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Dear Cottage Life

The day before we left for our vacation in Mexico, your Winter ’17/’18 issue arrived. I took it with me, and my surroundings created a real contrast to “How Canadians Do Winter.” I kept my buns toasty on the beach while reading about frozen pipes, snowmobile spark plugs, and lumberjack lessons. —DAN LABROSSE, LAC BROME, QUE.

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ET TU, BLUE JAY?

I was surprised that “The Big Bad” in Reporter (Waterfront, Spring ’18), implied that chickadees are bullies.

We have spent hours watching many species use our bird feeders. We see scissorbills, goldfinches, pileated and hairy woodpeckers, and blue jays, and by far the biggest bullies are the blue jays.

They will chase other birds away and attack them on the feeder. It also looks to me like they’re gluttons—gobbling bird feed until their crops are full and flying away to hide it, repeating the process until the feeder is empty. They are the only bird that I’ve seen behave this way.

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Start fresh for a new cottage season with the May issue of Cottage Life! The dos and don’ts of natural shorelines How to love your old boat instead of listing it, and how much upgrades and fixes will cost A DIY project to update the sign on your cottage road Pro tips on building a bunkie The inspiring story of cottagers who rebuilt after a forest fire destroyed their cabin Why flood plain maps are essential—and outdated Design ideas from a redone super-cute trailer How innovations in car design and technology can put us on the road to a greener, faster, easier weekend commute Plus, recipes for grilling impressive (yet surprisingly easy) large cuts of meat, such as prime rib, pork shoulder, a whole chicken, and a leg of lamb—yes, please! Pick up the May 2018 issue of Cottage Life for everything you need to get your cottage in shape for summer.