SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

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2601, 2020

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Sunday, January 26, 2020|Categories: animals, Garden, mammals, squirrels|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day - as we were reminded throughoout the day by numerous emails and FB posts from the various conservation organizations that we support. A couple of days later this rather scruffy black-form gray squirrel visited the garden in order to do some appreciating of his/her own by making a [...]

1901, 2020

Northern Hawk Owl

Sunday, January 19, 2020|Categories: Birding, birds, Montreal, winter|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ten Years Ago If you are a birder or a photographer, please don't get excited - this bird was found ten years ago and the photographs were serendipitously resurfaced whilst I was cleaning out unrequired pictures from my too large digital archives. The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a very rare bird to be able to [...]

1901, 2020

Beautiful Natural Playground

Sunday, January 19, 2020|Categories: birds, winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Walking in the Snow with Birds There was some gentle snow overnight on Wednesday and so we had to go out and make the most of it Thursday morning. The temperatures were not too cold (they will be exceptionally cold by the weekend) and we had a good tramp. This wooded and shrubby area is no more [...]

1901, 2020

… and Juncoes

Sunday, January 19, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The garden bird interest continues - after yesterday's unbeatable visit of a group of Eastern Bluebirds. Dark-eyed Juncoes. hardly uncommon at this time of year, we see them daily. However small, dark birds silhouetted against bright white snow are far from the easiest things to get decent photographs of. Well, no longer. I just like small birds, [...]

1701, 2020

January Bluebirds

Friday, January 17, 2020|Categories: birds, Garden, wildlife, winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Bluebirds in Mid-Winter !!! It's the 17 January, the sun is shining from a clear blue sky, temperatures are -16C (with windchill -27C) and there we are, sitting in the warm reading the papers when a small bird lands in the viburnum bush just outside. A quick glance, not expecting anything other than the regulars for mid-winter [...]

1201, 2020

Sherlockian Omnibus #1

Sunday, January 12, 2020|Categories: Books|Tags: |0 Comments

Ten Days with Sherlock Holmes You will recall that 2020 is going to be enlivened by a daily Sherlockian quotation shared with the world via the medium of Facebook. But, as we know, not everyone is on GB or is not connected to the author of this journal so there will be occasional omnibus editions, about every [...]

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