SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

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1602, 2020

Pink Valentine Squirrel

Sunday, February 16, 2020|Categories: animals, Garden|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Messy Eater Blood on the Snow We’ve noted before that the berries on the native Viburnum triloba are eaten in the fall while those on the similar European species (Guelder rose) are left until well into the New Year. Obviously those of the native species are more palatable while the Guelder rose berries need to [...]

902, 2020

Nature Baie-D’Urfé

Sunday, February 9, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

"Community Wildlifing" A few days ago I “launched” a new project in oour town that I have called Nature Baie-D’Urfé. I like nature and spend almost all my free time doing things that involve interacting with nature, be it gardening or wildlifing. But more than that, basically I am a nerd. I am one of those irritating (but [...]

202, 2020

Lunchtime Acrobatics (video)

Sunday, February 2, 2020|Categories: animals, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

As faithful followers of this journal will have gathered, there are a lot of squirrels around here. Although most of our gardening is designed to provide food and shelter to birds and insects it is a given that squirrels will take advantage ... as do raccoons and skunks and mice and all sorts of creatures. The berries are [...]

202, 2020

Deer and Forest Biodiversity – What is Normal?

Sunday, February 2, 2020|Categories: mammals, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

What did forests once look like? It has been understood, taken as gospel, that the “Bambi Factor” which prevents hunting and management culls of too large deer populations is leading, in large parts of eastern North America, to a severe loss of forest understory as out of control deer eat pretty well everything with reach of their [...]

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 [...]

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