated or Flicker – this woodpecker is one of more recent visitors. We don’t see them all the time, but a fairly common sight on the feeder now.
A very cute little woodpecker – the smallest of our woodpecker family here. Also regularly seen on the bird feeder – and also regularly heard with there cute little high pitched cheap when they are waiting their turn!